Although it is only the approximate size of Texas, USA, South Africa is known as “a world in one country” and certainly lives up to its reputation.
|Map of South Africa|
|Young male lion in Kruger National Park|
|Bourk's Luck Potholes|
|Early morning sunrise in Kruger National Park|
South lies the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2012 and is surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards. Here the two oceans meet and marine life abounds for diving enthusiasts. The Drakensberg Mountain range begins here and is 1,000km (620 miles) in length -almost the whole length of the country. In the winter the high altitude ensures slopes which are covered with snow for skiing and in summer, a myriad of hiking trails are to be found amongst the lush vegetation.
|Coastal town of Port Elizabeth|
|Old mining town of Pilgrims Rest|
Further north west, the arid, semi-desert regions of the Kalagadi (Kalahari) reign supreme with undulating red and white sand dunes to feast the eyes upon. Many animals have adapted to this dry environment and can be found nowhere else. The area consists mainly of sheep farms who find the low vegetation palatable. This is the region, Angora sheep are raised and a large mohair industry has been build around it.
|Blyde River Canyon|
The central regions consist of mainly maize and cattle farms. It is flat terrain and in the centre lies Kimberley which in earlier years, most of our diamonds came from. The museum in town has the largest man-made hole ever dug. When mining operation ceased in 1914 over 14m carats of diamonds had been extracted there.
|Pearl Emperor butterfly|
|Golden Gate Nature Reserve|