Everything you should know before
     Traveling to SOUTH AFRICA

5 February 2022
Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Currency: South African Rand
Official Language: English, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Setswana,
          Sesotho, Xitsonga, SiSwati (Swazi), Tshivenda, IsiNdebele

Dial Code: +27
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 10 111 (2) Ambulance - 10 177 (3) Fire - 10 177
GDP: 711 billion USD (2020)
Population: 59.62 million (2019)
Time Zone: UTC+2 South Africa Standard Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: The red, white and blue were taken from the flag of the Boer Republics. The remaining three colors – green, black and gold – were taken from the flag of the African National Congress. The green is meant to symbolize the fertility of the land, the black is representative of the people of the nation, while the gold represents the nation’s mineral wealth. The flag features a horizontal bicolor of red and blue, a black triangle on the hoist-side, and a central band that splits into a “Y” shape that is green in color. The green band and the arms of the Y are trimmed in white, while the inside of the Y is trimmed in gold.

SOUTH AFRICA is Known for:

1. Huge fish migration
Between May and July, millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. This annual migration event is the Sardine Run. The shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite.
2. Platinum
South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. In 2014 it produced 110,000kg, more than four times the amount of the next biggest producer, Russia.
3. Luxurious trains
South Africa has one of the world’s most luxurious trains. Up to 72 passengers can travel in lavish wood-paneled Rovos trains; the Royal Suites occupy half a carriage and have full-sized bathrooms, separate shower, permanent double bed and two armchairs.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Biltong
Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in Southern African countries. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef to game meats such as ostrich or kudu. The cut may also vary, either fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain
2. Potjiekos
Traditionally, the recipe includes meat, vegetables like carrots, cabbage, cauliflower or pumpkin, starches like rice or potatoes, all slow-cooked with Dutch-Malay spices, the distinctive spicing of South Africa's early culinary melting pot. Other common ingredients include fruits and flour-based products like pasta.
3. Chakalaka
Chakalaka is a South African vegetable relish, usually spicy, that is traditionally served with bread, pap, samp, stews, or curries. Chakalaka may have originated in the townships of Johannesburg or on the gold mines.

Best Places to visit:
1. Cape Town
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, Cape Town has an abundance of scenic beauty and natural attractions. Just an hour away from Cape Town, we have the Cape of Good Hope, where one may see the magnificent blooms of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. The cuisine found in Cape Town is extremely diverse with something to suit most people's palate.
2. Johannesburg
Today, Jozi's apartheid past and gold mining-based economy continue to be felt throughout the city. Attractions such as the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City and Constitution Hill offer snapshots into these important Jo'burg attributes, while other sites like Nelson Mandela Square and the Mandela House remind locals and visitors about the monumental impact Mandela had on the city. However, Johannesburg doesn't just focus on the past.
3. Durban
Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban's metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.
4. Pretoria
Pretoria is a city in the northern part of Gauteng, South Africa. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the seat of the executive branch of government . Pretoria has a reputation for being an academic city with three universities and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research located in its eastern suburbs, the city also hosts the South African Bureau of Standards making the city a hub for research.
5. Bloemfontein
Fez or Fes is a city in northern inland Morocco and the capitalBloemfontein, also known as Bloem, is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa and, as the judicial capital of the nation, one of South Africa's three national capitals along with legislative capital Cape Town and administrative capital Pretoria. Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as "the city of roses", for its abundance of these flowers and the annual rose festival held there. The city's Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning "place of cheetahs".

Best Season to visit
May to September- If there’s one country that has it all, it is South Africa. The best time to visit South Africa is from May to September. Winter mornings and nights are cold. May and September are wonderful because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent.

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