Meet South Africa!

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) roaming the plains of the Kalahari (South Africa)
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Have you ever wondered about Africa? And SOUTH AFRICA in particular?* Who lives there? Only black people? What is the place like, what does it look like? Where is it? Are there wild animals roaming the streets of the towns and cities? What languages do the inhabitants speak?
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I often get asked ALL of these questions and although there are many members here on RB who have visited South Africa, and do so regularly, I find that a great majority of people are totally in the dark as to what South Africa is like.
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First of all, South Africa is situated along the bottom quarter of the African map, 11,000kms South of Cairo. We have huge, metropolitan cities, beautiful coast lines, large farming communities and stunning Game Reserves, where most of the wild animals are situated. We do not have ‘wild animals’, meaning any of the Big Five, roaming the streets, but we do have a lot of small wild life roaming free in our country-side.
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We also have some of the best coffee shops and restaurants in the world, top-notch universities and schools and in 2014 14 860 216 tourists from all over the world visited our country.
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Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland. South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
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South Africa has been declared one of the 18 megadiverse destinations in the world. As a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, South Africa has numerous conservation projects to protect its natural heritage – travellers can support and take part in many of these projects. The country is home to the famous Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo).
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In September 2010, Elizabeth Kendall and myself, both living in South Africa, formed the new group Beauty of Afrika/Afrikaans & English, which showcases the best South Africa has to offer. I would like to invite you to pop in and check out our fabulous artwork, images and meet some of our members, and at the same time, *get to know more about South Africa!
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Please feel free to pop in to the group from time-to-time to check out new additions and info on South Africa.


24th January 2014 – FEATURED in “Love these Creatures”
27th January 2014 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
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