Population of South Africa: approximately 55,091,000
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages. Of these, two are Indo-European languages and the other nine are Bantu languages.
The most spoken language in South Africa is Zulu (mother tongue for 24% of the population), followed by xhosa (18%) and Afrikaans (13%); English is only in fifth place, however used as a supporting language for the tourism sector.
Religion: The most widespread religions are Christian (Protestantism, Catholicism, Anglicanism).
Currency: South African currency isthe South African rand.
Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted in most ATMs but also at banks and money changers. International credit cards are accepted practically everywhere as a method of payment. However, it is advisable to consult your bank before leaving.
Time zone: GMT + 02: 00
Climate: South Africa is characterized by different types of climate, mainly due to exposure and proximity to the sea and therefore to the influences of ocean currents. South Africa's climate is generally dry; dry periods are a fairly frequent phenomenon.
Aside from the Cape area, most of the territory is affected by eastern winds from the Indian ocean.
The country, enjoying high temperatures, can be visited all year round, taking into account the climatic peculiarities of the areas visited:
The Cape Town area enjoys the Mediterranean climate, with temperatures hovering around 30 ° C from December to February and 18 ° C from July to August. The rains are more frequent between June and August.
In the northernmost territories, such as Kruger Park and in the eastern part of the country, from May to October you can enjoy a dry climate and it is in fact the best time for safaris, when it is easier to spot the movements of theanimals. During the summer, however, from December to February it is the wet season with higher and muggy temperatures, with also the most frequent rains.
The coastal area of South Africa characterized by the most popular beaches is the one around Durban. Here you can swim all year round. The best time for this area is from May to September, in fact in this period the rains are absent. In the other months, however, the rains are few and passing.