A large country making up the southern portion of the African continent is South Africa. The country, being home to over 5.7 million individuals, is make up of nine provinces. South Africa shares land borders with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana. Within the country’s borders is the sovereign nation of Lesotho. When it comes to climate, South Africa is considered to be subtropical and therefore there tends to be plenty of dry, sunny days with warm temperatures being the average.
The people of South Africa are always working hard at bringing the country to greater ranks as a nation. The economy grows by the driving forces of mining, energy, transportation, agriculture and tourism. Tourism is a growing sector. With the accommodating weather, the beautiful and varied landscapes, the incredible biodiversity and the overall hospitality of the locals are some of the reasons tourists find South Africa so appealing a destination.
The South African people are as interesting and lovely as the country. The history they bring forward in stories and song is quite fascinating and beautiful to learn. With diverse cultures, backgrounds, ancestors and even languages, the people are like a quilt, each adding their own unique flares and stitches. With 11 official languages, and a constitution that protects the rights of the people to use their own preferred language, the people take pride in their individuality and background. The vast majority of people consider themselves to be of the Christian faith, while other religious groups such as Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists are also represented in society.
South Africa is known for many of its passions, such as music, art and dance. South African music varies in style, but traditional music employs the use of percussion quite a bit. When it comes to performing and visual arts, the people tend to hold many colorful and fun-filled festivals throughout the year to celebrate and enjoy.
The country of South Africa is vibrant and lively. The people are diverse and interesting. The culture is a collage of year and years of history coming together to make one great national flavor.