South Africa is a country known for some of the world’s beautiful cites offering amazing sights. From the “Mother City” Cape Town to Durban, the country reflect its multi-culture. Have you ever been asked “What is the capital of South Africa?” by a 12 year old… if not then you are in luck because let me tell you it is a trick question. There is no one capital of South Africa; there are three capitals for the country; Cape Town has the seat of the parliament so is the legislative capital, Pretoria hosts the presidency and his cabinet so it is the administrative capital; last but not the least Bloemfontein houses the supreme court and thus is the judicial capital of the South Africa. Johannesburg being the largest metropolitan city of South Africa is also considered as the constitutional capital due to the presence of the constitutional court in the city.
It’s not just the multiple capitals that exemplify the heights of diversity this African country has to offer, South Africa also maintains 11 national languages, highest than any other country of the world. This multi-ethnic country of around 53 million people today has served a gateway to the Great Africa through its vast shores along the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans. Today South Africa is seen as upper-middle income economy and with a century old political and electoral system; The Republic of South Africa is also referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” due to its multi-cultural diversity.
South Africa is the naturally richest country in the whole world, the sheer types and classifications of natural minerals, animal and plant species available in this one country is unmatched. Precious minerals like gold, diamonds and platinum are mined from this country and are exported constituting the fifth largest mining industry of the world with a valuation north of 2.5 trillion dollars.
The most obvious attraction in South Africa for tourists from around the globe is the wild life that it contains; from Rhinos to Penguins South Africa houses the largest number of animal species in the world. With a focus on preserving the wild life, South Africa has invested a great deal in creating Wild Life parks, elephant sanctuaries and game reserves. Tourists from around the world visit South Africa to experience the wild life safari that it offers with trained guides and a real time encounter with lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos and hippos. The sight of baby rhinos, giraffes, elephants and hippos running around is a unique thing to witness in the 21st century and today only South Africa offers an insight into the magnificent animal kingdom out in the actual wild.
Another splendid experience that awaits all travelers is the African Penguin, found on the Boulder’s Beach. An endangered species these penguins can only be found in their actual habitat in this place. In 1982 this colony was initiated by only 2 breeding pairs and today more than 3000 penguins can be found in the colony residing on the beaches of South Africa. Hundreds of these black and white birds can be seen walking upright on the beaches near Cape town among the happy locals and travelers, rendering an experience that can’t be replicated any other way.
South Africa is a land of diverse cultures, races, animals, plants and minerals; it is highly commendable that the country’s government has timely identified these diversities and has created a multiverse for the whole world to enjoy and cherish.