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South Africa is one of the world’s most diverse countries both geographically and socially. It’s 53 million people share eleven official languages, more than 30 ethnic groups and abundant landscapes and the wildlife that come with them. It is also Africa’s wealthiest nation.
However, an ongoing recovery from a history of racial inequality means that it also ranks in the top ten nations globally for income inequality and it struggles with high rates of HIV/AIDS infection and issues related to immigration. Check out the map to learn more about South Africa’s sites and cities and watch the videos for a look at Nelson Mandela, a man who spent 27 years in prison in an effort to end Apartheid, a system of racial segregation that plagued South Africa for nearly 50 years.
Famous for it’s harbor and the picturesque Table Mountain, Cape Town is South Africa’s legislative capitol and is also known as the Mother City.
The country’s largest city by population, though Johannesburg is not the political capitol of the country, it’s arguably the cultural heart.
Located in Table Bay outside of Cape Town, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was held on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned.
A small village on the Eastern cape of South Africa, Mvezo is Nelson Mandela’s birthplace.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
This park is the size of the country of Israel and is full of wildlife of all stripes, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, AND hippos. What more could you ask for?
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