View of Hout Bay, Cape Town

View of Hout Bay, Cape Town

Photo by Kay (wikimedia commons)

South Africa Geography

Photo by Zaian (wikimedia commons)Brandwag (The Sentinel), Free State Photo by Zaian (wikimedia commons)

It’s probably pretty obvious where South Africa’s located, but what about its neighbours?  Cape Point is said to be where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, in reality it’s a little further along the coast, but we won’t spoilt it!  So, that’s the south, west and most of the eastern parts taken care of.  Then, there are Swaziland and Mozambique to the east, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the north.

The country is divided into nine provinces:

Gauteng.  With its capital Pretoria and the well known city Johannesburg.

Western Cape.  This is a big one to visit for visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire.  It’s the home of the capital Cape Town, with the magnificent Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, and for wine lovers the winelands of Stellenbosh.  There’s the coastline where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, and the Garden Route

Eastern Cape.  With the remainder of the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, and home to one of the best surfing beaches at Jeffrey’s Bay.

Northern Cape.  Is where you will find the Kalahari Desert, and some great places to look for diamonds….Ladies remember the credit card!

Free State.  Has the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vredefort Dome, the oldest and largest meteorite impact crater.

KwaZulu Natal.  The provincial capital Durban is the second largest city in South Africa and a popular holiday spot for South Africans.  It’s also where you will find the incredible Drakensburg mountain range and the Tugela Falls, the world’s second highest waterfall.

The North West.  With the Pilinesburg Game Reserve, ad Sun City.

Mpumalanga.  This is another part of the country which you will no doubt visit; it’s where you’ll find the Kruger National Park, the Drakensburg Escarpment, and Blythe River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.

Limpopo. Is the most northerly province and borders Zimbabwe.

Although Lesotho is in the east of the country it is, in fact, an independent kingdom and not classed as South Africa.

When you visit South Africa, you will notice that the vast interior of the country is a plateau with sharp escarpments, to the west the coast is arid, whilst to the south and southeast the semi arid coast is backed with vegetation, if you’re looking for lush wetlands and forests head for the north.  On the waterfront, no pun intended; if you like to dip your toe in the water, try the beaches on the south coast, the west coast is the bracing Atlantic Ocean and around Cape Point is certainly not where you want to be out swimming.  The meeting of the oceans can be very choppy and dangerous at times, but if you don’t mind standing on the beach, you can get some amazing photos.  
South Africa is one of THE best places for motorhome rental or campervan hire, there are just so many things to see, who wants to be tied to staying in hotels and pre-booked itineraries, stay as long as you want and experience what its like to be free.

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