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South Africa A land of contrasts

South Africa, roughly the size of Spain and France combined, encompasses an astonishing diversity of environments; from the dramatic arid moon shapes of the north west to the forest fringed coastline of the Garden Route, from the flat dry Karoo interior to the craggy Drakensburg in the east and the manicured vineyards of the Cape to the spring flower field of the Namaqualand. South Africa is the only country in the world that can lay claim to an entire floral kingdom within its boarders. South Africa long coastline stretches more than 2,500Km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. On this safari we tread in the footsteps of the early pioneers through a land of spectacular scenery and unparalleled hospitality.

The earliest representatives of South Africa’s diversity were the San and Khoekhoe peoples (otherwise known individually as the Bushmen and the Hottentots or Khoi Khoi, collectively called the Khoisan). Both were resident in the southern tip of the continent for thousands of years before its written history began with the arrival of Europeans seafarers. And about that, modern human beings had lived here for more than 100,000 years-indeed, the country is an archaeological treasure chest, as can be seen at Sterkfontein cares in the western Transvaal.

Credits:

Nathan Dixey