Geography and climate

Youth and finance are priorities at World Forestry Congress

Financing was a priority topic at the World Forestry Congress in Durban this week. Another was the youth and their vital role in planning and managing forestry and agriculture. The theme, investing in a sustainable future, was debated by delegates from around the world.

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centre, youth, finance, generation earth, ella bella, trevor abrahams, 
Gerald Steindlegger, matt frei, Raymond landveld, standing committee 
on finance, united nations framework convention on climate change

Karoo rocks explain mass extinction

A decades-long study of the rocks in South Africa's Karoo has revealed that a single cataclysmic event on land and sea led to the Permian extinction, when life on Earth nearly came to an end. It happened about 200 million years before the dinosaurs died out, and was more severe.

Vredefort Dome to be protected

South Africa's Vredefort Dome, a Unesco World Heritage site, has jumped another hurdle and is nearer to being formally protected under local law after an agreement was signed between the government and landowners in the area.

Table Mountain 1 of New 7 Wonders

Celebrations erupted at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront on Friday night as Table Mountain was provisionally named a New 7 Wonder of Nature following a three-year global race to choose the world's seven most wonderful natural sites.

South Africa's geography

South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2500km 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.

Maps of South Africa

South Africa and its provinces, regions, cities and suburbs. Tourist accommodation and recreation venues. Get the big picture then zoom in close and get the details with a range of excellent mapping websites.

Two oceans & biodiversity

SA has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, and is the only country to contain an entire floral kingdom. The Cape Peninsula National Park has more plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New Zealand.

Where we are

Here's where 
you'll find us
You'll find us on the southern tip of Africa - where two oceans meet. >

South Africa's provinces

South Africa's climate

Warm, temperate conditions and a seemingly endless supply of sunshine. >

South Africa photo galleries

Gallery: South Africa's coastline


From the cold Atlantic of the northern Cape to the diver's paradise of Sodwana Bay. >

Mountains and rivers

This is big sky country, with vast mountain ranges falling into lush river valleys. >

Gallery: South African countryside


Step out of the urban centres and discover an unexplored country of contrasts. >

Gallery: South Africa from outer space

From outer space

View our collection of some of the best satellite images of South Africa. >