Geography and climate

Drakensberg: barrier of spears

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has outstanding natural beauty, Africa's highest mountain range south of Kilimanjaro, a fascinating and ancient geology, some of the rarest animals in the world - and the largest series of rock art in Africa.

The Drakensberg range of mountains

Eastern Cape province, South Africa

South Africa's Eastern Cape is a region of great natural beauty, from the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense forest of the Wild Coast to the desolate Great Karoo, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its rich apple harvests, and the mountainous southern Drakensberg region.

Free State province, South Africa

The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. Lying between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, the region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the northeast.

Gauteng province, South Africa

With only 1.4% of South Africa's land area, the tiny province of Gauteng punches way above its weight, contributing around 34% to the national economy and some 7% to the GDP of the entire African continent.

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.

KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa

The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean. A popular tourist destination, the province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north.

Limpopo province, South Africa

Limpopo is South Africa's northernmost province, lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, the giant Kruger National Park game reserve and South Africa's lost city of gold.

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. >