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Villas in South Africa

South Africa

With South Africa being the venue for the 2010 World Cup it's time to book your villa if you want to see the game live.

However, there's plenty of other things to do in South Africa if you get fed up with football.

South Africa is situated at the tip of the African continent. It has coastlines on the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic.

South Africa has three capital cities, Pretoria (executive capital), Bloemfontein (judicial capital) and Cape Town (legislative capital). The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg.

South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world. Extensive fossil remains at the Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Makapansgat caves suggest that various australopithecines existed in South Africa from about three million years ago.

South Africa has a long coast line, so when you are not watching the game you can always soak up the sun.

South Africa has a generally temperate climate, due in part to being surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides, by its location in the climatically milder southern hemisphere and due to the average elevation rising steadily towards the north (towards the equator) and further inland.

Due to this varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exist. The climatic zones vary, from the extreme desert of the southern Namib in the farthest northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian ocean. From the east, the land quickly rises over a mountainous escarpment towards the interior plateau known as the Highveld.

Even though South Africa is classified as semi-arid, there is considerable variation in climate as well as topography. The extreme southwest has a climate remarkably similar to that of the Mediterranean with wet winters and hot, dry summers, hosting the famous Fynbos Biome of grassland and thicket. This area also produces much of the wine in South Africa.

This region is also particularly known for its wind, which blows intermittently almost all year. The severity of this wind made passing around the Cape of Good Hope particularly treacherous for sailors, causing many shipwrecks.

Further east on the south coast, rainfall is distributed more evenly throughout the year, producing a green landscape. This area is popularly known as the Garden Route.

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Drakensburg Mountains
Drakensberg Mountains

Brandwag Rock
Brandwag Rock Free State

West Coast National Park
West Coast National Park

Pretoria
Pretoria

Cape Town
Cape Town from Table Mountain