SOUTH AFRICA is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The South African coast stretches 2,798 km and borders both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north of South Africa lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland. It surrounds the Kingdom of Lesotho, an independent enclave.
South Africa is known for its diversity in cultures, languages, and religious beliefs; the population consisting roughly of 80% black, 9% white, 9% coloured and 2% Asian races. South Africa’s convenient position and excellent yachting facilities make it a natural stopover, added to which are the many nature reserves that make South Africa an interesting place to visit.
One major drawback is the weather and sailing conditions, the waters around the tip of Africa being among the most dangerous in the world. For any major repair, Cape Town and Durban have a complete range of services. The myriad activities and attractions on offer for visitors include: epicurean and wine tours, hot air ballooning, hiking, white water rafting, diving, paragliding, mountain biking, and wildlife safaris for the active and adventurous. Don’t miss The Drakensberg mountains, the Wild Coast, Cape Town and the wine lands, and Zululand.
Captain’s log: South Africa – South African Sea Safari