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South Africa Accommodation

 

South Africa Accommodation – Accommodation South Africa

Find accommodation in the most popular places to stay in the various cities and towns in the provinces of Southern Africa. You may also wish to add your establishment to the FREE accommodation directory listing or add your venue to the FREE venue directory listing. Accommodation Africa South will soon provide you with a list of all the best destinations and venues, things to do and see – whether you are looking for a ‘naughty’ weekend away from the kids, an adventure, vacation or holiday accommodation or somewhere to stay because you are a travelling salesman, contractor or other profession that involves a lot of travelling and staying away from home.  We plan to have venues and places where you can have conferences, conventions, expos,  special events like weddings, birthday parties, art, craft, and other exhibitions, as well as farmers or christmas markets and agricultural and other shows.  We also have a calendar of events  for places in South Africa if you wish to see whats on.

About South Africa

South Africa has many different types of weather climate and landscape, from winter rainfall to temparate,  from Karoo (semi-desert) to lush almost tropical, from grassland to forest, savannah, mountains, beaches, and lots of wild and untamed areas with game still roaming free, as well as built-up cities, rural areas and smaller towns, just like anywhere else in the world. Our cities are on-par with most first world countries even though South Africa is considered a third world country. There are many interesting things to see and do in this beautiful country of ours.

We have a very interesting history even though settlers from Europe only came to South Africa in 1652. People have been living here longer than anywhere else on the planet, or so I’m told. We may not have the Parthenon or a  Tower of Piza, but we do have exquisite caves with paintings depicting scenes from times way prior to the Roman Empire.

You can click on the links below to go to write-ups of the different provinces, the site link list will give you an overview of the site with links to the cities and accommodation, the South African, Provincial, and Regional maps have highlighted areas that will also take you to the provinces, regions, cities, and places to see (eventually). Below are links to the various provinces to find the cities and towns in the area you are looking for… see next to the stats table on the left.

Following is a Statistical chart with the number of people per region and their GDP for the nine provinces.

Provinces of South Africa

 Comparative Regional Statistics for the Provinces of South Africa

For a quick reference use the site links page
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NOTE: the excel sheet has the stats as well as a chart.
flip through to see.

South African Flags

South African Flag (current)The national flag was designed by a former South African State Herald, Mr Fred Brownell. It was first used on 27 April 1994. The central design of the flag begins at the flag-post. It starts with two lines converging to a single line that can be interpreted as the convergence of diverse elements within South African society, moving towards and aspiring to unity. The theme of convergence and unity ties in with the motto “Unity is Strength”of the previous South African Coat of Arms.

Republic of South African Flag (old)The original South African flag was red, white and blue.  The three small flags that appeared in the middle represented the four provinces that constituted South Africa at the time. The former British colonies of Cape of Good Hope and Natal are represented by the Union Jack flag, followed by the flags of the former Afrikaner republics of (Boer) Orange Free State and (Transvaal) the South African Republic.

ANC flagThe African National Congress (ANC) colours are green, yellow (gold), and black. The design and colours are a synopsis of principal elements of the country’s flag history.

Individual and colour combinations represent different meanings for different people and therefore there is no universal symbolism that can or should be attached to any of the colours.

Another interesting colour combination is that Rasta colours are red, green, gold and black; the red symbolizes the blood of all living things in the world, the green denotes the earth that people walk on, to which Rastas feel a special connection, the gold signifies the treasures in and of the world that people cherish, and black stands for Africa.

Myths and Misconceptions about South Africa

Because South Africa is a third world country there are some that believe that wild animals walk around all over the place and all Africans are black.  The are are designated areas; game reserves and game lodges where wild animals do walk around free and can be viewed in their natural habitat on game drives, or accompanied game walks.  Remember wild animals are dangerous.  Do not feed them, nor get out to touch them no matter how cute they look.  You may lose a limb, or even worse, your life.  We also have a number of zoos and game parks where animals can be viewed close-up in cages.

Africa is a continent and home to 54 independent, unique countries, each with its own identity, music, food, history, flag, anthem, currency, and mix of languages and cultures. In fact, more than 2000 languages are spoken in Africa and there are more than 3000 ethnic groups. Africa is huge. It covers 30,221,000 sq km (11,679,000 sq miles). The USA fits into the African continent three times; if you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan – they can all fit into Africa.

Africa is poor?

Not all African countries are poor. South Africa is a wealthy country with many natural resources; gold, platinum, diamond, and other
mines, with a good educational system, excellent universities, and some very advanced hospitals (remember the first heart-transplants were done in South Africa and many people come from all parts of the world to have corrective and plastic surgery done here because it is cheaper, but just as good as anywhere else in the world).

South Africa’s GDP outranks Belgium’s. The main problem has been the distribution of the wealth.

Africa is disease-ridden?

Though disease takes many lives in the rest of Africa, child immunization programs and accessibility of basic health care has made huge strides in reducing polio and measles specifically in the last decade or two. AIDS is prevalent in Southern Africa, as it is in most places in the world these days, but not as much of a pandemic as in other African countries.

Find out which vaccines are needed to avoid illness. Make sure you take prophylactics if you are visting Malaria-ridden areas, wear long sleeves and pants in the evenings sitting next to campfires to reduce exposed areas, and sleep under a mosquito net. Prevention is better than cure.

African politicians are corrupt?

I think this is a human condition and is about the individual. There are corrupt people in every position, every country, every nation.

Africa is dangerous and violent?

Crime is as prevalent as in most other countries. With all its wars it doesn’t come close to the killings of the holocaust, the extermination of Red Indians in America, nor the Aboriginees in Australia, not to mention the killings in the name of religion.

Africa has no history?

see About.com’s African History site for more about African and Southern Africa’s history.

Africa is technologically backward?

Our internet acces might not be on par with the UK and USA, but we have a decent infrastructure and have put in fiber optic cables which means it will soon improve.
There are more cellphones than landlines at this stage. We have a highly effective mobile banking system which has opened up rural areas. Most towns and cities have ATM’s (Automatic Teller Systems) where you can draw money (not sure this is linked internationally yet), and we have internet banking.

I hope you will find this site useful, informative and the time of your lives here in our beautiful country.

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