Located on the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is bordered by 6 countries and has 11 official languages, as well as an equally diverse population. South Africa is home to the Big 5, a majestic listing of animals that include the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant. It is a land of contrasts, offering distinct landscapes ranging from the rocky coastlines of the Cape Peninsula to the naked landscape of the Lowveld and from the wetlands on the coast of Maputaland to the quaint farmsteads and valleys of the winelands. Even South Africa’s cities are mesmerizingly different, Cape Town is laid back and leisurely; while Johannesburg, South Africa’s own “City of Gold,” is fast-paced and energetic. The fascinating and turbulent history of the country contributes to the awe-inspiring and remarkable character of this true rainbow nation!