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South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2,500 kilometres from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. South Africa is a varied country and has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world. In fact, it is the only country to contain an entire floral kingdom of its own – the fynbos of the Western Cape has more plant species than the whole British Isles or New Zealand. Tourists also flock to Cape of Good Hope every year to witness the beautiful scenery at the edge of Africa and the zone where Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. South Africa is more than a cultural melting pot, it's a big warm potjie of culture, full of different ingredients and yummy surprises, developing its rich flavour over centuries. Get a taste of cultural alphabet soup from archaeology to Zulu. With 11 official languages and a huge gap between rich and poor, South Africa has one of the most diverse populations in the world and the new freedoms of post-apartheid South Africa have brought new life to its people. South African food celebrates our rich heritage and natural bounty of seafood, meat, game and plants, while South African wine has earned rave reviews internationally for 300 years. There is a strong cultural tradition, from ancient san rock art in caves and mountains around the country, to music pulsing through the people’s vein: from early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.

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