In South Africa, one finds the world's strangest and most dramatic landscapes, a unique wealth of animal and plant life, a treasure of gold, diamonds and other minerals, and a kaleidoscope of fascinating cultures.
Nature's tools of creation, the wind, sun, ice and rain, have worked a special magic. There are extremes of deserts, savannas, snow-covered mountains, grasslands, high forests and tropical mangrove swamps. Within these climatic zones, Earth's most diverse plant population flourishes. South Africa is also the home of big game, and hosts birds as varied as the vast range of habitats and foods that nature has prepared for them.
It is the variety of South Africa's fascinating and diverse peoples that are its greatest asset. South Africa is known as the cradle of civilization. For this is where archaeologists discovered 2,5 million-year-old fossils of our earliest ancestors, as well as 100,000 year old remains of modern man.