South Africa itself may be thought of as an outdoor adventure paradise, but lions, rhinos and leopards (oh my!) arenít the only highlights of this cultural kaleidoscope. Culturally, this is the land that spawned Nelson Mandela, Charlize Theron, Dave Matthews, J.R.R. Tolkein, and plenty of others in between.

The nation is perhaps most noticeable for its diversity, with eleven national languages and citizens of African, European, and Asian ancestry. Above all, South Africa offers the opportunity to experience life in a country that is still struggling to come to grips with a troubled past while finding its footing for a stable future. Whatever you do, donít be fooled into thinking that Southern Africa ends in South Africaís Northern Province.

Adventurous travelers will find that the other nations in the region possess their own thrills and lifestyles independent of South Africa.

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