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9 PROVINCES

9. GAUTENG

GAUTENG 18,178 km2 (7,019 sq mi) Gauteng is typically an oasis. Perched on a dry inland plateau known as the Highveld, at an altitude above 1500 m, is this minute but extraordinarily fertile patch area. The name Gauteng comes from the phrase meaning “place … Read More

8. MPUMALANGA

MPUMALANGA 76,495 km2 (29,535 sq mi)

When the South African sun rises in the morning, this is where it happens. Mpumalanga (meaning “sunrise”) ushers in the first light of day with its motto Omnia labor vincit (Labour will conquer all) as … Read More

7. KWAZULU-NATAL

KWAZULU-NATAL 94,361 km2 (36,433 sq mi)

Shouldering the warm Indian Ocean in the east, at around 92,100 km2in area, Kwazulu Natal is roughly the size of Portugal. Since Vasco Da Gama spotted the coast of the region on Christmas Day 1497, it was named Natal  … Read More

6. NORTH WEST

NORTH WEST 104,882 km2 (40,495 sq mi)

The Bridge of Time at the Sun City Holiday Resorts is a fascinating structural feature. There is a big black hole blasting through a rough and imposing mountain structure, at the foot of which is a … Read More

5. LIMPOPO

LIMPOPO 125,754 km2 (48,554 sq mi)

At the dawn of the new South Africa, a notable consideration for the new name of this province was Mapungubwe, the area where the most ancient gold-using civilisation of the province had been discovered a few years … Read More

4. WESTERN CAPE

WESTERN CAPE 129,462 km2 (49,986 sq mi)

The southwestern corner of South Africa is roughly the size of England, the land of angles. As it extends north and east from the Cape of Good Hope, the angle is takes is an L-shape. The … Read More

3. FREE STATE

FREE STATE 129,825 km2 (50,126 sq mi)

This is a tale of the two rivers, the Vaal up north and the Orange down south. Between the coiling meander lines, lie the flat boundless plains, known as the Free State. The rich soil and … Read More

2. EASTERN CAPE

EASTERN CAPE 168,966 km2 (65,238 sq mi)

This is where the European settlers of the 19th Century first set foot when they arrived in South Africa. The traditional home of the Xhosa people. Out of the apartheid-era  homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, the Eastern … Read More

1. NORTHERN CAPE

NORTHERN CAPE 372,889 km2 (143,973 sq mi) On a cold July evening in 1994, the founding fathers of the Rainbow Nation gathered to decide the fate of the southwestern part of the country. They pulled up a map of the Cape Province and drew … Read More

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