If there ever was an accurate description of The Rainbow Nation, it would be the description of South Africa. The country is literally a melting point of all colors of everything people, animals, and plants. It brings all these together in a striking harmony that makes the nation one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.
People come from far and wide just to have a sample of the rich diversity of The Mzansi.
The nation’s populace is made up of a mixture of blacks, whites, Asians, and coloreds. The country did have its own dark days of racial segregation, but it has come through these successfully to have one of the world’s most united mixed-race citizenry.
Of the world’s 17 most megadiverse nations, South Africa ranks an impressive sixth. This is an indicator of its variety of animal and plant varieties. To get a picture, it is important to note that a country needs to have not less than 5,000 different species of plants that don’t indigenously exist elsewhere to qualify as megadiverse.
From the savannah grasslands to the veld, acacias, aloes, and baobabs; there is an almost limitless variety of plants to be seen. In the many parks that litter the country, the South African Cheetah, giraffes, Transvaal lions, blue wildebeest and other animals roam. Most tourists who visit the country often get to see an animal species they never got to see before.
These things make South Africa a strong magnet that attracts tourists with botanical interest from all parts of the world.
The geography of South Africa is just as varied as its people, plants, and animals. Being the 25th largest country in the world gives it adequate space to have as many land formations as one can imagine. From the flat-topped hills to the flat grasslands and mountainous Cape Ranges, you will find almost every gradient in South Africa.