South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa

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Seven world heritage sites, home to the Big 5, a powerhouse in international sport, and birthplace of Nelson Mandela, South Africa is a truly diverse and captivating country.

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Sports Management Internship in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Gain real life experience in the sports charity sector and support our great team in South Africa. Take part in local marketing efforts, structuring up timetables ...
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Rugby Coaching Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Coach rugby as a volunteer rugby coach in South Africa, teaching young players the skills and team disciplines to develop in the sport. If you love ...
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South Africa Sports Tour – 10 days, Port Elizabeth

Experience South Africa’s incredible passion for sport on a 10 day sports tour with your school, university or club team. Coach and play sport ...
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Netball Coaching Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Volunteer in South Africa on our netball coaching project and help children play and develop in the sport they love by working as a dedicated volunteer ...
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Cricket: Season in South Africa, Cape Town

Take a trip to South Africa and join one of Cape Town’s top cricket clubs as you get to train and play your sport ...
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South Africa Sports Tour – 14 Days, Port Elizabeth

Take your school or club team to South Africa on a sports tour with a difference. Play against local school and club teams and help coach ...
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Ultimate Frisbee Coaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Coach and play ultimate frisbee with children in South Africa, giving them the chance to develop in the sport. Coaching ultimate frisbee in South Africa gives ...
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Tennis Coaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Volunteer in South Africa as a tennis coach and give young tennis players the chance to play and develop in the sport they love. Coaching tennis ...
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Swimming Teaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Coach and teach swimming to children in South Africa, teaching them the swimming skills to stay safe in the swimming pool and at the beach. This ...
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35 days
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Hockey Coaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

Coach young hockey players in the townships of Port Elizabeth and give them the opportunity to play hockey in a fun and enjoyable way. Working as ...
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Five times the size of the United Kingdom, South Africa’s culture and landscape will inspire and amaze you, from wildlife safaris and wine tasting tours, to breathtaking surf beaches and cosmopolitan cities. South Africa will leave a lasting impression long after you return home.

South Africa has a fierce reputation on the international sports circuit as a powerhouse in every meaning of the word. From the giants of the rugby teams, to the supremacy of the cricket teams, the Saffers have affirmed themselves at any major sports tournament, and always provide every team with a real battle.

Quick Facts

Name

Republic of South Africa

Location

Southern Africa

Bordering Countries

Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe

Capital City

Pretoria (official); Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative).

Government

Democratic Republic

Population

47 million approx

Language

11 official languages; English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu

Currency

Rand (ZAR)

Poverty

50% of population below the poverty line

Main Exports

Gold, diamonds, metals and minerals, cars, machinery

Climate

Mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flag South Africa

Fun Facts

  • Charlize Theron was the first South African to win an Oscar (Best Actress, Monster, 2004)
  • Lekker means “cool” or “awesome”
  • South Africa is the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup

Travel Highlights in South Africa

  • Big 5 Safari – the chance to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
  • Climb Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town
  • Wine Tour in the Stellenbosch Valley – find a new favourite in this famous region
  • Walk in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
  • Surf at Jeffrey’s Bay – have a lesson with a professional surfer
African Elephant
African Elephant

Where is South Africa?

The Republic of South Africa lies at the very southern tip of Africa, flanked by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The country is almost five times the size of the UK and shares southern Africa with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

History of South Africa

South Africa’s turbulent history is a blend of tribal warfare, racial struggle and political activity, the legacy of which lives on in the multicultural country that you see today. The Dutch were the first European settlers to land in South Africa, way back in the 17th century. They brought a new religion (the Dutch Reformed Church) and a new language (Afrikaans) which is still widely spoken throughout South Africa. The British, however, became increasingly prominent during the late 18th century and tensions soon led to the Anglo-Boer War. The conflict saw the Boers (Dutch farmers) and the British forces locked in battle from 1899-1902. The British were victorious and finally took control of the Boer regions of Transvaal and the Orange Free State (OFS) and ruled the country until 1910 when the Union of South Africa was created.

The Union of South Africa installed political power to the whites and, unsurprisingly, extreme racial segregation, better known as apartheid, was soon evident across the country. The Afrikaner National Party was especially renowned for upholding its strict racial regime from 1948 onwards. Blacks established their own political parties in response to this oppression, the most notable being the African National Congress (ANC), and black-led protests were met with unfettered violence. During the 1960s, the leaders of the ANC were imprisoned, including Nelson Mandela, and the country left the Commonwealth declaring itself a republic state. Racial tensions continued for many years and it was only in 1989, when FW de Klerk came to power, that South Africa gained a new hope for peace. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and became the first black president, winning the 1994 general election. Soon afterwards, South Africa returned to the Commonwealth.

South Africa has come a long way since the days of apartheid, but the division between whites and blacks still exists today. Fortunately, as one of the most democratic and well developed nations on the continent, South Africa can now be hopeful about finally resolving its turbulent and racially-loaded past.

Languages of South Africa

There are 11 official languages in South Africa but English is widely spoken, especially in the main cities. If travelling through South Africa, you will undoubtedly come across this variety of language. Afrikaans speakers usually speak English well, but this is not always the case in small towns and amongst the older generations. There are several African languages spoken, of which the most common are Zulu and Xhosa which uses a variety of clicks – hard to learn but will provide a source of intrigue for listeners.

Music in South Africa

Many people are familiar with the African sounds and choral beauty of the Lady Smith Black Mambazo band, most notably for their collaboration with Paul Simon on the Graceland project of 1986, winning fans throughout the world. Their music has also been used on TV commercials such as the Heinz baked beans TV advert in 1999. The Mambazo’s music has a recognizable sound (known as the Iscathamiya style of singing) but there is an array of other South African music which you should try to sample while in country, including Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz and other contemporary styles.

Food in South Africa

South Africa offers traditional food spanning many different cultures, from Braais (barbeques) and biltong (dried meat), to Potjiekos (cooked meat and vegetable stew) and Mielie Pap (a stiff corn meal mix).

Climate in South Africa

South Africa has an envious climate, with sunny weather being enjoyed throughout the year, although the temperatures in winter tend to be cool and mild. South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere and the winter months are therefore spread from June to August, with temperatures ranging from around 10°C to 20°C. The summer weather blazes from November to March, with temperatures reaching about 30°C, and spring is during September and October, with autumn between April and May.

Travelling in South Africa

South Africa offers a reliable and affordable bus network that makes travelling the country by coach a convenient option. The journey from Cape Town (west coast) to Johannesburg (east coast) takes around 20 hours and there are a number of reputable companies to choose from, including Greyhound and Translux, as well as other hop-on, hop-off services that are targeted at the backpacker market. Travelling by bus is also a great way to explore the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – a stunning coastal landscape rich with wildlife and flora.

Travelling by train is another affordable option, but often slightly more expensive than bus. Travel times tend to be shorter than bus, but not in every case. For example, the train journey from Cape Town (west coast) to Johannesburg (east coast) can take up to 30 hours as opposed to 20 hours by bus.

Renting a car gives you flexibility and is perhaps the best way to discover the areas of South Africa that the bus and train networks do not service. The roads are well kept and a number of major car rental companies operate in South Africa which makes car rental simple. You must, however, make sure you have a valid driver’s licence and are fully insured to drive in South Africa.

Flying is the most convenient way to travel between South Africa’s most popular areas and cities, including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Booking early will save you money and there are a number of domestic airlines to choose from.

Leisure in South Africa

South Africa is a haven for adventure with extreme sports, varied landscapes and famous surfing destinations, namely Jeffrey’s Bay. There are also fantastic golf courses, scenic hiking routes (an ideal way of getting close to the natural environment and also an inexpensive way of exploring the country), places to parachute jump, go mountain biking, scuba dive and much more. You may want to include some of the following activities while in-country: mountain biking, camping, shark diving, bungee jumping, 4×4 safaris, golf, fishing, scuba diving, parachuting, horse riding, dune boarding, boogey boards, deep sea cruises, tennis, squash, kayaking, badminton, water skiing, coastal hiking and power kiting.

National Stadium South Africa
National Stadium South Africa

Sport in South Africa

South Africa has long been a respected and fearsome force in international sport with its rugby, cricket and football teams providing strong competition around the globe. South Africa is therefore a perfect destination for anyone who has a passion for sport, whether playing it, coaching it or watching it. However, behind South Africa’s sporting success, lies a lack of sporting opportunities for many of the children living in the townships and poorer communities. Therefore, by joining one of our sports coaching volunteer projects, you can give young athletes the opportunity to play and develop in the sports they love. You too can play a variety of sports, at a variety of levels, during your time in South Africa.

Volunteering in South Africa

Developed cities and international sporting success mask a serious lack of funding and opportunities for many of the children and young athletes throughout South Africa. There is a variety of volunteer projects in South Africa that need dedicated volunteers to help with. Your skills and experience can therefore make a huge difference to the disadvantaged children you will volunteer with on our volunteer community projects, especially through sport.

Gap Year or Career Break in South Africa

South Africa is an ideal location for any gap year and career break travel. A gap year or career break in South Africa could see you working on a volunteer sports coaching project, enjoying amazing adventures and making friends with the thousands of other gap year and career break travelers who are spending their time out in South Africa.

“"South Africa is just a magical place with so many things to do and so much history to soak up. And if you love your sport this nation will spoil you."”

Mark Benewith
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