South Africa

South Africa

Known for soccer, safaris, and shark diving, South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa.

It's a land of adventure.

It's also a land of deep pain.

Several decades since apartheid formally ended, South Africa still needs healing and reconciliation. Social injustice and racial prejudice are still rampant.

Although they live in one of the wealthiest countries on the continent, most of the population outside of big cities are poor. Like the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, this country struggles with a high rate of HIV/AIDS.

Will you share the adventure of the Kingdom of God in South Africa?

South Africa

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Culture

A handshake while maintaining eye contact is the most common greeting in South Africa. Some women will not shake hands, so wait for them to extend a hand first. Men may kiss women they know on the cheek in place of a handshake.

Most urban South Africans wear casual clothing, including jeans. However, tennis shoes are rarely worn unless the person is exercising or on the beach. Fashionable shoes or sandals are normally worn.

In some ethnic groups it is not polite to gesture or give and receive objects with the left hand. Receiving objects with cupped hands is considered polite.

Basics

Currency:
South African Rand


Language:
IsiZulu, Afrikaans, and English


Religion:
Protestant 73%

Catholic 7%
None 15%
Muslim 2%
Other 3%

Explore

South Africa is one of the world’s premier surfing destinations. If you are near the coast in Cape Town or Durban be sure to give it a shot!

Shark cage diving is a popular, heart-stopping thrill in South Africa. Submerge yourself in a cage while sharks are fed around you.

Take a hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town and survey one of the most breathtaking views in the world.

Leap off of the highest bungie jump in the world off of Bloukrans Bridge. It is located at the border between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape in the Tsitsikamma area.

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