Map of South Africa

South Africa sits on the southernmost part of Africa. The country is divided into 9 Provinces, which are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, North West Province and the Northern Cape.

South Africa’s neighbouring countries are Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. The country also surrounds Lesotho, which is a unique, independent country on its own.

Map of South Africa

Large significant landmarks with South Africa include the Riemvasmaak Community Conservancy that touches Namibia. It is a dry, rocky terrain that sits within the Kalahari Dessert. Another significant landmark is Kruger National Park that lies on expansive land, on the northeast tip of South Africa.

Gauteng is the province with the highest population density at round 12,914,800 people despite having the smallest land area of around 18,178 km squared (7018.57 square miles). In contrast, the Northern Cape, the largest province in South Africa that has a land area of 372,889 km squared, has a population size of 1,166,700 people.

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa located in the Western Cape on the southwest of the tip of South Africa. It has a wide-stretching coastline and its inner suburbs are hugged by a rugged mountain range.

Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa and the capital city of the Free State that sits inland with KwaZulu-Natal to the east and the North West Province and Northern Cape to the west. Bloemfontein forms part of the Highveld and has wide stretches of plains that supports a variety of large, grazing mammals like the wildebeest.

Pretoria is the executive capital of the country and is situated north of Johannesburg and within the Gauteng province. Despite being known for its calm, rustic look and feel, Hatfield has a high student population and thriving nightlife. It is situated just east of Pretoria central, the home of the North Gauteng High Court. The Pretoria capital has a population of over 9,400 residents.