South Africa – 123rd Country

To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. South Africa is my 123rd country.

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South Africa is an economic powerhouse, it is the second largest economy after Nigeria on the continent. It is a former colony of both Holland and British and was also formally ruled by the white minority. South Africa governed its people utilizing an institutionalized discrimination policy known as apartheid. Over time this racist system was eliminated, culminating with the election of Nelson Mandela, jailed for 27 years, in 1994 as president. South Africa is a multi-ethnic country with the constitution recognizing 11 different languages.

I spent four nights in Cape Town, a fantastic city that exceeded its lofty expectations. I could have easily spent a week of two based in this city. This incredibly attractive city is nestled on the Atlantic Ocean and framed by the hulking Table Mountain. It is a great city to enjoy the waterfront with its great restaurants. I also took part in visiting some wineries and the penguins. I will need to go back for a second visit.

South Africa – 123rd Country

South Africa – 123rd Country

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5 thoughts on “South Africa – 123rd Country

  1. Frank

    Cape Town is, after 4 years of full-time travel, the place I can’t get out of my mind. We spent 3 months and I did so much hiking…never seen as scenic a place in my life. And the friendly locals, great wine, inexpensive food…loved it.
    Hope you get to go back and spend more time.

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