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History And Culture Of South Africa

We are not makers of history, we are made by history. Let's explore it!

South Africa has been inhabited by people for thousands of years. Initially in the history the Bantu people migrated to the area. Today many people in South Africa speak some form of Bantu language. In 1488 the first Europeans came to South Africa were Portuguese. After a long time, in 1652 the Dutch East India Company established a small deal at the Cape of Good Hope. A lot of Europeans moved in overtime including Germans, French and Dutch settlers. These people are known as the Afrikaners.

In 1948 the National Party was voted into power. They began a policy called apartheid. This was when public was separated based on their completion. Especially white people and black people were divided and the white people use to rule the land. In 1961, South Africa became an independent country.

The African National Congress pushed for the end to racism and the equal the treatment of black South Africans. Nelson Mandela was a leader of the African National Congress. He spent 27 years in prison when fighting for equal rights. In 1994 racism was terminated and black people were allowed to vote.



Facts

1. South Africa is home to some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world. Out of them many have been found in Gauteng Province located in the northeast region.

2. South Africa was first contracted by Portuguese explorers from Europe, but later it was colonized by the Dutch. 

3. Cape Town was occupied by Great Britain between 1795 to 1803, to keep the French away from taking control.

4. The South African wars took place between 1879 to 1915. Including the below

- The Anglo-Boer War

- The Anglo-Zulu War

- The Basotho Gun War

- The 9th Frontier War

5. These war occurred due to tension among European colonial powers, indigenous Africans, and settlers in the region. Most of them were trying to gain and keep control of the country, and get profit from the discovery of diamonds and gold. 

6. Officially South Africa has 11 official languages, with some spoken more than others comparatively. 

7. Almost 80 % of South Africa’s population are Christian. 

8. The country has developed into a major wine producer which is also a part of South Africa tour packages. 

9. South Africa hosted the FIFA world cup in 2010.

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation which states the country’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Population in South Africa is one of the most complex and different in the world. Out of 51.7 million South Africans, around 41 million are black, 4.5 million are colored and about 1.3 million are Indians or Asian. Around 51.3% are female and 48.7% are male.  Middle class people who are mostly white but whose ranks include growing number of people of color, have similar lifestyles in many aspects to that of the people found in Western Europe, North America and Australia. 

Indians in South Africa maintain their cultural heritage, languages and religious beliefs, being either Christian, Hindu or Muslim and communicating English and Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil or Gujarati are used as second languages and are used less frequently.

 

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To be very frank, I haven't expected such a nice services from you at the time of booking the tour but your confidence to provide the best has led me to book this trip with you and you have really proved it. 
Not a single time we had to wait for anything, though the full trip has been shared by three different suppliers, all have performed the best work. Not a single minute waiting for a driver. They are always 10 minutes early then the scheduled time.
Talking about driver cum guides they always behaved as if we are their friends or relatives, they haven't looked at itinerary or timing. Just tried to provide best to the extend they can. Even small-small things has been taken care by them. Even purchasing of local sim, water, food etc was been taken care very nicely. All the guides are well experienced and they really know their work and duty. All of them posses a good amount of knowledge of their particular area. And the best part what we noticed is they are always updated and most of the time we saw them reading books to improve their services. April (Joburg) was reading the book of History, Chrish (Kruger) was reading nooks of wild life, Pierre (Garden rout) himself is a professor and always keep on enhancing his knowledge. I have always saw them passionate to give us best service and have never worked just to finish the itinerary.
The best guide we have ever met is Pierre. The way he has managed our trip, no one would have done it. He always had information for weather forecast and accordingly he planned our itinerary to cover all the attractions. The best part was Table mountain, if he has not planned it, we would have surely missed that. You really need such kind of guides in your contract. 
And the most important thing which I have never expected (sorry for this) is your messages on daily basis for schedule, places to cover, and guidance of the attractions and restaurants. If you would have not suggested, we would have missed out some of the important attractions in our tour which are must do things. A big Thanks for this..... 
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   December
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Free & Easy – SIC Tour     Read All
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You Made Our Trip Fabulous!

You Made Our Trip Fabulous!

The tour was everything I expected and more. Very satisfied with our guide and vehicle we travelled around the country was comfortable, our hotel choices were great we were happy with the facilities you provided us we will definitely contact flamingo travel for future trip 
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   May
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