South African cultures and their nuances

South African cultures and their nuances_San Bushmen The San bushmen are one of the oldest groups of people in Africa. Their keen survival skills and ancient ways have been passed down from generation to generation | Credit: @Ghanzi

  • South Africa has four main ethnic groups that comprises the entire population.

  • There are 11 official languages that are spoken, with English being the most widely used.

  • South Africa is affectionately known as the rainbow nation because of its diversity in its people, climates, geography and wide array of experiences.

  • It covers 1,21 million square kilometers, making it roughly twice the size of France.

  • South Africans are very warm and accommodating.

  • The culture isn’t homogenous; rather it’s a collection of different cultures with different ones being predominant in different regions.

South African cultures and their nuances_Zulu people Zulu culture is expressed in dress and ritualistic dance

  • The population is made up of a wide range of backgrounds, including people that are mixed African, Asian and European descent.

  • There is also a significant Indian population living in South Africa.

  • Eating with a knife and fork is the norm except at some traditional African eating occasions where eating meals with the right hand is the norm.

  • South African society is fairly liberal, as everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution.

  • South Africans usually express affection very openly, so shaking hands and slaps on the back are commonplace.


Popular South Africa Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Exterior view of Ngala Tented Camp | Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari...

 | Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Combining the bush and the wildlife found in the famous Sabi Sand in the Kruger National Park with a tropical stay in one of the sublime lodges of Mozambique's Ponta Mamoli...

 | Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari (11 days)

Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari

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 | Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Safari Adventure (19 days)

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This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent...

 | Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve...

 | South Africa’s Garden Route Odyssey (14 days)

South Africa's Garden Route Odyssey (14 days)

Discover one of South Africa’s best kept secrets - the Garden Route...

 | Luxurious South Africa and Zambia Honeymoon Safari (10 days)

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side...

 | Cosmopolitan Cape Town and Kruger Tour (7 days)

Cosmopolitan Cape Town and Kruger Tour (7 days)

Discover the Big Cats in the Kruger National Park and enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches and top-notch vineyards in Cape Town...

 | Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday...

 | South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

In this exciting safari holiday, you'll get to experience both Southern Africa's bush and beach beauty...

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