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South Africa, or the “Rainbow Country”, is a very diverse country with eleven official languages, stunning landscapes and booming cities, like Johannesburg in the North and Cape Town in the South. After the end of the political and economical isolation because of the racist, white Apartheid regime, the new democratic and free South Africa was born in 1994 as Nelson Mandela became president of the country.
South Africa's extremes include snow in the Drakensberg Mountains, subtropical beaches along the Zululand coast in KwaZulu Natal, the arid semi-desert of the Karoo and the Mediterranean climate in the Western Cape around Cape Town.
When you have chosen the place that you wish to visit the next step is to find the place where to stay. The best way to do that is to use web travel portal where you could find hotels. Moreover do not forget to search and compare prices, conditions, etc. to find the best offer.
Namibia gained its final independence in 1990 after a long struggle for freedom, which started already in the German colonial era between 1884 and 1915. The South African Union occupied so-called German South West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.
From 1966 on the SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) fought against the South African regime untill in 1988 the South Africans agreed to the UN Peace Plan.
Zimbabwe used to have the best infrastructure of the African continent outside neighbouring South Africa, but since the current political, and with it economic, situation came up, Zimbabwe is going down quite dramatically.
Massive money inflation, migration of black and white Zimbabweans, the arbitrary land reform, political instability and the all countries of Southern Africa striking drought are making the beautiful country of Zimbabwe a hard country to travel through.
Swaziland is the smallest country in Southern Africa and in the southern hemisphere. The last remaining absolute kingdom of Africa is surrounded by the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique.
From a tourist point of view Swaziland has great parks with great variety of wildlife and it is well-known for handicrafts.
Botswana is Southern Africa's success story – political and economical. Since the independence from Great Britain in 1966 Botswana has been under a democratic civilian leadership, implemented progressive social politics and used the enormous diamond resources to become one of the most successful economies in Africa . Beside the mineral extraction, which is still dominating the economy, the tourism industry is the new growing activity in Botswana. Targeting especially on high-class tourism Botswana is now using its natural beauty to become one of the key players in the Southern African tourism market.
Lesotho, the “Kingdom in the sky” or the “Mountain Kingdom”, is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. After independence from Great Britain in 1966 the former Basutoland changed its name into Lesotho.
The tourist potential of the mountainous Kingdom is the natural beauty, rich flora and fauna, and the absorbing prehistoric and cultural heritage.
Mozambique in the eastern part of Southern Africa is, together with Angola in the west, the only Portuguese speaking country in Southern Africa . After almost five centuries under the colonial power Portugal Mozambique gained independence in 1975. The new freedom was followed by 17 years of civil war, which ended in 1992.