South Africa is situated at the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is a diverse country of breathtaking natural beauty, from sun-baked deserts to sub-tropical coastlines, vast expanses of untamed bush to majestic mountains. Its population of nearly 50 million people speaks 11 official languages. South Africa is a warm and friendly multicultural country, a fact that is illustrated by its nickname, the ‘Rainbow Nation.’ Just as diverse as the culture is the climate, from hot summer days and dry frosty winters in the north to the humid summers and balmy winter nights of Kwa Zulu-Natal. As with all places, not all areas of South Africa are safe so you are advised to do your research and seek advice before deciding where to live. Exercise caution, seek safety in numbers and keep your wits about you.