Places: South Africa
by findingDulcinea Staff
South Africa is one of the most storied countries on the African continent. Home to some of the earliest human fossils in the world, this small country on the southern coast has a tumultuous history of colonization and apartheid; a mix of cultures, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu; beautiful natural features; a variety of wildlife; and several bustling cities. We’ll be looking at these features this week, observing where disparate cultures intersect and how the country has made its permanent mark on history.
Not only is Cape Town the third-largest city in South Africa, it is also a place of great natural beauty and geographic diversity. Cape Town is located at the tip of Cape Peninsula. Its harbor faces forward to the Atlantic Ocean while the city's backdrop is Table Mountain, peaking at over 3,000 feet. Two almost vertical peaks surround the city while the suburbs are on the Cape Flats, a plain that connects the peninsula to the mainland.