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SA Flora

SA Flora South Africa boasts one of the largest concentrations and varieties of flowers in the world. This floral heritage has given the world a host of well known garden species, such as agapanthus, Barbeton daisy and gladiolus. From the tropical mangrove swamps along the KwaZulu-Natal, to the dry savannah of Eastern Transvaal and the mountain ranges of the Cape Peninsula; 216...

Other Animals

Other Animals toc_collapse=0; Table of contents  The Wildebeeste (Gnu) The Burchell's Zebra The Giraffe The Waterbuck The Warthog The Wildebeeste (Gnu) Height: male: 1.5 m (59 inches) / female: 1.35 m (53 inches). Weight: male: 250 kgs (551 lbs) / female: 180 kgs (397 lbs). Habitat: Open plains, short grass. Grouping: Highly gregarious, can from large herds, 2 - 15....

The Hyaena

The Hyaena Height: 70 - 80 cm (27-31 inches). Weight: male: 70 kgs (155 lbs). Habitat: Savannah plains. Grouping: Clans of 5 to 20. Breeding: All year, 2 - 3 pups. Diet: Predator and scavenger, bones. The hyena is sturdy in build, has high shoulders and long muscular limbs. The head is massive and broad, with rounded ears. Thier color is reddish brown to tan, growing lighter and...

The Meerkat

The Meerkat Height: 30 cm (12 inches). Weight: 5 kgs (10 lbs). Habitat: Diurnal; Grass-lined burrows. Grouping: Usually five to thirty members. Breeding: October - April, 2 - 5 young. Diet: Scorpions, insects, small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, tubers and roots. Members of the mongoose family. The Meerkat; although one of the smaller and least spectacular in the African...

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus Height: 1.40-1.65 m (56-66 inches). Weight: male: 1600-3200 kgs (3529-7040 lbs), / female: 655-2344 kgs (1440-5157 lbs). Habitat: Permanent pools, rivers with good grass cover. During the day they rest in water or river-banks; graze on land at night. Grouping: Gregarious; herds of about 15 with dominant bull. Breeding: All year, 1 calf. Diet: Grazers. Hippos need water...

The Cheetah

The Cheetah Height: male: 75 cm (30 inches). Weight: male: 50 kgs (110 lbs) / female: 40 kgs (88 lbs). Habitat: Open plains, savannah, woodlands. Grouping: Solitary, pair for mating. Breeding: All year, 2-4 cubs. Diet: Medium - small antelope, warthog, young of the larger animals. The cheetah is built for speed: light boned, swaybacked, long, thin legs, and short neck The feet are...

The Leopard

The Leopard Height: 73 cm ( inches). Weight: 60 - 80 kgs (132 - 176 lbs). Habitat: Nocturnal; dense riverine, bush or forest; mountains. Grouping: Solotary, except the female with young. Breeding: All year, 2 - 3 cubs. Diet: Fish, reptiles, baboons, impala...

The Cape Buffalo

The Cape Buffalo Height: male: 1.6 m (63 inches). Weight: male: 750 kgs (1,654 lbs). Habitat: Open savannah, permanent water supply. Grouping: Gregarious, herds up to 500, bulls often solitary. Breeding: March - May, 1 calf. Diet: Grazers, tall, course grass. WHERE IT LIVES: Formerly occurred throughout the Northern and Southern Savanna, in arid regions wherever there is permanent water...

The Rhino

The Rhino The White Rhino Height: 1.8 m (70 inches). Weight: male: 2,300 kgs (5,070 lbs) / female: 1,600 kgs (3,528 lbs). Habitat: Flat open plains, short grass, permanent water. Grouping: Territorial, small family groups. Breeding: All year, 1 calf (3-year intervals). Diet: Grazers. The Black Rhino Height: 1.6 m (63 inches). Weight: 800 - 1,100 kgs (1,764 - 2,425 lbs). Habitat:...

The African Elephant

The African Elephant Height: 2.8 m + (110 inches + ) Weight: male: 5,750 kgs (12,678 lbs) / female: 3,800 kgs (8379 lbs) Grouping: Family herds led by matriach, mature bulls solitary or in separate groups. Breeding: All year, 1 calf. Diet: Large quantities of grass when available, shoots, roots, bark, leaves, fruits. The elephant is the world's largest land animal. The trunk is a muscular...

The Lion

The Lion Height: 100 cm (40 inches). Weight: male: 180 - 230 kgs (397 - 507 lbs) / female: 113 - 160 kgs (250 - 353 lbs). Habitat: Depending on food supply: can be very wide range. Grouping: Highly social, small family prides to big groups. Breeding: All year, 2 - 3 cubs. Diet: Medium to large hoofed animals, carrion King of African Carnivores. Body: Coat short except for tail...

South Africa Fauna

South African Animals South African is blessed with a great riches of various animal life that can be found in large national parks. The relatively mild (mostly subtropical) climate allows the visitor to view these beasts in a cooler environment than in most of the country's northern neighbors. There are approximately 16 land and marine parks in South Africa and about 70 provincial reserves....

Gauteng - South Africa's commercial and industrial hub

Gauteng - South Africa's commercial and industrial hub South Africa's commercial and industrial hub is a busy center called Gauteng; encompassing the principal cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Only 56 kilometers (35 miles) built-up highveld terrain separates the two cities; Pretoria being the administrative capital of South Africa, and Johannesburg the capital of Gauteng as well as the country's largest metropolis and...

The Free State

The Free State, South Africa The Free State's vast flatlands form the heart of South Africa. They stretch from the province's northern boundary on the Vaal River and south to the Orange River, which is far away the country's largest watercourse. Two of the largest dams in South Africa have been built along it's course. The Free State is farming country; it's landscape is dominated by seemingly...

KwaZulu-Natal

Attractions of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa This is a spectacular province that boasts a well-watered, fertile region of rolling hills and a magnificent Indian Ocean coastline stretching approximately 600 kilometers (375 miles) from the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape in the south to Kosi Bay and the Mozambique border in the north. Inland, the country rises to the foothills and then, precipitously, to the...