Getting there: Fly into the major gateway — OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg — offering domestic, African regional and international connections.
Capital city: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein.
Population: 55.005 million.
Religion: The majority is Christian with Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism also practiced.
Language: Eleven official languages with English being lingua franca.
Currency: South African rand (ZAR).
Climate: South Africa's climate ranges from Mediterranean in the southwest, temperate in the interior plateaux, then subtropical to the northeast. Generally speaking the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights.
Transport: Options include car hire, bus, rail and taxi services; and a range of domestic flights.
Best time to travel: The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September during the dry season. Vegetation thins out improving visibility and animals gather around waterholes and rivers.
What to wear: Laid back and cool, light clothing for the day with something warmer for the nippier nights. Good walking shoes are a must.