Where is South Africa?

Located in Southern Africa, South Africa has a 5,244.00 km border with Botswana (1,969 km), Lesotho (1,106 km), Mozambique (496 km), Namibia (1,005 km), Swaziland (438 km) and Zimbabwe (230 km).South Africa has placed military units to assist in police operations along the border of Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

South Africa is an African country covering 1,219,090.00 km2 of which 0.38% is water and 1,214,470.00 km2 is land. The area includes Marion Island and Prince Edward Island. This makes it the 26th largest country in the world and slightly less than twice the size of Texas. Its geographic coordinates are 29 00 S, 24 00 E and Pretoria is the capital city.

The country is named for its location on the continent.

Its ISO code is ZA.


South Africa has a mean elevation of 1,034 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Atlantic Ocean. Its highest elevation is Njesuthi which is 3,408m above tall.

It has a varied climate with westerly winds throughout the year. Its terrain is made up of a vast interior plateau, surrounded by rugged hills and a narrow coastal plain.


South Africa has a population of 54,300,704 making it the 25th largest in the world.

South Africa has many official languages, including IsiZulu, IziXhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, and Setswana. The major ethnic group is black African. The religions practiced include Protestant Christian, Catholic, and other Christian.

The dialing code for the country is 27.


South Africa is an independent country. It declared itself a republic in 1961. Its constitution was last ratified in 1997.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, South Africa's GDP is $739,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $13,500.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 30th largest economy and its citizens the 114th richest in the world. The currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).

Its major export partners are China, the United States, and Germany. Its main exports are gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals, machinery and equipment. Its major import partners are China, Germany, and the United States. Its major imports include machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, and foodstuffs.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017