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Newsletter February 18, 2011
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Introducing South Africa...
The Rainbow Nation of the World
Located at the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa is well known for its wine, variety of wildlife and landscapes. South Africa is nicknamed as the Rainbow Nation because of the fact that the country's flag sports 6 different colors. The country boasts of rich and beautiful landscapes like the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa's springtime masterpiece of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park's wildlife-shadowed savannah and, Lesotho and the Drakensberg in the east of the country. KwaZulu-Natal's iSimangaliso Wetland Park itself has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins.
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Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom. It is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
South Africa has a penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape.
South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track - 80% of Africa's rail infrastructure.
South Africa is home to the world's smallest succulent plants (less than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).
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