Western Cape Province

The Western Cape province is situated in the southwestern part of South Africa. Cape Town is the largest city and also the capital of the Western Cape. Other major cities in the province include Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl and George. The Garden Route and the Overberg are popular coastal tourism areas. The far interior of the Western Cape forms part of the Karoo, which is generally arid and hilly. The vegetation in the Karoo is mostly dominated by drought resistant shrubs and acacia trees. The principal rivers of the province are the Berg and Olifants which drain into the Atlantic Ocean, and the Breede and Gourits which drain into the Indian Ocean… more about the Western Cape

Featured Western Cape Cities: Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, Strand

Gauteng Province

Even though Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest province, it is the most highly populated province in South Africa. This highly urbanised province is also home to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and Pretoria, its administrative capital. The history of the area which makes up the Gauteng province can be traced back to the early 1800’s when settlers from the Cape Colony started establishing villages in this area. In 1886 gold was discovered in the area and the region became the largest producer of gold in the world. The Vaal River forms the southern border of the Gauteng province, separating it from the Free State province. Mpumalanga lies to the east of Gauteng, with Limpopo bordering on the north and the North West province on the west… more about Gauteng

Featured Gauteng Cities: Centurion, Midrand, Roodepoort

KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa’s garden province, KwaZulu-Natal, was created in 1994 when KwaZulu and the Natal province were merged. KwaZulu-Natal is also often referred to as simply KZN. It is located in the southeastern part of South Africa and boasts a long shoreline beside the Indian Ocean. KwaZulu-Natal shares its border with three other provinces as well as the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. The provincial capital of the province is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban. It is South Africa’s second most populous province with only Gauteng having more residents. Albert Luthuli, the first person from outside Europe and the Americas to be awarded the Nobel Peace Price, was born in Kwazulu-Natal… more about KwaZulu-Natal

Featured KwaZulu-Natal Cities: Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Umhlanga

Other Provinces in South Africa

Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo Province, North West Province