Size 1,221,037 square km (471,442 square mi)
Number of National Parks 21
Number of Private Game and Nature Reserves Dozens in each state
Population Approximately 47.9 million
Big Five Lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and Cape buffalo
Language 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, North and South Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. English is widely spoken.
Time SAST (South African Standard Time), seven hours ahead of North American Eastern Standard Time.
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