South Africa, “The Rainbow Nation,” has many strong ethnic groups, each proud of its language, traditions, and religious beliefs. You’ll also find many different local cuisines to sample. In South Africa you’ll have a chance to witness the natural beauty from the vast Karoo Desert to the picturesque coastal towns of the Garden Route to the subtropical mountain ranges in KwaZulu-Natal. Sports like rugby, soccer and netball (basketball) are popular.
There is no typical South African, and a common definition of its inhabitants is non-existent. Though South Africans are generally conservative and place a high value on commitment to family, it is difficult to identify a single common lifestyle. The population diversity is reflected in the diversity of host families; families differ from one another in language, race, culture and religion. It’s possible to be placed with a family who speaks any one of the 11 languages of South Africa at home.