South Africa is a land of wild animals and diverse, friendly people. The winters are temperate and dry but summers hot and humid. The North is drier while the South wet and wild. Locals are extremely friendly but because the country’s economy is relatively good, separately by the extremely rich and poor, people from neighboring countries may resort to violence and theft, even in daylight, to make ends meet. Take extra precaution in Johannesburg and do not walk outside at night. On the other hand, Cape Town is very safe and even the beggars are polite in asking for drug money. De Beers, the company which has virtually a monopoly on diamond sources, is located at Kimberly in the middle of the country. Kruger National Park is the major site for safari game drives, a must do in this country. Cape Town was colonized by the dutch and has a European influence. The country itself recognizes 11 official languages with the South African Rand (ZAR) being the official currency. Prices are very cheap compared to first world countries. Again, the divide between the have and have-nots are great.