Where is South Africa?

South Africa is located in the Southern Africa region at latitude -30.559482 and longitude 22.937506 and is part of the African continent.

The DMS coordinates for the center of the country are:

  • 30° 33' 34.14'' S
  • 22° 56' 15.02'' E

You can see the location of South Africa on the world map below:

South Africa Neighboring Countries

The neighboring countries of South Africa (ZA) are:

  1. Botswana (BW)
  2. Lesotho (LS)
  3. Mozambique (MZ)
  4. Namibia (NA)
  5. Eswatini (SZ)
  6. Zimbabwe (ZW)

Maritime Borders

South Africa borders with the Atlantic Ocean.

South Africa Related Content

South Africa Key Facts

CountrySouth Africa
CoordinatesLatitude: -30.559482
Longitude: 22.937506
Country CodesAlpha 2: ZA
Alpha 3: ZAF
Country Flag Emoji🇿🇦
Int. Phone Prefix+27
Capital cityPretoria
Continent
Subcontinent
Africa
Southern Africa
Country Area1,219,090 sq km
Population 202160,041,996
World Rank: 24
Median Age27.1
Life expectancy62.3
Major languagesisiZulu (official) 24.7%, isiXhosa (official) 15.6%, Afrikaans (official) 12.1%, Sepedi (official) 9.8%, Setswana (official) 8.9%, English (official) 8.4%, Sesotho (official) 8%, Xitsonga (official) 4%, siSwati (official) 2.6%, Tshivenda (official) 2.5%, isiNdebele (official) 1.6%, other (includes Khoi, Nama, and San languages) 1.9% (2017 est.)
UTC/GMT TimeNumber of time zones: 2
  • UTC+02:00 (South African Standard Time) — main territory of South Africa
  • UTC+03:00 — Prince Edward Islands
Internet TLD.za
Biggest AirportTambo International Airport Johannesburg (JNB)
Average temperature17.75 °C
63.95 °F
Administrative Divisions9 provinces
Political systemParliamentary democracy

South Africa Economy Facts

World Bank Income GroupUpper middle income
World Bank RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CurrencyRand (ZAR)
GDP in 2020$335.4 (billions of USD)
World Rank: 39
GDP per capita in 2020$5,656
World Rank: 95
Major Industries / Economic SectorsManufacturing, services, agriculture, energy
Top 5 Import CountriesChina, United States, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia
Top 5 Export CountriesChina, United States, Germany, India, Japan

Biggest Cities in South Africa

Here are the largest cities in South Africa based on 2021 population data:

City Population
Johannesburg 4,434,827
Soweto 1,271,628
Vereeniging 1,074,000
Pietermaritzburg 750,845
Pretoria 741,651
Durban 595,061
Cape Town 433,688
Welkom 431,944
East London 338,627
Randburg 337,053

Map of South Africa with the Largest Cities

Other Countries in the Southern Africa Region