To say that economically South Africa still has a long way to go is not strictly the case. Since the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, the country has gained respect from the international community and is, today, the richest power on the continent.
Situated at the southern tip of the continent, South Africa, is a huge country - so big that its climate varies from one region to another. South Africa is also home to a number of amazing safari parks, where you'll find an extaordinary selection of wildlife.
South Africa was first colonised by the Dutch followed by the British. It has a turbulent history, scarred by the Boer Wars, segregation, and apartheid. From the 1930s onwards one man in particular made his mark - Nelson Mandela.
Like its fellow African countries, South Africa still has a quite problematic relationship with handicaps. Associations and NGOs are working on the ground to change mentalities and supply better services, but the reality is hardly satisfactory.
You can bring back sturdy, painted ostrich eggs from Mandela's homeland. There's jewellery, precious stones and a wide range of South African crafts, including coloured pearls or carved, wooden animals. You can also pick up Rooibos tea and dry fruit mixes...not forgetting a World Cup shirt!