South Africa


Zebras, lions, elephants, rhinos…what animals DIDN’T we see in South Africa while on safari in Kruger National Park!?

South Africa is not just an amazing place to see wildlife; it’s also home to some of our earliest human ancestors. We learned that archaeologists unearthed painting tools that date back 100,000 years in Blombos Cave, about 186 miles east of Cape Town.

Check out the fun activities and photos below to keep exploring South Africa!

Sam and Sofia


Quick Pick

Which of these artistic traditions of South Africa do you like?


African-Playground-Putumayo album

These fun songs are from the Putumayo Kids CDs, Kid's African Party and African Playground.

Fun Facts

The first successful heart transplant was done in Cape Town, South Africa.

South Africa has eleven official languages.

The world's oldest meteor crater, Vredefort Dome, is located in South Africa.

Print + Play

Zulu Basket Patterns

Look at Zulu basket patterns and find the matching lids.

Little Passports - Zulu Basket Patterns

Draw a Crocodile

Follow the steps to learn how to draw a Nile crocodile.

Flag Garland

Print to color the flag of South Africa and make a garland.

Flag Garland bunting

Pen Pals

Our friend Naledi, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, wrote us a letter!

Lion's Head Mountain and the cableway to the top of Table Mountain

What do you eat for breakfast?

I always have mealie pap for breakfast. That’s a hot porridge with milk and sugar mixed in. Almost everyone I know eats that for breakfast. One of my friends mixes in peanut butter. I don’t like it that way.

What do you do in the summer?

Summer here is during December and January. It's very warm here in Cape Town, so we go to the beach which is only about 15 minutes away from our house. The best is when, after a day at the beach, we invite friends over for a braai. (That means “barbeque” in Afrikaans.)

What languages do you speak?

Mostly English. I speak Zulu, but mostly with my mom. They teach us Afrikaans in school.

What must we see when we go to South Africa?

You should see me! Heehee. If you are not afraid of heights, we could take the cableway up to the top of Table Mountain. That's a plateau, which means it’s flat on the top like a table. From there, we could see all of Cape Town, the ocean and a pointy mountain called Lion's Head. We could go for a hike up there too. It’s very pretty, especially at sunset.