A video of a five-metre-tall female giraffe wandering into a restaurant near Johannesburg, as patrons joke and laugh nervously, has gone viral on the internet, appearing on Huffington Post, the Mirror, the New York Daily News and Fox News. Most posts begin with, "So this giraffe walked into a restaurant ..."
South Africa has a vast system of natural reserves established to protect the country's indigenous plants, animals, landscapes and associated cultural heritage, ranging from the vast flagship Kruger National Park – occupying an area larger than Swaziland – to the tiny Bontebok National Park in the Western Cape.
It's summertime in South Africa, and time to head for the beach. The country has more than 2 500 kilometres of coastline, stretching from the cold waters off the arid West Coast region, southwards around the tip of Africa, and heading up again all the way to the lush St Lucia estuary in the east.