The nation of South Africa encompasses all of the passion and the mystery of the so-called Dark Continent. It is full of exotic wildlife, expansive landscapes and cultural treasures. It is perhaps the most ethnically diverse African nation, with a variety of indigenous tribes as well as strong Caucasian, Indian and racially mixed communities. South Africa’s history is filled with conflict and it is only a few years removed from the institutionalized oppression of the majority of its people under the apartheid system. But there are great changes taking place and the nation is bursting with hope and promise.