When a burning sun dips low enough on the horizon to touch the brown-black earth, that is when South Africa is at its very best – a blazing expanse of broad landscapes of sea and veld, dusty savanna and equally dusty pavements.

It is a vast country, extending from pristine coastal plain to rugged mountain passes across wide stretches of semi desert and forest, hills and valleys. Even travelling South Africans are unprepared for the sheer scale and enormous diversity of this grand landscape.

Every day, everywhere, there are new sights to behold and new experiences to share. It is the sun, the sand, the textures, the colours and the sounds that conjure up the spirit of South Africa. This is the face of the nation – the essence of South Africa.

An excellent souvenir celebrating the diversity of South Africa, this volume is a fine tribute to the country, its people and its land – and cityscapes.

Sean Fraser is a graduate of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University and the author of a number of coffee-table, reference, travel and guide books on the people and places of southern Africa. His titles to date include Seven Days in Cape Town and Picturesque South Africa, published by Random House Struik, as well as Scenic South Africa, Scenic Cape Town and the National Geographic African Adventure Atlas. He is also an established editor and publishing consultant.