19 December 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Portraits in South Africa

The people of South Africa are warm and friendly. Visit any of our nine provinces and discover this for yourself.

Little children in Kuboes, Northern Cape. Photo courtesy of Proteus250245 

The Love South Africa group on Flickr is constantly updated with fantastic images taken all over the country. Why not share your pictures, too?

Each week we choose photos from this group to showcase on our blog. This week we're celebrating the wonderful people of South Africa with portraits taken by members of our Flickr group.

This portrait of a man with impressive dreadlocks (a hairstyle usually associated with followers of the Rastafarian movement) was taken in Philadelphia, a small town on the road between Cape Town and Malmesbury in the Western Cape.

Photo courtesy of jose romeu de abreu, aka Jose Romeu

This little boy was photographed in Salt River, Cape Town. Salt River is a suburb near the CBD which started out in the 1900s as an industrial area but is rapidly developing into a trendy part of the city and home to many start-up internet companies.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Erasmus

Nirun Dowlath Shah, the photographer, says: 'I love this shot. These two just jumped off a rickshaw (in Durban). She was in a carefree spirit as she walked up to me and posed using her boyfriend's straw hat. The onlooking boyfriend and the pigeon really take this shot to another level.'

Photo courtesy of Nirun Dowlath Shah, aka Nirun Dowlath

A rickshaw, also known as ricksha, is a unique way to get around Durban. It is a cart pulled by a man in a colourful outfit.

Photo courtesy of Alwin Murugen

We love how relaxed and oblivious to the camera this couple from Alberton in Gauteng's East Rand seem to be. Alberton is largely a residential area.

Photo courtesy of Paula, aka PaulavdM

Taken in The Freedom Garden in Observatory, Johannesburg, photographer Derek Smith describes this garden as 'using an empty space to enable people to grow their own in the heart of this bad-ass city of many facets'.

Photo courtesy of Derek Smith, aka Mr Baggins

If your visit to a pub coincides with a rugby or soccer match then you're bound to have fun watching the spectators. This photo was taken in Pretoria, home of the Blue Bulls rugby team.

Photo courtesy of anjin-san

Another essential past time in South Africa is to visit a market place selling arts and crafts, like this one in Bela-Bela, also known as Warmbaths, in Limpopo.

Photo courtesy of Nico van Blerk

Whatever your choice of holiday experience, South Africa's people make it even more exciting. Visit one of South Africa's nine provinces and meet the people that make this country so wonderful. We're looking forward to seeing some of your photos in our Flickr group.

Category: Culture & History

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