YWAM South Africa

Welcome to Youth With A Mission South Africa

South Africa is one of the most diverse and captivating countries in the world. Fascinating combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer a unique and inspiring experience.


It’s one of the most beautiful countries on the planet with over 3000km of extensive coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is located at the southernmost tip of the African continent. Few can match this country’s natural heritage which is made up of pristine beaches, spectacular mountains and fascinating wildlife – including the ‘Big Five’, giraffes, zebras and many other species (think majestic whales). We have eight World Heritage Sites as well as picturesque seaside towns, cheerful villages and lively cities.


To appreciate South Africa you need to spend time outdoors, as many locals do, hiking, biking, surfing, sunbathing or picnicking – or as the locals call it: having a lekker(tasty) braai(barbeque). South Africa is one of the adventure capitals of the world hence why it is host to “the world’s most beautiful” Two Oceans Marathon. You could have a peaceful stroll through one of our world-famous botanical gardens or wildlife parks. Go whale watching, explore waterfronts or just go for a walk along the seaside. Visit some of our art galleries, museums or live musical events (jazz is what we’re about). Wander through markets or down famous streets. Go sandboarding, skating or hiking (imagine a view of the sunrise from the peak of the spectacular Table Mountain or Lion’s Head).

Find out more about cool things to do and see in South Africa here.


1.22 million sq. km


South African rand (R)

If SA were 100 people

81 would be black African(Nguni, Sotho, and other people whose ethnicity belongs to the African continent)

9 would be coloured(the term for people who claim mixed origins)

8 would be white(those who came mainly from Europe)

2 would be Indian/Asian(people whose origins go back mainly to India and the Far East)


55 million


Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein (can never have too many capital cities!)


In South Africa the summers run from December to March and winter is from June to September. We have a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and wet, windy winters.

Be aware: Most buildings in South Africa do not have central heating and temperature can get down to 14C°!

Religion Percentage

80 Christian

2 Muslim

1 Hindu

17 other

Population per square km

South Africa: 45

UK: 266

USA: 33


English is by far the predominant language, but there are 10 other official languages! – Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Venda, Tswana, Tsonga, Pedi, Shangaan and Ndebele.


It is not only the scenery that makes South Africa spectacular, but it’s more so the unique people that you’ll find here. South Africa hosts a wonderfully wide variety of lively, rich cultures, each having their own history and set of traditions. It has claimed its title as the “Rainbow Nation” due to the great multi-culturalism within the people who are of many different backgrounds – resulting in our country’s astounding 11 official languages! This diversity is what you will get to participate in and experience when you come into one of the YWAM South Africa bases.

South Africa is a combination of first and third world cultures. You will come across some of the most modern cities in Africa and yet at the same time you’ll be confronted with under-developed townships. Visiting South Africa gives you a rare opportunity to experience a nation that is embracing progression after the profound change of replacing apartheid with democracy.You will gain insight into this inspiring and hope-filled country which embodies great unity amongst diversity. Come and let this city and country be your classroom as you are impacted by the power of forgiveness and the miracle of reconciliation that has taken place.


We as  Youth With a Mission South Africa are excited to welcome you from the nations to learn about God’s character and His ways and to then see you go and impact the nations of South Africa and the world. We want to play our part in seeing waves of young missionaries going out across the world, carrying the love of Jesus, as well as seeing transformation within the communities and societies in our own nation.