Afrikaans is spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia. It is spoken natively by about 6 million people in South Africa, which makes up nearly 14% of the country's population. This makes Afrikaans the third most widely spoken language in the country.
Afrikaans is very close to Dutch but borrows around 5-10% of its vocabulary from native African languages such as Malay and Portuguese as well as Bantu and Khoisan tongues.
Although English is widely spoken in South Africa, knowing some Afrikaans will certainly enrich travel and business trips, and you might even surprise some locals if you can manage greetings and basic conversation.