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South Africa

Interesting Facts about South Africa



Name: South Africa

Capital: Cape Town (Legislative Capital ) Pretoria (Administrative Capital), Bloemfontein (Judicial Capital)

Populations: The population of South Africa is 56,72 million

Languages: The National language of South Africa is English.

Local Chitchat: Good Morning: Mholo (Xhoza)

                               Thank you: Dankie (Afrikaans) or Enkosi  (Xhoza)

                              Thank you very much: Baie Dankie (Afrikaans) or Enkosi kakhulu (Xhosa)

Food: Braai, Pap, Boerewors, Chakalaka, Samoosas, Koeksusters, Milk tart, Babotie.

Currency: South African Rand



Must do’s:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Robben Island
  • Table Mountain
  • Kruger National Park
  • Garden Route
  • Bo Kaap
  • Chapmans Peak
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Apartheid Museum
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Signal Hill
  • Lions Head

South Africa is one of the only countries  in the world to have hosted the Soccer (2010), Cricket(2003)and    Rugby World Cup (1995)!

South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world.

Cape Argus cycle race is the largest timed cycle race in the world.

South Africa is full of record breaking animals.

Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.

 South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.

South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”.

 South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Included in the Cape  Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world 850km.

South African brewery SABMiller ranks – by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.

South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold!

Worlds largest visible crater is in South Africa in the Free State.South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The South African has the most luxurious train in the world.

South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 216 meters.

General Motors South Africa is the only place outside of the USA to build the Hummer H3!

The Karoo region in the Western Cape is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. In fact, it is estimated that some 80% of the mammalian fossils found to date were found in the Karoo.

Two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street? Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto

South Africa has 11 official languages

The first heart transplant was done in South Africa