82 Interesting Facts About South Africa

Last updated on July 8th, 2017 at 04:58 am

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Every country has specific things about them that makes them very different to other countries in the world, and South Africa is no exception. Following is a list of:

82 interesting facts about South Africa

#1. The longest continuous wine route on earth is found in South Africa.

#2. It is the largest meat producer in Africa.

#3. Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains on the planet.

#4. South Africa is the only country in the world where right hand drive cars are produced by Mercedes Benz.

#5. The Bloukrans Bridge is the highest bridge for bungee jumping in the world.

#6. The variety of flower species found on Table Mountain number more than those found in the entire United Kingdom.

#7. Rovos Rail is the most lavish train in the world.

An inside view of the luxurious Rovos Rail, South Africa.
Interesting Facts About South Africa – An inside view of the luxurious Rovos Rail. Image credit – Gary Bembridge

#8. South Africa’s lion, wildebeest, cheetah and springbok, are four of the seven fastest mammals on earth.

#9. Boulders Beach, Cape Town, is where you can swim with colonies of Jackass penguins.

#10. With more than 6 million trees in Johannesburg, it is believed to be the site of the largest man-made forest on earth.

#11. The biggest and oldest one-day marathon in the world, the Comrades Marathon, is run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, in Kwazulu Natal.

#12. Although the Blyde River Canyon is only rated third largest in the world, it is believed to be the biggest “green” one on earth.

Interesting facts about South Africa: Blyde River Canyon
Interesting Facts About South Africa – A beautiful sight of the Blyde River Canyon. Image credit – Ben Haeringer

#13. Rooibos/Redbush tea, is naturally caffeine-free, and is only found in the Cederberg, Western Cape.

#14. Despite skiing and snowboarding not being typical winter sports in the country, it is possible to enjoy them in the Drakensberg Mountains.

#15. Two thirds of Africa’s electricity is generated in South Africa.

#16. As much as 80% of Africa’s rail infrastructure is found in South Africa.

#17. Most of the world’s macadamia nuts come from South Africa.

#18. South Africa is three times bigger than Texas, and five times bigger than Japan. 

#19. The world’s largest bird, the ostrich, is found here.

#20. The African elephant is the largest land mammal in the world. The African bush elephants can weigh up to 11 tons and live up to 70 years!

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