19 Interesting Facts About South Africa

Roughly the size of Spain and France combined, South Africa is situated at the very southern tip of Africa. The Atlantic and the Indian Oceans wash its shores and meet at Cape Agulhas – one of the only places in the world where you can watch two oceans meet. South Africa may be at the bottom of Africa, but it’s widely regarded as being top in terms of its superb infrastructure, its legendary sunny climate, and its incredible geographic diversity – expect superb beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, sophisticated cities, quaint villages, historic battlefields, oceans, valleys, bushveld teeming with game, hundreds of species of birds, great and small semi-deserts. To get some more, let us know some interesting facts about this Rainbow Nation, South Africa:

South Africa
South Africa

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1. “Cape Of Good Hope”

The first Europeans were the Portuguese to reach South Africa who named the end of the country as “Cape of Good Hope” in the year 1488.
source: wikitravel.org

2. The only Country To…

Opening Ceremony of 2010 Soccer World Cup
Opening Ceremony of 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa

South Africa is the only country in the World to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup.
source: 1stcontact.com, image: cdn3-i.hitc-s.com

3. Highest Number Of Official Languages

South Africa is known to have 11 official languages of its own. This fact is among the highest number of any country in the world. Languages are Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.
source: Wikipedia

4. “The Rainbow Nation”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The country is often termed as the “Rainbow Nation” to explain its developing multicultural diversity in the wake of segregationist apartheid ideology. Rainbow nation is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa.
source: Wikipedia, image: catracalivre.com.br

5. What About Beer?

Sabmiller Beers
SABMiller Beers

South Africa is the country that has the largest brewing company in the world. SABMiller brewery ranks the highest in the world.
source: 1stcontact.com, image: bebidaslatam.com

6. Coal To Oil Technology

South Africa became the first country to develop coal to oil technology. It has large coal reserves where the production process takes place. It is also a leading exporter of oil in the world.
source: answersafrica.com

7. Breathtaking Palace Of The Lost City Hotel

Palace of Lost City
Palace of Lost City, Rustenburg, South Africa

It is the biggest theme resort hotel in the entire world. Apart from this, the building of this Hotel is the largest project undertaken in the Southern hemisphere of the world.
source: viralbru.com, image: tablethotels.com

8. Fly In The Air!

Adventure bungee jump bloukrans bridge, South Africa
Adventure bungee jump bloukrans bridge, South Africa

South Africa has the highest Bungee jumping in the world reaching up to 216 meters. It is known as Bloukrans Bridge Bungee.
source: viralbru.com, image: downhilladventures.com

9. Moving Away A Little More Each Year

Every year, South Africa is moving around two inches far from South America. This shifting is regarded as a subtle continuation of continental drift.
source: buzzsouthafrica.com

10. Visit The Iconic Table Mountain

Table Mountains overlooking the city of Cape Town, South Africa
The Table Mountains overlooking the city of Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is home to one of the oldest mountains in the world; the iconic Table Mountain. The mountain is a prominent natural beauty standing tall in the heart of the country.
source: expatica.com, image: i.ytimg.com

11. Witness The Longest Wine Route

Winelands of Cape Town, South Africa-compressed
Winelands of Cape Town, South Africa-compressed

In South Africa, an 850km road through Cape Wine lands is world’s longest wine route.
source: expatica.com, image: tourguy365.com

12. Rich In Platinum Reserves

South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. In the year 2014, the country produced 110,000kg which was more than four times the amount of the next biggest producer, Russia.
source: expatica.com

13. The Only Country To Have Three Capitals

South Africa has three capital cities, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria in which Pretoria is the Administrative and Executive Capital, Cape Town is the Legislative Capital, and Bloemfontein is the Judicial Capital of the country.
source: sciencekids.co.nz

14. Do You Want to Run The Right Hand Mercedes Cars?

Right Hand Mercedes Cars Manufacturing Company in South Africa
Right Hand Mercedes Cars Manufacturing Company in South Africa
Mercedes Benz SL 450
Mercedes Benz SL 450

South Africa is the only place in the world where Mercedes-Benz manufactures right-hand drive cars.
source: traveller24.news24.com, image: automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com, image: roa.h-cdn.co

15. Fossils Of Early Dinosaurs


The Karoo region in the country is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs.  It is estimated that about 80% of mammal fossils are found in the Karoo region.
source: 1stcontact.com, image: dinosaur-island.com

16. Nobel Prize Winners On The Same Street!

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

This country is the only one in the world to have two famous Nobel Prize winners in the same street. We are talking about Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu, who lived in the same street of Soweto.
source: answersafrica.com, image: cp91279.biography.com

17. Enjoy The Most Luxurious Train!

Rovos Rail, Pride of South Africa
Rovos Rail, Pride of South Africa
Coach of Rovos Rail
Coach of Rovos Rail

South Africa has the world’s most luxurious train, the Rovos Rail. Experience the best royal feeling by taking a ride in it.
source: traveller24.news24.com, image: irtsociety.com, image: safariguideafrica.com

18. The Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner

Swimming Pool Vaccum Cleaner
Swimming Pool Vaccum Cleaner

The swimming pool vacuum cleaner is a South African invention. It was invented by the hydraulic engineer Ferdinand Chauvier in the year 1974.
source: expatica.com, image: intexcorp.com

19. Record Breaking Fauna

Leatherback Turtle, Largest Reptile
Leatherback Turtle, Largest Reptile
Largest Antelope, Eland
Largest Antelope, Eland
Cheeta, Fastest Running Animal on Planet
Cheeta, Fastest Running Animal on Planet

The largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland) are found here in South Africa.
source: expatica.com, image: nmfs.noaa.gov, image: awf.org, image: dinoanimals.com