South Africa is a country with a rich history, many magnificent sites and diverse wildlife and plants. Below are just a few of the many interesting facts about the country.
1) There are eleven official languages in South Africa and most people usually speak at least two or three of these, one of which is English or Afrikaans.
2) South Africa has three capital cities, the power being distributed between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. Despite this, Johannesburg is the biggest and most populous city in the country.
3) Since the 1940s, South African golfers have won more golfing majors than any other nation, excluding the United States. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay at one of our resorts and get practicing on your swing!
4) Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and has over 1,500 species of plants which is more than the entire United Kingdom.
5) South Africa has a penguin colony which survives due to the cold Antarctic currents which run on the west coast near the Cape.
6) The Western Deep Levels Gold Mine is the deepest mine in the world reaching a depth of 11,749 ft. compared to the average 3,300 ft. for most mines.
7) Kruger National Park is home to the greatest variety of wildlife species within the whole of the African continent. Three of the five fastest land animals 0 the cheetah, the wildebeest, and the lion, live in South Africa. Also approximately 900 species of birds are found in South Africa alone, which represent 10% of the world’s total bird species.
8) The oldest remains of modern humans date back over 100,000 years and were found in the Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape.
9) Vilakazi Street in Soweto is the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
10) The world’s largest diamond, known as the Cullinan Diamond, was found in South Africa in 1905, and said to weigh a hefty 3,106.75 carats when uncut.