South Africa features multi-ethnic society and amazing scenic landscapes. The beautiful land has a wide variety of cultures, vibrant cities and friendly locals. No wonder, the country was selected to host the FIFA world cup in 2010.
Therefore, we have the top 8 interesting facts about the rainbow nation, that you can drop at the next dinner party when the topic of South Africa comes up.
Eleven official languages
There are eleven official languages in South Africa and most South Africans speak more than one language. Zulu is the most common language, followed by Xhosa. With Afrikaans and English being the third and fourth most popular in the country.
The country is home to many record-breaking animals
You can find the largest bird, the ostrich, the largest fish, whale shark, the tallest animal, the giraffe, the largest land mammal, elephants, the fastest land mammal, the cheetah!
Incredibly, this country is home to the largest bird (ostrich), largest land mammal (elephant), tallest animal (giraffe), smallest succulent (10 millimetres), heaviest flying bird (khori bustard), largest fish (whale shark), largest antelope (eland), largest tree (baobab), fastest land mammal (cheetah), largest reptile (leatherback turtle), and smallest mammal (least dwarf shrew).
South Africa has the world longest wine route
Starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth (or the other way around of course). The route spans some 850km and is home to some of the best vineyards in the world.
Largest theme resort hotel is found in South Africa
One of the largest theme resort hotel in the world is the Lost City Resort Hotel at Sun City
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South Africa has the world’s oldest and most valuable fossils
South Africa is a treasure trove for archaeologists and palaeontologists as it has produced some of the world’s oldest and most valuable fossils to date.
The country of gold
About a fifth of the world’s gold hails from the mines of South Africa.
Oldest mountains in the world
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.
Funny Fun-Fact: If aliens landed in South Africa, they would be the property of the State!
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