South Africa FUN FACTS

South Africa FUN FACTS

  • South Africa’s mines are some of the wealthiest in the world, over 90% of the world's platinum supply comes from here and over 40% of the world's gold supply. The world's largest gem-quality rough diamond was found in South Africa in 1905 weighing a whopping 3,106.75 carats (621.35 grams) its named The Cullinan diamond after the mine's chairman Thomas Cullinan.

  • South Africa Rovos Rail is considered to be the most luxurious train in the world

  • Christianity is the largest religion in South Africa, 80% of South Africans are Christian

  • South Africa is the first country in the world to have built nuclear weapons and to disassemble them and discontinue the program

  • Afrikaans is the world’s youngest language (link this blog to the relevant part in 11 official languages blog)

  • The Republic of South Africa has 11 listed official languages:

  • South African Floral Kingdom is one of 6 in the world, it is the only one where you can find the entire variety in one country – South African Fynbos floral kingdom

  • South Africa’s Scenic Route 62 is the longest wine route in the world and has 4400 vineyards

  • Local SABMiller Brewing company is the world second largest beer brewery

  • South Africa is the first country in Africa, and one of the first five in the world to legalese same-sex marriage

  • Along the coast of South Africa there are roughly 2000 shipwrecks most of which are over 500 years old

  • Eves Footprints, found in South Africa are the oldest known footprints of an anatomically-modern human and have been dated to approximately 117,000 years ago.

  • The World's first successful heart transplant procedure was done in South Africa

  • Table Mountain is considered to be the world's oldest mountain

  • Searching for dinosaurs

  • South Africa is the only country in the world to have three capital cities

  • In the garden route you will find the worlds highest bungee jump off a bridge, 216m high

  • Kirstenbosch botanical gardens is the best in the world of its kind

  • West Coast seasonal flowering