41 Random Facts About South Africa

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South Africa, officially named as the ‘Republic of South Africa’ is located in the southernmost part of Africa. There are diverse cultures, languages and religions in South Africa making it a multi-ethnic country. It boasts of its diverse wildlife, lush green forests, lush vineyards, tranquil beaches, deep gorges, expansive deserts and much more, there is something for everyone in this country.

Let us din in further to know few  random facts about South Africa.

random facts about south africa

History

1. South Africa is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Few of them include Cape Floristic Region, Vredefort Dome, Robben Island and Drakensberg Park.

2. South Africa is the only country in the world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear arms program in 1989.

3. The oldest human remains over 160,000 years old were discovered in South Africa.

4. Approximately 50% of the world’s gold comes from the South African mines, especially Witwatersrand.

5. Few of the greatest inventions are gifted to the world by South Africa including Kreepy Krauly automatic pool cleaner, Pratley’s Putty, the CAT Scan, Q20 lubricant and the Smartlock Safety Syringe, among many others.

6. South Africa launched its very 1st high-speed train in the year 2010 linking Johannesburg international airport to its financial hub, Sandton.

7. In the early 1900s, Mahatma Gandhi initially began his activism as an Indian immigrant in South Africa, before continuing in India.

8. Jan van Riebeeck of Dutch East India Company founded Cape Town in South Africa in 1652.

9. Heart transplantation was first performed in the year 1967 at South Africa’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

Geography

10. South Africa stretches across 471,445 square miles, making it the 24th largest country in the world. In terms of area, it is approximately three times the size of Texas.

11. South Africa houses one of the oldest mountains on earth, Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

12. Johannesburg in South Africa is said to be the largest man-made forest on earth with over 6 million trees.

13. South Africa is home to humungous Sunland Baobab Tree that is over 6,000 years old. It is one of the oldest trees on earth.

14. South Africa boasts of the world’s longest wine route which stretches over 1,000 kilometers.

15. South Africa features the second highest waterfall in the world, Tugela Falls. It is approximately 2,800 feet high.

16. The African bush elephant, the largest land mammal in the world resides in South Africa. It can weigh up to 11 tons and live up to 70 years.

17. The world’s largest bird, the ostrich, is found in South Africa.

18. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Khori Bustard belongs to South Africa.

19. The tallest animal in the world, the giraffe resides in South Africa.

20. Over 900 species of birds and 1500 species of plants (on Table Mountain in Cape Town) can be found in South Africa.

21. South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world.

Country Facts

22. South Africa has a unitary parliamentary republic government structure.

23. South Africa’s Constitution came into effect on February 4, 1997. It is considered extremely progressive emphasizing on rights like equality, education, healthcare, and access to courts.

24. Nelson Mandela served as the first black President in South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

25. South Africa has three capital cities namely Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

26. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa.

27. The official currency of South Africa is the South African Rand.

28. South Africa is the first African country and the fifth country worldwide to legalize same-sex marriages in the year 2006.

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People

29. With the population of 57,069,680 people, South Africa is the 25th most populous country in the world.

30. There are 11 official languages in South Africa including English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Tsonga. However, 25% people speak Zulu.

31. Major religions practiced in South Africa are Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and traditional African religions. However, approximately 80% of South Africans practice Christianity.

32. People drive on the left side of the road.

Economy

33. South Africa has a GDP of $294.8 billion.

34. South Africa is the largest meat producer on the entire continent.

35. Approximately 90% of the earth’s total platinum is found in South Africa.

36. South Africa alone produces around 66% of the electricity of entire Africa.

37. SABMiller is the second largest brewery in the world.

38. South Africa is the major supplier of macadamia nuts in the entire world.

39. South Africa sees over 11 million visitors annually.

Other Random Facts

40. The most luxurious train in the world, Rovos Rail is in South Africa.

41. The Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world. It is a whopping 710 feet high.

If you know more interesting random facts about South Africa, let us know in the comments below.

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, From Cube To Cuba was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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