South Africa is a country with a rich history, many magnificent sites and diverse wildlife and plants. Below are list of the many interesting facts about the country.
South Africa is a diverse nation that is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery and wildlife in the world. The diverse and stunning scenic landscapes, the wonderful weather, the friendly locals and the vibrant cities. There are also many well known locations which draw tourists such as the awe-inspiring Cango Caves, the Valley of Desolation and of course the lush Garden Route.
But South Africa also has it’s fair share of unusual, strange and down right weird objects, formations and customs. Below is a short list of some common and uncommon things, as well as a few Interesting facts.
The culture of this nation is highly diversified and influenced by the invasion of different European countries, but traditional culture of the Blacks is still followed in most countryside regions. The population consists of Blacks, Whites, Asians, and also people of other races. Across the different groups based in South Africa, lifestyle, marriage customs, and taboos differ from place to place. However, the common thread of belief adheres to a masculine deity, ancestral spirits, and supernatural forces. Apart from English and Afrikaans, people also speak the official Bantu languages. These include the Nguni and Sotho, which further consist of different dialects.
- South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity(Eskom).
- South Africa power supplier provides the fourth cheapest electricity in the world.
- Chris Hani-Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto is the biggest hospital in the world.
- Durban is the largest port in Africa and the ninth largest in the world.
- There are 39 million cell phone users in South Africa (International Telecommunication Union).
- South Africa has the second oldest Film Industry in the world.
- The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world.
- South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
- South Africa has the highest commercial bungi jump in the world (710 feet).
- M-Net is Africa’s largest pay television service, delivering 24-hour programming to dozens of countries across the continent.
- South Africa has the most luxurious train in the world, The Rovos Rail.
- The Lost City Resort is the largest thermal resort in the world as well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere.
- South Africa hosts the largest timed cycle race in the world (the Cape Argus Cycle Tour), the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon (the Comrades Marathon) and the world’s largestopen water swimming event (the Midmar Mile).
- South Africa will become the first African country to host the Soccer World Cup in 2010…and only the second country in the world to have hosted the Cricket, Rugby and Soccer World Cups.
- Since the 1940s, South African golfers have won more golf majors than any other nation, apart from the USA.
In 1994 we won 11 medals in the Commonwealth Games. In 2006 we won 46.
- The number of tourists visiting South Africa has grown by 200% since 1994: from 3 million to over 9 million in 2007 (Dept of Environment and Tourism).
- The Singita game reserve, west of Kruger National Park, was voted the best hotel in the world by the readers of a leading travel magazine (Conde Nast Traveler)
- The world’s best land-based whale-watching spot is located in Hermanus in the Western Cape
- In 2002, South Africa was the world’s fastest growing tourist destination. In 2006, South Africa’s tourism grew at three times the global average.
- The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a pioneer of tertiary distance education and is the largest correspondence university in the world, with 250,000 students.
- South Africa’s matric pass rate has improved from 49% in 1994 to 70% in 2004, but students receiving university exemptions have remained at 18%.
- The first MBA program outside of the US was started by the University of Pretoria in 1949.