You might think you know a lot about South Africa, but do you, though? There are many facts about this nation you do not know from the history of the nation, statistics, and even its tourism sector. This beautiful country consists of many interesting and fun facts. These facts enable one to have a better knowledge of South Africa. The country has the second-largest economy in Africa. It has coastlines on both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Here are a few facts about South Africa.
10 Interesting Facts About South Africa
- South Africa has eleven official languages. Most residents of South Africa speak more than one language. The most commonly spoken language in the country is Zulu. Xhosa is the second, followed by Afrikaans and English. The other seven words spoken by South Africans are; Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Siswati, Tshivenda, and isiNdebele. Other languages that are recognized are Khoi, Nama, and San.
- The majority of the South African population is comprised of ethically black Africans. About 9% of them are colored; this is either a mix of white and African or white and Asian. 8% are white, and 2% are ethnic Indians.
- The country has three capital cities. Each of these cities has specific functions: Cape town is a legislative city, Pretoria is an administrative city, and Bloemfontein is South Africa’s fair city. However, Johannesburg is the country’s most important city. Johannesburg is an economical, cultural, and industrial center. Johannesburg had a population of 2.6 million in 2006.
More interesting facts…
- South Africa is famous for its diversity in cultures. It has several religions and is also referred to as ‘the rainbow nation.’
- It has the longest wine route in the world. This route begins from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.’. It is 850 km and has the best vineyards in the world as a whole.
- The country has large game reserves. Kruger National Park is among the largest in Africa, covering an area of about 19,635 square kilometers. This is the size of the whole nation of Belgium.
- Vredefort Dome, the world’s oldest meteor scar, is in South Africa in a town, Parys. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- It has the largest brewing industry in the world. The South African brewery, SABMiller, is the supplier of half of China’s beer.
- The country has the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the whole wide world. The Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape is about 710 feet.
- It has the oldest mountain on the planet. Table Mountain is a very iconic South African landmark.
South Africa is a developed country in third world countries among a few others. It has attractive features and landmarks that attract tourists to view the exquisite cultural, geographic, and wildlife diversity. It has faced a lot of challenges, especially the apartheid rule over the years. This race-based system has caused a lot of suffering for the people of South Africa, but great leaders in South Africa have stood up for the liberation of South African people.