Facts about South Africa

south-africa-163059_640South Africa is one of the most-developed nations in Africa. The economic powerhouse is believed to have one of the world’s most-transparent budget according to 2012 Deloitte report. The country is strategically positioned at the continent’s southern tip, bordering both the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.

Interesting Facts: South Africa is world’s second largest exporter of fruits, and it has the world’s longest wine route. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, which is believed to be among the world’s oldest mountains. The mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire plants species in United Kingdom. South Africa is world’s third supplier of safe and drinkable tap water. South African sweet wine is served by Walt Disney in the 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge, United States. The country boasts about the cheapest electricity generation and supply in the world. The country is praised as the first in the world to voluntarily abandon a nuclear program.  The country has the highest percentage of rail infrastructure in the whole continent. Did you know that South Africa is the only producer of right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz C Class? The country has the second highest number of windmills, 280,000, after Australia. Nothing beats a trip in the Rovos Rail, one of the most-luxurious trains in the world.

Most Official Languages: According to Guinness World Records, South Africa has the most number of official languages in the world. The country has amazing 11 official languages, among them English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, siSwati, Sesotho and many more.

Wildlife: The country’s Kruger Park has the largest variety of wildlife species in the whole of Africa. South Africa plans to create a 13,500 sq. mile game park through tearing fences with Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The game park will be the largest conservation in the world, bigger than Belgium or Switzerland. Visitors enjoy watching a penguin colony which thrives due to the cool Antarctic currents over the west coast.

Must Visit:Tugela Falls in South Africa is a must visit feature. Tugela is the world’s second highest waterfall, where water tumbles down a height of 2,789ft. A fascinating scene is the Blyde River Canyon, world’s largest green and third largest canyon. A visit to the country gets more fascinating with a trip to Vredefort Dome, world’s oldest meteor scar and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The country has a wealth of enthralling features such as mountains, escarpments, grasslands, plateaus, subtropical forests, bushes and wetlands. Karoo region is a must visit for explorers and learners since the region is believed to be home of early dinosaurs.

Noble Peace Prize: South Africa is more of inspiring new ways. The country is special in many ways. It is the first country with a street that houses two Noble Peace Prize winners in the world. Soweto in South Africa is home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Mining Sector: The country is a world leader in mineral deposits. 90% of earth’s platinum metals are found in South Africa. Other minerals include gold, manganese, vanadium and chrome.

International Headlines: Did you know that South Africa was the first and only country in Africa to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010? The event was successful in marketing South Africa’s tourism sector, and the impact was felt on infrastructure and economic growth.

Finest Wines and Foods: For the wine lovers, South Africa has one of the oldest and best wine industry in the world. The country serves visitors with amazing wines such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnays, Cinsault, Shiraz, Riesling and many more. The foods are delicious and irresistible. Biltong is air dried beef savored by anyone. Game meat can be stewed or grilled. The  game meat are from legally hunted crocodiles, ostrich, antelopes and even the popular caterpillars. Bobotie tastes the same as the British shepherd pie, but there is curry in the minced meat.

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