There are a myriad of reasons to visit South Africa. There are also some pretty interesting and fun facts! So, #whywouldntyou ??
Cape Town’s Table Mountain is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Table Mountain with its more than 1,500 species of plants has more than the entire United Kingdom.
The longest wine route in the world??? Route 62 in South Africa of course!
The Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is found in Simons Town, South Africa.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Features the largest South African Wine List in the United States.
The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world with water that falls down 948 metres!
Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia.
10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa. South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world. South Africa is home to the world’s smallest succulent plants (less than 9.9 mm) and the largest (the baobab tree, around 20 metres tall).
Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners!
South Africa has deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests.
The world’s largest cut diamond, the ‘Star of Africa I,’ or ‘Cullinan I,’ is the largest-cut fine-quality colorless diamond in the world. It was cut from the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond found in South Africa in 1905.
Three of the five fastest land animals are found in South Africa, the cheetah (101.3 kilometres per hour), the wildebeest and the lion.
South Africa has three capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).
Approximately 900 bird species are found in South Africa alone, which represents 10% of the world’s total bird species.
South Africa has the highest commercial bungi jump in the world (710 feet). At 216 metres, the Bloukrans Bridge is situated in the Western Cape of South Africa.
The City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, is said to be the largest red-brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hippos can stay underwater for up to 5 minutes without coming up for air. When sleeping in the water, their bodies automatically bob up to the top of the water so that they can take a breath, and then they sink back to the bottom.