We all know South Africa as a fantastic holiday destination and the home of former president Nelson Mandela, but these fun facts will give you a deeper insight into the Rainbow Nation.
Did you know…
- Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
- The median age in Cape Town is 26 years old, with almost half the population less than 24 years old.
- The Karoo region is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. The Massospondylus lived about 185 million years ago and was 4 to 5 meters long.
- Cape Town is also home to the little five. They are – the rhino beetle, ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew and buffalo weaver.
- Pietermaritzburg’s city hall is the largest red brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
- In eastern South Africa, scientists have found traces of blue-green algae dating back 3,500 million years. This is some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth.
- The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street.
- South Africa has the longest wine route in the world and is the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals.
- South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square kilometre, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.
- The most luxurious train in the world to date is “The Rovos Rail” in South Africa.
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