Some interesting trivia about South Africa.
What Makes South Africa Unique?
Travel & Nature:
The Kruger National Park nature reserve supports the greatest
variety of wildlife species on the African continent. It is roughly
the size of Wales, or the state of Massachusetts (USA), which makes
it the eighth largest reserve in the world.
Home to one of the world’s 6 floral kingdoms, South Africa has
one-tenth (23,200) of the world’s flowering plants, of which nearly
19,000 are endemic, making it the richest region in the world in
terms of species to area – 1.7 times richer even than Brazil. It is
the only country in the world to contain an entire floral kingdom.
It is home to more kinds of mammals than North and South America
combined; or Europe and Asia together.
South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square
kilometer, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.
Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest
mountains in the world. Standing at just over 1000 metres, it
dominates the city’s skyline. Table Mountain can be seen as far as
200 kilometres out to sea.
South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the
Paarl is South Africa’s third oldest town and home to KWV Cellars-
the largest wine cellar in the world (covering 22 hectares).
Kimberley’s ‘Big Hole’ is the largest hand-dug hole in the world
and is deeper than Table Mountain is high. Kimberley also has the
only drive-in pubs in the world.
Mpumalanga province is home to the Blyderiver Canyon, the third
largest canyon in the world – and the largest green one. The Grand
Canyon in the U.S. is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in
Namibia the second, but both are very dry.
The Tugela Falls in KwaZulu Natal, at 948m (3110ft), is the second
highest waterfall in the world.
The world’s best land-based whale-watching spot is located in
Hermanus, Western Cape.
Mossel Bay is in the Guinness Book of records as having the second
most moderate climate in the world.
Seal Island in False Bay is the only place in the world where Great
Whites consistently breach (leap completely out of the water) to
catch their prey, mainly seals. It also boasts the highest
frequency of Great White shark attacks in the world.
In 1991, South Africa became the first country in the world to
protect the Great White shark.
According to ‘Trivial Pursuit’, Graaf-Reinett in the Western Cape
has the world’s biggest grapevine.
Fossilized footprints were found at Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape,
in a sand-dune-turned-rock. The 117,000 year-old fossils are the
oldest known footprints of an anatomically modern human.
Most of the world’s proto-mammalian fossils are found in the Karoo
The 2,02 billion year-old crater in Vredefort is the oldest known
crater on Earth. The general estimate of its original diameter is
roughly 300 km, which makes it the largest crater on the planet, as
The Sterkfontein Caves, in Gauteng, is the site where the oldest
human skeletal remains were found in the world (3,5 million years
old). This is the place where the human race was born!
Close to Oudtshoorn are the Cango Caves, a 3 km long sequence of
caverns of glittering stalagmites and stalactites, which makes it
the longest underground cave sequence in the world.
The Boesmansgat is renowned as the second deepest sinkhole (about
299 metres) and the largest of its kind in the world. Many attempts
have been made at world records in cave-diving in this exceptional
The St. Lucia estuarine system, in Kwazulu Natal, is the largest
estuarine system in Africa.
South Africa is home to the world’s smallest succulent plants (less
than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).
The Rand Refinery is the largest refinery of gold in the world.
The South African oil company SASOL has established the only
commercially proven oil from coal operations in the world.
The world’s biggest producer of non-fuel minerals is South African
company Anglo-American Corporation.
The University of South Africa UNISA is a pioneer of tertiary
distance education and is believed to be the largest correspondence
university in the world with 250,000 students.
Eskom, the national electricity utility, is the world’s fourth
largest in terms of both sales volume and normal capacity.
The De Beers Group of companies control more than 80% of the world
supply of rough diamonds.
SABMiller ranks as the largest brewing company in the world by
volume. It supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.
Samancor Limited is the world’s largest producer by sales of
manganese and chrome products.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange was the 7th best performing stock
market in 2005, according to the World Federation of Exchanges.
Stellenbosch University was the first university in the world to
design and launch a microsatellite.
South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class,
right-hand drive vehicles.
KSDP Pentagraph is rated as the world’s second best design company
by British design magazine, ‘Creative Review’. The company is
responsible for the new-look packaging of ‘Fanta’ and design
modifications of ‘Coca-Cola’ soft drinks worldwide.
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