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Many people believe that money is the only thing holding them back from traveling. Well, you don’t have to be rich to take your family for a vacation.

Much of the advice provided on cheap holidays is very effective but most readers forget about it by the time they are planning their trip months later.

These tips on how to save money on holiday vacation is something you can do today.

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For Cheap Holidays Cross Reference Destinations

Come up with a list of all the places you want to visit this year. Then do a few tests to rank them based where you might get the most value for your money or the cheap holiday packages.

There are sites like Numbeo which rank countries by cost at restaurants and cost of living in cities.

To find affordable flight tickets, you may also need to find sites that help you to compare how much you will have to pay on the dates you are planning to go.

Lastly, score extra points for destinations where your friends or relatives live and might offer you advice on saving money, free meals or even a place to stay.

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Schedule Your Ticket Purchases

You probably have specific dates you need to visit someone or be somewhere this year-a friend’s wedding, your mother’s birthday or even thanks giving at the church.

Most airlines are now selling tickets through the end of July, which means you can buy them now and lock in a good price, a convenient move for the disorganized.

Unfortunately, now may not get you cheaper airline tickets, so ensure that you mark your calendar with a reminder for the best time to buy.

You can also set airfare alert just in case discounted tickets come up.

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Unhappy Holiday

It happens all the time. After buying a ticket to a foreign country and discover that you have scheduled your trip during a national holiday, or the first week of your school vacation or some other time where you presume hotels may be overbooked, restaurants closed, streets deserted, local flights pricey. So start searching online now for a calendar of local or national holidays and major festivals.


Sign Up For a Credit Card

Many people wish that credit card companies and airlines would abandon the convoluted, bloated, anti-tourist points and KM’s systems and turn over those resources to low fares and fees across the board.

But, of course, that won’t be happening. For occasional fliers, the easiest way to get in on the game is to apply for credit cards that offer a bonus and a full year without annual fee.

You will need to do a little research on credits cards you can get for your next holiday. You can get a credit card that is offering a certain number of KM’s on South African Airlines if you spend a certain amount of money in a certain period of time.

You can program a reminder in your phone 11 months ahead, giving you enough time to cancel your credit card before the first annual fee comes.

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Crack the Codes

Have you ever felt like typing in your credit card number after spotting a Discount Code box on the your computer screen felt bad because you can find a discount code out there?

You can install the Honey browser extension which is known to work on a number of top travel sites which will help nab you those elusive cheap holidays, like, and

Once you have installed it, you will get alerts of any discount codes and it will even test them automatically with a single click.

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Switch to a Cheaper Cell Phone Plan

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If you will be using your cell phone abroad then it is recommended that you switch to TMobile, which offers free data and text messaging in more than 100 countries versus Sprint’s 50 or so. The data is slow, 2G or 3G, but it’s enough to message or email your friends and colleagues. If you are patient enough, you can use social media apps and Google maps.

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Depledge Allegiance

What is your favorite car rental company? Wrong! You should know that prices vary widely and randomly across the companies, dates and locations that it has become crazy for frequent travelers to pay extra money so that they can get a few points or get free upgrade or save a few minutes. Instead, search your favorite online travel company and choose the cheap holidays from an agency you’ve heard of.

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Do some agencies have fancier cars? Well, it’s possible, but many hotels have nice beds and you don’t have to pay extra money to stay in them.

And the final thing you need to do to enjoy cheap holidays is to find out what your personal insurance and credit card covers so that you can strongly decline what you don’t want at the checkout counter.


Use an Incognito Window or Clear Cookies After Booking a Flight

Reloading your browser won’t make the flight price drop, but it can make the price go up depend on changes in demand.

To get cheap holidays and avoid this, you will need to clear cookies that store the information about your browsing.

This will delete your recent searches. Or, you could use an incognito window.

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For Cheap Holidays Book a Secret Hotel

Secret hotel rooms are holiday accommodations being sold at discounted rates by hotels that don’t want the rooms to remain empty. Although you won’t know the hotel you are booking the room, savings can be as much as 5% off the initially listed price.


Look Into Free Amenities at the Hotel and On the Flight

Hotels and airlines often have free amenities for travelers. Certain alcohol, grooming kits and medications are often provided when you ask. The hotels also offer a number of free amenities ranging from workout gear to adapters, and electronics like iPads and Kindles.

Need More Help With Saving Money?

If you’re looking for more inspiration on planning cheap holidays, we’ve got you covered with cheap flights (just sign up for our newsletter), travel hacks for frequent fliers, the best destinations, how to travel cheap around the world and tips on booking a last minute holiday.

Wanting to stay closer to home? If you’re looking for cheap flights to Durban or cheap flights to Johannesburg, or planning a local holiday, we can help you!


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A List Of Things To Do In Durban Filled With Tantalizing Activities And Adventure

Between surfing, bungee jumping, marathons and the marinas you can jam-pack your list of things to do in Durban.


Durban is the 9th largest port in the world; the port grew around trade from Johannesburg to the busiest container port in Africa.

The port is not the only thing in which has made the top ten of biggest, Durban is also the home of Gateway Theatre of Shopping which is the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere.

If you are gravity impaired or foresee that you will be face planting the ocean water more than staying on the board, challenge yourself by learning how to skateboard at a

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Surfing and skateboarding not your thing? Don’t worry, there are other things besides surfing or skateboarding like learning how to dive at the Durban Aliwal Shoal which is considered one of the world’s top diving site.

But getting wet is not your only option; stay nice and dry at Africa’s largest marine world, the Africa Ushaka Marine world.

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Top 3 Things To Do In Durban: Ocean Life Experiences

1. Ushaka Marine World

This marine world is not your usual fishy situation where you walk around looking for oceanic animals swimming around behind various carefully designed structures, or watching dolphin and seal shows carefully produced by ocean specialists, this marine world also boasts as a water theme park.

With a variety of rides to entertain persons of all ages, yes the parents almost have more fun than the young ones, you can choose amongst others between the Wet & Wild, the Sea World, Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShanka Beach and the dangerous creatures. Young or old you will definitely find your inner child.

2. Living In The Water

Whether you are at the coast for work or to play this is the place where you can combine tranquillity in your work and calm in your fun.

With the picturesque colours in the sunrise and sunset over the coastline, begin or end your day with the soothing sound of the waves as you plan your kayaking at the Umgeni River, Jet Skiing at the Blue Lagoon or sun basking at the Sunset Coast Casino & Entertainment World.

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3. Be The Crystal In Sapphire Coast

The fresh water which flows out of the hills in this scenic spot is what is the legend to have had inspired the great Zulu King Shaka to name this town in Amanzimtoti.

The Aliwal Shoal fossilised sand dune which lies 5km’s off the Umkomaas river mouth is a popular destination for scuba divers, with its vast array of warm water reef and cold water fish a the kaleidoscope of colours are mesmerising.

If you are not a diver and the thought of a mass of water around you is a bit intimidating you can swim, surf or fish along the coast.

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With the waves crashing around you, the smell of ocean around you, itsy-bitsy bikinis and sand castle princesses you are sure to have more than enough things to do in Durban.

If you want to know more about what things to do in Durban then read our articles on cheap flights to Durban. You’ll be booking your flight by the time you’re done having a look at all that this city has to offer! So kick off your shoes, let your hair down and relax.

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Why Do We Offer You Cheap Flights

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No More Endless Searching For Cheap Flights

We understand that searching for flights can be a long and tedious process, searching the internet one airline at a time can result in wasting time because the prices change on a constant basis as the demand changes and availability varies.

In other words, by the time you have finally made up your mind and decided option one was the cheapest option one might not be available anymore and option two might now be option three and option three might be option one and in the end you have no options anymore because it all seems like your options are mixed and you do not know where to start anymore.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Depending on a travel agent to book your ticket is equally tiring as you spend hours on the phone or emailing with the travel agent.

They don’t always understand your travel itinerary; they do not understand your budget constraints, they also do not know when you are urgently looking for answers or whether you have done your own research.

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What To Consider When Purchasing An Airline Ticket

Everybody often thinks that purchasing an airline ticket is as easy as going onto the internet and choosing the best ticket you find or leaving it to a travel agent to handle but there are some things to consider, such as how much are you willing to pay, which airline do you prefer, how reputable are they?

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Steps To Follow When Purchasing A Ticket

  • Check the fares as often as possible to determine their fluctuation patterns and establish when you will get the cheapest fares whilst purchasing your ticket.
  • Do not wait too late to purchase your ticket, the closer to the flight date which you purchase the ticket the more expensive the fare will be.
  • Choose the day you fly on carefully as the day of your flight will determine if you pay a higher fare, generally, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least expensive whereas Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
  • Remember which season or holiday you will be flying in, long weekends, school holidays and festive seasons will generally be more expensive.
  • Cross reference the airline fares to find the best prices on the market which will suit your itinerary.
  • Know what the airline luggage constraints are and what your luggage needs are, also be conscious of the airline’s extra baggage policy and the penalties accompanied therewith.

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Experience Durban From The Air

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of what Durban has to offer you, and we are not referring to the water lapping against the beaches.

Play a game or two while you wait for the pilot to land the airplane, see if you can spot the main roads running in, out and through Durban, can you identify the M4, N2 and N3, which one takes you in and which one takes you out, which one brings you closer to the ocean.

Do you know where the King Cetshwayo Hwy or Sydney rd is because we certainly do, or maybe little games do not amuse you and all you want to do is admire the brilliant city from above.

We have made it our mission to give you the best travel experience, even if it is only to lighten the stress of searching for the flight which will make the vacation possible.
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If you’re looking for some inspiration on why you might want cheap flights to Durban, read our articles on recreation in Durban, cultural activities to do in Durban and our blockbuster list of things to do in Durban. You’ll be booking your flight by the time you’re done having a look at all that this city has to offer!

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Call Us – Durban Is Waiting For You

If we have not convinced you yet then contact us and give us a chance to make up your mind!

Your Durban experience is waiting for you whether it is the natural attractions, man-made entertainment extravaganzas or the tallest building with its adrenalin pumping activities which is drawing you to the coastal town you will have our support all the way.

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Discover Nature Through Our List Of Things To Do In Johannesburg

It is often hard to think that between concrete jungle of buildings, people and vehicles you can find a little piece of peace and quiet supplied by the tranquillity of nature.

Among the list of things to do in Johannesburg, you can find zoo’s, animal parks, botanical gardens and hidden caves everything you will find in the bushveld neatly nestled in the middle of the city.

Enjoy The Treasures Of Nature Inside The City Borders

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1. Lion Park

The Lion and Safari Park offers an incredible opportunity to get up close with some of South Africa’s most iconic animals.

This 600-hectare wilderness reserve offers brown and white lions, wild dogs, cheetah and more than twenty different African wildlife species.

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2. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Escape to the tranquil scene of the botanical gardens, offering the calming sounds projected from the Witpoortjie Waterfall while the birds and small animals roam around on the lush green lawns.

The botanical gardens were founded in 1982 but the destination has been a popular site for decades with over 600 different plants, 226 bird species and reptiles, antelope and an odd jackal or two which can be spotted from the Roodekrans Rudge.

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3. Johannesburg Zoo

Covering over 55 hectares of land, the zoo was founded in 1904 when the land was donated by the form Herman Ekstein.

The zoo is an internationally accredited and highly respected for the husbandry practice of maintaining a high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct whilst ensuring the physical and psychological well-being of the 320 species of animals which are housed.

The zoo plays an important role in conservation projects for indigenous and worldwide endangered animals.
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4. Brenthurst Gardens

The Brenthurst Estate offers the gardens of the famous mining dynasty the Oppenheimer family, sprawling over 16 hectares with indigenous plants and trees making up 70 percent of the greenery.

The greenery comprises of a variety of woodland, formal, informal and wild areas which have been allowed to flourish for over more than a century making it a garden listed amongst the greatest in the world.

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5. James & Ethel Gray Park

The park is named after James and Ethel Gray, two of Johannesburg’s early historians. The park is snuggly fitted into the affluent suburb of Birdhaven and was originally a bird sanctuary.

Although the park is not a bird sanctuary anymore, you are still able to see an assortment of feathered residents and a Johannesburg resident favour after the R 5-million upgrade.

The Sandspruit River flows through the park, creating an attractive and tranquil atmosphere.
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Take A Break With Nature

We can almost sound like a KitKat advert when we say “Take a Break” but it is the truth, with all the zoo’s, parks and gardens in Johannesburg you can truly relax with the tranquil atmosphere.

Take a moment to rethink your list of things to do in Johannesburg ensuring that you have taken the time to plan some relaxation in nature which is on your doorstep.

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Recreation & Sport Things To Do In Durban

Fill Your List Of Things To Do In Durban With Fun And Games

Scuba diving, surfing, rickshaws and Madiba,

You’ll get so caught up in these gems that you will forget about the other things to do in Durban. Click To Tweet

During 2010 the FIFA Soccer World Cup was hosted in this vibrant city, if you enjoy adrenalin then a visit to the Moses Madhiba Stadium is in order or maybe you have a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket then the Suncoast Casino is the casino for you.

Let The Fun And Games Begin

1. Moses Mabhida Stadium

The Moses Mabhida stadium reached the Genius World Record 2011 for the tallest building in the world, not only did this iconic building reach the world record it also allows adrenalin junkies with an opportunity to plunge off the 106 metre arch on the Big Swing.

Adrenalin is not everybody’s cup of tea that is why you can take a trip in the SkyCar or a 550-step adventure walk to the top of the arch, the top of the stadium providing a panoramic view of the ocean and Durban.

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2.      Umgeni River Bird Park

Dr Alan Abrey visited an old quarry site which used to contain water as a young boy while growing up, it is only fitting that he designed the Umgeni River Bird Park.

The Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 Click To Tweet

by the mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.

In this 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping, there is an ever increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species, some of which are the only representatives of their kind in Africa.

3. Suncoast Casino

Opened during November 2002 the Suncoast Casino is comfortably nestled between towering palm trees on the beachfront along the Durban “Golden Mile” providing you with 26 hectares of entertain extravagances.

Offering an array of gaming, shopping, dining and live entertainment combined with a Miami South Beach feeling.

The casino boasts with 1 600 slot machines and 67 gaming tables ensuring that there is a game to everybody’s requirements.

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4. Mitchell Park Zoo

The Mitchell Park Zoo was established in the early half of the century and named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell.

Mitchel Park is filled with a host of small animals and birds Click To Tweet

ranging from crocodiles, buck, racoons, cranes, flamingos, wallabies, monkeys and tortoises.

The park offers you more than small animals and birds, it offers a sand-filled playground, jungle gyms, swings and other child occupying equipment.

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5. King Park Stadium

Rugby and soccer matches along with occasional music festivals are hosted by the Kind Park Stadium.

King Park has been the home of rugby since 1891 but has hosted many top soccer events during the time of its existence.

The stadium is the home ground of the Sharks rugby franchise, with lowered stands it allows the spectators to get up close to the action on the field and to their favourite players making it a favourite for locals and visitors looking for things to do in Durban.

Places To See And Games To Play

From water to land, flowers to animals, soccer to bungee jumping, this vibrant city is brimming with activities which are waiting to challenged, things to see and saltwater to choke on.

Choose your list of things to do in Durban carefully, jam-pack it with activities for the family and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

If you want to find out more on what Durban can offer you then we are the place you need to direct your questions to, let us help you plan your Durban holiday or read our articles on cheap flights to Durban, cultural activities to do in Durban and our blockbuster list of things to do in Durban. You’ll be booking your flight by the time you’re done having a look at all that this city has to offer!

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125 Things You Didn’t Know About South Africa


Welcome to 125 of our favourite lesser-known South African facts – have a look through and see how many of these facts you know!

#01 South African Facts: Table Mountain in Cape Town Is One Of The Oldest Mountains In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South African Facts: Table MountainSouth African Facts: Table Mountain[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world Click To Tweet

and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#02 The Cape Floral Kingdom Is One Of The World’s Six Floral Kingdoms.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 2 The Cape Floral KingdomFact 2 The Cape Floral Kingdom[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms Click To Tweet

And the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#03 South Africa Has: Deserts, Wetlands, Grasslands, Bush, Subtropical Forests, Mountains And Escarpments.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 3 South Africa NatureFact 3 South Africa Nature[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Some countries have deserts; some have subtropical forests, right?

South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#04 South Africa’s Drinking Water Is Rated 3rd Best In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 4 Best WaterFact 4 Best Water[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world Click To Tweet

For being “safe and ready to drink”.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#05 South Africa Is Now The Only Country In The World To Have Hosted The Soccer, Cricket And Rugby World Cup!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 5 World CupFact 5 World Cup[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#06 South Africa’s Cape Winelands Have Around 560 Wineries And 4 400 Primary Producers.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 6 Wineries South AfricaFact 6 Wineries South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Water is not all there is to drink in this thirsty country!

South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Click To Tweet

Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is good reason to visit South Africa if you haven’t yet been![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#07 South African Brewery Sabmiller Ranks As The Largest Brewing Company In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 7 Sabmiller Largest Brewing CompanyFact 7 Sabmiller Largest Brewing Company[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What about beer? South African brewery SABMiller ranks – by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. Saffers love their beer…but the real reason the brewery is so big?

SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#08 South Africa Is The Only Country In The World That Has Voluntarily Abandoned Its Nuclear Weapons Programme.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 8 South Africa Nuclear Weapons ProgrammeFact 8 South Africa Nuclear Weapons Programme[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

#09 The World’s Largest Themed Resort Hotel – The Palace Of The Lost City – Is Found In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 9 The Palace Of The Lost CityFact 9 The Palace Of The Lost City[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The world’s largest themed resort hotel in the world – The Palace of the Lost City – is found in South Africa.

Surrounding the Palace is a 25 hectare man-made botanical jungle Click To Tweet

with almost 2 million plants, trees and shrubs.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#10 South Africa Is The World’s Leader With Nearly 90% Of All The Platinum Metals On Earth

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 10 South Africa PlatinumFact 10 South Africa Platinum[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered

The world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth Click To Tweet

and around 41% of all the world’s Gold![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#11 South Africa Is Home To The Oldest Meteor Scar In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 11 South Africa Oldest Meteor ScarFact 11 South Africa Oldest Meteor Scar[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome Click To Tweet

in a town called Parys. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was one of the South African facts that we didn’t know – have you been to visit?[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#12 The South African Rovos Rail Is Considered The Most Luxurious Train In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 12 Rovos RailFact 12 Rovos Rail[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#13 Bloukrans Bridge Is The Highest Commercial Bungy Jump In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 13 Bloukrans BridgeFact 13 Bloukrans Bridge[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungy jump in the world Click To Tweet

and is situated along the Garden Route. It is an impressive 216 metres high.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#14 The Province Of Kwazulu-Natal Has A Monarchy, Specially Provided For By The Constitution.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 14 Kwazulu-Natal MonarchyFact 14 Kwazulu-Natal Monarchy[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Despite the country’s status as a democratic republic, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy, specially provided for by the Constitution. Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the King of the Zulu Nation, has 27 kids and 6 wives and lives, literally, like a King!

#15 General Motors South Africa Is The Only Place Outside Of The USA To Build The Hummer H3!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 15 Hummer H3Fact 15 Hummer H3[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]General Motors South Africa is the only place outside of the USA to build the Hummer H3![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#16 There Are More Than 2000 Shipwrecks Off The South African Coast!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 16 Shipwrecks The South AfricanFact 16 Shipwrecks The South African[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are more than 2000 shipwrecks off the South African coast Click To Tweet

Most dating back at least 500 years.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#17 The Oldest Remains Of Modern Humans Were Found In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 17 Modern Humans South AfricaFact 17 Modern Humans South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa Click To Tweet

and are well over 160,000 years old.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#18 The Karoo Region Is Home To Some Of The Best Fossils Of Early Dinosaurs.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 18 Fossils Eary DinosaursFact 18 Fossils Eary Dinosaurs[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Karoo region in the Western Cape is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. Click To Tweet

In fact, it is estimated that some 80% of the mammalian fossils found to date were found in the Karoo.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#19 SA Has Three Capital Cities: Pretoria, Cape Town And Bloemfontein.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 19 Capital CitiesFact 19 Capital Cities[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]SA has three capital cities:

Pretoria is the Executive Capital, Cape Town the Legislative Capital and Bloemfontein the judicial Capital. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#20 Both Nelson Mandela And Archbishop Desmond Tutu Had Houses On Vilakazi Street In Soweto.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 20 Vilakazi StreetFact 20 Vilakazi Street[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Can you think of any other place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street?

Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#21 South Africa Is A Multi-Lingual Country And There Are 11 Official Languages.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 21 Multi-Lingual CountryFact 21 Multi-Lingual Country[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages Click To Tweet

including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1899, the Xhosa hymn ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika is South Africa’s national anthem.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#22 South Africa Is The Second Largest Fruit Producer In The Entire World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 22 South Africa Fruit ProducerFact 22 South Africa Fruit Producer[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is the second largest fruit producer in the entire world. Click To Tweet

The optimal climatic condition has made it possible to support quite a large range and species of fruits.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#23 South Africa Is Ranked First In The World For Its Floral Kingdom.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 23 South Africa Floral KingdomFact 23 South Africa Floral Kingdom[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is ranked first in the world for its floral kingdom Click To Tweet

and is home to the world’s smalles succulent plants (less than 10mm) and the largest (the baobab).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#24 South Africa Is The First Country To Develop An Unimaginably Rare Coal-To-Oil Technology.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 24 South Africa Coal-To-Oil TechnologyFact 24 South Africa Coal-To-Oil Technology[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is the first country to develop an unimaginably rare coal-to-oil technology. Click To Tweet

Due to the aftermath of the second world war, SA was struggling economically, and oil was hard to access, so due to the SA’s vast coal reserves, they decided to research how to turn coal into oil. And now, it’s one of the biggest companies in SA (Sasol).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#25 In SA, It Is Against The Law To Sit Closer Than 2 Meters To Any Individual Of The Opposite Sex.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 25 South Africa LawsFact 25 South Africa Laws[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In SA, it is against the law to sit closer than 2 meters to any individual of the opposite sex Click To Tweet

If he or she wears nothing but a swimming dress.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#26 South Africa Has A Landmass Of 1 233 404 Km².

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 26 South Africa LandmassFact 26 South Africa Landmass[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Situated at the southern tip of Africa,

South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² Click To Tweet

edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#27 The Constitution Of South Africa Is Regarded As An Example To The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 27 The Constitution Of South AfricaFact 27 The Constitution Of South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A well-known fact about South Africa is that since 1994 we have enjoyed democratic government, the apartheid policies of the past overthrown.

Our constitution is regarded as an example to the world, Click To Tweet

and enshrines a wide scope of human rights protected by an independent judiciary. The country is headed by a State President, Jacob Zuma, of the African National Congress (ANC).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#28 South Africa Has Achieved Steady Economic Growth In GDP Since The Late 90s.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 28 South Africa GDPFact 28 South Africa GDP[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A lesser-known fact on South Africa is that it has achieved steady economic growth in gross domestic product (GDP) since the late 90s.

The country, regarded as an emerging market, has a well developed financial sector and active stock exchange.

Financial policies have focused on building solid macroeconomic structures. The country’s central bank is the Reserve Bank.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#29 Tourism Is One Of The Fastest Growing Sectors In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 29 Tourism South AfricaFact 29 Tourism South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Since the demise of apartheid, international tourist arrivals have surged,

Making tourism one of the fastest growing sectors. Click To Tweet

The tourism industry is well-established with an exciting sector of emerging entrepreneurs.

The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife travel and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#30 The South African Population Of More Than 49m People Is Extremely Diverse.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 30 Population South AfricaFact 30 Population South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The South African population of more than 49m people is extremely diverse. Click To Tweet

Africans are in the majority, approx. 80% of the population, followed by the white population approx. 4,4m; the coloured population approx. 4,2 million and the Indian/Asian population at approx. 1,2m.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#31 South Africa’s Currency Is The Rand, Which Offers Visitors Great Value For Money.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 31 South Africa Currency RandFact 31 South Africa Currency Rand[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. Click To Tweet

The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#32 South Africa Has A Temperate Climate And Is Known For Its Long Sunny Days.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 32 South Africa Sunny DaysFact 32 South Africa Sunny Days[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days Click To Tweet

, hence the title: ‘Sunny South Africa’.

Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall).

Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#33 South Africa Has An Exceptionally Well-Developed Communications Infrastructure.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 33 South Africa Communications InfrastructureFact 33 South Africa Communications Infrastructure[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has an exceptionally well-developed communications infrastructure. Click To Tweet

A number of cell-phone providers provide national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#34 There Are 9 Provinces In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 34 Provinces South AfricaFact 34 Provinces South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are 9 provinces in South Africa Click To Tweet

Namely: Eastern Cape, Free State, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal; Gauteng, North West, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#35 The South African Flag Is A Much-Loved Symbol Of Patriotism.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 35 South African FlagFact 35 South African Flag[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The South African flag is a much-loved symbol of patriotism Click To Tweet

and other significant national emblems include: National bird: blue crane; National animal: the springbok; National fish: galjoen; National flower: protea and National tree: the yellowwood.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#36 The Constitution Guarantees Freedom Of Worship.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 36 Freedom Of WorshipFact 36 Freedom Of Worship[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Almost 80% of South Africa’s population is Christian. Other major religious groups include Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists.

A minority don’t belong to any of the major religions.

The Constitution guarantees freedom of worship. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#37 South Africa Has Been Declared One Of The 18 Megadiverse Destinations In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 37 South Africa Megadiverse DestinationFact 37 South Africa Megadiverse Destination[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has been declared one of the 18 megadiverse destinations in the world. Click To Tweet

As a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, South Africa has numerous conservation projects to protect its natural heritage – travellers can support and take part in many of these projects.

The country is home to the famous Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#38 The South African Electricity Supply Is 220/230 Volts AC 50 HZ.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 38 The South African ElectricityFact 38 The South African Electricity[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Click To Tweet

With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#39 There Are 3 Major International Airports In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 39 International Airports South AfricaFact 39 International Airports South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The 3 major international airports in South Africa are: OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) as well as 90 regional airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#40 South Africa Has An Extensive Road Infrastructure.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 40 South Africa Road InfrastructureFact 40 South Africa Road Infrastructure[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure Click To Tweet

including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#41 For Visa Requirements, Please Contact Your Nearest South African Diplomatic Mission.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 41 Visa RequirementsFact 41 Visa Requirements[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas.

For visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African diplomatic mission. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#42 South Africa Is Well-Known For Its Medical Skill.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 42 South Africa Medical SkillFact 42 South Africa Medical Skill[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is well-known for its medical skill Click To Tweet

since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967.

There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres.

Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you’re planning to visit and take precautions if necessary.

Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#43 Incredibly, This Country Is Home To Many Different Types Of Animals.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 43 South Africa AnimalsFact 43 South Africa Animals[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Incredibly, this country is home to the largest bird (ostrich), largest land mammal (elephant), tallest animal (giraffe), smallest succulent (10 millimetres), heaviest flying bird (khori bustard), largest fish (whale shark), largest antelope (eland), largest tree (baobab), fastest land mammal (cheetah), largest reptile (leatherback turtle), and smallest mammal (least dwarf shrew).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#44 This Country Is Home To The Longest Wine Route In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 44 Cape RoadFact 44 Cape Road[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This country is home to the longest wine route in the world Click To Tweet

The Cape Route 62 (or R62), which is about 1 000 kilometres long and beautifully scenic.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#45 South Africa Has 80% Of The Rail Infrastructure Of Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 45 Rail InfrastructureFact 45 Rail Infrastructure[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has 80% of the rail infrastructure of Africa. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#46 South Africa Is The Largest Producer Of Macadamia Nuts In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 46 South Africa Macadamia NutsFact 46 South Africa Macadamia Nuts[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#47 The Country Is Five Times The Size Of Japan.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 47 Five Times The Size JapanFact 47 Five Times The Size Japan[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The country is five times the size of Japan and three times the size of Texas. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#48 About A Fifth Of The World’s Gold Hails From The Mines Of South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 48 South Africa GoldFact 48 South Africa Gold[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]About a fifth of the world’s gold hails from the mines of South Africa. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#49 We Host The Largest Individually-Timed Cycling Race In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 49 Largest Cycling RaceFact 49 Largest Cycling Race[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We host the largest individually-timed cycling race in the world Click To Tweet

The Cape Argus, and the world’s largest ultra marathon, the Comrades.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#50 Lesotho Is A Country That Is Surrounded Entirely By South African Borders.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 50 Lesotho BorderFact 50 Lesotho Border[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lesotho is a country that is surrounded entirely by South African borders. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#51 South African Inventions Include The CAT Scan.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 51 CAT ScanFact 51 CAT Scan[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South African inventions include the CAT Scan Click To Tweet

Automatic pool cleaner (Kreepy Krauly®), breakwater dolosse, Pratley’s Putty®, Q20® lubricant, the retinal cryoprobe, and the Smartlock Safety Syringe®.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#52 There Are More Wildlife Species In The Kruger National Park Than Anywhere Else On The African Continent.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 52 Kruger National ParkFact 52 Kruger National Park[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are more wildlife species in the Kruger National Park than anywhere else on the African continent. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#53 Mossel Bay Has The Second-Most Moderate Climate Of Any City In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 53 Mossel Bay ClimateFact 53 Mossel Bay Climate[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Mossel Bay, which is in the Western Cape and along the beautiful Garden Route, has the second-most moderate climate of any other city or country in the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#54 The 1995 Rugby World Cup Was Hosted In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 54 Rugby World CupFact 54 Rugby World Cup[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Some of the most exciting sporting events that have been hosted in South Africa include the 1995 Rugby World… Click To Tweet

2003 Cricket World Cup, 2005 and 2006 Women’s World Cup of Golf, 2006 inaugural A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport, 2009 IPL Cricket, and 2010 FIFA World Cup.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#55 Rooibos Tea Is Only Grown In A Small Region Of South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 55 Rooibos TeaFact 55 Rooibos Tea[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Rooibos tea has become a worldwide favourite for its fresh taste and excellent health properties. Click To Tweet

It is only grown in a small region (in the Cederberg) of South Africa and has to be exported in massive quantities from here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#56 There Are About 900 Different Avian Species In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 56 Avian Species South AfricaFact 56 Avian Species South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are about 900 different avian species in South Africa Click To Tweet

Which represents around 10% of the bird species of the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#57 The Tugela Falls Are The Second-Highest On The Globe.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 57 Tugela FallsFact 57 Tugela Falls[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The magnificent Tugela Falls are the second-highest on the globe Click To Tweet

Measuring some 850 metres (or 2 789 feet).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#58 South Africa Has 55,000 High Net-Wealth Individuals.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 58 High Net-Wealth IndividualsFact 58 High Net-Wealth Individuals[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has 55,000 high net-wealth individuals Click To Tweet

holding at least one million US dollars in financial assets (World Wealth Report 2008).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#59 South Africa Accounts For Almost 25% Of The GDP Of The Entire African Continent.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 59 GDP African ContinentFact 59 GDP African Continent[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa accounts for almost 25% of the GDP of the entire African continent Click To Tweet

With an economy more than twice the size of the second biggest – Algeria (World Bank).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#60 Chris Hani-Baragwaneth Hospital Is The Biggest Hospital In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 60 Chris Hani-Baragwaneth HospitalFact 60 Chris Hani-Baragwaneth Hospital[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Chris Hani-Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto is the biggest hospital in the world. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#61 Durban Is The Largest Port In Africa And The Ninth Largest In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 61 Durban PortFact 61 Durban Port[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Durban is the largest port in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#62 South African Facts: There Are 39 Million Cell Phone Users In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 62 Cell PhonesFact 62 Cell Phones[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are 39 million cell phone users in South Africa Click To Tweet

(International Telecommunication Union).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#63 The World’s Best Land-Based Whale-Watching Spot Is Located In Hermanus.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 63 Whale-Watching HermanusFact 63 Whale-Watching Hermanus[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The world’s best land-based whale-watching spot is located in Hermanus Click To Tweet

in the Western Cape.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#64 South Africa Houses One Of The Three Largest Telescopes In The World

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 64 South Africa TelescopeFact 64 South Africa Telescope[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa houses one of the three largest telescopes in the world Click To Tweet

At Sutherland in the Karroo.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#65 The University Of South Africa Is A Pioneer Of Tertiary Distance Education.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 65 University Of South AfricaFact 65 University Of South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a pioneer of tertiary distance education Click To Tweet

And is the largest correspondence university in the world, with 250,000 students.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#66 Since 1994, 500 Houses Have Been Built Each Day For The Poor.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 66 Houses For The PoorFact 66 Houses For The Poor[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Since 1994, 500 houses have been built each day for the poor Click To Tweet

And 1000 houses per day have received electricity.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#67 The Cango Caves Is The World’s Longest Underground Cave Sequence.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 67 The Cango CavesFact 67 The Cango Caves[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn, is the world’s longest underground cave sequence. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#68 South Africa Became The First Country In The World To Protect The Great White Shark.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 68 Great White SharkFact 68 Great White Shark[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In 1991,

South Africa became the first country in the world to protect the Great White shark. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#69 South Africa Has Embraced The Concept Of Trans-Frontier ‘Peace Parks’.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 69 Trans-Frontier Peace ParksFact 69 Trans-Frontier Peace Parks[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has embraced the concept of trans-frontier ‘peace parks’ Click To Tweet

Linking ecological reserves across national borders.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#70 The Western Deep Levels Is The World’s Deepest Mine At 3777 Meters.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 70 Western Deep LevelsFact 70 Western Deep Levels[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Western Deep Levels is the world’s deepest mine at 3777 meters. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#71 South Africa Has The World’s Second Oldest Air Force.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 71 Air ForceFact 71 Air Force[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has the world’s second oldest air force Click To Tweet

Established in 1920.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#72 South Africa Has The Second Oldest Film Industry In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 72 Film IndustryFact 72 Film Industry[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has the second oldest film industry in the world. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#73 South Africa Is Home To Eight World Heritage Sites.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 73 World Heritage SitesFact 73 World Heritage Sites[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is home to eight World Heritage Sites Click To Tweet

  • The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Robben Island
  • The Cape Floristic Region
  • The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • Vredefort Dome (the oldest meteor scar in the world)
  • The Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs fossil hominid sites.
  • The Simangaliso Wetland Park
  • The Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park


#74 Every Year, SA Moves About Two Inches Farther Away From South America.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 74 Continental DriftFact 74 Continental Drift[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Every year, SA moves about two inches farther away from South America Click To Tweet

As a subtle continuation of continental drift[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#75 Adams Calender Is A Circular Stone Structure That Was Found In 2005 In Mpumalanga.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 75 Adams CalenderFact 75 Adams Calender[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Adams Calender is a circular stone structure that was found in 2005 in Mpumalanga. Click To Tweet

The functional and intact monolithic stone calendar has been dated back to about 750 000 years ago.

There is amazing concurrence: The location of the Adams Calendar is along the same longitudinal axis as the Great pyramid and the great Zimbabwe ruins.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#76 SA Sold Cars Worth Of $ 1.8 Bilion To The USA In 2010

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 76 Cars ProductionFact 76 Cars Production[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]SA sold cars worth of $ 1.8 bilion to the USA in 2010 Click To Tweet

Placing the country ahead of Italy as suppliers of cars to the USA market and this value is still expected to increase.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#77 Two-Thirds Of Every South African Have Color TV

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 77 Color TVFact 77 Color TV[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Two-thirds of every South African have color TV Click To Tweet

9 telephone land lines are installed for every 100 people and there are 90 mobile phone subscribers per 100 population.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#78 South Africa Is The Only African Country That Is A Member Of The G20.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 78 G20 South AfricaFact 78 G20 South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#79 SA Has A Total Of 220 Prisons.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 79 South Africa PrisonsFact 79 South Africa Prisons[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa ranks 14th among countries with the highest number of jail facilities.

SA has a total of 220 prisons. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#80 Stellenbosch University Was The First African University In The World To Design And Launch A Micro Satellite.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 80 Stellenbosch UniversityFact 80 Stellenbosch University[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Stellenbosch University was the first African university in the world to design and launch a micro satellite. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#81 SA Is Not Among The List Of 20 Countries Of Brain Drain People.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 81 Brain Drain PeopleFact 81 Brain Drain People[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]According to The Economist,

SA is not among the list of 20 countries of brain drain people. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#82 The Mompane Worms Of Limpopo Is A Well Deserved Meal In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 82 Mompane Worms Of LimpopoFact 82 Mompane Worms Of Limpopo[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Mompane worms of Limpopo is a well deserved meal in South Africa. Click To Tweet

Apart from being a great source of protein when it meets the ill fate of ravaging humans, it turns out the be a beautiful moth.

The Mompane is often eaten as it is or fried and prepared into a crispy snack. If you’re visiting us for the first time, maybe this is one of those South African facts that is a bit gross – don’t worry, we also have McDonalds and Burger King![/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#83 There Are 2 Cape Town Restaurants Among The Top 50 Retaurants Of The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 83 Top 50 Retaurants Of The WorldFact 83 Top 50 Retaurants Of The World[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are 2 Cape Town restaurants among the top 50 retaurants of the world. Click To Tweet

La Colombe restaurant in Constantia, cape Town, was voted the 12th best and Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek came in at 31.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#84 The South African Population, Using Improved Drinking Water Sources Was 94% In 2013, Up From 83% In 1990.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 84 Improved Drinking Water SourcesFact 84 Improved Drinking Water Sources[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The proportion of the South African population using improved drinking water sources was 94% in 2013, up from… Click To Tweet

(WHO/UNICEF, March 2012)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#85 The Life Expectancy Of An Average South African Has Increased To 60 In 2012 From 54 In 2009.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 85 Life ExpectancyFact 85 Life Expectancy[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The life expectancy of an average South African has increased to 60 in 2012 from 54 in 2009 Click To Tweet

According to The Lancet health journal.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#86 South Africa Ranks 16th As Per Cinema Visits Per 1000 Population.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 86 South Africa Cinema VisitsFact 86 South Africa Cinema Visits[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The country loves movies and

Ranks 16th as per cinema visits per 1000 population. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#87 There Are 727 Airports Found In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 87 South Africa AirportsFact 87 South Africa Airports[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are 727 airports found in South Africa Click To Tweet

143 of these airports have paved runways.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#88 The Shoe House Of Mpumalanga Easily Qualifies For MTV’s Extreme Cribs.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 88 Shoe House MpumalangaFact 88 Shoe House Mpumalanga[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Shoe House of Mpumalanga: This easily qualifies for MTV’s extreme cribs Click To Tweet

A house built into the shape of a shoe an easily seen as a visit to Abel Erasmus Pass in Mpumalanga.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#89 The South African Cities Were Voted Amongst The World’s Top 100 Most Livable Cities.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 89 South African CitiesFact 89 South African Cities[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The South African cities were voted amongst the world’s top 100 Most livable Cities Click To Tweet

in the 2010 study conducted by Mercer Human Recource Consulting. Cape Town was ranked in 86th place and Johannesburg 90th. Fun South African Facts: Cape Town is regularly voted as the top city in the world to visit by international publications.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#90 South Africa Is Also Known As The Rainbow Nation.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 90 Rainbow NationFact 90 Rainbow Nation[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is also known as the Rainbow Nation Click To Tweet

A name given by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, once a Nobel Peace prize winner.

Over the centuries different groups of people have entered South Africa to inhabit the area, making the country become “one nation” with a great diversity of people, cultures and languages.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#91 South Africa Is Also Home To A Variety Of Breathtaking Landscapes And Beautiful Nature.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 91 South Africa Beautiful NatureFact 91 South Africa Beautiful Nature[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is also home to a variety of breathtaking landscapes and beautiful nature Click To Tweet

Ranging from dramatic mountains, sandy beaches, wide plains, rocky cliffs to the most colourful flowers.

In all, there is so much to see and do, so many people and tribes to meet, different dishes to eat, activities to experience and animals to observe, it can take a while to get to know the true and real identity of the country.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#92 Various Breeding Colonies Of African Penguins, Can Be Found Along The Western Coast Of South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 92 African PenguinsFact 92 African Penguins[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Where in the world can you share a warm and sunny beach with a colony of penguins?

Indeed, in South Africa.

Various breeding colonies of African penguins, also known as the Jackass penguin, can be found along the… Click To Tweet

South African facts show that the most famous place to visit these birds is in Boulders beach, close to Simon’s town, south of Cape Town.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#93 Johannesburg Is Considered To Have The “Largest Man-Made Forest” In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 93 Johannesburg Man-Made ForestFact 93 Johannesburg Man-Made Forest[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With over 6 million trees,

Johannesburg is considered to have the “largest man-made forest” in the world. Click To Tweet

Since the area of Johannesburg was originally grassland, all the trees were planted to provide wood for the growing mine industry in the 19th century.

However, there are many discussions whether Johannesburg can officially claim this title, and if the trees in a city can be considered to be a forest.

Urban myth or not, the city can definitely claim the title for being one of the most wooded cities in the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#94 The Blyde River Canyon Is The Third Largest Canyon In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 94 Blyde River CanyonFact 94 Blyde River Canyon[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world Click To Tweet

But considered to be the largest “green” one.

The best way to visit and view the canyon is via the Panorama route on your way to the Kruger National Park.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#95 It Is Possible To Go Skiing During The Winter Months Of June, July And August.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 95 Skiing South AfricaFact 95 Skiing South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]And last but not least,

It is possible to go skiing/snowboarding during the winter months of June, July and August. Click To Tweet

Tiffendell ski resort started in 1993 and is located in the Drakensberg mountains of the Eastern Cape province at a height of 2720 metres above sea level.

It’s a small resort compared to the ones in the northern hemisphere, 2 pistes of only 500m each, but it does claim to have the highest bar in South Africa, although this is often disputed.

There are only 2 other ski resorts in Africa, 1 in Lesotho and the other in Morocco.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#96 South Africa Has The 27th Biggest Economy In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 96 South Africa EconomyFact 96 South Africa Economy[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has the 27th biggest economy in the world Click To Tweet

With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US $254 billion (World Bank)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#97 Gauteng Is South Africa’s Smallest Province But Produces 34% Of South Africa’s GDP.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 97 Gauteng ProvinceFact 97 Gauteng Province[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest province but produces 34% of South Africa’s GDP. Click To Tweet

(Stats SA)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#98 More Than 12,000 ‘Black Diamond’ Facilities Are Moving From The Townships Into The Suburbs Of South Africa’s Metro Areas Every Month.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 98 Suburbs South AfricaFact 98 Suburbs South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]More than 12,000 ‘Black Diamond’ facilities (South Africa’s new black middle class) – or 50,000 people – are moving from the townships into the suburbs of South Africa’s metro areas every month (UCT Unilever Institute)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#99 Between 2001 And 2004, There Were 300,000 New Black Entrants To The Middle Class.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 99 Middle Class South AfricaFact 99 Middle Class South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The black middle class grew by 30% in 2005, adding another 421,000 black adults to SA’s middle-income layer and ramping up the black population’s share of SA’s total middle class to almost a third.

Between 2001 and 2004, there were 300,000 new black entrants to the middle class. Click To Tweet

(Financial Mail)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#100 South African Power Supplier Provides The 4th Cheapest Electricity In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 100 Cheap ElectricityFact 100 Cheap Electricity[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South African power supplier provides the 4th cheapest electricity in the world. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#101 Almost A Quarter Of South Africa’s Non-Interest Budget Is Spent On Education.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 101 South Africa EducationFact 101 South Africa Education[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Almost a quarter of South Africa’s non-interest budget is spent on education. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#102 South Africa Has The 3rd Highest Level Of Biodiversity.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 102 South Africa BiodiversityFact 102 South Africa Biodiversity[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa has the 3rd highest level of biodiversity Click To Tweet

(SA Tourism)[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#103 The Cape Hyrax’s (Dassie) Closest Relative Is The African Elephant.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 103 Cape HyraxFact 103 Cape Hyrax[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Cape Hyrax’s (dassie) closest relative is the African elephant. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#105 In 2007 South African Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa Was Included In The Time 100.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 105 Cyril Ramaphosa Time 100Fact 105 Cyril Ramaphosa Time 100[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In 2007 South African businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was included in the Time 100 Click To Tweet

An annual list, assembled by Time Magazine, of the 100 most influential people in the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#106 Cape Town Has The 5th Best Blue Sky In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 106 Cape Town Blue SkyFact 106 Cape Town Blue Sky[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cape Town has the 5th best blue sky in the world Click To Tweet

According to the UK’s National Physical Laboratory.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#107 The Rand Was The Best-Performing Currency Against The US Dollar Between 2002 And 2005.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 107 Rand PerformanceFact 107 Rand Performance[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Rand was the best-performing currency against the US Dollar between 2002 and 2005 Click To Tweet

(Bloomberg Currency Scoreboard).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#108 OR Tambo Airport Is The Best Airport In Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 108 OR Tambo AirportFact 108 OR Tambo Airport[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]OR Tambo airport is the best airport in Africa Click To Tweet

According to the World Airport Awards 2010/11.

It was also in the top 3 most improved airports in the world for the same period.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#109 Тhe Barberton Mountain Range Is Over 3.5 Billion Years Old.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 109 Barberton Mountain RangeFact 109 Barberton Mountain Range[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In Mpumalanga,

Тhe Barberton Mountain range is over 3.5 billion years old Click To Tweet

Аnd remains one of the best preserved and least altered early Archaean rock formations in the world.

Also, a bacterial micro fossil Archaeospheroides barbertoniswas discovered here and is believed to have been the first form of life on earth.

NASA is reputed to often visit this area and study the rocks, to gain a better understanding of how life could form on other planets.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#110 Sutherland Is Also One Of The Most Stable Area’s In The World.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 110 Sutherland South AfricaFact 110 Sutherland South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Founded in 1858,

Sutherland in the Northern Karoo is known for it’s cold weather and the astounding star-filled skies.

Since it’s set at an altitude of 1 500m, rarely receives rainfall and has no light pollution, when the sun finally sets you’re treated to a sky thats so bright, you feel you can almost reach out and touch the stars.

According to scientists,

Sutherland is also one of the most stable area’s in the world Click To Tweet

Despite being situated near a 66-million year old volcano.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#111 The Quagga Are A Subspecies, And Not A Separate Species Of Zebra.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 111 The QuaggaFact 111 The Quagga[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Most South Africans will remember stories of the Quagga from school, namely that it was hunted to extinction in the early 19thcentuary, but in the next few years we will see them darting about again.

Scientists have been working on reintroducing them through the use of a careful breeding program since 1987, since discovering that

The Quagga was a subspecies, and not a separate species of zebra. Click To Tweet[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#112 Tipping Is Common Practice In South Africa For A Range Of Services.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 112 Tipping South AfricaFact 112 Tipping South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tipping is common practice in South Africa for a range of services. Click To Tweet

In restaurants the accepted standard is around 10% to 15% of the bill, although sometimes a gratuity will be included (often in the case of a large party).

Barmen are tipped a similar percentage.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#113 South Africa Does Not Change Its Clocks During The Year.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 113 South Africa TimeFact 113 South Africa Time[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa does not change its clocks during the year Click To Tweet

And there are no regional variations within the country. South African Standard Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean (or Universal Standard) Time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, and seven hours ahead of the USA’s Eastern Standard Winter Time.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#114 Nelson Mandela Is Known By Six Different Names In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 114 Nelson Mandela NamesFact 114 Nelson Mandela Names[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Nelson Mandela is known by six different names in South Africa. Click To Tweet

At birth, he was named Rolihlahla Mandela. On his first day of school, his teacher gave him the name Nelson, following the custom back in the 1920s to give all children English names as English colonials ‘couldn’t’ pronounce African names.

When he was 16 he was given the name of Dalibhunga (‘creator or founder of the council’) during a traditional rites of passage ceremony.

South Africans commonly call him Madiba, which is the name of the Thembu clan to which he belongs, or simply Tata or Khulu, the Xhosa words for ‘father’ and ‘grandfather’.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#115 South African Facts: The World’s Largest Visible Crater Is In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 115 World Largest CraterisFact 115 World Largest Crateris[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The world’s largest visible crateris is in South Africa. Click To Tweet

Around 2,030 million years ago a meteor the size of a mountain (about 10km across) fell to earth in South Africa’s Free State making a crater 300km across; it is the oldest crater made by either a comet or meteorite and reportedly the site of the largest energy release in history.

In 2015, scientists claimed to have found a bigger crater (around 400km wide) underground in the Austrlian outback, although it is not visible on the earth’s surface.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#116 A South African Fish Migration Is So Huge It Can Be Seen From Space.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 116 Fish MigrationFact 116 Fish Migration[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. Click To Tweet

Between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal.

This annual event is called the Sardine Run. The shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite.

In their wake come hundreds of birds, sharks, whales, dolphins, all eager to feast[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#117 The Aboriginal People Of South Africa Are The San And The Khoi.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 117 Aboriginal People South AfricaFact 117 Aboriginal People South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The aboriginal people of South Africa are the San and the Khoi. Click To Tweet

The hunter-gather Sans and pastoral Khoi together become known as the KhoiSan and lived in what is now the Western Cape around 300AD.

Zulu and Xhosa tribes established large kingdoms in the region in the 15th century.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#118 The Dutch And The British Fought Over South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 118 South African WarFact 118 South African War[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Dutch and the British fought over South Africa. Click To Tweet

The first Europeans settlers were Dutch traders on the Europe-Far East spice route who founded Cape Colony (now Cape Town) in 1652.

The British seized Cape Colony in 1795 and a few years later the Dutch farmers (boers) fled north to claim lands and establish the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.

At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, the British fought two wars with the Boers and one with the Zulus for control of the region. British victories resulted in the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910.

South Africa became a ‘sovereign independent state’ and part of the British Commonwealth in 1934. After it became a republic in 1961, South Africa’s official name became the Republic of South Africa.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#119 For Nearly 50 Years, There Was A State Of Apartheid – White Minority Rule – In South Africa.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 119 State Of Apartheid South AfricaFact 119 State Of Apartheid South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For nearly 50 years, there was a state of apartheid – white minority rule – in South Africa. Click To Tweet

When the Afrikaaner Nationalist Party came to power in 1948 their policy of apartheid (separateness) segregated blacks and whites, forced hundreds of thousands of people to resettle in black ‘homelands’, and imprisoned, killed or sent opponents into exile.

The African National Congress (ANC) fought against apartheid initially through civil disobedience but after the 1960 Sharpeville massacre (when police killed 70 protesters), it formed a military wing under Nelson Mandela.

Eventually, after decades of international sanctions and boycotts, opposition from the ANC and public uprisings, the South African apartheid government agreed to repeal apartheid laws and hold democratic elections.

In 1994 Nelson Mandela was voted in as the first black president of South Africa; 27 April is now celebrated annually as Freedom Day.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#120 The National Animal Of South Africa Is The Springbok.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 120 Springbok South AfricaFact 120 Springbok South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The national animal of South Africa is the Springbok Click To Tweet

Тhe only southern African gazelle.

You can spot them on open bush and grassland by water.

The Springbok is also the emblem and nickname of the South African national rugby team.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#120 The National Animal Of South Africa Is The Springbok.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 120 Springbok South AfricaFact 120 Springbok South Africa[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The national animal of South Africa is the Springbok Click To Tweet

Тhe only southern African gazelle.

You can spot them on open bush and grassland by water.

The Springbok is also the emblem and nickname of the South African national rugby team.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#121 South Africa, Was The First African Country And The Fifth Country In The World To Recognise Same Sex Marriage.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 121 Same Sex MarriageFact 121 Same Sex Marriage[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa, in 2006, was the first African country and the fifth country in the world to recognise same sex… Click To Tweet

While the rest of the African continent is fiercely homophobic (in June 2015 homosexuality was illegal in 34 out of 55 African states), South Africa is a world leader in gay rights.

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was outlawed in 1996, gays have been entitled to serve openly in the military since 1998 and same sex couples can marry, adopt children and have equal access to IVF and surrogacy.

However, in rural areas LGBT people still face discrimination and personal attacks.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#122 The World’s Largest Diamond Was Found In The Premier Mine In Pretoria.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 122 Largest DiamondFact 122 Largest Diamond[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The world’s largest diamond was found in the Premier Mine in Pretoria Click To Tweet

South Africa on 25 January 1905.

The 3,106-carat stone weighed 1.33 pounds and was called the ‘Cullinan’ after the owner of the mine.

It was later cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones; the largest, the 530.2 carat Cullinan I or Great Star of Africa, is the world’s largest colourless cut diamond and can be seen on top of the Queen of England’s Septre with the Cross in the Tower of London.

The world’s leading diamond company, De Beers, was set up in Kimberley South Africa by Cecil Rhodes in 1881.

Today the company operates all over the world and sells more than a third of the world’s rough diamonds.

South African diamond mines account for 9.10 percent of the world’s diamonds.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#123 The Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner Is A South African Invention.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 123 Swimming Pool Vacuum CleanerFact 123 Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The swimming pool vacuum cleaner is a South African invention. Click To Tweet

Hydraulic engineer Ferdinand Chauvier invented the ‘KreepyKrauly’ in 1974, which used water pressure to suck up leaves and bits of dirt from the pool.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#124 South Africa Is Part Of BRICS.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 124 South Africa BricsFact 124 South Africa Brics[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is part of BRICS. Click To Tweet

This is an acronym referring to an association of the top five main emerging world markets. Consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, BRICS represents 42 per cent of the world’s population.

South Africa is also part of the G-20, an international forum for the world’s top 20 economies.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#125 South Africa Is Full Of Record-Breaking Animals.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Fact 125 South Africa AnimalsFact 125 South Africa Animals[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]South Africa is full of record-breaking animals. Click To Tweet

It’s where you’ll find the largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland).

At Travel Hacking we’re passionate about South Africa and it’s our goal to help you explore as much of this beautiful country as possible which is why we’ve put this bumper list of South African facts in one place! We’d love to help you with cheap travel to Durban and cheap travel to Johannesburg to get you started.