South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems and a variety of wildlife and spectacular natural fauna and flora.
Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain. The Eastern Cape offers Addo Elephant Park and 1820 Heritage sites, whale watching and deep sea diving amongst other attractions.
“Unique” Facts about South Africa …
There are more than 1 500 plant species on Table Mountain in Cape Town alone. This represents more floral species than the whole of the United Kingdom.
South Africa is responsible for the generation of two-thirds of the continent’s electricity.
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).
Vilakazi Street in Soweto was the residential address of two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
South Africa has 80% of the rail infrastructure of Africa.
This country is home to the longest wine route in the world, the Cape Route 62 (or R62), which is about 1 000 kilometres long and beautifully scenic.
South Africa is the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world.
The country is five times the size of Japan and three times the size of Texas.
South Africa is a treasure trove for archaeologists and palaeontologists as it has produced some of the world’s oldest and most valuable fossils to date.
About a fifth of the world’s gold hails from the mines of South Africa.
South Africa is home to eight World Heritage Sites:
- 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 iSimangaliso Wetland Park
- The Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
We host the largest individually-timed cycling race in the world, the Cape Argus, and the world’s largest ultra marathon, the Comrades.