Ten fun facts about South Africa


Fact 1
Unbelievably, South Africa is home to a Penguin colony. It thrives largely due to the cold Antarctic currents that flow near the Cape on the west coast.

Fact 2
A gold mine in South Africa is the deepest mine in the world. Most mines descend to around 3,300 feet while even in 1977, the Western Deep Levels Mine touched 11,749 feet at its deepest point.

Fact 3
South Africa’s Tugela Falls is the world’s second highest waterfall. The country also has the world’s third biggest canyon through which the Blyde River flows.


Fact 4
The country has the worlds tiniest and biggest succulent plants. The smallest is less than 0.39 inches in height while the largest is the Baobab tree.

Fact 5
Soweto in South Africa has the only street in the world to have houses of two Nobel Prize winners. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela both have homes on Vilakazi Street.

Fact 6
This is one of 12 countries in the world where water can be drunk straight from the tap. It is found to have the 3rd best quality of water in the world.

Fact 7
All BMW 3 series, Mercedes Benz C Class and VW Golf/Jetta right-hand drive vehicles are manufactured only in South Africa. They are then distributed to markets across the globe.

Fact 8
South Africa was the first country in the world to protect the great white shark which was on the brink of extinction.

Fact 9
The Table Mountain, which is located in Cape Town is considered to be one of the world’s oldest mountains.

Fact 10
The Table Mountain has above 1,500 species of plants. This number exceeds that which exist in all of U.K.


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Short about South Africa
Is a country located at the southernmost tip of Africa and officially known as the Republic of South Africa.


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Population
54,002,000

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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