South Africa: You know wine, you know a bit of the history–but did you know that the country has 3 official capitals? Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Check out more amazing facts below!
Check out our previous post on Cape Town for more on this fascinating country.
Little-Known Facts about South Africa:
- South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
- Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
- South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.
- The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet.
- The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
- South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, the Vredefort Dome. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The oldest remains of modern humans were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape. They are well over 100,000 years old.
- In its eastern part, South Africa entirely surrounds another country – Lesotho, an independent constitutional monarchy.
- South Africa has 11 official languages, including Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa and English.
Last Month WIT Agent Nancy returned from two weeks in South Africa. Stay tuned for a firsthand account of her adventures!