20 fascinating facts about South Africa

South Africa is a country like no other. Its dramatic plant and animal kingdom leaves visitors eager to return time and time again – not to mention its rich heritage and cultural diversity.

In case you are not yet convinced that your next traveling adventure should be to South Africa with Luxury Safaris, we’ve put together 20 fascinating facts that are sure to make you fall in love with this beautiful nation.

  1. South Africa is home to the longest wine route in the world, the Cape Route 62 (or R62), which is 850 kilometres long and beautifully scenic.


  1. We host the largest individually-timed cycling race in the world, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (109 km) and the world’s largest ultra-marathon (89km), the Comrades Marathon (20 000 runners).
  2. We are the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world.
  3. Table Mountain is acknowledged as being one of the oldest mountains on the planet, as well as one of the seven wonders of nature.
  4. There are more wildlife species in the Kruger National Park than anywhere else on the African continent.


  1. South Africa has the world’s largest deposits of gold, chrome, platinum and manganese. About a fifth of the world’s gold comes from the mines of South Africa.
  1. Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungy jump in the world and is situated along the Garden Route. It is an impressive 216 metres high.


  1. With over six million trees, Johannesburg is considered to have the “largest man-made forest” in the world.
  2. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, 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.


10. 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


  1. The world’s best land-based whale-watching spot is located in Hermanus in the Western Cape.


  1. The Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn, is the world’s longest underground cave sequence.
  2. In 1991, South Africa became the first country in the world to protect the great white shark.
  3. The country of Lesotho is completely landlocked by South Africa. Many people feel it should have been part of South Africa.
  4. South Africa is the only country to house an entire floral kingdom (fynbos), one of only six on the planet.


  1. The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by Dr Chris Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
  2. East London is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class, right hand drive vehicles.
  3. The South African oil company, Sasol, has established the only commercially viable oil-from-coal operations in the world.
  4. South African Breweries (SAB Miller) ranks as the second largest brewing company in the world. It supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.
  5. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners is in Soweto. Both the late Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu owned houses in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.


Now that you know more about this incredible country, why not get in touch with us and let us plan your luxury holiday experience of a lifetime? South Africa – your total Safari solution.

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