Ten odd facts about South Africa

Here’s ten little known miscellaneous facts about South Africa.

  1. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
  2. The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet. First place goes to the Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3,212 feet.
  3. South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago (Earth is said to be 4,5 billion years old), pre-dating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life. The Vredefort Dome has been declared a World Heritage Site.
  4. South Africa is the top ranked gold producing country and has 80% of the world’s platinum reserves.
  5. More than 50% of the Paragliding world records have been set in South Africa.
  6. South Africa has the most luxurious train in the world, The Rovos Rail.
  7. There are only 12 countries in the world that supply tap water that is fit to drink, and South Africa is one of them. South Africa’s tap water quality is third best overall in the world.
  8. When Graça Machel married Nelson Mandela on 18 July 1998, she became the first woman in the world to have married the heads of state of two different countries. She was previously married to Samora Machel, the first president of Moçambique who was killed in a plane crash in 1986.
  9. The Lost City Resort Hotel at Sun City is the largest theme resort hotel in the world.
  10. South Africa has the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Vilakazi Street in Soweto has houses owned by Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Watch this space for more odd tit-bits of information about our amazing country.

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