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More Fun Facts About South Africa

South Africa is a wonderfully popular destination, known for its wildlife, landscapes, culture and friendly folk. There are many facts and trivia about South Africa that make it rather unusual and an even more exciting place to visit.

The world’s largest themed resort hotel in the world – The Palace of the Lost City – is found in South Africa. Surrounding the Palace is a 25 hectare manmade botanical jungle with almost 2 million plants, trees and shrubs.

. South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold!

The South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.

South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 710 feet.

Can you think of any other place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street? Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

Despite the country’s status as a democratic republic, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy, specially provided for by the Constitution. Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the King of the Zulu Nation, has 27 kids and 6 wives and lives, literally, like a King!

South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The world through the eyes of entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath

This is the success story of a young man who, upon getting married, sat down with his wife and made a list of fifty things they needed to achieve. That precise, forensic and focused approach came from his father. Let me formally introduce you to Ludwick Marishane, the founder of Headboy Industries and South Africa’s youngest patent-filer after having invented DryBath at the age of seventeen. The product is the world’s first bath substitute that uses a skin gel.

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Naledi Toona, a South African entrepreneur taking her skills as a private chef to the next level in business

They say that to build a successful business, you should start with your specialist skills, passion and knowledge, and harness those as the basis for a business that can grow. This is an approach being taken to the full by the talented Chef Naledi, a South African private chef and culinary instructor who is now helping others to build their knowledge and experience of cooking at home.

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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About South Africa You May Not Know

You might know already that South Africa has 11 official languages, but here are lesser known facts about this friendly and fascination country.

1. South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup!

2. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.

3. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.

4. Some countries have deserts; some have subtropical forests, right? South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.

5. South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”.

6. Water is not all there is to drink in this thirsty country! South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is good reason to visit South Africa if you haven’t yet been!

7. What about beer? South African brewery SABMiller ranks by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. Saffers love their beer…but the real reason the brewery is so big? SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.

8. South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

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