Well , After a week delay , I am here with other new post about South Africa’s 10 interesting things you need to know before go there.
South Africa, officially named as Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in the continent of Africa surrounded by Indian Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean and several other countries like Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. Though it is famous for having great biodiversity and for its contribution in sports, there are many other interesting things that one should know about South Africa.
- Wine Industry
South Africa takes a pride for possessing the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean. The world is fascinated by the myriad collection of wines it produces for example Pinotage varietals, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Merlot, Cinsault and Sauvignon Blanc.
- Bar Inside the Baobabs Tree
The baobabs trees known for its massive size and swollen stems are seen in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The Sunland Baobabs Tree is South Africa’s oldest tree with 22 meters of height and 24 meters of radius. Its huge trunk and hollow centre has provided the required spacious place to convert it into a bar to accommodate at least 50 people.
- Space Shuttle Landing in Kalahari Desert
The local airport runway amid Kalahari Desert represents one of the most amusing runways in the world. Its primary purpose is to support an emergency landing for the space shuttle. Upington Airport is built for halts and resting of several commercial aircrafts. The dry weather avoids the wear and tear of aircrafts allowing them to be in service at emergency.
- Southernmost Tips of Africa – It’s Cape Agulhas Not Cape Point
According to the research, Cape Agulhas, located 170 kilometres southeast of Cape of Good Hope, is the new southernmost tip of the African Continent. It is the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Also there is no land between it and the Continent of Antarctica.
The electricity generated by South Africa is considered the cheapest in the world. South Africa fulfils two- third of the total electricity requirement for the whole continent of Africa.
- Wildlife, Birds & Penguin Colony
Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kwazulu Natal Hlu-hluwe Umfolozi game reserve and Addo Elephant National Park are the most popular amusement parks in South Africa which include several kinds of wildlife ever found in the African continent. Few examples are Meercat, White Rhinoceros, Shark, Cheetah and Wildebeest etc. Over 900 species of birds constituting 10% of world’s total number of bird species inhabit South Africa. The chilly Antarctic currents on the west coast help Penguin to survive in the Boulder penguin Colony located at Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
- Three Capitals
South Africa is the only country in the world to have capitals in three different cities. Cape Town is a legislative capital that keeps a seat of Parliament. Pretoria is considered as an administrative capital that holds a seat of President and Cabinet. Bloemfontein is recognized as a judiciary capital as it takes the seat of Supreme Court of appeal.
- Vilakazi Street: Residences of Two Nobel Prize winners
Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace prize recipients have their abode. This street in the town of Soweto is frequently visited by tourists for seeing the houses of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
- World’s Largest Diamond – The Cullinan Diamond
World’s largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond, was procured in an excavation from the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa in 1905. In an uncut form, its weight measured 3,106.75 carats. Cullinan I, also called as the Great Star of Africa, of 530.4 carats and Cullinan II, also known as the Lesser Star of Africa, of 317.40 carats, were two big polished diamonds made from it. They are the second and fourth largest polished diamonds in the world respectively and are now kept in the United Kingdom Crown Jewels.
- First Human Heart Transplant
Dr. Christian Barnard takes the credit for successfully conducting the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. This great revolution in the medical science took place at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
South Africa is the largest economy in the African continent. It has not only made its mark in the sectors like sports, business, politics and medical science but also contributed in preserving the wildlife and confronting the conservation issues with success. Est Travel is serving the tour and traveling services to African Community very proudly. You can try us if you are looking forward to go in South Africa to enjoy vacation there.
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