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5 South Africa Facts: Interesting Trivia On Culture, History, Food & More


Looking for South Africa facts? If you want to learn about the food, culture, people, history, or other facts about South Africa, this article is for you!

Planning on heading to the southern tip of Africa?

Whether you’re traveling to South Africa soon or just want to learn more about this great country, this post has just what you’re looking for.

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A sunrise in Cape Town, South Africa. Taken by Tim Johnson via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Here’s our roundup of the most interesting South Africa facts:

1. South Africa has 3 capital cities! The South African is split up into three branches of government (like in the United States). The executive capital is Pretoria, the legislative capital is Cape Town, and the judicial capital is Bloemfontein.

2. It’s also very diverse – it has 11 official languages! As such a multiethnic society, South Africa recognizes almost a dozen national languages: Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Tswana, Tsonga, Xhosa, Swazi, Venda, and Southern Ndebele. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called South Africa the “Rainbow Nation” to describe the country after apartheid.

Related Read: Cape Town from a Local’s Perspective

3. South Africans are very young, on average. According to the CIA World Factbook, the median age of South Africans is 27.1 years old, as of 2017.

4. It was the first country in the world to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapons. In 1990s, before a governmental transition, South Africa dismantled its stockpile.

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5. South Africa has 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these 10, 5 are cultural, 4 are natural, and 1 is mixed. The South African World Heritage Sites are:

  • Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa (cultural)
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (cultural)
  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape (cultural)
  • Robben Island (cultural)
  • ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape (cultural)
  • Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (natural)
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (natural)
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park (natural)
  • Vredefort Dome (natural)
  • Maloti-Drakensberg Park (cultural and natural)

Well, that’s all our South Africa facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about South Africa we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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