For example, Zulu Reed Dance is Another thing we Met There
6. It’s been estimated there are around 3,000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa.
The 3,000km of coastline, including the infamous Cape of Good Hope and the coastline of the Eastern Cape, have been claiming seafaring victims for centuries. All shipwrecks are now protected under South African law.
7. Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world
And also has more than 2,200 species of plants, 70 percent of which are endemic.
8. A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space.
In the same vein, between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Also, this annual event is called the Sardine Run.
Also, the shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite.
9. Nelson Mandela is known by six different names in South Africa.
At birth, he was named Rolihlahla Mandela. On his first day of school, his teacher gave him the name Nelson, following the custom back in the 1920s to give all children English names as English colonials ‘couldn’t’ pronounce African names.
Further, when he was 16 he was given the name of Dalibhunga (‘creator or founder of the council’) during a traditional rites of passage ceremony.
Also South Africans commonly call him Madiba, which is the name of the Thembu clan to which he belongs, or simply Tata or Khulu, the Xhosa words for ‘father’ and ‘grandfather’.
10. Also South Africa is full of record-breaking animals.
Certainly, it is where you’ll find the largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland).
11. South Africa has one of the world’s most luxurious trains.
In conclusion, up to 72 passengers can travel in lavish wood-panelled Rovos trains; the Royal Suites occupy half a carriage and have full-sized bathrooms, separate shower, permanent double bed and two armchairs.