4 SA facts you didn't know

Known as the Rainbow Nation South Africa has a rich history. It’s given to us some of the greatest people to have walked the Earth like Nelson Mandela, and some truly wonderful foods like biltong.

But there’s more to South Africa. And here we’re going to look at 4 things that you didn’t know about this wonderful country.

It has the most official languages in the world

It actually holds the Guinness World Record for the most languages - 11 to be exact. There’s English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Swati, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, Northern Sotho and Southern Ndebele. Not only do they have 11 languages, but they have 3 capital cities too. Pretoria which is the executive capital, Cape Town which is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein which is the judicial capital.

There’s an area called the “Cradle of Humankind”

This world heritage site lies around 50 kilometres from Johannesburg, the country’s largest city. There has never been an area discovered where archaeologists found as many hominid fossils as they have at this site and some items found date as far back as 3.5 million years ago.

South Africa has the 3rd largest level of biodiversity level

Because of the prevailing winds, topography and two oceans South Africa has an environment that features everything. Forests to deserts.

Table mountain has more plants than the UK

The area is less than 0.5% of the size of the country it’s in, but has almost 20% of the continents flora within.  Table Mountain actually has more plant life than 4 countries!

Do you have any interesting facts about your home country? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.