If you’ve never considered visiting South Africa, these fun facts about the country’s food, landscape, and accommodations may convince you to reconsider.
There are incredible destinations all over the world, and South Africa is no exception. With its diverse landscape, incredible culinary experiences, and the most luxurious lodging on earth enjoy these lesser-known facts about this destination.
A Sports Haven
South Africa is one of two countries (the other being England) to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket, and Rugby World Cups.
World’s Largest Races
The country is also home to three other “largest in the world” races, including an individually timed cycle race, an open water swim, and an ultra-marathon.
Safe Drinking Water
The drinking water is not just safe—it’s the third safest in the world, rated by Blue Drop, an international initiative improving the world’s drinking water.
A Top Wine Destination
Attention, wine connoisseurs! The Cape Winelands is home to over 500 wineries, including Route 62, the world’s longest wine route.
Cheers to That
SABMiller, the largest brewing company in the world by volume, supplies nearly half of China’s beer. It also supplies domestic establishments.
Treat Your Taste Buds
Several South African restaurants have claimed their ranks on major Top Restaurants in the World lists, including La Colombe, Le Quartier Francais, and The Test Kitchen.
A Palatial Experience
Travelers bask in luxury at The Palace of the Lost City, also known as the world’s largest themed resort hotel. The five-star palace is surrounded by a 60+ acre manmade jungle containing millions of plants and trees.
South Africa’s landscape features a little bit of almost everything, including deserts, mountains, steep slopes, subtropical forests, bush, wetlands, and grasslands.
Luxury on Wheels
The Blue Train oozes old-world charm as it carries passengers for 27 hours, from Pretoria to Cape Town. The train is truly luxurious, featuring a bar, cigar lounge, dining cars, and private suites with personal butler service.
A Booming Auto Industry
South Africa exported more than 220,000 vehicles in 2017, from major brands including Audi, BMW, and Fiat.
Book Your Trip Today
If any of these South African activities, destinations, and amenities are calling you, consider a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this beautiful country.