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South Africa: Waiting to be discovered…

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Discovering South Africa is South Africa’s premium portal for gaining access to real on-the-ground information about South Africa, the people, places, events and activities and much much more.

Discovering South Africa is updating on a daily basis in the format of blogs which offers anyone the opportunity to comment and even contribute their own stories about their own experiences in South Africa. We endeavour to cover as many topics as possible and link you through to useful websites that content to give you the most comprehensive overview of any topic you are viewing or researching.

We have adopted a collaborative approach to putting this website together and invite and encourage anyone to send us their stories/article/blogs for publishing. We aim to become the biggest and best portal about South Africa and it’s many treasures. The content categories will be unlimited and we aim to give our readers a real perspective of subjects such as:

  • accommodation
  • Activities
  • Business
  • Sports
  • Shopping
  • safari
  • Festival
  • Entertainment
  • Working
  • Politics

… and so on

Please send us your content to content@discoveringsouthafrica.com

Thank you for all your support,
The Discovering South Africa Team

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A few cool facts…

• Due to our many diverse cultures, we have 11 official languages, which is pretty much the perfect definition of why we call ourselves the Rainbow Nation.

• Gold and diamonds are two minerals that are found in abundance in South Africa. The largest diamond that was mined in the Cullinan Diamond mines is the Star of Africa or Cullinan 1, which 530.20 carats and is set in Queen Elizabeth II’s Imperial State Crown of Great Britain.

• Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.

• South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route.

• South Africa is ranked number one in the world for its floral kingdom.

• The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 850 metres. First place goes to the Angel Falls in Venezuela at 979 metres.

• Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world – and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon in the US is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia the second, but both are dry as bones.

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• South African grasslands have 30 species per square kilometre, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.

• South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 35 000km2 game park which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.

• South Africans are natural inventors, giving the world those breakwater dolosse and the automatic pool cleaner.

• We also came up with the first, largest and most viable oil-from-coal refinery (which supplies 40% of our petrol). And did you know that a South African physicist co-developed the CAT-scan, that South Africa makes the seats for Concorde, and also designs and creates flight control technology for Britain’s fighter jets?

• South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. The meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago (Earth is said to be 4.5 billion years old), predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life.

• The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by South African Dr Chris Barnard.

• South Africa’s Dr Percy Amolis invented the Retinal Cryoprobe used successfully on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to repair a detached retina. He also removed a cataract from Nelson Mandela’s eye that enabled the former president to, for the first time, read a speech without glasses.

• South Africa’s scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors, sunny climate, cultural diversity and value for money have made it one of the world’s fastest-growing holiday destinations.  jongen-in-township

• ‘District 9′ was filmed in Johannesburg, directed by local star Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson of ‘Lord of the Rings’ fame.

• Jeffery’s Bay and Cape St Francis are two places that are featured on the surfing documentary ‘Endless Summer’, and the exceptional waves in the area were subsequently named Bruce’s Beauties.

• Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.