15 Facts about South Africa You’ll Know While Volunteer Travelling

15 Facts about South Africa You’ll Know While Volunteer Travelling

1. It has three capitals.

Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria* are the three different capital cities of South Africa. While Cape Town is the legislative capital of the country, Pretoria is the administrative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of South Africa. 'cause having one capital is just too mainstream!   

*Tshwane is the new name for Pretoria.


2. It has 11 official languages

I am guessing you thought it was only English and Afrikaans, which makes the official language of the country. But guess what, there are as much as 11 different official languages spoken across the nation; including, Zulu, Xhosa, and Tswana.

Get a nack of few official languages while volunteering and see how your trip turns much more interesting.


3. A lot is perched atop the 'Table' Mountain 

The famous Table mountain is not only one of the world’s oldest mountains, but also is one of the earth's 12 main energy centers, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy. 


4. It is blessed in abundance from mother nature

Some regions have tropical bio-diversity, some have deserts, and some are content with just grasslands. South Africa, however, has it all; deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments. Talk about variety!


5. Only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapon program.

Talk about peace lovers!


6. Is home to highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 710 feet.


7. Houses two Noble Peace Prize winners on the same street.

Nelson Mandela and ArchBishop Desmond Tutu, two Nobel peace prize holders lived on the same street; the Vilakazi street in Orlano West. Is there any other such place you can think of? Of course you can't, 'cause there isn’t.


8. It has the longest wine route in the world

While volunteering in Cape Town, if you decide to take an excursion over a weekend to any of the near by tourist hotspot, make sure you do take the route 62 that leads to the Cape Winelands. Why? Well, it is the longest wine route in the world with no less than 500 wineries on the way. Thirsty already?


9. It has a special UNESCO world heritage site amongst many others

Vredefort Dome is the oldest meteor scar in the world is in South Africa. The crater, with a diameter of 190kms, is as old as 2 billion years.


10. It has the most diverse wildlife in the entire continent

Kruger National park sustains the largest number of wildlife species in entire African continent; inlcuding the BIG 5 (African lion,  African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros). Not just any other typical jungle safari we are talking here!


11. Has world’s largest deposits of gold, chrome, platinum and manganese.


12. The Karoo region in Western Cape is a home to some of the best and rare fossils of early dinosaurs.


13. It has one of the top luxurious rails in the world

Two lounges, two restaurant cars, and several private sleeping compartments, each with private ensuite facilities; that's whatThe Rovos Rails has to offer to its riders. Any guesses why it is considered to be the most luxurious  train in the world?


14. It has the world’s largest theme resort hotel

The Palace of the Lost City, covers a whopping 25 hectares of manmade botanical jungle with  2 million plants, trees, and shrubs.


15. Third largest hospital in the world

Chris Hani Bhargwanath Academic Hospital is the 3rd largest in the world with 173 acres, 3200 beds, and  6760 staff members.  


So what are your waiting for? Pack your bags already and leave to explore more interesting inside facts about this interesting destination while you volunteer under some really interesting projects in South Africa.