South Africa

piątek, 18 października 2013

South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north lie the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; within it lies Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South African territory. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation.

Did you know that:
1. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
2. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
3. South Africa has a penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape.
4. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.
5. The deepest mine is a gold mine in South Africa. in 1977 the Western Deep Levels Mine reached a depth of 11,749 feet. Most mines descend to about 3,300 feet.
6. The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet. First place goes to the Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3,212 feet.
7. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world - and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon in the U.S. is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia the second, but both are very dry.
8. South Africa is home to the world's smallest succulent plants (less than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).

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