Bish Denham is celebrating 8 years of blogging with this delightful bloghop! Congratulations Bish!
As Bish says: this fest will be so easy and fun it should probably be a crime. So I’ve hopped on board at the last minute…
The rules are simple. All you have to do is sign up, grab the banner, and make a list. I suggest you keep your list to between 5 and 25 items long.
My List: 8 Interesting Facts About South Africa
There were hundreds of facts to choose from, but I decided on eight.
- South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals. South Africa also has the longest wine route in the world.
2. South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water. Yep, simply turn on the tap (faucet for the Americans) and drink the clean water. I do it every day!
3. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.
4. South Africa has deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests.
5. The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut.
6. Three of the five fastest land animals live in South Africa – the cheetah (63 miles per hour), the wildebeest, and the lion.
7. There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks, dating back at least 500 years, off the South African coast. More than one of these, including the Waratah, simply vanished without a trace.
8. Two of the world’s most profoundly compassionate philosophies originated in South Africa – Ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity) and Gandhi’s notion of “Passive resistance” (Satyagraha), which he developed while living in South Africa.
How many of the above facts did you know? Anything that interests you that I haven’t mentioned here? Ask away… I’ll try my best to answer your questions.
Are you interested in visiting South Africa? Remember that 1USD (US dollar) = 13.649ZAR (South African rand) so tourists really score… big time!
Now I’m off to visit some of the other participants!