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Learn some interesting information about South Africa while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!

Read about South African wildlife, its coastline, major cities, languages, population, favorite sports and much more.

  • The official name of South Africa is the Republic of South Africa.

  • South Africa is located at the southern end of Africa.

  • In 2023 the population of South Africa was over 61 million.

  • South Africa has three capital cities, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria.

  • The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg. Other major cities include Soweto and Durban.

  • South Africa has 11 official languages, including Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa and English.

  • South Africa has the largest economy of any African country.

  • South Africa has had an unsettled history, with apartheid policies made by the National Party enforcing a system of segregation from 1948 until 1994. Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1994 after South Africa’s first universal elections.

  • South Africa's coastline stretches over 2500 kilometres (1553 miles) in length.

  • Popular tourist destinations in South Africa include Kruger National Park, The Garden Route and Table Mountain.

  • South Africa is home to a wide variety of animals including giraffes, hippopotamus, leopards and lions.

  • Conservation is an important issue in South Africa. It has lost many natural habitats due to deforestation and overpopulation.

  • South Africa is a member of the United Nations.

  • South Africa has high unemployment.

  • The first human heart transplant was performed in a Cape Town hospital in 1967.

  • Cave paintings have been found in South Africa that date to around 75000 years ago.

  • Drivers use the left-hand side of the road in South Africa.

  • The most popular sports in South Africa are football (soccer), rugby and cricket.

  • In 2010 South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup.

  • For more information, check out maps of South Africa or take a closer look at the South African flag.

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