As you already probably know, South Africa is considered one of the most diverse countries in the world with a varied mix of ethnicities, languages, and cultures. Being hailed as one of the most thriving countries in Africa, it has cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria to boast off. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve probably considered visiting South Africa at one point or the other; being one of Africa’s most frequented tourist destination, travel to South Africa will never be a bad idea. And this visit would not be complete without an in-depth look at a South African Map.
Map Of South Africa
Moving past the step of consideration to fruition, there are a few things you should know about the country’s landscape, starting with the Map of South Africa. Vaunting of 52.98million in population and 1.221million km2 in terrain, the country is definitely worthy of attention. The knowledge of the South African Map makes navigation around the country easier.
A quick look at the map of Cape Town, to start with, will display an amazing array of tourist attractions including the Two Oceans Aquarium, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope. For the daredevils, it will be appealing to discover that Cape Town’s waters can be considered home to a quarter of the word’s shark population – a great place for adrenaline junkies to swim to with sharks; although Gansbaai which is 175km away is generally considered the Shark Capital of the world. Cape Town also offers various unique opportunities for whale watching for the lovers of nature and the slightly less daring.
Cape Town Maps
A closer look at the Cape Town Map will favor historians who intend to find the Groote Schuur Hospital where the first heart transplant in the world was performed by South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky. Dr. Barnard passed away on September 2, 2001, in Paphos, Cyprus. (Let’s not focus on the fact that Louis Washkanksy died a little over a year later).
The Cape Town Map not only rewards adrenaline junkies but also history buffs with sites like District Six Museum and Robben Island. Where Robben Island is considered a symbol of multiple centuries worth of apartheid of oppression, it also represents the eventual victory of hope.
Glancing at an SA map, wine lovers would be pleased to know that South Africa not only possesses the longest wine route in the world but also a little over 550 wineries and 109 wholesalers, making the country the seventh biggest wine producer in the world. More on that front, the South African Brewery – SABMiller – is the largest brewing company in the world, by volume at least. Impressively, SABMiller supplies 50% of beer consumed by the entire country of China. Surprising, right? But not as surprising as the fact that China is listed among the top 50 beer consuming countries in the world, even set to become the largest beer market by 2017. Who knew?
South African Vacation
A South African Vacation cannot be considered complete without visiting The Palace of the Lost City – the name sounds exciting, right?
That’s because it is, a glance at the Maps of South Africa reveals the Palace of the Lost City is a hotel located at the Sun City Resort, it’s opulent décor and the glamorous interior is only a few of the reasons why this spot is considered a must-see for visitors and locals alike.
The Sun City Resort is a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and located near the city of Rustenburg. The film brags of many facilities like the Motseng Cultural village, an Aviary, a Waterworld, and Animal Farm and the infamous Sun City nightclub – Silhouette.
The resort also adds being the primary set for the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie, Blended, to its attainment.
There are interesting things about the country that can’t be found on the map, for example – South Africa is currently the only country in the world that has abandoned its nuclear weapons program of its own free will. Yeah, a Map of SA will not tell you that.
Based on the Map of Johannesburg alone, it is easy to ascertain that Johannesburg is one of the largest cities in Africa. The Johannesburg map awards more exciting gems though, however, one of Johannesburg’s most prominent features is its intoxicatingly beautiful skyline, which is considered a tourist attraction in itself.
A quick look at the Johannesburg map will reveal exciting areas of interest such as the South African National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg Botanical Garden, The FNB stadium – a magnificent 94,000 seater venue for sporting events and other shows, The Apartheid Museum, Montecasino and the Gold Reef City among many others. Johannesburg Zoo, Constitution Hill and Lion Park are also some more attractions the map of Johannesburg would reveal.
While Johannesburg is almost 130 years old (to be 130 years on the 4th of October), it is still considered, however, one of the youngest major cities in the world. Johannesburg is also considered the home of Kwaito Music – a popular South African genre which became a phenomenon in the 90s; home to the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world, with a 47meter drop; home to the only two polar bears in Africa; as well as home to the biggest and busiest airport in Africa.
Another thing the South African Map won’t tell you is that South Africa is the only country in the world to have produced two Nobel Peace Prize winners from the same street – Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Both Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu both lived on the now famous street in Soweto.
Did you know that the Table Mountain, which is known to have more than 1,500 varying plant life species, in Cape Town is considered one of the oldest Mountains in the world? Did you know that the Table Mountain, which is known to have more than 1,500 varying plant life species, in Cape Town is considered one of the oldest Mountains in the world? I thought I should go out on a high note.