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Population numbers: 52.98 million
How many square miles: 471,400 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness):
South Africa has the longest stretching wine route in the world.
Table Mountain itself is noted to have over 1500 different species of plant life which is more than England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland combined.
The Palace of the Lost City hotel is the biggest theme resort hotel in the entire world and is the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere.
The Karoo area is home to some of the greatest dinosaur fossil remains.
South Africa has the most luxurious train in the entire world, called the Rovos Rail.
South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungy jump in the world, called Bloukrans Bridge Bungy (216 meters)
South Africa is the only manufacturer of the Mercedes Benz C Class right hand drive cars.
The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, South Africa. (Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Three of the five fastest land animals in the world live in South Africa: the Cheetah, the Wildebeest, and the Lion.
Capital City: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein
Religion: Islam is the religion of 1.5% of South Africans, Hinduism that of 1.2%, African traditional belief 0.3%, Judaism 0.2% and other beliefs 0.6%. In terms of population groups, Christianity is most common among white and coloured South Africans, being the faith of 86.8% of the people in both groups.