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Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 13,500 square mile game park, which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan. South Africa has a penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape.South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water.The Palace of the Lost City resort hotel is the largest theme resort hotel in the world as well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere. Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.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.South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program. South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track – 80% of Africa’s rail infrastructure. South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity. 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. 18. 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. 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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