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Quiz: How well do you know South Africa?

We love sharing our knowledge of places with our readers and we thought a fun quiz of 20 questions would be a great way for you to learn more about our beautiful South Africa, especially now during the national #lockdown. So grab your family and Zoom in with friends for a game of “How well do you know South Africa?”- who will come out tops?


ONE: Name the three countries that border South Africa in the north and the two on its eastern borders?

TWO: Which country is completely landlocked by the shores of South Africa?

THREE: There is no other country in the world with 11 official languages - name them.

FOUR: Which South African university was the first African university to design and launch a microsatelite?

FIVE: Which are South Africa’s three capital cities?

SIX: How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites does SA have?

SEVEN: What was the name of the mine where the world’s largest diamond was discovered in 1905? (3106 carats)

EIGHT: South Africa is home to many wine routes, including the longest continuous one in the world - can you name it?

NINE: South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world - what is it called and where is it found? (Hint: it’s also a World Heritage Site)

TEN: Name the street in Soweto where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu grew up on?

ELEVEN: South Africa is home to one of the oldest mountains on the planet - name it.

TWELVE: The highest bungee jump bridge in the world can be found in South Africa- what is it called?

THIRTEEN: This canyon may only be the third largest in the world, but it’s considered the largest “green” one on earth - which canyon is this?

FOURTEEN: The tallest animal in the world is found here, as well as the largest bird - name them.

FIFTEEN: There are only six floral kingdoms on the planet of which SA is home to one - which one?

SIXTEEN: Name the famous architect who designed Rhodes Memorial and St George’s Cathedral in Cape town, St John’s College in Johannesburg, as well as the Union Buildings in Pretoria?

SEVENTEEN: Name the longest river in the country?

EIGHTEEN: The Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet here, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula?

NINETEEN: Name the southernmost point of the country?

TWENTY:South Africa is home to the famous Big Five - name them.


1. North: Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe. East: Mozambique and Swaziland. 2. Lesotho 3. English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Venda, Xhosa, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana and Zulu. 4. Stellenbosch University 5. Pretoria (executive branch), Cape Town (legislative branch) and Bloemfontein (judicial branch). 6. Ten 7. Premier Mine (near Pretoria) 8. Route 62 9. Vredefort Dome in Parys 10. Vilakazi Street 11. Table Mountain 12. Bloukrans Bridge 13. Blyde River Canyon 14. Giraffe and ostrich 15. Fynbos 16. Sir Herbert Baker 17. The Orange River 18. Cape Point 19. Cape Agulhas 20. Lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephant and rhino