It's the national religion. Transcending race and language group, sport unites the
country – and not just the male half of it.
There's probably no quicker way to "break the ice" with the South African on the
street than to demonstrate some knowledge of local soccer. To help you improve
conversational skills, here's a crash course on the country's most important teams
SA cricket was isolated from the rest of the world for 21 years because of apartheid.
Isolation came at a time when the country could fairly claim to be the top test-
playing nation in the world, having just pummelled the powerful Australians.
For many South Africans, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride - or
shattering disappointment. The country has traditionally fared well on the world
and SA fans expect the national team to win every game they play.
South Africa has the weather, the courses ... and the players. The country has
produced some of the best in the game, including multiple major winners Bobby Locke,
Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, and a host of others that regularly challenge
for big titles around the world.
It's no wonder that South Africans love long-distance challenges - the country's
climate and contrasting landscape is ideal for endurance sport activities. Whether on
land or in water, South Africans love testing their endurance ability and an ever-
increasing number of people from overseas have discovered the fantastic events the
country has to offer and are participating in them.
Horse racing is a popular sport in SA, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport enjoys a long and rich history in South Africa that can be traced back to 1797!
South Africa has a rich sailing history, and boasts some top international events. Chief of these is the South Atlantic Yacht Race – originally known as the Cape to Rio, currently as the Cape to Bahia – the longest continent-to-continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere.