We all have funny stories of unsuspecting travellers in Africa. I myself have convinced someone that black skin can rinse off (illustrated by a black friend’s wet feet looking almost white); a game farm is a place where you play games like Monopoly; I do indeed have a pet lion that sleeps under my bed; and the standard South African school uniform consists of a grass skirt…and a nose ring if so desired.
It’s hilarious that, in the 21st century, foreigners think of South Africans as sharp toothed elephant riders. But can we really blame them? We Saffas love poking fun and use any opportunity to play on these 10 ridiculous frequently asked questions:
Could it be any more self-explanatory? South (at the bottom)…of…Africa.
2 . Are there white people in South Africa?
South Africa isn’t the Rainbow Nation for nothing! Every time we stand under a rainbow we get a little more colourful.
3. Do you speak African?
I am fluent in all 3,000 African languages. Which one are you referring to exactly?
4. Are there wild animals running around the streets?
99% of the time, no. But we delight in the odd radio report of a rhino loose on the highway, because we know that somewhere out there a tourist thinks this is daily routine.
We LOVE convincing you that we do, but being dismembered isn’t our idea of fun.
Do you know my friend in Suriname?
We invented the Hunger Games.
Only once a year. Black Santa rides his springboks from the South Pole to drop survival kits under our thorn trees.
No. We managed to successfully host World Cup soccer, cricket, and rugby tournaments using only the power of moonbeams.
10. Do you live in a hut?
Yes we do. But we prefer to call them duplexes, simplexes, complexes, apartments, flats, mansions, estates, properties, or even just houses.