Did you know that a Johannesburg-born player was elected as an NBA All-Star in 2002, to play in a match that celebrates the biggest guns in basketball in the United States?
From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.
If you're not used to driving long distances, buses and trains offer comfortable alternatives, allowing you to relax and enjoy the landscape. Both budget and luxury options are available.
Zola Budd became known to the athletics' world and beyond in the early eighties when, as a barefooted teenager, she produced one incredible record-breaking performance after another in women's middle distance running.
Morne du Plessis was one of South Africa's greatest rugby players and leaders, and in both respects he followed in his father's footsteps. Du Plessis senior led the Springboks to a four-nil whitewash of the much-vaunted All Blacks in 1949, and 37 years later Du Plessis junior led the Boks to a three-one series triumph over New Zealand.
Penny Heyns, who set 14 world records and became the first woman to complete the Olympic double of winning both the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke, is arguably one of the greatest female breaststroke swimmers of all time.
In a sense, South Africa's favourite soccer club never plays an away match - Kaizer Chiefs, founded by SA soccer legend Kaizer Motaung, draws more supporters at away games than its opposition 'home' teams.
Cricket is a game that has much to do with statistics and averages, but one cannot judge Jonty Rhodes purely on those because he was worth far more than the story those numbers tell.
In the course of a little over two hours and 10 minutes, on the final day of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the life of South African marathon athlete Josiah Thugwane was changed irrevocably.
At the end of each year, the Nedbank Golf Challenge consistently draws some of the world's best golfers to the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City in South Africa's North West province. Small wonder: "Africa's Major" is one of the world's richest tournaments, with a total prize fund of over US$4.3-million.