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:
South Africa isn’t the Rainbow Nation for nothing! Every time we stand under a rainbow we get a little more colourful.
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.
Where is South Africa?
Could it be any more self-explanatory? South (at the bottom)…of…Africa.
Do you speak African?
I am fluent in all 3,000 African languages. Which one are you referring to exactly?
Do you hunt for food?
We invented the Hunger Games.
Do you have a pet lion?
We LOVE convincing you that we do, but being dismembered isn’t our idea of fun.
Do you have electricity?
No. We managed to successfully host World Cup soccer, cricket, and rugby tournaments using only the power of moonbeams.