Country size comparison
South Africa is about 3 times bigger than California.
California is approximately 403,882 sq km, while South Africa is approximately 1,219,090 sq km, making South Africa 202% larger than California. Meanwhile, the population of California is ~37.3 million people (20.3 million more people live in South Africa).
This to-scale comparison of California vs. South Africa uses the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of regions near the poles. Learn more. Note: Try dragging the outline to reposition.