South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters…

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Banking

CurrencyThe currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c…

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Cuisine

Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption,…

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Climate

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 80°F to average lows of 45°F in the summer months while winter…

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Transport

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair….

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Dress

SummerBring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 85 – 105 degree Farenheti range in some areas.Also…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

The city centre in downtown Johannesburg is not for casual sight-seeing. If you do want to visit central Johannesburg, we recommend that you take an organized…

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Visa

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PassportPassports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the intended departure date. Please ensure you have at least two consecutive…

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General

Language South Africa has eleven officially recognized languages, most of them indigenous to South Africa. English is one of these, and everywhere you…

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