One of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with 11 official languages. South Africa practically bowls visitors over with its abundance of natural splendour, exotic wildlife, cosmopolitan flair, and friendly faces. There are hundreds of reasons to visit – savannah safaris, the vineyards of Stellenbosch, dazzling Cape Town, and the stunning Garden Route, to name but a few.
USEFUL TRAVEL INFO
Best time to visit
Time: GMT +2
Electricity: Current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round, three-pin plugs are standard.
Language: English is widely spoken.
Money: South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR). Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available and major international credit cards are widely accepted. Be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there.
Communications: The international access code for South Africa is +27. GSM mobile phone networks serve the country, and there are roaming agreements with most international mobile operators. Mobile service providers offer 'pay-as-you-go' SIM cards, which are a good option for visitors staying for some time. Internet cafes are available and Wi-Fi connections at most establishments.
Health & Safety
Safety is an issue and visitors to South Africa should be aware of the country's high crime rate. Violent crime tends to be concentrated in pockets throughout the country and travellers should do some research to find out which areas to avoid. There is a risk of petty, opportunistic crime in all urban areas and armed robberies are common. Travellers should always be aware of these risks and exercise the necessary precautions.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT
TOP ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
- Shark cage diving in Gansbaai.
- Mountain hikes.
- Bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge, the highest in the world!
- Take an aerial safari in a hot air balloon.
- Kayak with Hippo’s and Crocodiles in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
- Snorkel with Seahorses in Knysna.
- Zip-Line over the Koekedouw River in Ceres.
- White river rafting.
- Abseiling down Table Mountain.