Welcome to South Africa!


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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.

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Best time to visit
Sunny and hot Summer months (November to February). Mild Winters (June to August) with Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September to October) being pleasant seasons for travel.
The Cape has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry, sunny summers.
Gauteng and the northern regions have a subtropical highland climate with plenty of sunshine, with regular thunderstorms in the late afternoons. Winters are sunny with cold nights.

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
Health regulations in South Africa require that travellers from areas infected by yellow fever must carry a vaccination certificate; otherwise no vaccinations are required. There is a malaria risk in the low-lying areas of the Northern Province and Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park), as well as north Eastern KwaZulu-Natal, and precautions are advised when travelling to these areas, especially between October and May. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Tap water is generally safe in urban areas but sterilisation is advisable elsewhere, as there are periodic outbreaks of cholera in the poor communities of rural South Africa, particularly in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo provinces.
Medical facilities in South Africa are good in urban areas, but medical insurance is strongly advised as private hospitals expect cash up front and public hospitals are best avoided. Medication is readily available in urban areas, but those travelling outside of major cities for an extended period should bring a basic supply kit for emergency self-treatment.

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.




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  • 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.
  • Skydiving.
  • White river rafting.
  • Abseiling down Table Mountain.
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