South Africa is a culturally diverse country with 11 official languages and is considered a rainbow nation which includes citizens not only from Africa but from all over the world which combined, creates a melting pot of cultures.
It’s a land of untamed wilderness which boasts the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), along with thousands of other species of plants, mammals, birds, fish
Best time to visit South Africa
- Game drive or walk in one of the countries National Parks or Game reserves
- Take in the sights and sounds of the country by doing one of the many cultural tours available in all the major cities
- Take a self-drive trip along one of the many tourist routes to experience South Africa’s incredible landscapes and natural beauty
- Taste as much of the delectable and varied cuisine that is available as possible.
- Experience as many of the exhilarating adventure activities on offer as possible
Climate and Weather
The average daytime temperatures in the Cape region in the summer range between 16°C and 26°C while during the winter months (June to Aug) they average between 8°C and 18°C. In the high lying
Essential Travel Information
Passport and Visa Information
- Passports must be valid for no less than three months beyond the period of intended stay.
- Visitors must ensure they have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport ( for entry and exit stamps ).
- Tourists must hold proof of a valid onward ticket. The travel date of this ticket may not exceed three months from the first date of entry.
- Tourists must be able to prove they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in the country
Citizens of the following countries do not require an advance visa to enter South Africa provided their stay does not exceed 90 days. If the stay exceeds 90 days please enquire at your closest South African Embassy / Consulate regarding the visa requirements and application procedures.
- Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to always double check the passport and entry requirements for a country with relevant embassy or consulate.
- Check this website for important information if traveling with children under the age of 18 years.
- If arriving from or having visited an area infected with Yellow Fever all travellers must carry their original vaccination certificate. For countries which have yellow fever please see https://www.santhnet.co.za/index.php/travel-health-advice/travel-advice/yellow-fever-vaccines/item/390-yellow-fever-vaccination-requirements-in-south-africa.html
- There is a malaria risk in areas such as Northern Province, Mpumalanga and North Easter KZN so it is advised to take the necessary precautions especially if travelling between October and May. Ask your pharmacist for details.
- No compulsory vaccinations (except yellow fever if travelling from an infected country as stated above.
- Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.
- Tap water in urban areas is safe to drink. If travelling into rural areas it is advisable to take sufficient bottled water for drinking and cooking
- Private Medical facilities are good in the urban areas of South Africa and travellers are strongly advised to ensure they have travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical expenses
Safety and Security
Customs and Dress Code
- The South African dress code is generally very westernised. Bear the climatic changes and seasons in mind when packing. If intending to visit cultural or historical places of interest, please be mindful of their particular dress code and dress appropriately.
- Nude sunbathing is only permissible on a few beaches in South Africa.
- When doing business in South Africa, it is advisable to be culturally sensitive.
- Racism remains a very sensitive issue even though interracial relationships are now common and generally widely accepted.
All the major cities have airports with a wide network of domestic, regional and international flights. Charter flights are also available to private game lodges and smaller towns.
Metered taxis are readily available in all the major cities. In Johannesburg, the Gauteng Rail System is a good option and offers a fast, reliable and safe option to get from place to place. Make sure your hotel has a train station close by and you may be able to take the train to and from the airport.
New Year’s Day – 1 January 2018
Human Rights Day – 21 March 2018
Good Friday – 30 March 2018
Easter Monday – 2 April 2018
Freedom Day – 27 April 2018
Worker’s Day – 1 May 2018
Youth Day – 16 June 2018
Women’s Day – 9 August 2018
Heritage Day – 24 September 2018
Day of Reconciliation – 16 December 2018
Christmas Day – 25 December 2018
Day of Goodwill – 26 December 2018
Important Contact Numbers
Nationwide Emergency Response: 10111
Nationwide Ambulance / Fire Brigade: 10177
Private Emergency Response ( Netcare 911 ): 082 911
Mobile phone emergency number: 112
Tourism Helpline : 083 123 6789