South Africa travel tips and advice,... know before you go
Know before you go when visiting SA, with the
assistance of the latest 'need to know' insider South Africa travel tips and information on this
The way foreigners see South Africa is often colored by their views of the rest
of Africa, politically and socially unstable, and terribly poor.
But contrary to widely-held belief, this coloring is not altogether true and
correct when it comes to South Africa.
To a large extend, South Africa is almost like two countries in one.
On the one hand, in the high population areas it is a modern and affluent first
world state and on the other hand in the less developed rural areas, it shows a high level of
poverty and underdevelopment.
Politically the country has a stable and modern democracy protected by one of
the most advanced constitutions world-wide. Furthermore, it is home to a well-developed
infrastructure, with all the amenities and technology that typify a modern first world nation.
Therefore, visiting South Africa is a lot easier and safer then you might think. It offers you
all the comforts you may desire against the backdrop of the unspoiled splendour of Africa.
Some quick facts about South Africa
On this page you will find comprehensive list of South Africa travel tips and information
that will come in real handy when you plan and prepare your visit to our country.
Information about how to get there, how to get around, where to stay and everything you need to
know to make your visit go smooth and without problems.
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Getting to SA....
There is more then one way of getting to South Africa. However, flying remains the fastest and most
practical way. Our country is served by more then 70 airlines. Read more ...>
Getting around SA.... “There
are many roads that lead to Rome”, the saying goes. In South Africa there are many ways to travel
from the one place to the next. Whether it be by bus, car, train or donkey car, the choice is
Read more ...>
Domestic Air Travel....A
comprehensive and low cost airline network has made flying easy for everyone in South Africa.
Fuss-free and low fares, safe and efficient online booking and easy check in.
Read more ...>
Visa, Passport, customs requirements....When
it comes to customs, passports and visa formalities, South Africa is no different from any other
country. The minimum requirement for entering the country is a passport with a minimum validity
period of six months and sufficient empty pages. It is important to get yourself fully up to date
at the nearest South African embassy with regards to requirements and particulars. Read more about visas, passports...,> Read more about customs requirements...>
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Safety, Security, Emergency numbers.... Yes,
crime happens in South Africa also like everywhere else on our planet and yes, the crime rate in
our country is considerably above average. But that does not mean at all that South Africa is
unsafe to visit. Great efforts are being made to combat and contain crime and with much success.
You will be able to enjoy your vacation with complete peace of mind, if you follow some basic
precautions. If you do get into trouble in South Africa, you want help, you want it fast, and you
will get it fast. How...? Read more ...>Currency, Foreign exchange, Conversion calculator....The local
currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The value of the Rand fluctuates from time to time,
so do keep track of that. Currency calculator...> Read more ...>
Language....South Africa has 11
official languages and scores of unofficial ones besides. But don't worry, most of us speak
English, so you should not have any difficulties communicating.
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Banking....Banking transactions such as
exchanging traveler cheques, using credit and debit cards and drawing money from Automatic Teller
Machines (ATMs) in South Africa, naming but few, is as sophisticated, simple and easy as in your
home country. There are a great variety of banks to be found almost everywhere in the country.
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Shopping.... South Africans are great
shoppers, they love it! You will find some of the world’s largest and most modern shopping malls in
our country, offering you not only a first class shopping experience, but also excellent places to
wine and dine and be entertained. Read more ...>
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Health care issues.... South
Africa has excellent health care facilities, comparable with the best in the world, with highly
trained doctors, and fully equipped hospitals. There are some health issues however, that you
should be aware of. - South Africa travel information. Read more: Health Tips...> Read more: Health FAQ's...>
Malaria....Malaria is endemic in
certain areas in South Africa. The risk of contracting the disease is negligible, provided you take
the necessary precautions.
Assistance and Facilities for the incapacitated....
South Africa has, in general, become much more aware of travellers with special requirements and
most major attractions and facilities across the country can be counted on to accommodate visitors
Weights, Measurements, Conversion tables....In South Africa we
converted to the metric system. Weights and measures, miles to kilometres, gallons to litres,
Fahrenheit to Celsius...etc, enough to get totally confused. We made it easy for you. Conversion Table...> Read more...>
Money and Budget....Because of a
favourable exchange rate South Africa is a relatively inexpensive tourist destination. You will
find that your money will go a long way. How far it will go??.... Currency calculator...> Read more...>
Driving in SA....Even though we drive on the
left-hand side of the road, it should be quite easy to adapt to driving in South Africa. Just take
it easy, stick to the rules, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
Roads and Traffic.... The road
infrastructure in South Africa is excellent, so a self-drive tour is a viable option. It’s a huge
country and there is so much to see, so plan and prepare your trips carefully. Maps and road travel
information are widely available and for those who did not know, we do drive on the left hand side
of the road.
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South Africa is a vast country and you will most likely travel long distances. It is important
therefore, to plan and prepare your journeys properly. If you want to know what we are talking
about when we say "distances",... Distance table...> Distance calculator...>
Electricity....Many visitors to South
Africa bring electrical appliances (like razors, hairdryers, laptops, battery chargers etc...)
along with them. They will want to know more about power in our country, electrical power that is.
In our country the standard is 220 / 230 volts at 50 cycles per second.
Telecommunications and Postal services.... At
virtually all hotels and at most lodgements in South Africa you will have access to a highly
developed communications infrastructure, with an extensive landline and satellite phone network and
three mobile phone networks. The postal services infrastructure in South Africa is designed to
ensure that a modern mail service is within reach of everybody in the community. Read more about Telecommunications...> Read more about Postal services...>
Internet....With a solid internet
infrastructure and a comprehensive network of internet café’s in the major centres throughout the
country, you are only a mouse click away from getting to your e-mail box or any URL for that
Public Transport.... Major South African
cities are linked by reliable air, rail and road transport services. Each city has its own commuter
bus and train service. Long distance buses and trains allow you to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Budget and luxury options are available. - South Africa travel information.
Railways and Trains....For train
enthusiasts the best way to enjoy the awesome vastness and beauty of South Africa's countryside
and scenery is by train. Luxury and budget choices are available, including the once in a lifetime
experience of a genuine steam train tour. - South Africa travel information.
The Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger train service links Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London south africa travel information
Places of Worship....
The wide variety of religions in South Africa is a reflection of the cultural diversity in South
Africa's "Rainbow" society. Nearly all South Africans will tell you that they belong to a church
and practice a faith, although their thinking when it comes to religion and religious beliefs
Radio and Television.... Although
television and radio programming in South Africa is structured to reflect the different language
groups in the country,…hotels and other lodgings are able to offer you access to at least one
English speaking television and radio channel in your room. Read more about television in SA ...> Read more about radio in SA ...>
Newspapers....You will never be left
in the dark in our part of Africa. South Africa has a robust and flourishing press that, together
with a range of news websites, can measure up with the best in the world.
Clothing and Dress....Choice
of clothes for your South Africa trip? Should not be that difficult, should it? Nevertheless, you might
never know. You will need to bring something smart informal for exclusive occasions.
Clothing in South Africa? from smart to very!! informal south africa travel information
atmosphere and socialising is a major part of the South African way of life. It won’t take long to
appreciate this and adjust to it. There are times however when things are somewhat different.
Tipping....Depending on the
standard of service you have received, tipping is customary in South Africa for a range of
services. Hotels, Restaurants and other accommodation establishments normally do not have service
charges included in their bill.
Public and School holidays....In South
Africa it is advisable to pre-book accommodation in game parks, hotels and sometimes even camping
sites, during the school holidays. School holidays terms vary slightly for different provinces.
has to be “lived”. Drama, comedy, ballet, opera, choral, with an original indigenous African
flavour. You do not want to miss that, when you are in South Africa.
Time Zone.... South Africa does not
change its clocks during the year. Despite its size it has only one time zone: GMT (or Universal
Standard Time) + 2 hours, seven hours ahead of eastern USA standard time, one hour ahead of
European winter time and eight hours behind Australian standard time.
Business....Yes, there are incredible
opportunities to do business and make money in our country. Foreign investor confidence has taken
off in South Africa and you are welcome to jump onto the wagon.