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Travel Information

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South Africa is a diverse country at the tip of Africa – the world’s second largest and most populous continent. Bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, and with a population of around 48 million, South Africa is truly part of the African continent, and eleven official languages are recognised in our Constitution.

With a long coastline that stretches more than 2,500 kilometres across two oceans, and a climate that ranges from desert to subtropical, South Africa is truly a unique place to visit. 

The country has emerged from a turbulent past, and since the first democratic elections in 1994, unity is sought through diversity in a place where all people are now equal.

Generally mild climatic conditions make South Africa a perfect year-round destination.
South Africa is serviced by many of the world’s major airlines with direct flights to Europe, America and the Middle East on a daily basis. South Africa’s three main gateway airports are:

Oliver Tambo International Airport previously known as Johannesburg International Airport

Cape Town International Airport

Durban International Airport

The South African Police can be reached at any time on 10 111.

Ambulance 10177
Emergency from a landline – 107. From a mobile – 112
Fire department ( Cape Town ) 021 535 1100
Table Mountain National Park – Emergencies – 0861 106417
Visitor safety and support programme – 021 487 6552
Cape Town Tourism – 021 487 6800

1 Jan: New Year’s Day

21st March: Human Rights Day

10th April: Good Friday

13th April: Easter Monday

27th April: Freedom Day

1st May: Workers Day

16th June: Youth Day

9th August: National Women’s Day

24th September: Heritage Day

16th December: Day of Reconciliation

25th December: Christmas Day

26th December: Day of Goodwill

South Africa has both private and public hospitals in most areas and many well qualified general practitioners to help with most medical matters.

Malaria is found only in some parts of the Lowveld of Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is advisable to take prophylactics before visiting these areas.

Although there are eleven official languages in South Africa, most people understand and speak English. English is spoken in the cities and all the road signs are in English.
South Africa is one of only 12 countries in the world with drinkable tap water. Our tap water quality is the third-best overall in the world. It is advisable though, to take bottled water with you when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.
South Africa has a wide range of newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. Internet is also readily available with many hotels and guest houses (including our own) offering high speed Internet access. Internet cafes are also a common sight in most cities and large towns in the country.
South Africa’s time is GMT + 2
South Africa is as safe as any country in the world but there are certain basic precautions that people should take note of:

  • When in the car, keep all doors locked and windows up at all times.
  • When using an ATM be alert at all time. If you see something suspicious stop your transaction and leave.
  • To avoid being mugged ensure that you carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across your body. Do not carry it hanging over one shoulder. Do not carry large amounts of cash on your person.
  • When sightseeing, use only registered and qualified tour guides. Registered tour guides can be identified by a certificate that they carry.
It is customary in South Africa to tip 10% when dining out. Tipping obviously depends on the quality of the service.

It is also generally accepted to tip petrol pump attendants a small fee when filling up your car and likewise with ‘car guards’ who can generally be found in public areas / wherever there are parking spaces available. Between R2 – R5 is the norm.

South Africa has an advanced mobile phone infrastructure as well as numerous service providers. SIM cards for the various networks can be purchased upon arrival. Check with your service provider regarding the ‘roaming’ capabilities of your mobile phone.
South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers most visitors great value for money.

The rand comes in a range of coins and note denominations of: R10, R50, R100 and R200.

Banking hours from Monday to Friday are generally 09h00 to 15h30. Some banks close at 16h00.

ATM’s are found almost everywhere. Visa and Mastercards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs, but check with your bank first.

Banks and Bureau de Change at major airports remain open until the last flight departs.

Driving in South Africa is on the left hand side of the road.
Please ensure that your driving licence is valid in South Africa. Should you have any doubts in this respect an International Drivers Licence should be acquired prior to arrival.
The following goods may be included in a passenger’s baggage by non-residents, but must not exceed the following limits:

  • Two litres of wine per person
  • One litre of spirits and other alcoholic beverages
  • 200 cigarettes per person
  • 20 cigars per person
  • 250g pipe tobacco per person
  • 50ml perfume per person
  • 250ml eau de toilette per person
  • New or used goods not exceeding a total value of R 3000
  • Allowances may not be pooled or transferred to another person