South Africa is a country of remarkable diversity, from its distinctive mountain ranges and its wild coastal landscape to its lush valleys and tranquil inland lagoons. A visit here will take you on a journey of captivating beauty and local flavors that are sure to delight even the most seasoned traveler. Explore the Garden Route, where nature’s beauty meets delightful towns that offer cozy restaurants, boutique shops, and an incredible selection of outdoor pursuits. Journey up to Kruger National Park for unforgettable safaris to witness Africa’s Big Five in their natural settings. And end your trip with a toast at Cape Town, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and renowned vineyards, producing award-winning wines to pair perfectly with all this amazing scenery.

From the majesty of Table Mountain, to the beauty of Kruger National Park, South Africa has something for everyone! Get ready to uncover a world of wonders with an unforgettable experience you’ll never forget. Whether it’s your first time visiting us or your fifth, there are always new and exciting experiences happening in South Africa – safaris through Kruger National Park, amazing vineyards in Stellenbosch and Cape Town 360 panoramic views. Let South Africa show you how much nature has to offer – come explore and discover why this remarkable nation is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

 

Activities

• Table Mountain
• Robben Island
• Kruger National Park
• Malaria-free Big 5 safari
• Garden Route
• Drakensberg Mountain
• World’s 3rd largest Canyon – Blyde River Canyon
• Cultural diversity
• UNESCO Sites – Isimangaliso Wetlands
• Battlefields & History
• White sandy beaches
• Cradle of Humankind
• Winelands
• Modern cities & shopping

ELECTRICITY

Electrical sockets in the Republic of South Africa are Type M (SABS-1661). If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug it in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug

to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it’s crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in South Africa usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you’re plugging in an appliance built for 230-volt electrical input, or an appliance compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. A voltage converter will be necessary if your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts.

CURRENCY

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, and 10c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.

CLIMATE

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months, while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C during the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

South Africa’s climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the south-western corner of the country to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the north-east. A small region in the north-west has a desert climate. Our relatively mild and short winters do not justify the expense of central heating in many buildings and homes, which may lead visitors to think the winter is colder than it actually is. If you plan on visiting in winter, pack some warm layers including a scarf and coat. Summer calls for shorts and t-shirts with plenty of sun protection.

DRESSING UP

Summer

Bring cool, light and comfortable clothes because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also, bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

GENERAL

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter. If you are doing business in the country, business attire is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media, for example generally dress more casually. For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable. For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

 

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