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South African Travel Information

Below you will find some travel information for South Africa. If you require any further information regarding South Africa, contact us today.


The very diverse South African population consists of more than 52m people. The last census in 2011 showed a population of about 52-million people, of varying origins, cultures, languages and religions, of which 79,2% are African, 8,9% ‘coloured’ (a term used in South Africa to describe people of mixed race), 8,9% white, and 2,5% Indian. Just over half the population is female.


The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.


South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100, R200.


South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February; Autumn is from March to April and Winter is from May to August.


South Africa has a very well-developed communications infrastructure. Various cell-phone providers provide national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Wi- Fi and Internet are easily accessible in most urban areas.


There are 9 provinces in South Africa, namely: Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal; Gauteng, Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

National Symbols:

The South African flag is much-loved and widely recognised. Other significant national emblems include: National animal: the Springbok; National fish: Galjoen; National bird: Blue Crane; National flower: King Protea and National tree: Yellowwood.


South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.


Almost 80% of South Africa's population is Christian. Other major religious groups include  Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. A minority don't belong to any of the major religions. According to the Constitution citizens are guaranteed freedom of worship.


Tap water is potable. However, please ensure that you take bottled water with you when travelling to more remote areas.

Animals and Plants:

South Africa has been declared one of the 18 megadiverse destinations in the world. As a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, South Africa has numerous conservation projects to protect its natural heritage - travellers can support and take part in many of these projects. The country is home to the famous Big Five (leopard, rhino, elephant, lion and buffalo).


There are three major international airports in South Africa: OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) as well as 90 regional airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit which offers access to the Kruger National Park.

Travel by Road and Rail:

South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.

Entry requirements:

South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. For visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African diplomatic mission.

Health and safety:

South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since the first successful heart transplant in 1967 was performed here by Professor Christiaan Barnard. There are many world-class medical centres and private hospitals around South Africa, especially in the urban centres. Most of the country is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you're planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.

Courtesy of SA Tourism.


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David & Tesi, July 2012
Hi Ince,

I wanted to say thanks again for helping give us a spectacular trip to South Africa, and especially the Cape region. It was a trip full of wonders. Every day I think about how amazing it was that I actually saw great white sharks in the wild. We greatly enjoyed your company.

I mentioned that at the natural history museum in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences, they have an Africa hall and there is a diorama of the Cape region. Here is a picture of it: The diorama is cool, but the real thing is much better!

I hope that all is well with you and your family.
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