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in South Africa

South Africa isn’t just about safaris, majestic plains and witnessing amazing wildlife. There’s also breathtaking mountains, multicultural cities, vineyards and white sand beaches to explore. At the heart of the action is Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, a high-end harbour and beaches frequented by penguins. Tour some of the country’s vineyards for a wine tasting session before journeying to Johannesburg to visit Nelson Mandela’s former home and sample the market scene.

South Africa is a wildlife lover’s dream, with boat trips available for spotting humpback whales, and safari drives to get a glimpse of elephants, lions and rhinos. Take a trip to the Kruger National Park with a guide, visit the Cape of Good Hope, soak up some rays on Camps Bay Beach, or visit the De Hoop Nature Reserve with whale-watching trails. South Africa offers something for everyone, no matter what you look for in a holiday.

Essential information

  • If you’re visiting South Africa as a tourist for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.
  • Take precautions to protect your personal safety and stay in normal tourist areas. Tourist police are deployed to protect tourists from crime in these areas.
  • You may require vaccinations or boosters such as tetanus. Check with your GP before you travel.
  • Take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
  • If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance.
  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance for your trip.
  • While haggling is common in African markets, you are generally expected to pay the stated price for items in shops.
  • As South Africa has a reputation for credit card scams, many overseas banks automatically prevent transactions in the country. Contact your bank ahead of travelling to South Africa to ensure that your credit card isn’t automatically declined.
  • South Africa’s currency is the rand (R). Notes include the R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. Transactions can be rounded up or down by a few cents.

Best time to travel

If you’re heading to South Africa, the best time to visit is between May and September. This is the country’s dry season and the best time to spot animals on safari, as there is little to no rain and most days are dry and sunny. Take a jacket for mornings though, as they can be cold. October to April is a great time to bird watch, as all migratory birds are in the country. Although the country does experience rain during this time, it should come and go in short bursts. South Africa is most crowded during December-February, which is its peak season due to the school holidays and very hot weather.