Here are a few travel tips which we suggest you look at before travelling to South Africa. If you still require further information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll either answer your questions ourselves or direct you to the most appropriate authority or source of information considered appropriate to do so.
Welcome to South Africa:
Your holiday and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. We would like to make your visit to South Africa a lasting and memorable one, and we hope you’ll return again. You can visit most areas safely, and as in any other country you travel to, there are a few basic precautions you should take, to ensure you have a pleasant stay.
Situated at the Southern tip of Africa, South Africa is edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km of coastline, washed by both the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It’s bordering neighbours on the north are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and it also wraps itself around two independent countries, namely Lesotho and Swaziland.
Best time to visit:
South Africa, with its sub-tropical climate, experiences near-on 300 days of sunshine each year. The best time for outdoor activities is anytime between late spring (around October/November) and beginning-autumn (late March/early June). Cape Town enjoys a sunny winter mostly, but the weather can change unexpectedly to a chilly, rainy day.
There is no ideal time to visit South Africa due to the different climatic conditions which often exist simultaneously across the country.
Travel documents and money:
You should always travel with certified copies of your travel documents and keep your originals in a safe place on your trip. The local currency is the (South African) Rand, otherwise reflected on currency exchanges as ZAR, or locally as R. Travellers’ cheques can be readily exchanged in banks, bureaux de changes and even some hotels. Always separate your cash from your credit or debit cards and rather leave some of your cash/travellers’ cheques in your hotel room safe instead. South Africa’s major banks are Absa Bank, First National Bank, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Capitec. All major credit cards are generally accepted, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club, and ATMs are quite abundant throughout the country. Most retail purchases carry a value added tax (VAT) levy of 14%, which is refundable to foreign tourists at departure points, subject to stipulated amounts spent, completion of the necessary forms, and presentation of original tax invoices.
Visa requirements for South Africa:
We request you contact your local embassy for all visa related enquiries for travel to South Africa.
We advise you to obtain a comprehensive travel insurance that covers all aspects of travel related issues, including loss of baggage, delay or cancellation of flights, medical expenses and any personal injury.
After checking into the hotel, we advise you store all valuables in the hotel;s safety deposit box or personal room safe.
Porterage & Service Tipping:
Generally tipping is at the rate of 10%, but at your discretion.
South Africa has a well-developed communications infrastructure, with a number of cellular-phone service providers offering national coverage. Most urban areas provide Wi-Fi or other forms of Internet accessibility.
Municipal (and reputably sourced) piped as supplied tap water is generally safe to drink and potable, as had by most locals, but bottled water is also readily available. We do however suggest you carry bottled water when you travel to remote rural areas and the bush (safari), as such sources/supplies may be a little more distant.