South Africa is so popular: a wealth of wildlife, untapped beaches, wonderful food and welcoming locals, what do we not like? What’s so popular? This is a big country (about twice France’s size), so we have reduced everything you need to know to prepare for your South Africa tour.
1. You’re applying for a visa?
Some international tourists are expected to visit South Africa and comprehensive information on how to obtain a visa is given on the site of the South African Department of Home Affairs. The visa-free tour of South Africa is available to Europeans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and Americans for 90 days.
2. Best Time to Come
South Africa is known for its mild warmth and sunshine, with exceptionally moderate temperatures even in the winter months from May to the end of July. Cold, but thermal baths and snow boots are not required. When Cape Town is on your path, note that during the winter the West Cape receives the majority of its rain, so it is better to go there in summer.
3. Currency and budget
The monetary unit of the South African Rand is reasonably priced, from food to housing compared to the EU and the United States. Food and alcohol are extremely inexpensive and there are wonderful restaurants around the world, from fine dining to casual dining, wineries, and markets, no tourist leaves hungry.
4. Come and see
In South Africa, public transport is going to shock many because the infrastructure is not there – it’s not as easy as going on a bus or on a train. The Gautrain, a rail system that stops at major hubs like OR, is being used by travelers in Gauteng (Johannesburg). International Airport. Tambo International Airport. Uber is also common but your best bet is to rent a car for the whole of your stay. Please notice that on major highways the speed limit is 120 km/h (75mph).
South Africa has 11 official languages so that a dash of Afrikans is sure to go a long way. South Africa has 11 official languages. That said, almost everyone speaks South African English, but none speaks less English. The dialect may take a bit of time, but South Africa as a whole is an easy country; the people are friendly and willing to help, especially if you are enthusiastic to learn more about your country.
6. What do you wear?
Pack weather-appropriate clothing according to the regions you are visiting. If you are visiting your bush during the summer months, you will be expected to pack comfortable, closed shoes and a swimsuit. However, you won’t actually safari all the time, and you will wear plenty of leisure and something more formal in the evening.
It’s a tipping country in South Africa. It is normally acceptable in restaurants to put in at least 10 percent and as you do not fill your own cars at the petrol stations, you will also be given a tip.
8. Eating and drinking
South Africa has an enormous number of restaurants that offer all the food you can think of. There is also a broad variety of items in the supermarkets, making it easy to consume. In the major cities, Tap water can be drunk, but asking if unsure is always wise.
9. Children’s travel
Both minors require their parents’ permission to travel to or from the country. Children under 18 years of age who visit parents must present absolute, uncut birth certificates (including the details of both parents). For more information visit your tour operator or the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs.
10. Where to be
Reservations must be made well in advance, particularly in the peak season in North Africa between November and January. Many options, from self-catering flats and cottages to guest houses, hotels, and backpacker lodges, are open. The accommodation you pick will be totally focused on South Africa on your itinerary, budget, and destination.
South Africa has cellular coverage and you can connect to Wi-Fi anywhere. Please notice that there is no cellular coverage or internet access in certain remote areas such as bush areas. Also, you will certainly need to have adapters connectors, don’t overlook.
12. Health and vaccines
No vaccinations are required on your visit to South Africa, but you must have an international inoculation yellow fever certificate if you enter South Africa from a yellow fever region. Many areas in South Africa are at risk of malaria, and before visiting, consult your doctor. There are plenty of hospitals and pharmacies in the country, just remember to take any medications you take daily on a prescription.
13. Safety and wellbeing
As when traveling to any country, you should keep your room or apartment locked, whether you’re in it or not, and keep valuables, including passports. Stop expensive joysticks, cameras, and valuables in flash displays. This doesn’t mean you should just be conscious of your surroundings and use common sense when you are not using these things.