South Africa is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise offering an impressive variety of sports and activities. From world famous golf courses to hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, shark diving, rock climbing, mountain climbing, kite surfing, paragliding, skydiving, base jumping, bungy jumping, surfing, various motorised water-sports, yachting, dune-boarding, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling, Game safaris and many many more. Sport enthusiasts will be bombarded with choice.
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Time: Local time is GMT +2 hours
Electricity: Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round, three-pin plugs are standard as well as European two prong plugs.
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages. Most widely spoken is English and most business is conducted in English. However, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho are also widely spoken.
Telephone dialling codes: The international access code for South Africa is +27. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom).
Currency / Money: South Africa's currency is the Rand. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureau de change, and in larger upmarket hotels. Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments like stores, restaurants, shops and malls. Credit cards may not be used to purchase petrol – only cash is accepted. ATM’s are widely available.
Note: Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates
Tipping: A tip of approximately 10% is customary in bars and restaurants, if the service has been good, and if the gratuity is not included on the bill. Tipping is also customary for porters, taxi drivers, petrol attendants and travel guides. Car guards in major cities, shopping malls and tourist attractions will expect a tip for looking after your car - anything from R5 upwards will do.
Passports & Visas: While most passport nationalities do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, it is best to check with your consultant upon making your reservation. Please ensure that your passport is valid for more than 6 months after your departure from South Africa, and that you have at least 3 blank pages in your passport.
Note: Entry requirements change, sometimes with little notice. Please CHECK with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant regarding updates at the time of making a travel enquiry.
Health Requirements: The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements. These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry.
- Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow Fever (if coming from an Endemic Country).
- Recommended vaccinations: Hepatitis A & Tetanus
- Precautions: Malaria Prophylaxis & advisable to drink bottled water
Note: The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements. These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry
General: Visitors to South Africa should be aware of the high incidents of crime. While this is largely localised to certain areas (like the townships) travellers should be aware of the risks and exercise the necessary precautions. Do not drive into areas if you are unsure of where you are going, always keep your car doors locked, do not walk around on your own especially in remote areas and do not hike alone. Be careful of loiters while using ATM’s and do not display too much jewellery or cash.