What you need to know

ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

Things to keep in mind when visiting our beautiful country.

Climate:
South Africa is situated at the tip of the African continent, south of the equator.

Spring: September, October and November
Summer:December, January and February.
Autumn:March, April and May
Winter: June, July and August

The capital City of Pretoria/Tshwane has an average day time temperature of 24°C (74°F) in summer and an average day time temperature of 12°C (54°F) in winter. Winter nights are very cold, with frost and temperatures below  0°C. The majority of the country (the Northern regions) have summer rainfall, with dry winters.

The Western Cape region, with Cape Town as the Capital City has a Mediterranean  climate, with winter rainfall, and dry summers.

 

Visa requirements:

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:

  • A valid passport, with at least one blank page in it for endorsements
  • Most countries are exempted from requiring a Visa – please check the list (link to :  Visa exempt countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_South_Africa)
  • A valid visa, if required.
    (Visa exempt coutries: Visa policy of South Africa)
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay in South African Rands
  • A return or onward ticket.

 

Currency:

  • The Currency used in South Africa is South African Rand and cents. ZAR.
  • Cards as well as debit cards are accepted in most stores and restaurants.
  • Coins are available in 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents R1.00, R2.00 and R5.00. The notes are R10.00, R20.00, R50.00, R100.00 and R200.00.
  • Please check the online Currency Conversion services for your particular currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged at airports, banks and currency conversion counters in shopping centres in larger Cities.

 

Safety:

Visitors to South Africa very seldom visit areas, considered to be dangerous high crime areas. The vast majority of visitors to South Africa experience the country as very safe, especially because most visitors spend time in our beautiful nature reserves and rural areas.  All reputable accommodation and tourism establishments, take great care to keep you, our visitors safe. During your visit to South Africa, it is advisable to take normal safety precautions. Do not carry too much cash, display valuables in public, visit remote areas alone, or walk along the streets of our Cities at night. South Africa is safe if you are sensible.

 

Malaria:

The North Eastern regions of South Africa are considered to be high-risk Malaria areas, during the summer months. Only the Anopheles mosquito carries Malaria. Malaria can be prevented, and cured. For further info please read: Key Facts About Malaria

 

Gratuities:

It is common practice to add a gratuity of at least 10% to a restaurant bill, for the waitron, if the service was satisfactory.

Most service personal in restaurants, hotels and guest houses will appreciate a gratuity, in South African Rand, as a sign of appreciation for a service delivered.

It is common practice to give formal parking attendants a gratuity for guarding the car. (R5.00- R10.00 depending on the area and length of stay