Attractions / highlights
This vibrant city – the Mother City – offers visitors a combination of coastal charm, history and artistic urban sophistication. Step back in time on Robben Island, indulge in some of the most famous wines in the world in the Cape Winelands, and appreciate the unique landscapes from World Wonder Table Mountain the dramatic scenery of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
Explore the scenic Garden Route with its charming seaside villages, wineries, mountains, beaches, forests and myriad of activity opportunities. Visit the picture-perfect town of Knysna shielded from the Indian Ocean by its headlands. Relax in the playground of Plettenberg Bay, experience the natural splendour of Tsitsikamma and bungee off the world’s highest – Bloukrans.
Kruger National Park
The largest game reserve in South Africa and certainly one of the largest in Africa, the Kruger National Park became South Africa’s first national park as early as 1926. Today the park is home to the Big 5 and a wide variety of animal, bird and insect species keeping visitors enthralled and totally engaged, whether on a self-drive tour or part of a guided safari excursion.
Durban is a fun-loving city known for its gorgeous sun-kissed beaches along the Indian Ocean. Its sub-tropical climate and natural beauty affords the city an abundance in outdoor activities and adventure. Durban also offers a unique cultural experience, being home to the mighty Zulu nation and the largest population of Indian descendants outside of India and this is reflected in the sights, sounds and scents of the city’s marketplaces and streets.
A world-heritage site, the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg offers awe-inspiring natural beauty in its gigantic mountain peaks and buttresses. A wealth of outdoor activities are available, including hiking, rock climbing, horse trekking, mountain biking and fishing. The area also showcases the most concentrated collection of San rock paintings and is home to several endemic and protected plant and animal species.
Johannesburg & Soweto
The pulsating City of Gold offers a dazzling array of attractions, activities, shopping and dining experiences. Soweto is a vibrant township with a rich historical past where visitors can connect with locals for a memorable cultural experience.
The best currencies to bring are US dollars, euros or British pounds in a mixture of travellers cheques and cash. All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than MasterCard and Visa.
The major banks have branches as well as ATMs in most large towns – and all over the cities. ATMs are linked to all major international networks, and it is possible to draw currency from them. They accept Cirrus or Maestro cards as well as all major credit and debit cards.
VAT – a 14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists may reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceeds R250. Ask for more information at the airport upon arrival.
Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but if you are visiting the Kruger National Park or low-lying parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal, be aware that you are entering malarial areas and should take precautions in the form of prophylactic medication.
If arriving via a yellow fever area a vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa.
Exposure to sun and heat
Always take preventive measures that include wearing a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses, liberally applying sunscreen every three or four hours, regularly taking rehydration mixes, drinking plenty of water and fruit juices (at least three litres of liquid daily), avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, which causes dehydration.
Drinking tap water
Tap water in South Africa’s urban centres is safe to drink and cook with. However precaution should be taken and when travelling in rural areas.
Best time to visit
South Africa boasts one of the best climates in the world and is famed for its eternal sunshine.
Summer, from October to February, is characterized by sunny days with afternoon thunderstorms.
Autumn, from March through April, is warm and sunny although nights tend to get a bit cooler.
Winter, from May through July, is characterized by dry and sunny days but cold nights.
Spring, from August to October, offers a mild climate, and is undoubtedly the best time for game viewing