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A world in one country indeed: There is so much to see, so much to do and so much to learn about South Africa – where to start? Maybe with the variety of breathtaking landscapes and its natural diversity. The country is home to mountains, rain forests, a coastline of almost 3000 kilometers, bush, semi-deserts, wetlands and much more.
Here, two of the world’s great oceans meet, a dozen languages are spoken, deeply rooted traditions are intertwined with a modern society, and the extraordinary history is visible everywhere. Experience Cape Town, one of the world’s most scenic cities, or Johannesburg, the continent’s financial powerhouse (and 7th biggest economy). You will find an incredible mix of cultures and influences, matched only by a few other places on the planet. If you prefer off-the-beaten-track destinations, South Africa can cater to you as well. Travel from the beautiful tropical Indian Ocean beaches in the northwest, through wetlands, the remarkable Drakensberg mountains, the Karoo desert, all the way to the smallest floral kingdom in the world in the Western Cape province. South Africa is a perfect self-drive destination. The infrastructure in most parts of the country is easily comparable – if not even better – to Europe or North America, and roads are well-maintained. Look forward to long stretches of absolute remoteness and a beautiful scenery along the way. You can choose from a wide array of accommodation: chic and family-owned boutique hotels, traditional farm stays and safari lodges. Speaking of safari: needless to say, South Africa is one of the prime destinations for a wildlife adventure surrounded by the Big 5. You can drive for hours in one of the most famous national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park, and spot anything from lions to giraffes, elephants, cheetah and rhino. If you prefer a more luxurious stay, there are plenty of top-notch private game reserves to choose from bordering the park. There are also many hidden safari gems, however, where you can expect less crowds such a Pilanesberg, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Waterberg or the private reserve Tswalu in the Kalahari.



  • Explore the Mother City Cape Town
  • Enjoy a wine and a cheese platter at one of the many wine estates of the Cape Winelands
  • Take a whale watching boat cruise in Hermanus to see the Southern Right Whales
  • Visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna
  • Take a surf at Durban beach
  • Enjoy the warm waters of the Indian ocean close to Mozambique
  • Hike in the majestic Drakensberg
  • Experience a Big 5 Safari in the famous Kruger National Park
  • Visit the Panorama Route which offers breath taking viewpoints of waterfalls, valleys and mountains and canyons
  • Take a bicycle tour through the vibrant township of Soweto


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1. What is the best time to travel to South Africa?

South Africa has 6 different climate zones and the best time to visit depends on what you want to experience and where you want to go in the country. Generally, South Africa is a year-round destination, but here's a breakdown:

  1. Summer (December to February): This is peak tourist season with warm weather, especially along the coasts. It's ideal for beach vacations, safaris, and outdoor activities. However, popular destinations can be crowded, and prices may be higher.
  2. Autumn (March to May): This is a great time to visit as the weather is still warm but not as hot as in summer. It's a good time for safaris as the vegetation starts to thin out, making wildlife viewing easier.
  3. Winter (June to August): Winter in South Africa is mild, especially in the northern parts. It's a good time for wildlife viewing as animals tend to gather around water sources. Cape Town experiences its rainy season during winter, but it's still a good time to visit for wine tasting and whale watching.
  4. Spring (September to November): This is a lovely time to visit as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes are lush and green. It's a good time for outdoor activities and visiting the Cape Winelands.

Ultimately, the best time to visit South Africa depends on your interests and what you want to do while you're there.

2. What languages are spoken in South Africa?

South Africa is a multilingual country with 12 official languages (including sign language) recognized in its constitution. Many South Africans are multilingual and may speak more than one language fluently, reflecting the country’s diverse cultural heritage. English is widely spoken and is used as business language.

3. What is the currency of South Africa?

South Africa's currency is the South African Rand, abbreviated as ZAR. The symbol for the South African Rand is "R", and it is divided into 100 smaller units called cents. In South Africa card payments are widely accepted.

4. What are the visa requirements to visit South Africa?

Visa requirements for visiting South Africa vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Here's a general overview:

  1. Visa-Free Countries: Citizens of certain countries do not require a visa for visits to South Africa for tourism, business, or transit purposes, usually for stays of up to 90 days. These countries include the United States, Canada, the European Union member states, Australia, New Zealand, and many others. However, it's essential to check the latest visa regulations as they can change.
  2. Visa on Arrival: Some nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival for short visits. However, this option is limited and not available for all countries, so it's crucial to verify if you're eligible.
  3. Visa Requirements for Specific Purposes: If you plan to visit South Africa for purposes other than tourism or business, such as work, study, or volunteering, you will likely need to apply for the relevant visa before your arrival.
  4. Transit Visa: If you're transiting through a South African airport and will not leave the international transit area, you generally don't need a visa. However, if you plan to leave the airport during your layover, you may need to apply for a transit visa.
  5. Application Process: Visa applications are usually processed by South African diplomatic missions (embassies or consulates) in your home country or the country where you legally reside. The specific requirements, processing times, and application procedures can vary, so it's advisable to check with the nearest South African diplomatic mission well in advance of your planned travel dates.
  6. Documents Required: Typical documents required for a South African visa application include a valid passport, completed visa application form, proof of sufficient funds, return/onward travel tickets, and sometimes additional documentation depending on the type of visa you're applying for.

It's essential to research and confirm the visa requirements specific to your nationality and circumstances before planning your trip to South Africa. Requirements can change, so it's best to consult official sources or contact the nearest South African embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.

5. How to get around in South Africa?

Getting around in South Africa can be done through various transportation options, depending on your preferences, budget, and destinations. Here are some common ways to travel within the country:


Car Rental: Renting a car is a popular option for exploring South Africa, especially if you plan to visit multiple destinations or rural areas. Major cities and airports have car rental agencies, and the road network is generally well-maintained, making self-driving a convenient choice. However, be mindful of safety precautions, road conditions, and local driving regulations.

Domestic Flights: Domestic flights are available between major cities and tourist destinations, providing a quick and convenient way to cover long distances. South African Airways (SAA), Flysafair and Airlink. are some of the major airlines operating domestic routes.

Long distance buses: Long distance is an economic way to travel in South Africa and are available throughout the country and to neighboring countries. The most popular ones are Greyhound and Intercape. Baz Bus is a unique hop-on-hop-off backpacker bus service specifically catering to travelers exploring South Africa's popular tourist routes, such as the Garden Route and the Wild Coast. It's a convenient option for independent travelers looking for flexibility.

Luxury trains: South Africa has 3 mayor luxury trains namely The Blue Train, Rovos Rail and Shongololo Express.

Uber: Uber is a safe, convenient and economic way to travel within the mayor cities.

6. Is South Africa a family friendly destination?

Yes, South Africa is a family-friendly destination with a wide range of attractions and activities suitable for travelers of all ages.  Here are several reasons why South Africa is an excellent choice for family vacations:

  1. Wildlife Safaris: South Africa is famous for its diverse wildlife, and children of all ages will be captivated by the opportunity to see animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes, and rhinos in their natural habitat. Family-friendly safari lodges and game reserves offer guided safaris tailored to families, with experienced guides ensuring a safe and educational experience.
  2. Beaches: With its extensive coastline along the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, South Africa boasts beautiful beaches that are perfect for family vacations. Destinations like Cape Town, Durban, and the Garden Route offer safe swimming beaches, water sports, and family-friendly resorts.
  3. Adventure Activities: South Africa offers a wide range of outdoor adventures suitable for families, including zip-lining, hiking, whale watching, and boat trips. Children and adults alike can enjoy thrilling experiences while exploring the country's stunning landscapes.
  4. Cultural Experiences: South Africa's rich cultural heritage provides opportunities for families to learn about diverse cultures, traditions, and history. Visiting historical sites, museums, and cultural villages allows families to gain insight into South Africa's past and present.
  5. Family-Friendly Accommodations: South Africa offers a variety of family-friendly accommodations, including hotels, lodges, self-catering cottages, and safari camps. Many establishments provide amenities and services specifically catering to families, such as family suites, babysitting services, and children's activities.
  6. Safety: While it's essential to exercise caution and be aware of safety concerns, South Africa is generally a safe destination for families. Tourist areas and popular attractions have robust security measures in place, and with proper precautions, families can enjoy a safe and memorable vacation.

Overall, South Africa offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to families, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking to create lasting memories together. South Africans love children and give all families the feeling of being welcome.

7. Is South Africa a dangerous tourist destination?

South Africa, like any destination, has its safety considerations for tourists, but with proper precautions, it can be visited safely. While some areas and cities have higher crime rates, many tourist destinations are relatively safe, especially when travelers exercise caution and follow local advice. Here are some safety tips for tourists visiting South Africa:

  1. Stay Informed: Before traveling, research the destinations you plan to visit and stay updated on any safety advisories or travel warnings issued by your government or relevant authorities.
  2. Be Vigilant in Urban Areas: Exercise caution, particularly in urban areas such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, where crime rates can be higher. Avoid displaying valuables openly and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded places and tourist areas.
  3. Use Reliable Transportation: Opt for reputable transportation options such as registered taxis, ride-hailing services like Uber, or shuttle services provided by hotels. Avoid using informal or unlicensed taxis, especially at night.
  4. Secure Your Belongings: Keep your belongings secure at all times, especially in crowded areas, airports, bus stations, and tourist attractions. Use hotel safes to store valuables, and carry only essential items when exploring.
  5. Stay in Recommended Accommodations: Choose accommodations in safe neighborhoods and reputable establishments with good security measures. Check online reviews and recommendations from trusted sources before booking.
  6. Avoid High-Risk Areas: Be cautious when venturing into unfamiliar or high-risk areas, particularly at night. Stick to well-lit streets and busy areas, and avoid isolated areas, informal settlements, or known high-crime areas.
  7. Be Wary of Scams: Be vigilant against scams targeting tourists, such as overcharging, distraction techniques, and fake tour operators. Only book tours and activities through reputable companies and licensed guides.
  8. Respect Local Customs and Laws: Familiarize yourself with local customs, traditions, and laws, and respect cultural sensitivities. Avoid engaging in risky behaviors or illegal activities that could jeopardize your safety or legal status.
  9. Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing comprehensive travel insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and theft or loss of belongings.

By staying informed, exercising caution, and being aware of your surroundings, you can enjoy a safe and memorable visit to South Africa. While it's essential to be mindful of safety considerations, millions of tourists visit South Africa each year without encountering any significant incidents.

8. Do I need a vaccinations to visit South Africa?

While there are no mandatory vaccinations for entry into South Africa, several vaccines are recommended to protect against common diseases and ensure your health and safety during your trip. Here are the main vaccinations recommended for travelers to South Africa:

  1. Routine Vaccinations: Ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and influenza.
  2. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: Hepatitis A and B vaccines are recommended for travelers to South Africa, especially if you'll be engaging in activities that may expose you to contaminated food or water or if you might have sexual contact with local residents.
  3. Typhoid: The typhoid vaccine is recommended for travelers to South Africa, particularly if you'll be visiting rural areas or staying in accommodations with poor sanitation and hygiene standards.
  4. Yellow Fever: If you're traveling from or have recently visited a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, you may need to show proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter South Africa. This requirement depends on your nationality and travel history.
  5. Rabies: The rabies vaccine may be recommended for travelers to South Africa, especially if you'll be participating in outdoor activities or coming into contact with animals, such as during wildlife safaris.
  6. Malaria: Malaria is present in certain parts of South Africa, particularly in the northeastern regions bordering Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini (Swaziland). Depending on your travel itinerary, your healthcare provider may recommend antimalarial medications and other preventive measures.

It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider or travel medicine specialist well in advance of your trip to discuss your specific vaccination needs based on factors such as your health status, travel itinerary, and planned activities. They can provide personalized recommendations and administer any necessary vaccines or medications to ensure you're adequately protected before traveling to South Africa. Additionally, remember to take precautions to prevent insect bites, practice safe food and water hygiene, and adhere to other health and safety guidelines during your trip.

9. Is there Malaria in South Africa?

Yes, malaria is present in certain parts of South Africa, particularly in the northeastern regions of the country. Malaria transmission occurs primarily in the low-lying areas of the provinces of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as in parts of the northeastern border regions of Gauteng and the eastern Free State.

The risk of malaria transmission in South Africa varies depending on factors such as geography, climate, altitude, and seasonal variations in mosquito populations. Malaria transmission is typically highest during the warmer, wetter months of November to April, coinciding with the rainy season in these regions.

Travelers to malaria-endemic areas of South Africa should take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce their risk of malaria infection. These precautions may include:

  1. Taking Antimalarial Medication: Travelers may be advised to take antimalarial medication before, during, and after their trip to malaria-endemic areas of South Africa, depending on their travel itinerary and individual risk factors. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional or travel medicine specialist to determine the most suitable antimalarial medication and dosage regimen.

  2. Using Insect Repellent: Applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or other effective ingredients to exposed skin and clothing can help repel mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

  3. Wearing Protective Clothing: Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes can provide additional protection against mosquito bites, particularly during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

  4. Sleeping in Mosquito Nets: Sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets, especially those treated with long-lasting insecticide, can provide effective protection against nighttime mosquito bites.

  5. Taking Environmental Precautions: Taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding habitats, such as removing standing water and using mosquito screens on doors and windows, can help minimize the risk of mosquito bites indoors and outdoors.

  6. Seeking Prompt Medical Attention: Travelers who develop symptoms of malaria, such as fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue, during or after their trip to malaria-endemic areas of South Africa should seek prompt medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.

While the risk of malaria in South Africa is generally lower than in some other African countries, travellers to malaria-endemic areas should still take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of malaria infection, particularly during the rainy season.

10. Is South Africa LGBTQ+ friendly?

South Africa is generally considered one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly countries in Africa and has made significant strides in LGBTQ+ rights and protections. Here are several reasons why South Africa is known for its LGBTQ+ inclusivity:

  1. Legal Protections: South Africa was the first country in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. The country's Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  2. Same-Sex Marriage: South Africa legalized same-sex marriage in 2006, becoming the fifth country globally and the first in Africa to do so. This legal recognition of same-sex unions affirms the country's commitment to LGBTQ+ rights.
  3. Anti-Discrimination Laws: In addition to constitutional protections, South Africa has laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in various areas, including employment, housing, and access to goods and services.
  4. Pride Events: South Africa hosts vibrant LGBTQ+ pride events and festivals in major cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. These events celebrate diversity, promote LGBTQ+ visibility, and provide safe spaces for the community to come together.
  5. Supportive Communities: South Africa is home to active LGBTQ+ communities and advocacy organizations that work to promote equality, combat discrimination, and provide support services to LGBTQ+ individuals.
  6. Tourism: South Africa actively markets itself as a LGBTQ+-friendly tourist destination, attracting travelers from around the world who seek inclusive and welcoming environments.

While South Africa is generally LGBTQ+ friendly, it's essential to remember that attitudes and acceptance may vary depending on the region, community, and individual perspectives. While major cities and tourist areas tend to be more progressive and accepting, rural areas and conservative communities may have different attitudes toward LGBTQ+ individuals. As with any travel destination, it's a good idea to be mindful of local customs and cultural norms, exercise discretion in public spaces, and prioritize your safety and well-being. Overall, many LGBTQ+ travelers have found South Africa to be a welcoming and affirming destination to visit.