South Africa

Set at the southern tip of Africa, the incredibly diverse country of South Africa is known for its rich heritage, natural beauty and abundant wildlife. This culturally and geographically unique country offers visitors the opportunity to discover a myriad of cultures while exploring spectacular landscapes featuring majestic mountains, vast deserts, world-class beaches, and picturesque wine regions. There is an impressive array of attractions and activities for visitors to experience including spotting the famous Big Five at a collection of premier safari destinations, discovering the arid Karoo and Lowveld landscapes, and exploring the rugged South African coastline of the Eastern Cape, the tropical North Coast and the Cape Peninsula. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample some of the world’s finest wines at the award-winning wineries, visit the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, view the lush vistas of the renowned Garden Route, and soak up the stark beauty of the West Coast dotted with quaint fishing villages. Other highlights include the Kruger National Park, the iconic Table Mountain, and the historic battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. With all that South Africa has to offer, it is little wonder that this captivating country has become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Tourist Information

Language – South Africa has 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.

Currency – South African Rand (ZAR)

Visa – required for some countries

Airports – South Africa has three major international airports: OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB), Cape Town International Airport (CPT), and King Shaka International Airport in Durban (DUR). In addition to this there are a number of smaller international, as well as regional and private airports.

Climate – hot summers and cold winters are typical for South Africa. Most of the country experiences rainfall in the summer months — the Western Cape being one exception. Temperatures in the summer can exceed 30°C in most parts of the country. Winters are mild in some parts but can be very cold in others, with night-time temperatures dropping below 0°C.

Best time to visit – There are different adventures to be enjoyed at any time of year in South Africa, so the best time for visiting will depend on the desired itinerary. For example, game viewing is best done during the late winter months, while summer is a better time to visit the Cape winelands and enjoy Cape Town’s incredible weather and numerous outdoor activities.

Must visit – Kruger National Park, Cape winelands, Sun City, Table Mountain, Robben Island.

Food –  Biltong (dried and spiced meat — usually beef), vetkoek (fried balls of dough, filled), boerewors (traditional farmer’s sausage), shisa nyama (meat grilled over an open fire), bunny chow (bread filled with curry), bobotie (minced beef or lamb, baked in egg-and-milk mixture), koeksisters (deep fried dough soaked in syrup), pap en sous (ground maize meal with tomato and onion sauce), chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish), milktart (custard tart).

Drinks –  Umqombothi (traditional maize beer), Mampoer (white spirit distilled from fermented fruit, South Africa’s own moonshine). South Africa is well known for its award-winning wines and also has a large selection of local beers.

Tipping – 10-15%

Journeys

The Best of Southern Africa

The Best of Southern Africa

Classic South Africa

Classic South Africa

Garden Route - scenic coast

Garden Route - scenic coast

African Safari & Victoria Falls

African Safari & Victoria Falls

South African Adventure

South African Adventure

Extravagant Southern Africa

Extravagant Southern Africa

Trendy Cape Town & Namibian Dunes

Trendy Cape Town & Namibian Dunes