South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent. It is known for its varied landscape and diverse culture, world renowned wineries and some of Africa’s finest safari destinations.
How to Get There
From the US, you can fly direct on South African Airways from New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles or on Delta Airlines from Atlanta.
Currency: The local currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). The US dollar is accepted, but you still need to have some local currency for local shops. 1 US dollar is equivalent to 15.14 ZAR.
Language: There are 11 official languages in South Africa: Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venḓa, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans, although approximately 35 indigenous languages are spoken throughout the country. The eleventh official language is English, which is the primary language used in government.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards can be used at most hotels, car-rental companies, restaurants, and shops on the islands. However, you should carry cash for smaller purchases.
ATMs are readily available in cities throughout South Africa, at banks, shopping centers, and super markets.
Plugs: The standard voltage is 230 V, frequency is 50 Hz. A universal adapter with surge protection is best. Make sure to use a converter for hair dryers.
Safety: South Africa has a high crime rate, especially in larger cities, so it’s important to exercise caution when visiting. Stay clear of isolated locations and guard your belonging carefully.
Best Time to Visit
South Africa is a year round destinations, with varying climates depending on the different regions. The best time to visit South Africa is from May to September. These cooler months in the northern regions bring ideal conditions for viewing big game. You can expect rain from November to February, but it’s the best time to travel for birding and warmer weather.
The Cape has beautiful, hot, dry weather in its summer months (between November and February). Visit the Cape between July and November for whale watching.
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