Travel Guide: South Africa

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This nation offers everything, whether you want to meet intriguing people, go trekking, go on a Big 5 Africa safari, relax at the beach, or satisfy your «foodie» side. South Africa offers fantastic prospects for individuals who love an active lifestyle and exposes you to a variety of cultures wherever you go.

Best time to visit

There is no poor time to visit South Africa since there is so much to see and do every month of the year. Plan your vacation to South Africa during the warmer months of November through February for the greatest weather and a jam-packed activities schedule. The days are warm, with highs in the mid-eighties and lows in the mid-sixties at night.

We would recommend booking your flights to South Africa during the winter months if you want to go on a safari. Temperatures in the Kruger National Park drop to the mid-forties from June to August, making game drives more tolerable.

You’ll discover cheaper airfares and fewer people at the best attractions throughout the fall months, from March to May, and the spring months, from September to October.

What to expect

Language: South Africa has 11 official languages. The most spoken language in all of the most important cities is English. However, Zulu and Xhosa are the two most frequently spoken languages.

Currency: South Africa’s currency is referred to as the Rand. 1 US dollar is about comparable to 15 South African Rands.

Credit Cards and ATMs: Most businesses and restaurants accept credit cards as payment in both major cities and rural areas. ATMs are readily available at petrol stations and shopping centers. If you’re buying souvenirs in a market, though, you should withdraw cash or check to see if the merchant accepts Snapscan payments.

Plugs: Type D, M, and N plugs are used in South Africa. The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50 Hz, respectively. I suggest purchasing a universal adapter (with surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and other hot instruments.

Getting around: We would highly recommend hiring a vehicle and driving, but if you are unsure about traversing strange territory, there are a variety of driving services available. Keep in mind that traffic in the city is a huge issue, particularly during «rush hour,» so keep that in mind while arranging your schedule. Uber is commonly utilized by city residents and is usually regarded as trustworthy and safe.

Safety: One of the most common inquiries I get is whether it’s safe for a solitary female tourist to visit South Africa. I’ve never felt in danger since coming here, but I always use common sense and make sure I’m aware of my surroundings.