South Africa – Travel Information

South Africa is a diverse country at the tip of Africa – the world’s second largest and most populous continent. Bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, South Africa has a population of around 48 million and has 11 official languages.

With a long coastline that stretches more than 2,500 kilometres across two oceans, and a climate that ranges from desert to subtropical, South Africa is truly a unique place to visit.

The country has emerged from a turbulent past, and since the first democratic elections in 1994, unity is sought through diversity in a place where all people are now equal.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Generally mild climatic conditions make South Africa a perfect year-round destination.

GETTING THERE

South Africa is serviced by many of the world’s major airlines with direct flights to Europe, America and the Middle East on a daily basis. South Africa’s three main gateway airports are:
Oliver Tambo International Airport previously known as Johannesburg International Airport

Cape Town International Airport

Durban International Airport

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

The South African Police can be reached at any time on 10 111.

Ambulance 10177
Emergency from a landline – 107. From a mobile – 112
Fire department ( Cape Town ) 021 535 1100
Table Mountain National Park – Emergencies – 0861 106417
Visitor safety and support programme – 021 487 6552
Cape Town Tourism – 021 487 6800

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1 Jan: New Year’s Day

21st March: Human Rights Day

-: Good Friday

-: Easter Monday

27th April: Freedom Day

1st May: Workers Day

16th June: Youth Day

9th August: National Women’s Day

24th September: Heritage Day

16th December: Day of Reconciliation

25th December: Christmas Day

26th December: Day of Goodwill

HEALTH

South Africa has both private and public hospitals in most areas and many well qualified general practitioners to help with most medical matters.

Malaria is found only in some parts of the Lowveld of Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is advisable to take prophylactics before visiting these areas.

LANGUAGE

Although there are eleven official languages in South Africa, most people understand and speak English. English is spoken in the cities and all the road signs are in English.

WATER QUALITY

South Africa is one of only 12 countries in the world with drinkable tap water. Our tap water quality is the third-best overall in the world. It is advisable though, to take bottled water with you when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.

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