Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to South Africa?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to South Africa are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to South Africa?

For up to date information around safety and security in South Africa read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for South Africa.

Best time to visit South Africa?

April and May are the best months to visit South Africa in terms of temperatures and game viewing as well as ideal conditions for hiking in the Drakensberg.

Do I need a visa to enter South Africa?

At present, citizens of 28 countries can enter South Africa visa-free for up to 30 days, while passport holders of an additional 48 nationalities can visitSouth Africa visa-free for tourism or business for a maximum 90-day stay, including citizens of the United Kingdom.

What currency do i need in South Africa?

The official currency of South Africa is the South African rand.

While visiting South Africa

What wild animals live in South Africa?

Elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffal. South Africa's bushveld and savannah regions are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa.

What is the traditional food in South Africa?

Bobotie is a South African dish that has Cape Malay origins. It consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Of the many dishes common to South Africa, bobotie is perhaps closest to being the national dish, because it isn't commonly found in any other country.

What Languages are spoken in South Africa?

At least thirty-five languages indigenous to South Africa are spoken in the Republic, ten of which are official languages of South Africa: Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, SiSwati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans.

How much do you tip in South Africa?

The currency in South Africa is the South African rand. Tips in South Africa are normally done in Rand, though US dollars are also accepted. Tipping in restaurants is practiced mainly in the larger towns and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill.

Where can I find a local travel expert for South Africa?

Local South Africa travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency South Africa Numbers?

  • Police: 10111
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Fire: 10177
  • Embassy: +27 21 405 2400

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in South Africa?

    The time difference is 2 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for South Africa?

    South Africa Guidebook

    Best South Africa guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to South Africa with this South Africa Guidebook .