South Africa is an immense country, extending nearly 2000km from the Limpopo River in the north to Cape Agulhas in the south and nearly 1500km from Port Nolloth in the west to Durban in the east.
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland run from west to east along South Africas northern border and Lesotho rises above the grassland towards the south-east.
The size of France and Spain combined, it varies from the picturesque Garden Route towns of the Western Cape to the raw stretch of subtropical coast in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
From bush veld through deserts and forests, up winter snow-capped peaks down to wide, unspoiled beaches and coastal wetlands, lies the sprawling land of unequalled splendour and diversity. Visit this land of wonder. Rediscover nature and experience this living example of the triumph of unity over diversity. Hire a car to explore the wonder-filled wilderness, an intricate network of good roads and airstrips ensures that even some of the most remote areas in the country are accessible. Forge a new bond with nature. And see all manner of wonderful creatures: wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, hyena, as well as wild dog once almost extinct. In these reserves, nature holds sway. Unspoiled. Untarnished. The land is as it has always been and as it shall always remain.
Banks and Currency South Africa
Banks and Currency in South Africa Foreign exchange services are provided by all major banks and Foreign Exchange Bureaus. American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are welcome. Local currency = Rand
Visa Requirements for South Africa Visitors must hold a valid passport & may require a visa. Although over 80 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan and the EU member countries do not require visas, check if you need a visa. If travelling to neighbouring countries and back to South Africa apply for a multiple-entry visa. Visitors to Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province should consult their doctor or pharmacist about appropriate malaria prophylactics. Travel health insurance is recommended. All visitors need a valid return ticket.
Calling Home from South Africa There are two types of Telkom phone: coin- or card-operated. International calls can be made from virtually any of them, and for this it helps to have a card. Cards are available at Telkom offices, post offices and newsagents, and come in R15, 20, 50 and 100 denominations.
Reverse-charge calls are made through the International Operator Service 0900.
Essential information about South Africa
Capital City Petoria
Language English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa
Currency South African Rand
Driving On the Left
Flight Time Average from London 11 to 12 hours
Time Difference GMT +2 hours
For more information browse the official website for the South Africa Tourist Board
Country South Africa
Languages spoken English South African
Currency south African Rand
Visa requirements Visitors must hold a valid passport & may require a visa. UK passport holders do not require a visa.