South Africa Tours and Travel Information
Tours to South
Africa is becoming more and more popular. In the wake of post apartheid
South Africa has
become a place full of optimism hope and success. South Africa offers and impressive
travel destination with divers options for tours ranging from self guided tour
to exclusive privately guided tours in small intimate groups. South Africa
is a safe travel destination to tour as well as offering any tourist a perfect
holiday. So whether you tour South Africa as a backpacker or you are seeking
that ultimate luxury vacation tour, South Africa has got to be high on your
list of perfect travel destinations.
South Africa consists of nine provinces each offering special travel
and tour options. Three of these provinces are land locked, the rest
border the ocean. The vegetation varies from lush green natural forests to
harsh arid deserts.
South Africa has a great diversity of wildlife and plant life. Although
a lot of the country is farmland, there are large regions of the country
that are reserved for conservation. The most famous of these game reserves
is the Kruger National Park. Tours in the form of Safaris offer wildlife
South Africa is a country with a diverse mix of nationalities, races,
and religions. Sport in South Africa has played a large role in unifying
the country. Also the people of South Africa have strong cultural roots
and this can be seen in the traditional cooking of South Africans
Travel & Tour information to South African.
As South Africa lies in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in South
Africa are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. December and
January are the main summer holiday months, and people flock to the
beaches in droves. In May and June, Autumn brings warm days and cool
nights. The climate is at its best at this time in most parts of the
country. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons for hiking. From the
beginning of July to the end of September, you can expect cold conditions
in most of the country, and rain in the Western Cape. Snow sometimes falls
on the Natal Drakensberg
and the Cape mountains in winter.
A direct dialing service connects all centres' except for villages in the
more rural districts. The international telephone service links south
Africa with countries around the world. Cellular phones can be hired on a
daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club,
Mastercard, Visa and their affiliates are accepted in South Africa
The currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R1. R1 = 100 cents.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at commercial banks, American Express
and Rennies Travel. see our currency
regions include Northern Province and Mpumalanga and the north of KwaZulu Natal.
Preventative medication is obtainable at all South African pharmacies. It's
important to consult a pharmacist for advice on the best drug or drug combination
you should take. In a malaria region, you should avoid wearing perfume or aftershave
lotion, and it's advisable to wear long sleeves and long trousers at night.
The bilharzia (shistosomiasis) parasite is present in streams, rivers,
lakes and dams in some of the northern and eastern parts of the country, and
vistors should therefore avoid contact with the water in these regions. The
Eastern Cape is
The South African sun is strong with a high ultraviolet rating, so
screening products with sun protection factors of 15 and over are
Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan
and the European Union countries can visit South Africa without visas. For further
information on South Africa visas click here or contact your local office
of the diplomatic or consular representative of the South African Government.
In the major cities and towns and most game reserves, tap water is
purified and 100% safe to drink.
Throughout the year, Standard Time in South Africa is two hours ahead of
Greenwich Mean time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, and
seven hours in advance of Eastern Standard Winter Time. For Europeans
there is no jet lag when they travel to South Africa.
People traveling to South Africa from a Yellow Fever Zone, must have a
valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Infants under
the age of one year are exempt. Immunization against cholera and smallpox
is not required.
South Africa currently has 11 official languages. English is spoken
throughout the country. French, Italian and German are spoken by staff
members in many of the larger hotels and shops.
South Africa has no national health scheme. It's advisable to purchase
travel insurance which covers medical expenses during the period of your
Local manufacturers set a high premium on workmanship, and at the current
Rand value, you can afford to be really extravagant. Shopping hours are
generally 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays.
Many shops in cities are open Sundays.
Rules of the Road:
An excellent road network links the largest metropolitan areas with the
smallest villages. South Africa drives on the left. The speed limit in
urban areas is usually 60 km per hour, and on freeways 120 km per hour
unless otherwise indicated. Wearing seat belts is compulsory; driving
under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence and traffic laws are
A valid driver's licence,
provided the photograph is an integral part of the document, and provided
it is printed in English, is accepted. If your licence does not comply
with these requirements, you should obtain an International Driving Permit
before your departure for South Africa.
Most denominations are represented. Churches, Mosques, Temples and
Synagogues are located in most major cities.
Wining and Dining:
South Africa is acclaimed for its top quality fresh produce and culinary
excellence. In most cities and towns, menu's feature French, Italian,
Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, Cape Malay and every other type of
cuisine imaginable. the standard ranges from the unexceptional to the
sublime. this country is also internationally renowned for its fine wines.
Many estates have been producing world-class wines for years - and they're
improving all the time. Most unlicensed restaurants invite patrons to
bring their own wine. Restaurant guides are available from publicity
associations in major cities
& Alfred Waterfront - One of South Africa's biggest
tourist attractions. Worth visiting is the Two Oceans Aquarium as well
as the Maritime Museum. Daily boat tours around the harbour and to
Mountain - Take the cable car to visit South Africa's most famous
landmark. Magnificent views from the summit across the Cape Peninsula, Table
Bay and Robben Island.
- Cape Point
This is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The Cape of
Good Hope Nature Reserve is an unspoilt stretch of land and coast with
a wealth of fauna and flora. The new lighthouse is the most powerful
in the world, with an electric light of 19 million candle power.
Drakensberg is the country's most impressive mountain range and a very
popular tour destination. Nestled at the foot of these mountains are
numerous fine hotels and holiday resorts. Fishing, hiking, mountain
climbing and horse riding are just a few of the leisure options.
Durban Beachfront is also known as the "Golden Mile". This
stretch of golden sand is Durban's main attraction. Indulge in
swimming, sunbathing and other water sports. Luxury hotels, markets
and amusement parks are found along the beachfront.
- Eastern Cape
Along the coastline you will find pristine beaches, subtropical
vegetation, abundant birdlife, spectacular scenery and good fishing
all year round. A landmark in this area is the
"Hole-in-the-wall", a massive outcrop of rock rising from
Gate Resort and National Park is one of the Free State's premier attractions.
In winter the picturesque Drakensberg and Maluti mountains are capped with
snow providing endless adventures for the serious hiker and the casual traveller
alike. This area is well known for its splendid scenery and unusual sandstone
- East London
South Africa's only river port city is a popular coastal holiday
destination, with sweeping white beaches stretching for miles along
the unspoilt coastline. Swimming, sailing and boating are enjoyed all
year round and at night the numerous theatres, cinema's, casinos and
restaurants offer good entertainment.
- Garden Route
A magnificent stretch of coast with breathtaking scenery which
stretches from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma forest and the Storms
River. This is a region of great natural beauty, creating a paradise
graced with evergreen forests, lakes, golden beaches and exquisite
fauna and flora. Other tour attractions include the Tsitsikamma
National Park with its lush indigenous forests and the Addo Elephant
Park, known for its elephants.
- Greater St Lucia
The park offers eco-tourists some of the most diverse wildlife and
outdoor tour experiences imaginable. Lakes, islands, estuaries,
grasslands, forests, wetlands, mangroves, beaches and coral reefs all
form part of this magnificent area. Wildlife include rhino, elephant,
crocodile, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, nyala and a host
of other species. st lucia wetlands park is one of South africa's
three World heritage sites.
Situated only one hour's drive from Cape Town, this popular
holiday resort is well known for its land-based whale-watching. The
town offers miles of safe beaches, restaurants, shops, unique flora,
fauna and marine life. Main attractions include the old harbour and
the MTN whale crier.
Small village known for rock and boat angling, diving and
whale-watching. For the more adventurous traveller, shark-cage diving
provides the opportunity to watch the great white shark feeding.
- Gold Reef
A reconstruction of Johannesburg during the gold rush era, built around
a gold mine. Visit the Victorian fun fair, miners' houses, a brewery, pubs,
a hotel, restaurants and the stock exchange. You can watch molten gold being
poured, take a trip down an old mine shaft or watch the ever entertaining
traditional mine dancing.
Johannesburg - Tour
Visit this sprawling town outside Johannesburg and see how many South
Africans live. Eat mealiepap, drink locally brewed beer and visit one
of the township's night clubs.
Also known as "The City that Sparkles", this historic town
was once buzzing with activity during the great diamond rush in the
second half of the 1800's. The first diamond, a 21,25 carat yellow
diamond was found in 1866 and later named "Eureka." A visit
to the Big Hole Museum is a must as well as the following attractions:
the Battlefields Route, Kimberley Tram, McGregor Museum, underground
diamond mine tours, and, of course, a visit to the Big Hole.
no introduction! This world-renowned game reserve offers a wilderness
experience you will never forget! View the "Big Five" on
foot in the company of a well-trained game ranger. The main camps have
excellent tourist facilities. Visitors are strongly advised to take
precautions against malaria.
There are private and national reserves throughout the region of the KwaZulu-Natal.
National parks such as the Royal
Natal, Mkuzi, Lake Sibaya, Itala, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi
and Ndumu offer every variety of game viewing and accommodation. The Greater
St Lucia Wetland Park with its rich birdlife has been declared a World Heritage
This area is world renowned for its spectacular wild flowers, making
this region unique amongst South Africa's natural attractions. Each
spring this area is transformed into a wonderland of multi-coloured
- Natal Midlands
The scenic hills and valleys of Kwa-Zulu Natal were once the scene of
major military clashes. These battles, fought between Zulu, Brit and
Boer, forged the history of South Africa and forever changed the
course of the British Empire. The Natal Midlands has the greatest
concentration of battlefields in the country.
- Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farms -
Try your luck at riding one of these large birds, but be prepared for
a few bruises! Go on a tour of the farm facilities or buy some of the
beautiful ostrich leather goods, eggs or feathers. For a meal with a
difference, try a juicy ostrich steak or chew on dried strips of
ostrich meat called biltong.
Cango Caves - Situated in the Klein Karoo area of the Western
Cape, these caves feature fascinating limestone formations. Daily guided tours
This route a wealth of tourist attractions, including the Blyde River
Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Mac-Mac Falls, God's Window and
Pilgrim's Rest. Pilgrim's Rest is a living museum, a replica of the
early gold mining town of days gone by. Visit the many fascinating
places in the town and enjoy a meal at one of he cosy coffee shops,
restaurants or the Royal Hotel.
- Port Elizabeth
It is South Africa's fifth largest city and is both known as the windy
city and the friendly city. It is situated on the Eastern Cape coast,
in Algoa Bay, and is thus an ideal place to start or end a trip down
the Garden Route or explore the Eastern Cape.
Pretoria lies 50 km north of Johannesburg and is also known as the
Jacaranda City, as many of its streets are lined with jacaranda trees,
which in summer cover the city in hues of purple and pink.
Pretoria has more than 100 parks, including bird sanctuaries and
nature reserves. An era of history pervades the town particularly in
Church Square where the first church was erected surrounded by
open-air markets. Also worth a visit is the historic Union Buildings
where Parliament sits for six months of the year.
- Robben Island
This barren windswept island was the prison home of former President
Nelson Mandela for many years. Here you can experience the view that
kept Nelson Mandela's dream of freedom for his country alive. Ferry
trips are undertaken to the island and bookings must be made well in
advance. Robben Island is one of South Africa's three World heritage
- Sodwana Bay
Offers some of the best diving experiences in South Africa.
- Sun City / Lost
Situated in North West Province, Sun City is a fantasy world where
ancient civilizations once reigned. Here visitors will find an
indigenous rain forest, the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses and
a big casino and entertainment complex. Sun City lies adjacent to the
Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.
/ Wine route
Africa produces some of the world's best wines. The magnificent farms
along the wine route are popular tourist destinations. Enjoy
wine-tasting, delicious meals or even horse-riding through the
vineyards. A wine tour is essential to every South Africa visit.
- St Lucia World
Heritage Sites (KwaZulu-Natal)
Lake St Lucia is part of the St Lucia estuarine system - the largest
in Africa - and was designated a Wetland of International Importance
in terms of the Ramsar Convention in 1986. It is also one of five
lakes worldwide protected by the Living Lakes coalition. Covering some
250 000 hectares, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park incorporates the
entire Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland marine reserves, the
Coastal Forest Reserve and Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. It encompasses a
great variety of habitats, including coral reefs and beaches, coastal
forests, salt- and freshwater marshes, coastal plains and woodland
areas. The protected area is home to the largest, southernmost
population of hippos as well as prolific birdlife and a wealth of
other animal and plant species.
The Cradle, which centres round the Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and
Kromdraai cave formations north-west of Krugersdorp, has for many
years fascinated archaeologists and palaeo-anthropologists in the
search for fossils, particularly those relating to the origings of
mankind. In 1947, it yielded the skull of Mrs Ples, the first complete
hominid skull ever found, and more recently, Little Foot, a
3.3-million year old ape man skeleton.
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