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.  

Overview of South Africa Tours.

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 adventures unsurpassed.

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.

Climate:
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.

Communication Services:
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.

Credit Cards:
Major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa and their affiliates are accepted in South Africa

Currency:
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 conversion tool.

Health Hazards:
Malaria 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 bilharzia free.

Sun Protection:
The South African sun is strong with a high ultraviolet rating, so screening products with sun protection factors of 15 and over are recommended.

Visas:
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.

Water:
In the major cities and towns and most game reserves, tap water is purified and 100% safe to drink.

Time Differences:
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.

Immunization:
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.

Languages:
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.

Medical Services:
South Africa has no national health scheme. It's advisable to purchase travel insurance which covers medical expenses during the period of your stay.

Shopping:
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 strictly enforced.

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.

Religions:
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

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