Anything and Everything you can think of asking about our country,
Chances are you'll find the answer here.
The Republic of South
Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative).
Afrikaans, English, Tswana, Sotho, Southern, Swati, South
Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and
South Africa Transport
Coming and Going
Although about 30 airlines now fly to South
Africa, it still isn't exactly a hub of international travel and the
fares reflect that. Johannesburg International Airport remains the main
international airport, but there are an increasing number of flights to
Cape Town and a few to Durban. There's an airport departure tax of 6.00
for domestic flights, 10.00 for flights to regional (African) countries
and 30.00 for other international flights. The tax is usually included
in the ticket price.
South Africa is geared towards travel by
private car, with some very good highways but limited and expensive
public transport. If you want to cover a lot of the country in a short
time, hiring or buying a car might be necessary. If you don't have much
money but have time to spare, you might organize lifts with fellow
travelers and, if you don't mind a modicum of discomfort, there's an
extensive network of minibus taxis, buses and trains.
Two major national bus operators cover
the main routes and will usually be pretty comfortable. The hop-on
hop-off Baz Bus is cheap and convenient for backpackers.
South Africa Weather
South Africa has been favored by nature
with one of the most temperate climates on the African continent, and
plenty of sunny, dry days. The main factors influencing conditions are
altitude and the surrounding oceans. Basically, the farther east you go,
the more handy your rain-gear becomes, but there are also damp pockets
in the south-west, particularly around Cape Town.
The coast north from the Cape becomes
progressively drier and hotter, culminating in the desert region just
south of Namibia. Along the south coast the weather is temperate, but
the east coast becomes increasingly tropical the further north you go.
When it gets too sticky, head for the highlands, which are pleasant even
in summer. The north-eastern hump gets very hot and there are
spectacular storms there in summer. In winter the days are sunny and
South African currency
works on the decimal system 1 Rand equaling 100 cents. - Denomination of Rand
notes R200, R100, R50, R20, Rl0
Denomination of coins R5, R2, R1, 50, 20, 10, 5 cents
We suggest utilising credit cards as much as possible to pay for services and
facilities once here. There is an excellent network of ATM's throughout the
country that are linked internationally. Some venues will accept US$ although
the rate of exchange may not be controlled.
Travelers cheques in SA Rand are advisable as these are then accepted locally
at face value. Available in many countries.
The country's major point of entry is Johannesburg's
International Airport, which also serves Pretoria. Durban and Cape Town
airports also have International status.
Among domestic centres served by South African Airways are, Bloemfontein,
Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth,
Pretoria and Upington. Nationwide and SA Airlink, and other small airlines serve
the lesser towns and main tourist destinations.
Air charter services (including helicopter hire) are widely available.
South Africa has an extensive and
well-signposted road network comprising some 200,000 kilometers (124,280 miles)
of national and provincial highways. Surfaces are generally in very good
condition, though the going can be a bit rugged in the more remote and hilly country areas.
You must carry this with you at all times. Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia,
Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland licenses are valid in South Africa. So too
are other foreign licenses, provided they carry a photograph and are either
printed in English or accompanied by an English-language certificate of
authenticity. Alternatively, obtain an International Driving Permit before
Road rules and signs:
In South Africa,
one drives on the left. The general speed limit on national highways, urban
freeways and other major routes is 120 km/h (75 mph), that on secondary (rural)
roads is 100 km/h (60 mph), and in built-up areas 60 km/h (35 mph) unless
Main roads are identified by colour and number rather than by name. Using a good
map (one which incorporates the route marker system), the visitor should have
little difficulty in finding his/her way around city and country
South Africa is one of the few
countries in the world where the Municipal tap water is palatable and
perfectly safe to drink. Check if the tap water is suitable to drink at the
more remote Lodges.
Bottled water is readily available in shops, lodges and hotels. Water in streams
and rivers could be polluted and Bilharzia is commonly found in rivers and
streams on the northern and eastern regions of the country. Bilharzia is not
present in the sea or in swimming pools.
Generally, urban power systems are
220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles a second. Plugs are 5-amp 2-pin or 15amp 3-pin
(round pins). Not all electric shavers will fit hotel and game-park plug points,
visitors should seek advice about adaptors from a local electrical supplier.
Generally the 110V video chargers work safely on the 220V supply. Television is
on the PAL system
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