South Africa Travel Facts

Natural Features: Vast interior plateau rimmed by hills aqnd narrow coastal plain.
Rainy Seasons: October to April


Getting There:

Air: There are flights from many European capitals to Johannesburg. Malaysia and Qantas Airways provide flights from Asia and Australia. The regional routes are covered by South Africa Airways (SAA), Alliance Air, Uganda Airlines, Air Botswana, Comair, Royal Swazi and Air Zimbabwe among others
Rail: A train runs from Komati on the Mozambique border to Johannesburg three times a week. There are weekly services between Bulawayo and Johannesburg via Gaborone, and between Harare and Johannesburg
Road: There are regular scheduled buses between Johannesburg and Gaborone in Botswana, Mbabane in Swaziland and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and between Cape Town and Windhoek in Namibia
Sea: The Unicorn lines cargo vessels sail weekly between Nacala in Mozambique and Durban.

Best Time To Visit: June to August

Travel Around:

Air: There are daily flights to most destinations. South African Airways offers internal services. There are also several regional airlines.
Road: There are minibuses providing services between many places in the country. Most major roads are excellent. Buses also operate round the country; Translux and Greyhound are the popular operators.
Rail: There is a railway network connecting major cities. The Blue Train is the famous train running between Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are also metro services in and around several cities. There is a railway network connecting major cities. The Blue Train is the famous train running between Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are also metro services in and around several cities.
Driving: Driving is on the left. International Driving Permit required

Passport and Visa: Passport Validity: For travel passports must be valid 6 month after departure for busines travel passports must be valid 12 months beyond intended length of stay . This does not apply to holderts of South Africapassports.
Visa: Required, But NOT by the following:

  • For tourist or business visits by:a) Citizen of United Kingdom b)Citizens of Australia , Austria, Belgium, British,Virgin Islands, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netheriands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United States.
  • For tourist or business visits up to 90 days by nationals of Argentiana, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Jamaica, Malta, Paraguay, St. Helena, Swaziland, Uruguay & Venuzuela.
  • For tourist or business visits up to 30 days by nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Boilvia, Botwana, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Gabon, Guyana, Hong Kong (Hong Kong British National Overseas passorts, Hungary, Jhardan, Korea (South), Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey (Turkish Republic of North cyprus passport not acceptable) & Zambia
  • For tourist or business visits up to 30 days by nationals of Hong provided holding a Hong Kong British National Overseas Passport, a Hong Kong special Administrative Region Passport or Hong Kong Certificates of Identity.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria , hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, polio, TB,tetanus, typhoid recommended in some.
Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving within 6 days frim infected areas or if journey entails passing
Museums: Durban Art Galley and Museum, Fuba Academy, Johannesburg Art Gallery, King George VI Art Gallery, Malan Museum (Musee Malan), Michaelis School of Fine Arts, Mzuluele Art School, Natal Tecknikon -Department of Fine Art, National Cultural History Museum, National Museum(Musee national), Pelindaba Museum of Aftican and Modern Art, Pietersburg Museum, Potchefstroom University-Department of Fine arts, Pretoria Art Museum, Rhodes University School of art, School of Art and Design Technikon withwatesrand, South African National Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery, Technikon of East London-Fine art Department, The Irma Stern Museum, Transvaal Museum, University of Fort Hare-Department of Fine Arts, University of Natal -Department of Fine Arts, University of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Orange Free state, University of Zululand
Religion: Christian, Hindu, Indians, Muslim, Tration and animistic
Languages: Af, Ts, Xh, Zu
GDP: $5000 per capita
Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Time: GMT+1
International Dialing Code: 27
International Radios: BBC KHz: (daytime) 21470, 6190,3255,(everning) 15400,6190, 3255
Business Hours: Banks are open from 0900 to 1500 Monday to Friday and from 0830 to 1100 on Saturday. Shops are open from 0830 to 1700 Monday to Friday and Saturday morning.
Weekly Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Public Holidays: Heritage Day (Sep 24), Christmas Day (Des 25), Human Rights Day (May 21), Constitution Day (Apr 27), Youth Day (June 16), Women Day (Aug 9), Day of Reconciliation (Dec 16), Day of Goodwill (Dec 26), New Year`s Day (Jan 1), Family Day (Apr 17), Worker Day (May 1)
Electricity: 250V 50Hz


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