Travel tips

South African Visa Requirements

Go straight to the horse's mouth for information on South African visa requirements, namely the Department of Home Affairs which has a comprehensive website.  This website details which nationals are exempt from visas, and which are obliged to make application.  Enquiries regarding South African visa info can also be obtained... Read more

South African tourism signs give direction to tourists on the road

In amongst all the road signs notifying, directing and cautioning drivers, you will come across a set of signs particularly directed at tourists.  These South African tourism signs are intended to inform and guide tourists to tourist facilities. These South African tourist signs are coloured white on brown and are... Read more

Getting to South Africa can be accomplished by air, sea or road

Other than traffic from our neighbouring countries, which still mostly makes its way into South Africa by road, most travellers use air services to get to South Africa. The country boasts 3 international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, but the lion's share of international airlines operating to this... Read more

Yellow fever entry requirements for South Africa

South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. This is in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). The IHR allow countries at risk to... Read more

Public Holidays

Twelve public holidays are celebrated in South Africa annually, among them special days to honour workers, youth, women, freedom, heritage and human rights.  Many of these days revolve around historical events that have deep meaning and significance for the population. South African public holidays include: New Years Day    ... Read more

A brief guide to South African languages

To sketch some background, English and Afrikaans were the official languages spoken in South Africa  until the change of political dispensation in 1994.  At that point another 9 languages were added to the official list, to give representation to the many languages spoken by black population groups. These languages of... Read more

Animals and Pets

Before making the decision to bring animals and pets to South Africa, bear in mind that regulations apply.  For one, a quarantine period for 14 days applies to dogs from a number of specified countries; happily cats escape this requirement. What's more, getting your animals into South Africa is often... Read more