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YYour guide to

South Africa 

SSo you're excited about starting your South African adventure but you're not quite sure about how things work here. Luckily for you, you have this guide to help you out. Here you'll find everything you need to know about travelling to and around South Africa. 

Quick facts about South Africa

People
Population

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Population

South Africa is home to multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.

Languages

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Languages

Although English is widely spoken and is used for informational signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of eleven official languages. These languages are Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and English.

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Religions

Enshrined in the South African constitution is the right for all people to practice their religion free from persecution. The most practiced religions in South Africa include Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

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Entry requirements

If you’re a citizen of another country and want to travel to South Africa then you need a visa.

Travelling South Africa by road

Yes, flying is quick and easy but most of the magic of exploration lies on the ground. South Africa is a heaven for self-drive enthusiasts.

When to visit

Since South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, it’s summer down here when it’s winter in Europe and North America. Summer begins in November and lasts till February, which if you think about it, makes this the ideal time to visit if you want to escape the cold weather.

Drinking water in South Africa

Drinking water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas.

What to pack

When thinking about what to pack for your South African adventure, it all really depends on the purpose of your visit.

Staying healthy in South Africa

If you’re heading to South Africa you can rest assured that the country has a very well structured healthcare system with a number of public and private hospitals throughout the country.

Accommodation in South Africa

South Africa is well-known for its tourist attractions, not to mention its awesomely dynamic range of accommodation. It stretches from game lodges to five-star hotels, to friendly country houses, small hotels, B&Bs and camping sites – all kitted out with a range of catering options.

Getting around South Africa by air

There are over 70 international airlines now flying to South Africa. The award-winning South African Airways, the national carrier, flies to destinations all over the world and is connected to major international air routes, making it easier for you to enter the country from pretty much any corner of the world.

Getting around South Africa by bus

If you’re on a budget, travelling by bus is the cheapest way to travel the country. As a result it has become the go-to travelling option for the more economically-conscious locals. Be sure to book with a reputable service as not all bus companies have an equally good reputation.

Getting around South Africa by train

If you’re an adventurer at heart, rail travel provides an exciting way to soak in South Africa’s scenic beauty without having to drive yourself around.

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After exploring the amazing Mpumalanga, Panorama Route, taking in all its natural beauty and waterfalls you will definitely need some time to reminisce and relax. The Mac Mac Pools are a great spot to picnic and cool down. There are shelters and picnic spots with braai facilities, toilets and a beautiful nature trail for you to truly enjoy your day out. Thank you to @livinglikeafreebird for the awesome shot. #MeetSouthAfrica #travelsouthafrica #travelgram #SouthAfrica #DiscoverMpumalanga #adventure #exploresouthafrica #thisissouthafrica #wanderlust

Visit the beautiful Bo–Kaap area in the #WesternCape and experience the Cape Malay culture! Learn a bit more about their way of living, food , festivities & traditional events on your quest of exploring our beautiful country. The Cape Malay is an ethnic group of people who arrived in South Africa from 1652 onwards. Their culture is part of South Africa’s heritage & has influenced a wide selection of SA’s culinary delights from spices & hot sauces to the famous pickled fish dish. The best time to visit is during the festive season ( December – January) to catch the fascinating parade through the city centre on New Year's Eve as the Cape Malay Choir perform in joyous celebration. Brilliant snap by @mijlof. #MeetSouthAfrica #travelsouthafrica #travelgram #SouthAfrica #BoKaap #CapeTown #mothercity #exploresouthafrica #thisissouthafrica #wanderlust #culture #malay

Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s best-known seaside resorts, famous for its gorgeous white beaches, expansive lagoons, lazy rivers and red sandstone cliffs. It’s also home to the Plettenberg Bay reefs that encircle the bay. Plett can literally be called scuba diving heaven - there's scuba diving for all levels of experience (including kids) on Plettenberg Bay's coral reefs. Seal dives, night dives and shore dives, inside and outside the Bay, will bring you mask to nose with over 100 species of fish. If you're lucky, you may even find yourself among a pod of dolphins. Amazing capture by @sharynhodges. #MeetSouthAfrica #travelsouthafrica #travelgram #SouthAfrica #exploresouthafrica #PlettItsAFeeling #WesternCape #beachvibes #adventure #thisissouthafrica

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