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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.

Religions

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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.

South Africa on social media

A once in a lifetime experience cage-diving with sharks in the warm waters of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province! 😮 Watch the full episode (link in our profile) following our epic road-trip with @mayajama, @aliceliveing and @saunderscb through South Africa! 🇿🇦 #BakkieStories

It's jacaranda season! 💜 Each year late September to mid-November, jacaranda trees bloom turning cities throughout South Africa purple. It's not to be missed! 💜 Pictured is Yeoville, Johannesburg. Photo by @unclescrooge. #MeetSouthAfrica

Road trip lovers - Let us introduce you to South Africa's Route 62, otherwise known as the world's longest wine route. 🍷 #BakkieStories #MeetSouthAfrica

Did you know every zebra has a unique pattern of black and white stripes? No two are the same! Photo by @henry.fricke #MeetSouthAfrica

Are you brave enough to take on the world’s tallest swing? 😮 Located in Durban, the @bigrushdurban swing is 288ft high - Certainly not for the faint hearted! 🇿🇦 Watch the full episode (link in our profile) and see whether @mayajama, @aliceliveing or @saunderscb decide to take the leap! #BakkieStories

Head over to @hellomaguk where our road-trippers, @saunderscb, @aliceliveing and @mayajama have taken over their Instagram stories, giving an insiders peak at our #BakkieStories road trip through South Africa! 🇿🇦👍🏼 Photo taken at Jo’Berg’s Maboneng district by @saunderscb.

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