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TTravelling in South Africa

YYou're excited about starting your adventure exploring our beautiful country and luckily for you, you have this guide to help you out. Here you'll find everything you need to know about travelling around South Africa. 

Quick facts about South Africa

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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.

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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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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.

Something to do all year round

Winter travel is amazing for safari and beach visits along our temperate east coast, while summer is magical for outdoor adventures.

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

Travelling through 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

Why not take a #ShotLeft to Port St.Johns in the Eastern Cape and immerse yourself in the natural beauty & offerings of this small town. Situated along the Wild Coast this town offers a wide selection of awesome things to do during your visit. While site seeing might be the first thing you do upon your arrival, it's magnificent beaches & green forests will have you extending your stay. Thanks @comeletstravelsa for the image. #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #EasternCape

Take a #ShotLeft to the Western Cape's most popular coastal attractions. If you're one of those travelers that enjoys being outside and being surrounded by extreme beauty then you'll throughly enjoy Knysna. With beauty at every corner and a crazy amount of adventures go dive into it should definitely be next on your list. Thanks for the stunning image @jessicampesino #ShotLeft #Adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Knysna #WesternCape #Visitknysna

A #ShotLeft to the adventure province, Eastern Cape is always a good idea. Go enjoy an adventure filled break surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a variety of activities. Areena Riverside Resort caters to the fun filled and adventurous traveler. #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #SouthAfrica #EasternCape

With all the buzz that’s happening in the Soweto, South of Johannesburg this weekend why not take a #ShotLeft to Lebo’s Soweto Backpacker’s for an awesome township experience. This is anything from enjoying a bike tour that takes you through some of Soweto’s gems, historic sites & hanging spots to reggae camping. Be sure to pack comfortable clothing suitable for bike riding and a daypack for your camera and other goods. Thanks for the image @sowetobybike. #ShotLeft #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Biketours #bacckpackers #Soweto #adventure

@thornybush_collection should be added on your #ShotLeft bucklist for these holidays & here’re a few reasons why: It offers a Thornybush experience that is all about making the most of its enchanting environment, giving you one of the finest bush experiences in our country. This destination is also the perfect spot for stargazing as the sun sets. You get to enjoy a massage on a wooden deck with the sounds of nature in the background or unwind in a heated rock pool with a big African sky as your ceiling. Thanks @simplycyn for this stunning image. #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Wonderlustsouthafrica

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