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VITAL INFORMATION

TIME ZONE

GMT+1 (UK & Ireland Summer), GMT+2  (UK & Ireland Winter).

FLIGHT TIME

11 Hours - Fly direct with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Indirect flights: Emirates | Qatar Airways | Turkish Airlines | Ethiopian Airlines | Kenya Airways | KLM | Lufthansa | Air France | Swiss International | TAP

11 hours from London to Jo'burg or 12 hours from London to Cape Town.

CURRENCY

The Pound remains strong against the Rand (local currency). See the latest conversion here. South Africa is the second cheapest long-haul destination for Brits according Post Office Holiday Money Report 2021.

I.e: A glass of wine costs around £2.99, a coffee £1.57 and for a dinner with wine for two you would pay £35. 

LANGUAGES
South Africa has 11 official languages. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

TIPPING
South Africa is similar to the UK, with 10-15% customary in restaurants and for tour guides.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
South Africa is a year-round destination with the climate varying all over the country. Summer runs from November to March, making the south west hot and dry, while the winter brings mild, dry temperatures to the tropical north east coast.

VISA INFORMATION
British and Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for stays of up to 90 days. See requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry here.

DRIVING
As in the UK, South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road. Hiring a vehicle is one of the most affordable options for getting around and also one of the best ways to experience the nation’s breathtaking scenery.

TRANSFERS
Pre-booked transfers offer a relaxing way of seeing the country.

TAXIS
Metered taxies are widely available throughout the country, especially in urban areas. Popular taxi apps — such as Uber — are great for getting around cities.

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