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GMT+2. A big plus is no jet lag.
The Rand (ZAR) is currently 18 to the GBP.
11 hours to Jo’burg.
BBEST 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 with average temperatures of 23C, while the winter brings mild, dry temperatures to the tropical north east coast.
Read more about South Africa's geography and climate here
VVISA INFORMATION: British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Read more here.
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.
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 a great way to get around cities.
HHEALTH: Immunisations usually advised are diptheria and hepatitis A. Other vaccines to consider are hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus and typhoid. If going to mountainous areas, care should be taken to avoid the ill effects of being at altitude. Avoid swimming in fresh water lakes and streams where Schistosomiasis is known to be found — stick to the sea or chlorinated swimming pools.
Check our Covid-19 updates page here