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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
South Africa is home to multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.
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.
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.
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 road trip through South Africa is a ‘turn up the music and roll down your windows’ kind of vibe. It is all about appreciating the breath-taking views, enjoying the company, meeting the locals and making new friends along the way. So let them be your guide to all the hangouts, dance spots and best kept secrets around the cities they call home. South African Road trips are never about the destination, they’re about the journey and the shared joy of going where the heart leads. It’s sure to create the kind of memories that will stay with you forever. #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica
This adventure is for the thrill seekers and the adrenaline junkies. It’s the ultimate boys trip on the open road. Whatever your pleasure. South Africa is an endless outdoor playground that will make you feel alive and free. This is your moment. This journey will provide you with the exhilarating thrills you've been craving. #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica
From vibrant city life to majestic wildlife, adventure and culture, breath-taking scenery is waiting for you. Experience South Africa like you've experienced it before. There’s always. more to see. Breath-taking moments, captivating experiences, it’s bustling, it’s endless… it’s South Africa! #ComeJourneyWithUs, there's a story waiting to be shared. #LiveSouthAfrica @ShoMadjozi Credits: Directed by Lamar Bonhomme @therealbonhomme Writers: Treyvone Moosa, Lamar Bonhomme, Tipi Executive Producer: Monareng Makwetla DOP: Jason Prins @jasonprins_dop Colorist: Nic Apostoli @nic_apostoli 1st AD: Thobelani Faku @thobelanifaku x Jeremy Briggs @jezzapix VT: Londi Khambule @londi.khambule Art Director: Noluthando Lobese @t__texture Wardrobe Stylist: Louw Kotze @louw.77 x Ntediseng Moloi Producer: Litha Mbutuma @lithambutuma Production Manager: Amo Mbutuma @amo_mbutuma Production Coordinator: Thando Hlongwane Key Grip: Mlungisi Dube @mlungisidube2 Editor: Lamar Bonhomme & Glary Leshilo. @iglary Sound Design and Final Mix: The Audio Guys & Pressure Cooker Studios Online: Donovan Smith Cast: Sho Madjozi @shomadjozi Tamara Moeng @tamaramoeng Faith Mashaba @theefaithk Lelo What'sGood @lelowhatsgood SA Tourism Regional Director: Evelyn Mahlaba SA Tourism Hub Head: Fathima Adam @adamfathima Agency: Activ8 Brand Ingenuity Managing Partners: Tumaini Leshoai x Brent Van Rysyk HOD Creative & Strategy: Treyvone Moosa A Triple Story Content Production.
Our hidden gems aren’t just places, and experiences but also our people. 🙌 Semakaleng Mathebula is South Africa’s first black female hot air balloon pilot. She sees the world from a different point of view, a view filled with positivity, optimism, and joy. @theefaithk and @tamaramoeng got to spend a winter’s morning with Semakaleng and experience a new way to travel. In a hot air balloon! With the world stretching below them, they got to soak up the stunning vistas. 🥰🗺️🎈 We consider ourselves fortunate to have Semakaleng as an incredible ambassador and mentor for the South Africa travel industry. #LiveSouthAfrica #ComeJourneyWithUs #WomensMonth Director - Simoné Bobo DOP - Chaunne Blofield Creative Director - Treyvone Moosa Creative writer - Simoné Bobo & Selaelo Mannya Production Manager - Mishak Meintjies Sound - Sam Masemane Make Up - Palesa Moloi Editor - Glary Leshilo Post-production - Left Post Colorist - Jarryd du Toit Audio Mix - Audio Militia
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It’s breath-taking, it’s captivating, it’s bustling, it’s endless… it’s South Africa! In every province, around every corner, there's a story waiting to be shared. From city life to wildlife, adventure to culture, breath-taking scenery to sun-soaked coasts. There’s so much more to see. #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @shomadjozi61 Credits: Directed by Lamar Bonhomme @therealbonhomme Writers: Treyvone Moosa, Lamar Bonhomme, Tipi Executive Producer: Monareng Makwetla DOP: Jason Prins @jasonprins_dop Colorist: Nic Apostoli @nic_apostoli 1st AD: Thobelani Faku @thobelanifaku x Jeremy Briggs @jezzapix VT: Londi Khambule @londi.khambule Art Director: Noluthando Lobese @t__texture Wardrobe Stylist: Louw Kotze @louw.77 x Ntediseng Moloi Producer: Litha Mbutuma @lithambutuma Production Manager: Amo Mbutuma @amo_mbutuma Production Coordinator: Thando Hlongwane Key Grip: Mlungisi Dube @mlungisidube2 Editor: Lamar Bonhomme & Glary Leshilo. @iglary Sound Design and Final Mix: The Audio Guys & Pressure Cooker Studios Online: Donovan Smith Cast: Sho Madjozi @shomadjozi Tamara Moeng @tamaramoeng Faith Mashaba @theefaithk Lelo What'sGood @lelowhatsgood SA Tourism Regional Director: Evelyn Mahlaba SA Tourism Hub Head: Fathima Adam @adamfathima Agency: Activ8 Brand Ingenuity Managing Partners: Tumaini Leshoai x Brent Van Rysyk HOD Creative & Strategy: Treyvone Moosa A Triple Story Content Production.
Week 2 of the Mzansi #Mukbang was something special! @ExtraLargeCravings had a truly 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 culinary experience at Sowetan-born and Michelin trained @chef_wandilemabaso’s @lescreatifsrestaurant. Viciously delicious chipotle chicken, sumptuous duck confit, and inspired lamb shank. Feel like you're missing out? Check out the full video with the link in our bio. 😉 #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @lescreatifsrestaurant @visitgauteng
Are you a Foodie? Do you love nothing more than tucking into delicious Gatsbys🥖, Kotas 🥪, Burgers 🍔, Koe’sisters🍩, and milkshakes🧋? Then it’s time you join our Mzansi #Mukbang journey: https://youtu.be/iWHtM7HWVzw Let’s dig in together! 😉🛬💖 #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @CapeTownTourism #extralargecravings
Local is lekker. And delicious. Oh so delicious. The Mzansi #Mukbang journey wraps up in Limpopo where @ExtraLargeCravings is joined by Thabiso Sekhula from @1000LimpopoSecrets. Together they enjoy some mouthwatering South African delicacies. It’s time to dig in! #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @LimpopoTourism
Our Mzansi #Mukbang master is bringing the heat today! KwaZulu-Natal local, Kaelin Govender is taking @ExtraLargeCravings to his favourite restaurant: The Little India. Home to the best Indian cuisine in all of Durbs, this is one episode you won’t want to miss. It’s time to dig in! #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @kzntourism
Our Mzansi #Mukbang master @ExtraLargeCravings is visiting Eat ‘n More with @jay_lelo to find out what makes these kotas so darn good. This popular township street food consists of a quarter loaf (kota) of bread hollowed out and filled again with a variety of ingredients including atchar, polony, slap chips, cheese, egg, and Russian sausage. It’s time to dig in! #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @visitgauteng
Our Mzansi #Mukbang master @ExtraLargeCravings is in for a special treat today as we head to Les Creatifs. @chef_wandilemabaso has prepared his viciously delicious chipotle chicken, sumptuous duck confit, and inspired lamb shank. This is French cuisine with an Mzansi flair. Let’s indulge in some fine dining! #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica @visitgauteng
The Mzansi #Mukbang journey continues! Today we’re off to @i_amkatlego’s Club Marabi, in the heart of Braamfontein. The Marabi Club is the home of superb food accompanied by live jazz performances. Our Mukbang master @ExtraLargeCravings is wined, dined, and taken all the way to flavour town. Let’s indulge in some fine dining! #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica
When looking for a local dish to try in Cape Town, it is almost certain that the Gatsby, also known as a Gebba - will be suggested – An extra-large roll filled with all sorts of meats, from masala steaks, to chicken and calamari – fried egg, slap chips, different sauces, cheese and salad🤤 TIP: And as intimidating as it may look it’s always manageable when you share it with friends or family. Watch Cape Town comedian Yaseen Barnes introduce our #Mukbang master #extralargecravings to SA’s famed #Gatsby spot @CosyCorner. #ComeJourneyWithUs #LiveSouthAfrica