South Africa is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, holding nearly half of all the gold in the world. It’s a wonderful contrast, with safaris and national parks alongside the modern cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. In addition to wildlife and scenery, South Africa is also home to a large wine-growing region.
QUICK SOUTH AFRICA FACTS
Currency: South African rand can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout South Africa, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as most other European power points (2 circular prongs). I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: There are 11 languages spoken in South Africa the main is English and Afrikaans.
Health: There are a number of major health concerns in South Africa for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Unsure about travelling during COVID? Check out the COVID travel requirements and restrictions for South Africa.
Articles on South Africa
- A Glance Inside Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Your Quick Fire Guide To South Africa
- Sun City, South Africa – A One-Stop Travel Destination
- Where to Stay in Cape Town including Cheap Accommodation Options
- Top Beaches in Southern Africa
- These Incredible Animal Encounters Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List!
- Where to stay and what to do in Cape Town?