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Practical Information For South Africa

On this page, we will provide you with all the relevant Practical Information For South Africa you may need before starting your South African Safaris.

Basic Information

  • Official name: Republic of South Africa
  • Area: 21,219,090 sq. km
  • Population: 57,073,000
  • Capital: Pretoria; Cape Town; Bloemfontein
  • Government: Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic


  • Total: 57,73 million
  • Male: 28,2 million (49%)
  • Female: 29,5 million (51%)


  • Official language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Languages spoken: Fanagalo, Hindi, Sotho, Tsotsitaal, Venda
  • Business Language: English and Afrikaans

Time Zone

  • UTC (Coordinated Universal Time Greenwich) +2   


  • Currency: South African Rand
  • ISO Code: ZAR

Credit cards: Yes

  • Cards: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club
  • Traveler’s Cheques: Accepted

Tips: Mandatory

Currency Exchange

Exchange Rate: €1=R10,0643

  • Airports
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • ATMs

Internet and Telephony

  • Calling code: +27
  • Internet availability: Medium

Emergency Numbers

Fire Department10111


  • V220
  • Hz50


South Africa experiences mild winters, with occasional snowfall in the mountain ranges of the Cape and Natal and in lower-lying areas. The summer days are pleasant and sunny. From June to September the country sees heavy rains along the southern coast.

Dry Season: May to September

Wet Season:  October to April


  • The transport system is good in major cities of South Africa
  •  We recommend hiring a car to avoid encountering difficulties traveling in rural areas. T
  • The public transport system is a bit unreliable and inefficient.
  • Road signs are in English and Afrikaans.
  • The metro system is extensive but not very comfortable.
  • Taxis are readily available in all towns.
  • We suggest you call for a taxi in advance rather than hail one in the street or use taxi companies.

Major International Airports Of South Africa

JNBOR Tambo International AirportJohannesburg
CPTCape Town International AirportCape Town
DURKing Shaka International AirportDurban
GRJGeorge AirportGeorge



We always advise that you contact a specialist GP or get in touch with an authorized vaccination clinic. Protection against Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Typhoid, Tetanus, and is highly recommended.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone. Gazelle Safaris Africa is an ATOL-protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. According to this, it is the guest’s responsibility to carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, and their dependents/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.


  • Visa is required for most countries. You can easily issue one on arrival at the airport. Just check the details in the Embassy or consulate in your country.
  • You must produce a valid passport for at least 6 months with two blank pages in your passport upon arrival.

For more information about South Africa Travel Guide and information regarding South African Safaris or any other necessary details, visit Gazelle Safaris Africa today.

South Africa Safari

Quick Facts About South Africa

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South Africa Travel Guide

South Africa Safari

Frequently Asked Questions

South Africa is known for its numerous safari destinations, but the most famous, and perhaps most impressive for the big five the Kruger National Park and its surrounding territory.

The best time to visit South Africa Safari is during the dry months of May to September. This is the best period for wildlife viewing as all the animals congregate around waterholes and rivers.

When in South Africa, going on safari is a must. All the traditional African safari experiences are just a couple of hours' drive from the city center.

A valid passport of a minimum of six months with two consecutive blank pages is mandatory for traveling to South Africa. Visa may be required depending upon your nationality. Just check the entry visa requirement at your nearest embassy.

South Africa is the hub of the most luxurious lodges in Africa along with boutique hotels and intimate guesthouses. These are beautiful traditional safari lodges in the middle of the bush. Also, some ledges offer rooms with their own plunge pool and deck.

You are required to declare all foreign currency in any form upon your entry or exit from South Africa. So, the wise thing is to change your money when required. There are lots of facilities for currency exchange in hotels and lodges.

Yes, South Africa is an excellent destination for families. The game reserves are malaria-free. See the Africa "Big 5" and go on exciting activities in Cape Town.

South Africa has 11 official languages. But the major languages are English and Afrikaans. English is spoken widely throughout South Africa.

South Africa Safari

South Africa Safari Itineraries

11 Days The Gem Of Africa Safari

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lake Naivasha | Aberdares National Park | Lake Nakuru |

Kenya Wildlife Safari

11 Days From $ 3277

4 Days Livingstone Adventure Experience

Victoria Falls | Livingstone | Chobe National Park

Zambia Tour

4 Days On Request

6 Days Magical Kenya Safari Experience

Nairobi | Masai Mara | Nakuru | Lake Naivasha


6 Days On Request
Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

4 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Safari

Kigali | Franco-Rwanda cultural Centre | Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

4 Days From $ 2,470

6 Days Livingstone And Lower Zambezi Tour

Victoria Falls | Mosi-oa-Tunya | Sausage Tree Camp | Lower Zambezi National Park

Zambia Tour

6 Days On Request

7 Days Highlights Of Tanzania Safari

Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park


7 Days On Request

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