FAQ’s Travel information
Currency: The South African Rand. One Rand
(R1) = 100cents.
Time: SA is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich
Mean Time; 1 hour ahead of Central European Time in Winter
and seven hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.
Climate: SA has one of the highest average
sunshine rates in the world ! Summer and high season is
usually from October to April. The sun is much stronger
than in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is strongly advised
that you wear sunblock at all times.
What essentials should you bring with?
Sun block, sun hat, a warm top (fleece or windbreaker) for
Your Safety & Security: South Africa
is, for the most part, very safe and full of friendly residents.
As with most big cities, however, tourists need to be careful:
conceal valuables; do not leave personal belongings unattended
or visible in a car; make copies of all important travel
documents before you leave home, and leave them in the guesthouse/hotel
safes where possible; it is advisable to not carry large
sums of money around – rather use a credit card and
travellers cheques where possible; be sure you know where
you are going; make use of car guards.
Medical & Health: Both the medical
and dental care in South Africa is generally of a very high
standard and hospitals are plentiful and very well equipped.
You will need to take malaria precautions in certain areas.
Consult your local doctor or pharmacist to discuss this
before you leave.
Tipping: In restaurants & game reserves,
staff gratuities are usually 10% - 15% for exceptional service.
Suggested tipping for car guards, porters, petrol pump attendants
etc. is between R 2 & R 5, depending on the service
Electricity: 220/230volts AC. Three pronged
universal plugs are used.
Most hotels have 110volt outlets for electric shavers and
Water: This is drinkable in most places
except where specifically stated.
VAT: Value-added Tax of 14% is levied
on most goods and services, and is usually included in the
quoted price. Foreign visitors can claim back VAT on any
goods over R 250.00. You will need the tax invoices, goods
purchased and your passport either at the Waterfront or
at the airport when you leave. Allow time for this as there
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