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“South Africa is the largest economy in Africa. Its infrastructure is ideal for tourism and allows the visitor to explore its riches with ease and comfort.”


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 chillier evenings.

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 provided.

Electricity: 220/230volts AC. Three pronged universal plugs are used.
Most hotels have 110volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.

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 are often
queues!

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