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General Information

The official languages of South Africa are 11 languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, Southern Ndebele.

The national currency of South Africa is South African rand (ZAR).

1 ZAR equals  .
equals  ZAR.

Location

South Africa

The distance from to South Africa is miles or km. The estimated travel time is .

Climate and Travel Season

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Safety

According to the U.S. Department of State, it should be safe to travel to South Africa. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought. Click here for the full travel advisory and further information by the U.S. government.

Your travel destination belongs to the 20 countries with the highest criminality. Always remember to be careful.

The criminality index of South Africa is 77. A higher number means more criminality.

Dial 10 111 to call the police in South Africa.

LGBT

South Africa has a score of 6 in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index. South Africa ranks #28 worldwide.

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in South Africa.

Travel Vaccinations

All travelers to South Africa should be up-to-date on the following vaccines:

  • Measles
  • Routine vaccines

Moreover, the following travel vaccines/medicines are recommended because there is a risk of these diseases in South Africa:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

The following vaccines/medicines might be needed depending on where and how long you are staying. Please consult your doctor.

  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever
Visa Information

A visa might be required to travel to this country.

Make sure your passport is valid for your intended period of stay. Some countries even require your passport to be valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure.

Power Plugs

You likely need a power plug adapter in South Africa to use your electronic devices from .

The voltage in South Africa differs from the voltage in . You may need a voltage converter to be able to use your devices.

In South Africa, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The following power plugs are used:

  • Type C
  • Type M
  • Type N
Weather

The temperature difference between South Africa and is °F / °C. Make sure you pack the right clothes.

Possible light rain on Wednesday.

Date Temperature Humidity Precipitation
Fri November 08 51–86°F  /  10–30°C 20% 0%
Sat November 09 54–93°F  /  12–34°C 36% 5%
Sun November 10 60–90°F  /  16–32°C 53% 17%
Mon November 11 59–87°F  /  15–31°C 45% 25%
Tue November 12 56–84°F  /  13–29°C 52% 17%
Wed November 13 57–85°F  /  14–29°C 57% 39%
Thu November 14 57–86°F  /  14–30°C 59% 27%
Fri November 15 57–89°F  /  14–32°C 48% 8%

Sunrise and Sunset

The sun rises at 05:23 am and sets at 06:47 pm. This equates to 13.4 hours of daylight.

When the sun rises in South Africa, it is in . When the sun sets in South Africa, it is in .

Taxi

The average base fare for a taxi in South Africa is 18.00 ZAR. Every kilometer costs an additional 10.67 ZAR. Every hour of waiting time costs 55.83 ZAR.

Car Rental

International driving permits are recognized in South Africa.

The minimum driving age is 17.

Left-hand traffic, keep to the left side of the road. Keep this in mind when renting a car!

The price of one liter of gasoline is approximately 15.00 ZAR in South Africa.

Landmarks and Activities

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Food/Drink

The price for the recommended minimum amount of food per person per day is 77.21 ZAR.

The legal drinking age in South Africa is 18. This is also the minimum age to purchase alcohol.

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Tipping Etiquette

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Travel Scams

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