South Africa

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  Overview

This diverse gem at the southern tip of the continent lives up to its bold slogan of 'a world in one country'.

South Africa's diversity is superb: from sparkling coastal cities to tropical forests, rolling grasslands to alpine countryside.

There are attractions enough across this varied landscape to entertain and enthral travellers of all ages, from Big 5 game viewing to a handful of natural wonders and the Rainbow Nation's celebrated cultural heritage
. This is the land where 2 oceans meet



 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho   Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)   Rand (ZAR)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tshonga,Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu   Johannesburg   +27  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
  When to go

South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: 'Sunny South Africa'. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.

Safari in SA: Come in winter (June to August when the grass is short and animals tend to gather around watering holes making them easy to spot).
Beach Holiday: Cape Town's prime season is December through March, while the East Coast (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal) is pleasant all year round.
Wine Touring: While it's nice to visit the Western Cape Winelands over the harvest season (February/March), wine touring in South Africa can be considered a perennial activity.
Whale Watching: Prime Southern Right Whale viewing in South African waters is from June through November along the Cape coast. However, it is possible to see whales as far north as KwaZulu-Natal during these months. Peak calving season takes place during July and August, but whales can be seen through September and October.
Shark Cage Diving: May through September (winter) is the peak time to see Great White Sharks in False Bay, South Africa
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 220 V
The plug used is M
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    Johannesburg
City of Gold, Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, is the second largest city in Africa. Offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days
 
         
    Cape Town
Set right at the tip of the African continent, dangling between the icy Atlantic and warm Indian Ocean.  A city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. Reach the top of Cape Town's greatest natural landmark, Table Mountain and enjoy unsurpassed views of the city.
 
         
    Durban
A Sub-tropical beach getaway. The city centre overlooks a long, golden beach that is probably the single most culturally diverse spot in Africa. The Durban beachfront is a cultural experience.
 
         
    Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Covering an area of about 19,633 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga and boasting with incredible wildlife diversity.
 
         
    Pilanesberg Game Reserve
The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation.
 
         
    Garden Route
The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean.
 
         
 
 

 

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