South Africa has a temperate climate. The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are directly opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is generally mid-October to mid-February, Autumn is February to April, Winter is May to July and Spring falls between August and October.
The most popular time of the year to visit South Africa is during the summer months, from December to February but the winter days are sunny and cool and best for game viewing. Local summer school holidays fall during December and January and at this time local seaside resorts particularly busy with families and children.
European Union nationals only need a passport that is still valid for 6 months and has at least 2 empty pages.
There are direct flights from London to Johannesburg and to Cape Town and from all other major European cities. Flight time to Johannesburg or Cape Town is between 11 and 12 hours. South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year.
No vaccinations are required for South Africa (though recommended for certain areas). Yellow fever is not a risk here and the certificate is only required if you are traveling from an infected area. Precautions should be taken in malaria areas.
The South African currency unit is the Rand (ZAR). It takes its name from the Witwatersrand (White-Waters-Ridge), the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and were most of South Africa’s gold deposits were found. The Rand is divided in 100 cents – the abbreviation used is ZAR (Zuid-Afrikaanse rand).
South Africa is an extraordinary melting pot of race and culture. 11 languages were given official status of which English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhoza are the most common ones.
The experiences in South Africa are as vast as the country's never-ending landscapes and its cultural variety. It is not for nothing known as the Rainbow Nation.
When one wants to discover South Africa you will have to choose between a lot of enticing possibilities.
South Africa is described as offering the whole world in one country. It is a large, diverse and incredibly beautiful country. There is a huge variety of scenery : dramatic coastlines, imposing mountain ranges, seemingly endless bushlands, exciting cities, … South Africa offers the most fascinating experiences, from outstanding wine tours to exciting extreme sports and of course no visit should be complete without a stay at one of the many game parks, many of which are home to the Big Five : buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino.
Highlights : the Kruger National Park, Cape Town and Table Mountain, the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route, the Wild Coast and the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, Durban and Zululand, Blyde River Canyon and so many more compelling reasons to visit this country.