South Africa Travel Guide
The country I’ve been calling home for the past year! South Africa is a place where everyone should go at least once in their lives. From gorgeous weather, affordability, amazing beaches, vast wildlife, delicious wine and food, and breathtaking scenery everywhere you go!
Whether you’re looking to meet interesting people, go hiking, horseback riding or game viewing, lazily laying at the beach or getting lunch at a scenic restaurant, this country has it all. South Africa provides great opportunities for those who prefer an outdoor lifestyle and opens your eyes up to diverse culture everywhere you go.
With so much to see and do every month of the year, there is no bad time to visit South Africa.
For the best weather and a jam-packed events calendar, plan your trip to South Africa during the summer months. From November to February, the days are hot with temperatures reaching the mid-eighties and dropping to the mid-sixties at night.
If you’re planning a safari trip to South Africa, book your flights during the country’s winter months. From June to August, temperatures dip to the mid-forties making game drives in the Kruger National Park more bearable.
Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to October) you’ll find cheaper flights and fewer crowds at the top attractions.
Check out The Best Time to Travel to South Africa for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: South Africa boasts 11 official languages. The main language spoken in all the big cities is English, but the two most widely spoken languages are Zulu and Xhosa.
Currency: The currency in South Africa is called the Rand. 1 USD is equivalent to about 14 South African Rands.
Credit Cards and ATMs: In the big cities and smaller towns, most retailers and restaurants will accept credit cards as payment. You can easily find ATM’s at gas stations or the malls. However, if you’re shopping for souvenirs at markets, it’s best to withdraw cash or check to see if the vendor takes payment with apps like Snapscan.
Plugs: The plugs in South Africa are type D, M and N. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: One of the questions I’m asked often is if it’s safe to travel to South Africa as a solo female traveler. Since moving here, I’ve never felt in danger, but I always practice common sense and make sure I’m aware of my surroundings.
Read my Is it Safe to Travel to South Africa? guide for my safety tips!
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Helicopter over Cape Town
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