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For specific travel information and advice for your proposed trip South Africa it is best to consult the following websites:
Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
United States Embassies Advice for South Africa
South Africa.info: Tourism
The all-in-one official guide. Visas, vaccinations, transport, accommodation and much more.
U.K. Dept. of Health advice.
Some useful facts:
Rentals are available throughout the country. South Africa drives on the left and has an excellent network of roads, linking the largest metropolitan areas to the remotest villages. Speed limits: Urban areas 60 km. ph, rural areas 100 km. ph, freeways 120 km ph.
An International Driving Permit is recommended (valid driver's licences are accepted, provided they have a clear photograph and English print).
Currency:Rand (R) = 100 cents. Denominations: coins - 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5;notes - R10, R20, R50, R100, R200, R500.
Drinking water:Tap water is 100% purified and safe to drink in major cities, towns and game reserves.
Electricity:220/230 volts AC
Entry requirements:Passport holders of more than 80 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan and the EU, can visit without visas. Contact your nearest SA Tourism office or South African Consulate for an updated list.
Visitors arriving from a yellow fever zone require a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Infants under the age of one are exempt. Cholera and smallpox immunisation is not required. Visitors to malaria areas, i.e. the Lowveld, must obtain the prophylactic medicine to be taken before, during and after their trip, from their doctor or pharmacist.Medical Services:South Africa has excellent medical facilities, with Doctors listed under 'Medical Practitioners' in the local telephone directories.
Insurance covering travel, accidents, illness and hospitalisation is advised for the duration of your stay and must be arranged at time of booking.Transport:International and domestic airlines operate between the main cities, with charter services available. Coach tours operate daily nation-wide with Greyhound Citiliner, Translux Express and Intercape amongst the largest. Intercity train services are good with regular bus services available.
1.If possible try and use ATM machines at the bank premises during banking hours - if your card gets swallowed the bank is open and you can go inside and ask for it back and there is always increased security during banking hours.
2.Its cheaper to draw cash from an ATM with a debit card than it is with a credit card.
3.There is a limit set on each ATM for the maximum amount of cash per transaction. But you can withdraw more than once if you need more. Also you will sometimes be asked for the account type. Just select current.
4.South African petrol stations do not accept credit cards, so have sufficient cash for petrol purchases. About R500 will give you a full tank of petrol.
5.10% tipping is generally quite acceptable at restaurants, or a R5 coin will put a smile on the hotel porters face after carrying your bags to your room or a petrol attendant after filling up with petrol.
6.It is a good idea to open a google mail account, scan in copies of your passport, entry visas, travellerís cheque sales advice, airline tickets, drivers licence, credit cards etc. and mail them to this account. Then if the worst does happen and you loose everything at least you can get copies from the nearest internet access and its always easier to obtain replacements when you have photocopies of all the details!
7.It is always a good idea to take out medical insurance with your travel agent when you buy your tickets. A great tip is that when you buy your airline ticket with a credit card you get travel insurance for free but you still need to apply for it.
8.South Africa is a big place. Try to spend more time in fewer places or you may just find yourself inside your rental car for your whole holiday.
9.Be especially cautious of having a motor accident. Especially at night. You will often find pedestrians or animals on the road or other drivers doing silly things. Just be very awake while driving.
10. As is the case in most countries, crime is a problem. Do not stop to help people broken down on the road. You could be tricked. Do not travel at night. Take advice from your host/hotel.
11.Enjoy yourself. Itís your holiday and South Africans are a friendly people. Welcome to our country.
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South Africa Travel Tips
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