The Capital: Shared between Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Direct Flying Time: Approx 12 hrs from UK
Passports: Must be valid for 30 days beyond departure from SA although we recommend 6 months validity. Require two adjacent empty pages for visa issue on arrival or risk deportment.
Time Difference: GMT + 1 hour.
Currency: South African Rand (ZAR).
Main Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
Water: Tap water is safe to drink in the major cities.
Electricity: South Africa's electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. Adapter needed.
International Dialing: + 27
Driving: Left hand side of road. Full license needed.
Clothing:. Ensure on entry to the country that all sports shoes are clean and clear of all mud or items will be confiscated and fines imposed.
Visas: Not required for holders of British Passports who are travelling for less than 90 days. All other nationalities to contact the South African Embassy directly
Vaccinations: Please consult your G.P. Polio, Hep A & Typhoid recommended. Malaria tablets – dependant on touring destination.
Tipping: Most restaurants do not add a service charge to bills - thus it is customary to leave a 10-15% tip.