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  • Weights & Measurements

    The units of measurement used in South Africa are metric - road distances are measured in kilometres, petrol in litres and solid food in grams. Here's a quick reference for converting South African weights and measurements from the metric to the Imperial system, and vice versa: 1 inch - 2.54 cm1cm - 0.39 inches1 m - 3.3 ft or 1.1 yar...

  • What to wear

    What to wear in South Africa We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head for our shores.  Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa: For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the ...

  • Women

    Women visiting South Africa with a group of female friends or on their own, will find South Africans just as welcoming as all tourists do.  All tourist facilities in South Africa are women-friendly, treating women no differently than they do men. Well, let's correct that - perhaps on occasion with a little more courtesy.  While wom...

  • Yellow fever entry requirement

    South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. This is in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). The IHR allow countries at risk to obtain vaccination certificates f...

  • Getting here

    Other than traffic from our neighbouring countries, which still mostly makes its way into South Africa by road, most travellers use air services to get to South Africa. The country boasts 3 international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, but the lion's share of international airlines operating to this country do so to a...

  • Languages

    To sketch some background, English and Afrikaans were the official languages spoken in South Africa  until the change of political dispensation in 1994.  At that point another 9 languages were added to the official list, to give representation to the many languages spoken by black population groups. These languages of South Africa ...

  • Public Holidays

    Twelve public holidays are celebrated in South Africa annually, among them special days to honour workers, youth, women, freedom, heritage and human rights.  Many of these days revolve around historical events that have deep meaning and significance for the population. South African public holidays include: New Years Day     - Jan...

  • Customs

    South African Customs regulations afford visitors to the country the opportunity to bring in certain goods without incurring duties and value added tax (VAT).  These are limited in quantity and value. On arrival, you can take the green ‘nothing to declare' channel if you stick to these allowances: Personal effects Other new or use...

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