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  • Otherly Abled

    Facilities for the disabled in South Africa are perhaps not as numerous as they should be, but the good news is that there is a groundswell of awareness regarding the ‘special needs' sector of the tourism market. One area where the country lacks the necessary amenities is in accommodation, but this is set to change with the adoptio...

  • Places of Worship

    With freedom of religion enshrined in our constitution, places of worship in South Africa span all the world's major religions, and some lesser ones too. Christianity is represented by most of the Western mainstream denominational families  -  Catholicism, Anglicanism and Protestantism, along with its affiliated groups  such as Me...

  • Safety precautions

    Most parts of the South Africa can be safely visited by travellers, provided they take common sense safety precautions, much as recommended in most countries and big cities. Here is some good South African safety advice: Avoid deserted areas at night, stick to busy and well-lit streets. Don't wear flashy jewellery - in fact leave it ...

  • Shopping

    Shopping in South Africa can be exhausting - there are such attractive goods specific to our country, decisions can prove trying.  And, when compared with prices in hard currency countries, there are bargains galore. With gold and diamonds being among our most-famed resources, a highlight on the South African shopping list is jewell...

  • Smoking

    Over a decade ago the authorities introduced a series of health-related anti-smoking laws, and reinforced these in 2007 with an even tougher set of measures and penalties to close all loopholes. The legislation has had a noticeable effect on the smoking culture in South Africa.  The site of small groups of people having a quick puff...

  • Telecommunications

    The South African telecommunication infrastructure is much in tune with global development, and connections to countries beyond our borders are easy and efficient. Telkom, our sole landline operator for decades, is soon to be challenged by a second operator, Neotel, and it's believed the resultant competition will advance South Afric...

  • Temperatures

    A subtropical location and a high interior plateau are responsible for South Africa's temperate conditions so appreciated by visitors. South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at high of 28°C and a low of 8°C.  Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewha...

  • Tipping

    Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa.  Here is some information on South African tipping. In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard. Parking attendants and security guards are common in parking lots and at roadside bays.  They generally ask if they can watch your car while you are going about your busines...

  • Tourism signs

    In amongst all the road signs notifying, directing and cautioning drivers, you will come across a set of signs particularly directed at tourists.  These South African tourism signs are intended to inform and guide tourists to tourist facilities. These South African tourist signs are coloured white on brown and are mostly trapezoidal...

  • Visa requirements

    Go straight to the horse's mouth for information on South African visa requirements, namely the Department of Home Affairs which has a comprehensive website.  This website details which nationals are exempt from visas, and which are obliged to make application.  Enquiries regarding South African visa info can also be obtained from ...

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