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  • Animals and Pets

    Before making the decision to bring animals and pets to South Africa, bear in mind that regulations apply.  For one, a quarantine period for 14 days applies to dogs from a number of specified countries; happily cats escape this requirement. What's more, getting your animals into South Africa is often the easy part. Michelle Ward of ...

  • Banking, shopping, office hours

    08h30/09h00 - 15h30/16h00 Mon-Fri 08h30/09h00 - 11h00/11h30/12h00 Sat Shopping hours in South Africa 09H00- 17h00/18h00 Mon-Fri08h30/09h00 - 13h00 Sat (smaller centres) 09h00 - 17h00/18h00 Sat (urban areas) 10h00 - 15h00/16h00 Sun (urban areas) Office hours in South Africa 08h30/09h00 - 17h00 Mon - Fri Government department hours in ...

  • Best Time to Visit

    Picking a best time to visit South Africa is not a task easily accomplished.  After all, this is a country famous for its sunshine and relatively warm winters.  Perhaps it's wise to consider what it is you wish to do and see, along with the South African tourism seasons.  For example, if you are an avid twitcher, the country is on...

  • 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...

  • Drinking water

    Drinking water in South Africa is quite safe when taken from the tap or faucet  -  in fact our tap water is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry recently stated that the country's national standard compares well with the World Health Organisation's standards. The resp...

  • Elderly

    With medical advances, people enjoy longer life spans, with the result that the elderly now constitute a sizeable tourist market.  Acknowledging this, elderly facilities in South Africa are receiving more attention. Medical authorities suggest a number of precautionary steps to ensure elderly-friendly holidays in South Africa.  Her...

  • Electricity

    With a few exceptions in deep rural areas, electricity is available almost everywhere in South Africa. With the growth of the population, business and industry, supply is sometimes under pressure, particularly in densely populated urban areas when usage reaches a peak, such as on winter evenings, resulting in a power outage. The supp...

  • Emergency services

    ER24 is a private emergency service, comprising an ambulance service and a network of national hospitals. It operates a 24-hour centralised emergency contact centre (tel. 084 124), from where ambulances and emergency personnel are dispatched. It also offers emergency telephonic advice. Its private hospital network comprises Medi-Clin...

  • Families and Children

    South Africa is a perfect family-friendly holiday destination with much to interest offspring of all ages.  There's beach fun, the thrill of seeing animals in the wild, theme parks, sports facilities and adventure activities. Children-friendly facilities are found throughout South Africa.  Hotels will oblige with inter-leading room...

  • Food

    Standards of hygiene in relation to food in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants and nightspots. It is safe to eat fresh fruit and salad, drink tap water and put ice in your drinks. Our fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself in exploration of South African food, and ...

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