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Travel tips

  • Food etiquette

    Of their 3 meals a day, most South Africans enjoy their main meal at night. Lunches are generally far lighter, except for the business lunch which may be a full 3-course affair, depending on the occasion. On weekends, however, you may encounter large parties in cafes around mid-morning, as ‘brunch' becomes increasingly popular for ...

  • Food requirements

    If you are one of those travellers who have specific food requirements during your trip to South Africa read on: Certified halaal food products and restaurants are available, controlled by the South African National Halaal Authority.  Their website offers a directory of products and restaurants, of which there is a fair spread.  Pr...

  • Gay & Lesbian

    South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to constitutionally prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and in 2006 legalised marriages of members of the same-sex.  In this accepting environment, the closet days of the homosexual community of South Africa are well in the past, and the country is enjoying...

  • Getting Around

    Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail. Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 3 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and 1time.  South African Express and Airlink serve the smaller centres. Facilitating getting around in Sout...

  • Guides & Interpreters

    Knowledgeable South African guides and interpreters represent a vital link between tourists and their experience of South African tourist attractions, and can make a great difference in how visitors perceive the country. Because of this role, guides in South Africa are required to undergo a process of qualification and registration. ...

  • Laundry

    Doing laundry in South Africa comes with a few options. Most international hotels in South Africa offer same-day or day-after laundry, dry cleaning and pressing services. On odd occasions when laundry will be delayed, such as on public holidays, they generally do give guests advance warning. If you'd prefer to source your own cleaner...

  • Medical Facilities

    South African medical facilities are, in general, of a high standard, particularly in urban areas where large state-hospitals and private clinics are in good supply. State-run hospitals with their subsidised facilities, however, suffer the problems of overcrowding.  Private hospitals, which number in the region of 80 countrywide, mo...

  • Money & Budget

    With the South African unit of currency, the rand, offering favourable rates of exchange against the world's hard currencies, your South African holiday budget, even if modest, will go surprisingly far.  You'll find your purchasing power on the up with your pounds, dollars and euros, and those items you think about twice back home w...

  • National Treasures

    South Africa is blessed with so many treasures, selecting a few is tough.  But no-one would deny that the following attractions are South African national treasures. National Parks and reserves, which number close to 600, and between them offer up a heady melange of scenery, flora and wildlife.  A tip: don't get too focused on the ...

  • No Children

    In our child-friendly country, ‘no children' facilities in South Africa are no more common than in any other destination.  If the under-12s are excluded from any attraction or activity, it is usually on account of their safety. Some of our upmarket game lodges and boutique hotels do have ‘no under-12' policies, but these are ame...

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