South Africa, the Rainbow nation South Africa is the land of diversity. Nature wise you can experience breathtaking sceneries of vast plains, rolling mountains, golden beaches and barren deserts. The rich game viewing is as spectacular and diverse as South African scenery, with everything from plodding elephants to splashing penguins.
Much diversity is also found in South Africa’s people, with 11 national languages drawn from its indigenous African population, and a colonialist legacy that brought in between others Afrikaners, English and Indians. It is the plentiful wildlife and accompanying luxurious safari lodges that are South Africa’s major draw.
The 50 Million populated country is divided in 9 provinces and has 3 capitals: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). The business hub of the country however is Johannesburg.
The must see list …
… is long enough for a lifetime travel.
To say it with Lonely Planet words “stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, … there are more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg.”
Hey, and what about the Garden Route, the winelands with its many stunning spots like Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the World Heritage Site: Cradle of Humankind, the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, the Karoo, Durban and its costal regions, … have you seen it all?
Which leisure type are you? I bet we got it all covered here in South Africa. Whichever your preferred activities are, from surfing and relaxing at the beach to buzzing city life, world class Golf to once in a life time Safari, Bungee jumping & river rafting to the relaxing ballooning you will not manage to do all of it during one visit. Be prepared, once you experience South Africa you might fall in love!
A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, makes South Africa a warm and sunny country. But it’s also dry, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm. While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is mostly a summer-rainfall region.
- Driving: left site driving
- Car Rental: all the big international companies that you know from your homecountry are here as well Avis, Europcar, Hertz. Big South African Car rentals are also Imperial, First, Budget, National or Tempest.
- Tipping: 10%-15% on top of the bill in restaurants, R 2-5 for petrol station services (fill up, cleaning windows, checking water & oil) and for the park guards on free parking spaces.
- In Hotels we give – depending on the length of stay, number of staff / size of the guest house R 30-200 -if we were happy- to the manager to put in the staff tip box, so that even the gardener gets his fair share.
- Cash: don’t carry to much of it. You might just need a few coins for the tips. If you have a Credit Card use it in South Africa – you can pay even the smallest amounts with it.
- Currency: South African Rands – check the exchange rate on Travel Info
- Power: 220-240V/ 50 Hz
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