This a new series I will be doing where I will be outlining everything you need to know about a certain destination. Most of these will be places that I have never been to, so I am really going to enjoy learning more about these destinations in a bid to also teach you about them along the way! Because I work full time I don’t have the ability to travel constantly, so learning more about the places that I want to visit in the future keeps the spark ignited in me to keep travelling 😃.
Last week I attended an event run by travelmedia.ie where I got the opportunity to talk with South African Tourism! It was here that I got given a guide on everything you need to know before travelling to this beautiful country that I think should be shared with you, as I myself found it extremely helpful & informative!
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. This country has a population of just over 55 million. It is one of the largest country in Africa and the 25th largest in the entire world! Its neighbouring countries are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Swaziland and Lesotho are countries hidden within the boundaries of South Africa. With direct flights to Doha and Addis Ababa as your stopover it is easier, and cheaper than ever to get to South Africa! If you are planning a trip, read the below to find out everything you need to know before you get there.
Entry into South African from Ireland and the UK is relatively hassle-free! The only thing you need to get into the country is two blank passport pages to receive your visa stamped on arrival. This, along with your passport being valid for at least 30 days from your return from South Africa and you’re good to go!
It is not necessary to have any vaccinations if you are travelling from Ireland or the UK. If you want to be on the side of caution The WHO recommend the following vaccines for South Africa: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Cape Town: 26°C from December-February & 18°C from June-July.
Johannesburg: 25°C from December-February & 16°C from June-July.
Durban: 27°C from December-February & 22°C from June-July.
Banks & Currency
The currency in South Africa is the Rand, known also by the symbol ‘R’. 100 cents makes 1 Rand, similar to the Euro and the Pound. Most major international credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widely available also.
VAT (value-added-tax) of 14% on most items. This 14% VAT can be refunded for foreign tourists provided the value of the item exceeds R250.00. it is refunded at the point of departure as long as receipts are provided.
The infrastructure in South Africa is excellent and roads are in good condition. One of the most widely known driving routes in the world is ‘The Garden Route’ from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. They also drive on the left hand side of the road, the same as Ireland and the UK.
When To Visit
Since South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere it means the seasons are the opposite of the UK and Ireland. Winter runs from roughly June to August with highs of around 16°C. This is dry season for most of the country, grass & bush covers are minimal and animals are easier to spot. Summer runs from December through to March with temperatures rising to 38°C.
Once again, a huge thank you to South African Tourism for arming me with all the above information! If you want to learn more about their country visit their website, or find them in Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. If you are looking to plan a trip to South Africa from Ireland, why not check out The Safari Expert to help you plan your trip? André from The Safari Expert grew up in Namibia and has travelled through South Africa extensively. If anyone can, he will be able to create the perfect itinerary for you. The country is filled with amazing landscapes, culture, animals and sea creatures and I can’t wait to visit here later this year and post about my experience in amazing detail!
Did you find the above useful? Do you want to travel to South Africa or have you ever been? Let me know!