Advice for travellers

Top South African hotels ranked among best

Johannesburg's InterContinental Airport Hotel and the Taj Hotel in Cape Town have received a top customer rating from travel website Expedia. Both hotels have been endorsed through online reviews by guests to become part of Expedia’s prestigious Insiders' Select list.

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Safety tips for travellers in South Africa

Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.

Banks and foreign exchange in SA

With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.

Phoning to, from, and in South Africa

The ins and outs of phoning to and from (and within) South Africa, plus information on dialling codes, directories, time differences, special services and more.

Health tips for travellers

South Africa is a safe destination with good levels of hygiene and drinkable water. There are nonetheless some health issues that you should be aware of.

Useful facts for tourists

Information about public holidays, who and how much to tip, where you're allowed to smoke, the time zone that South Africa falls into and what to expect from the seasons.

Don't leave home without ...

Plan ahead so you don't have any unpleasant surprises. Bring walking shoes, sunglasses, medication and insect repellant. If you forget anything, don't panic - you can buy whatever you need here.

South African Tourism information hotline

Tourist info hotline

What to bring, where to stay, what to see ...? Our call centre is here to help you in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Portuguese. >

Africa travel documents

Visas and permits

Helping you cut through the travel red tape. >

Customs guide

What can I bring into South Africa? Will I have to pay tax on goods I buy? >


Warm, temperate conditions and a seemingly endless supply of sunshine. >

Hello South Africa 
– the phrasebook

Hello South Africa

Quick, easy phrasebook for all 11 South African languages. >

SA English is lekker!

Quick dictionary of South African idiom. >

isiZulu phrasebook

Basic phrases of our most widely understood African language. >