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.
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
The ins and outs of phoning to and from (and within) South Africa, plus
information on dialling codes, directories, time differences, special services and
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.
Information about public holidays, tipping, smoking zones, and the seasons.
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 Africa is constantly improving its facilities for disabled tourists, and many
places of interest have specially adapted accommodation and wheelchair-friendly
facilities and walks
Travelling to South Africa
Helping the media cover the South African story.
Snap daily forecasts for 20 cities and towns.
Where is South Africa? How do you get here? How long will it take?
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.
Helping you cut through the travel red tape.
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.
Quick, easy phrasebook for all 11 South African languages.
Quick dictionary of South African idiom.
Basic phrases of our most widely understood African language.