South Africa

South Africa

Things to do - general

Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is 1 233 404km² in size and is edged on three sides by nearly 3 000km of coastline, with the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also encloses two independent countries, the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.

South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).


Since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, South Africa has had a democratic government. The Constitution is regarded as an example to the world and enshrines a wide range of human rights protected by an independent judiciary. The head of the country is the president. The current incumbent is Jacob Zuma, who is the head of the ruling party, the African National Congress.


Country South Africa
Visa requirementsFor visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African diplomatic mission. South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over one year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. Infected areas include Zambia and Angola in southern Africa.
Currency usedSouth African Rand (ZAR)
Area (km2)1.221 million km²

Sports & nature

There are many events throughout the year catering for sports enthusiasts in South Africa, from the world's largest ultra-marathon, the Comrades, to the enormously popular amateur cycling event, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which circumnavigates the Cape Peninsula. If you're sporty, then you're in good company.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

South Africa has its fair share of sporting, movie, music and political celebrities. From global political icons like former president Nelson Mandela and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to golfing greats such as Gary Player and Ernie Els, movie stars like Charlize Theron and musicians (think Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the group Freshlyground), expect South Africans to make news anywhere in the world.

Smoking is banned in public places, but there are usually designated areas where people can smoke. Under-18s may not enter a designated smoking area or buy cigarettes.

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Culture and history info

The South African flag is a much-loved symbol of the ‘new’ South Africa. It comprises a geometric pattern of green, white, black, gold, red and blue.

South Africa’s national bird is the blue crane. The national animal is the springbok; the national fish, the galjoen; the national flower, the giant or king protea; and the national tree, the yellowwood.

South Africa’s national anthem is based on the Xhosa hymn, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa), composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1897, and Die Stem van Suid-Afrika (The Call of South Africa).

South Africa is a multilingual country and there are 11 official languages, namely: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Although only about 10% of the population has English as its mother tongue, English is the language most widely understood, and is the second language of the majority of South Africans.

About 80% of South Africa's population is Christian. Other major religious groups include Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. A minority does not belong to any of the major religions. The Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
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Martha's B&B

Martha's B&B

Address 156, Western Cape
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live More info
Green delight

Green delight

Address 156, Gauteng
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live More info
A weekend away at Arendsig Wine Farm with Chef Matt Manning

A weekend away at Arendsig Wine Farm with Chef Matt Manning

Western Cape
A Summer Adventure at Arendsig Wine Farm After the sell-out success of their last dinner/sleepover e More info
Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour

Cape Peninsula Full Day Tour

Western Cape
Cape Town Set Out From Cape Town The tour departs at around 09h00 from the Cape Town City Bowl, whic More info
Cape Town Helicopter Experience

Cape Town Helicopter Experience

Western Cape
SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHTS Looking for a thrilling way to discover the Cape Peninsula? Try one of o More info
Cape Town Hop on Hop off bus

Cape Town Hop on Hop off bus

Western Cape
Cape Town City Tours The City Sightseeing open-top bus tour is undoubtedly the best way to go sights More info
Cape Town Jazz Festival 2017

Cape Town Jazz Festival 2017

Western Cape
Jazz & adventure Destination: Cape Town Valid from: 31 March – 2 April 2017  Includes: 2 More info
Cape Winelands Full Day Tour

Cape Winelands Full Day Tour

Western Cape
Cape Winelands What is the best feature of the Cape Winelands? It’s true that it is renowned for its More info
Durban Segway Experience

Durban Segway Experience

KwaZulu-Natal
Experience the magic & beauty Come and experience Durban on a Segway!  Bring your family More info
Fat Bike Fat Sharks

Fat Bike Fat Sharks

Western Cape
Fat Sharks Day 1: Arrive at the Roundhouse Day 2: Morning Shark Cage Diving experience – Enjoy the a More info
Fat Bike Hermanus Beach Trail

Fat Bike Hermanus Beach Trail

Western Cape
DeKelders – Hermanus Beach Trail Join us on an epic ride from De Kelders to Hermanus on a 20k More info
Fat Bike The EPIC

Fat Bike The EPIC

Western Cape
The EPIC!  The Epic is a fantastic all-round for the FIT biker wanting to blend both the Sand Dunes More info
Fatbike Sand Dunes Trail

Fatbike Sand Dunes Trail

Western Cape
SAND DUNES TRAIL (2-3HRS)  This is the ultimate ride from near Grootbos nature reserve down the mou More info
Full Voyages - Atlantic Shores & Indian Ocean Islands

Full Voyages - Atlantic Shores & Indian Ocean Islands

South Africa
Travel    Beautifully – the modern world makes getting around easy. But good travel is about much mo More info
Garden Route

Garden Route

Western Cape
Explore the Garden Route and its abundant attractions in just four days Experience the highlights of More info
Johannesburg Hop on Hop off bus

Johannesburg Hop on Hop off bus

Gauteng
Joburg City Tours The City Sightseeing open-top bus tour is undoubtedly the best way to go sightseei More info
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Mpumalanga
Kruger National Park Seek out the Big 5 on an overland truck! Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy More info
Matt Manning One Ingredient

Matt Manning One Ingredient

Western Cape
Matt Manning One Ingredient Experience One Ingredient is an interactive monthly dining experience an More info
Ricksha Bus Durban experience

Ricksha Bus Durban experience

KwaZulu-Natal
Hop aboard the Ricksha Bus for a scenic overview of a range of Durban’s major attractions such More info
Sail on a Private Luxury Yacht

Sail on a Private Luxury Yacht

Western Cape
Enjoy a five-star sailing experience aboard South Africa’s newest, largest and safest private More info
Scootours Franschhoek

Scootours Franschhoek

Western Cape
Scootours Franschhoek Scootours Franschhoek offers an adventurous way to explore the magnificent mou More info
Scootours Table Mountain and Signal Hill

Scootours Table Mountain and Signal Hill

Western Cape
Scootours Table Mountain and Signal Hill Scootours offer a unique and fun way to experience Table Mo More info
Segway & Quad Biking Tours in the Wild Coast

Segway & Quad Biking Tours in the Wild Coast

Eastern Cape
Adventure on the wild side Situated at the famous Wild Coast Sun Resort & Casino, w More info
Soweto Bicycle Tour

Soweto Bicycle Tour

Gauteng
Soweto Bicycle Tour A shorter tour of Soweto that will take you to some of the most interesting hist More info
Soweto experience with a difference

Soweto experience with a difference

Gauteng
Allow us to take you on a Soweto experience with a difference. Our professionally qualified guides w More info
Soweto Tuk Tuk Tour

Soweto Tuk Tuk Tour

Gauteng
Tuk Tuk Tour On our 2 hour tour we introduce you to our area of Orlando West and take you around our More info
Soweto Walking Tours

Soweto Walking Tours

Gauteng
Soweto Walking Tours Take a relaxed stroll around our area of Orlando West. Our guide will take you More info
Special Sector Voyages - Atlantic Shores & Indian Ocean Islands

Special Sector Voyages - Atlantic Shores & Indian Ocean Islands

South Africa
Travel Beautifully – the modern world makes getting around easy. But good travel is about much more More info
Spier Wine Farm Segway Tour

Spier Wine Farm Segway Tour

Western Cape
Glide through the vineyards. Breeze through the River Garden. Take a turn past the yin-yang water re More info
Sun City & Pilansberg National Park

Sun City & Pilansberg National Park

North West
Travel through the Crocodile Ramble and visit the popular Chameleon Village near Hartbeespoort Dam, More info
Vaal Adventure Experience

Vaal Adventure Experience

Gauteng
Vaal Adventure Experience This luxurious resort is set on the scenic Vaal River, just 45 minutesR More info
Cruise - Special Sector Voyages

Cruise - Special Sector Voyages

Travel Beautifully – the modern world makes getting around easy. But good travel is about much more More info
Group B

Group B

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Max people4
Door count4
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Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Group C

Group C

Car typeGroup C
Max people4
Door count4
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Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group D

Group D

Car typeGroup D
Max people5
Door count4
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Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group E

Group E

Car typeGroup E
Max people8
Door count4
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group F

Group F

Car typeGroup F
Max people4
Door count5
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group G

Group G

Car typeGroup G
Max people4
Door count2
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group H

Group H

Car typeGroup H
Max people4
Door count4
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group N

Group N

Max people7
Door count5
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group O

Group O

Car typeGroup O
Max people4
Door count4
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group R

Group R

Car typeGroup R
Max people4
Door count5
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group S

Group S

Car typeGroup S
Max people5
Door count5
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Group W

Group W

Car typeGroup W
Max people4
Door count4
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No