From unspoilt beaches & abundant wildlife to vibrant cities
South Africa is the southernmost gateway to an extraordinary continent – Africa. Once you have experienced our country, you too will feel the magnetism of Africa – the yearning to return to its wild places, vast vistas and sunny climate.
Bubbling over with positive energy for a new, emerging and unified “Rainbow Nation,” South Africa has something for everyone, from its dazzling cities to its surrounding African bush. Here, in our world-renowned game parks and wildlife reserves, the beauty and solitude will seep into your senses. And just as you start to unwind, the big boys stroll in – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and cheetah – a sure way to kick-start your heart again!
South Africa offers a melting pot of discovery, from the culture, history and spectacular natural beauty of Cape Town to the breathtaking coastline of the Garden Route and the magnificent wildlife of the Kruger National Park.
Climate: Summer in South Africa falls from December to February and winter from June through August. The rainy season for most of South Africa falls in the summer, except in the Western Cape which enjoys winter rainfall. Winter temperatures hover around zero while summers can be sweltering, more than 35° Celsius (95°F) in some places.
Map: South Africa is located at the southern tip of Africa and bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Currency: The currency of South Africa is the Rand (R). On Forex display boards, the three letter code is usually ZAR. The Rand is divided into 100 cents (c).
South Africa has ten international airports, the two major ones being Cape Town International and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. South Africa has a well-established road infrastructure with various tour companies offering bus routes between the country’s major centres.