All you need to know before stepping a foot in South Africa.
South Africa (SA) is an extensive and stunning country. Due to its beauty and diversity, the country is flocked by many people from around the world yearning to experience the African culture. So, if you are planning to visit this country in the south of the African continent, there are some things you need to know. Here we highlight some of these things to keep in mind.
South Africa’s Cultural Diversity
SA is a country full of cultural diversity. In South Africa, there are 11 languages including English. The language that is widely spoken is Zulu followed by Xhosa and Afrikaans. While in South Africa, rest assured that you’ll not have issues of communication barrier and you will always find something that suits you thanks to their diversified culture.
Your safety in SA
You must have known about insecurity issues in SA that makes you wonder whether it’s safe to travel to South Africa. Well, although a high crime rate is reported in some places, which are not visited by tourist, SA is a safe country. To avoid petty crimes such as muggings, avoid flashing fancy items such as expensive jewelry. Doing so will make you a soft target for muggers. Remember, poverty is a harsh reality in African countries including SA.
How to Move from Point A to B in South Africa
Although their roads are really good, public transport is not an ideal means of transport while in the country. It’s also better to hire a car rather than using a taxi service. There are also private buses companies operating across the country, which you can use to travel around. Considering the vastness of the country, flying can also be an alternative. There are reliable and affordable airlines such as the Fly Mango operating in the major and minor cities/airports in the country.
Any Statues for Past Prominent Leaders?
Yes, you will notice statues, photos, paintings, or art installations for Nelson Mandela. Mandela was one of the greatest freedom fighters in the country. He was a revolutionary during the apartheid era and the first black president of the country. If you don’t know much about Mandela, wait until you decent to this South African country.
Where to stay while in SA
There are wide varieties of contemporary hotels with varying prices in the South African cities such as Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. There are also accommodations for tourist known as backpackers in the country. These hostels are very cheap; therefore, you can book a room in these accommodations if you are on a tight budget.
The best time to travel to SA
The best time to visit the country is during the spring and autumn because the weather is favorable. Furthermore, spring and autumn is the off-peak season; it’s, therefore, ideal to travel during this time as flight, accommodation and food prices are cheap.
Cities and Places to Visit in the Country
South Africa is a vast country with a coastline measuring approximately 1, 600 miles. The popular cities for tourists are Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Johannesburg. Some of the places you can’t afford to miss are Kruger National Park, Cape of Good Hope, Garden route, Robben Island, and Table Mountain among other places.
You don’t Need Vaccination
If you are coming from a country with high prevalence of Yellow Fever, you’ll need to show proof of vaccine. Otherwise, you don’t need a vaccination for traveling in SA.
South Africa truly has a lot to offer. If you are looking forward to visiting this African country, you need to know some of these things highlighted in this article. It’s also important for you to do further research on other things to know before traveling to SA.
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