The rainbow nation, South Africa, is one of the most diverse destinations on earth. The country is known for its thousands of miles of coastline, vibrant culture, vast mountain ranges, and profusely hospitable people. So, here is our South Africa travel guide that will help you navigate the ins and outs of planning your trip to South Africa. See why September in South Africa is the best time to visit and which trips and tours are worthwhile considering.
Starting in the north, you can sink your teeth into the bush, where safari holidays in South Africa are the name of the game and the perfect starting point to your trip. To the east, you will be in a tug-of-war between sublime warm coastal waters and the dramatic verdant scenes of the Drakensberg as you explore the best national parks in South Africa. Pass by the Garden Route to reach the Western regions. These are known for their vast arid expanses and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is one of the most underrated corners of the country.
Cape Town is the jewel of South Africa with world-class food, shopping, and adventure experiences. There is no corner of the country that is not worth visiting and the list of things to do in South Africa is borderline overwhelming. Work your way through this travel guide to get the inside scoop on all the must-do tours and how to spend 10 or more days in South Africa to ensure you don’t miss a single beat.
Top Destinations in South Africa
Discover the highlights of South Africa.
The Kruger National Park is the pride and joy of South Africa’s world-renowned natural heritage. It is here where you will go searching for the “Big 5” and feel the heartbeat of the African bushveld while at it. Waking up to the song of the savannah is an unforgettable experience that should be felt by everyone on their quintessential Safari run in South Africa. View Tours
The Garden Route boasts some of the most scenic coastal roads in the world. Your journey there will take you through lush tropical forests and unspoiled stretches of coastline, winding through charming towns and past blissful panoramic viewpoints. The beauty and character of the Garden Route is undeniable and exploring it is an enchanting journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. View Tours
Embark on an unforgettable wine-tasting journey in Cape Town and discover the art of savoring the finest vintages. Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Cape Town, where breathtaking natural beauty and a rich wine culture converge. Sample world-class wines, take in stunning vineyard landscapes, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this captivating city. View Tours
What to do in South Africa
Read all about the top things to do in South Africa.
Many would say the most fascinating city to visit on a South Africa tour is, without a doubt, Cape Town. Some of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet exist here, along with some of the most iconic landmarks and most notable history. Table Mou ...Read more
South Africa at a Glance
Quick facts about South Africa.
South Africa has three capital cities. Pretoria is the executive capital city, although many people mistake Johannesburg as the capital. Pretoria is where you will find the official seat of the government, while Bloemfontein in the center of the country is the judicial capital and houses the high court. Cape Town is the legislative capital, where the South African parliament is located.
1.22 million km². South Africa is a large country with airports in each major city. Public transport is unreliable and car hire or e-hailing apps are the best way to get around.
+27. If you want to contact someone in Cape Town, you will have to add 21 at the end of that.
South Africa uses the Rand and the currency code is ZAR. ATM and banking services are widely available. There are four major banks in the country, all offering reasonable rates and safe banking. Seek out FNB, ABSA, Standard Bank, or Capitec banks for the most efficient service.
O.R. Tambo International Airport is the main international airport serving domestic and international travelers. It is located in Johannesburg, 50 kilometers from the capital, Pretoria. CODE: JNB CLOSEST CITY: Johannesburg
Most visitors can get a visa on arrival at the border which lasts for 90 days. There are some exceptions and we advise travelers to refer to their country-specific travel advisory before booking a trip.
South Africa has a whopping 11 official languages. English is widely spoken across the country and everything from shops to road signs and broadcast media is available in English.
The nationwide emergency number is 10111. You can also dial 112 or 10177 for the fire department.
“Braai” culture is a big deal in South Africa and is regarded as the number one national pastime. Come rain or shine, you will find a fire burning and meat grilling. There is even a national holiday dedicated to this culinary culture.
When to visit South Africa
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit South Africa.
- Jan Avg Daily: 26 ° C Avg Nightly: 16 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 26 ° C Avg Nightly: 16 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 25 ° C Avg Nightly: 14 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 22 ° C Avg Nightly: 12 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 17 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 8 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 19 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 21 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 23 ° C Avg Nightly: 13 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 25 ° C Avg Nightly: 15 ° C
While snow blankets much of the Northern Hemisphere, South Africa in January is a summer paradise. Pristine beaches, unspoiled landscapes, world-class wine and unmatched hospitality have all become synonymous with this unique destination, and they are bes ...Read more
If you are looking to visit South Africa in February, you are in for a treat. Expect glorious sunshine, moderate-to-warm temperatures and welcoming waters during your stay in the country at this time of year. As February falls during the country’s s ...Read more
Where to go in South Africa
Unravel the top destinations to visit in South Africa.
A trip to South Africa is perfect for anyone who enjoys glorious sunshine, has a knack for adventure, and wishes to explore diverse cultures. The country has so much to offer — from big five safaris, scenic road trips, rewarding multi-day hikes ...Read more
Despite a tragedy-filled past, South Africa is constantly and successfully headed towards a triumphant future. It's ace card to success is undoubtedly its abundant natural diversity and rich wildlife. Tourists from all over the world flock to this country ...Read more
How long to stay in South Africa
Read about the ideal duration to stay in South Africa.
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Home to roaming lions, leopards, rhinos, and elephants, a trip to South Africa offers the opportunity to explore wildlife in a way few countries can match. 10 days in South Africa opens up a lot of opportunities and is a great length of time to traverse m ...Read more
Top Safaris in South Africa
Read the ultimate safari guides for South Africa.
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South Africa Tour and Holiday Packages
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FAQs for South Africa
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Sustainable travel — How to travel through South Africa responsibly
In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through South Africa. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any South Africa tour that you purchase through us. Read more details about our carbon offsetting program.
Here’s what you can do to travel South Africa more responsibly:
- Carbon-offset your transport to South Africa via Emirates. The moment your tour starts in South Africa, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- South Africa has an increasing problem with recycling and donating to an organization like Wasteaid.org helps promote a circular economy in local communities.
South Africa travel tips and insights
- Wear something that does not draw a lot of attention.
- Come prepared with malaria pills, though most of South Africa is malaria-free.
- Lock the doors and windows of your car and ignore anyone who approaches you.
- Mobile coverage is pretty widespread.
- Take the off-the-beaten paths on your South Africa tour for the real travel experience.