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A land as diverse in peoples and cultures as it is breathtaking landscapes and scenery, South Africa, aptly named the rainbow nation, offers an experience to be met and lived. Share the surf with dolphins along Durban’s glistening coastline, make a humbling and poignant visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island, and immerse yourself in the multilayered African energy and flair on the streets of Johannesburg, every attraction on offer in this vibrant country overflows with hope and intrigue. Hike up the wondrous Table Mountain, and taste some of the finest wines in the world’s oldest vineyards outside Europe, all under the fervent warmth of the African sun.  

  • Capital: Pretoria
  • Dialing code: +27
  • Population: 54,956,900
  • Languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, South; South Ndebele, Sotho, Southern, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

General Information

Time zones

  • UTC+02:00


Rand (ZAR)


plugs:C, D, M, N


Health & Safety


  • Malaria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • DTP

Drinkable Water


Emergency Numbers

  • Fire: 10111
  • Police: 10111
  • Ambulance: 10177

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UK authorities issue travel warning to those visiting South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The United Kingdom government has issued a travel advisory, indicating that terrorists are likely to try to carry out indiscriminate attacks in South Africa. They say such attacks could include shopping malls. The advisory noted, "The main ... read more

3 days ago

UK issues travel advisory for South Africa

Consequently, the UK government has released a travel advisory for South Africa, due to concerns of the security of Britons in the area. “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa. Attacks could be indiscriminate‚ including in ... read more

2 days ago