South Africa Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: South Africa

Where is it?: South Africa is at the southern tip of Africa

Why do people go here?: Travelers come to South Africa for a myriad of reasons. From wildlife parks to great beach destinations to beautiful cities like Cape Town, South offers something for everyone.

What are the main entry points?: There are daily flights into Johannesburg and Cape Town from all parts of the world.

Currency used: Rand

Country Code for Phones: 27

Area codes for Major Cities: Cape Town 21, Johannesburg 11, Pretoria 12

Religion: Black Independent 19%, Dutch Reformed 14%, Roman Catholic 10%

Population: 47 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 70%, White 14%, Mulatto 9%, Indian 3%

Government: Republic

Languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, others

Travel Information

Major Cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg

Attractions: Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Garden Route

Accommodation: South Africa Hostels, South Africa Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links:

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: The Shipwreck Coast

When to go: South Africa can pretty much be visited year-round.

Common Phrases: Afrikaans: Yes – Ja; No – Nee; Thank you – Dankie; Please – Asseblief; Goodbye – Totsiens pronounced totseens Zulu: Hamba Kahle – go well, good bye; see you; Sawubona – Hello; Ukudla – food; Isiphuzo – drink; thenga – buy; thank – bonga

Specific Events/Holidays: Human Rights Day: March 21, Family Day: April 17, Constituion Day: April 27, Workers’ Day: May 1, Youth Day: June 16, Women’s Day: August 9, Heritage Day: September 24, Day of Reconciliation: Dec 16

Getting Around: South Africa has excellent transportation systems, both private and public.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into South Africa is the Cape Town International.

Need more information?: Check out the South Africa travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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