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%
Languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, others
Major Cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg
Attractions: Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Garden Route
Tourism Office locations and links: http://www.southafrica.net/
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.