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General Traveler Information


ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA (The Rainbow Nation)


Magnificent and sunny South Africa with its idyllic beaches and picturesque coastlines, rolling hills, gorges and canyons, towering mountains, indigenous forests and scenic beauty is a country that is located in the southernmost part of Africa bordered by Namibia, Lesotho (completely surrounded by south Africa), Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.  South Africa offers an untapped wonderland of unforgettable experiences, historical heritage and vibrant culture, roaming wildlife, natural beauty and breath-taking scenery, rich architecture, bustling city life, famous discoveries, sun-soaked beaches and coasts and sublime tranquillity making it a superb tourist destination.  South Africa is divided into nine geographical provinces namely the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free state, Limpopo and North West and each province has its own characteristics, vegetation and climatic conditions.  The beautiful Western Cape province with its colourful patchworks of farmland, gorgeous valleys, magnificent mountains, scenic coastline with long white beaches, famed fynbos and Cape Town as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the various Vineyards and Wine routes, the Garden Route, Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Gold of Africa museum, the V&A Waterfront and many more.  The scenic diverse Eastern Cape province with its informal seaside escapes and magnificent coastline and beaches, warm and sunny climate, scintillating city diversions, Wild Coast, lush evergreen Tsitsikamma Forest, arid desert-like Great Karoo and Bhisho as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the Addo Elephant National Park, the Valley of Desolation, Tsitsikamma National Park, Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and many more.   The intriguing and starkly beautiful Northern Cape province with its desert, bush and ocean landscapes, majestic Orange River, spring flowers, natural beauty, breath taking starry nights, and Kimberley (“the diamond city”) as capital city is the biggest province in South Africa and is known for its famous tourist attractions like the Big Hole, Namaqualand, Augrabies Falls, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the “Eye of Kuruman”, the South African Astronomical Observatory, the South African Large Telescope and many more.  The mesmerising panoramic Mpumalanga province with its extraordinary beautiful landscapes, scenic passes, rivers, waterfalls, valleys, forests, escarpment mountains, roaming wildlife and Nelspruit as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the Kruger National Park, Lydenburg Heads, Pilgrim’s Rest, Goliath’s Footprint, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Mac Mac Pools and many more.

The spectacular Limpopo province also known as “Gateway to the North” with its beautiful and contrasting landscapes, great Limpopo river, giant Boabab trees, mist shrouded mountains, scenic valleys, grassy plains and bushveld, waterfalls and hot mineral springs, tropical forests, sparkling trout waters, cultural heritage, geological formations, roaming wildlife and Polokwane as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the Kruger National Park, Makapansgat Valley, Modjadji Cycad Reserve, Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, Rhino Museum, Warmbaths resort, Bakone Malapa Open-air Museum, Amarula Lapa and many more.   The picturesque North West province also known as “The Platinum Province” with its majestic Magaliesberg Mountain range, beautiful hills, scenic rolling fields of maize, untamed African bushveld, golden sunflowers, vast plains, endless stretches of grassland, roaming wildlife in superb game reserves and Mahikeng as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the fabulous Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg Game Reserve and National Park, Hartbeespoort Dam, Lesedi Cultural Village, De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, Taung World Heritage Site, Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, Madikwe Game Reserve and many more.   Known as “The Golden Country”, the Free State province with its vast rugged and rocky mountain area of the East Highlands, open farmlands, natural beauty and scenic landscapes, Gariep Dam, charming towns, undulating hills, Vaal River, sandstone mountains, fields and wide golden plains, farmlands of corn, sunflowers and wheat and Bloemfontein as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, Free State National Botanical Gardens, National Museum Bloemfontein, Basotho Cultural Village, Gariep Dam, the famous Cheetah Route, Eagle Route, Lion Route, Flamingo Route, Springbok Route and many more.   Gauteng meaning “Place of Gold” is a province in South Africa that is situated in the highveld and is known as “The Gateway to Africa”.  Gauteng is known for its fast city life, rapid development and ever-increasing skyline of glass and chrome structures, business atmosphere and it’s also known as the entertainment epicentre of South Africa.  Johannesburg is the capital city of Gauteng and popular tourist attractions for the province includes the Cradle of Humankind, the Union Buildings, Maropeng, Maboneng Precinct, Gold Reef City, Soweto (Orlando) Towers, Monte Casino, The Elephant Sanctuary, Tswaing Meteorite Crater, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Sandton City and many more.   The remarkable, interesting and exquisite KwaZulu-Natal province also known as “The Zulu Kingdom” with its idyllic long shoreline beside the Indian Ocean, African, European and Indian Cultures, majestic Drakensberg Mountains, golden palm-fringed beaches, subtropical carnival atmosphere, calm lagoons, subtropical bush, cane fields, forests, valleys, rolling wooded hills, grassy plains, exotic and magnificent landscapes and Pietermaritzburg as capital city, is known for its famous tourist attractions like the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site,  Lake St Lucia World Heritage Site, Wild Coast,  Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, Sodwana Bay National Park, Midlands Meander, Valley of 1000 Hills Route, Ushaka Marine World, Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens, HluHluwe-Imfolozi Park, Battlefields Route, Golden beaches on the Dolphin Coast and Elephant Coast and many more.

Wildlife in South Africa includes Bird Life, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians and there are National Parks, Nature reserves and Game reserves in South Africa that boasts with the following wildlife: the Big 5 (Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard), Mountain Zebra, Ostriches, Springbok, Gemsbok, Giraffes, Cheetahs, Tigers, Eland, Mongoose, Jackal, Hyenas, Cape Elephant Shrew, Antbear, Baboons, Cape Mole-rat, Honey Badger, Cape Grysbok, Cape Horseshoe Bat, African Wild dog, De Winton’s Golden Mole, Riverine Rabbit, Bontebok, Oribi, Waterbuck, Cape Kudu, Sei Whale, Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Southern Right Whale, Dolphins and many more.  Spectacular features of South Africa will include the breath-taking Lowveld with all its beauty and waterfalls, Golden sandy Beaches and festival atmospheres along the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, The scenic Garden Route, The mystifying Midlands Meander, Table Mountain, Various cultures, traditions and heritage, the massive Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountain and many more.  Tourist attractions for South Africa will include the beautiful national parks, nature reserves and game reserves and all the attractions noted under each province.  Activities to do in South Africa will include Swimming, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Diving, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Caving, Rafting, Walking on the Beaches, Horseback Riding, Bungee Jumping, Stargazing, Fishing, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Hot Air Ballooning, Safari Tours, Quad biking, Skydiving, 4×4 Expeditions and much more.

The South African flag consists of horizontal bands of red (on the top) and blue (on the bottom) of equal width, separated by a central green band which splits into a horizontal “Y” shape which arms end at the corners of the hoist-side of the flag and follow the flags diagonals.  The “Y” shape on the flag embraces a black isosceles triangle from which the arms are separated by narrow yellow bands.  The horizontal red and blue bands at the top and bottom of the flag are separated from the green band and its arms by narrow white stripes.  There is no universal symbolism attached to any of the South African flag’s colours as the South African flag is a “Synopsis of principal elements of the country’s flag history”.  The only symbolism interpreted in the South African flag is the “V” OR “Y” shape which can be interpreted as “the convergence of diverse elements within South African society, taking the road ahead in unity”.  South Africa has 3 capital cities namely Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial).  South Africa has 11 official languages namely English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiNdebele, Afrikaans, siSwati, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Tshivenda and Xitsonga but most business communication (written and verbal) are done in English.  The people in South Africa are easy-going folk that are warm, friendly and receptive to being approached by foreigners who treat them with respect and exchange social pleasantries like enquiring about how they are and how the rugby (sport) is going before trying to extract information from them.  South Africa is considered to be a safe destination to visit in general, however the crime rate is very high and crimes like robberies, muggings, rape, murder, hijacking, pickpocketing and driving under the influence of alcohol is present throughout South Africa and tourists are advised to always be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when travelling to any destination.

Majority of South African religion is Christian and other popular religions include Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.  South African culture is multi-cultural and consists of over 55 million people of diverse cultures, languages, origins and religions that celebrate their past while working together toward the future resulting in South Africa being famously referred to as the rainbow nation.  Some of the ethnic groups present in South Africa will include Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Tswana, Ndebele, Swazi, Khoisan, Sotho, Hindu, Venda, Muslim, Shangaan-Tsonga, Afrikaans and English.  The rich culture, heritage and diversity in South Africa can be seen in each ethnic group’s dress code, langue, art, music, sport, food and religion.  South African people are proud to be South African and together they create a wonderful unique collage of culture, heritage and tradition.  South Africa is known for its beautiful and diverse arts and crafts and popular arts and crafts are showcased all over South Africa in Cultural Villages, Arts and Crafts Centres, Flea markets,  Shops, Roadside Vendors and many more and will include fascinating and intricately fashioned Beadwork, Pottery, Basketry, Sewing, House Decoration, Wooden Figures, Weaving and many more.  Filmmaking, Dance, Acting and Music are prominent features in the South African culture and it includes a number of music genres like folk styles, pop, rock, reggae, alternative, jazz, house, Afrikaans and hip hop.  South African people love singing, acting and dancing and there are various popular festivals throughout the year like the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Basha Uhuru Freedom festival, the Soweto International Jazz festival, the Oppikoppi festival, the Rocking Daisies festival, the Afropunk Johannesburg festival, the Ultra South Africa festival, the Klein Karoo National Arts festival and many more.  South Africa is an all year-round destination and when you are packing your clothes for your holiday in South Africa, remember to pack for the season and the region that you are planning your visit in.  The dress code in South Africa is relaxed and casual and comfortable clothing should be suitable throughout the year.  Pack light cotton tops, skirts, summer dresses, T-shirts and shorts to wear during the day and pack light long-sleeved clothing with socks and shoes to wear in the evenings (or if you are going on safari) for protection against the mosquitoes.  Depending on the season and region you are in, the evenings in South Africa can get cold so pack a warm jacket.  When going on safari, its best to wear colours like beige, khaki, green and brown instead of bright or light colours but avoid military or camouflage clothing or prints as it is illegal in South Africa.  The standard South African time is GMT+2.

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ACCOMMODATION


There are a variety of Hotels, Resorts, Guesthouses, Camp Sites, Holiday Houses, Chalets, Lodges, Bed & Breakfast and backpacker orientated accommodation available in South Africa that caters for all budgets but it’s essential to book in advance.  Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time.  Overall, accommodation in South Africa is of a high standard and South Africa is a great destination to go on holiday as there are many things to see and do.

To view all types of available accommodation in South Africa such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villa and to make booking reservations, use our mobile app or visit our booking page on the following link https://www.chilikutiafrica.com/bookings/

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BANKING AND CURRENCY


The currency used in South Africa is the Rand for which the symbol R, is placed immediately before the amount.  The Rand is divided into 100 cents and Notes are in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10.  You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com.  Banks and foreign exchange bureaus in South Africa can exchange all major currencies into South African Rand.  VAT (Value Added Tax) is levied at 15% on most of the products in South Africa and foreign passport holders may claim back the VAT on products that were bought in South Africa and are being taken out of the country provided that the total value of the goods don’t exceed a certain amount, for more information see the following links http://www.dirco.gov.za/ and http://www.taxrefunds.co.za/.  There are banks with branches available throughout the country which are open from Monday to Friday between 09h00 and 15h30 and 09h00 to 11h00 over weekends and there are ATM’s available in cities and towns throughout South Africa which takes any Cirrus, Visa or Maestro card as well as all other major credit and debit cards.  It is advisable to take extreme precaution when withdrawing money from an ATM in South Africa by always being careful that no one is watching you enter your PIN, being vigilant of scams where machines seem to eat your card and won’t give it back after you enter the Pin, not accepting help from any strangers and only using teller machines that are inside a mall or other building and by making sure you get a receipt for all processed and cancelled transactions.  Travelers will be required to declare all types of foreign currency when entering/exiting South Africa and most international airports, reputable resorts and lodges have facilities where money can be changed.  Travellers Cheques and Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout South Africa but it’s advisable to always take a small amount of cash with you if you are planning to buy from street vendors and markets as they don’t always have card facilities available.

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SOUTH AFRICAN CUISINE


South African cuisine is very diverse and is influenced by English, Dutch, Malay, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Indian and native African cultures resulting in delicious, quality food that’s loaded with meat.  South African people love to cook outside and popular dishes will include the traditional Afrikaner “braaivleis” (meat barbeque) with salads and “krummel pap en sous” (a porridge made with corn meal that resembles couscous covered in saucy tomato relish) and “Potjiekos” (a spicy stew made of meat, chicken or fish cooked in a cast iron three-legged pot over an open fire).  Other traditional South African culture food will include foods such as “Bunny Chows” (half a loaf of bread with the inside replaced by lamb or beef curry), “Masonja” (fried mopani worms), “Bobotie” (meatloaf with a Cape Malay influence, seasoned with curry, raisins and spices, topped with a savoury custard and egg-based topping), “Runaways/Maotwana/Walkie Talkies” (cooked Chicken Feet) and “Morogo” (a wild spinach on its own or with potato served with pap made from maize/corn flour into a basic porridge).  Due to South Africa’s coastal locations, seafood is a popular food on many menu’s and will include delicious South African Mussels, Oysters, Fresh Kabeljou, Calamari, Shrimp, Prawns, Kingklip, Hake and many other fish types served with rice or chips (fries).  Popular deserts in South Africa will include “Melktert” (milk-based desert) and “MalvaPudding” (baked desert with a sweet syrup).  Fruits, Vegetables and Starches like Avocados, Bananas, Bread, Onions, Oranges, Couscous, Pineapples, Kiwi Fruit, Potatoes, Gem Squash, Papayas, Butternut Squash, Celery, Watermelon, Peanuts, Beans, Rice, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Pasta and Corn are also widely available.  Some of the popular snacks in South Africa will include “Biltong” (spiced dried meat), “Droëwors” (spicy dried sausage), “Samoosas” (fried triangle shaped dough with a savoury filling) and “Koeksisters” (dough that is deep-fried and soaked in a sweet sugary sauce).  Fast Foods such as McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Romans Pizza, Debonairs Pizza, Wimpy, Cinnabon and many more are available throughout South Africa.  There are various soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta, Sprite and alcoholic beverages like wine, brandy, rum, whisky and local African and imported beers like Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Hansa Pilsner, Carling Black Label, Heineken, Peroni and many more available in South Africa.  It is safe to drink municipal tap water in South Africa.

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES


Learn more about all the Embassies, High Commissions and Honorary Consulates in South Africa.

South Africa Embassies & High Commissions

Algerian Embassy

950 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa, 0083

P.O. Box 57480, Pretoria, 0007, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5074 / 5

(F) (+27) 12 342 6479

[email protected]

www.embassyofalgeria-rsa.org
Angolan Embassy

1030 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 8685, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 0049
(+27) 12 342 0050

(F) (+27) 12 342 7039

www.angolanembassy.org
Argentine Embassy

200 Standard Bank Plaza, 440 Hilda Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11125, 0083, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 3513
(+27) 12 430 3527

(F) (+27) 12 430 2907

[email protected]

www.esafr.mrecic.gov.ar
Australian High Commission

292 Orient Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

Private Bag X150, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 423 6000

(F) (+27) 12 342 8442

[email protected]

southafrica.embassy.gov.au
Austrian Embassy

454A Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 4529 155

(F) (+27) 12 4601 151

[email protected]

www.bmeia.gv.at/botschaft/pretoria.html
Azerbaijani Embassy

302 Albert Street, Waterkloof Ridge, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 1018
(+27) 12 346 0829

(F) (+27) 12 346 1864

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.pretoria.mfa.gov.az
Bangladeshi High Commission

410 Farenden Street, Sunnyside, 0002, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 2105 - 6

(F) (+27) 12 343 5222

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.bhcpretoria.org
Belarussian Embassy

164 Orion Avenue, Sterrewag, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

P.O. Box 25763, Monument Park, 0105, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 7664
(+27) 12 430 7707

(F) (+27) 12 342 6280

[email protected]

ww.rsa.mfa.gov.by
Belgian Embassy

Leyds Street 625, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 440 32 01

(F) (+27) 12 440 32 16

[email protected]

southafrica.diplomatie.belgium.be
Beninese Embassy

900 Park Street, Cnr Park & Orient Street, Arcadia, 0083. South Africa

P.O. Box 26484, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6978

(F) (+27) 12 342 1823

[email protected]

www.embbeninsa.org.za
Botswana High Commission

24 Amos Street, Colbyn, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 57035, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 9640

(F) (+27) 12 342 1845
Brazilian Embassy

177 Dyer Road, Hillcrest Office Park, Woodpecker Place, 1st floor, Hillcrest
Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 366 52 00

(F) (+27) 12 366 52 99

[email protected]

www.pretoria.itamaraty.gov.br
Bulgarian Embassy

1071 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 37 20

(F) (+27) 12 342 37 21

[email protected]

www.mfa.bg/embassies/southafrica
Burkinese Embassy

767 Justice Mohamed Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13710, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 2704

(F) (+27) 12 346 6003

[email protected]

www.ambabf-afriquedusud.gov.bf
Burundian Embassy

318 Albert Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4881 / 4883

(F) (+27) 12 342 4885

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Cameroonian High Commission

80, Marais Street, Brooklyn, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13790, Hatfield, 0025, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460-0341

(F) (+27) 12 460-7942

[email protected]

www.camhicom.co.za
Canadian High Commission

1103 Arcadia Street, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag X13, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 422 3000

(F) (+27) (12) 422 3052

[email protected]

www.canadainternational.gc.ca/southafrica-afriquedusud/
Central African Embassy

209 Eastwood Opp. Eastwood Village, Stanza Bopape Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 2443 / 2473
(+27) 71 520 2822 / 74 683 6376

[email protected]
[email protected]
Chadian Embassy

157 Banket Street, Cnr Dely Road and Club Avenue, Waterkloof, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12648, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 6054
(+27) 72 261 6717

(F) (+27) 12 460 1596

[email protected]
[email protected]
Chilean Embassy

333 Main Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12-460 8090

(F) (+27) 12-460 8093

[email protected]

www.chile.gob.cl/sudafrica/
Chinese Embassy

972 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 431 6500

(F) (+27) 12 342 4244

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.chinese-embassy.org.za
Colombian Embassy

177 Dyer Road, Hillcrest Office Park, Woodpecker Place, 2nd Floor, Hillcrest, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 362 3106

(F) (+27) (12) 362 3118

[email protected]

www.sudafrica.embajada.gov.co
Comoran Embassy

200 Beckett Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 8594

(F) (+27) 12 343 0384

[email protected]
Congolese Embassy

791 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 28795, Sunnyside, 0132, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 24 55
(+27) 12 344 6475 / 6

(F) (+27) 12 344 40 10

[email protected]
Congolese Embassy

960 Arcadia Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 40427, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5507 / 8

(F) (+27) 12 342 5510

[email protected]

embassyofcongo.co.za
Ivorian Embassy

795 Government Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, South Africa

P.O. Box 13510, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6913 / 4

(F) (+27) 12 342 6714 / 3

[email protected]
Croatian Embassy

Ozmik House, 165 Lynnwood Road, Brooklyn, 0181, South Africa

P.O. Box 11335, 0028, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 1206

(F) (+27) 12 342 1819

[email protected]

www.za.mfa.hr
Cuban Embassy

45, Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11605, Hatfield, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 2215

(F) (+27) 12 346 2216

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.misiones.minrex.gob.cu/es/sudafrica
Cypriot High Commission

375, Marais Street, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 14554, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 3298

(F) (+27) 12 340 0024

[email protected]

www.mfa.gov.cy/highcompretoria
Czech Embassy

936 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 431 2380

(F) (+27) 12 430 2033
(+27) 12 431 2398

[email protected]

www.mzv.cz/pretoria
Danish Embassy

iParioli Office Park, Block B2, Ground Floor, 1166 Park Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11439, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 9340

(F) (+27) 12 342 7620

[email protected]

sydafrika.um.dk
Dominican Embassy

252 Berea Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12-362-2463
(+27) 12-341-0177

(F) (+27) 86-567-9613

[email protected]
Ecuadorian Embassy

272 Bronkhorst Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 1662

(F) (+27) 12 346 7082

[email protected]
[email protected]

sudafrica.embajada.gob.ec
Egyptian Embassy

270 Bourke Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 30025, Sunnyside, 0132, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 1590
(+27) 12 343 1591, 343 6042

(F) (+27) 12 343 1082

[email protected]
[email protected]
Equatorial Guinean Embassy

48 Florence Street, Colbyn, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 9945 / 6470
(+27) 12 342 7087 / 5076

(F) (+27) 12 342 7250
Eritrean Embassy

1281 Cobham Road, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11371, Queenswood, 0186, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 333 1302

(F) (+27) 12 333 2330

[email protected]
Swazi High Commission

715 Government Avenue, Cnr Blackwood & Government Streets, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 344 1910 / 17 / 25

(F) (+27) (12) 343 0455

[email protected]

www.swazihighcom.co.za
Ethiopian Embassy

47 Justice Mahomed (47 Charles Street), Bailey's Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11469, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 4067
(+27) 12 346 5485 / 3542

(F) (+27) 12 346 3867

[email protected]

www.ethioembassy.org.za
www.pretoria.mfa.gov.et
Finnish Embassy

628 Leyds Street, Muckleneuk, 0002, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 443, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 0275
(+27) 12 343 0276

(F) (+27) 12 343 3095

[email protected]

www.finland.org.za
French Embassy

250 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 425 1600

(F) (+27) 12 425 1609

[email protected]

za.ambafrance.org
Gabonese Embassy

921 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O.Box 9222, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4376
(+27) 12 342 4377

(F) (+27) 12 342 4375

[email protected]
Gambian High Commission

2nd Floor, North Block Brookfield Office Park, Pretoria, South Africa

261 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 004 0374

[email protected]

gambiaembassysa.co.za
Georgian Embassy

204 Carina Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346-18-31

(F) (+27) 12 346-18-33

[email protected]

www.rsa.mfa.gov.ge
German Embassy

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 427 8900

(F) (+27) 12 427 8969

[email protected]

www.southafrica.diplo.de
www.twitter.com/AmbSchaefer
Ghanaian High Commission

1038 Arcadia Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12537, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5847 / 8

(F) (+27) 12 342 5863

www.ghanahighcommission.co.za
Greek Embassy

323 North Village Lane, Hilside, Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 348 2352
(+27) 12 348 2427

(F) (+27) 12 430 4313

[email protected]

www.mfa.gr/pretoria
www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad/south-africa
Guinean Embassy

336 Orient Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13523, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4906 / 7348
(+27) 780 198 725 20

(F) (+27) 12 342 7348

[email protected]
[email protected]
Guyanese High Commission

Suite H, Third Floor, Grosvenor Place, 235 Grosvenor Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12238, Hatfield, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 941 1694
(+27) 12 342 2736

[email protected]
Haitian Embassy

826 - 830 Government Avenue, Eastwood, Pretoria. 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342-0192
(+27) 12 432-0980

(F) (+27) 12 342-0194

[email protected]
Holy See Apostolic Nunciature

4 Argo Street, Waterkloof Ridge, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 95200, Waterkloof, 0145, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 4235

(F) (+27) 12 346 1494
Hungarian Embassy

959 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13843, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430-30-30

(F) (+27) 12 430-30-29

[email protected]
Indian High Commission

852 Francis Baard Street, Corner of Frances Baard Street and Eastwood Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 40216, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5392

(F) (+27) 12 430 3326
(+27) 12 342 5310

www.hcisouthafrica.in
Indonesian Embassy

949 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13155, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 3350
(+27) 12 342 3354

(F) (+27) 12 342 3369

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.kemlu.go.id/pretoria
Iranian Embassy

245 Melk Street, Mucklenuek, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12546, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 87 945 1307

[email protected]

www.pretoria.mfa.ir
Iraqi Embassy

803 Jan Shoba Street, Brooklyn, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11089, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 2048 / 9

(F) (+27) 12 362 2027

[email protected]
Irish Embassy

Parkdev Building, Brooklyn Bridge Office Park, 570 Fehrsen Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 452 1000

(F) (+27) 12 342 4752

[email protected]

www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/south-africa
Israeli Embassy

428 King's Highway cor, Elizabeth Grove Street, Lynnwood, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag x 50, Menlo Park, 0102, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 470 3500
(+27) 12 470 3511

(F) (+27) 12 470 3555
(+27) 12 470 3561

embassies.gov.il/pretoria/
Italian Embassy

796 George Avenue, 0083, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 423 000

(F) (+27) 12 430 5547

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.ambpretoria.esteri.it
Jamaican High Commission

1119 Burnett Street, 3rd floor, Primo Building, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 366 8500

(F) (+27) 12 366 8510

[email protected]

www.jhcpretoria.co.za
Japanese Embassy

259 Baines Street, Groenkloof, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag X999, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 452 1500

(F) (+27) 12 460 3800
(+27) 12 460 3801

[email protected]

www.za.emb-japan.go.jp
Jordanian Embassy

254 Crown Avenue, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 8615
(+27) 12 346 8617

(F) (+27) 12 346 8611

[email protected]
[email protected]
Kazakh Embassy

226 Aries Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 0086

(F) (+27) 12 460 0086

[email protected]

mfa.gov.kz/en/pretoria
Kenyan High Commission

302 Brooks Street, Menlo Park, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 35954, Menlo Park, 0102, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 2249
(+27) 12 362 2250

(F) (+27) 12 362 2252

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.kenya.org.za
North Korean Embassy

958 Waterpoort Street, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 1238, Garsfontein, 0042, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 991 8661

(F) (+27) 12 991 8662

[email protected]
South Korean Embassy

265 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 2508

(F) (+27) 12 460 1158

[email protected]

overseas.mofa.go.kr/za-ko/index.do
Kuwaiti Embassy

890 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag X920, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 0877

(F) (+27) 12 342 0876

[email protected]

www.kuwaitembassy.co.za
Lebanese Embassy

238 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Corner of Muckleneuk and Florence Ribeiro, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 2130 / 1

(F) (+27) 12 430 2238

[email protected]
Lesotho High Commission

391 Anderson Street, Cnr. Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 55817, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 7648

(F) (+27) 12 460 7649

[email protected]
Liberian Embassy

743 Park Street, Clydesdale, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 2733

(F) (+27) 12 342 2737

[email protected]
Libyan Embassy

900 WF Nkomo Street and Balmoral Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 403888, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 3902

(F) (+27) 12 342 3904

[email protected]
[email protected]
Lithuanian Embassy

235 Grosvenor Street, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) (0) 12 760 9000

[email protected]

www.za.mfa.lt
Madagascan Embassy

90 B Tait Street, Colbyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11722, Queenswood, 0120, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 0983 / 4 / 5 / 6
(+27) 78 630 5311

(F) (+27) 12 342-0995
(+27) 86 535 5173

[email protected]
Malawian High Commission

770 Government Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O Box 11172, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 9900
(+27) 12 342 0146 / 1759

(F) (+27) 12 342 0147

[email protected]
Malaysian High Commission

1007 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11673, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5990
(+27) 12 342 5993

(F) (+27) 12 430 7773

[email protected]

www.kln.gov.my/web/zaf_pretoria
Malian Embassy

876 Pretorius Street, Block B, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12978, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 7464
(+27) 12 342 0676

(F) (+27) 12 342 0670

[email protected]
[email protected]
Mauritanian Embassy

337 Brooklyn Road, Charles Lord Office Park, Block B, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 3578
(+27) 12 362 2573

(F) (+27) 12 362 3304

[email protected]
Mauritian High Commission

1163 Pretorius Street, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 1283
(+27) 12 342 1284

(F) (+27) 12 342 1286

[email protected]
[email protected]
Mexican Embassy

Parkdev Building, Brooklyn Bridge, 570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 1004

(F) (+27) 12 460 0973
(+27) 12 640 8731

[email protected]

embamex.sre.gob.mx/sudafrica/
Moroccan Embassy

799 Francis Baard, Cnr Farenden Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12382, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 0230
(+27) 12 344 2340

(F) (+27) 12 343 0613

[email protected]
Mozambican High Commission

529, Edmond Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 4075, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 401 0300 / 5

(F) (+27) (12) 326 6388

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.embamoc.co.za
Myanmar Embassy

201 Leyds Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12121, Queenswood, 0121, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 341 2557
(+27) 12 341 2556

(F) (+27) 12 341 2553

[email protected]
[email protected]
Namibian High Commission

197 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 29806, Sunnyside, 0132, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12-481-9100

(F) (+27) 12-344-5998
(+27) 12-343-7294

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.namibia.org.za
Nepalese Embassy

976 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 7546

(F) (+27) 12 342 3619

[email protected]

za.nepalembassy.gov.np
Netherlands Embassy

210 Florence Ribeiro, Cnr. Muckleneuk Street, 0181, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 425 4500

(F) (+27) 12 425 4511

[email protected]

www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/countries/south-africa
New Zealand High Commission

125 Middel Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag X 27, Brooklyn Square, 0075, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 435 9000

(F) (+27) 12 435 9002

[email protected]
Nigerien Embassy

No. 821 Thomas Avenue, Eastwood, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 2402
(+27) 12 430 2337

(F) (+27) 12 430 2280

[email protected]
[email protected]
Nigerian High Commission

971 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 27332, Sunnyside, 0132, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12-342-0668
(+27) 12-342-0805

(F) (+27) 12 342 0718

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

www.nhcpsa.org/contact_us.html
Norwegian Embassy

Ozmik House, 165 Lynnwood Road, 0181, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11612, Hatfield, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 364 3700

(F) (+27) 12 364 3799

[email protected]

www.norway.no/en/south-africa
Omani Embassy

11 Anderson Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 2650, Brooklyn, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 8301
(+27) 12 362 2766

(F) (+27) 12 362 6258

[email protected]
Pakistani High Commission

312 Brooks Street, Menlo Park, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11803, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362-4072 / 3

(F) (+27) 12 362-3967

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.mofa.gov.pk/southafrica
Palestinian Embassy

493 Cameron Street, Bailey`s Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6411

(F) (+27) 12 342 6412

[email protected]
[email protected]
Panamanian Embassy

239 Kloof Avenue, Waterkloof, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 0703

(F) (+27) 12 346 7034

[email protected]
Paraguayan Embassy

189 Streliza Road, Waterkloof Heights, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 347 1047
(+27) 12 347 3142

(F) (+27) 12 347 0403

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.paraguayembassy.co.za
Peruvian Embassy

200 Saint Patricks Street, Muckleneuk Hill, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 440 1030
(+27) 12 440 1031

(F) (+27) 12 440 1054

[email protected]
Philippine Embassy

54 Nicolson Street, Muckleneuk, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 2562, Brooklyn Square, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346-0451
(+27) 12 346-0452

(F) (+27) 12 346-0454

[email protected]

pretoriape.dfa.gov.ph
Polish Embassy

14 Amos Street, Colbyn, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12277, Queenswood, 0121, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 96 21

(F) (+27) 86 765 04 21

[email protected]

www.pretoria.msz.gov.pl
Portuguese Embassy

599 Leyds Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 27102, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0132, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 341 2340
(+27) 12 341 2342

(F) (+27) 12 341 3975

[email protected]

www.embaixadaportugal.org.za
Qatari Embassy

355 Justice Mahomed (Charles) Street, Waterkloof, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

Private Bag X13, Brooklyn Square, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 452 1700
(+27) 12 452 1701

(F) (+27) 12 346 6732
(+27) 12 452 1710

[email protected]
[email protected]

pretoria.embassy.qa
Romanian Embassy

877 Justice Mahomed Street, (Former 117 Charles Street), Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 69 41

(F) (+27) 12 460 69 47

[email protected]

www.pretoria.mae.ro
Russian Embassy

316 Brooks Street, Menlo Park, 0081, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 36034, Pretoria, 0102, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 1337

(F) (+27) 12 362 0116

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.russianembassy.org.za
Rwandan High Commission

983 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 55224, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6536

(F) (+27) 12 342 7106

[email protected]

southafrica.embassy.gov.rw
Sahrawi Embassy

801 Merton Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11352, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5532

(F) (+27) 12 430 7428

[email protected]
Saudi Arabian

711 Jan Shoba Street, Cnr Jan Shoba & Lunnon Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13930, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 4230
(+27) 12 362 4240

(F) (+27) 12 362 4239
(+27) 12 362 4248

[email protected]
Senegalese Embassy

57 Charles Street, Bailey's Muckleneuk, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 2948, Brooklyn Square, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 5263

(F) (+27) 12 346 5550

[email protected]
[email protected]
Serbian Embassy

163 Marais Street, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13026, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 5626
(+27) 12 460 6103

(F) (+27) 12 460 6003

[email protected]

www.pretoria.mfa.gov.rs
Seychellois High Commission

Delmondo Office Park, Block C, Positano, Ground Floor, 169 Garsfontein Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 34 80 270

(F) (+27) 12 34 64 698

[email protected]
Singaporean High Commission

980-982 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11809, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 430 6035

(F) (+27) 12 342 4425

[email protected]

www.mfa.gov.sg/pretoria
Slovakian Embassy

930 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12736, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 1 2342 2051
(+27) 1 2342 2052

(F) (+27) 1 2342 3688

[email protected]

www.mzv.sk/pretoria
Somali Embassy

831 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 3446
South Sudanese Embassy

54 Amos Street, Colbyn, Pretoria, South Africa

Postnet Suite 289, Private Bag X15, Menlo Park, 0102, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 9754
(+27) 12 342 0992

(F) (+27) 12 342 9995

[email protected]
[email protected]
Spanish Embassy

Lord Charles Complex, 337 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

P.O. Box 35353, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 01 23

(F) (+27) 12 460 22 90

[email protected]

www.exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/pretoria
Sri Lankan High Commission

410 Alexander Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 7690
(+27) 12 460 7679

(F) (+27) 12 460 7702

[email protected]

www.srilanka.co.za
Sudanese Embassy

1203 Pretorius Street, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O Box 25513, Monument Park, 0105, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4538
(+27) 12 342 7903

(F) (+27) 12 342 4539 40

[email protected]
[email protected]
Swedish Embassy

I Parioli Complex, 1166 Park Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13477, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 426 64 00

(F) (+27) 12 426 64 64

[email protected]

www.swedenabroad.com/pretoria
Swiss Embassy

225 Veale Street, Parc Nouveau, New Muckleneuk, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 2508, Brooklyn Square, Pretoria, 0075, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 452 06 60

(F) (+27) 12 346 66 05

[email protected]

www.eda.admin.ch/pretoria
Syrian Embassy

963 Francis Baard, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12830, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4701 / 4566

(F) (+27) 12 342 4702

[email protected]
Tanzanian High Commission

822 George Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 56572, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 4371
(+27) 12 342 4393

(F) (+27) 12 430 4383

[email protected]

www.tanzania.org.za
Thai Embassy

248 Hill Street (Corner of Pretorius Street), Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

P.O. Box 12080, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5470

(F) (+27) 12 342 3986

[email protected]

www.thaiembassy.org/pretoria/en
Timor-Leste Embassy

107 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 3440

(F) (+27) 12 460 3414

[email protected]
[email protected]
Togolese Embassy

235 John Street, Muckleneuk Hill, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 343 5939

(F) (+27) 12 343 5946

[email protected]
[email protected]
Trinidadian High Commission

258 Lawley Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 95872, Waterkloof, 0145, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 460 9688

(F) (+27) (12) 346 7302

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.foreign.gov.tt/hcpretoria
Tunisian Embassy

850 Stanza Bopape Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 56535, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6282 / 83

(F) (+27) 12 342 6284

[email protected]
[email protected]
Turkish Embassy

1067 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 56014, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria
South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6056

(F) (+27) 12 342 6052

[email protected]

pretoria.emb.mfa.gov.tr
Ugandan High Commission

882 Stanza Bopape Street, CNR Balmoral Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12442, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6031 to 4

(F) (+27) 12 342 6206

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.ugandahighcommissionpretoria.com
Ukrainian Embassy

398 Marais Street, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 57291, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 460 1946

(F) (+27) 12 460 1944

[email protected]

www.rsa.mfa.gov.ua
United Arab Emirates Embassy

992 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 57090, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 7736

(F) (+27) 12 342 7738

[email protected]
[email protected]
British High Commission

"Greystoke", 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 0002, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) (12) 421 7500

(F) (+27) (12) 421 7555

[email protected]

www.gov.uk/government/world/south-africa
U.S. Embassy

877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 9536, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 431 4000

(F) (+27) 12 342 2299
Uruguayan Embassy

Brooklyn Court 3W Veale Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 14818, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 6521
(+27) 12 362 6522

(F) (+27) 12 362 6523

[email protected]
Venezuelan Embassy

230 Carina Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 11821, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346 5747
(+27) 12 346 5718

(F) (+27) 12 346 5755

[email protected]
Vietnamese Embassy

87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13692, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 362 8119

(F) (+27) 12 362 8115

[email protected]

www.vietnam.co.za
Yemeni Embassy

227 Murray Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 13343, Hatfield, 0028, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 425 0760

(F) (+27) 12 425 0762

[email protected]
Zambian High Commission

Zambia House, 570 Ziervoel Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 12234, Hatfield, 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 326 1847 / 54

(F) (+27) 12 326 2140

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.zambiapretoria.net
Zimbabwean Embassy

Zimbabwe House, 798 Merton Street, Pretoria, South Africa

P.O. Box 55140, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 5125

(F) (+27) 12 342 5126

[email protected]
[email protected]

South Africa Consulates

Angolan Consulate General

109 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 425 8700

(F) (+27) 21 425 8705

[email protected]
[email protected]
Austrian Honorary Consulate General

F2 The Courtyard, Central Park on Esplanade, Century City, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 912 1351

[email protected]
Belgian Consulate

1 Thibault Square (LG building), 19th floor, Thibault Square Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 2717, 8001, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 419 46 90

(F) (+27) 21 421 11 21

[email protected]

southafrica.diplomatie.belgium.be
Botswana Consulate General

1 Sandton Drive and Alice Lane, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 403 3748

(F) (+27) 11 403 1384
Brazilian Consulate

Touchstone House, 7 Bree Street, 9th floor, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 421 4040

(F) (+27) (86) 678-7599

[email protected]

capetown.itamaraty.gov.br
Bulgarian Honorary Consulate

21 Meerlust Street, Table View, 7441, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 556 0086

(F) (+27) 21 556 0086

[email protected]
Chilean Honorary Consulate

No. 1 Victoria Road, Unit 2, Clifton, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 557 1351

(F) (+27) 21 557 1351

[email protected]
Chinese Consulate General

The Terraces, 9th Floor, 34 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-674 0579

(F) (+27) 21-674 0538

[email protected]
Colombian Honorary Consulate

31 Southern Cross Drive, Constantia, 7800, Table View, 7441, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 794 3693

(F) (+27) 21 794 4572
Costa Rican Honorary Consulate

56 Dennis Road, Blandford Ridge, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 68140, Bryanston, 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 705 3434

(F) (+27) 11 705 1222

[email protected]
Cypriot Honorary Consulate

45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North, Dalbridge, 4014, Durban, South Africa

(T) (+27) 31 572 2041
(+27) (0) 83 456 8554

(F) (+27) 31 572 5962
Danish Honorary Consulate

185 Cato Road, Glenwood, Durban, 4001, South Africa

P.O. Box 50226, Durban, 3629, South Africa

(T) (+27) (31) 202 9396 / 7 / 8

(F) (+27) (31) 202 9399

[email protected]
[email protected]
Estonian Honorary Consulate

56 Toon van der Heever Street, Randhart, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 154, Paarl, 7622, South Africa

(T) (+27) 82 550 63 63

(F) (+27) 21 863 21 90

[email protected]
Eswatini (Swazi) Consulate

Braamfontein Centre, 6th Floor, 23 Jorissen Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 8030, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) (11) 403 7472 / 2036
(+27) (11) 403 2050

(F) (+27) (11) 403 7473
Finnish Honorary Consulate

B5 Westlake Square, 1 Westlake Drive, Tokai 7945, Claremont, 7700, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 - 700 2800
(+27) 21 - 700 2801

(F) (+27) 21 - 701 7050
French Consulate General

2 Dean Street Off Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 1702, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 42 31 575

(F) (+27) (21) 42 48 470

www.consulfrancelecap.org
Gambian Honorary Consulate

Sandton, SA - Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 911 4500

(F) (+27) 11 784 0446

[email protected]

www.gambiaconsulsa.com
Georgian Embassy

204 Carina Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 346-18-31

(F) (+27) 12 346-18-33

[email protected]

www.rsa.mfa.gov.ge
German Consulate General

19 Th Floor, Safmarine House, 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

P.O. Box 4273, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 405 30 00

(F) (+27) (21) 421 04 00

[email protected]
Greek Consulate General

Orbch Place, 261 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 2405, Houghton, 2041, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 2142300

(F) (+27) 11 2142304

[email protected]

www.grconsuljhb.com.za
Grenadian Honorary Consulate

Ground & 1st Floor Building 5, Commerce Square, 39 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 403 3748

(F) (+27) 11 403 1384
Guatemalan Honorary Consulate

c/o Exatrade House, 745 Saddle Drive, Woodmead Office Park, Cnr Woodmead Drive & Van Reenen Road, Woodmead, Sandton, 2199, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 804 5080

(F) (+27) 11 804 4844

[email protected]
[email protected]
Hungarian Honorary Consulate

18 Rocklands Avenue, Highland Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 60587, Stellenbosch, 7600 Western Cape, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 465-2123

[email protected]
Icelandic Honorary Consulate

Nr.1 Thibault Square, 26th Floor, cnr Long and Hans Strijdom Streets, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 563, Noordhoek, 7979, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-418-1188

(F) (+27) 21-425-3022

[email protected]
Indian Consulate General

TIR, First Floor, 9 Ruby Terrace, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-419 8110 / 1

(F) (+27) 21-419 8112

[email protected]
[email protected]
Indonesian Consulate General

59-61 Loop Street, 8001, Caledon Square, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 10129, Cape Town, 7905, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 423-2321

(F) (+27) (21) 423-3205

[email protected]
[email protected]
Italian Consulate

2 Grey's Pass Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 789 00 53

(F) (+27) 21 789 26 66

[email protected]

www.ctcons.com
Japanese Consular Agency

1030 S.E, 9th Avenue, #150447, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 425 1695 / 6

(F) (+27) 21 418 2116
South Korean Honorary Consulate General

Caltex House, 19 DF Malan Drive, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 714, 7500, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 403 7264

(F) (+27) 21 403 7351

[email protected]
Lebanese Honorary Consulate

No 3 "The Willows", Braeside Road, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 53288, Kenilworth, 7745, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 797 3687

(F) (+27) 21 762 5930
Lesotho Consulate General

76 Juta Street, Indent House, Braamfontein, 2000, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 6643, Braamfontein, 2000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 339 3653

(F) (+27) 11 339 1780
Lithuanian Honorary Consulate

8th Floor, 5 St George's Mall, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 596, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 4069208

(F) (+27) 21 4197411

[email protected]
Madagascan Consulate General

No 13, 6th Street, Houghton Estate, 2198, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 786098, Sandton, 2146, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 442 3322

(F) (+27) 11 442 6660

co[email protected]
Malawian Consulate General

1st Fl, Sable Centre House, 41 De Korte Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 31752, Braamfontein, 2017, Rivonia, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 339 1569

(F) (+27) 11 339 6926
Maltese Honorary Consulate

332 Koeberg Rd, Milnerton, 7441, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 5524190

(F) (+27) (21) 5524190

[email protected]
[email protected]
Mauritian Honorary Consulate

19th Floor, LG Building, 1 Thibault Square, Long Street, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-554-3241
(+27) 79 931 2262

[email protected]
Moroccan Honorary Consulate

Standard Bank Centre, Main Tower, 10th Floor, Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 419 2810

(F) (+27) 21 418 1472

[email protected]
Mozambican Consulate

45 Castle Street, 7th floor, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 426 2944 / 4

(F) (+27) (21) 426 2944 / 4
Namibian Consulate General

10 Roger Street, Valmary Park, 7550, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 751, Eikenfontein, 7571, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 461 1995 / 4

(F) (+27) 21 461 1993

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.namibiaconsul.com.za
Netherlands Consulate General

Helderberg House, 24 Highwick Drive, c/r 53 Herschel Road
Kenilworth, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 487 3900

(F) (+27) 21 424 0146

[email protected]

http://southafrica.nlambassade.com/
New Zealand Honorary Consulate

Institute of Healing Memories, 2 Lente Road, Sybrand Park, Claremont, 7708, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 696 8561

(F) (+27) 21 697 4773

[email protected]
Nigerian Consulate General

No 6, Bolton Road, Cnr Newport, Parkwood, 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 1014, Saxonwold, 2132, Johannesburg, South Africa

[email protected]
Norwegian Honorary Consulate

2805 ABSA Building, 2 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 4446, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 418 1276

(F) (+27) 21 421 4187

[email protected]
Paraguayan Honorary Consulate

40 Hummock Circle, Dune Ridge Estate, Big Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 556 0086

(F) (+27) 21 556 0086

[email protected]
Philippine Honorary Consulate

20 Main Road, St James, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 5, Muizenberg, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-788-9261

(F) (+27) 21-788-8261
Polish Honorary Consulate

56 Sixth Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 1547, Houghton, 2041, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 788 6597

(F) (+27) 11 442 5375

[email protected]
Portuguese Consulate General

Suite 1005, 10th floor, Standard Bank Centre, Hertzog Boulevard, Hereengacht, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 3433, 8001, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 418 0080 / 81

(F) (+27) 21 418 0084

[email protected].dgaccp.pt
[email protected]
Romanian Consulate General

45 Tokai Road, Tokai, 7966, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21-76.11.781

(F) (+27) 21-76.12.657

[email protected]
Russian Consulate General

2nd Floor, Southern Life Centre, 8 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 261, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 418 3656 / 57

(F) (+27) 21 419 2651

[email protected]

www.capetown.southafrica.mdi.ru
San Marinese Honorary Consulate General

P.O. Box 2013, Brooklyn Square, 0075, Pretoria, South Africa

(T) (+27) 12 342 6536

(F) (+27) 12 342 7106
Senegalese Honorary Consulate

Swedish Trade Council, 1st Floor, Knightsbridge
Cradock Avenue, Rosebank, 2196, Johannesburg, South Africa

Private Bag X2201, Saxonwold, 2132, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 442 3620

(F) (+27) 11 442 3841
Slovakian Honorary Consulate

2100 Main Tower, Standard Bank Centre, Heerengracht, 8001, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 421 5660

(F) (+27) 21 418 2690

[email protected]
Spanish Consulate General

37 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 422 24 15 to 18

(F) (+27) 21 422 23 28

[email protected]
Sri Lankan Honorary Consulate

15 Piet Retief Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 8878018

(F) (+27) (21) 8865773

[email protected]
Swedish Honorary Consulate

2805 ABSA Centre, 28 floor, 2 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 4446, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 418 1276

(F) (+27) (21) 418 6068

[email protected]
[email protected]
Swiss Consulate General

100 Strand Street, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O Box 346, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 418 36 65

(F) (+27) 21 418 36 88

[email protected]
Trinidadian Honorary Consulate

56 Sixth Street, Houghton, 2198, Johannesburg, South Africa

P.O. Box 1547, Houghton, 2041, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 11 783 9032
(+27) 11 783 3307
Turkish Honorary Consulate General

Old Post Office, Main Road, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 121, St James, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 715 8833

(F) (+27) 21 715 8227
British Consulate General

91 Parliament Street, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) (21) 461 7220

(F) (+27) (21) 461 0017

www.britain.com.za
U.S. Consulate General

4th Floor, Broadway Industries Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 421 4280 - 3

(F) (+27) 21 421 1230 or
(+27) 21 425 3014

[email protected]
Uruguayan Honorary Consulate

Suite 2308, Trust Bank Centre, Thibault Square, Heerengracht, Cape Town, South Africa

P.O. Box 4774, Johannesburg, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 425.18.47

(F) (+27) 21 425.33.08

[email protected]
Zimbabwean Consulate

25th Floor, Atterbury House, 9 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

(T) (+27) 21 419 0636 / 7

(F) (+27) 21 419 0639

[email protected]

www.zimbabweconsul.com.za

Source: https://www.embassypages.com/South Africa

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GAME RESERVES


There are various protected (conservation) areas in South Africa that is grouped into national parks, nature reserves, special nature reserves, mountain catchment areas, world heritage sites, protected environments, forest nature reserves, transfrontier conservation areas, marine protected areas, botanical gardens, game parks and reserves.  The National Parks and Game Parks and Reserves in South Africa are the Addo Elephant National Park, the Agulhas National Park, the Augrabies Falls National Park, the Bontebok National Park, the Camdeboo National Park, the Garden Route National Park, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Karoo National Park, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Kruger National Park, the Mapungubwe National Park, the Marakele National Park, the Mokala National Park, the Mountain Zebra National Park, the Namaqua National Park, the Table Mountain National Park, the Tankwa Karoo National Park and the West Coast National Park.  Game Viewing is at its best during the dry season (May to October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes.  Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons.   For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears.  Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered.  Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.

The Kruger National Park

The famous 19,485 square km Kruger National Park is situated in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in South Africa and is one of the largest game reserves in the world.  The 360 km long and 65km wide Kruger National Park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere area designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.  The intriguing Kruger National Park with its rivers, thorn trees, red bush-willow, mopane and marula veld has nine main gates allowing entrance to the different camps.  The enormous and magnificent Kruger National Park is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world and its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species such as 507 bird species, 147 mammal species, 114 reptile species, 49 fish species and 34 amphibian species.  The Kruger National Park is a sense-tingling magical wonderland of untouched African bushveld boasting with wildlife such as the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard), Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Zebra, Bushbuck, Eland, Giraffe, Kudu, Hippo, Impala, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Warthog, Waterbuck, Crocodile, Spotted Hyena and many more.  Accommodation at the Kruger National Park includes various Chalets, Lodges, Cottages, Rest Camps and Camp Sites with modern amenities but due to the popularity of the park and it is very important to book in advance.  Activities to do at the Kruger National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Wilderness Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Backpacking Trails, Golf, 4×4 trails, Safari’s and many more.  The best time to visit the Kruger National Park is during the dry season of May to October.  The park is open throughout the year.

The ADDO Elephant National Park

The spectacular ADDO Elephant National park with its famous elephant population, miles of verdant citrus trees, picturesque Zuurberg Mountain, Sundays River and rolling sand dunes of the Woody Cape section is located in the Eastern Cape province approximately 70km north-east from Port Elizabeth.  The ADDO Elephant National park is the third largest park in South Africa and consists of 5 sections namely the Colchester section, the Darlington section, the Kabouga section, the Zuurberg section and the Woody Cape section.  The ADDO Elephant National Park is known as the park with the Big 7 which typically consists out of your normal Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) plus the sperm whales and great white sharks that roam the ocean of the Woody Cape Section.  The dense population of elephants in the park has a special brownish skin colour due to the red soil and other wildlife in the ADDO Elephant National Park will include various Antelope species, Flightless Dung Beetle, Zebras, Warthogs, Ostriches, Spotted Hyenas and many more.  Accommodation at the ADDO Elephant National Park will include various Hotels, Lodges, Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfast and Self-catering accommodation.  Activities to do at the ADDO Elephant National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Horse-back Riding, Guided Walking, Hiking, 4×4 trails and many more.

The Garden Route National Park

The breath-taking and picturesque 1,210 square kilometre Garden Route National Park consists out of the Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna Lakes area and is located in the scenic Garden Route region of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces in South Africa.  The coastal reserve with its indigenous forests, sheer cliffs, dramatic coastline, various types of fynbos, winding waterways, lakes, serpentine and Otter trail is divided into two sections namely the Tsitsikamma section and the Wilderness section.  The beautiful Garden Route National park presents a world of intertidal life and reefs in its marine part and it has the single largest block of Afromontane forest in South Africa in its terrestrial parts boasting with an array of mammals, birds, reptiles and marine animals.  The Garden Route National Park is home to approximately 371 bird species, 25 different snake species, 26 different fish species and 85 mammal species including Clawless Otter, Grysbok, Honey badger, Klipspringer, Leopard, Vervet Monkey, Striped Polecat, Serval, Vlei Rat, African Weasel, African Wild Cat, Caracal, Killer Whale, Humpback Dolphin, Risso Dolphin, Bushbuck, Cape Fur Seal, Water Mongoose, Bushpig, Chacma Baboon, Blue Duiker, African Elephant and many more.  Accommodation at the Garden Route National Park includes various Lodges, Camping and Caravan Sites, Forest Cabins, Rondawels, Chalets and Forest Huts.  Activities to do at the Garden Route National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Swimming, Canoeing, Diving, Hiking, Nature Walks, Forest Excursions, Mountain Biking and many more.

The Karoo National Park

Situated on the Beaufort group of rocks forming part of the Karoo geological system of deposits, the Karoo National Park is a vision of true African bushveld with its vast and unforgiving landscape, splendour of the Karoo, semi-desert area, quiet expansive skies, shrubs, grasses, thorn trees, rolling plains and majestic mountains.  The Karoo National Park is located in the Great Karoo area of the Western Cape province close to the town of Beaufort West providing a true of the beaten track experience and boasts with wildlife such as Red Hartebeest, Riverine Rabbit, Cape Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Ostriches, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Klipspringer, Lions, Kudu, 5 Species of Tortoise, various Reptile Species, various Bird Species including Black Eagles, Jackal Buzzard, Namaqua Sandgrouse and many more.  Accommodation at the Karoo National Park includes various Chalets and Camping and Caravan Campsites.  Activities to do at the Karoo National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Hiking, Scenic Drives, 4×4 Trials and many more.

The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Located in the Kwazulu-Natal Province the beautiful 960 square kilometers Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve also known as the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park opened officially in 1895 and is the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa.  With its 96 000 hectares of wilderness, rolling hills, Umfolozi River, wide and deep valleys, grassland, woodlands and savannah, it is indeed the wildlife enthusiast’s dream as it provides pure wilderness in its truest form.  The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park is divided in two sections namely the Umfolozi and the Hluhluwe and boasts wildlife like the Big 5 (Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard), Nyala, Hippo, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Warthog, Bushpig, Water Buck, Monkeys, Giraffe, Hyena, Impala, Baboons, Duiker, Jackal, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Nile Crocodile, 340 Bird Species and many more.  Accommodation at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park includes various Rondawels, Chalets, Tented Camps and Lodges.  Activities to do at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Day Safaris, Bush & Boat Safaris, Walking trails and many more.

The Pilanesberg National Park

The spectacular 550 square kilometre Pilanesberg National Park also known as the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the fourth largest park in South Africa and is situated in a volcano crater that erupted 1.2 billion years ago in the Bojanala Region in the North West Province.  Exiting a transition zone between the wet lowveld vegetation and the dryness of the Kalahari, the Pilanesberg National Park is a sight of sheer beauty with its majestic mountain ranges, steep hill slopes, sandy savannah, rocky outcrops, wooded gorges and valleys, Mankwe Dam, grasslands and bushveld boasting with over 360 bird species and 7000 animals including the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino), Tsessebe, Serval, Cheetah, Sable Antelope, Honey Badger, African Wild Dog, Hyena, Giraffe, Baboons, Roan, Zebra, African Wild Cat, Blue Wildebeest, Hippo, Monkeys, Impala, Water Buck and many more.  Accommodation at the Pilanesberg National Park consists out of various Lodges, Resorts, Safari Tents, Self-Catering, Bed&Breakfast and Chalets.  Activities to do at the Pilanesberg National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Photographic Hides, Hot air-ballooning, Day Trips, Lost City at Sun City, Walking Safaris and many more.

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HEALTH


South Africa has state-owned and private hospitals, practices and facilities available.  South Africa has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus it’s important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts.  Certain areas of South Africa has a risk of malaria including the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Mopani, Vhembe, Waterberg district municipalities of Limpopo Province, Ehlanzeni district municipality in Mpumalanga Province, Umknanyakude in Kwazulu-Natal Province and the Kruger National Park, thus it’s advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before travelling to South Africa.  Municipal tap water in South Africa is safe to drink but if you have a sensitive stomach, bottled water is advised.  There is a variety of infectious diseases present in South Africa such as Diarrhoea, Hepatitis A, Measles, Typhoid fever, Hepatitis B, Malaria and Rabies.  It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need.  These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before travelling to any destination.

Vaccines and Medicines

For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are travelling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may require.  It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.  You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S.  Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory.  Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Vaccines

 

Routine vaccines:

Information about Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Measles:

Travel Disease – Measles

  • Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
  • People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunityor no written documentation of any doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
  • People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose.

Hepatitis A:

Travel Disease – Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in South Africa, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Typhoid:

Travel Disease – Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in South Africa. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Hepatitis B:

Travel Disease – Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Malaria:

Travel Disease – Malaria

When traveling in South Africa, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. Areas of South Africa with risk of malaria: Present along the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Specifically in Mopani, Vhembe, and Waterberg district municipalities of Limpopo Province; Ehlanzeni district municipality in Mpumalanga Province; and Umknanyakude in Kwazulu-Natal Province. Present in Kruger National Park. See more detailed information about malaria in South Africa.

Rabies:

Travel Disease – Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in South Africa, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to South Africa.
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Yellow Fever:

Travel Disease – Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The government of South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for South Africa. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.

Stay Healthy and Safe during your Travels

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in South Africa, so your behaviours are important.

Eat and drink safely:
Unclean food and water can cause traveller’s diarrhoea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

Eat:
Food that is cooked and served hot
Hard-cooked eggs
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t Eat:
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Drink:
Bottled water that is sealed
Water that has been disinfected
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Carbonated drinks
Hot coffee or tea
Pasteurized milk

Don’t Drink:
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Unpasteurized milk

Take Medicine:
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.

Prevent bug bites:
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in South Africa. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?
Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

More Information:
For more information on how to stay safe during your travel to South Africa, please see the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa

Healthy Travel Packing List for South Africa

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for South Africa for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

 

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

Travel Health Notices

There are no notices currently in effect for South Africa.

After Your Trip

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist,  see Find a Clinic.  Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.  Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness.  If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.

Source: US CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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INFRASTRUCTURE


South Africa is the most developed African country and has one the strongest economies on the African continent.  You can travel to South Africa by commercial flight, by boat or by road.  South Africa has various airports with paved and unpaved runways and the International Airports in South Africa is the Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and the King Shaka International Airport in Durban.  Some of the International Airlines that operate in South Africa is South African Airways, Comair, British Airways, Emirates and many more and local airlines that operate in South Africa is Kulula.com, Mango and many more.  South Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure with Seaports, Waterways, an extensive Railway network and Roadways that are in very good condition (paved and unpaved).  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services.  The modes of transport in South Africa includes air, rail and road and public transport is available via taxis, buses, the Gautrain, metered taxis and public minibus taxis that will travel almost anywhere in South Africa.

The South African communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services.  Cell phone reception and coverage is widespread and very good and local lines can be purchased relatively cheaply.  The main mobile phone networks in South Africa is Vodacom, MTN and Cell C and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations if they do not wish to enable their own international roaming on their phone.  The international dialling code for South Africa is +27.  There are various internet cafes across South Africa and many of the hotels and resorts will have good internet access.  Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when Wi-Fi is available to save on data costs.  South Africa has four TV stations namely SABC 1, 2, 3 and E-Tv and Multichoice DSTV broadcasts to the whole of South Africa.  The SABC (South African Broadcasting Commission) operates various radio stations in South Africa where broadcasts are done in the 11 official languages of South Africa and there are various commercial radio stations that broadcasts in various languages as well.  Popular radio stations in South Africa will include 5 FM, 94.7FM, Jacaranda FM, Metro FM, Ukhozi FM, 94.5FM, Algoa FM, OFM, East Coast Radio and many more.  There are postal services and courier companies operational in South Africa.

Electricity supply in South Africa is 230 volts running at 50Hz and the plug types used are South African Type – M plugs, Type – D plugs, Type – C plugs and Type – N plugs.  Tourists can use their electric appliances in South Africa if the standard voltage in their country is in between 220 – 240V.  It is advisable to bring a travel adapter/multi-outlet adapter and a power converter along when travelling to South Africa to cater for instances where your device is unable to use 230V and isn’t dual voltage either.  There are supermarkets, regional chain stores, shopping centres and various markets available in South Africa and all basic commodities can be easily purchased.  Business hours are normally between 09h00 to 17h00 on Monday to Friday and shops are only open on Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00.  There are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations.  There are local arts and crafts such as textiles, jewellery, leather goods, baskets, woodcarvings, curios, souvenirs, pottery, tapestries, fabrics, clothing, and many more for sale to tourists at craft markets in South Africa.  Prices in shops are fixed but there are opportunities for bargaining/haggling in South Africa at the open markets or street vendors for the best deals, but keep in mind that many of the people make their living by selling their wares.   It is customary to tip hotel and lodge staff and you can add a standard 10% onto your bill at a restaurant for a tip for the waiter, but it’s advisable to use your own discretion when tipping based on the service you received.

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ROAD TRAVEL


Please note that when traveling on South African Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road.  Most of the traffic signs in South Africa are in English.  The national roads of South Africa are known as the primary routes and toll routes that are paved and they offer driving conditions for any type of vehicle.  The secondary roads or routes are mostly tarred or graded dirt and gravel roads that are in a fairly good driving condition (but be aware of potholes) and they offer an alternative route to the toll routes and are also suitable for any type of vehicle.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels in South Africa offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for South Africa are listed as:  60km/h in built-up areas, 100km/h outside built up areas on open roads and 120 km/h on national roads.  Drivers and passengers are all required to wear seatbelts at all times while driving in South Africa and using a mobile phone whilst driving is not permitted.  There are various checkpoints (roadblocks) throughout South Africa and foreign drivers must have a valid passport and valid driver’s licence / international driving permit (international drivers’ license is required other than for SADC countries) present to produce to the police if stopped at one of the checkpoints.  Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply.  One should have 2 warning triangles, a high visibility reflective vest and at least one fire extinguisher present per vehicle.

There are many fuel stations available across South Africa and you can pay for your fuel with cash, Visa, Mastercard and other debit cards.  Be careful when driving at night in South Africa as some vehicles on the road have inadequate lighting and watch out for domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads.  Due to the high crime rate in South Africa it is extremely important to tell your family and friends which routes you will drive and where you plan to overnight and try to avoid travelling at night and avoid unnecessary stops.  Do not pick up hitchhikers, drive with locked doors and windows up especially in cities and at traffic robots, park your car in busy well-lit areas and don’t leave valuable things like laptops, handbags, cell phones and wallets on show in your car.  If you see someone broken down next to the road or an accident, don’t stop but rather call the police from your mobile phone.  Overall road travel in South Africa is a remarkable experience with beautiful sights and many things to see and do.

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


Sunny South Africa is a wonderful African holiday destination that offers spectacular game reserves, national parks and wildlife, historical heritage and culture, majestic mountains and canyons to explore, beautiful lowveld scenery and waterfalls, magnificent coastlines and idyllic beaches and much more.  While on vacation in South Africa you can visit the beautiful National Parks and Game Reserves, the fabulous markets and waterfronts, the intriguing Big Hole in Kimberley, the beautiful Namaqualand with its famous abundance of wild flowers, the majestic Table Mountain, Robben island and the beautiful wine routes in the Western Cape,  the fascinating Little Karoo (Klein Karoo) and the Cango Caves, the “Oasis of the Kalahari” and the Wonderwerk Cave in Kuruman, the Gariep Dam in the Free state, the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site in the Free state, the Mapungubwe Archaeological World Heritage Site in Limpopo, the Cultural Villages and San Rock Engravings in the North West, the scenic beauty of the lowveld, Sabie and the various waterfalls such as the Bridal Veil, the Horseshoe, Mac Mac Falls and Lone Creek Falls in Mpumalanga, the Cradle of Humankind, Soweto, Sterkfontein Caves, Gold Reef City and the National Zoological Gardens in Gauteng, the Weza State Forest, Midlands Meander and Ushaka Marine World in KwaZulu Natal and many more.  Activities to do in South Africa will include Swimming, Hiking, Exploring the canyons, Diving, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, Caving, River Rafting, Beach lounging, Horseback Riding, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Shoreline and Deepsea Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Safari Tours, Quad biking, 4×4 Expeditions and much more.

 Must see attractions in South Africa would include:

 

Blyde River Canyon

The mesmerizingly beautiful 25 kilometer long and 750 metre deep Blyde River Canyon also known as the Motlatse Canyon, is located in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in the Mpumalanga province and is the third largest canyon in the world.  Consisting mostly of red sandstone and lush subtropical foliage, montane grassland, glistening rivers, lichen-covered rock formations and scenic waterfalls, the canyon forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment and the highest point of the canyon is 1,944 metres above sea level.  The Blyde River Canyon boasts a rich diversity of wildlife, natural wonders like Bourke’s Luck Potholes and spectacular panoramic viewpoints like the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock.  The are various types of accommodation available and activities to do at the Blyde River Canyon will include white-water rafting, game viewing, birdwatching, fly-fishing, biking, boat trips on the Blyde Dam, Hiking, Horse Riding, Kloofing, Hot-air Ballooning and many more.

The Garden Route

Being one of UNESCO’S World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the spectacular and picturesque Garden Route is a 300 kilometre stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape Province to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape Province and provides some of South Africa’s most breath-taking coastal scenery.  The 300km driving route passes through beautiful and charming coastal towns like Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, Wilderness, Mossel Bay, Still Bay, Little &Great Brak River, Nature’s Valley, Hartenbos, Riversdale, Albertinia and George and paints a picture of rolling green hills, lakes, coastal cliffs, sparkling lagoons, dense forests, tidal pools, mountain passes, gorges, Cape Fynbos, towering mountains and rivers.  There are various types of accommodation like Caravan and Campsites, Chalets, Self-Catering, Lodges, Hotels and Resorts available along the Garden Route and activities to do at the Garden Route will include Swimming, Watersports, visiting the Oudtshoorn’s Ostrich Farms, the Congo Caves, the Seal colony of the Robberg Nature Reserve, Elephant Back Rides, Bungee Jumping, Tree Canopy Tours, Whale Watching, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Angling and many more.

The Drakensberg

The majestic, mystical and awe-inspiring Drakensberg which means “Dragon Mountains” is the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment which encloses the central Southern African plateau and is located in South Africa and Lesotho.  The name Drakensberg or “Mountains of Dragons” was derived from old local myths of dragons roaming the mountains, findings of dinosaur fossils and the pointy tops of the mountains giving them an appearance similar to that of the back of the mythical European Dragon.  The 1000km long Drakensberg escarpment stretches from the Eastern Cape Province to the KwaZulu Natal province forming the border between the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal.  The Drakensberg Mountain Range is the highest mountain range in South Africa and it forms one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders with the highest peak being Thabana Ntlenyana reaching 3,482 metres above sea level.  The dramatically beautiful Drakensberg is covered in magical white snow in the winter and in the summer, the mountain landscapes are lush with scenic waterfalls, mysterious caves, dense forests, jagged basalt buttresses, crystal-clear streams, beautiful sheltered valleys, inviting rockpools, foothills, mountain passes, a variety of different species of flowering plants and a rich diversity of wildlife.  Tourist attractions at the Drakensberg would include Giant’s Castle, Cathedral Peak, Mont-Aux-Sources, Royal Natal National Park with its amazing cliff face Amphitheatre and the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park with its amazing San Rock Art and paintings.  Accommodation at the Drakensberg is in abundance and includes Luxury Lodges, Game Reserves, Caravan and Campsites, Chalets, Hotels, Guesthouses, Bed & Breakfasts and Resorts.  Activities to do at the Drakensberg will include Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trout Fishing, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Parasailing, River Rafting, Hot-air Ballooning, Game Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking Safaris and many more.

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TRAVEL ADVISORIES & ALERTS


If you would like any travel advice or real time alerts, please click on any of the following links below:

Advisories

South African Tourism Board

https://www.southafrica.net/za/en/

U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa

US Department of State Travel Advisories

https://travel.state.gov/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/SouthAfrica.html

Australia (Smartraveller.gov.au)

https://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/southern/Pages/south_africa.aspx

New Zealand

https://safetravel.govt.nz/south-africa

Canada (English)

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/south-africa

World Travel Guide

https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/south-africa/

 

Customs and Visas

http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/types-of-visas

https://www.visahq.com/south-africa/customs/

https://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx

https://www.gov.za/services/temporary-residence/visa

Current News within South Africa

https://allafrica.com/southafrica/
Regional South African news provided by allAfrica.com
https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/

South Africa News
https://www.dailysun.co.za/

South Africa News

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica
South Africa News

Driving in South Africa

http://www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-south-africa.html

https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Road-Safety-Advice-for-foreigners-driving-in-South-Africa

Emergencies

Health

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa

South Africa Radio

http://www.radio-south-africa.co.za/

http://www.sabc.co.za/sabc/radio/

South Africa radio stations providing news and information on what’s happening in and around South Africa.

Tourism

https://www.southafrica.net/za/en/

https://www.tourism.gov.za/Pages/home.aspx

https://www.gov.za/about-sa/tourism

Useful Environmental and Nature Links

http://wessa.org.za/

https://www.environment.gov.za/

https://www.wwf.org.za/

http://mpaforum.org.za/links/

http://wwfsassi.co.za/

https://www.sanparks.org/

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USEFUL PHRASES IN SOUTH AFRICA


A collection of useful phrases in Zulu, a Bantu language spoken mainly in South Africa.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot.

Notes: Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Useful Phrases in Zulu

English isiZulu (Zulu)
Welcome Ngiyakwemukela (sg)
Ngiyanemukela (pl)
Hello (General greeting) Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
How are you? Unjani? (sg)
Ninjani? (pl)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Ngikhona, ngiyabonga. Wena unjani? (sg)
Sikhona, siyabonga. Nina ninjani? (pl)
Long time no see Mehlo madala! (old eyes)
What’s your name? Ngubani igama lakho?
My name is … Igama lami ngu…
Where are you from? Uphumaphi?
Uvelaphi?
I’m from … Ngiphuma e …
Ngivela e …
Pleased to meet you Ngiyajabula ukukwazi
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Sawubona (sg)
Sanibonani (pl)
Good night Lala kahle! (sg)
Lalani kahle! (pl)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Sala kahle (sg) >people staying
Salani kahle (pl) >people staying
Hamba kahle (sg) >people leaving
Hambani kahle (pl) >people leaving
Ube no hambo uluhle
Good luck! Ngikufisela iwela!
Ngikufisela impumelelo!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Impilontle!
Akubekuhle!
Have a nice day Ube nosuku oluhle! (sg)
Nibe nosulu ulohle! (pl)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Thokoleza ukudla!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ube nohambo oluhle!
Yes Yebo
No Cha
Maybe Mhlawumbe
I don’t know Angazi
Do you understand? Uyezwa?
I understand Ngiyaqonda
I don’t understand Angizwa
Please speak more slowly Ngicela ukhulume kancane
Please say that again Ukwazi ukukuthi futhi na?
Please write it down Ngicela ukubhale
Do you speak English? Ukhuluma isiNgisi na?
Do you speak Zulu? Ukhuluma isiZulu na?
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
Yebo, ingcosana
Speak to me in Zulu Ngicela ukhulume nami ngesiZulu
How do you say … in Zulu? … ukusho kanjani ngesiZulu?
Sorry Ngiyaxolisa
Excuse me Uxolo!
How much is this? Kubiza malini?
Please Ake
Ngicela
Siza
Thank you Ngiyabonga
Ngiyabonga kakhulu (sg)
Siyabonga (pl)
Reply to thank you Uyamukelwa (sg)
Niyamukelwa (pl)
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Likuphi ikamelo lokugezela?
Likuphi itholethe?
This gentleman will pay for everything Umnumzana uzokhokha konke
This lady will pay for everything Inenekazi lizokhokha konke
Would you like to dance with me? Uthanda ukudansa nami?
Do you come here often? Ingabe uze lapha ngokuvamile?
I love you Ngiyakuthanda
Get well soon Phila masinya
Leave me alone! Ndiyekele!
Help! Usizo!
Fire! Umlilo!
Stop! Ma!
Call the police! Biza amaphoyisa!
Christmas greetings Jabulele uKhisimusi
Ngikufisela uKhisimusi
New Year greetings oMuhle noNyaka oMusha oNempumelelo
Ngikufisela Unyaka Omusha Omuhle
Unyaka omusha omuhle
Easter greetings IPhasika elijabulayo
IPhasika elithokozayo
Birthday greetings Halala ngosuku lokuzalwa
One language is never enough Ulwimi ululodwa alonelanga
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Umkhumbi wami ugcwele ngenyoka zemanzini

Recordings and corrections by Cynthia Nozwelo

Useful Phrases in Afrikaans

A collection of useful phrases in Afrikaans, a West Germanic language descended from Dutch and spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot.

Notes: Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person)

English Afrikaans
Welcome Welkom
Hello (General greeting) Haai (inf)
Hallo
Goeie dag (frm)
How are you? Hoe gaan dit met jou? (inf)
Hoe gaan dit met u? (frm)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Goed, dankie, en met jou/u?
Baie goed dankie, en self?
What’s your name? Wat is jou naam? (inf)
Wat is U naam?
Hoe heet U? (frm)
My name is … My naam is …
Where are you from? Waarvandaan kom jy? (inf)
Waarvandaan kom u? (frm)
I’m from … Ek kom van … af
Pleased to meet you Bly te kenne (frm)
Aangename kennis (frm)
Lekker om jou te ontmoet (inf)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Goeiemôre
Môre
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Goeie middag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Goeienaand
Good night Goeienag
Nag
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Totsiens
Mooi loop (go/walk well)
Good luck! Sterkte!
Congratulations! Geluk!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Gesondheid!
Have a nice day Lekker dag!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Smaaklike ete!
Lekker eet!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Veilige reis!
Voorspoedige reis!
Do you understand? Verstaan jy?
I understand Ek verstaan
I don’t understand Ek verstaan nie
Yes Ja
No Nee
Maybe Miskien
I don’t know Ek weet nie
Please speak more slowly Praat stadiger asseblief
Please say that again Sê dit weer, asseblief
Herhaal dit, asseblief
Please write it down Skryf dit neer asseblief!
Do you speak English? Praat jy Engels? (sg/inf)
Praat julle Engels? (pl/inf)
Praat U Engels? (frm/sg)
Praat Meneer Engels? (frm/>m)
Praat Mevrou Engels? (frm/>f)
Do you speak Afrikaans? Praat jy Afrikaans? (sg/inf)
Praat julle Afrikaans? (pl/inf)
Praat u Afrikaans? (frm/sg)
Praat Meneer Afrikaans? (frm/>m)
Praat Mevrou Afrikaans? (frm/>f)
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
Ja, ‘n bietjie
Speak to me in Afrikaans Praat met my in Afrikaans
Jy kan Afrikaans met my praat
How do you say … in Afrikaans? Hoe sê u … in Afrikaans? (frm)
Hoe sê jy … in Afrikaans? (inf)
Excuse me Verskoon my!
Ekskuus!
How much is this? Hoeveel kos dit?
Sorry Jammer!
Please Asseblief
Thank you Dankie
Baie dankie
Reply to thank you Dis ‘n plesier
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Waar is die toilet?
Waa issie toilet? (slang)
This gentleman will pay for everything Hierdie meneer sal alles betaal
This lady will pay for everything Hierdie dame sal alles betaal
Would you like to dance with me? Sal jy met my dans, asseblief?
I miss you Ek mis jou
I love you Ek’s lief vir jou
Ek het jou lief
Get well soon Word gou gesond!
Go away! Gaan weg!
Leave me alone! Laat my met rus!
Los my uit asseblief!
Help! Help!
Fire! Brand!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Bel die polisie!
Christmas greetings Geseënde Kersfees
New Year greetings Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar
Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar
Easter greetings Geseënde Paasfees
Birthday greetings Gelukkige Verjaarsdag
Congratulations! Baie geluk!
One language is never enough Een taal is nooit genoeg nie
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
My skeertuig is vol palings

Recordings by Therese Armstrong, Steph van Schalkwyk and Andre Combrinck

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

© Simon Ager Omniglot       www.omniglot.com

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VISAS


Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only. If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in South Africa, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance. You can contact your embassy/high commission for more information.  All non-South African citizens wishing to enter South Africa must have a valid visa, which states the purpose and duration of the visit.  Please ensure that there is enough space in your passport for the inclusion of the visa and please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your intended date of departure and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps in order to get a visa.  All visitors to South Africa must have a valid return ticket.  It is important to note that the requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and can change at any time.  For more information, please visit http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/types-of-visas and http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas and https://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/tourist_visa.htm

Visa free entry is available for passport holders from:

The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of the foreign countries / territories / international organisations listed below are not required to hold a visa when reporting to an immigration officer for an examination at a South African port of entry, subject to the following terms and conditions including inter alia the intended period of stay in the Republic:  The holder of a national South African passport, travel document and document for travel purposes.  The citizen who is a holder of a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) of the following countries / territories / international organisations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a port of entry visa may be issued or by virtue of being a person contemplated in section 31(3)(b) [accredited in SA] for an intended stay of 90/30 days or less and when in transit.

Before you will be allowed to enter South Africa, you need to have:

  • A valid passport / travel document which covers the period that you intend to stay in the country.
  • A valid visa, if required.
  • Enough money to cover your daily expenses.
  • A return / onward air ticket (or departure date/time for ships).
  • yellow fevercertificate if you are travelling through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Find out more about the various types of visas you can apply for.  Remember, you do not have to submit your visa application in person.  If you are unable to submit the application in person, you can ask anyone else (such as a travel agent or courier services or another family member) to submit the application on your behalf.  You must apply for your visa before your planned trip to South Africa as you cannot apply for a visa at South African ports of entry.  If there is a South African diplomatic or consular representative in your country, then you must submit your visa application to them.  View the list of South African offices abroad.  If there is no South African diplomat or consulate in your country, you can send your application to:  Director-General: Foreign Affairs, Private Bag X152
Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.  Please don’t forget that there are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid. Find out more on Customs requirements.  For more information on how to apply for a visa to visit South Africa, contact your nearest South African diplomatic or consular representative or visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.

Immigrationleaflet.pdf 

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WEATHER


The climate in South Africa varies from Mediterranean in the Southwest to temperate in the interior plateau and Subtropical in the Northeast due to its location between the Atlantic and Indian oceans.  Weather in South Africa can be described as plenty of sunshine, cold winters and hot summers with substantial fluctuations during the seasons depending on which part of the country you visit.  South Africa has many long sunny days throughout the year with most of the rainfall during the summer months and the Western Cape province has predominately winter rainfall, but overall South Africa is a fabulous all-year-round destination.  The wet, rainy summer season in South Africa falls between November and April and the temperatures are very hot during the day with warm evenings.  Average summer temperatures during the day in South Africa range from a minimum of 15°C/59°F to a maximum of 28°C/82°F.  The dry winter season in South Africa begins in May and ends in October and is characterized by sunny, cool to relatively warm days with clear skies and very cold nights where temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas.  Average winter temperatures in South Africa during the day are 19°C/66°F to 23°C/73°F.  Visitors are advised to pack gloves and extra layers of clothing for the winter evenings.  The best visiting times for Game Viewing in South Africa are during the dry months (May – October) as the lack of water forces wildlife to be close to rivers and waterholes making them easier to spot, and thus resulting in game viewing at its best during this time.  For updated current weather reports, check the South African Weather Service on the following link http://www.weathersa.co.za/

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WHAT! NEED TO KNOW MORE?


If you would like more general information on South Africa, you can visit any of the following links below:

https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/south_africa.htm

http://library.stanford.edu/africa-south-sahara/browse-country/south-africa

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/africa/south-africa/

http://www.fao.org/countryprofiles/index/en/?iso3=ZAF

https://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/south-africa

https://www.hrw.org/africa/south-africa

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Country_Specific/S_Africa.html

https://rsf.org/en/south-africa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa

https://wikitravel.org/en/South_Africa

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html

http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/south-africa

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