South Africa

South Africa has surfaced out of dark days to share its brilliant bushveld, award-winning wine regions, emerging cities and golden beaches with the world. Spend time scouting out the creatures of the savanna, immersing in the colourful culture and cruising through the cosmopolitan cities that shine with optimism and enthusiasm.

South Africa Tours & Travel

Top deals in South Africa

Departing Days Price AUD
21 Sep 2014 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls 7 $1395
4 Oct 2014 Johannesburg to Durban 9 $1013
11 Oct 2014 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg 10 $1186
8 Nov 2014 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg 10 $1164
15 Nov 2014 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg 10 $1074

All our South Africa trips

Okavando Delta

Explore Southern Africa

17 days from
USD $2,325.88*
CAD $2,310.30*
AUD $2,138.60*
EUR €1,659.50*
GBP £1,442.76*
NZD $2,852.59*
ZAR R19,390.00*
CHF FR1,966.53*

Travel to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and uncover their natural wonders. From the Okavango Delta and Victoria...

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Mokoro Canoeing at the Okavango Delta

Vic Falls to Cape Town

22 days from
USD $2,222.50*
CAD $2,286.76*
AUD $2,376.54*
EUR €1,640.52*
GBP £1,421.94*
NZD $2,816.22*
ZAR R21,620.32*
CHF FR2,039.81*

Travel to Africa and discover the unique, contrasting lands of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Visit...

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Victoria Falls

Vic Falls to Kruger

10 days from
USD $1,335.36*
CAD $1,329.10*
AUD $1,241.22*
EUR €956.50*
GBP £832.72*
NZD $1,638.25*
ZAR R11,255.00*
CHF FR1,143.41*

Travel from Zimbabwe to Botswana and South Africa on a real African adventure. Visit Victoria Falls and enjoy safaris...

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Blyde River Canyon

Kruger Experience - Lodge (4 days)

4 days from
USD $850.00
CAD $905.00
AUD $940.00
EUR €655.00
GBP £560.00
NZD $1,115.00
ZAR R7,393.00
CHF FR805.00

No holiday to South Africa is complete without a safari in Kruger Park. Spot wild animals through the trees and relax...

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south africa johannesburg sabi sands national park buffalo

South Africa Family - Kruger & Beyond

12 days from
USD $1,926.00
CAD $2,052.00
AUD $2,133.00
EUR €1,440.00
GBP £1,273.50
NZD $2,524.50
ZAR R19,408.50
CHF FR1,773.00

Enjoy this Teenage Family adventure, while hiking, canoeing, snorkeling, rafting, spotting the big nine and learning...

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Victoria falls

Cape Town to Vic Falls

22 days from
USD $2,315.00*
CAD $2,398.36*
AUD $2,475.18*
EUR €1,690.57*
GBP £1,483.50*
NZD $2,839.18*
ZAR R22,961.69*
CHF FR2,067.55*

Take a wild African adventure from South Africa to Zimbabwe. Travel north from Cape Town into Namibia, cross over to...

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Zebra, Kruger National Park

Kruger & Coast

9 days from
USD $1,128.56*
CAD $1,126.10*
AUD $1,065.77*
EUR €806.50*
GBP £704.12*
NZD $1,388.90*
ZAR R9,650.00*
CHF FR950.11*

Travel to Kruger National Park on an out-of-this-world African safari, visit Swaziland, the beaches of Mozambique and...

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Hippos, Botswana

Okavango Experience

9 days from
USD $1,155.52*
CAD $1,151.20*
AUD $1,072.38*
EUR €828.00*
GBP £710.04*
NZD $1,414.34*
ZAR R9,715.00*
CHF FR988.12*

Tour through Johannesburg, Maun and Victoria Falls on this trip through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Visit...

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Elephants, Kruger National Park

Kruger, Coast & Cape

21 days from
USD $2,548.48*
CAD $2,546.30*
AUD $2,409.25*
EUR €1,829.50*
GBP £1,587.96*
NZD $3,135.54*
ZAR R21,860.00*
CHF FR2,194.63*

Embark on an African odyssey! Visit South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho. This tour captures the rugged...

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Affectionate Giraffe, Kruger National Park

Experience Southern Africa

15 days from
USD $2,960.00
CAD $2,995.00
AUD $3,120.00
EUR €2,170.00
GBP £1,865.00
NZD $3,695.00
ZAR R28,385.00
CHF FR2,675.00

Visit Africa and travel through southern Africa's beautiful regions. Visit South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and...

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Kenya to Cape Town

45 days from
USD $5,120.00*
CAD $5,295.53*
AUD $5,499.17*
EUR €3,826.21*
GBP £3,289.88*
NZD $6,520.32*
ZAR R50,045.86*
CHF FR4,714.52*

Visit Africa and travel from Kenya to Cape Town through Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana,...

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Sands of Namib Desert

Amazing Southern Africa

22 days from
USD $7,070.00
CAD $7,170.00
AUD $7,445.00
EUR €5,180.00
GBP £4,455.00
NZD $8,825.00
ZAR R67,765.00
CHF FR6,385.00

Visit Southern Africa and travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Tour Orange River, Fish River Canyon, the Etosha and...

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Lion club, Kruger National Park

Kruger to Vic Falls

7 days from
USD $1,323.00
CAD $1,341.00
AUD $1,395.00
EUR €972.00
GBP £837.00
NZD $1,656.00
ZAR R12,699.00
CHF FR1,197.00

Travel from South Africa's capital to Botswana and Zimbabwe, visiting two of southern Africa's most famous sites,...

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Colonial Dutch Architecture

Cape Town and Winelands

5 days from
USD $1,007.50
CAD $1,072.50
AUD $1,115.00
EUR €775.00
GBP £667.50
NZD $1,322.50
ZAR R10,150.00
CHF FR955.00

Travel to South Africa with Intrepid travel to discover the wonders of Cape Town and the regional Winelands. Explore...

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Africa Encompassed Southbound

60 days from
USD $7,530.00*
CAD $7,881.80*
AUD $8,115.58*
EUR €5,497.39*
GBP £4,853.50*
NZD $9,166.93*
ZAR R75,911.33*
CHF FR6,735.34*

See Africa encompassed on a tour through Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania,...

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Elephants, Addo Elephant National Park

Garden Route Adventure

13 days from
USD $1,474.92*
CAD $1,475.20*
AUD $1,403.48*
EUR €1,058.00*
GBP £918.84*
NZD $1,816.64*
ZAR R12,735.00*
CHF FR1,274.52*

Visit Africa and travel from Durban to Cape Town. Tour the Stellenbosch Wine Region, the Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant...

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Residential houses, Swakopmund

Experience Namibia

9 days from
USD $2,845.00
CAD $2,885.00
AUD $2,995.00
EUR €2,085.00
GBP £1,790.00
NZD $3,550.00
ZAR R27,260.00
CHF FR2,570.00

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White Rhino, Botswana

Okavango & Beyond

9 days from
USD $1,530.00
CAD $1,539.00
AUD $1,611.00
EUR €1,165.50
GBP £963.00
NZD $1,908.00
ZAR R14,629.50
CHF FR1,435.50

Travel from Zimbabwe to South Africa via Botswana. The Okavango and Beyond trip is the best way to explore the...

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Residential houses, Swakopmund

Experience Namibia Southbound

9 days from
USD $2,790.00
CAD $2,970.00
AUD $3,085.00
EUR €2,145.00
GBP £1,845.00
NZD $3,655.00
ZAR R28,080.00
CHF FR2,645.00

Become acquainted with Namibia on this small-group adventure from Windhoek down to Cape Town. Encounter German heritage...

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Male lion, Etosha National Park

Cape Town to Kenya

45 days from
USD $4,990.00*
CAD $5,162.14*
AUD $5,361.80*
EUR €3,730.44*
GBP £3,211.44*
NZD $6,358.08*
ZAR R48,797.41*
CHF FR4,598.22*

Visit Africa and travel from Cape Town to Kenya through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi,...

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Giraffes, Kruger National Park

Kruger Experience - Lodge (5 days)

5 days from
USD $965.00
CAD $1,025.00
AUD $1,065.00
EUR €740.00
GBP £635.00
NZD $1,260.00
ZAR R8,375.00
CHF FR915.00

Experience South Africa's Kruger Park and surrounding region on this five-day tour. Travel through Kruger on thrilling...

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Beach, Mozambique

Southern Africa Unplugged

16 days from
USD $3,395.00
CAD $3,460.00
AUD $3,595.00
EUR €2,495.00
GBP £2,150.00
NZD $4,260.00
ZAR R32,720.00
CHF FR3,085.00

Visit highlights of South Africa and Zimbabwe and uncover the mystique of Mozambique on this adventure holiday. See Vic...

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Chimp, Uganda

Africa Encompassed Northbound

60 days from
USD $7,350.00*
CAD $7,716.39*
AUD $7,925.05*
EUR €5,393.74*
GBP £4,750.19*
NZD $8,966.01*
ZAR R74,358.16*
CHF FR6,590.92*

Africa Encompassed is a truly epic tour from South Africa to Nairobi. From gorilla trekking in Uganda to safaris in...

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Leopard, Kruger National Park

Kruger Experience - Lodge (3 days)

3 days from
USD $675.00
CAD $715.00
AUD $745.00
EUR €520.00
GBP £445.00
NZD $885.00
ZAR R5,871.00
CHF FR640.00

Head out into the wilds of Kruger National Park on thrilling game drives. Stay in comfortable lodge accommodation, and...

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Sunset safari in Kruger National Park

Wild Kruger Camping

4 days from
USD $587.50
CAD $625.00
AUD $650.00
EUR €450.00
GBP £387.50
NZD $770.00
ZAR R5,021.00
CHF FR557.50

Answer the call of the Kruger, South Africa's vast and famous game park that is teeming with wildlife. Tour the savanna...

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Sands of Namib Desert

Amazing Southern Africa Reverse

22 days from
USD $7,070.00
CAD $7,170.00
AUD $7,445.00
EUR €5,180.00
GBP £4,455.00
NZD $8,825.00
ZAR R67,765.00
CHF FR6,385.00

Travel from Vic Falls down through Botswana and Namibia to spectacular Cape Town. Encounter the awesome natural...

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South Africa trip reviews

Our South Africa trips score an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 61 reviews in the last year.

Cape Town and Winelands , April 2014

Cape Town and Winelands , April 2014

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8 African snacks you must try

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On the trail of the legendary Kalahari lions

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Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in South Africa, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in South Africa you may find yourself staying in a:

About South Africa

At a glance

Trips Available: 26
Capital city: Pretoria (official, population 1 million); Bloemfontein (judicial, population 370,000); Cape Town (legislative, population 2.9 million)
Population: 49 million
Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Swati, Tshivenda, Tsonga, North Sotho
Currency: ZAR
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
Electricity: Type M (see D)
Dialing code: +27

Best time to visit South Africa

South Africa is an excellent year-round destination. Winters are mild, dry and good for wildlife viewing. Summers can get very hot and humid, but are a great time for visiting beaches and festivals. Spring is a great time for viewing wildflowers in the Northern and Western Cape provinces, and very little rain falls anywhere in autumn but the days are warm and the nights cool. Overall, there’s always a good time to head to South Africa.

Cape Town weather chart

Culture and customs

Native South African father embracing his young child
South Africa’s culture is one of the most diverse in the world. From indigenous tribes like the Zulu, San Bushmen and Xhosa to the Afrikaners of Dutch heritage, and immigrants of British descent, visitors will be able to experience a magnificent melting pot of customs and traditions. The significant Indian and Jewish populations also add to the ethnic mix. From the proud, beaded Zulu warriors that have inhabited the land for centuries to newly arrived immigrants from Europe and Asia, South Africa’s culture has been shaped by millions of people.

The cuisine is generally a combination of Indian, Dutch, English and tribal flavours and techniques, while dress can range from modern fashion in the big cities to simple traditional, tribal dress in the bush. Although South Africa has made significant inroads towards peace and reconciliation since the end of apartheid, racial tensions are sometimes evident and it is generally best not to contribute to this in any way. Overall, most travellers will find South Africans to be welcoming, appreciative of your visit and ready to share their homeland and stories.

Eating and drinking

South African traditional sausage 'Boerewors'

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Things to try in South Africa

1. Wine

South Africa is fast becoming one of the most interesting wine producing regions in the world. Quality has risen steeply in the past decade so if you’re visiting the Stellenbosch Wine Region, be sure to sample some fine reds, which are world-class.

2. Seafood

With such easy access to the Indian Ocean and Southern Atlantic, South Africa boasts some of the best seafood dining experiences you’ll ever have. From an indulgent oyster platter at a Cape Town restaurant to a spicy seafood curry in Durban, the seafood here is fresh, cheap and flavoursome.

3. Biltong

Biltong tends to divide people. Some find this preserved, spiced meat snack impossible to refuse and others simply can’t stomach it. Either way, it’s extremely popular and readily available in markets, supermarkets and shops throughout South Africa.

4. Boerewors

Another one for the meat-lovers, this coiled, spicy sausage is a South African delicacy best done on the barbecue. Flavoured with coriander, cloves and nutmeg, this is a meat born from South African and Dutch traditions.

Geography and environment

Johannesburg cityscape skyline under blue skies Young woman sits in front of blue lake in Zimbabwe
South Africa showcases one of the most diverse and stunning natural environments in the world. Visitors are able to soak up golden rays on sun-drenched beaches, journey through acre upon acre of dry savannah, admire lush, green meadows, walk through tropical forest and stop to take in views of wide, ancient canyons. It’s also possible to stroll the streets of an urban city one day and meander along a dirt track passing small farms and villages the next. South Africa truly is a land of contrasts and this begins with the landscapes and environment.

Located on the tip of Southern Africa, South Africa shares land borders with Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. It also shares a long stretch of coastline with the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans. The topography of the land changes remarkably around the country, from the lofty plateaux of the inland region to the low-lying coast and mountainous ranges of the Cape. This variance in topography makes South Africa rich in many species of flora and fauna, something that attracts many tourists and travellers from all over the world.

History and government

South African Football supporters making lots of noise in Johannesburg Native women of Swaziland celebrate with tribal rituals and dancing

Early History

The land of South Africa has been inhabited for centuries by tribes hailing from different areas of the African continent, including the San and Bantu people. Most tribes relied on hunting and gathering, but gradually were introduced to agriculture and animal husbandry over the years. From around 1200 AD, the tribal people of South Africa started to become influenced by outsiders, including Muslim traders, the Portuguese and the Dutch, who established a settlement in the mid 1600s.

The Dutch continued to dominate the country until the 1800s, when the British became interested in the Cape Colony. During this time, the native population had become increasingly dissatisfied with being marginalised and treated poorly by their European colonisers. Many native people were used as slaves on plantations and were treated brutally by their ‘employers’ and many resented losing their land, culture and traditional way of life. Further to this, the Dutch descendants (known as Boers) didn’t appreciate the arrival of the British in a territory they had inhabited for years before their arrival. This frustration and anger regularly resulted in confrontation and armed conflict between the British, Boers and Zulus, culminating in a series of wars – most notably the Boer Wars.

Recent History

More recently, South Africa has managed to overcome the Apartheid era, a time where discrimination of black people was legalised. Until 1994, black people were unable to legally own land or vote in elections. Further to this, education, healthcare, beaches and public places like cinemas were segregated. During this time, South Africa was ruled and controlled by the white minority, much to the dissatisfaction of the black population and ultimately, the world. After much international pressure and many attempts at reform, the Apartheid era was finally ended in 1994, with Nelson Mandela stepping up to lead the nation as President. Due to this challenging history, modern day South Africa has many social issues to work on and resolve, but many of its people are filled with hope and optimism. In 2010, South Africa successfully hosted the FIFA World Cup, much to the delight of its citizens and the world.

Top Picks

Lamdscape view of the coastline villages and Table mountain in South Africa Blyde river canyon in South Africa Giraffes at Kruger National Park Beach huts on Cape Town in South Africa

Top 10 Photo-Worthy Places of South Africa

1. Drakensberg Mountains

Use your wide-angle lens to capture the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range in all its panoramic glory. This impressive mountain range is the highest in Southern Africa and provides a wide and wonderful scope for impressive postcard-worthy shots.

2. Stellenbosch

Rolling green pastures, vineyards and orchards combine to create classic photo moments straight out of a guidebook. This cultured and charming area showcases a different side to South Africa, and will no doubt have people guessing where your photo was taken.

3. Knysna

This quaint seaside town located on South Africa’s Garden Route is one of the most photogenic in Africa. Whether you’re snapping the boats in the harbour, the dolphins frolicking in the waves or the wild and rocky coast, it’s hard not to snap Knysna in a good light.

4. Soweto

Fans of street art will love capturing the murals and memorials of spirited Soweto. The gritty urban landscapes and candid faces make it simple to capture the soul of this endearing, inspiring community.

5. Cintsa

This gem of the South African Coast has retained a village atmosphere despite its growing popularity with tourists. The beaches, bays and rock pools provide sensational photography moments, especially at dawn and dusk when the sun gives off incredible, moody light.

6. Cape Town

Easily one of the most picturesque cities in the world, Cape Town has some of the most photo-worthy landscapes in the world. From breathtaking Table Mountain to the stunning coast and beautiful beaches, Cape Town has profound natural beauty coming at you from every angle.

7. Durban

Sure, Durban’s beaches are special but the interesting mix of Indian, Muslim, African and European influences makes for great photography. Durban’s cultural cornucopia of markets, mosques and galleries offers rich fodder for snap-happy travellers looking to capture a different side of Africa.

8. Lamberts Bay

The tremendously large colony of Cape Gannet birds who live off Lamberts Bay is often photographed - and with good reason. The sight of hundreds of birds tightly packed into a small space against a backdrop of azure ocean provides a unique, snap-worthy photo subject.

9. Blyde River Canyon

This canyon is every bit as stunning as America’s Grand Canyon, yet in a different way. Lush greenery grows over most of the area and a diverse range of animal and plant life is supported within its deep cliffs and valleys. It’s difficult to take a bad photo here, as Mother Nature has kindly provided a near perfect canvas.

10. Kruger National Park

This iconic national park has some of the ‘most-photographed’ animals in the world. Visitors love capturing shots of lions hunting prey, elephants drinking at waterholes and cheetahs sleeping under trees. Mesmerising amber sunsets and rolling savanna only add to the atmospheric magic of it all.

Shopping

Native South African woman wearing traditional fluro Zulu beads Painted wooden bowls in South Africa

From the provincial markets of sleepy towns, through the malls of Johannesburg and to the galleries and cafes of Cape Town, there are many options for parting with money in South Africa. From budget market souvenirs to more indulgent bespoke buys, visitors will be pleased with the variety on offer here.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in South Africa

1. Zulu Beads

Zulu beadwork acts as a form of communication for Zulu people but visitors are usually drawn to buy beads for their vibrancy and visual appeal. Necklaces, bracelets and head pieces are particularly popular.

2. Township Art

This urban art form involves recycling common landfill items like soft drink cans, telephone wire, paper and tyres, and turning them into jewellery, ornaments, key rings, bags and toys. Township art makes a unique souvenir or gift as it supports local artists and keeps excess waste out of landfill.

3. Gourmet Goodies

The Cape area has loads of amazing providores and food producers, so this is the best place to stock up on chutneys, jams and preserves made from local mango, fig, oranges and grapes.

4. Rooibos Products

This caffeine-free herbal tea has been drunk in South Africa for generations, and is a cheap souvenir option for friends and family back home. You will also be able to find rooibos skincare and beauty products too.

Festivals and Events in South Africa

Knysna Oyster Festival

This annual festival held over 10 days in winter offers so much more than oysters. Sure, indulge in some oysters but don’t forget about the fun runs, marathons, wine tastings, eating competitions, live music and cooking demos.

Freedom Day

This national public holiday commemorates the anniversary of South Africa’s constitution democracy – a very important sentiment to Africans living in the post-apartheid world. Marked by military flyovers, song, dance and other entertainment, this is a time of celebration, peace and unity.

Cape Town Jazz Festival

Cape Town shines with two days of hot jazz performances from African entertainers at this very popular festival. Although many of the shows sell out well in advance, the free outdoor concert ensures no one misses out.

FAQs on South Africa

It's considered polite to tip service workers in South Africa, as most receive a small wage. As a general rule, add 10-15% to bills at cafes, bars and restaurants (if it hasn’t already been added). Tour guides, drivers, valets and porters also should be tipped (5-10 ZAR should be sufficient).
Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the internet cafes of South Africa’s large cities but limited to no access should be expected in rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is very good in South Africa’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
South Africa has a combination of modern flushable toilets and squat/pit toilets, depending on where you are travelling and staying. Generally large hotels, modern restaurants and city cafes have flushable toilets, while remote areas like national parks, campgrounds and villages typically have squat toilets.
Can of soft drink = 6 ZAR
Coffee in a cafe = 12 ZAR
Beer in a bar = 15 ZAR
Simple takeaway meal = 30 ZAR
Bottle of wine = 30 ZAR
Three-course restaurant meal = 300 ZAR
Tap water can be drunk in South Africa’s cities, however drinking tap water in rural areas isn't recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels, modern shops and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
There are many ATMs in the big cities and regional towns of South Africa. Rural areas, national parks and small villages will have limited to no ATMs, so be sure to carry other payment options before travelling out of the big cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 21 Human Rights Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 9 Family Day
Apr 27 Freedom Day
May 1 Workers’ Day
Jun 16 Youth Day
Aug 9 National Women’s Day
Sep 24 Heritage Day
Dec 16 Day of Reconciliation
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Day of Goodwill

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/south-africa/public-holidays
SOUTH AFRICA:
Citizens of Australia, UK and most EU countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever Certificate
As of October 1st 2011, A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region. As of October 1st South Africa will also consider Zambia as a country infected by Yellow Fever even though the WHO does not currently list Zambia. All travellers from Zambia into South Africa will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

South Africa Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for South Africa

1. Be considerate of South Africa’s customs, traditions, religions and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

9. Avoid purchasing ivory and products harvested from endangered animals.

10. Be sensitive towards South Africa’s fragile political and social history when talking with locals.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In South Africa, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

Thusanani Children’s Foundation

This organisation assists to brighten the lives and futures of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children by providing occupational therapy and treatment to babies and children at risk of development delay. It also provides valuable training to caregivers so that they are empowered to positively influence the lives of the children they care for.

Image supplied by Thusanani Children's Foundation.

To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
DisgraceJM Coetzee
Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela
Cry, The Beloved CountryAlan Paton
Welcome to Our HillbrowPhaswane Mpe
The Pick UpNadine Gordimer