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Capital City

Pretoria (executive & semi-official), Bloemfontein (judicial) & Cape Town (legislative)

Languages

English, Afrikaans, Zulu & other local languages widely spoken

Currency

South African Rand

Time Difference (GMT) + 1 hour

Climate & average temperatures

South Africa - The Cape
Months J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temp °C 28 26 25 23 21 18 18 18 19 21 23 25
Rain mm 15 18 18 48 79 84 89 66 43 31 18 10
Seasons Dry Green Dry
South Africa - Elsewhere
Months J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temp °C 25 25 24 21 19 16 16 19 22 24 24 25
Rain mm 110 102 98 76 46 21 23 32 41 78 116 115
Seasons Green Dry Green
Airlines

British Airways, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways

Flight time from UK

11 hours

 
Visa requirements

Not with a UK passport

Health requirements

Contact your GP for information


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South Africa Safaris and Holidays

South Africa could be described in many ways; wide open spaces, natural beauty, spectacular mountain ranges, pristine beaches and incredible wildlife. The southern gateway to a vast continent, a safari holiday in South Africa has it all.

Safaris and holidays here take the traveller back where our modern human origins began in Africa and more so in Southern Africa. Tens of thousands of years ago our early ancestors evolved here and eventually spread out across the world. There is some trace of our genesis in the collective memory that stirs the sense of familiarity when looking over vast plains toward the distant mountains, or in the thrill of a close encounter with the wild animals that still roam free in some parts of the country. Whether it is in a tour of the Winelands of the Western Cape, immense Karoo landscapes, dramatic Drakensberg Mountains, wild game or the vibrant cities built on the mineral riches of South Africa that spark these emotions, one will find oneself drawn back to a subconscious feeling of belonging.

South Africa’s recent history, going back up to 500 years, is one of ever changing influences, a meeting of vastly differing cultures and sometimes bitter, drawn out conflicts that have had a major impact not only on Africa but the entire world. The miracle of its society and the transformations that have taken place, unique on the world stage, are a result of this turmoil and the resolve of the people to make change and look forward to a future common to all.