Our tips for safe Africa holidays

By Steve George

April 29, 2013Travel


Africa, the second largest continent on Earth is full of diversity and mystery. Africa is one of the most wanted places for those who love to travel. It is comfortable, simple, unique and attractive and at the same time complex and challenging to every tourist. In this article you’ll have a chance to read our tips on unforgettable Africa holidays.

  • Making early reservation

    South Africa is one of the most wanted travel destinations and it is wise to organize your trip and take care of various reservations like car rental, flights and accommodation) in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Peak season

    It is good to know that South Africa is most visited during the summer period, from November to March. Also during the period of local summer school holiday (December and January), and for Easter holiday. If, however, you like lower temperatures, the best period to visit South Africa would be off peak seasons, from April to May and September to October.

  • Weather

    Summer in South Africa is from October to February, autumn is from February to April, winter is from May to July and spring is from August to October. The summer is hot, but the

    evenings sometime can be cool. Sunglasses, sun cream and hats are recommended.

  • Time difference

    South Africa is 7 hours behind Australian Central Time.

  • Transportation

    South Africa is a huge country so it is advisable to rent a car to get around some attractions and nearby cities.

  • Currency and banks

    The currency in South Africa is Rand – ZAR. 1 ZAR is 0,106688 AUD. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Bureaux de Change and at local banks.

  • Passports and visas

    Australian and New Zealand citizens and passport holders do not require a visa to visit South Africa for 90 days. But if they want to stay longer, they need to apply for extension at least 30 days before the original permit expires.

  • Shopping

    Most of shopping centres are open seven days a week, from 09:00 – 17:00, and on Sundays from 09:00 – 14:00.

  • Gas/Petrol stations

    The petrol and gas stations are open 24 hours and you can pay only in cash.

  • Road safety and driving

    South Africa has excellent roads. However, try to avoid driving in some strange, unfamiliar to you areas without a guide or someone who knows South Africa. A valid driver permit is required if you want to rent a car.

  • Health care

    South Africa has one of the best doctors in the world. The tap water is safe to drink and various foods this country offers as well as its vegetables and fruits are safe to eat.

These are just few of the most important tips you should know before you go on your Africa tour.