South Africa Travel Advice

By | July 15, 2021

General travel information about South Africa

Continent: Africa

Geographical location: southernmost country in Africa on the Atlantic and Indian Ocean

Highest point: Mafadi, 3450 m

Longest river: Orange River, ca.1860 km

Government: Federal republic

system of government: Parliament Hardcover executive power

Languages: Afrikaans, English, South Ndebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, North Sotho, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga (official languages)

Neighboring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho

Capital: Pretoria

Area: approx. 1,219,912 km²

Population: approx. 56,522. 000 (2017)

Population density:42.5 residents per sq km

Religions: 75% of various Christian churches, 2% African religions, Hindus 1.4%, 1.4% Muslim

Currency: Rand (ZAR), 1 € is about 14 ZAR, the current exchange rate see

Climate: Arid desert climate to subtropical

Time zone: UTC + 2

Area code: +27

Country code: ZA

Electricity: In South Africa, sockets of type M, D, C or N are used. The mains voltage is 3 x 220 / 230V with a 50Hz change interval. A travel plug adapter is an advantage.

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Travel climate in South Africa

Due to the geographical location in the southern hemisphere of the globe, the seasons in South Africa are opposite to our European conditions, ie when it is summer here, the South Africans have winter and vice versa. While the summers are consistently very warm, winters in South Africa can be cold and rainy, especially on the south and west coasts, while low temperatures with snowfall are also possible in the interior of the country. Only on the east coast of South Africa are air temperatures around 25 – 35 ° C all year round.

The climate in South Africa, like the vegetation zones, is differentiated according to the geographical and geomormphological differences and is also influenced by the temperatures of the ocean currents flowing around it. While climatic conditions prevail on the high plateau inland and especially in the Kalahari and Karoo arride, maritime weather patterns can be found on the coasts, which ensure a semi-humid climate, especially in the southeast of the country. The clouds of the humid sea air warmed by the Agullhas Current are already raining down on the coast in front of the mountain belt of the Drakensberg. In the Cape region, Mediterranean climatic conditions are characteristic. The Drakensberg are a climatic exception, where, due to the exposed altitude, cooler temperatures up to snowfall can be found in the upper peak regions. Roughly summarized, the climate is getting hotter and drier, starting from the humid coast in the south-east and heading north-west towards Namibia.

Fixed-date holidays in South Africa

January 1: New Year

March 21: Day of Human Rights

27 April: Freedom Day (anniversary of the first democratic elections in 1994

May 1: Labor Day

June 16: Youth Day (anniversary of the start of the race riots in Soweto in 1976)

. 9 Aug: Women’s Day (anniversary of the women’s demonstration against the 1956 Passport Act)

16 Dec: Atonement Day (anniversary of the Battle of the Blood River between Boers and Zulu in 1838)

25 Dec: Christmas Day

26 Dec: Christmas Day 2

Medical advice for South Africa

For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for South Africa and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health

Travel advice for South Africa

You can obtain the latest travel and safety advice, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal law advice and recommendations for your stay in South Africa from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

You can obtain further and current customs information from the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Germany.

South Africa Travel Advice

Foreign mission in South Africa

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Africa

Official district / consular district: South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Consular district: Provinces Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu / Natal, Nothern Province, North West and Mpumalanga as well as Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland. The management of the representation is also accredited as ambassador to Lesotho and Swaziland with headquarters in Pretoria and Cape Town respectively.

Location: Pretoria

Street address: 201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof Ext 11, Pretoria 0181

Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof Ext 11, Pretoria

Telephone: +27 12 427 89 69

Fax: +27 12 427 89 69

Email: Contact form

Website: Official languages

in the host country: English

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Germany

Place: Berlin

Street address: Tiergartenstraße 18, 10785 Berlin

Postal address: Tiergartenstraße 18, 10785 Berlin

Telephone: +49 30 22 07 30

Fax: +49 30 220 731 90

Email: [email protected]