South Africa enjoys a warm climate year-round. During winter, expect to experience temperatures that range between 7 and 22°C. During the summer months, temperatures can reach between 16 and 36°C. Click here to check the weather for our area.
The electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ, except for Pretoria (230 V) and Port Elizabeth (200/250 V). Most plugs have 3-pin or 2-pin. Adapters can be purchased but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer. However, a limited number of adaptors are available in each room.
Please be sure to check your device specifications and requirements, before utilising our power supply source.
In South Africa, we drive on the left-hand side of the road and wearing a seatbelt is compulsory.
Non-residents are permitted to drive with a driving license issued and valid in their own country. However, it must be in English and have the photograph and signature of the holder.
If yours doesn’t meet these requirements, an international driver’s license is required.
South Africa has world-class medical facilities, with a large network of hospitals that offer excellent services. However, please ensure that you have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution.
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favourably with major international currencies. Take note that currency can be exchanged at banks, forex bureaus and at certain hotels. Foreign tourists can have their VAT (value-added tax at 14%) refunded at the point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices.
In addition, most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club,
MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.