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Country:South Africa
Location: > Southern Africa



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    Top Descriptions

    South Africa is harder than most countries to pack into a description. The diversity of its animals, its geography, and its human inhabitants means that sweeping statements simply won’t do. The context is too complex. However, from the perspective of a tourist only really exposed to the garden route, it is safe to say that there are an incredible amount of wonderful experiences and attractions on offer in this land. Whether you want to check off the ‘big 5’, pitch a tent in the wilderness or hike a peak with a view that makes you feel as though you are on the edge of the earth, you can do it in South Africa. You can also eat good international cuisine, shop in independent boutiques, and drown yourself in inexpensive good-quality wine. Of course, the international reputation the country has for violent crime is not unfounded, and the resonating effect of the apartheid era are apparent. However, as a tourist, the slum-like townships are outweighed by the natural beauty of the coast or countryside, and the beggars and thieves can be overlooked to see the beautifully maintained colonial-era architecture. It isn’t necessarily a comfortable perspective, but often the negatives feel fleeting, and what remains for a tourist is positive. – Sarah
     
    It’s difficult to describe a country as vast as South Africa when you’ve only seen a small portion of it, but then that will be most people’s experience of the southernmost country in Africa too. Indeed, this is a difficult republic to see all at once. But with a glut of truly excellent coastline, ample opportunities for close-up animal encounters and a wonderful mix of cultures (South Africa boasts 11 official languages), you’ll be spoilt for choice on many fronts. In fact, when compared with the likes of East Africa, South Africa offers much better standards and value for money for the avid traveller. There’s even a backpacking scene here of sorts, and some competition for tourists, making travel here that little bit more pleasurable. But South Africa is a big country, and without your own wheels you’ll find it tough to really explore what’s on offer. There’s an obvious wealth disparity too seen in the corrugated-metal townships that skirt the edges of most towns and cities. While apartheid may officially have ended, South Africa still has a long way to go. But as the locals will no doubt remind you over a braai or a beer, this is a young country, and every youth must make mistakes to be better prepared for the future. & with the right leadership, South Africa could have a very promising future ahead of it indeed. – Daniel

    Top Tips

    Don’t be alarmed by the disclaimers of liability on every shop, bridge and footpath in the country! It’s not half as dangerous here as such legalese might lead you to believe ;).
    Get used to the art of braaing (having a BBQ). It’s basically a national pastime!
    If you plan on heading to the Garden Route during the summer months make sure you have your accommodation (and even buses) booked well ahead. December and January sees the kids off schools and the locals flocking to the nicer spots along the coast.
     
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    The Location

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      Environment type:forest, ocean, mountain, scrub
      Religion type:Christian
       
      Visa type:Cost:Nationality:On arrival:
      90-day exemptionFREEYES

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      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
      Average daily budget:ZAR450

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:56 nights
      High season:December, January
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        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
        Timezone:UTC+02:00
        Country calling code:27

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        Neighboring countries:Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
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        What are the numbers and averages?

        Location:Time spent:Daily budget:
        28 nightsZAR432
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        19 nightsZAR448
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        6 nightsZAR456
         
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        Altitude:0 to 3,450m

        Local Availability

          ItemSizeCost
          Beer (multinational)500mlZAR17
          Beer (national)500mlZAR14
          Fizzy drink1 litreZAR12
          Fruit juice1 litreZAR18
          Gin (multinational)1 litreZAR186
          Gin (national)1 litreZAR145
          Milk1 litreZAR12
          Oil1 litreZAR23
          Rum (multinational)1 litreZAR188
          Rum (national)1 litreZAR180
          Vodka (multinational)1 litreZAR140
          Vodka (national)1 litreZAR135
          Water1 litreZAR8
          Whisky (multinational)1 litreZAR163
          Whisky (national)1 litreZAR160
          Wine1 bottleZAR30
          ItemSizeCost
          Almonds100gZAR43
          Apples1kgZAR19
          Bananas1kgZAR16
          Bell pepper1kgZAR44
          Bread1 loafZAR12
          Carrots1kgZAR10
          Chillies1kgZAR60
          Chocolate (multinational)1 barZAR16
          Chocolate (national)1 barZAR9
          Coconut milk1 canZAR21
          Cucumber1kgZAR29
          Eggs1 dozenZAR19
          Garlic1kgZAR144
          Ginger1kgZAR86
          Honey1 jarZAR41
          Ice cream1 unitZAR14
          Jam1 jarZAR20
          Onions1kgZAR10
          Oranges1kgZAR0
          Pasta1kgZAR28
          Peanut butter1 jarZAR24
          Peanuts100gZAR12
          Potatoes1kgZAR14
          Raisins100gZAR10
          Rice1kgZAR14
          Sandwich1 unitZAR19
          Tomatoes1kgZAR18
          ItemSizeCost
          Antifungal shampoo1 bottleZAR75
          Conditioner1 bottleZAR32
          Condoms1 packZAR35
          Deodorant1 canZAR18
          Floss1 packZAR26
          Hand sanitizer1 bottleZAR0
          Laundry soap1 barZAR6
          Razors1 packZAR42
          Sanitary towels1 packZAR15
          Shampoo1 bottleZAR32
          Soap1 barZAR8
          Tampons1 boxZAR23
          Toilet roll1 unitZAR5
          Toothpaste1 tubeZAR12
          Washing powder1 boxZAR16
          ItemSizeCost
          Antiseptic cream1 tubeZAR35
          Bandages1 packZAR18
          Chapstick1 unitZAR19
          Contact lens solution1 bottleZAR0
          Headache tablets1 packZAR18
          Ibuprofen1 packZAR0
          Mosquito repellent1 bottleZAR0
          Nail clippers1 setZAR36
          Plasters1 packZAR17
          Sun cream1 bottleZAR70
          Sunglasses1 pairZAR110
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          Batteries4-packZAR55
          Chilli powder100gZAR25
          Cigarettes (multinational)20-packZAR34
          Cigarettes (national)20-packZAR22
          Coriander100gZAR23
          Cumin100gZAR31
          Fuel1 litreZAR0
          Internet1 hourZAR0
          Lighter1 unitZAR0
          Matches1 packZAR0
          Paprika100gZAR24
          Travel multiadapter1 unitZAR65
          Travel plug1 unitZAR27
          Turmeric100gZAR24
          Stock1 packZAR8

          Local Cuisine

            DishCostLocation Availability
            BaoZAR50
            Breakfast (continental)ZAR45
            Breakfast (cooked)ZAR47
            BobotieZAR112
            BurgerZAR80
            Burger (cheese)ZAR84
            Burger (vegetarian)ZAR95
            Cake (slice)ZAR51
            CalamariZAR111
            California rollZAR59
            CarbonaraZAR94
            CheesecakeZAR40
            Chicken kang paoZAR75
            Chicken wingsZAR71
            Chop Suey (meat)ZAR85
            Chop Suey (vegetables)ZAR59
            Cordon bleuZAR140
            Cottage PieZAR75
            Crème brûléeZAR56
            Curry (generic – meat)ZAR126
            Curry (generic – vegetable)ZAR80
            Curry (Thai)ZAR80
            Cutlet (beef/chicken)ZAR145
            Duck (Aromatic)ZAR130
            Dumplings (Asian – meat)ZAR48
            Dumplings (Asian – vegetable)ZAR59
            Duck (in sauce)ZAR115
            Eggs (how you like)ZAR47
            Fillet (beef)ZAR162
            Fillet (fish)ZAR157
            Fish and chipsZAR90
            FishcakesZAR89
            French friesZAR28
            Fried rice (meat)ZAR65
            Fried rice (vegetable)ZAR55
            Fruit saladZAR49
            Goulash (chicken)ZAR120
            Grilled (chicken)ZAR90
            Grilled (fish)ZAR142
            Hot dogZAR57
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            Ice cream (scoop)ZAR27
            Ice cream (sundae)ZAR33
            KimchiZAR30
            Lamb chopsZAR165
            Lamb shankZAR235
            LasagnaZAR102
            Lasagna (vegetarian)ZAR100
            LobsterZAR495
            Mashed potatoesZAR21
            Maki RollZAR49
            Meat ballsZAR60
            MusslesZAR115
            NachosZAR62
            Noodles (meat)ZAR95
            Noodles (vegetable)ZAR76
            Noodle soup (meat)ZAR69
            Noodle soup (vegetable)ZAR59
            OmeletteZAR52
            OystersZAR113
            Pancake (simple)ZAR22
            Pancake (loaded)ZAR33
            Pasta (meat)ZAR108
            Pasta (vegetable)ZAR81
            Pie (meat)ZAR106
            Pie (sweet)ZAR45
            Pizza (simple)ZAR74
            Pizza (loaded)ZAR128
            Pork chopsZAR88
            PrawnsZAR177
            Prawn CrackersZAR18
            Quesadilla (meat)ZAR100
            Quesadilla (vegetables)ZAR85
            QuicheZAR76
            DishCostLocation Availability
            RibsZAR150
            Roasted (pork)ZAR129
            Roasted (vegetable)ZAR75
            RoosterkoekeZAR85
            SaladZAR59
            Salad (meat)ZAR76
            Sandwich (basic)ZAR28
            Sandwich (loaded)ZAR53
            Sausage and mashZAR75
            ShwarmaZAR65
            Skewers (meat)ZAR65
            Soup (meat)ZAR45
            Soup (vegetarian)ZAR35
            Spring rollZAR41
            SteakZAR138
            Stir fry (meat)ZAR72
            Stir fry (vegetable)ZAR124
            Sweet and sour (meat)ZAR75
            Waffles (sweet)ZAR28
            Whole (fish)ZAR146
            WrapsZAR70
            BeverageCostLocation Availability
            Alcoholic mixed drinkZAR44
            Bailey’s (shot)ZAR28
            Beer (multinational)ZAR26
            Beer (national)ZAR21
            Brandy (shot)ZAR17
            CappuccinoZAR21
            Cappuccino (red/rooibos)ZAR22
            Cider (bottle)ZAR23
            Champagne (bottle)ZAR238
            Champagne (glass)ZAR48
            CoffeeZAR18
            EspressoZAR18
            Fruit juice (concentrated)ZAR21
            Fruit juice (fresh)ZAR25
            Gin (shot)ZAR19
            GuinnessZAR25
            Hot chocolateZAR24
            Iced coffeeZAR25
            Iced teaZAR23
            MilkshakeZAR24
            Red BullZAR36
            Rum (shot)ZAR18
            SmoothieZAR39
            Soft drinkZAR18
            TeaZAR17
            Tea (herbal)ZAR16
            Tequila (shot)ZAR25
            Vodka (shot)ZAR17
            Water (2L)ZAR54
            Whisky (shot)ZAR18
            Wine (bottle)ZAR131
            Wine (glass)ZAR34

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