South Africa

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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

What should we know?

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

What can we see or do there?

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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
Low season:
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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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Location:Time spent:Daily budget:
28 nightsZAR432
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19 nightsZAR448
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3 nightsZAR377
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
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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
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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
DishCostLocation Availability
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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