South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer a larger-than-life experience for the traveller in search of a unique and inspiring experience.
The Republic of South Africa occupies the southern most part of Africa, stretching from 22° to 35° S (latitude) and from 17° to 33° E (longitude). It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides - to the west, south and east.
South Africa is famous for almost seven months of sunshine. Between May and August, temperatures drop. April and May are the most temperate months. Temperatures above 32°C are fairly common in summer, and frequently exceed 38°C in the lower Orange River Valley and the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
Rainfall is unreliable and unpredictable. Large fluctuations in the average annual rainfall are the rule rather than the exception in most areas.
The infrastructure in urban areas is well developed with a wide range of shopping centres, entertainment centres, hotels, bed and breakfasts, good road networks, good communication and advanced medical services. The infrastructure may not be as well developed in rural areas.
Good healthcare services are available throughout the country. Both private and public medical and emergency rescue facilities are available 24hrs. Blood transfusion services, laboratory services and medical supply outlets are available. Clinics are spread throughout the country with secondary and tertiary facilities located in major towns and cities.
In urban areas, the quality of food preparation is high and tap water is safe to drink.
Infectious diseases are not a major problem, but there are precautions that you should take.
Before you travel