Welcome to South Africa!
This is an amazing country, full of surprises and contrasts. Whether your family wants a beach holiday, true African safari or a big resort experience, South Africa is the perfect place.
Here are some tips for first time visitors to this beautiful country.
- Remember, malaria-free does not mean mosquito free. Even if you are visiting a malaria-free area you want to take repellant. A mosquito repellant plug in your bedroom is also a good idea. They can be purchased in most supermarkets and pharmacies.
- The African sunshine is harsh. Many a visitor has been sunburnt from just a few minutes in the sun. Remember your sunscreen (at least factor 50 for kids).
- Food here is comparatively cheap and delicious! Our meat it top notch.
- If you are planning to self-cater you should know where to shop for supplies. We recommend Woolworths and Pick ‘n Pay supermarkets, which can be found in most towns. Besides offering all the usual, both chains offer ready meals which can be popped in the microwave if you don’t feel like cooking.
- Kids are welcome in many restaurants. For a good family steakhouse we recommend Spur, which you will find in most cities and towns. For a quick bite or a delicious breakfast Wimpy is a good choice.
- Road fatalities are very high in South Africa. Remember we drive on the left. Please obey the road signs. A GPS is recommended (most car hire places also lease GPS units).
- In South Africa all children under the age of 3 have to travel in a car seat. Most rental places will offer car seat rental as an optional extra.
- If you are not renting a car, Uber is available in the major cities, as are metered cabs.
- Our weather is a great draw card as winter is still pleasant. We seldom see temperatures drop below zero in most cities, even in the heart of winter. Winter is also a great time for a safari trip.
- Remember to bring your camera!