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South Africa - Frequently Asked Questions

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Is South Africa safe for a holiday?

Yes, it’s generally considered safe for tourists in South Africa. However, it's wise to avoid entering townships or neighbourhoods with bad reputations, unless accompanied by a guide who knows the area well.

How do I travel around South Africa?

The easiest way to get around is with an organised trip. A package tour of South Africa usually includes the country’s best destinations and plenty of excursions via hassle-free transfers.

What are the best parks for safaris in South Africa?

There are many to choose from. Some of the best parks for spotting wildlife are the Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Mapungubwe National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

What are the best beaches in South Africa?

South Africa has a huge collection of stunning beaches. Some of the most scenic include Camps Bay and Clifton in Cape Town, Boulders Beach near Cape Town (home to penguins), Mossel Bay, JeffreysBay, Port St. Johns, Plettenberg Bay and Thonga Beach which is located in Isimangaliso World Heritage Park.

How long is the flight to South Africa from the UK?

It depends on which part of South Africa you fly into. A direct flight to Cape Town from the UK takes around 11 and a half hours. Johannesburg is slightly less at 11 hours.

Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?

Please visit the FCO website for South Africa entry requirements.

What is the currency of South Africa?

The rand is the official currency of South Africa. 

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