Time Difference

South Africa is 2 hours ahead of GMT and 7 hours ahead of EST (winter) or 7 hours behind Australian Central Time.

Visas and travel with children

Travellers from certain countries require visas, while others do not. For comprehensive information on visa and pasport requirements, visit

PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming to South Africa with your children, you will need to bring documentation to prove that they are your children. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more details.

Banking & money

Local currency is the Rand (ZAR). Foreign currency may be exchanged at the many Bureaux de Changes. Most international credit cards are widely accepted.


10-15% of the bill is the common restaurant tip, while any small change would be appreciated by gas station attendants.


VAT (Value Added Tax) is charged at 14% on most items. Tourists may claim this VAT back (on purchases exceeding ZAR250) at the airport prior to departure.


South Africa enjoys a moderate climate all year round. Our seasons are exactly the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. The Cape experiences rain in the winter months, Johannesburg and surrounds in the summer.


You can generally drink the water in South Africa. Private hospital networks offer high-quality medical care throughout the country. Public hospitals are available for those who cannot afford private care.

In Johannesburg, Hatzolah is the Jewish medical emergency response service.

The Kruger National Park is a Malaria risk area. Consult your medical practitioner for details of the necessary precautionary measures.

Vaccinations are not generally required before visiting South Africa.

Personal Safety

Most tourist destinations in South Africa can be safely visited. One should take common-sense precautions like not carrying valuables or cash in a visible fashion and not walking alone at night.

The National Tourism Authority Safety Line can be used to clarify the safety of a particular area or destination. +2783 123 2345.


South Africa's electircity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz.

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South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road. To drive in South Africa, one would need an international driving permit. One must wear a seat belt while driving.


Most major shopping centres operate from 9:00 - 17:00 and on Sunday until 14:00. Certain convenience stores are open until 23:00.a


Nelson Mandela Square

Sandton City

Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill
Gold Reef City

Around S.A.
Cape Town
Durban/ Umhlanga
Kruger National Park