South Africa Travel Information - our tips
Vital information for travel in and around South Africa.
Traveling around South Africa can be tricky - here is a quick review of helpful facts on getting there, getting around, health, safety and much more.
- There are tarred freeways linking major cities within South Africa.
- Flying directly to Kruger National Park saves a long drive from Johannesburg.
- Rural areas are found near most wildlife reserves in South Africa - watch out for pedestrians, domestic animals and potholes.
- Stick to speed limits - they are enforced and fines need to be paid in cash at local police stations.
- Think very carefully before riding in private taxi minicabs - they are often overloaded and travel above the speed limit.
- Consider hiring a car near your safari destination so you can spend less time on public roads, yet have the freedom to drive yourself around the reserve.
- Use reputable car hire companies like Budget or Avis - cars can break down and both Avis and Budget offer a quick car replacement policy.
- Road transfers are available from the airport to hotels, attractions. One example is ExecExpress.
- Most places near KNP will say they are 5 hours from Johannesburg OR Tambo airport.
- It rarely takes less than 6½ hours to KNP reserves due to speed limit changes, potholes, gravel roads and busy rural areas.
- There are 3 major International airports at Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
- There are 2 smaller International Airports at safari destinations - Pilanesberg and Kruger (KMIA).
- All major airlines fly into Johannesburg.
- There are private airstrips located close to all major Big 5 game reserves. Some also have helipads.
- ATMs at Johannesburg, Cape Town, KMIA, Port Elizabeth, East London and George airports.
- Taxis - Head directly to the taxi rank outside the airport - refuse offers of a taxi ride from locals within and outside the airport - only travel in authentic taxis. UBA is now in South Africa.
- Hire cars - Budget, Avis and other major car hire companies are at the airport - just outside the airport arrivals area.
- Consider a road transfer from the city to Kruger National Park. One example is Ashtons Tours .
- The InterContinental Airport Hotel is located right at the airport on the other side of the pedestrian crossing. It has a restaurant and pool.
- City Lodge Hotel is also in the airport confines and a good affordable option.
- Getting money out of an ATM at the airport. Watch out for people offering to help you - they could be scammers!
- Always keep an eye on your luggage and keep all luggage slips with you in case bags are lost orso you can identify them if asked to do so.
- If traveling from Australia - Qantas flies direct to Johannesburg from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
- Flight times are 11hr to and 14hrs from Sydney.
- SAA flies from Perth.
Getting to Kruger National Park.
Many safari regions are in Malaria zones and prophylactics are recommended.
Detailed information on Health in South Africa
International Dialling Code
27 + Area Code + The Number
South Africa has 11 official languages. English is the most commonly spoken commercially.
Currency in South Africa is the Rand made up of 100cents. more...
- Safety and Security are often a cause for concern in Africa.
- Most violent crime happens in townships where people know one another.
- Tourists staying within game reserves are much less likely to be the victims of violent crime.
- It is important that travellers follow a set of safety guidelines within South Africa.
- Find detailed information on safety around towns, rural and wildlife areas, lost or stolen goods and security here.
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