South Africa is very mild throughout the year. Spring is an ideal season for touring, (October). In the mountains, snow is a possibility June through August. November thru February is best for visiting Cape Town. For those planning on viewing animal life, winter is the best time, June through August. The grass is short and animals gather around watering holes.
Check out the current weather conditions in South Africa.
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to South Africa.
Consult your doctor about Malaria suppressants if you plan to visit game parks in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, or Kruger National Park. Don't swim in any lakes or rivers without checking with authorities since certain parasites exist. AIDS is also a concern in South Africa.
As of October 1, 2011, South Africa will require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Zambia, Tanzania and some other countries. Passengers travelling to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe should note that if they choose to visit Zambia during their stay, they may be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination upon return to South Africa.
The currency in South Africa is the rand. Please review the current exchange rate for the rand.
South Africa is the best place to buy art from all over Africa due to the value of the rand against most currencies. Gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones are very reasonable, especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Shop for beadwork, baskets, rugs, and wood carvings.
Voltage: 220/230 V; Plug M. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.