About the destination

South Africa is known for its dark past due to Apartheid. Today, the country is an exotic destination where you can visit turquoise beaches or the savannah, big cities or small Zulu villages.

Currency

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). If you plan to use your cards at your destination, be sure to inform your financial institution of the dates of your stay.

Health

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that you consult a health professional to discuss vaccinations for the following diseases: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, rabies, yellow fever and measles. Remember not to drink tap water or ingest anything that has not been boiled, cooked or peeled!

Passports

“Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your intended departure date from South Africa. Your passport must contain at least 2 blank pages for your temporary resident permit or you may be turned away upon arrival.

You may also be denied boarding the plane at the point of departure if you do not have the required number of blank pages for your visa. If you plan to travel to neighboring countries and back to South Africa, make sure you have enough pages in your passport for visas for those countries and for South Africa.” – Government of Canada

Weather

Month Max Min Prec.
January 26 °C 16 °C 12 mm
February 27 °C 16 °C 8 mm
March 24 °C 14 °C 17 mm
April 23 °C 12 °C 45 mm
May 20 °C 9 °C 85 mm
June 18 °C 8 °C 80 mm
July 18 °C 7 °C 85 mm
August 18 °C 8 °C 70 mm
September 19 °C 9 °C 45 mm
October 21 °C 11 °C 30 mm
November 24 °C 13 °C 17 mm
December 25 °C 15 °C 11 mm

Language

There are 11 official languages in South Africa. The most commonly used are English and Afrikaans. Other languages are Transvaal Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.

Things to do in Africa

Climb to the Top of Table Mountain

Table Mountain is the famous rectangular mountain in the city of Cape Town, in the far south of the country. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. At the top, you will have a breathtaking view of the city. There are several options to reach the top. Do not hesitate to contact your travel consultant about this.

Go on Safari in Kruger National Park

Go on an adventure in one of the largest national parks in the world. You might see the “Big Five”, the five largest animals in Africa: lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos.

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