SOUTH AFRICA DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real South Africa in a way like no other. From the wild bushland to the powdery beaches ringed by two oceans, South Africa is a country of astonishing diversity. You can journey from the rugged Drakensberg Mountains, to the star-studded Kalahari dunes, and on to the vibrant cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'. When you visit South Africa with Trafalgar, we’ll venture on a private safari in Kruger National Park to see Africa’s Big Five and unique black-maned lions, and rise to the top of Table Mountain for sweeping views over Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Enjoy lunch in Africa's highest pub, sample the famous wine of the golden Cape Winelands, and drive the Cape Peninsula, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal roads. South Africa’s vibrant culture is equally diverse, and we’ll reveal the legacy of Mandela through the country’s excellent museums, and share a traditional meal in a Swazi Chief's village. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.

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"With gorgeous beaches, superb vineyards, starry deserts, soaring mountains, lively cities and national parks filled with wildlife, South Africa makes it hard to leave."

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South Africa at a glance
From the wild bushland to the powdery beaches ringed by two oceans, South Africa is a country of astonishing diversity. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and journey from the Drakensberg Mountains and the starry Kalahari dunes, to a private safari in Kruger to see Africa’s Big Five.
Currency
South African rand
Winter avg
29°C
Summer avg
18°C
Time Zone
GMT+2
Capital Cities
Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Language
English, Afrikaans, Tsonga & others
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What to pack for South Africa

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Adaptor plug

In South Africa, the standard voltage is 230 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type D, M and N. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.

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Binoculars

Bring your binoculars for wildlife spotting when we take you on a private safari through Kruger National Park, one of the best destinations for wildlife viewing in all of Africa.

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Sunscreen & sunglasses

You’ll be much closer to the equator when you travel to South Africa, so you’ll need to protect your skin and eyes with strong sunscreen and UV protected sunglasses.

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Swimsuit

South Africa is known for its spectacular beaches, so pack a swimsuit if you’d like to take a dip in the Indian or Atlantic Oceans that border the country.

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Versatile clothing

From the dusty savannah and sunny vineyards, to the chilly mountains and windy coastline, you’ll need a range of versatile clothing when you visit South Africa.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.