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Packing for South Africa
Summers in Pretoria last from September up to March. Our summers are hot with temperatures of 30 -32 degrees Celsius. You will need comfortable light cotton like clothes. For evenings a long sleeve or light jersey. You don't need lots of  formal clothes, but you will need something pretty smart for exclusive hotels and up market restaurant Lodges. We are known for our heavy afternoon rain storms, so a rain coat may come in handy. Always pack insect repellent , sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Bring good walking shoes. If you're planning a trip to a game Reserve , try to wear neutral colours and comfortable shoes.
Our winters are mild and rarely cold. Temperature between 15 – 23 degrees during the day. Evenings can be freezing.

Extras :
Make more than one copy of your important documents, like passports. Always take one with you and leave the original in a lock up safe where you stay. You may even leave a copy with a friend at home.
If you wear contact lenses, consider using disposables for a short holiday, especially if you're planning to river raft, dive or such. Also bring spare spectacles along. Some arias in SA are extremely dusty and dry (Namibia , Botswana),
Make sure all assurance and medical aid documents are in order. – and make sure you know exactly what will be covered. If you are planning to participate in some adventure activities, make sure what type of injury will be covered.

Electricity :
Our electricity is 220 volts, 15 amps, and is supplied through three-prong, round-pin plugs. If you're bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter - or you could buy one here. And pack small camera – we do have crime problem in the main cities and you don’t want to advertise yourself. You can buy film anywhere and camera batteries in the cities.


Visas
If you are a national of United States , Canada, Australia, the European Union, Japan, Lichtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, you do not need a visa for a holiday visit. Otherwise contact a South African embassy. You'll find a comprehensive list online.

Customs
You may bring in duty-free gifts and souvenirs to the total value of R1,250 plus 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco, 2 litres of wine, 1 litre of other alcoholic beverages, 50ml of perfume, and 250ml of toilet water into SA without incurring duties. Thereafter duty is levied at 20%.

Taxes
Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services but, as a foreign national, you may reclaim VAT on anything you bought to take out of the country unused. You need to do this before you embark on your flight home. See www.taxrefunds.co.za for details. All South African airports charge an airport tax, which is automatically included in the purchase price of your ticket.


Currency and banking
Our unit of currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. All currency must be declared on entry. Because of the favourable exchange rate, you'll find South Africa a very inexpensive destination.

From the moment you step off the plane, you will find bureaux de change and automatic tellers almost everywhere.
For up-to-date exchange rates, see http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic. Generally speaking, banks are open from about 9am to 3.30pm but those at the airports adjust their hours of opening to accommodate all international flights.

Traveler's cheques, credit cards and bank cards
Traveler’s cheques in most major currencies are accepted in almost every hotel or backpackers and by many other operators. All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than Mastercard and Visa. In some small towns, you may find you'll need to use cash.
Credit cards, can be used at filling stations.

You can pay road tolls with master or visa cards. You may want to print out a list of these useful numbers before you leave home. All numbers are written as you would dial them from within South Africa. The 0800 numbers are toll-free from a land line within South Africa - but not from a mobile phone.

  • American Express : (086) 003 6739 (foreign exchange)
  • Diners Club International : 03-2161 1055
  • Absa Bank : 086 122 7232 / (012) 483 2500
  • First National Bank 0800 110 132 / (012) 460 9202
  • Nedbank 080 011 0929
  • Standard Bank 086 012 3000

Some bank cards and debit cards work in our Automated Teller Machines, and some do not. Please check with your bank before you leave home. For some cards : you need a five-digit pin to use a card in our machines.

 

South Africa - the diverse land of cultural diversity and physical beauty.

 

 

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