Things to Consider when Traveling to South Africa

johannesburgSouth Africa is one of the hottest destinations in the world. With its diverse culture, breathtaking safaris, beautiful beaches, world class wine, and delicious food, you can never go wrong for choosing South Africa for your holiday vacation. Before packing your bag and flying to this country, however, there are several things you need to consider.

Visa requirements

As a tourist, you may not need a visa to enter the country provided that your stay there doesn’t exceed 30 to 90 days; South Africa doesn’t require most nationalities a visa. But you must have a valid passport that’s good for 6 months and one empty page for endorsement. Check the South Africa Department of Home Affairs website for the visa requirements for every nationality.


South Africa houses some of the best hospitals and doctors in the world. So in case of health emergencies, rest assured that health professionals in the country will take good care of you. When traveling to the country, you must secure a travel insurance given the cost of quality healthcare today.

If you’re coming from a country where the incidence of Yellow Fever is high, you must prove authorities that you have had the vaccination by providing an international yellow fever immunization certificate. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and measle inoculations are highly recommended. Tap water throughout South Africa is safe to drink, even though the water is a little brownish in some areas.

Most of the major destinations in the country are malaria free, making it a good travel destination to go to with kids. However, be careful when traveling to the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal and to the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo as malaria is still widespread there. Finally, South Africa posts one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world, so make sure you take all precautions if you’re planning to have sex.


Crime rate is high in South Africa, but the incidents are not on tourist areas. Be careful when you change huge sum of money and make sure to put your passport in a safe place. If you’re a party person, be careful when you go out at night, particularly in major cities.

Driving in South Africa is bliss as the roads there are among the finest in the African continent. You may want to consider renting a car for some independent sightseeing. However, it’s not advisable to drive at night because the roads lack lighting and animals have the tendency to walk on to the roads at will.


Rand is the country’s unit of currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Coin denominations are in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and note denominations are in R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. Because of positive exchange rates, the country is an inexpensive destination considering the quality of activities, dining, and lodging offered.

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