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Recommended wholesale partners: Mainstream operators | Africa specialists | Luxury operators | Escorted & small group touring operators

Essential information: When to visit | Flights | Other essential info

FAQs: Your most frequently asked questions

Useful links: The Africa Hub | Big Agent Rewards | Training request form

Downloads: Imagery | Social media assets

Get in touch: Key contacts

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Essential Information – Know Before You Go!

When to Visit

South Africa is a year-round destination with the climate varying all over the country. Summer runs from November to March, making the south west hot and dry, while the winter brings mild, dry temperatures to the tropical north east coast.

South Africa domestic flight routes

Flights

Fly direct with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic for 11 hours from London to Jo’burg or 12 hours from London to Cape Town.

Indirect flights: Emirates | Qatar Airways | Turkish Airlines | Ethiopian Airlines | Kenya Airways | KLM | Lufthansa | Air France | Swiss International | TAP

Two meerkats in Oudtshoorn

Other Essential Information

Entry requirements: British and Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for stays of up to 90 days. See requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry here.

Time zone: GMT+1 (UK & Ireland Summer), GMT+2  (UK & Ireland Winter).

Currency: The Pound remains strong against the Rand (local currency). See the latest conversion here. South Africa is the second cheapest long-haul destination for Brits according Post Office Holiday Money Report 2021. I.e: A glass of wine costs around £2.99, a coffee £1.57 and for a dinner with wine for two you would pay £35.

Languages: South Africa has 11 official languages. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

Tipping: South Africa is similar to the UK, with 10-15% customary in restaurants and for tour guides.

Driving: As in the UK, South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road. Hiring a vehicle is one of the most affordable options for getting around and also one of the best ways to experience the nation’s breathtaking scenery.

Transfers: Pre-booked transfers offer a relaxing way of seeing the country.

Taxis: Metered taxies are widely available throughout the country, especially in urban areas. Popular taxi apps — such as Uber — are great for getting around cities.

FAQs: Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

How far from Cape Town International Airport to downtown?

The distance from Cape Town International Airport to downtown Cape Town is approximately 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) when traveling by road. The travel time can vary depending on traffic conditions, but it usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes by car.

How long is the flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg?

The flight duration between Cape Town and Johannesburg (often referred to as “Joburg”) varies based on factors such as the airline, specific flight route, and weather conditions. On average, a direct flight between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Useful Links

Elephants bathing in a water hole in Addo Elephant National Park near Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

The Africa Hub

The Africa Hub is a free, accessible and authoritative resource for all things Africa. Often described as “a world in one country” South Africa indeed boasts more than its fair share of the finer things to be found on this planet. Its natural assets lend itself both to classic ‘big five’ safari and to either breath-taking, remote coastal experiences or an evolved, cool beach scene. Historically, its exceptional climate and stunning topography led to the development of graceful winelands as well as one of the most beautiful urban settings to be found in the world.

South Africa Big Agent Rewards

Big Agents Rewards

Log your bookings to South Africa with Big Agents Rewards for a chance to win tickets to the Trevor Noah Show in November! Plus many other prizes to be won…

Tubing down the Storms River - South African Tourism

Training Request Form

Would you and your team like training on South Africa? South Africa Tourism can tailor to your needs, from a beginners guide to an in-depth deep dive into the lesser-known areas of the country. Please fill in your details via this form and one of the trade team will be in touch to understand the requirements and arrange a time.

Downloads

Greater kudu, Eastern Cape

Imagery

Find a selection of South Africa images here.

Group experiencing a vineyard in the Western Cape Winelands - South Africa Tourism

Social Media Assets

Find a selection of digital assets for use on social media here.

 

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