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Overview
South Africa

Make sure you're ready for your South Africa holiday by taking out travel insurance and packing everything you'll need for the activities you have planned.

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Visas
South Africa

British citizens do not require a visa when visiting South Africa for up to 90 days. For more details or for travel not on a British Passport, please ask your Travel Butler or refer to the South African High Commission.

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Inoculations
South Africa

Travellers from the UK don’t need to arrange extra vaccinations for South Africa, however, depending on where you will be travelling, it's recommended that you be inoculated for cholera, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus and typhoid. For more details, please refer to your doctor.

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When to go
South Africa

South Africa's temperate climate means certain seasons are better suited for different activities (and you should remember that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere). Summer lasts from December to March and is the most popular time to visit the Western Cape, though if you're planning to hike and take part in other energetic activities, spring (September to November) and autumn (April to May) are recommended for their cooler temperatures. Spring is also the only time of year you'll see wildflowers such as the Namaqualand daisies. The dry winter from June to August is the best time to enjoy a safari in the Kruger National Park and other regions, as you're more likely to spot big game.

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Currency
South Africa

South Africa uses the South African rand.

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Electrical
South Africa

Power outlets in South Africa only accept type M plugs with 3 round pins, and residential voltage is 220 or 230 volts, depending on where you are. If you plan on using your UK electronics when travelling, you will need to bring a power adaptor.

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Travel insurance
South Africa

Travel insurance is recommended for all trips to South Africa. Speak to your expert for advice about choosing the most suitable cover.

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What to pack
South Africa

South Africa's temperate climate means you need to pack for the season, even if the winter doesn't get as cold as Britain's. Sturdy footwear is essential when exploring the great outdoors, but sandals are usually adequate for the city. If you forget to bring anything, you'll find all your favourite brands in South Africa's shopping malls. Here are a few things you shouldn’t forget:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • If you are visiting in winter, bring a warm jacket for evenings and mornings
  • Light jacket no matter the season
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Swimsuit
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts if you are going to an area with malaria
  • Binoculars if you are going to a game reserve

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