Business Travel in South Africa
- Diplomatic Representations
Department of Foreign Affairs
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Transport system is comparatively better in major centers but can be unreliable in smaller towns. Hiring a car is advisable to avoid difficulty traveling in those areas. On a general note public system in the country is unreliable and inefficient.
Road signs are in English and Afrikaans. Metros are extensive though low on comfort quotient. Foreigners need to be extra cautious while traveling; do not carry expensive articles and jewellery.
Taxis are generally available in all towns and are relatively more expensive. Taxis do not cruise in South Africa and need to be called from a rank.
- Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library online
South African Rail Commuter Corporation
Map of Western Cape Rail Network
Map of South African provinces
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Cape Town (CPT)||22km / 15.5 miles||ZAR 200 / 20-40 min||-||-||Available|
|Durban Intl (DUR) 18km / 11.2 miles south||18km / 11.2 miles south of Durban||ZAR 100 / 20-25 min||-||-||Available|
|Johannesburg Intl (JNB)||21 km / 13 miles||ZAR 273-363 / 30 min||ZAR 109 / 45 min||-||Available|
|Pretoria - Wonderboom National Airport (PRY)||11 km/7 miles N of Pretoria city centre and 64 km/40 miles NNE of Johannesburg.||ZAR 200||Available to Pretoria: StarLine Bus #162||-||Available|
|Lanseria Intl (HLA)||30 km/19 Miles NNW of Johannesburg, 35 km/22 miles SW of Pretoria.||Available||-||-||Available|
|Port Elizabeth (PLZ)||5 km / 3 miles||ZAR 91||shuttle service available||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Buses and suburban rails operate in all the main towns of South Africa. Fares are not expensive.
In some cities conventional buses face stiff competition from minibuses and combi-taxis (both legal and illegal). Although cheap and very fast, these should be used with care.
- Rail Companies
Railroad association of South Africa
Spoornet- South Africa Rail
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|South African Airlines||Major||Yes||Yes|
|South African Express||Major||Yes||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The road infrastructure in South Africa is good, so driving is a viable option. However, South Africa is a huge country and in case you not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents. While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Using hand-held phones while driving is against the law. Visit : Self Drive –Southern Africa
- Road Maps
Maps of South Africa
Brabys Road Maps
- Find an Itinerary
Routes Travel Info Portal
Different Forms of Tourism
- The country’s rich culture and its colonial past is being reflected by its historical places. Some of them are Robben Island, Cradle of Humankind, Apartheid Museum, Voortrekker Monument, Bo- Kaap, Castle of Good Hope.
- Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
- Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
- Cathedral of St George's in Cape Town – one of the most popular places Roman Catholic cathedral at Pella Mission station in Cape Town – an incredible sight.
Kimberley’s St Cyprians Anglican Cathedral – said to have the longest nave in the country.
Johannesburg’s oldest monument to Islam is the Jummah Mosque. However, one of the most significant mosques in the city is the Hamidia Masjid (found in Newtown).
In Durban the Juma Masjid (mosque) is a bold testament to Islam.
For information on Hinduism in South Africa, visit: Hinduism.co.za
For information on Islam in South Africa, visit: Jamiat.co.za
- Bela Bela is the destination for hot springs. Natural hot water springs also found near the town of Citrusdal in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Visit: The Baths.
- South Africa has numerous beautiful beaches. Visit:
The country is a paradise for sea lovers. Visit: Tourism Office.
- Winter Sports
- Winter sports are not common in south Africa. Drakensberg in the eastern cape offers skiing options.
- Outdoor Activities
- Whale watching, shark-cage diving, reef diving, surfing, Bungee jump, fishing, hand gliding.
- South Africa is renowned for its exceptional quality of gemstones and hand crafted precious metal jewellery. The country offers unique shopping experience of high end boutiques and shopping malls along with vendors selling local crafts. Visit:
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Kruger National Park|
|Victoria & Alfred Waterfront|
|Cape Town Beaches|
|Sun City Resort|
|Cradle of the Humankind|
|Mapungubwe National Park|
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving from an infected area. There are no other obligatory vaccinations.
- Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the low altitude areas of the country. Risk is highest from October to May.
- Avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant or slow-moving water as there is a low risk of contracting bilharzia.
- Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended.
- International Hospitals
- Hospital Association of South Africa
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Department of Health
World Health Organization about South Africa
Health Information for South Africa
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Travel Report South Africa
U.S. Department of State
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Pretoria (GMT+2)
- Summer Time Period
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- South Africa experiences pleasant and sunny summers, mild winters, with occasional snow falls on the mountain ranges of the Cape and Natal and in lower-lying areas. There are heavy rains along the south coast from June to September.
- For Further Information
South African weather service
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- South Africans like to eat out so. This has resulted into creation of a wide range of restaurants. Fruity and sweet Cape Malay cuisine can be found in Cape Town, while the Indian influence in Durban provides some authentic Asian food on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, and Mozambique peri peri spicy chicken and prawns are popular all over the country. Braais (barbeques) are hugely popular and every campsite. Meat is a well-loved staple in South Africa, although vegetarians are offered at least a couple of dishes in even small-town eateries.
- Legal drinking age is 18. Some of the most common drinks in South Africa are:
• Umqombothi: a home-brewed sorghum beer.
• Excellent local red and white wines (including chardonnay), sherries and brandies.
• Rooibos: a red-leafed tea grown in the Western Cape.
• Amarula Cream: a sweet creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the Marula tree.
- Domestic Currency
- South African Rand
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- It is possible to exchange foreign currency at the banks, hotels, big shops and eating joints. ATMs are available. Traveller’s cheques are also accepted. Travelers should preferably carry cheques inPounds Sterling or US Dollars.
- Possible Means of Payment
- MasterCard and Visa are preferred. American Express and Diners Club are also widely accepted. ATMs are available all over the towns and cities including shopping malls and petrol stations, and accept all international debit and credit cards.
- Official Language
- Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu.
- Other Languages Spoken
- Fanagalo, Hindi, Sotho, Tsotsitaal, Venda,
- Business Language
- English and Afrikaans. Advertising in local languages has a wider reach.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- The Travlang website gives you some typical phrases to learn in South Africa.
- To Find an Accommodation
Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa
Guest House Association of South Africa
Bed and Breakfast Association of South Africa
South Africa Caravan Parks and Camping Sites
South Africa Youth Hostel Association
The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA)
- To Find an Apartment
South African Agents
- To Find a Job
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