Visit South Africa
Travelling to South Africa? You’re in for the trip of a lifetime! Surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, this diverse nation is home to some of the most magnificent wildlife and scenery on the planet as well as an incredibly vibrant, multicultural population. At the southernmost tip of the African continent, the country’s distinct location is characterized by an astounding array of ecosystems that provide travellers with countless opportunities for fulfilling the African holiday they’ve always dreamed of.
South African culture is one of the most varied in the world – so much so that the country’s incredible ethnic diversity has given rise to the term “Rainbow Nation”. With an astonishing 11 official languages (and 8 additional recognized languages), each of these differing groups enriches South African civilization in their own special ways. South African people are comprised of a unique blend of African and Colonial backgrounds, and have seen some of the most engaging political events of recent history. Formerly Apartheid, South Africa offers visitors a chance to dive deep into a sometimes-unsettling past while also exploring the growing nation that exists today. Home to a thriving arts & culture scene, internationally renowned wineries and restaurants along with some of the most inspiring political figures of our time, travellers can become easily immersed in this fascinating society.
Travellers flock to South Africa for its unspoiled natural beauty, rare wildlife and year-round sunshine that beams down on 3,000 kilometers of rugged coastline. The nation’s wide-ranging forms of terrain support rich ecosystems of majestic mammals, birds, marine creatures and plant-life that are unheard of in other parts of the world. South Africa’s popular inland safari destination, Kruger National Park, is one of the largest game reserves on the continent, densely populated with wild animals that include the “Big 5”:the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and the white or black rhino, each of which represent safari royalty. But a South Africa safari is not the only opportunity for outdoor adventure –also at visitors’ disposal are white sandy beaches that boast incredible surf; towering cliffs with unparalleled views; lush, green winelands; and so much more.
For those set to embark on an exciting South Africa vacation, our team of experts has rounded up the most essential South Africa travel advice. Upon arriving in this beautiful land, there are various ways to get around. If in a big city like Johannesburg, Uber is a great option – while in more rural parts, renting a car allows the ability to explore. Travellers should be aware to exercise increased caution when visiting the country as crime rates are high, and any excursions, accommodation or transportation bookings should be done through accredited tour companies and reputable local guides. When making purchases in South Africa, visitors should use the country’s official currency, the South African Rand – while also keeping some USD on hand as back-up. South Africa is easily accessible via daily long-haul flights, and Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not need a visa to enter the country for tourism or business stays under 90 days.
Ahead of your South Africa trip, don’t forget to schedule a consultation at TravelSafe to ensure you are confident in your health prior to departure. Depending on your vaccination history and itinerary, vaccinations recommended are hepatitis A, typhoid fever and ensuring you are up to date with your current adult vaccinations (MMR and Tetanus). You will require a prescription for malaria if you are travelling to certain destinations within South Africa. For more information, visit travelsafeclinic.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your pre-travel consultation!