South Africa

As one of Africa’s most sought-after destinations, South Africa is one of the most diverse countries.

From the wilderness of Kruger National Park to the bustling city of Cape Town and the sprawling countryside of Cape Winelands to the Cape coast’s powdery beaches, South Africa is a destination ideal for the discerning traveler in search of relaxation, adventure or exploration.

Diverse geography and cultures aren’t the only elements drawing visitors to this spectacular country. South Africa is also known for its boutique hotels, luxurious lodges, and charming camps.

Watch for whales at False Bay as you delight in local, freshly caught seafood, or delight in a rejuvenating spa treatment at one of Cape Town’s distinguished spas.

Explore the Cape’s art, cultural and culinary scenes, or discover the Xhosa people’s unique customs on a local township visit.

Run through fragrant orchards and sprawling vineyards on a horseback safari through Cape Winelands, or meet face to face with one of the world’s most terrifying natural predators, the great white shark, from the safety of a cage.


Climate:  Summer months are December through April. South Africa has mild winters during the months from May to November. Days are refreshingly warm with cold nights.

Credit Cards: Most establishments accept international credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, & American Express. Visa is the most widely used. In addition, ATMs are easily accessible in all major cities.

Currency:  South African Rand. US Dollars can be used for tipping, but other purchases, activities, etc. will need to be paid for in the local currency.

Geography:  South Africa is located on the continent’s southern tip, with the Atlantic Ocean bordering the west & the Indian Ocean bordering the south & east. South Africa is made up of various ethnic groups and is demarcated into nine provinces.

Languages:  English, Afrikaans & Xhosa

Medical: Malaria Pills are highly recommended for travel. Please check with your physician as to the proper dosage if necessary.

Packing: Lightweight natural-colored clothing is preferable, i.e. khaki, brown, and beige, f visiting safari camps a jacket/fleece for evenings or cool days. Some of the city hotels require more formal dress for evenings. The lodges and camps are very informal and casual clothes are suitable.

Visas:  US Citizens do not require holiday visas to enter South Africa. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages per country visited AND must be valid for 6 months after departure. NOTE: South Africa has strict immigration regulations when traveling with minors.