There are 11 official language spoken in South Africa(not many, then)! A few of these are English, Southern Sotho, Swati and Zulu.
South African Rand (ZAR).
100 South African Rand is approximately $9.38
South African Standard Time is UTC +02:00, and is 9 hours behind Sydney.
If you're going for the safaris (and less face it, you are) then the best time to go would be in the dry season, as this is when the animals will be congregating around the waterholes and you have more chance of seeing them. The dry season runs between May and September, and is the perfect time to beat the tourists, who usually go for the more comfortable weather outside of dry season.
A bottle of local South African beer costs on average 25ZAR (around $2.35) - the most popular and well-known is Castle Lager, but you can also get imported beers.
For a sit-down meal in an inexpensive restaurant you're looking at an average of 100ZAR (approx $9.38), or if you prefer the street food scene ask for a Kota (bread filled with loads of different ingredients) from as little as 16ZAR!
A basic dorm bed in South Africa can cost you as little as 103ZAR (about $9.67) per night.
For a mid-range double room in a hotel or guesthouse, it costs between 400-1500R (approx $37-$140). If you're looking for a bit more high-end, you'll be spending around $170 a night.
Taxis vary in price, depending on where you are in South Africa. On average, they're cheaper in Cape Town, with journeys starting at 10ZAR (approx 94c) and the starting rate in Johannesburg is around 22ZAR (approx $2) - although it's still cheaper than anything you'd get back at home!
One of the best ways to get around South Africa is by a hop-on hop-off bus, which can either be bought for a specific route or for flexibility. We offer passes with Baz Bus and Bamba, with routes starting at $221.