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South Africa

Travel guide, tips & inspiration

From safari to surf and adrenaline-filled thrills to scenic routes... take a walk on the wild side. Spot the Big 5 in Kruger National Park, soar over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon or float across the Okavango Delta in a canoe surrounded by hippos! Afterwards, visit the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg to get a feel of the urban South Africa vibes. 

South Africa Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

There are 11 official language spoken in South Africa(not many, then)! A few of these are English, Southern Sotho, Swati and Zulu.

south africa currency


South African Rand (ZAR).
Symbol: R
100 South African Rand is approximately $9.38

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Time Zone

South African Standard Time is UTC +02:00, and is 9 hours behind Sydney.

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

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.

Places to visit/things to do in South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town

Wine tasting, cycling, hiking, and whale watching - Cape Town is a city that's got a lot to it. Combine these activities with places of historical interest, the vibrant culture, and the beautiful surrounding scenery (cliff tops and rugged coastline), and you've got yourself a place that's going to be hard to leave! 
The Winelands South Africa

The Winelands

Explore the winding roads from Stellenbosch to Hermanus and beyond - set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenic wonders, blessed with abundant wildlife and pristine sandy beaches. Experience the creative vibe of informal settlements, the grand elegance of our wine farms and learn about the proud cultures and traditions of our diverse people. Orientate and familiarise yourself with the Western Cape`s hotspots and even visit a few local secrets along the way.
The Garden Route South Africa

The Garden Route

The Garden Route is one of the greatest driving routes in the world, and stretches 300km from Mossel Bay to just past Plettenberg Bay, and runs along a breathtaking coastline dotted with hidden beaches, world-class surf breaks and local wildlife. Don't miss going inland though, where you can hike through indigenous forests and admire the stunning mountainous landscape. Have a look at our 6 day tour that takes you there.
Kruger National Park

Johannesburg & Kruger National Park

Visit one of South Africa's iconic cities before heading out to one of it's most famous national parks. Johannesburg is home to a fascinating recent history and important sights of interest such as the Apartheid Museum. It's also used as a base to get to Kruger National Park, one of Africa's primary safari destinations. Soak up the culture in Jo'burg before spotting the Big 5 on a safari.
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Adventure tours

South Africa tour

South Africa Discoverer | 10 days

Explore South Africa's fascinating cultural diversity on this exciting journey through the 'Rainbow Nation'. Chase stunning views through Tsitsikamma National Park, drive the iconic Garden Route and track big game across Addo Elephant National Park.  With an itinerary taking in the best of the Garden Route, you'll be talking about this ten-day adventure for a long, long time.
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Dunes, deltas and falls | 21 days

If you want to soak up the colours, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition to southwestern Africa. Experience wildlife safari drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and explore wildlife rich deltas. Wilderness camping will bring you closer to the regions wildlife drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.
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Cape Town, Kruger and Zimbabwe | 13 days

Southern Africa is so packed full of diverse highlights that were taking two weeks to explore a few of them in depth. Wildlife is the region's calling card and there will be plenty of chances to spot the Big Five in Kruger, Hwange, and Matobo national parks. Aside from animals, therell be many occasions to experience the unique regional cultures of Soweto, Shalati, and Victoria Falls.

South Africa Fast Facts

cost of beer in south africa


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.

cost of food in south africa


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!

cost of accomodation in south africa


A basic dorm bed in South Africa can cost you as little as 103ZAR (about $9.67) per night.

south africa hotel cost


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.

taxi cost south africa


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!

transport cost south africa


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.

Flights to South Africa

Lucky for us travellers there are non-stop flights to South Africa from Sydney and Perth, with other cities only having one stop in the middle. Direct flights are available between Sydney/Perth and Johannesburg (between 11-14 hours) with all Aussie cities having access to various other South African cities. 
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Top highlights in South Africa


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Tailor made touring, rewritten

Keen to research and create your own South Africa travel itinerary, but not sure where to start or how to piece it all together? INDI tailor made puts you in control: you pick the dates, the destinations and the budget and our lovely Travel Experts make it into an itinerary you’ll be proud of!
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