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South Africa Country Quickfacts

  • Durban City
  • Bafana Bafana supporters in Johannesburg
  • The Union Buildings in Pretoria
  • Two lovely elephants
Area:  A total of 1,221,037 km (471,443 square miles). Comparatively, South Africa is slightly less the size of two Texas's.


Pretoria (executive)
Bloemfontein (judicial)
Cape Town (legislative)
Country Code: 27
Country Population: 51,770,56
Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted. Master Card and Visa are more popular than American Express and Diners Club. If you have a chip card, you will be required to enter a pin code.
Currency: South African rand (ZAR)
Departure Tax: There is no departure tax for South Africa
Drives on the: Left

220 - 230 V (South African configuration)

Ethnic Groups:  79.6% Black
9.0% Coloured
8.9% White
2.5% Asian
Flag: South Africa
Location:  The Republic of South Africa lies at the southern tip of the African continent between latitudes 22 and 35 south, flanked by the Indian Ocean on the east coast and the Atlantic on the west, and bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. Washed by the cold Benguala current on the west coast and the warm Mozambique Agulhas current on the east, the country has a coastline of 1, 832 miles.
Official Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
Religion: Christian (Zion, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Dutch Reformed, Anglican), Muslim, Hindu
Time Zone: SAST (UTC+2)
Tipping: Tipping is expected in South Africa. Restaurants may add a tip automatically depending on your party size. Gas station/parking attendants may be given R3-R5. Porters may get R3 per bag.



South Africa Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to South Africa.

Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!


Extend Your Stay

After your South Africa vacation, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from South Africa or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours.



Book your South Africa vacation with Goway! 

AfricaExperts is the exclusive division of Goway that specializes in planning and organizing South Africa tours and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, an exclusive African game lodge, a Holiday of a Lifetime, a stay of distinction, a self-drive tour and more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to South Africa.

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