Currency: 1 Rand= 100 cents
Capital: Legislative: Cape Town and Administrative : Pretoria
Time: GMT +2
Main Languages: English & Afrikaans (SA has 9 other official languages)
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Round 3 pin and 2 pin plugs
South Africa has a very distinctive topography. A large interior forming a great plateau surrounded by mountains known as the Great Escarpment. The Great Escarpment almost encompasses the entire coast of South Africa and divides the narrow coastal bent and the interior.
This contrasting landscape offers a rich diversity in vegetation and geology. This in turn creates a wealth of habitates for wildlife.
South Africa has a rich abundance of game reserves and the Game Lodges found in these reserves are world class, often winning international awards. From 5 star excellence to the modest 3 star lodge, one can find the right accommodation to fit your taste and enhance you vacation in South Africa.
There are ample opportunities across the country to enjoy the Big Five (bygone hunters named the big 5 - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo as they were the most dangerous animals to hunt.)Just as exciting to see are the other more than 200 animal species each with their own unique presence.
The country's most famous Big Five areas include the massive Kruger Park and the surrounding private reserves, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, the Pilanesberg in North West Provice and the Addo Park area in the Eastern Cape.
1 Rand (ZAR) = 100 cents. Monetary notes are in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1,50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu being the most spoken.
The climate in South Africa is generally sunny and warm. Winters are usually mild with occasional cold periods; the WesternCape and some of the coastal areas are wet and cold withsnow falls on the mountain ranges.KwaZulu-Natal is very hot and humid in summer with mild pleasant winters along the coast, occasional snow falling in the mountains around the north west.