South Africa, facts and travel tips

With almost 3,000 miles of coastline to enjoy, South Africa gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with just one visit. It’s a country that has 11 official languages, and since 1994, each group has had some level of representation within the government.

Some of the oldest artistic objects in the world today have come from this country, with multiple cave paintings available for viewing. You can go from a hot air balloon ride to horseback riding on the beach all on the same day. Have an intimate dinner in the Winelands or have an upbeat evening in Johannesburg at one of the many lively nightclubs.

No matter what your preferences may be, South Africa offers an opportunity for everyone to relax in their own way. One of the unique experiences you can find in South Africa is the opportunity to rent a motorcycle. Go off-roading along the Cederberg Mountains or cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive to enjoy incredible views without the crush of the nation’s popular resorts.

If you prefer walking on two feet instead of riding on two wheels, then South Africa offers numerous safari options to enjoy as well. Guides can help you find native plants, animal tracks, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with local wildlife. Most game reserves in South Africa offer at least one safari package for you to enjoy.

South Africa has open up its doors to provide warm and friendly hospitality to every visitor. Take the time to enjoy the vistas and culture and it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

Travel and vacation in South Africa

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to South Africa. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about South Africa. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

National Holidays

When are national holidays and no work days ?

See the list with the national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish
1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
21 MarchHuman Rights Day
VariableGood Friday
VariableFamily Day
27 AprilFreedom Day
1 MayWorkers' Day
16 JuneYouth Day
9 AugustNational Women's Day
24 SeptemberHeritage Day
16 DecemberDay of Reconciliation
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day

Biggest cities

See the list of the biggest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not.

RankNamePop.
1Soweto1,271,628
2Johannesburg957,441
3Pretoria741,651
4Durban595,061
5Tembisa463,109
6Cape Town433,688
7Katlehong407,294
8Umlazi404,811
9Soshanguve403,162
10Khayelitsha391,749
11Randburg337,053
12Mamelodi334,577
13Roodepoort326,416
14Port Elizabeth312,392
15Mitchells Plain310,485
16East London267,007
17Boksburg260,321
18Bloemfontein256,185
19Germiston255,863
20iBhayi255,863

Covid-19 / Coronavirus statistics

Travel restrictions / Travel advice

Any country may restrict travel without notice. For actual updates on travel restrictions see official website at gov.uk

Foreign travel advice

See actual travel advice on official website at gov.uk

Medical travel advice

Official and updated medical travel advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, see WHO official website

Medical recommendations

The actual medical recommendations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak can be found at WHO official website

Local Covid-19 information

Below you can see the actual Covid-19 situation with statistics.

For actual updates about local restrictions see government website from the link below.

South Africa
4,019,800
Total confirmed cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
South Africa
3,909,265
Total recovered
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
South Africa
8,350
Total active cases
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm
South Africa
102,185
Total deaths
Updated on October 5, 2022 2:52 pm

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