Language:

South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsongo, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu and English.

Passport and Visas:

Visa not required for UK passport holders; 2 full clear pages together required in passport. South Africa has additional entry requirements for those travelling with children under 18. Please ask your Personal Travel Expert for more details.

Events & Festivals:

•   April – Cape Town Jazz Festival.
•   April – Klein Karoo Festival, Oudtshoorn.
•   June – Knysna Oyster Festival.
•   June to November – Whale watching season along the Cape coast.
•   July – Stellenbosch Wine Festival.
•   September – Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show.
•   October – Afrikaanse Music Festival, Cape West.

Shopping:

Diamond prices are often slightly lower than in Europe, especially at the production sites of Cullinan or Kimberley. Be sure if you are purchasing gold that you are getting 18-carat gold and not the more common 9-carat. South Africa’s tribal culture produces masks, spears, shields, paintings, sculpture, pottery and multicoloured bead necklaces. Or alternatively you might prefer Indian spices and protea flowers. Please do not purchase ivory or animal skins as these may be confiscated at customs control.

Good to know:

South Africa has additional entry requirements for those travelling with children under 18. Please ask your Personal Travel Expert for more details. Electrical sockets can vary between US, UK, South African and USB plugs in hotels.

Tipping:

Waiters and taxi drivers should receive 10 % of the bill, unless a service charge is levied. Two Rand per bag is recommended for porters.