Visa & Entry Requirements
South Africa is relatively easy to travel to as tourism is strongly encouraged by the government. United States residents can visit up to 90 days without requiring a visa. You may be required to show immigration officials that you have return or onward tickets. If you have traveled to a country affected by Yellow Fever you will be required to produce a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. If you cannot produce evidence of vaccination you may be quarantined until a copy of the certificate can be obtained or be vaccinated at the port of entry prior to clearance.
Weather & Climate
South Africa has a sub-tropical climate caused by ocean boarding three side of the country, also caused by the higher elevation in the middle of the country. Known for its sunshine, South Africa is a relatively dry country with approximately 18.5 inches of rain a year. While most of South Africa receives the rainfall in the summer months, Western Cape receives most of its rainfall in the winter. During the summer months (mid-October to mid-February) the weather is hot and sunny. Fall (mid-February to April) offers very little rain, warm days and balmy nights. Winter in South Africa (May to July) can be characterized by crisp days, rainy season and cool nights although parts of the country is still hot and sunny. Spring (August to mid-October) offers plenty of beautiful weather throughout the country, especially in the Cape provinces.
South Africa uses a 220-240V/50HZ. This is known as the South African plug. Most hotels have converters for other major electrical systems.
The rand is the currency unit of South Africa, a name derived from the Witwatersrand Ridge, upon which the city of Johannesburg was built. The currency is also used by Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland in conjunction with their own currencies. 1 US dollar equals approximately 8-10 rand. ATM's are in wide use throughout the country and are linked with the major banking networks around the world. Use ATM's only when you can be sure of your safety and be very careful with your PIN number. Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost everywhere and American Express in some places.