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South Africa

South Africa : When and where to go?

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South Africa: Climate & Weather


The climate varies according to the different areas: It tends to be more Mediterranean close to Cape Town, hot and dry between September and April and fairly temperate between May and August.

Towards the north and along the Atlantic the climate becomes dryer and hotter: It is more sub-tropical along the Indian Ocean with December, January and February the hottest months: Around Johannesburg, winter (which corresponds with summer in the northern hemisphere) is dry with high differences in temperature between the day and night and summer, between October and April, is very hot with periodic severe storms.

Spring is the best time to benefit from warm temperatures and the flowering plant life whilst avoiding the summer crowds.

 

Current conditions


condictions actuelles : Clear
CLEAR

16°C - 61°F

Cape Town, updated 01:00 GMT
(Local time 03:00)

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What to do in South Africa


The beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultural contrasts will not leave you indifferent. Apart from its political evolution over the last few decades, South Africa is admirable in many other ways.

Johannesburg is a must: Blacks and whites finally live side by side in peace. The animated centre, the Apartheid Museum, a visit to Soweto, will all give you a glimpse of this country’s evolution.

The Cap reaches to the base of Table Mountain with a superb backdrop of mountains and beaches. It will take you days before you run out of sights to see: The flea market at Greenmarket Square, the cable car climb to Table Mountain, the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch, the port with its lively nightlife, the nature reserves around the Cape of Good Hope towards the south are just a few examples.

One of the largest reserves in the world, the Kruger National Park, offers you the opportunity to discover the Africa of your dreams: Lions, elephants, buffalo, antelopes, giraffes that you can approach by car as they wander freely amongst grandiose landscapes. You can equally spend one or two nights there, camping out or in more luxurious structures.

Durban and its surroundings are also worth a detour, for the beaches and warm water but also for the Indian Quarter, the market and the large Juma Mosque. Surfing fans will find internationally renowned surf spots here.
 

South Africa : The basics


As time goes by, the country is becoming better serviced by the airlines: You can land at Johannesburg, also at the Cap or Durban.

You do not need a visa if you are coming from the European Union.
The currency is the South African Rand.
You can easily change your Euros.

Concerning your planned budget, you can eat well for around €10 and get a double room for €40. Note that cuisine from around the world is easily available and you will be rarely disappointed. The same goes for the types of lodging which are numerous and varied and offer services comparable to those of Europe at more interesting prices.

There are certain health precautions that concern the tourista outside the larger towns, including the knowledge of certain parasites (do not bathe in fresh water) as well as concerning AIDS and Hepatitis B.

Security is still a little precarious in certain areas and under certain conditions: Be vigilant in larger towns.

As the country is so large you will probably have to move around: Buses serve popular destinations although renting a car is a good solution as the road network is excellent.


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