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What are the visa requirements for travelling to South Africa?

This depends on your country of origin. In some cases, your visa is free and you can collect it when you arrive in South Africa. In others, if you’re travelling from New Zealand for example, you’ll need to arrange your visa ahead of time. Click here to find out visa requirements based on your home country.

What is the best time to visit South Africa?

May – September is the best time to visit if you’re here for the safaris. These are the South African winter months, so you’re more likely to spot wildlife congregating around the watering holes (and the weather will be less intense too.)

South Africa has something to offer all year round, though. Visit in November – March for the festivals, September – October for whale watching, or June – August if you’re travelling on a budget.

What should I pack for a trip to South Africa?

Your packing list will depend on where you’re going, the time of year you’re travelling, and the activities you plan to do on your trip. A good starting point would be:

- Sunglasses, a sun hat and sunscreen
- Hiking boots and comfy socks
- Insect repellent
- A good camera (especially for those safaris)
- Hydration tablets
- A torch/headlamp and binoculars

Read our Africa travel guide for more info.

What are the best national parks to visit in South Africa?

Kruger is South Africa’s most famous national park, and one of the biggest too. Other great areas for game drives include Addo Elephant Park, Pilanesberg National Park and West Coast National Park. Don’t miss Tsitsikamma for its immense natural beauty and views of the Storms River suspension bridges. Table Mountain is also a must-see while you’re there too.

What is the currency used in South Africa?

South Africa’s main currency is the rand, which has been in use since 1961. 

Is tipping required in South Africa?

Tipping is the norm in South Africa. Tipping service staff between 10 and 20% would be acceptable.

Do I need travel insurance to go on a trip to South Africa with Contiki?

Yes. In order to travel with us, you’ll need an insurance policy that covers all the activities listed in your trip itinerary.

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