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SOUTH AFRICA

INTRO
THINGS TO DO
TOP FESTIVALS
TOP MUSEUMS
FOOD & DRINKS

TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA

With beautiful beaches, amazing national parks and friendly locals, South Africa is a melting pot of culture, adventure and good times. From going on safari to eating your way through Cape Town, a trip to South Africa is as varied and action-packed as you want it to be. Bring your bikini and hiking boots and get ready for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa!

One of the first things you’ll notice as soon as you step foot in the country is how multicultural it actually is. This can all be attributed to colonisation. When the Dutch and French settled Cape Town in the 17th century, they brought slaves from Indonesia, India and Malaysia along with them, who have had a profound impact on the South Africa food scene. Mixed with local African cultures, this wave of migration gave birth to the start of a new, unique society in South Africa. Of course, it wasn’t all good news, with racial segregation colouring most of the nation’s modern history. 

Before you get out and about, it’s important to get your head around South Africa’s unique history. Our suggestion? Learn as much as you can at some of South Africa’s awesome museums. In Cape Town, check out the Iziko South African Museum and the South African National Gallery for a crash-course in the natural and political history of the country. When in Johannesburg, dive deeper into what life was like under apartheid at the Apartheid Museum, as well as learning more about South Africa’s most beloved leader, Nelson Mandela. If you love biology and everything evolution-related, the Origins Centre Museum will blow your mind. Learn about the origins of humanity and African wildlife at this fascinating museum. 

Now, it’s time to get into the real fun: meeting some incredible animals. From seeing the Big Five at Kruger National Park to hanging out with the penguins at Boulders Beach, South Africa is the ultimate destination for animal lovers. If you’re game enough to get your adrenaline pumping, why not try kayaking with crocodiles in St Lucia?

With so many adventures waiting to be had, get ready for the trip-of-a-lifetime when you visit South Africa.
FAST FACTS

Language: English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and others

Currency: South African rand

Electricity: 220/230V

Visas:  Click here to see if you need a visa to enter South Africa.

Dialing Code: +27

Time Zone: GMT+2

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