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South Africa passport

South Africa is often called as "the rainbow nation", a diversity that it fully embraces, thanks to its many landscapes and its bewitching people. It is an epic country at the forefront of an epic continent.

South Africa is full of national parks, each one more beautiful than the other, there are extraordinary wild animals and the combination of bright sun + big blue sky is (almost) always there ...

And if it is not the case, even the storms are of an indescribable beauty and an impression there, like the starry sky which covers the Karoo, the majestic Drakensberg and the impressive coastline of 2798 km long. It is the motorcycle trip of a lifetime, a pure delight from which you will not return unchanged.

In a time zone close to Greenwich Mean Time, the time difference is only two hours which makes this destination at the end of the world a perfect place even for a short stay because no need to adapt to the local timetable.

Our favorite stays

Practical South Africa

Formality:

None or almost no restrictions on entry to South African territory for travelers with a tourist approach.

For short stays, no visa required! This is valid for European Union countries, switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan and most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand).

Make sure you meet these few criteria:

  • The period of your stay must be less than 90 days
  • Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end of your stay in South Africa
  • Your passport must have two blank pages
  • You will need proof that you have booked a return flight
  • Don't forget to bring an international driving license

For other countries, please contact the South African Embassy nearest to your country of residence.

Access:

You can reach South Africa by plane. The international airports of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are the main airports in the country.

Allow a minimum of 10h30 to reach the country from france.

Swiss Air and Edelweiss Air also have non-stop flights from Zurich.

Preferred periods:

The best time to discover South Africa is from October to March. Note that the country is located in the southern hemisphere and that the seasons are therefore reversed.

The geographical and climatic variety makes South Africa a country that can be visited all year round.

Each region has its own period to discover it according to the desired activity.

Climate:

Average temperatures (Cape Town) source climatsetvoyages.com

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min (C°) 16 16 14 12 9 8 7 8 9 11 13 15
Max (C°) 26 27 25 23 20 18 18 18 19 21 24 25

Average Precipitation (Cape Town) source climatsetvoyages.com

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain (mm) 12 8 17 45 85 80 85 70 45 30 17 11
Days 2 2 3 6 9 9 10 10 7 5 3 2

Accommodation:

South Africa offers a wide choice of accommodation, which is also excellent. Whatever your budget. There are many possibilities: hotels, rest camps, agro-tourism farms, B&B, guesthouses and lodges, campsites, youth hostels, independent cottages, lodges in the great outdoors ...

Outside the cities, in nature you will often stay in accommodation with exceptional surroundings.

Catering:

South Africa has a delicious culinary offer and fantastic vineyards.

Meat has a large place in the diet in South Africa and braai (barbecue) is a real frenzy. The South African meat is of good quality overall!

A good glass of South African wine * will perfectly accompany your taste adventures in South Africa.

(* to consume with moderation)

Money and budget:

South Africa uses the South African Rand.

A pint of beer costs around 1.50 € and a liter of petrol 0.81 € (2019).

Essential:

Soweto, Johannesburg, Blyde River Canyon, Madikwé reserve, Swaziland, Saint Lucia, Drakensberg, Port Elizabeth, the wild coast, the Cape of Good Hope, Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg ...

Incredible nature and amazing cities.

Special features:

Attention, we ride on the left in South Africa.

Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English are the most widely spoken official languages ​​in South Africa.

79% of South Africans are Christians.

South Africa is world rugby champion in 2019. Rugby is a religion.

Motorbike rental:

The motorcycles available for rental in South Africa are: BMW 1250GS, BMW 1250GS Adventure, BMW 850GS, BMW 850GS Adventure, BMW 750GS with all-terrain tires, Royal Enfield 500cc.

Afrique du Sud drapeau

Country facts

Name:
Republic of South Africa

Capitals:
Pretoria (executive)
Cape Town (legislative)
Bloemfontein (judicial)

Curency:
Le Rand

Population:
56 730 000

Total area:
1 219 912 km²

Time zone:
GMT +2

International Telephone code:
+27

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