South Africa - Traveling
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Road signs are in English and Afrikaans. Metros are extensive though low on comfort quotient. Foreigners need to be extra cautious while traveling; do not carry expensive articles and jewelry.
Taxis are generally available in all towns and are relatively more expensive. Taxis do not cruise in South Africa and need to be called from a rank. However, it is not advisable to flag down taxis in the street but rather one should use taxi companies recommended by four and five star hotels.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
In some cities conventional buses face stiff competition from minibuses and combi-taxis (both legal and illegal). Although cheap and very fast, these should be used with care.
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|South African Express||Major||Yes||Yes|
Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
Kimberley’s St Cyprians Anglican Cathedral – said to have the longest nave in the country.
Johannesburg’s oldest monument to Islam is the Jummah Mosque. However, one of the most significant mosques in the city is the Hamidia Masjid (found in Newtown).
In Durban the Juma Masjid (mosque) is a bold testament to Islam.
For information on Hinduism in South Africa, visit: Hinduism.co.za
For information on Islam in South Africa, visit: Jamiat.co.za
Visit: The Baths.
The country is a paradise for sea lovers. Visit: Tourism Office.
Health and safety
-Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the low altitude areas of the country. Risk is highest from October to May.
-Avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant or slow-moving water as there is a low risk of contracting bilharzia.
-Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended.
- Tap water is of good quality but those with a sensitive digestive system are advised to drink bottled water.
- Mosquito repellant and nets (and even mosquito-proof rooms) are advisable to prevent contracting malaria.
- Take into account that South Africa has an epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
Time difference and climate
• Umqombothi: a home-brewed sorghum beer.
• Excellent local red and white wines (including chardonnay), sherries and brandies.
• Rooibos: a red-leafed tea grown in the Western Cape.
• Amarula Cream: a sweet creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the Marula tree.