South Africa destination information

All you need to know before visiting South Africa

South Africa summary

South Africa is a big country with around 56M South African. Official languages are Zulu, Tsonga, Swazi, Southern Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Afrikaans, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and English. South Africa uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+02:00. Currency used in South Africa is Rand (ZAR).

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ATMs in South Africa are Very common. Internet speed in South Africa is on average 4.1 Mbps. In South Africa you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Johannesburg
🗣️ Swati Southern Sotho Tswana Tsonga Venda
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 56M ☀️ ~18 °C 🌧 ~38 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 1221k km2 (471k mi²)
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Socket 🔌

South Africa uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D, Type M and Type N.

Languages 🗣️

  • Swati
  • Southern Sotho
  • Tswana
  • Tsonga
  • Venda


Currency 💱

1 ZAR = 0.06 USD

South Africa uses the South African rand (symbol: R), code ZAR.Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rand. Rand is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 rand and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

ATM 🏧🏦

Very common

Automatic teller machines are very common in South Africa. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Expected to tip

Tipping is expected in South Africa since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

South Africa uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in South Africa upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

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Calling ☎️


To call South Africa, dial +, then 27 (the country code for South Africa), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within South Africa, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 10 .

international: + 27 10 1234567
calling local: 010 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in South Africa is on average 4.1 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in South Africa is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 98.07 ZAR, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Cell C, MTN, Telkom or Vodacom.


Rules 🚗

In South Africa you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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