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Travel Guide South Africa
Please find as follows some useful travel tips for South Africa:
History: The Republic of South Africa can look back on a past that was dominated for centuries by Dutch settlers and the British colonial power. Today’s language Afrikaans is rooted in the Dutch language, which is widely used in addition to English and African languages such as Bantu. Although nearly 80 percent of South Africans are black, white South Africans still dominate the economic life of the country, which for decades was marked by discriminating apartheid policies. Only in 1990 the prohibition of the Black-African party ANC (African Nationwide Congress) was lifted and its leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27years. In 1994 he was elected president of the country with an overwhelming majority.
Two Reuthers tours lead to South Africa, the county of the Big Five: the 12-day Wild Garden Tour, that is offered as a Motorcycle, Bus, Photo and Rental car trip and the 12-day Golf Trophy Tour, which is offered as a Motorcycle Tour and is for golf fans a true special event.
The entry conditions are different from country to country > current information on visa requirements in South Africa. A passport with sufficient space for entry and exit stamps is mandatory. On this page South Africa specifies > country-specific customs regulations.
Anyone who travels to South Africa, should check their vaccination record and compare it with the > recommendations of the World Health Organization. Particularly the malaria risk is to be discussed before a South Africa trip with a specialist. Since medical services on site must be paid in cash, as a rule, taking out a medical insurance with return insurance makes sense.
The traffic in South Africa goes back to the time when South Africa was still a British colony. Here the traffic is on the left side of the road. An "international driver's license" is a basic requirement in order to be allowed to > drive on South African roads. In the city a speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour applies, on the highway 100 kilometers per hour, the maximum limit on motorways is a speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour.
South African police > emergency numbers
And how is the weather like in South Africa? The temperatures in the winter are between minus 6 and 11 degrees Celsius and in the summer they are between 23 and 37 degrees Celsius. It is important to note that December, January and February are the summer months and June, July and August are the winter months. Rainfall is regionally and seasonally very different: While it hardly rains from May to September in many parts of the country, it is very rainy during this period in the Cape region > weather in South Africa.
With a view to electricity and technology in South Africa: In many parts of the country the telephone network works well. Only with the mobile network there may be problems in very rural areas. For those who do not wish to pay roaming charges, you can purchase a prepaid SIM card in supermarkets or telephone stores in order to be reached on this tour. Vodacom is a widely used provider. Here you can find a list of > international dialing codes. The electricity in South Africa works with 220/230 volt direct current. Three-pole adapters are usually available on-site. Reuthers recommends to bring along suitable adapters to be able to enjoy the tour without searching for an adapter.
Currency: In South Africa the currency is “South Africa Rand”. Though credit cards and debit cards that are valid for longer than six months, are accepted in South Africa, it is recommended to bring also cash to avoid the search for an ATM. For those who need to withdraw money, they should choose well frequented ATMs or go to an international bank in a South African city.
Please note: All information subject to change.