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South African Passport

 

South Africa is known as "the Rainbow Nation". A country laid out on its majestic landscapes and thriving through its diverse people. It is an epic country at the forefront of the southernmost part of the African continent.

South Africa is full of national parks, each one more beautiful than the other. With its extraordinary wild animals, crystal clear blue Atlantic Ocean, rolling vineyards and deserts and some of the most glorious African sunsets, you could easily mistake it for any other country in the world.

And as if that were not enough, even the storms are of an indescribable  beauty. With an almost divine or celestial impression, the starry sky that covers the Karoo, the majestic Drakensberg mountains and the impressive 2798 km long coastline is the motorcycle trip of a lifetime, a pure delight from which you will not return unchanged.

South Africa lies close to the Greenwich Mean Time. The time difference is only two hours from Europe, which makes this destination at the end of the world a perfect place even for a short stay without the need to acclimate for a couple of days.

 

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Practical South Africa

Formality:

There are almost no restrictions or visa requirements on entry for European tourists travelling into South Africa as a whole.

There are almost no restrictions* or visa requirements for European Union countries as well - Switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan and most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand).

Having said that, please note that no visas are not issued at any South African ports of entry.

However, the above is only valid as per the below information:

  • The period of your stay must be 90 days or less.

  • Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end of your stay in South Africa.

  • The passport must contain at least two (2) consecutive unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate.

  • 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:

Travel to South Africa is done via aeroplane. Allow a minimum of 10 hours and 30 mins flight time from France.

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

The international airports of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are the main airports into the country.

 

Preferred months to visit South Africa:

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are reversed compared to a European calendar.

Therefore, best time to discover South Africa is from October to March.

However, because of its geographical and climatic variety, South Africa is a country that can be visited all year round.

Each region has its own period to discover depending on your 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 array of accommodation types that suits your budget, which is excellent!

Ranging from world class hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, self-catering establishments, lodges in the great outdoors, agritourism farms and campsites, youth hostels and top 10 of the worlds best backpackers come from Cape Town.

When staying outside the big cities or in nature you will often stay in vetted accommodation with exceptional surroundings.

 

Catering:

South Africa has a varied and cosmopolitan culinary offering to suit almost all palates and it is equally matched with internationally reputed wines and vineyards.

Meat has a large place in the South African diet and a “braai” (barbecue) is a real craze that is taken as seriously by the locals as their religion. The South African meat is of good quality overall!

We recommend a good glass of South African wine * to accompany your culinary adventures perfectly in this context.

(* to consume with moderation)

 

Money and budget:

South Africa uses the South African Rand.

A pint of beer costs around $1.83 and a liter of petrol $0.934  (2021).

 

Essential info:

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 ...

There are places with 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 of various denominations.

The South African Springboks have been world rugby champion in 1995, 2007 and recently in 2019.

 

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.

 

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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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