South Africa has inverted seasons compared to Europe. The big summer holidays fall at Christmas. The Easter bells ring the autumn. In June, the first snowfall was announced on the Western Cape and Lesotho mountains. September bears the spring promise confirmed by the colourful explosion of the Jacarandes in Pretoria in October.
Landscapes and Wildlife"A world in one country" describes the geographical mosaic of South Africa. It crosses the bush of the Kruger Park in the Limpopo, the Rocheux rock tourments, the natal sugar fields of the Natal, the vertigineux vertigineux of the Drakensberg, the dunes of the Kalahari, the stony steppe of the great Karoo... So many places you can easily discover on a custom trip.A sweet thermometerSouth Africa has inverted seasons compared to Europe. The big summer holidays fall at Christmas. The Easter bells ring the autumn. In June, the first snowfall was announced on the Western Cape and Lesotho mountains. September bears the spring promise confirmed by the colourful explosion of the Jacarandes in Pretoria in October.A varied architectural heritageSouth Africa has the best preserved colonial architectural heritage in Africa, as the Dutch were the pioneers in the colonization of this continent. A local guide will take you to the most beautiful sites in South Africa because it knows them by heart!A rich cultural heritageSouth Africa has a unique cultural wealth. With eleven official languages, Christian European traditions, a syncretic tribal African culture, descendants of Muslim slaves and Hindu Indians, it is a "rainbow nation" that it is.
South Africa is the only destination in Africa offering affordable safaris, and it is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa that has developed mass tourism. National parks do not require tariffs as high as those in Kenya or Botswana, and housing is not limited to luxury lodges or bush campsites, a wide palette exists for all budgets.This remark is valid for all cities in the country, which makes South Africa a popular destination. A chance for young people who papillonnent in tanning and can sleep from 10 per day. You will not find this offer in other African countries that are reserved for medium-sized budgets. The latter have only the embarrassment of choice in South Africa, which has developed luxury tourism, especially on private reserves, in Cape Town and on the Garden Road. For families and average budgets, guesthouses and B & B are relatively expensive if you compare people's living standards, but at affordable prices for Europeans.Food and the products of everyday life do not cost us much for Europeans, but note that it is often as expensive to go to the restaurant as to buy its own food.As for transport, it is quite expensive to travel by air, but you can rent a vehicle for 15 per day or take cheap bus buses, and for the most broke of the "combi", public transport of black premises.FormalitésNo visas are required for stays of less than three months.A residence permit (visitor's permit) will be issued to the passport check upon entry into the territory. It is therefore necessary for the passport to contain a blank page.No vaccine is required to stay in South Africa. However, for the most preventative, you can contact the Pasteur Institute website.
The country counts eleven national languages, including English spoken by everyone. Zulu (spoken by 23,8% of the population), xhosa (17,6%), afrikaans (13,3%), northern sotho (9,4%), tswana (8,2%), southern sotho (7,9%), tsonga (4,4%), swati (2,7%), portimão (2,3%) and ndebele (1,6%).English is spoken everywhere and remains the main language of communication. Assimil offers two books of pocket conversation to learn afrikaans or Zulu.
The currency is the South African rand, symbol ZAR, written R, subdivided into centes. There are notes of 10, 20, 50, 100 rands, and parts of 0,50, 1, 2, 5 rands.
South Africa enjoys an exceptionally healthy climate, particularly in Cape Town. The great variety of the relief gives rise to sensitive climatic differences and precipitation differences ranging from 1 to 20. The annual national average is 464 mm.
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