Tips for Your First Trip to South Africa

Safety in South Africa :

Always ask a local if an area is safe before heading out.

Learn the Local Slang:

South Africa has a whopping 11 official languages. While English is third most-spoken language, South Africans have put their own unique twist on it and throw in a mix of Afrikaans and Zulu words for good measure.

Tipping in South Africa :

If you’re hiring a car in South Africa, you’ll come into contact with the country’s car guards. These are people who will watch your car for you while you run your errands in exchange for a couple of Rands.

Tips for Your First Trip to South Africa

South Africa boasts some of the cleanest tap water in the world. It’s perfectly safe to drink right from the tap, so you don’t have to worry about buying bottles of water during your trip. Be sure to bring along a reusable water bottle and fill it up throughout the day!

Buy Travel Insurance :

If you’re planning on getting your adrenaline fix during your trip, make sure your travel insurance covers you for extreme sports activities!

Country Hop :

Why not add an extra week onto your itinerary and explore one of South Africa’s neighboring countries?

Keep Cash on You :

You’ll get a better exchange rate from the machines than by using a currency exchange service at the airport.

Use Uber :

Plus, Uber South Africa does background checks on their drivers and makes sure their driver’s licenses are real.

Buy a Local Sim Card :

As soon as your flight to South Africa lands and you’ve collected your luggage, buy a Vodacom sim card from one of the vendors inside the airport. You can get data bundles that will help you stay connected as well as airtime for any phone calls you need to make.

Hire a Car :

Luckily, car rental prices are much lower compared to South Africa’s neighboring countries. Plus, if you have a set of wheels, you can also drive to Kruger National Park and go on a self-drive safari!

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