There’s something special about this place…
South Africa is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. Situated on the southernmost tip of Africa, it offers sunny skies, incredible natural and cultural attractions, an abundance of wildlife and world-class infrastructure. Our road network is the best in Africa and camping venues are numerous and offer excellent value-for-money, all of which makes it a road-tripper’s delight, especially in a Travel Bugz compact campervan!
Our unique nation and its friendly people, popularly referred to as the “Rainbow Nation”, are proud of our rich and diverse heritage. We share 11 official languages, English being one of them.
Our spectacular geographic features range from forests, deserts, majestic mountains, grasslands, coastal wetlands to unspoiled beaches, many within our world-famous national parks, offering ever-changing landscapes on every road-trip.
We share borders with Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia together with Swaziland and Lesotho, both of which are landlocked within South Africa.
South Africa is home to 8 official UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Robben Island, Cradle of Humankind, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, uKhahlamba Drakensberg, Mapungubwe National Park, Cape Floral Region, Vrederfort Dome and the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape.
South Africa has more than 290 conservation parks and is home to almost 1,000 bird species, 8,000 plant species and 300 mammal species. Our most popular national parks include Addo Elephant National Park, Agulhas National Park, Augrabies National Park, Garden Route National Park, Kgalagadi National Park, Table Mountain National Park and Kruger National Park - one of the largest game reserves in Africa.
South Africa can be visited all year round due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. Cape Town has a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (November-February), and wet, cool winters (June - August). Whale watching season is between July and November. The northern region can be rainy and hot during the summer months, which is the best time to travel for birding. The cooler months offer great conditions for viewing big game from May to September.
Area: 1,233/404 sq Km
Population: 56,72 million
Provinces: 9 (Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape)
Best time to visit: Click here for a regional breakdown
Time: GMT / UTC +2
ATM's: Found in most cities and large towns
Money: Rand (ZAR)
Borders: Namibia, Botswanna, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho
Capitals: Pretoria (administrative ), Bloemfontein (judicial ) and Cape Town (legislative)
Languages: 11 ( English, Zulu, Ndebele, Sepedi, Setwana, Sotho, Swati, Tshivenda, Xhosa, Afrikaans and Xitsonga )
Adapter for Electricity: Universal Travel plug adapter - Africa - 3 round pin plug. Good for grounded or non-grounded plugs from other countries. Note: This does not convert the voltage from 110V to 220/240V. You will need a Voltage Converter for that.
Visa: Depends on your nationality. We encourage you to please contact the various embassies or visa service agencies to re-check visa requirements at least four weeks prior.
How much does stuff cost:
Bottle Wine: R50 - R200
Bottle of Beer: R15 - R35
Coca Cola: R10 - R20
Loaf of Bread: R10 - R20
Table Mountain Cable Car: R350
Kruger National Park Entry: R380
Surf Board Rental: R100- R150 per day
Average for Meal: R50 - R250 per meal
1L Water Bottle: R10 - R20
Petrol/Diesel: R14 per litre (fluctuates)
Souvenir T-Shirt: R100 - R250