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South Africa Fact Files


The land area covers some 1,219,000 sq km.

Political System

Multi party democracy. Some powers devolve to the nine Provinces, which have their own Legislatures.


Abundant supply of natural resources. Well-developed financial, legal, communications, transport and energy sectors.


The Rand. One Rand is made up of 100 cents. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange bureaux. Visa, Master card and Diners club cards are widely accepted.


Conditions are generally warm and temperate. There is an abundance of sunshine. Generally the months of April and May are the most pleasant. These months mark the end of summer and the beginning of winter. In the generally hot and humid eastern coastline (KwaZulu Natal) the dry months of May to August are particularly good for game viewing. At this time water resources have dwindled resulting in larger concentrations of game and predators close to available water.


There are 11 official languages and  English is generally used  everywhere


Consult your personal physician regarding any vaccinations or medication that may be necessary before visiting South Africa. Many private hospitals across the country offer very high standards of medical care. Emergency medical evacuation services are available countrywide.


Food comparable to anywhere in the world is available in all of the larger towns. Lodges and camps serve meals of the highest quality.


We strongly advise that sensible precautions are taken at all time. African Courtesy Tours takes every precaution to ensure the safety of its clients.


African Courtesy Tours will advise you of visa requirements, it is important that we are aware of your nationality on your initial request.


Upon arrival at one of South Africa's international airports you will be welcomed by one of African Courtesy Tours representative who will assist you with any formalities, and then transfer you to your hotel.