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South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa

South Africa


Description

South Africa is a country located in the southernmost region of the African continent where travelers have the chance to admire breathtaking scenery. This country is famous for its unique wildlife that one can discover during a safari, flavorful wines from local vineyards as well as Nelson Mandela's birthplace. This destination is ideal if you are looking for an exotic vacation. Take some time to explore its administrative capital Pretoria. The cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are must-see places too: you can enjoy the beaches in one city and historical sites in the other.


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What to do in South Africa


Go on Safari

When you think of South Africa, it is impossible not to dream of a 4x4 getaway to discover the country's wildlife. Whether you choose Kruger National Park, the largest animal reserve in Africa, or the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve, you will most likely have the chance to observe the famous Big 5, these animals include the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo.  You will also find many elegant giraffes and herds of zebras.


Discover Cape Town

Cape Town should definitely be on your list of places to visit during a stay in South Africa. The city is well known for its football and rugby stadium which can be seen in several photos. The city invites you on a walking tour of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood to appreciate its colorful houses. Discover the Cape Peninsula where you could admire the incredible seaside scenery and why not stop by to observe some penguins...


Fall head over heels in love with Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

The Blyde River Canyon is a natural valley located in the Transvaal region and the scenery and views are absolutely stunning and fantastic. You will quickly fall under the spell of the spectacular mountainous landscape of the third largest canyon in the world. Don’t forget your camera!


Visit a vineyard

The town of Stellenbosch is a true paradise for wine lovers. It is the most world-renowned wine region in the country. You will most certainly be able to taste delicious wines in this university town. The village of Franschhoek also offers several places to discover local wine as well as a few French-inspired roots restaurants.


Walk around the city of Pretoria

The administrative capital Pretoria is worth seeing. The city is also known as Jacaranda City because of the thousands of jacaranda trees that burst into a beautiful purple haze from late September to mid November. Places of interest include the Voortrekker Monument, in tribute to the 19th century Boer pioneers, the National Botanical Gardens showcasing its unique flora and Union Buildings, the official seat of the country's government.

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Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

36

20

128

Feb.

34

20

121

Mar.

33

18

92

Apr.

29

15

56

May

27

12

46

Jun.

26

8

86

Jul.

25

8

43

Aug.

27

9

55

Sep.

30

11

32

Oct.

31

15

62

Nov.

33

17

77

Dec.

35

19

128


Currency

South Africa's official currency is the Rand (ZAR).

Convertor

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Official language

There are several official languages in South Africa, such as English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Ndebele, North Sotho, South Sotho, Tswana, Venda and, finally, the Tsonga-shangaan.

Voltage

Electrical outlets and voltage in South Africa are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V. You will need a power adapter and a converter to connect your devices.

Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.