South Africa is a country located in Southern Africa. There are 6 countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe) that South Africa shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Afrikaans, English, South Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Although English isn’t the official language, the majority of people in South Africa are good English speakers.
EF EPI’s 2021 rankings placed South Africa 12th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.
The national currency in South Africa is South African rand (ZAR). The rand (R) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 20.91 ZAR and 1 USD is worth 19.32 ZAR.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in South Africa is 76.86 Mbps and mobile is 89.66 Mbs.The global average is 179.65 Mbps and 125.35 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density When compared to the world average, South Africa has more ATMs.43.55 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in South Africa, a passport or ID is required as identification.
There are 4 socket types used in South Africa. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2024, South Africa will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Human Rights Day will take place on March 21.
|January 1, 2024Moving holiday
|New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
|March 21, 2024Moving holiday
|Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day
|March 29, 2024Moving holiday
|Good FridayGood Friday
|April 1, 2024Moving holiday
|Family DayFamily Day
|April 27, 2024Moving holiday
|Freedom DayFreedom Day
|May 1, 2024Moving holiday
|Workers’ DayWorkers’ Day
|June 17, 2024Moving holiday
|Youth DayYouth Day
|August 9, 2024Moving holiday
|National Women’s DayNational Women’s Day
|September 24, 2024Moving holiday
|Heritage DayHeritage Day
|December 16, 2024Moving holiday
|Day of ReconciliationDay of Reconciliation
|December 25, 2024Moving holiday
|Christmas DayChristmas Day
|December 26, 2024Moving holiday
|St. Stephen’s DayDay of Goodwill
What hotel chains are present in South Africa?
There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in South Africa.
The IHG hotel chain operates in South Africa.
What fast food chains are present in South Africa?
The McDonald’s chain operates in South Africa.
The KFC chain operates in South Africa.
The Burger King chain operates in South Africa.
What is the weather like in Pretoria?
Weather data for Pretoria (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.
Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.
Emergency phones in South Africa
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.
Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is legal.