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 21.13 ZAR and 1 USD is worth 19.69 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 76.56 Mbps and mobile is 78.81 Mbs.The global average is 159.18 Mbps and 109.61 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in South Africa is close to the world average.43.55 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.69.
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 2023, South Africa will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Youth Day will take place on June 16.
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day|
|March 21, 2023||Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day|
|April 7, 2023Moving holiday||Good FridayGood Friday|
|April 10, 2023Moving holiday||Family DayFamily Day|
|April 27, 2023||Freedom DayFreedom Day|
|May 1, 2023||Workers’ DayWorkers’ Day|
|June 16, 2023||Youth DayYouth Day|
|August 9, 2023||National Women’s DayNational Women’s Day|
|September 24, 2023||Heritage DayHeritage Day|
|December 16, 2023||Day of ReconciliationDay of Reconciliation|
|December 25, 2023||Christmas DayChristmas Day|
|December 26, 2023||St. Stephen’s DayDay of Goodwill|
- EF English Proficiency Index (EF Education First)
- Speedtest Global Index® (Ookla®)
- Automated teller machines (ATMs) (per 100,000 adults) (The World Bank Group)
- Registration Policies Per Country (Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki)
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.
The Best Western hotel chain operates in South Africa.
There are Radisson hotels in 5 cities.
The Accor 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.
The Subway chain operates in South Africa.
The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in South Africa.
The Starbucks chain operates in South Africa.
- Country by National Dish (Samson Daniel)
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.
- List of high-speed railway lines (Wikipedia)
- List of metro systems (Wikipedia)
- Left- and right-hand traffic (Wikipedia)
- The Global Enabling Trade Report 2016: Road connectivity (World Economic Forum)
Emergency phones in South Africa
- South Africa Travel Advisory (United States: Department of State)
- Travel Advice for South Africa (United Kingdom: The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
- Mortality caused by road traffic injury (The World Bank Group)
- Corruption & Economic Crime (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
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.
- List of smoking bans (Wikipedia)
- Legality of cannabis (Wikipedia)