There are 11 official language spoken in South Africa! A few of these are English, Southern Sotho, Swati and Zulu.
South African Rand (ZAR).
100 South African Rand is approximately $7.33
South African Standard Time is UTC +02:00, and is ahead of Washington DC by 7 hours.
The best time to visit South Africa depends on why you're visiting. If you're going for a safari then the best time would be between May-September, this is the dry season, so you'll have a better chance to see more wildlife. But this time of year can actually get quite cold in the evenings. The hotter months are during the summer (between November-February), but the safari might not be as good in these months. The heavy tourist season is around April-May and September-October, so outside of these months it's less busy. South Africa is a year-round destination, due to varying regional climates, so it's always best to check the area where you'll be visiting and the activities you want to do.
A bottle of local South African beer costs on average 25R (around $1.80) - the most popular and well-known is Castle Lager, but you can also get imported beers.
For a sit-down meal in an inexpensive restaurant you're looking at an average of 100R (approx $7.33), or if you prefer the street food scene ask for a Kota (bread filled with loads of different ingredients) from as little as 16R!
A basic dorm bed in South Africa can cost you as little as 103R (about $7.50) per night.
For a mid-range double room in a hotel or guesthouse, it costs between 400-1500R (approx $29-$110). If you're looking for a bit more high-end, you'll be spending around $133 a night.
Taxis vary in price, depending on where you are in South Africa. On average, they're cheaper in Cape Town, with journeys starting at 10R (approx 73c) and the starting rate in Johannesburg is around 22R (approx $1.60) - although it's still cheaper than anything you'd get back at home!
One of the best ways to get around South Africa is by a hop-on hop-off bus, which can either be bought for a specific route or for flexibility. We offer passes with Baz Bus, with fixed routes starting at $166 or 7-day passes starting from $178.