Glossary (South Africa)



Next to poverty and unemployment, crime is South Africa's biggest problem. However, tourists are affected to a lesser extent compared to local black people in the townships, locations, and informal settlements, as well as white farmers in remote areas. As a rule, it is advisable to always lock the vehicle, and park the car in secure parking areas in cities.

Important Telephone Numbers

International dialling codes:
- Namibia: +264
- Great Britain: +44
- USA: +1
- Germany: +49

South African Ambulance Service: 10177
South African Police Service: 10111

Mobile Phones: Please obtain details from your local service provider concerning international roaming in South Africa.


Most areas in South Africa are Malaria free zones with the exceptions of the Kruger National Park area and northern Kwazulu Natal. However, they are regarded as low risk. The risk is higher in the rainy season between October and February. There are a number of preventative measures against malaria. South African doctors advise that no malaria tablets protects against all types of malaria. Wearing long sleeved clothing and using anti mosquito spray works very effectively. Please consult your local doctor for more information.

Money & Tipping

The currency in South Africa is the Rand (R), which is equal to 100 cents.
The exchange rate favours international tourists since the Rand is steadily declining against the major world currencies. This means that local merchandise, cuisine, wines and entertainment etc tend to be less expensive than abroad.
Credit cards are accepted at most points of sale as well as automated banking machines (ATM's).
Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks. Banking hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 during the week and from 08:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied at 14%. Overseas visitors can reclaim VAT at international airports on departure. This, however, can only be done with tangible items accompanied with a VAT invoice or slip.
It is customary to tip in South Africa at approximately 10 - 15%.

National Parks

Entry fees in the parks vary between approximately R10.00 (Natal Parks) and R30.00 (Kruger Park). In addition a vehicle cost of approximately R30.00 is levied. Guided tours and game drives are offered almost throughout the parks and cost about R50.00 per person.


The road network in South Africa is very good, and vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. 100 km/h can be kept up almost throughout your trip, as a result of low traffic density. Top speed on Highways is 120 km/h. Petrol costs approximately R5.80 per litre.

Visa requirements

South African Department of Home Affairs