"My Beautiful Home" South Africa by cokes

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Essential Info

Visa Requirements:

Every person seeking to enter South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport for travel to South Africa and, where necessary, a visa. Enquiries can be directed to South African diplomatic representatives abroad or the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Visitors who intend traveling to South Africa's neighboring countries and back into South Africa are advised to apply for multiple entry visas. In terms of existing arrangements, passport holders of certain countries are exempt from visa requirements. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets. They must also have valid international health certificates.


Immunisations:

No international immunization is needed when entering South Africa.

The only inoculation requirement is a yellow fever vaccination certificate from travelers over one year of age entering South Africa within six days of leaving an infected country. Visitors who travel through or disembark in these areas are advised to be inoculated against the disease before visiting South Africa.


Malaria:

This disease is to the larger extent under control in South Africa. Regions that are affected are the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, northern Natal and Zululand.The risk of contracting the disease is negligible provided that you take the standard precautions. Malaria tablets, a good insect repellent particularly in the evening, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito coils are advisable precautions.

Phoning:

If you wish to make a call overseas, you must first dial 00, which is South Africa's international access code. You then dial the country code, area code of the city or region and the number of the person you wish to call. For example, if you make a call to Sydney, Australia, telephone number 456 1234 you must dial 00 61 2 456 1234.


Electricity:

220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Three pronged plugs are universal, so take an adapter. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.


Currency:

One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Notes issued R200, R100, R50, R20, R10; coins R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, & 1c. Currency exchange rates are available at banks and published daily in the press.



Postal Service:

Open Mon - Fri 08h00 - 16h30 & Sat 08h00 - 12h00. Mail may be addressed to you Post Restante. The main post offices have special counters for this purpose. Postage stamps are widely available (e.g. at some cafes and branches of the Central News Agency - CNA).


Traveller's Cheques:

Most international traveler's checks are accepted provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service.

VAT Refunds:

Foreign tourists visiting South Africa can have their value-added tax (VAT) refunded provided the value of the items purchased exceeds R250. VAT is refunded on departure at the point of departure.
VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT refund administration office or an appointed RSA customs and excise official on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded. Visitors will be requested to fill out a VAT Refund Control Sheet (VAT 255). Where a visitor does not export all the goods specified on a particular tax invoice, only the value of the goods and the tax paid on such goods exported must be declared on this form.


Driving:

Drive on the left and give way to traffic approaching from the right. The general speed limit is 120km/h on open roads and 60km/h in urban areas.


I`ll try and give you enough info about South Africa...... wanna see. Everything from Johannesburg , Cape Town , Durban , Sun City , Kruger National Park , Knysna , Hartbeespoort Dam ,Northern Province and so forth.

I also got a very nice album with interesting info on South Africa and the National Symbols.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A variety of cultures and beautiful places to visit
  • Cons:High Crime Rate in Some Areas
  • In a nutshell:Its A Absolutely Beautiful Country
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Great tips of South Africa. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Collin : You have worked very hard and very well to prepare these very interesting tips of South Africa . Thankyou for the information !!!! Gracias !!!!

  • high_d's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Oh man, you guys will be having tons of fun...do take some pics will you? Lemme know if you posted some :) At least I can "see" through pics:) I'm doing ok, it's summer time here again:)

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:22 AM

    We have a beautiful country, that's for sure! LOve your photos :) Thanks for checking out my Mpumalanga page - I am slowly adding more tips from Jan holiday, going slow tho due to VT photo uploading probs :(

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 4:02 AM

    South Africa looks very beautiful, indeed. Thank you for sharing. Ulrike

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2005 at 7:55 AM

    Your pictures are gorgeous--the Northern Province and the countryside along the Garden route were especially nice!

  • Jul 5, 2005 at 2:30 PM

    SA is a piece of paradise, feel privilaged and grateful:^)Keep the good work here...always en-gold it:^)

  • patricia28's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2005 at 9:17 PM

    Very informative page, loved it!! HUGS

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2005 at 12:00 PM

    Beautiful sceenery and breathtaking views, you really get a sence of wide open space, well done to you. Cliff

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 7:31 PM

    Nice mix of tips! Thanks for reminding me that Augrabies is at its peak in late summer and not spring! Only thing lacking is the Berg:-)

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