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How Safe Is Johannesburg for Travel?
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Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, with a population of 9.6 million people – half of which live in Soweto and adjacent suburbs – is one of the most important cities in the country of South Africa.
Johannesburg is the economic hub of the country since approximately 10% of South Africa’s GDP generates there.
And though it’s one of the main cities, with rich neighborhoods, you’ll be surprised how many dangerous areas it contains.
It has a reputation of a lawless city.
When in Johannesburg, you can do a lot of shopping, though bear in mind that here everything shuts up shop at lunchtimes on Saturday, and doesn’t reopen until Monday.
That means that weekend sightseeing just goes a little bit harder so it’s smart to plan your weekend.
If you walk around a bit, you’ll find that the city is filled with many craft markets and beautifully crafted beadwork and wirework being sold on the roadside and at intersections.
- Warnings & Dangers in Johannesburg
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
As fun and exciting Johannesburg might be, you should be aware of the many dangers that await the unsuspecting tourists. This city has extremely high rates of crime. You should be vigilant and take all possible precautions measures to minimize the risk of something going wrong.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Public transport in Johannesburg is the scene of many criminal activities. Muggings on public transport are on a decline, but be aware of criminals waiting around at Johannesburg airports and then following tourists to their accommodation to rob them. There have also been reports of luggage thefts at the airports. Rails and metro trains are also the locations where assaults and robberies have occurred.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocketing has been on a decline during the past couple of years. Still, the riskiest locations where you may encounter petty theft are crowded places such as markets, public transport and bus, and train stations.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Johannesburg may become a victim of occasional tsunamis coming from the Indian Ocean. Another danger is flooding. One of the bigger floods in South Africa occurred in 2011 killing 91 people.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
Mugging and robberies are a much bigger issue in Johannesburg than in other major cities of South Africa. And though usually, the motive of these incidents is theft, rape is sadly not uncommon at all, so female tourists should be particularly cautious.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Threats are coming from extremists linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), as well as threats from individuals inspired by terrorist groups, including Daesh, who might try to carry out so-called ‘lone actor’ attacks targeting public places.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Scams happen in Johannesburg at every step. There are a couple of popular scams, one of them involving criminals posing as "tourist police" with a goal to rob visitors. They are known to stop tourist buses, saying that they're checking identification and searching luggage. However there's no such thing as "tourist police" in South Africa, so be on the lookout. Then there are so-called "strollers", and they can be anyone from children to junkies. Their only goal is to rob you blind so keep your valuables well hidden. You can report scams by calling the following telephone number: +27 11 9705300.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH
Though many female travelers went to Johannesburg and had no problems at all, this country once had a reputation of a place where women were raped at every step. Be very careful at night and avoid risky situations such as winding-up in deserted and poorly lit streets or finding yourself in an unknown area with strange people.
- So... How Safe Is Johannesburg Really?
Johannesburg has a reputation of a lawless city and very high crime levels, so the sight of police and security guards is very common.
However, though crime rates are very high, tourists are seldom victims, since the crimes occur in areas rarely frequented by tourists.
Though it’s a rather rich city, it is not at all uncommon to hear about muggings and armed robberies in this country.
However, what is more, important than knowing what kind of crimes tend to occur in Johannesburg, is knowing the areas and hotspots where they’re more likely to occur.
If you wind up in an insecure neighborhood, just try to blend in, look like a local and avoid displaying any signs of wealth or significant personal property.
Keep your cellphone hidden, and in general, keep in mind that it’s best to leave all your valuables in your accommodation.
Such an area in Johannesburg, for example, is Hillbrow, one of the worst Johannesburg suburbs.
Avoid this area and if you end up in it, try to blend in and not look like a tourist.
Hillbrow is a den for prostitution, drug deals and crime.
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- Useful Information
- Visas - While U.S. citizens visiting Johannesburg for tourism purposes do not need a visa for any stays shorter than ninety days, along with many other countries, some nationals do need a visa to enter South Africa. Make sure your passports are valid for at least 30 days past your planned date of return from South Africa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - South African rand is the official currency in Johannesburg. ATMs can be found throughout the country and credit cards are widely accepted.
- Weather - Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually mild and pleasant due to the city's high elevation. The temperatures have an average maximum in January of 25.6 °C dropping to an average maximum of around 16 °C in June.
- Airports - O. R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. It is located near the city of Johannesburg and, to a lesser extent, the executive capital Pretoria.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Johannesburg, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
Johannesburg Weather Averages (Temperatures)
- Average High/Low Temperature
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18 Reviews on Johannesburg
Reasonable article but. . ..
This article recommends trying to blend in if you land up in an area where you weren’t planning on visiting. In most areas, this will only work if you are of African ethnicity.
People of European descent stand out like sore thumbs in areas not frequented by European descended people.
Tourists don't really go into the city. I certainly haven't seen many tourists walking around in town.
Ahem. A Tsunami would not reach Jhb.
Tsunamis in Johannesburg? Did you know that Johanneabirg is 1600m above sea level and 500km from the nearest coast?
“Johannesburg may become a victim of occasional tsunamis coming from the Indian Ocean.”
Hahahaha, not in a million years – Johannesburg is so far inland it’ll probably be one of the last places on earth if climate change reaches all its worst predictions.
Can’t really trust much else in this article I’m afraid.
Who wrote this artice?where did they get their ‘facts’ from?
The biggest amount of *** I have ever read. Have you been to South Africa?
Take it from a local ...
Yeah, there’s a lot of mistakes in this. I’m Canadian and have been living in Johannesburg for 6 years. Firstly, no one is following you from the airport. Secondly, tsunamis? Really? Johannesburg is landlocked and very dry. No tsunamis. No floods. Thirdly, do NOT go walking around to find markets. Try the Maboneng Market, Rosebank Sunday Rooftop Market, but take an uber to get there. Fourthly, things do not close Saturday-Monday??? Most of the awesome markets are on Sunday. Most malls close around 5-6pm. Fifthly, put your damn cell phone away if you don’t want it to be snatched from your hand. Sixth, don’t get off the red bus anywhere except Sandton or Rosebank if you’re obviously a tourist with a big camera or luggage.
Canadian? LOL. What kind of Moron would move from Canada to South Africa. That is, unless you’re not white, which means you’re NOT Canadian,
What is wrong with YOU? Much of SA is WHITE…sadly…. My daughter is white as the driven snow and has lived in Johan for the past 8mo…she would LOVE to work and live there. It is dangerous yes, and especially for woman, but it is beyond beautiful. So without ever living there I’d suggest not making yourself look like a MORON and keep those dumb opinions to yourself….LOL
Highly unsafe, avoid Joburg if you can
Johannesburg beautiful??? You must be joking or you have never been there.
Only 7.8% of SA is white, so you are wrong there too.
The only reason people want to live in Joburg is that it is the business center of SA. More jobs, higher salaries.
But it is highly unsafe, especially at night and in the townships. Even in the better areas all houses have electric fence and armed response signs.
still, one of my friends was robbed at gun point in his own house. He sold his house the next day and moved to the south coast.
You’re one of the lucky few. I nearly got carjacked FIVE TIMES IN ONE WEEK. And I was just renting the car. Really… SA NEEDS to get carpet-bombed. It’s a bad country and it needs to change!
Moving from Canada to South Africa is just being stupid
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I agree with tsunami BS . BUT … You are uninformed if you do not know that tourists are followed from the airport!! My family and I have been victim to this!
Tsunamis in Jhb? It’s like warning of sunstroke at the North Pold. Good lord. And being white in Johannsburg makes you stand out? You guys do realise that a significant percentage of the native Jo’burgers are white, yes?
Whoever wrote this is not South African and most likely has never placed one foot on our soil. This article is laughable.
I’m a female living in Johannesburg and though Johannesburg does have its problems, I can confirm that there are many, many inaccuracies in this article.
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40? Are you absolutely brain defunct? More like 90. This place is on the same shit level as Yemen.
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Travel health notices, vaccines and medicines, non-vaccine-preventable diseases, stay healthy and safe.
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There are no notices currently in effect for South Africa.
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see Your COVID-19 Vaccination for more information.
Active cholera transmission is widespread in South Africa. Cholera is rare in travelers. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease ( more information ). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also help prevent cholera.
Vaccination may be considered for children and adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. The following areas do not have active cholera transmission: Cape Town, Durban, Kruger National Park, and Port Elizabeth.
Cholera - CDC Yellow Book
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to South Africa.
Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.
Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.
Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.
Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book
Dosing info - Hep A
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to South Africa. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to South Africa.
Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book
Dosing info - Hep B
CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of South Africa take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.
Find country-specific information about malaria.
Malaria - CDC Yellow Book
Considerations when choosing a drug for malaria prophylaxis (CDC Yellow Book)
Malaria information for South Africa.
Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book
Rabid dogs are commonly found in South Africa. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in South Africa, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available.
Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include
- Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
- Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
- Visitors to rural areas
Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to South Africa.
Rabies - CDC Yellow Book
Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book
Dosing info - Typhoid
Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1
Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book
- Avoid contaminated water
How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)
- Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
- Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
- Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
- Avoid contaminated water and soil
- Wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated freshwater streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.
Avoid bug bites
African tick-bite fever.
- Avoid Bug Bites
African Tick-bite fever
- Mosquito bite
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever
- Tick bite
- Touching the body fluids of a person or animal infected with CCHF
- Avoid animals
Rift Valley Fever
- Touching blood, body fluids, or tissue of infected livestock
- Mosquito bite
Rift Valley fever
Airborne & droplet
- Being around, touching, or working with infected poultry, such as visiting poultry farms or live-animal markets
- Avoid domestic and wild poultry
- Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
- Bite from an infected rodent
- Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
- Avoid rodents and areas where they live
- Avoid sick people
- Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.
Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in South Africa, so your behaviors are important.
Eat and drink safely
Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.
- Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
- Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
- Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
- Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel
You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.
Prevent bug bites
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in South Africa. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
- Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
What type of insect repellent should I use?
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Always use insect repellent as directed.
What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?
- Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
- Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.
What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .
For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .
Stay safe outdoors
If your travel plans in South Africa include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.
- Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
- Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
- Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
- If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
- Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
- Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
- Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
Stay safe around water
- Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
- Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
- Do not dive into shallow water.
- Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
- To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in South Africa. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.
Keep away from animals
Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.
Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
- Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
- Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
- Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
- If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.
All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:
- Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
- Go to a doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.
Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.
Reduce your exposure to germs
Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.
Avoid sharing body fluids
Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.
- Use latex condoms correctly.
- Do not inject drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
- Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
- If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.
Know how to get medical care while traveling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:
- Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
- Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
- Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
- Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call South Africa’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).
In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.
Malaria is a risk in some parts of South Africa. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.
Select safe transportation
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.
In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.
Be smart when you are traveling on foot.
- Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
- Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
- Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
Choose a safe vehicle.
- Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
- Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
- Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
- Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
- Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
- Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.
Think about the driver.
- Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
- Arrange payment before departing.
Follow basic safety tips.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
- When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
- Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of South Africa may be poor.
- Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
- Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
- If you choose to drive a vehicle in South Africa, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
- Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
- Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
- Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
- If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
- Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.
Medical Evacuation Insurance
If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.
Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.
The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.
For information traffic safety and road conditions in South Africa, see Travel and Transportation on US Department of State's country-specific information for South Africa .
Traffic flows on the left side of the road in South Africa.
- Always pay close attention to the flow of traffic, especially when crossing the street.
- LOOK RIGHT for approaching traffic.
Maintain personal security
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Before you leave
- Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
- Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
- Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
- Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.
While at your destination(s)
- Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
- Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
- Follow all local laws and social customs.
- Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
- Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
- If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.
Healthy Travel Packing List
Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for South Africa for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?
It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.
If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.
If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.
For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .
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Travel Advisory November 7, 2023
South africa - level 2: exercise increased caution.
Updated to reflect safety consideration when using GPS navigation.
Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest .
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark.
Using GPS navigation can lead to unsafe routes. GPS navigation may suggest shortcuts through townships as the quickest preferred route but can lead to increased risks of crime.
Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent.
Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to South Africa.
If you decide to travel to South Africa:
- Investigate Research your route in advance, stay on major highways, avoid shortcuts through townships, and avoid reliance on GPS navigation apps. When driving on city roads, the shortest and fastest route may not be the safest.
For example: The safest approach to return a rental car to Cape Town International Airport is to take the N2 highway and follow signs to Airport Approach Rd (exit 16). Alternatively, request the rental car company to collect your vehicle and subsequently arrange an airport transfer from established taxi companies or established ridesharing services to reach the airport.
- Avoid walking alone, especially after dark.
- Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area.
- Do not display cash or valuables.
- Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
- Conserve water and follow local guidance on water use for tourists and Save Like a Local .
- Check the City of Cape Town website for up-to-date information and guidance on how to manage water consumption.
- Refer to the Nelson Mandela Bay’s website for updates on water restrictions in effect in the Eastern Cape.
- Monitor water levels at the City of Cape Town’s Water Dashboard .
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Country Security Report for South Africa.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
- Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
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30 days beyond your intended date of exit from South Africa..
2 consecutive empty visa pages per entry (not including endorsement pages).
No, if visiting 90 days or less.
Yellow fever at least 10 days before arrival is required for travelers originating from or transiting through WHO-designated yellow fever countries.
ZAR 25,000; Foreign currency unlimited if declared; No Kruger coins.
ZAR 25,000; Foreign currency unlimited if amount was declared on entry; Up to 15 Kruger coins if proof purchased with foreign currency.
Embassies and Consulates
U.S. Embassy Pretoria 877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia Pretoria 0083 South Africa Telephone: +(27)(12) 431-4000 / 012-431-4000 Fax: +(27)(12) 431-5504 / 012-431-5504 The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not provide consular services to the public. Facebook Twitter Email: [email protected]
U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg 1 Sandton Drive (opposite Sandton City Mall) Johannesburg 2196 South Africa Telephone: +(27)(11) 290-3000 / 011-290-3000 (Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(27) 79-111-1684 / 079-111-1684 (from within South Africa) Fax: +(27)(11) 884-0396 / 011-884-0396 Email: [email protected]
U.S. Consulate General Cape Town 2 Reddam Avenue, West Lake 7945, Cape Town, South Africa Telephone: +(27)(21) 702-7300 / 021-702-7300 (from within South Africa) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(27) 702-7300 / 079-111-0391 (from within South Africa) Fax: +(27)(21) 702-7493 / 021-702-7493 (from within South Africa) Email: [email protected]
U.S. Consulate General Durban 303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street (formerly West Street) 31st Floor Delta Towers Durban 4001 South Africa Telephone: +(27) (31) 305-7600/031-305-7600 (from within South Africa) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(27) (31) 305-7600 or +(27) 079-111-1445 / (031) 305-7600 or 079-111-1445 (from within South Africa) Fax: (+27)(31) 305-7691 / 031-305-7691 (from within South Africa) Email: [email protected]
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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
South Africa strictly enforces entry and exit requirements and other immigration laws. Failure to observe these requirements may result in the traveler being denied entry, detained, deported, or deemed inadmissible to enter South Africa in the future.
Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the most up to date entry and exit requirements.
Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on entry/exit requirements related to COVID-19 in South Africa.
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa is located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 232-4400. Visit the Embassy of South Africa for the most current visa information.
Two Consecutive Blank Visa Pages: South Africa requires travelers to have two consecutive completely blank visa pages in their passports upon every arrival in South Africa. YOU WILL BE DENIED ENTRY if you do not have two consecutive blank visa pages in your passport. This does not include the endorsement pages.
Traveling with minors: There are special requirements for minors traveling through South African ports of entry. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the most up-to-date requirements for traveling with minors to or from South Africa.
Immunizations: Travelers entering South Africa from WHO-designated countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission must present their current and valid International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (“yellow card”). See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s South Africa page .
The U.S. Department of State is not aware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of South Africa. However, South Africa has a high HIV/AIDS prevalence.
Other: Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
Safety and Security
Alerts regarding important safety and security information such as demonstrations, road security, and weather events are posted on the Embassy’s website .
In South Africa the equivalent to the “911” emergency line is 10111.
- The following paragraphs provide a summary, but please read the Department of State’s most recent Overseas Security Advisory Council Country Security Report on South Africa, which provides detailed information about safety and security concerns for travelers to South Africa.
Civil Unrest: Strikes and demonstrations occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification and occasionally turn violent, and may include the burning of vehicles, buildings, or tires – which may serve as roadblocks; throwing rocks or other objects; or physical attacks. Strikes and demonstrations can also interrupt traffic and the provision of electricity, water, public transportation, fuel, and other goods and services. Periodic incidents of mob violence directed against refugees and immigrants from other African countries occur in South Africa. During labor protests, strike breakers or those perceived to be strike breakers have been violently attacked. Protests involving taxis and ride hailing services can turn violent. See Travel and Transportation section below for guidance.
- Avoid demonstrations and use vigilance during your movements around the country. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent.
- Maintain caution in areas frequented by foreigners.
- Monitor news and Alerts .
Crime: South Africa has a very high level of crime Violent crimes occur where people live, work, while in transit or out and about. Violent residential crimes include armed home invasions by organized criminal groups resulting in assaults, rapes, and murder. Popular tourist destinations and major hotel chains employ their own security that largely minimize such incidents on their properties. Armed robbery, rape, kidnapping for ransom, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles affect visitors and residents alike. Extra vigilance at traffic lights and on/off ramps where cars slow or stop is warranted. To avoid robbery outside higher end stores when buying jewelry or electronics, many vendors will deliver your purchase to your home or hotel for a fee. Crime can occur anywhere and anytime, including in and around Kruger National Park, and U.S. government staff and visitors have been robbed in the immediate vicinity of our diplomatic facilities. You should exercise particular caution in the central business districts (CBDs) of major cities, especially after dark. Crime victims have also been followed from the arrival hall of OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and then robbed once they reach their home or hotel.
Theft can be bold and in broad daylight. Travelers and U.S. diplomats report having cell phones stolen from their hands, as well as purses or wallets taken off counters while paying for goods at stores. Car theft and hijacking continues to plague the country, particularly in large cities. Travelers should choose secure parking options and double check locked doors before leaving a parked car.
Throughout South Africa, U.S. citizens should:
- Avoid walking alone especially after dark.
- Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area. Please note that U.S. mission staff are required to use fully armored vehicles when visiting many townships in and around the Cape Town area and visiting hours are restricted to between 0700-1500 hours.
- Do not display cash and valuables.
- Avoid cash-in-transit vehicles both on the road, as well as ATMs when being refilled. Armed criminal gangs frequently target cash-in-transit vehicles while stopped at customer sites, but also ambush cash-in-transit vehicles while on the road. Such violent armed attacks involve automatic weapons, explosives, and gangs of criminals. Criminals frequently use remote jamming and signal interceptors with success.
- Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
- Avoid driving during periods of load shedding (rolling blackouts) as the roads can become extremely congested due to a lack of traffic signals. These traffic jams and slow-moving traffic can provide opportunities for smash and grab robberies.
Student Groups: There have been instances of student groups being robbed while conducting outreach and service visits in townships. On these occasions, student groups coordinated with officials to conduct service visits and upon arrival were held and then robbed by armed perpetrators.
Demonstrations occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.
- Demonstrations can be unpredictable, avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
- Past demonstrations have turned violent.
- Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in South Africa. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:
- Romance/Online dating
- Money transfers
- Lucrative sales
- Gold purchase
- Contracts with promises of large commissions
- Grandparent/Relative targeting
- Free Trip/Luggage
- Inheritance notices
- Work permits/job offers
- Bank overpayments
Travelers need not surrender their credit card to any vendor. They will bring a credit card machine to customers.
ATM and Credit Card skimming is common and visitors should be cautious about using ATMs outside of banks and reputable hotels. Skimmers have also been found on machines used to pay parking tickets at shopping malls and office buildings. Paying parking fees with cash avoids this risk.
See the FBI pages for information.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault or domestic violence should report crimes to the local police at 10111. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .
The U.S. Consulates General in South Africa can:
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Terrorism Threat: Extremists with ties to international terrorist organizations, such as al-Qai’ida, al-Shabaab, and ISIS, historically have used South Africa as a logistical hub to conduct recruitment and financial facilitation. There has been increased activity by ISIS sympathizers and supporters locally, including the placement of incendiary devices and kidnapping for ransom operations. South African authorities have periodically arrested individuals and charged them with terrorism related crimes. The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has publicly designated ISIS members operating in South Africa who have provided technical, financial, or material support to the terrorist group. Check the Mission’s website to review Alerts to U.S. citizens, and register with the U.S. Mission to South Africa to receive new Alerts by email during your travels.
Game parks and outdoor safety: Visitors have been injured and killed by wild animals in South Africa. It is dangerous to leave your vehicle in game parks outside of designated areas. Observe all park regulations and follow the instructions of guides. Be mindful of sharks when swimming. Rip tides are common and very dangerous. Do not swim alone in isolated areas or dive into unfamiliar waters.
Hikers must be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and ensure they have proper clothing and supplies. Many areas, especially in the Western Cape province, experience brush fires during the summer months (December-February). These fires can burn for several days. Monitor local media and follow fire crew instructions regarding road closures and evacuations.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules regarding best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas and activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to arrive on the scene and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
Infrastructure: Currently, periodic scheduled blackouts (known locally as “Load Shedding”) are common throughout the country. These controlled rolling blackouts are employed to safeguard the country’s electrical grid and has resulted in nationwide outages of up to six hours or more without power daily. These electricity outages negatively impact businesses which do not possess an alternative power supply (e.g., diesel generators) including hotels. Additionally, during periods of load shedding, traffic lights will cease functioning creating traffic jams which provide opportunities for smash and grab crime. Load shedding can also impact water availability and safety, cell phone signal, fuel pumps (and therefore fuel availability), and residential security features especially in rural areas.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website .
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the nearest U.S. Consulate in South Africa immediately . See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report
- Human Rights Report
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in South Africa. [ER1]
See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.
Travelers with Disabilities: South Africa law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities, but these laws are rarely enforced. Some tourist attractions, and restaurants near tourist attractions, are equipped with ramps and other options to facilitate access. Conditions vary significantly across the country.
The law in South Africa prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual and mental disabilities, and the law is enforced unevenly. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is as prevalent as in the United States. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Special Circumstances: Parts of South Africa may face drought conditions, water scarcity, and rainfall patterns that may be erratic. Water supplies in some areas may be affected. Water-use restrictions may be in place in the affected municipalities.
Please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on entry/ exit requirements related to COVID-19 in South Africa.
For emergency services in South Africa, dial 10111 .
Ambulance services are
- not widely available and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards;
- not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except in major cities and may;
- not be equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
- We do not pay medical bills. U.S. Medicare does not cover you overseas. Healthcare providers, including ambulances require payment in cash before services are performed.
Private medical facilities are good in urban areas and in the vicinity of game parks but limited elsewhere. Private medical facilities require a deposit before admitting patients. Pharmacies are well-stocked, but you should carry an adequate supply of prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. HIV and AIDS is a major public health concern.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
If your health insurance plan does not provide coverage overseas, we strongly recommend supplemental medical insurance and medical evacuation plans .
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Embassy of South Africa to ensure the medication is legal in South Africa. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
- African Tick-bite Fever
- Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rift River Valley
- Avian/Bird Flu
- Tuberculosis (TB)
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For further health information:
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Health facilities in general:
- Adequate health facilities are available in urban areas but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards.
- Public medical clinics lack basic resources and supplies.
- Hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient.
- Psychological and psychiatric services are limited, even in the larger cities, with hospital-based care only available through government institutions
- Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
- In many areas, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.
General Health Language
- Use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mosquito repellents and sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets. Chemoprophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays.
- HIV/AIDS is prevalent in South Africa and by some estimates as many as 1 in 7 South African residents are infected. Infection rates are even higher (1 in 5) among younger residents.
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in South Africa.
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions are generally good in South Africa, but the road traffic death rate is nearly three times higher in South Africa than in the United States. The high incidence of road traffic mortality is due to a combination of poor driving, limited enforcement of traffic laws, road rage, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Use extreme caution driving at night. U.S. government employees are discouraged from driving after dark outside of major metropolitan areas, except for highway travel between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Traffic lights are frequently out of order.
Traffic Laws: Traffic in South Africa moves on the left, and the steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the car. Under South African law, all occupants of motor vehicles equipped with seatbelts are required to wear them while the vehicle is in operation. Texting or talking on a cell phone without a hands-free unit while driving is illegal. Treat all intersections with malfunctioning traffic lights as a four-way stop.
South African law does not require an international driver’s license. A valid driver’s license from any U.S. state or territory that has the signature and photo of the driver is valid to drive in South Africa for stays of less than six months.
Please refer to the Road Safety page for more information. Also, visit the websites of South African Tourism and the South African National Roads Agency for more information regarding local transportation trends and laws.
Taxis: The use of individual metered taxis dispatched from established taxi companies, hotel taxis, and tour buses is recommended. U.S. government personnel are not allowed to use minibus taxis or hail taxis on the street or use a taxi stand. Minibus taxi drivers are often unlicensed and drive erratically.
Transportation Network Companies: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber, also operate in South Africa. U.S. government personnel may only use TNCs with a dispatch application that provides vehicle description, license plate number, and the driver’s name, picture, user rating, and the ability to share trip information. The user should verify the information provided by the company, such as the vehicle make/model, license plate number, and driver’s name/picture, prior to entering the vehicle. TNCs should not be used to travel outside major metropolitan areas. Pick up and drop off should not be done near a traditional taxi stand due to tensions between rideshare and taxi drivers that have resulted in altercations.
Rail Service: The long-distance rail service, Shosholoza Meyl; the rapid rail Gautrain in Gauteng Province; and luxury rail services, such as Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe, Blue Train, and Rovos Rail are generally safe and reliable, though mechanical problems and criminal incidents do sometimes occur. U.S. government personnel are not allowed to use the Metrorail commuter rail service because of safety and crime concerns. There have been recent reports of fires being set on Metrorail train cars.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization aviation safety standards for oversight of South Africa’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to South Africa should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts on the Maritime Administration website. Information may also be posted to the websites of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Geospace Intelligence Agency (select “broadcast warnings”).
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Room service: Johannesburg
By Condé Nast Traveller
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
There's a new-found confidence in South Africa's teeming hub, with an edgy art scene and plush, top-rate haunts. By Sarah Khan.
THE SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA
Best for Splurge
Location In the ritzy northern suburb of Sandhurst, surrounded by sprawling gated compounds with high walls and security guards; the domain of business magnates and international consulates
Look Sophisticated African chic set against an earthy palette, carefully picked out and repeated in everything from the cushions to the tribal-inspired figurines guarding the bathrooms
Crowd Nelson Mandela decamped here to finish his autobiography; world leaders including the Clintons continue to flow through its doors
Rooms All 53 airy rooms and suites are done up in creams and browns, each with contemporary sculptures, latticed wooden windows and massive baths
Eating & drinking At Five Hundred restaurant even the butter dishes are works of art and the eight tables are the hardest to book in town. The six-course Ruinart Experience pairs Champagne with foie gras and caviar
Best thing The smart technology: the in-room laptops are a treat and the hotel must have South Africa's fastest internet access
Worst thing The full-length mirrors in the rooms are badly positioned and not very flattering
Price Doubles from about £310
The Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa (+27 11 292 6000; www.saxon.co.za )
54 on Bath, Johannesburg
Best for Business
Location In the walkable, tree-lined Rosebank suburb, a mix of private homes, offices and shops. The enormous Rosebank Mall is right next door, connected to the hotel by a pedestrian tunnel
Look An imposing 10-storey brick façade and fresh interiors in black, white, grey and mint, with works from locals artists William Kentridge and Tinus de Jongh and photographer Ryan Hitchcock
Crowd Savvy business travellers and well-known faces looking to keep a low profile (Desmond Tutu was spotted here recently)
Rooms 75 rooms, including 12 executive suites and three luxury suites with private terraces; vibrant photography adds a punch of colour
Eating & drinking Level Four serves creative dishes such as terrine with pickled pears and rooibos gel; the super-glamorous Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is wonderfully over-the-top
Best thing High tea, served in the gardens or the lobby with its white grand piano, attracts a stylish crowd
Worst thing The Rosebank Mall is being extended, which means for now most rooms will have views of a mammoth construction site
Price Doubles from about £180
54 on Bath, 54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa (+27 11 344 8500; www.tsogosunhotels.com )
The Munro Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg
THE MUNRO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Best for Classic
Location Cocooned in the old-money suburb of Houghton, amidst stately Arts and Crafts houses dating back to the 1930s and up the road from two of Johannesburg's most elite schools
Look The opulent French château of your eccentric, globetrotting aunt: the dining room, where you can feast on millionaire's pie, has an elaborate ceiling mural with a portrait of the owner's face secreted in it
Crowd A sophisticated, older set after a cosseting oasis in the city. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has stayed
Rooms There are just five sumptuous suites. The Presidential Suite has a large sun terrace, sauna and walk-in wardrobe big enough to make Lady Gaga blush
Eating & drinking On-demand dining is the order of the day. In the mood for poached eggs at 11pm in the conservatory? The chef will serve you what you want, where and when you want it
Best thing The view from the infinity pool over the city's surprisingly lush landscape is perhaps the finest in Johannesburg
Worst thing There are no lotions, hair dryers, irons or phones in the bedrooms. If you need anything, you have to go downstairs to ask
Price Doubles from about £230
The Munro Boutique Hotel, 63 St Patrick Road, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa (+ 27 11 487 1420; www.themunrohotel.com )
12 Decades Art Hotel in Maboneng, Johannesburg
12 DECADES ART HOTEL IN MABONENG
Best for Good value
Location In the hip Maboneng Precinct, a once-gritty enclave (it's still fringed by dodgy neighbourhoods) now transformed into a district of galleries, restaurants and shops
Look Like a modern-art museum, with a simple check-in desk at the end of an art-filled corridor and abstract paintings as you get out of the lift to the seventh-floor rooms (there are private apartments on the floors in between)
Crowd Creative locals and international musicians, photographers and painters: asymmetrically shaved haircuts and neon sneakers are par for the course
Rooms Each of the 12 Decades Rooms is designed by a different artist to reflect 10 years in the city's history. In the one titled 1946-1956 (A part love, A part hate) apartheid laws line the loo bowl
Food & drink There's no restaurant, but every room has a kitchenette and the local area is home to innovative restaurants; try the Afro-Asian fusion sushi at The Blackanese
Best thing The attention to detail: everything from the lamps to the coat hooks conforms to the specific theme
Worst thing There's no one on the front desk after 10pm, which might make some guests feel uneasy
Price Doubles from about £55
12 Decades Art Hotel, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa (+27 1 026 5601; www.12decadeshotel.co.za )
The Peech, Johannesburg
Best for Contemporary
Location Opposite a park in the leafy neighbourhood of Melrose in the northern suburbs, not far from the Melrose Arch complex where throngs of suited workers and stroller- pushing moms eat and shop
Look In the style of a trendy mountain chalet, with logs stacked up around an art installation featuring edgy photography of inner-city Johannesburg and cowhide rugs laid on polished-concrete floors
Crowd It's popular with a young crowd of media folk, so don't be surprised if you stumble into a fashion shoot taking place in the lobby
Rooms The 16 eco-friendly rooms have rain showers, African masks, scarlet accents and bold, black, patterned wallpaper. The two suites have indoor swings
Eating & drinking The Bistro and small Champagne bar serve some of the best food and cocktails in town (lamb cutlets with minted pea risotto; the apple-sour-flavoured Faithfull Russian)
Best thing The hammock overlooking the Japanese- style gardens. But you might have to share it with resident cat Peeches
Worst thing Teetering up the narrow metal staircases to the higher-level rooms can be a mission, especially in heels
Price Doubles from about £140
The Peech, 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg, South Africa (+27 11 537 9797; www.thepeech.co.za)
By Sarah Khan. This story featured in the January 2014 issue of Condé Nast Traveller [/i]
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A Local’s Guide to South Africa
By Isabella Sullivan
On a mission to change the vision and perception of contemporary Africa, Johannesburg-based photographer Trevor Stuurman is inspired by the people he meets on his travels—particularly around his home country of South Africa. Seeing the world through his camera lens, he’s always looking for subjects brimming with color and creativity, whether people or places in his homeland.
This interview is part of The World Made Local , a global collaboration between the seven international editions of Condé Nast Traveler in which 100 people in 100 countries tell us why their home turf should be your next destination.
You’re all about changing perceptions of Africa. Where in SA would you take a visitor to best show this?
Arrive in Johannesburg, then drive to Cape Town using the Garden Route, or ride the Blue Train.
Where is the most incredible place in SA you’ve photographed that travelers should visit?
Dr. Esther Mahlangu’s home in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga.
Where to eat? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner and drinks?
For breakfast, Arbour Cafe ; it’s a little cute restaurant with a courtyard, beautifully tucked away in the Melrose area of Johannesburg. Lunch at Kolonaki in Parkhurst, pre-dinner drinks at Saint in Sandton, and dinner at Les Creatif by Wandile Mabaso.
Where should we shop?
Shop at Amatuli in Krammerville for gifts and the MaXhosa flagship store at Mall of Africa.
Where should we stay?
I’d recommend Dorp Hotel and The Silo Hotel in Cape Town. Also La Residence and Leeu Manor House in Franschoek. In Joburg, Winston Hotel , The Saxon , and Farmhouse 58 .
Where do you go to relax in Joburg?
Nirox Sculptor Park; it’s a little drive outside of Johannesburg. It is an historic area that is recognized as the Cradle of Humankind. Also the Blue Train experience, from Pretoria to Cape Town, is incredible.
Any art hot spots to visit in Joburg?
Head to Botho Project Space for the most amazing contemporary art. Also, visit BKhz , a Black-owned gallery that features young South African talent. If you’re into exploring local music, then give Zoë Modiga , MuNeyi , Yanga Yaya , Que, and Major League a listen.
What’s a happening neighborhood to check out?
If you are in Joburg, Maboneng, Parkhurst, and Melville for good vibes. Krammerville for home and decor. If you’re in Cape Town, then the Silo District for art and decor.
And what are your all-time favorite spots that you return to again and again?
I love art, so for me it would be Esther Mahlangu’s home, Kwa Ndebele, and Zeitz Mocaa —a fantastic contemporary-art gallery. In Cape Town, the Norval Foundation , a charming independent museum.
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- Policymakers, tourism experts, innovators and changemakers will gather for the Airbnb Africa Travel Summit to explore the role technology can play in driving inclusive and sustainable tourism in Africa.
- Patricia de Lille, Minister of Tourism, will open the conference; with Afua Osei , co-founder of She Leads Africa , moderating the event; and actress and activist Zozibini Tunzi presenting the final keynote.
- More than 200 attendees will hear from over 20 speakers, such as Bankole Oluwafemi, Founder of TechCabal, through interactive panel discussions, ChangeMaker sessions and case study presentations.
25 August 2023: More than 200 policymakers, tourism experts, innovators and changemakers from across the continent are set to gather at the Airbnb Africa Travel Summit in Johannesburg on 24 October to explore, innovate and collaborate on building an inclusive and sustainable tourism industry across Africa.
The Summit, hosted by Airbnb, is the second of its kind , and will take place at Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, South Africa. Moderated by Afua Osei, co-founder of She Leads Africa , the event will convene a lineup of more than 20 speakers and panellists that will facilitate an interactive day of discussion and networking around the role of tourism and technology in driving continued inclusive and sustainable economic empowerment and growth across the continent.
Patricia de Lille , Minister of Tourism, will take the stage for the welcome note, alongside other notable thought leaders, including Bankole Oluwafemi , Founder of TechCabal; Juliette Langlais , Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy and Campaigns for Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Anita Mendiratta , Global Strategic Advisor on Tourism & Development..
They will be joined by representatives from UNESCO and the WTTC, as well as changemakers in inclusivity, sustainability and tech regulation. Zozibini Tunzi , actress, model and advocate of empowerment and inclusivity, will present the final keynote; and the evening will end with a performance by world-renowned recording artist, Bongeziwe Mabandla .
Each speaker and delegate will bring a unique perspective to the overarching theme of the summit – sharing lived experience, research findings and thoughts on best practices around how travel and technology can drive a more inclusive and sustainable future, and help support the recovery of tourism post-pandemic.
The programme will include interactive participation, networking opportunities, and experiential elements through curated panel discussions, ChangeMaker sessions and case study presentations, including:
- ChangeMaker Presentation: the transformative power of technology in Africa, led by Bankole Oluwafemi, TechCabal.
- Fireside Chat: building inclusivity in travel, with Bheki Dube from Curiocity and Phakamile Hlazo from Zulu Nomad.
- Panel: regulating new technologies, centred on how policy makers and tech companies can collaborate to ensure evidence-based decision making; moderated by Sofia Gkiousou, Google.
The Airbnb Africa Travel Summit builds on Airbnb’s commitment to inclusive tourism in South Africa, and its proposal for new measures that will help build a more inclusive tourism economy, and enable government and the private sector to work together to address important issues, such as systemic barriers to entry and inequality.
The event is invite-only and will take place at Victoria Yards , Johannesburg in South Africa. Further details, including registration, at airbnb.co.za/e/airbnbafricatravelsummit .
Velma Corcoran, Regional Lead Middle East Africa at Airbnb, said, “ To support of the continued recovery and growth of the tourism industry, t he Africa Travel Summit will bring together the leading thinkers from across the continent to discuss how we can leverage technology and innovation to empower more local families and their communities to benefit from African travel.
“W e look forward to facilitating important discussions amongst industry, policymakers and changemakers to collaboratively build a sustainable and inclusive tourism model that benefits everyone. An event that we are certain will both inspire and ignite entrepreneurial spirit across Africa”.
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Solo Travel to Johannesburg, South Africa [Tips & Notes] | #SmartBrownGirl
This past March, due the graces of the Etihad airfare glitch , I traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. It was an awesome trip and I was super happy to finally meet up with my South African #SmartBrownGirls . An unintentional solo trip, I spent five days in Johannesburg and two + half days in Cape Town.
Let’s cover some of the basics.
Airfare I caught a really good sale and was able to score a round trip ticket from NYC to JoBurg for $350. Adding my travel from Houston to NYC, rounded my entire flight up to $520, still a killer deal. I bought my ticket during the Etihad Christmas Glitch, so it was once in a life time deal, though I have seen other sales pop up in the $400-500 price range, which is still an amazing buy. Typically tickets are around $800+ RT. If you’re looking for a great deal to travel anywhere, I would definitely recommend checking out The Flight Deal and AirFareWatchDog , both their sites and Twitter feeds.
The Flight I flew Etihad , an United Arab Emirates airlines. This is my second time flying them. I went to Abu Dhabi in 2008, and the flight was enjoyable. That Christmas Glitch definitely blew up Etihad sales, I would say almost 80% of the people on my flight bought their tickets via the glitch. The planes weren’t as nice as I remember them being the first time I flew Etihad. Typically international flights are nicer than domestic flights. A few more amenities, wider seats and better food, but this go around it was all pretty sub par.
If you can afford to, flying business or first class is worth it for long flights. The first leg of my flight was 13 hours, second leg was 8 hours – totaling 21 hours in the air to get from NYC to JoBurg. But for the low cost of my seat, I’m not complaining about the old plane we flew on. I partially think Etihad has found a win in using older planes and selling cheaper seats because I’ve seen a decent number of great sales spring up for international travel with them. Just be ready to watch a lot of movies and sleep . There’s not much else to do.
You can check up to two bags for free with an additional carry on and check in was open three hours before the flight. International flights are NOT flights you want to cut it close with. Getting to the airport three hours early is worth the agony and money saved from missing an international flight, since there is no simple $50 rebook fee here. I would recommend doing your best to back one bag you plan to check with an empty piece of luggage in that ( for all the goodies you’re going to bring home ) and then a light weight carry on with essentials and a change of clothes.
Weather Weather in Mid-March was mild, South Africa is on the opposite end of the season schedule compared to the Americas and Europe, so I was there at the beginning of their fall season. I did not experience any rain during my week in the country.
Lodging I booked an AirBnB in the Melville section of Johannesburg, at $40/night it was affordable and a great stay. If I did it again, I would try and stay in the Maboneng district , it’s the up and coming art district of Johannesburg, and about as central of a location as you can get. I didn’t get the sense that there was a real central area in Johannesburg, where you could stay and be close to everything. Really depends on what you want to do during your stay, as neighborhoods offering different commodities are spread out through JoBurg. Melville was quiet, clean and a had a strip of restaurants, shops and art galleries as the main drag.
Transportation Uber is in South Africa! And it’s awesomely cheap and easy to access. I can not over recommend you downloading the Uber app and using it. Use my coupon code [1b7nt] for $20 towards your first ride (essentially a free first ride). Quite a few of the AirBnB hosts offer cab services as well, so getting around it was pretty easy. You can take Gautrain to several of the more popular locations in JoBurg, but I was advised by locals since I was a woman by myself who wasn’t familiar with JoBurg to not take the MetroRail.
Safety I heard a lot of talk about the dangers of South Africa though I experienced none of it first hand. Be smart, be practical and you will be fine. Most shops, museums and sites shut down around 6pm as the sun sets. There is an obvious influx of immigrants from neighboring countries, an obvious discrepancy in the distribution of wealth from Whites to Blacks and then from Black South Africans to Black Africans from other countries. South Africa is not the perfect symbol of forgiveness and moving forward, there’s most definitely still great work to be done, but I felt no less safe then I would walking down South Street in Philadelphia.
So what did I actually do while there? I got my hair braided !! And it was awesomesauce amaze balls, I’ve done a video and blog post with all the details on my experience . Girl, if you go to any country in sub-saharan Africa, I would highly recommend you get the hook up on that good exchange rate and getting your hair braided for the low. Just be gracious and tip them nicely (I paid $45USD, for a style locals typically pay less than $30USD for).
I visited cultural sites. For Johannesburg, Constitution Hall was the most touching museum experience. Apartheid Museum is a definite must see, but I was just more emotionally evoked at Constitution Hill. I caught the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto as part of the City Sightseeing Bus Tours, which are a great buy in, just to knock all the tourist stuff out and make it easy to get around all the major sites.
Neighborgoods Market , is an open air market event in Downtown JoBurg that happens on Saturday. Very similar to Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and good + chill time. The club scene you can get the same hip hop selection you do in the US or enjoy the vibrant EDM/House scene that South Africa is known for. I got a taste of both, but I’m an old lady with a bed time, maybe if I went with a group I would be more up for the all night jam.
My #SmartBrownGirl event was hands down THE sh*t! Many thanks to the Healthy Hair Indaba for helping to pull the event together. But it was so great to connect with my audience and engage in a great dialogue about hair, politics and culture. I was beaming at the end of the event, which we held at The Kitchen Bar in the Design District of Johannesburg.
Catch up on my vlogs and Facebook photo album to see my travels through JoBurg + Cape Town and I’ll be back soon with a post on my travels to Cape Town.
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CAPE TOWN, ZULULAND-HLUHLUWE NATIONAL PARK, ESWATINI, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, AND SOWETO
South Africa is truly a study in contrasts, and you’ll see its amazing diversity for yourself on our expertly curated South Africa tour from the U.S. Experience the cosmopolitan flavors of Cape Town and the uplifting legacy of Nelson Mandela. View the meek and the mighty at both the oldest and largest nature preserves in Africa. Discover enduring traditions and expansive landscapes in Zululand and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). And gain a better understanding of South Africa’s struggle through history and the remarkable, big-hearted spirit of its people. The only way to enhance this tour is by extending it with a specially priced excursion to Victoria Falls, the “Smoke That Thunders.” Breathtaking! 4.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor
Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our South Africa Highlights & Safari with Victoria Falls tour which includes 3 nights at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with an optional excursion to Chobe National Park in Botswana!
Did you know you can make this tour private ? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.
Itinerary at a Glance
2023 Tour Itinerary:
- 1 night in Johannesburg
- 4 nights in Cape Town
- 2 nights in Hluhluwe/ Zululand
- 1 night in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
- 2 nights in Kruger Park
2024 Tour Itinerary:
- 2 nights in Johannesburg
- Table Mountain & Cape Town City Tour
- Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town (2024 only)
- Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Indian Ocean Coast (Durban)
- Hluhluwe Game Reserve
- DumaZulu Traditional Village
- Kruger National Park
- Apartheid Museum & Soweto Township (Johannesburg)
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-South Africa flight and ground transportation
- Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
- 2023 Departures: 18 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
- 2024 Departures: 19 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
- Comprehensive touring and safaris
- Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director
What to Expect
Max group size: 30 travelers, activity level: level 1.
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More
Pacing Level: Balanced
Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More
No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.
Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. There are two days with scenic, but long drives. A few early wake-ups are required for travel days and game drives.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.
2023 Tour Itinerary
Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return 1 day after the tour ends.
For flight details, see Before You Depart .
Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg
Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest and most vibrant city!
Day 2: Johannesburg – Cape Town
We’ll delve into South Africa’s turbulent past on a fascinating tour of Soweto, an urban settlement or “township” outside Johannesburg. Our tour takes us to Freedom Square, the home of Nelson Mandela, and the Apartheid Museum, which documents the rise and fall of apartheid and offers a beacon of hope for a future all South Africans can call their own. This afternoon, fly to Cape Town, South Africa's oldest city, set on a stunning harbor in the shadow of imposing Table Mountain. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Cape Town
Today’s all about exploring (and savoring!) this unique city. Join a local expert to see the highlights and charms of Cape Town. We’ll ascend via cable car to the top of Cape Town’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain, for incredible city and bay views. Then you’ll have a chance to view and photograph Table Mountain from a distance from the historic, colorful neighborhood known as Bo-Kaap (the Malay Quarter). The final stop is a guided Diamond Experience where you learn about the journey of a diamond direct from South African mines to a finger. Our tour ends at the vibrant V&A Waterfront, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Relax at a café, sip a glass of South Africa’s renowned wine or browse local art and craft shops.
Day 4: Cape Town
Stunning seascapes, delicious seafood, spectacular gardens—and penguins? Our day on Cape Peninsula is truly extraordinary, as we pass steep mountains, secluded coves and sweeping beaches before a stop at a Hout Bay fishing village. Then it’s on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. At Cape Point, soak up the majestic views at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant, we’ll head to the most remarkable of the mainland African penguin colonies, Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, with over 2,500 birds. But we’re not done yet! We’ll finish the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. Considered one of the world’s great botanic gardens, Kirstenbosch is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting over 7,000 indigenous plants.
Day 5: Cape Town
So many options! Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping, or relaxing. Go to the beach, take an optional excursion to the scenic Winelands or take the plunge with a thrilling great white shark cage diving excursion. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity.
Day 6: Cape Town – Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe
Say farewell to Cape Town and board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Our first stop is Westbrooke, a pretty beachside village where you can stroll golden sands along the Indian Ocean. We’ll continue north through cane fields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of African tribal peoples. Our hotel tonight is set near the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and best known for saving the white rhinoceros from extinction.
Day 7: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – Zululand
You’ll fall under the spell of the Zulu people as we visit the Dumazulu Cultural Village. Here, the ancient arts are kept alive, and we’ll learn about traditional dress and the construction of “beehive” huts, as well as meet a Zulu healer and watch tribal dancing. Our visit includes a special lunch with both Zulu and Western dishes. The enchantment continues as we climb aboard open safari vehicles to explore Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, a haven for the second largest land mammal—the white rhino.
Day 8: Hluhluwe – Eswatini
This morning, we cross the border into the independent Kingdom of Eswatini. (No visa required for USA and Canadian passport holders). You’ll have the chance to shop for unique African souvenirs and see basket weavers in action at the colorful local markets.
Day 9: Eswatini–Kruger National Park
Our journey takes us through Eswatini’s beautiful countryside to the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy views of the wild from the comfort of our own motor coach as we wind our way to our safari home base, an upscale lodge located near the park.
Day 10: Kruger National Park
Your chances of viewing lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo (the “Big 5”) are very good on today’s safari, as Kruger National Park boasts an estimated 1,500 lions, 17,000 elephants, 48,000 buffalo and even 1,000 of the elusive leopard. You may also spot hippos, crocodiles, zebras and giraffes as we navigate the park in open vehicles. Have your camera ready!
Day 11: Kruger Park – Mpumalanga – Sandton
Scenic vistas abound as we traverse the wild countryside of Mpumalanga along parts of the Panorama Route. We’ll be wowed by mountains, rivers, waterfalls and more in what is called “Paradise Country.” Highlights include the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, divine views from God’s Window and the bizarre and legend-inspiring Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Our final destination is Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center. Tonight we’ll gather with our fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 12: Depart Johannesburg
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package can take care of last-minute shopping or explore independently before transferring to the airport for our return flight.
2024 Tour Itinerary
Day 1: arrive in cape town.
Welcome to Cape Town, a vibrant city nestled between Table Mountain and the beautiful coastline. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel.
Day 2: Cape Town
Today is all about exploring (and savoring!) this unique city. Join a local expert to see the highlights and charms of Cape Town. We’ll ascend via cable car to the top of Cape Town’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain, for incredible city and bay views. Then we'll have a chance to view and photograph Table Mountain from a distance from the historic, colorful neighborhood known as Bo-Kaap (the Malay Quarter). The final stop is a guided Diamond Experience where you learn about the journey of a diamond direct from South African mines to a finger. Our tour ends at the vibrant V&A Waterfront, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Relax at a café, sip a glass of South Africa’s renowned wine or browse local art and craft shops.
This morning, we'll drive past sweeping landscapes to stop at Hout Bay fishing village before we continue on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rheboks, and more. At Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, we'll soak up majestic views. After lunch, we'll visit Boulders Beach, home to one of the most remarkable mainland African Penguin colonies. Next, we'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the world's great botanic gardens with 7,000+ indigenous plants.
So many options! Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping, or relaxing. Go to the beach, take an optional excursion to the scenic Winelands or take the plunge with a thrilling great white shark cage diving excursion. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity. Tonight, we'll enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family in their home. We'll have the opportunity to talk about the way of life in South Africa, and exchange views and experiences with our host family.
Day 5: Cape Town – Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe
We'll say farewell to Cape Town and board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Our first stop is Westbrooke, a pretty beachside village where you can stroll golden sands along the Indian Ocean. We’ll continue north through cane fields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of African tribal peoples. Our hotel tonight is set near the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and best known for saving the white rhinoceros from extinction.
Day 6: Zululand & Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Excursion
We’ll fall under the spell of the Zulu people as we visit the Dumazulu Cultural Village. Here, the ancient arts are kept alive, and we’ll learn about traditional dress and the construction of “beehive” huts, as well as meet a Zulu healer and watch tribal dancing. Our visit includes a special lunch with both Zulu and Western dishes. The enchantment continues as we climb aboard open safari vehicles to explore Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, a haven for the second largest land mammal—the white rhino.
Day 7: Hluhluwe – Eswatini
This morning, we cross the border into the independent Kingdom of Eswatini. Here, we'll have the chance to shop for unique African souvenirs. Today we'll also see glass blowing and have the chance to see basket weavers in action at the colorful local markets.
Day 8: Eswatini – Kruger National Park
Day 9: Kruger National Park
Our chances of seeing lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo (the “Big 5”) are very good on today’s safari, as Kruger National Park boasts an estimated 1,500 lions, 17,000 elephants, 48,000 buffalo and even 1,000 of the elusive leopard. We may also spot hippos, crocodiles, zebras and giraffes as we navigate the park in open vehicles. Time to have our cameras ready!
Day 10: Kruger Park – Mpumalanga – Sandton
Scenic vistas abound as we traverse the wild countryside of Mpumalanga along parts of the Panorama Route. We’ll be wowed by mountains, rivers, waterfalls and more in what is called “Paradise Country.” Highlights include the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, divine views from God’s Window and the bizarre and legend-inspiring Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Our final destination is Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center.
Day 11: Johannesburg
Today, we’ll delve into South Africa’s turbulent past on a fascinating tour of Soweto, an urban settlement or “township” outside Johannesburg. Our tour takes us to Freedom Square, the home of Nelson Mandela, and the Apartheid Museum, which documents the rise and fall of apartheid and offers a beacon of hope for a future all South Africans can call their own. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Guided Tour Pricing
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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773 .
Reservations and Payments Reservations can be made online or by phone ( 1.800.337.7773 ) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Robben Island Tour**
- $40 per person
Catch the ferry to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the infamous maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. Adding to the realism of this tour: guides on the island were once political prisoners! Important tour details:
Ferries depart several times daily, weather permitting, from V&A Waterfront. Transfers from your hotel to the pier and back are not included.
The Robben Island excursions are operated by a non-profit foundation, and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. smarTours® does not book this tour and cannot guarantee your space.
** Want to visit both Robben Island and the Winelands? We recommend that you reserve the 9:00 a.m. ferry to Robben Island to coincide with your last day in Cape Town. Provided there are no delays in the morning, you’ll be able to join the afternoon Winelands tour. Please note that the ferry schedule is subject to change based on inclement weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. This Robben Island Tour takes approximately four hours.
MUST BE BOOKED IN DESTINATION!
- $65 per person
Taste for yourself why South African wines are so celebrated with a trip to the enchanting Winelands and the second oldest town in South Africa. See Stellenbosch's oak-lined streets and admire the gables of Cape Dutch architecture. We’ll then head to a wine estate for a wine tasting session and to explore the grounds. Here’s your chance to purchase some local wines!
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
- $72 per person
For 2023 departures only . Not available for 2024 departures.
There is no better way to experience an African-themed restaurant than the Gold restaurant. They promise a "taste safari" that includes flavors from Cape Town and all over the stunning continent. How does the evening go there? The evening kicks off with a djembe drumming session followed by a hand-washing ceremony. Then you delve into a 14-course meal, each one from a different African country.
Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving***
- $259 , including breakfast, packed lunch and transfers
On this full-day adventure, you'll depart from Kleinbaai and enjoy 2-4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat, diving and viewing from the cage. The cage holds five people at a time and each person can spend about 20 minutes in the cage! All scuba equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, are provided and you don't need a scuba license to cage dive. If you prefer not to go in the cage, you won't be missing out! You'll enjoy a picnic lunch onboard and a hot homemade soup at the lodge upon return. Hot showers and dry towels are available. This excursion is all about education and developing a new perception of the great white shark so come with all your questions! This tour is weather permitting.
***This tour operates on the last day in Cape Town, and it is not possible to do Robben Island or Winelands if you participate in this optional activity. Please also note that this tour must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to departure, otherwise 100% cancellation fees will apply. In addition, if bad weather prevents you from going to sea, you will be informed and given a full refund. If strong winds pick up while at sea and a return to shore is required for your safety, you will not be entitled to a refund. In addition, due to variable weather conditions and variable shark activity, diving may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed.
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Sars on traveler management system as part of implementing smart borders.
Media Statement –Traveler Management System
SARS takes a further step towards improving the integrity of trade and traveler facilitation as part of implementing Smart Borders
Tshwane, 20 October 2022 – Travelers are required by law to make certain declarations of goods and cash on entering or leaving South Africa. The declaration process is in line with practices around the world and in compliance with the provision of the Customs and Excise Act No. 91 of 1964 which makes it mandatory for any person entering and leaving the Republic to declare any goods in their possession. Full details of prohibited and restricted goods are available on the SARS website ( www.sars.gov.za ), and travelers are advised that it is their responsibility to comply.
Failure to make a proper declaration as required under the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, is an offence that may result in the detention and forfeiture of the goods not declared and accompanying goods, imposition of an administrative penalty and/or criminal prosecution depending on the seriousness of the offence.
In line with the Strategic Intent of voluntary compliance, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) provides clarity of the legal obligations of individuals as well as making it easy to comply with these obligations. At the same time, SARS has improved its capability to detect and respond to non-compliance.
During November 2022, SARS will launch a pilot implementation of an electronic on-line portal for travelers to make declarations on a voluntary basis, well ahead of their arrival or departure to/from South Africa. This pilot will initially be implemented at the King Shaka International Airport. The new system will allow travelers to pre-declare goods purchased, received, or otherwise acquired. For travelers who choose not to use the on-line portal on their mobile devices, SARS will make available a paper form as well self-service counters at our terminals. A number of our Customs Officers will also have hand-held devices to assist travelers, and facilitate passage. Travelers will be permitted to continue to use the travelers card if they so choose.
SARS is of the view that the process of pre-declaration will enable travelers to have a swift and seamless movement when they arrive, and those departing, will also experience a smooth boarding process.
The South African Traveler Management System is part of the broader Customs Modernisation Programme that seeks to provide “pre-clearance” as far as possible to travelers and facilitate passage through our ports. SARS aims to create “SMART borders” by leveraging data and technology to create a seamless experience for legitimate traders and travelers at our ports of entry while enhancing its detection capabilities to respond to any risks.
A number of interventions are planned to realise our vision, and these include:
- Collaborating with stakeholders such as airlines to have access to additional sources of passenger data in order to enhance our risk profiling
- Deploying technological tools such as modern scanning equipment to automate the management and monitoring of trade and travel through our borders
- Implementing tools such as the Single Window that can be used by government departments to simplify the submission of required declarations on the one hand, whilst also enhancing information exchange amongst government agencies to reduce trade and travel costs.
- Enhancing cooperation with other countries to enable automatic exchange of information to support integrity of disclosures, which in turn results in faster legitimate movement.
This new system, which is an improvement on the current manual completion of traveler declaration forms, will make it easy and simple for travelers to comply with their legal obligations. In line with SARS’ strategic objectives, the new systems provide a number of benefits in providing clarity to travelers on their obligations and making it easy to comply. When fully implemented, the system will leverage pre-arrival data to enhance an effective risk management approach, introduce automated arrival processes to provide a green lane” experience for compliant travelers while enabling, at a later stage, the online payment of appropriate duties seamlessly. The automation of the process also has an added benefit of dealing with traveler information in a more secure manner.
SARS understands the importance of facilitating the movement of legitimate travelers in supporting tourism and contributing to our economy whilst also putting necessary controls to detect any illicit movement of goods and currency.
South Africa like other countries around the world has a responsibility to facilitate legitimate trade and travel in line with international standards by using risk management to manage the increasing number of trade and travel.
The new online traveler declaration system will, during the pilot phase, be fine-tuned based on insights gained as well as further engagement and feedback with various government departments and other stakeholders. Progressive implementation across all South African ports of entry, will commence as from 1 April 2023.
By law, Customs must provide a Customs and Excise service that will facilitate legitimate trade and travel as well as protect the economy and society. This mandate is executed as part of the whole-of-government approach. Flowing from this mandate, it is also the responsibility of Customs to monitor financial flows through ports of entry, to detect and make it costly for those engaged in illicit financial flows and to enforce the country’s laws and regulations. Travelers who have not submitted pre-declarations will still be allowed to enter or leave the Republic, but they are encouraged to voluntarily declare pre-departure or arrival to avoid the inconvenience of making a declaration at a port of entry. SARS will, in good faith, regard travelers who choose not to complete a declaration to have nothing to declare Travelers are however reminded that they may be at risk, should they be stopped and searched by a SARS Customs official, and it is discovered that they ought to have made a declaration.
SARS will continue to work with and through stakeholders to improve the tax and Customs ecosystem. SARS has started and will continue engagements with relevant stakeholders to address any challenges or concerns. SARS values these engagements as an opportunity to partner with our stakeholders in creating a seamless border experience for all legitimate travelers in and out of South Africa. Further consultations and engagements with all stakeholders will continue even as implementation is underway.
SARS Commissioner Mr. Edward Kieswetter expressed his confidence that this approach, like in other countries where it’s implemented such as the United States, New Zealand and Australia where travelers are expected to make declarations on entry, will assist to maintain the integrity of the domestic economy as well as contribute towards the integrity of the country’s financial system. He said that “all goods that are brought to the country or taken out of the country, must comply with our laws and be properly accounted for”. This remain the responsibility of the traveler or business entity.
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How to donate unused frequent flyer miles to charity, by Business Traveller UK’s Hannah Brandler.
Miles (or points) are a perk of frequent travel and can be redeemed on future flights, upgrades, experiences, merchandise, car hire, accommodation and so on.
But sometimes it’s hard to spend them – air tickets may be restricted by time and destination, for instance. Rather than waste them, here are some schemes that allow miles to be donated to partnered charities.
AIR FRANCE AND KLM
Flying Blue, Air France and KLM’s frequent flyer programme, has selected 18 charities to which its members may donate miles. Charities include Aviation Sans Frontières, which provides air transport to European hospitals for children with serious illnesses, the French Red Cross and WWF.
The Alaska Airlines LIFT miles programme offers members the chance to support 10 selected charities through donating miles – these include Alaska Airlines Disaster Relief Pool, the Nature Conservancy and the United Negro College Fund, which helps under-represented students to become highly-qualified graduates.
The AAdvantage programme focuses on three types of charitable organisations – those that work to support social good, well-being, or heroes. A minimum of 1,000 miles is required, though members with a balance of less than this can donate their entire balance.
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES, LUFTHANSA AND SWISS
Miles & More, the frequent flyer programme for these airlines, has partnered with two aid organisations – Help Alliance, which focuses on promoting nutrition, health and hygiene, and My Climate, which promotes certified climate protection projects. Members can either make a free donation, which is then allocated to the project most in need, or you can choose to support a specific cause.
CATHAY PACIFIC AND CATHAY DRAGON
Flyers who earn Asia Miles when flying with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon can now donate to one of five charities. UNICEF HK, Oxfam Hong Kong and Hong Kong Red Cross are some of the charities that are featured. Asia Miles can also be contributed to FLY greener, a programme that allows you to reduce your carbon footprint.
DELTA AIR LINES
Through Delta’s Sky Miles, travellers can donate to participating SkyWish charities. You can browse these by region – US, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean and Europe, Middle East & Africa. 26 charities are sponsored (in Europe it is UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity and Make a Wish International), and up to five charities can be processed in one transaction.
You must first log into your Skywards Miles account to access Emirates’ options for donating to charities worldwide. Options include The Emirates Airline Foundation, Sightsavers, Dubai Cares and Care International.
Etihad Airways’ reward programme Etihad Guest sponsors a diverse range of charity organisations including the UN Refugee Agency, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Choice to Change Foundation, and Climate Care that any number of miles can be donated towards. Since the initiative began in 2007, over 200 million miles have been donated.
Travellers can join Finnair Plus and donate miles to one of the airline’s eight partnered charities, which include UN Women and Cancer Foundation: Pink Ribbon.
This carrier partners with six foundations as part of the My Frontier programme. Miles can be donated to Austin Pets Alive!, which flies volunteers to communities outside Austin to save homeless pets, and Shriners Hospital, which uses the miles to fly patients and their guardian to one of their hospitals for treatment.
The airline partners with charities that promote education – Indonesia Mengajar and #BalasBudiGuru – and the Sedekah Umroh programme which helps underprivileged Indonesian Muslims to perform an Islamic pilgrimage.
Hawaiian Miles allows members to donate miles to non-profit organisations. At the end of the year, the airline promises to match up to a half-million miles to each participating charity. The airline promotes 13 charities which support Hawaiian communities, including Blood Bank of Hawaii, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, and Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa, which helps to maintain canoe building traditions and values.
JAL has a Charity Mile project in which JAL Mileage Bank members can make donations towards a number of campaigns carried out by its charity partners, which currently include disaster relief and environmental conservation.
The airline’s True Blue programme gives members the opportunity to contribute a minimum of 500 points to 18 charities. Organisations include the American Red Cross, Carbonfund.org, and Concern Worldwide.
KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ frequent f lyer programme, has partnered with Make-a-Wish Singapore to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. A minimum of 1,000 miles is required per donation, and a maximum of 100,000 can be donated per transaction.
The airline’s Rapid Rewards programme allows you to donate miles to its participating programmes, which include All Hands and Hearts, a charity addressing the needs of communities impacted by natural disasters, and Dream Foundation, granting wishes to terminally-ill adults.
Miles earned through the Mileage Plus programme can be donated to charities through the Miles on a Mission programme. United has partnered with 20 charities, and there are a number of active campaigns that you can donate a minimum of 1,000 miles to – if the campaign doesn’t reach its goal within 28 days, these will be returned to you. You can also campaign for your charity to be one of the partners.
Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club has partnered with one charity, WE (formerly Free The Children). In an effort to empower people in rural international communities to break free from the cycle of poverty, flyers can donate a minimum of 2,000 miles to fly volunteers to help efforts.
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At ILIOS Travel we carefully select each and every one of our Accredited Tourist Guides and Chauffeurs to ensure that each ambassador has an in-depth understanding of South African history, geography and culture. ILIOS Travel is also able to cater to a variety of client needs with Speciality and Foreign Language guides. The company of an outstanding guide is an irreplaceable counterpart that will leave you with a widely unique South African experience and a friend that will long be remembered.
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Now we are back in our daily routine unfortunately. But we often remember our times with you. You have made a significant contribution to having a great time in South Africa. We would like to thank you very much for your commitment. We will definitely remember you and wish you continued health and all the best. Now we are back in our daily routine unfortunately. But we often remember our times with you. You have made a significant contribution to having a great time in South Africa. We would like to thank you very much for your commitment. We will definitely remember you and wish you continued health and all the best. - Anita, Germany
Thandile was an absolutely superb tour guide - we really could not have asked for anything better. He truly felt like family and sorry to say goodbye today. This has truly been a magical trip of a lifetime. Thandile was an absolutely superb tour guide - we really could not have asked for anything better. He truly felt like family and sorry to say goodbye today. This has truly been a magical trip of a lifetime. - Todd, USA
We spent 2 weeks in South Africa with ILIOS Travel. The transport was always punctual, the cars smart and comfortable, the drivers friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. A nice touch to always have bottled water in the cars. This all contributed to a memorable holiday and I would certainly recommend ILIOS for its reliability and efficiency. We spent 2 weeks in South Africa with ILIOS Travel. The transport was always punctual, the cars smart and comfortable, the drivers friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. A nice touch to always have bottled water in the cars. This all contributed to a memorable holiday and I would certainly recommend ILIOS for its reliability and efficiency. - Howard, UK
We spent 17 days travelling across South Africa with your guides Shamiel in Cape Town and Cyril Dlamini from Durban to Johannesburg. Shamiel is experienced and funny. Cyril is an excellent driver and taught us a lot about the history and life in South Africa. They are excellent guides, we felt safe and comfortable and recommend Ilios! We spent 17 days travelling across South Africa with your guides Shamiel in Cape Town and Cyril Dlamini from Durban to Johannesburg. Shamiel is experienced and funny. Cyril is an excellent driver and taught us a lot about the history and life in South Africa. They are excellent guides, we felt safe and comfortable and recommend Ilios! - Rekers, Netherlands
Our group was on the Wildlife and Warriors. I just want to thank ILIOS for the most amazing trip of my life. Our guide and driver were brilliant, very professional, nice people. Of course, the safari trips in Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi were one of a kind; the hotels were great and the food exceptional. I will surely recommend ILIOS! Our group was on the Wildlife and Warriors. I just want to thank ILIOS for the most amazing trip of my life. Our guide and driver were brilliant, very professional, nice people. Of course, the safari trips in Kruger and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi were one of a kind; the hotels were great and the food exceptional. I will surely recommend ILIOS! - Jorgen, Iceland
Dear Ashraf and Mr. Parker! I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you both did during part 1 of our "Active Golf" trip in South Africa. Ash, you just are a born tour guide and Mansour is indeed a great driver. All my clients did agree on this! Having you on board made this first week a success so thank you truly for that. Dear Ashraf and Mr. Parker! I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you both did during part 1 of our "Active Golf" trip in South Africa. Ash, you just are a born tour guide and Mansour is indeed a great driver. All my clients did agree on this! Having you on board made this first week a success so thank you truly for that. - Chantal, Belgium
I have just returned from my South African Tour â Highlights of South Africa. I can't express in words just how much I enjoyed my Dream Trip. Since I was a young girl I have dreamed of coming to South Africa. This trip farÂ exceeded any expectations or dreams I had of going there.Â Thank you so much, it meant the world to me. I have just returned from my South African Tour â Highlights of South Africa. I can't express in words just how much I enjoyed my Dream Trip. Since I was a young girl I have dreamed of coming to South Africa. This trip farÂ exceeded any expectations or dreams I had of going there.Â Thank you so much, it meant the world to me. - Sue, Canada
We would like to underline the professionalism of ILIOS Travel throughout our trip. All transfers were as expected, on time, clean, polite etc. Our guide, Mr. Garth Johnson, is an asset to his company and we were very privileged to have him as a guide We would like to underline the professionalism of ILIOS Travel throughout our trip. All transfers were as expected, on time, clean, polite etc. Our guide, Mr. Garth Johnson, is an asset to his company and we were very privileged to have him as a guide - Eleni, Greece
I can't wait until tomorrow, because want to tell you that I had amazing day on that tour, guide was great, and tour was totally different of any other tour which I ever had. James showed us everything, all places which was listed in the tour. I will definitely come back in South Africa on my vacation. I can't wait until tomorrow, because want to tell you that I had amazing day on that tour, guide was great, and tour was totally different of any other tour which I ever had. James showed us everything, all places which was listed in the tour. I will definitely come back in South Africa on my vacation. - Ljiljana, Croatia
Our guide, Riaan, was always on time. He was very knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot about the country, people, flora and fauna. He was also very accommodating to our needs and helpful in every way. I would certainly wish to comeback and have Riaanâs company again Our guide, Riaan, was always on time. He was very knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot about the country, people, flora and fauna. He was also very accommodating to our needs and helpful in every way. I would certainly wish to comeback and have Riaanâs company again - Anne and Boris, Singapore
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