Travel destinations in South Africa! Here you will find inspiration for places to visit in South Africa. Do you like dramatic nature, safaris with exotic animals or maybe food and wine? Here are our top tips for travelling to South Africa!

Why travel to South Africa?

South Africa, formally the Republic of South Africa, is a country in southern Africa, which you will find in the far south of the African continent. South Africa borders Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique and Swaziland to the east. The country of Lesotho is an enclave within South Africa.

South Africa is an exciting country to visit, with rich nature and culture. For example, you can visit Cape Town or go on safari in the Kruger Park. You can also experience everything from hiking and golf to wineries and exciting excursions.

Travel destinations in South Africa - inspirational reading

Facts and info on South Africa

  • Capital city: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (legal)
  • Residents: More than 55 million (2016)
  • Currency: Rand (ZAR)
  • National Day: 27 April (Freedom Day)
  • Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, North Sotho, South Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Religion: Mainly Christianity. Also Islam, Judaism, traditional African religions, etc.
  • Flag: The colours of the flag are red, blue, green and black, with lines in white and yellow.

Highest, longest and biggest

  • Highest point: Mafadi (3 446)
  • Longest river: The Orange River
  • Largest city: Johannesburg
  • Biggest lake: Lake Sibaya
  • Highest building: The Leonardo in Sandton, Johannesburg (227.9 m)

Good to know about South Africa

  • Emergency number: 112
  • Time difference: South Africa is one hour ahead of Sweden in winter time. In summer, there is no time difference.
  • El: You may need an adapter in South Africa to use Swedish plugs.
  • Visa: Swedish citizens visiting South Africa for up to 90 days usually do not need to apply for a visa before departure.
  • Security mode: Always check the security situation on Sweden Abroad or the UD Resklar app.

Travelling to South Africa

  • Flight: You can fly to Johannesburg or to Cape Town. There are also travel agencies that organise trips to South Africa.

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