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A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa - and so popular with its foreign visitors.
South Africans speak English, but that doesn't mean you'll always understand us. Our "robots" are nothing like R2D2, "just now" doesn't mean immediately, and...
Anine Kriegler and Mark ShawGiven the weight people place on crime as an indicator of national health in South Africa, there is an urgent...
South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, a selection of reputable vehicle hire companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery - which all combine to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. If you're thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips.
Assess your options for getting from Africa's busiest airport to wherever you're staying in the city - and back again.
South Africa is a friendly country and it's worth taking the time to speak to people you meet. isiZulu is easy to learn, and our guide to some common phrases will get you started in no time.
South Africans speak English, that doesn't mean you'll always understand us. Our robots are nothing like R2D2, just now doesn't mean immediately, and babbelas is not a shampoo. Tune in with our quick dictionary of SA idiom. It's lekker, bru!
Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.
With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one - our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.
The ins and outs of phoning to and from (and within) South Africa, plus information on dialling codes, directories, time differences, special services and more.