Tourism

Tourism

South Africa's tourism industry is well established, with an exciting sector of emerging entrepreneurs. The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife, and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.

 

Useful facts for tourists

Information about public holidays, who and how much to tip, where you're allowed to smoke, the time zone that South Africa falls into and what to expect from the seasons.
South African cultural experiences

South African cultural experiences

Community tours will give you an authentic South African experience. Heritage sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island will give you a glimpse of the violence of South Africa's past - and the miracle of our reconciliation. And don't forget where it all began: the Cradle of Humankind.
OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, situated east of Joburg, is the busiest airport on the continent - and the air transport hub of southern Africa.
Don't leave home without ...

Don’t leave home without …

Plan ahead so you don't have any unpleasant surprises. Bring walking shoes, sunglasses, medication and insect repellant. If you forget anything, don't panic - you can buy whatever you need here.
Gautrain system

Public transport: Buses and trains in South Africa

If you're not used to driving long distances, buses and trains offer comfortable alternatives, allowing you to relax and enjoy the landscape. Both budget and luxury options are available.

King Shaka International Airport

Throughout each year, as tourists flock to the golden beaches of South Africa's "Surf City", the containers roll in and out of the country's biggest port. Durban's new air thoroughfare for this traffic: King Shaka International Airport.
Transport in Johannesburg

Transport in Johannesburg

Joburg is a big, sprawling city and you need wheels to get from one side to another. Luckily, there is plenty of public transport on offer, from the ubiquitous minibus taxis to the sleek Gautrain, from the bumpy tuk-tuks to the smooth Uber rides.
SA cuisine: glossary of terms

SA cuisine: glossary of terms

Take milk with your rooibos? Fancy some pap with your wors? Brave enough to try some skop or mashonzha? Brush up on your culinary vocabulary with our quick list of indigenous South African food terms and what they mean.
South African restaurant guides

South African restaurant guides

Wondering where to eat out tonight? Here's our update on South Africa's restaurant guides, plus where to go for restaurant and food news, features, recipes and more.

Consular services for South Africans

Whether you're living or travelling abroad - or getting ready to do so - our offices abroad, or the Department of Foreign Affairs at home, can help you in a number of ways.

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