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Magnificent landscapes and incredible wildlife combined with African heritage. A trip to South Africa offers absolute diversity in just one country. Explore the Kruger National Park, famous for the big 5, as well as the spectacular Panorama Route and the Blyde River Canyon on our Hotel & Bike tour. Barbecue evenings around the campfire with bright red African sunsets and a glass of Amaroula liquer complete your unforgettable South African experience.
South Africa is often referred to as the “rainbow nation” due to its cultural diversity. Here people of many different ethnicities live together in one country. The diversity of the country also extends to its geography: Desert landscapes and endless savannahs lie alongside bushland, rainforests and lagoons, high plateaus, low mountain ranges, and soaring peaks. This country is a wonder to behold with plenty of must-see treasures along the way.
Magnificent beaches line the country’s more than 2,000 km long coastline. Whether in the harsh west, the mild Mediterranean east, or the tropically warm northeast, South Africa combines tradition with modern, vibrant cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our guided Hotel & Bike Africa Safari Cycling tour begins at the best time of the year, near Johannesburg.
Our exciting bike tours take us along the Panorama Route in the northeast provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Discover the Kruger National Park with its rich animal life and the Blyde River Canyon with the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, some of the many highlights to be experienced on a holiday in South Africa. For the adventurous wanting to see more of the many attractions this magnificent country has to offer, we suggest an extension of your South Africa vacation with the Hotel & Bike tour on the Cape Peninsula and through the Winelands near Cape Town.
South Africa is a large and diverse country, whose climate varies from region to region. The Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces experience summer rainfall with heavy thundershowers from December to February and a dry winter period from May to October. Cape Town and the Western Cape experiences winter rainfall (June to August) and a largely bone-dry hot summer while much of the rest of the country, including the Kruger Park area, have heavy summer thundershowers (December to March) and a dry winter period from May to October. The Garden Route and Eastern Cape on the other hand can experience rain at any time of year. The best time to visit these areas depends on what you would like to see and which climate you prefer. In summer, the African bush is at its greenest and birdlife is abundant. In winter, wildlife is easier to spot because there is less vegetation and animals gather around rivers and waterholes.
Spring - September and OctoberSummer - November to MarchAutumn - April to MayWinter - June to August
A valid passport is required for entry into South Africa. Identity cards are not recognised. Travel documents must be machine-readable (except for replacement documents issued in the event of loss or theft) and valid for at least a further 30 days upon your planned date of departure. At least two blank passport pages are required for visa stamps. Even if travelling on from South Africa to other countries with the intention of returning to South Africa, travellers should ensure that there are enough blank pages for all entry and exit stamps. Without these blank pages, you will be denied entry into the country.
Children can no longer enter in the passport of their parent or caregiver and so are also required to have their own, valid identity documents for entry into South Africa.
Please check yourself if you require a visa for entry into South Africa with the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs, as some nationalities require a visa to enter the country.
Entry of Minors
Persons under 18 years of age must present a birth certificate in the original or as a certified copy when entering or leaving the country. Though border police have not regularly been asking for this since December 2018, it is still obligatory. According to information from the South African Department of Home Affairs, these can also be in languages other than English. However, short-term changes to the regulations or differing interpretations by individual departments cannot be ruled out.
In order to avoid difficulties when entering and leaving South Africa, it is recommended that children carry international birth certificates or, if necessary, certified English translations.
Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH assumes no liability for the correctness of the information given here. You can obtain the latest information from the responsible consulate in your country.
The national currency in South Africa is the rand (ZAR or R).
There are 100 cents to every rand and 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 rand banknotes. Eurocheque is not accepted. Cash can be exchanged locally in banks and at exchange offices and Bureau de Change.
Credit cards are widely used in South Africa. It is possible to pay with credit card in some hotels, shops, and restaurants. Credit cards are often not accepted in rural areas.
Depending on from where you are flying there may be mandatory vaccinations for entry into South Africa. Should you be entering South Africa from a country which WHO have declared as having a risk yellow fever transmission, you must be able to prove that you are vaccinated against the disease. This also applies to stopovers of more than 12 hours in countries such as Nairobi and Addis Ababa. We strongly suggest that you visit your GP well in advance before your trip and to ask for malaria prophylaxis and to have missing vaccinations refreshed.
There is a medium to high risk of contracting malaria from October to May in the east of the Mpumalanga Province (including the entire Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves) and in the north and north-east of the Limpopo Province. For this reason, a malaria prophylaxis is recommended. There is a low risk from June to September in the east of the Mpumalanga Province (including the entire Kruger National Park) and in the north and north-east of the Limpopo Province as well as from September to May in the north and north-east of KwaZulu-Natal (including Tembe and Ndumo as well as the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe game reserves).
Before your trip, we ask you to please check with your GP (or a tropical medicine specialist) whether it is necessary to take malaria prophylaxis with consideration as to where and the time of year you will be travelling.
In order to prevent infection, you should also continually protect yourself from insect bites! Make sure to consistently apply insect repellent on uncovered skin (i.e. all exposed parts of the body) especially during the evening and at night. If there is no insect screen in your room, be sure to shut all windows and doors during the night and use insect repellent in your bedroom. Wear light clothing that covers your whole body, especially in the morning, in the evening, and at night and especially when outside.