South Africa

Climate Guide
These figures show South Africa monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall.
  Temp °C Rain mm 
 January 26 125
 February 25 90
 March 24 91
 April 21 54
 May 19 13
 June 16 9
 July 17 4
 August 19 6
 September 23 27
 October 24 72
 November 24 117
 December 25 105

From sophisticated cities and untouched beaches to wild nature, South Africa provides opportunities for languid days under the sun and unforgettable safaris.

 
Contemporary South Africa is found in cosmopolitan Cape Town which boasts world-class hotels, restaurants and shopping. Table Mountain forms a majestic backdrop which offers intrepid visitors breathtaking 360-degree views.
 
Tours of Robben Island offer opportunities for reflection, while the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Park boasts an array of the Cape’s flora. The vibrant Victoria & Albert Waterfront is perfect for visitors seeking entertainment.
 
Take an excursion on the Garden Route for stunning, natural scenery along the Indian Ocean. Visit the Winelands and old towns for some of the best of the country’s cuisine and locally produced wine.
 
Venturing further afield to the world-famous Kruger National Park, travellers experience a ‘Big Five’ safari and learn about the park’s amazing 16 ecosystems across its 2 million hectares.
 
 

Useful Information

Flight Information
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic direct from London Heathrow to Cape Town and Johannesburg. South African Airways from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with South African Airways and Comair to Durban and Port Elizabeth. South African Express and Comair to George. South African Express to Richards Bay. Airlink to Kruger Mpumalanga.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Cape Town: 11 hours, 25 minutes; Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Johannesburg to Durban: 1 hour, 10 minutes; Port Elizabeth: 1 hour, 40 minutes; George: 1 hour, 50 minutes; Richards Bay: 1 hour, 15 minutes and Kruger Mpumalanga: 50 minutes.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £1,255 per person, each way.

Capital : Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative).

Population: 49,991,300

Language : English, Afrikaans

Time Difference : +2 hours

Currency : Rand (exchange rate approx R 14.27 = £1)

Voltage : 220 volts

Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk

South Africa Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.southafrica.net