There are 11 official language spoken in South Africa - yep, you heard us! A few of these are English, Southern Sotho, Swati and Zulu.
South African Rand (ZAR). Symbol: R 100 South African Rand is approximately £5.80
South African Standard Time is UTC +02:00, and is ahead of London by 1 hour.
The best time to visit South Africa is between May and September for the safari parks, this is because it's the dry season, which means that you have more chance of seeing the animals as they'll be congregating around the waterholes. Surprisingly it's not as busy with tourists as you would think - this could be due to people going for the more pleasant weather between April and May or September and October.
A bottle of local South African beer costs on average 25R (around £1.40) - the most popular and well-known is Castle Lager, but you can also get imported beers.
For a sit-down meal in an inexpensive restaurant you're looking at an average of 100R (approx £5.80), or if you prefer the street food scene ask for a Kota (bread filled with loads of different ingredients) from as little as 16R!
A basic dorm bed in South Africa can cost you as little as 103R (about £6) per night.
For a mid-range double room in a hotel or guesthouse, it costs between 400-1500R (approx £23-£88). If you're looking for a bit more high-end, you'll be spending around £100 a night.
Taxis vary in price, depending on where you are in South Africa. On average, they're cheaper in Cape Town, with journeys starting at 10R (approx 60p) and the starting rate in Johannesburg is around 22R (approx £1.30) - although it's still cheaper than anything you'd get back at home!
One of the best ways to get around South Africa is by a hop-on hop-off bus, which can either be bought for a specific route or for flexibility. We offer passes with Baz Bus, with fixed routes starting at £107 or 7-day passes starting at £115.