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United Kingdom

South African Tourist Board – 6 Alt Grove, Wimbledon, London SW19 4DZ – t 0208 971 9350 – http://www.southafrica.net/

Embassy of South Africa – South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP – t 0207 451 7299 – http://www.southafricahouse.com/

Republic of Ireland

South African Tourist Board – South Africa does not operate a tourist office in Ireland, but travellers can consult its website: – http://www.southafrica.net/

Embassy of South Africa – Alexandra House, 2nd Floor, Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 – t 01 661 5553 – information@saedublin.com

When to go

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so summer runs from November to March and winter from April to October. Avoid school holiday periods in December, January, the Easter fortnight and from late June to mid-July. Spring (October to mid-December) and autumn (March to May) are the best seasons for a trip to South Africa. If planning to go to Limpopo, Kalahari and most of the national parks, travellers would do well to book their trip during the southern winter season.

Time difference

From October to March, there is a time difference of GMT-2 between South Africa and the United Kingdom and Ireland and only GMT-1 from April to September.


EU nationals are required to hold a passport valid for 6 months after the date of return for stays of less than 3 months. Passports must be in good condition and have at least two blank pages.


Also see Practical A to Z.

Compulsory vaccination : DT Polio.

Recommended vaccinations: hepatitis A and typhoid.

Anti-malarial medication is recommended if visiting some areas.

Health insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).


South African Tourism – www.southafrica.net

South African Tourism Department – www.tourism.gov.za

National information portal – www.southafrica.info

South African National Parks – www.sanparks.org

KwaZulu-Natal Parks – www.kznwildlife.com

Museums, monuments and sites – www.museums.org.za

South African Government Portal – http://www.gov.za/

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