Landscape view of South Africa

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Cape Town

South Africa is part of Africa with capital at Cape Town. Official languages are Zulu, Tsonga, Swazi, Southern Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Afrikaans, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and English. South Africa uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, Β°C). Time zone is UTC+02:00. Find travel information like languages spoken, calling, sim cards, ATM, cards used, currencies used etc.

πŸ’± Currencies Used

South Africa uses the South African rand (symbol: R), code ZAR.Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rand. Rand is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 rand and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are very common in South Africa. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM β€” your standard magnetic card will work fine.

πŸ“‘ Internet

Internet speed in South Africa is on average 4.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in South Africa is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

πŸ“± Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 101.74 ZAR, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Cell C, MTN, Telkom or Vodacom. South Africa uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in South Africa upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

πŸ“ž Calling

To call South Africa, dial +, then 27 (the country code for South Africa), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within South Africa, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 10 .

πŸ”Œ Sockets

South Africa uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D, Type M and Type N.

πŸ›£οΈ Road rules

In South Africa you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways.

πŸ†˜ Emergency

Police

112, 10111

Ambulance

10177

Fire department

10111, 112

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Last updated: May 20, 2019