TAKING YOU TO THE HEART AND ROOTS OF AFRICA

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Baobab Tourist Services is a dynamic organization, specializing in in-bound tourism. The organization has grown from strength to strength, through market-oriented research aimed at customer satisfaction and meeting tourist needs and expectations.

Our team has over 15 years experience in the travel and tourism industry specializing in South Africa and neighboring Southern African countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia).



Time Zone

GMT +2

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Climate

South Africa has large variations in climate. While Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape have a Mediterranean climate, the Garden Routehas year round rainfall, The inland Karoo is largely arid while the East Coast is hot and humid. The Northern Escarpment attracts summer thunderstorms.
Summer : Oct - March
Winter : May - Aug (possible snow fall in Mountainous regions)

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Clothing

Clothing should be cool and light in summer and warm in winter. it is preferable to dress in layers, so that warm clothes can be shed as the temperature can change rapidly in certain regions.

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Languages

There are 11 official languages in south Africa, although English and Afrikaans are the most widely spoken. Twenty - Three percent speak Zulu and 17% Xhosa.

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Population

According to 20011 census, the population of South Africa has just exceeded the 50 million mark

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Health

Anti Malaria precautions should be taken when traveling to Northern and Eastern parts. Tick bites fever in areas where there is long grass. Other than a certificate of inoculation for traveling from a yellow fever area, no other inoculations are compulsory.

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Transport

Air Travel internally and internationally is good and fairly frequent. The main international Airport is Johannesburg International. The main seaports are Cape Town Durban and Port Elizabeth. The Countries roads are also generally good.

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Communications

There are over 5 million telephone lines and 7 million mobile users in the country. Internet connections and cafes are also widely available. There are also numerous radio and television stations.

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Electricity

The Electricity supply is 220/240 Volts AC, 50 Hz.

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Water

Tap water is safe across the country and bottled water is also obtainable at most supermarket and general stores.

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Currency

The national currency is the South African Rand which is divided into 100 cents. All Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments. ATM are also widely available. Travelers cheques can be exchanged at airports and most banking institutions.

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Public Holidays

January 1 - New Years Day
March 21 - Human Rights Day
Good Friday (variable)
Easter Monday (variable)
April 27 - Freedom Day
May 1 - Workers Day
June 16 - Youth Day
August 9 - National Womens Day
September 24 - Heritage Day
December 16 - Day of Reconciliation
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Day of Goodwill

If the public holiday falls on a Sunday the Monday following is a public holiday.

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Entry Regulations

All Visitors need a valid passport and proof of return booking. It is advisable to check with South African embassies for Visa requirements. Transit and multi-entry visas are advised for visitors intending to visit neighbouring countries

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