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'Fly & drive South Africa'

Useful addresses

New York

South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel.: 212-213 4880
Fax: 212-213 0102
Web site: South African Consulate General in New York


South African Embassy, Consular Section
15 Whitehall
London SW1A 2DD
Tel.: 020-7925 8900
Fax: 020-7925 8930
Web site: Embassy of South Africa in London


South African Embassy
59, Quai d'Orsay
75343 Paris
Tel.: 01-5359 2323
Fax: 01-5359 2368
Web site: Embassy of South Africa in Paris

One does not need a visa to visit South Africa. But your passport should be valid until 6 months after leaving South Africa.

South Africa is famous for its national parks and game reserves. There are over 500 of them. South Africa has many different landscapes. Savannahs with shrubs, desert, grasslands, highlands, forests, beaches, sand dunes and mountains. Almost all kinds of African game can be found in the parks and reserves. The Kruger National Park is the most famous one. In the parks, the speed limit is 40 k/p/h. Even though the roads are in reasonably good condition, it's best to rent a 4x4, especially in the rainy season.

Climate and best time to travel

Best times to travel are either from March to April or September-October. But because of the sunshine, every time of the year is possible. During the summer it can be extremely hot, though. When it rains, the showers are short but heavy. In the summer the overgrowth is denser, which can limit the view of animals. On the other hand, during the summer there are many young animals, which were born in the spring.


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If you know in advance which places you're going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's where you can use your MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa to withdraw money.


for up-to-date health information, visit the site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: South Africa

Safety and Security

Traveling in some countries brings risks with it. That shouldn't always be a reason not to travel there, but part of a good preparation is finding out about those risks.

A good source of information is the site of CIA World FactBook: South Africa. But always get advice from your own country's Foreign Department as well.

Plan your trip to South Africa online

Through online reservation systems like À la Carte Vacations you can book airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and holiday houses. You can build a fly-drive itinerary with maximum flexibility, book a flight plus a hotel hotel for a night or weekend. Without the limitations of package deals from travel organisations and most times for a much better price.

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