INDO AFRICAN TOURISM CAR RALLY

highlights

  • Countries Covered. -  South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Lesotho.
  • First ever Car rally connecting Indian community with continent Africa to promote tourism in Africa.
  • Rugged Terrain. 
  • Beautiful countryside national parks. 
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Safaris. 
  • Bird Parks.  
  • Table Mountain. 
  • Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope.  
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch, Ostrich Farm, Cheetah Land, Crocodile Farm.
  • Heritage Train Ride.
  • Visit to Free State National Botanical Garden.
  • Katse Dam 
  • Maletsunyane Falls.   
  • Helicopter Ride in Drakensberg.   
  • Falcon Ridge Show. 
  • Canopy tour.  
  • Lowveld National Botanical Garden. 
  • Tshatshingo Potholes.  
  • Khami Ruins.  
  • Bulawayo Railway Museum. 
  • Victoria Falls (From Both the Sides).   
  • Zambezi River Cruise. 
  • Chobe National Park. 
  • Nata Bird Sanctuary. 
  • Suncity South Africa. 
  • Gandhi Square. 
  • Nelson Mandela square.

Itinerary

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19th April: Cape Town - South Africa( DAY 1)
Arrive Cape Town International Airport and after clearing customs and immigration proceed to check in at Hotel. Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the Imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. Dinner and Stay will be at Cape Town.
20th April: Cape Town - South Africa( DAY 2)
After breakfast drive to Cape Point. Visit "Cape Of Good Hope" (South Western Point of the African Continent).  As you drive south from Cape Town, pass through attractive coastal towns such as Hout Bay and watch the surfers riding the waves. Leave the urban areas behind as you embark on a breathtakingly beautiful drive towards Cape Point. The Panorama Stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout bay valley. Later we proceed for an Orientation City Tour visiting Green Market Square, District 6, Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, the Castle, Signal Hill, Sea Point, Malay Quarters, Downtown Business District and Clifton on the way to Hout Bay. Dinner and Stay will be at Cape Town.
21st April: Cape Town – Stellenbosch -South Africa( DAY 3)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa's Western Cape Province. It's surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Arrive and check in at our Hotel. Evening is free for Leisure, Rest and Wine Tasting. Dinner and Stay will be at Cape Town.
22nd April: Stellenbosch – Mossel Bay - South Africa( DAY 4)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay is a harbour town on the Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known for the wide Santos Beach and the 19th-century Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, which offers bay views. Evening we proceed for Heritage Train Ride. Dinner and Stay will be at Mossel Bay.
23rd April: Mossel Bay – Oudtshroon – Mossel Bay - South Africa( DAY 5)
After breakfast proceeds to Cango Caves for Cango Trek, one of the world's great wonders, to experience the fusion of fantasy with natural beauty in the world's finest stalactite caves. Thereafter proceed to Ostrich Farm to avail the ever had opportunity of riding an ostrich or stand on top of ostrich egg. Later on we visit Cheetah Land and Crocodile Farm at Cango Wildlife Ranch. Have a life time experience of Encounter with Cheetah (optional activity). Late we return back to hotel. Dinner and stay at Mossel Bay.
24th April: Mossel Bay - South Africa( DAY 6)
After breakfast we go for an Ocean’s trail. ST BLAIZE HIKING TRAIL: The Garden Route, specifically the area around Mossel Bay, is home to the breath-taking vistas offered by the St. Blaize Hiking Trail. This trail begins at the cave just below the St. Blaize Lighthouse and extends for 13.5 kilometres, until hikers reach Dana Bay (or vice versa). This hike takes about six hours to complete and is moderately challenging. Hikers are required to have some degree of fitness, along the trail; the sea views are most striking. Mile after pristine mile is showcased, with the glitter of the sunlight on its shimmering surface. Dolphins frequently perform for hikers, and bird-watchers are well rewarded. There are many different fynbos varieties along the way. Later you get a chance to Enjoy Activities such as Sky Diving (Optional) from 10000 feet giving us the breathtaking views of the whole of Mossel Bay. Dinner and stay in Mossel Bay.
25th April: Mossel Bay – Knysna – Port Elizabeth – East London - South Africa( DAY 7)
After breakfast we proceed for a day excursion of Knysna, on the way we take our halt at Bloukrans Bridge located in the Tsitsikamma region for Bungee Jumping (optional).  Bloukrans Bridge is the site of the world‘s highest commercial bungee jumping. We later proceed to East London. East London is a city on the Indian Ocean, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. It’s known for its beaches, such as Nahoon and Cove Rock. The Buffalo Pass is a road crossing a forested valley and the Buffalo River. Fossilised human and animal footprints, plus artefacts from the Xhosa-speaking people, are exhibited at the East London Museum. En route East London we pass through Knysna and Port Elizabeth. Arrive and Check in at our Hotel. Dinner and Stay in East London.
26th April: East London – Bloemfontein - South Africa( DAY 8)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Bloemfontein. Bloemfontein is the capital city of the province of Free State of South Africa; and, as the judicial capital of the nation, one of South Africa's three national capitals and is the seventh largest city in South Africa. Arrive and Check in to your Hotel. Later we proceed to Free State National Botanical Garden. This garden, on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, spans a valley between picturesque dolerite koppies. The natural vegetation comprises tall grassland and woodland, dominated by magnificent wild olive and karee trees. The harmony of the Garden has been achieved by retaining and highlighting the best elements of the natural landscape. Later return back to Hotel. Dinner and Stay in Bloemfontein.
27th April: Bloemfontein –Lesotho - Lesotho( DAY 9)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Lesotho. Lesotho, a high-altitude, landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, is crisscrossed by a network of rivers and mountain ranges including the 3,482m-high peak of Thabana Ntlenyana. On the Thaba Bosiu plateau, near Lesotho's capital, Maseru, are ruins dating from the 19th-century reign of King Moshoeshoe. Thaba Bosiu overlooks iconic Mount Qiloane, an enduring symbol of the nation’s Basotho people. En route we visit Katse Dam. The Katse Dam, a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat'so River in Lesotho, is Africa's second largest double-curvature arch dam. The dam is part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Arrive and check in your hotel. Dinner and stay in Lesotho.
28th April: Lesotho - Lesotho( DAY 10)
After breakfast we check out and proceed towards Maletsunyane Falls. Maletsunyane Falls, single cataract on a tributary of the Orange River in Lesotho, 75 miles (121 km) southeast of Maseru. With a drop of 630 feet (192 meters), it is one of the world’s highest waterfalls and is important to Lesotho as a tourist attraction. The waterfall is on the Maletsunyane River and it falls from a ledge of Triassic-Jurassic basalt. Evening we return back to Hotel. Dinner and stay in Lesotho.
29th April: Lesotho – Drakensberg - South Africa( DAY 11)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Drakensberg via Sani Pass. The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,482 metres. It is located in South Africa and Lesotho. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Later we proceed for 15 mins Helicopter Ride over Africa's Swiss & Grand Canyon followed by 3.5km Trail covering Beautiful waterfall, River Stream & Gorgeous view of Mountain Ranges. Dinner and stay in Drakensberg.
30th April: Drakensberg - South Africa( DAY 12)
Early morning we proceed to enjoy 2.2kms Jungle & Lake Trail. Post breakfast enjoy Falcon Ridge Show. Falcon Ridge is a bird of prey centre in the Champagne Valley that includes large birds rehabilitated from injury, and provides an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent sky warriors in action. Shows include an informative talk and a memorable performance of avian acrobatics, as the resident birds of prey swoop down to seize tasty morsels of meat midair. Later find the adventurous side of you on this 60 metre high canopy tour of the Drakensberg forest! Located in an indigenous forest of the Central Drakensberg, in the shadow of the towering Cathkin Peak, the Drakensberg Canopy Tour offers you a thrilling unforgettable experience. Come face to face with the forest wildlife as you soar through the trees, living life like a bird. Evening we return back to Hotel. Dinner and stay in Drakensberg.
01st May: Drakensberg – Nelspruit- South Africa( DAY 13)
After breakfast check out and drive towards Nelspruit. Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden features a man-made rainforest. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Later we proceed towards The Lowveld National Botanical Garden; one of the nine National Botanical Gardens of South Africa is located just outside Mbombela, Mpumalanga at the confluence of the Crocodile River and Nels River, which are separated by an extensive promontory. Dinner and stay in Nelspruit.
02nd May: Nelspruit – Maputo - Maputo( DAY 14)
After breakfast check out and drive towards Maputo. Maputo, capital of East Africa’s Mozambique, is an Indian Ocean port with preserved Portuguese colonial architecture. Many turn-of-the-century buildings are in the downtown jacaranda-lined Baixa neighborhood. The neoclassical City Hall is in the nearby Praça da Independência square. We proceed for Orientation City Tour of Maputo. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Dinner and stay in Maputo.
03rd May: Maputo – Mbabane– Kruger - Eswatini -South Africa( DAY 15)
After breakfast check out and drive towards Mbabane. Mbabane is the capital city of Swaziland. Surrounded by the Mdimba Mountains, it’s a gateway to Sibebe Rock, a huge granite mound with trails, caves and waterfalls. South, Ezulwini Valley has hot springs and craft markets. We then proceed to Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Evening is free for leisure and rest. Dinner and stay in Kruger.
04th May: Kruger - South Africa( DAY 16)
After breakfast we check out and proceed for Safari. Take a journey of exploration to find Africa's Big Five : Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo, you will discover unique wildlife on a real safari in Africa. Evening is free for Leisure and Rest. Dinner and Stay in Kruger.
05th May: Kruger – Ha Lambani - South Africa( DAY 17)
After breakfast we check out and drive to Ha Lambani. We visit TSHATSHINGO POTHOLES. Tshatshingo should become a firm favourite for visitors to Limpopo, as the main pothole, deep and frightening as it is, easily rivals the Bourke Luck Potholes when it comes to beauty, and they are a lot less touristy. Water from the Mutale River, the same river to feed the sacred site of Lake Fundudzi, falls into a series of natural water features, one of which is 30 metres deep. Legend has it those in days of old local witches were drowned here. Find the potholes close to the villages of Tshidzivhe and Makwarani near Lake Fundudzi and Thathe Vondo. Evening we check in to our Hotel. Dinner any stay in Thohoyandou.
06th May: Ha Lambani – Bulawayo - Zimbabwe( DAY 18)
After breakfast we check out and drive to Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo. Bulawayo is a city in southwest Zimbabwe. It’s a gateway to Matobo National Park, home to the Matobo Hills rock formations and Stone Age cave art. Park wildlife includes rhinos and black eagles. Nearby, Tshabalala Game Sanctuary has zebra and impala. West of Bulawayo, the ruins of 15th-century Khami city comprise stone walls and terraces. Bulawayo’s Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe displays finds from the site. Arrive and Check in at our Hotel. Dinner and stay in Bulawayo.
07th May: Bulawayo - Zimbabwe( DAY 19)
After breakfast we proceed towards Khami Ruins. Khami Ruins is an extensive complex of stonewalled sites that lies just west of Bulawayo. It is one of Zimbabwe’s World Heritage Sites and was the capital of the Butua State, its leaders reigning at Khami from about AD 1450 until its fiery destructive around AD 1644. A small site museum provides useful background information to the site itself. Later we proceed to Bulawayo Railway Museum. Bulawayo Railway Museum is a railway museum located at Bulawayo railway station in Zimbabwe, that houses several exhibitions on the history of the railway system in Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia. Its oldest exhibits date back to 1897, and include Cecil Rhodes' personal railway coach. The museum is owned by NRZ. Evening we return back to Hotel. Dinner and Stay at Bulawayo.
08th May: Bulawayo – Livingstone - Zambia( DAY 20)
After breakfast we check out and we drive towards Livingstone. En route Livingstone we visit Vitoria Falls (Zimbabwe side). Livingstone is a town in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe. It’s a hub for visitors to the Victoria Falls. The adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds the Zambian side of the falls. The Livingstone Museum traces local history and archaeology, and the life of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone, after whom the town was named. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Dinner and stay at Livingstone.
09th May: Livingstone - Zambia( DAY 21)
After breakfast we proceed towards Victoria Falls (Zambia side). Victoria Falls is classified as the world’s largest curtain of falling water based on its width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft). Victoria Falls sits on the very boarder of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The spray of Victoria Falls rises to a height of over 400m on full moon nights. Here you can explore the Victoria Falls, Boiling Pot Hike, scenic terrain and Devil’s Pool Swim. In Evening we proceed towards Zambezi River Cruise which offers you the most complete range of cruises on the mighty Zambezi River, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Dinner and Stay at Livingstone.
10th May: Livingstone – Nata Bird Sanctuary - Botswana( DAY 22)
After breakfast we check out and drive towards Nata Bird Sanctuary. The prominent wildlife species in the sanctuary are reported to number 165 bird species. The sanctuary is of international importance due to its population of 250,000 lesser flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) and greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus), which visit the sanctuary every year during the winter period to breed, after the rainy season, when the water sources are full. Arrive and check in at your Hotel. Dinner and Stay near Nata Bird Sanctuary.
13th May: Nata Bird Sanctuary – Chobe - Botswana( DAY 23)
After breakfast we check out and proceed towards Chobe. Chobe District is an administrative district in the northern part of Botswana, with the headquarters in Kasane. Kasane and Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in the country, are the major tourist attractions in the district. Chobe National Park also has the largest population of elephants in Africa. The district shares the international border of the country with Namibia and Zambia in the north, Zimbabwe in the east, and also the district borders along North-West district of the country. Arrive and check in at your Hotel. Dinner and stay in Maun.
11th May: Chobe – Chobe National Park – Chobe - Botswana( DAY 24)
After breakfast we proceed towards Chobe National Park for Safari. One of the most awe-inspiring safari experiences is the up-close and personal meetings with wildlife at Chobe National Park, and we can assure you will have them frequently during your visit. Welcome to the park with some of the highest game density in all of Africa. Evening we return back to Hotel. Dinner and Stay at Maun.
12th May: Chobe – Gaborone - Botswana( DAY 25)
After breakfast we check out and proceed towards Gaborone. Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana. To the city’s southwest, rhinos and giraffes inhabit the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Arrive and check in at your Hotel. Proceed for Orientation City tour of Gaborone. Footpaths lead to city views at the summit of Kgale Hill. In the city center, the National Museum and Art Gallery displays art and cultural artifacts. Dinner and Stay at Gaborone.
14th May: Gaborone – Suncity - South Africa( DAY 26)
After breakfast we check out and proceed back to South Africa to Suncity. Sun City offers a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities, as well as enough attractions and activities to keep everyone busy. You have an option to Visit Bird Aviary or enjoy Optional activities like Quad biking, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Motor boats, Banana ride etc. Arrive and check in at your Hotel. Dinner and stay at Johannesburg.
15th May: Suncity – Johannesburg - South Africa( DAY 27)
After breakfast we check out and proceed towards Johannesburg. Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto Township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. We proceed for Orientation City tour of Johannesburg. We visit The Gandhi Square where Gandhiji had his office. We also visit Nelson Mandela square. Evening is free for Leisure and Rest. Dinner and stay at Johannesburg.
16th May: Johannesburg – Homebound( DAY 28)
After breakfast today we check out and proceed towards Johannesburg International Airport to board the flight for your Homebound.

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passport & visa information

Visa requirements: (Consulate takes minimum 30  working days)
  • Passport, (valid for at least 30 days after the intended stay/departure date from South Africa; at least three unused/blank visa pages)
  • Proof of financial (Last 03 month’s bank statement updated till date of submission, minimum balance Rs 40000 per person, signed and stamped by the bank).
  • Pan card compulsory
  • NOC for leave from employer clearly mentioning the name, passport number of applicant(s) and duration of visit. Letter must have the physical address, as well as contact details of authorised signature’s name, designation and signature.
  • Bonafide Certificate of school/college for students.
  • Notarized letter of consent for minors (below 18 years of age) travelling alone or with one of the parents, and a full birth certificate in English (Notarized copy of the same translated in english required if the same is in regional language)
  • Three recent (not older than 30 days/1 month) passport size, (35mm x 45mm of the picture)photographs §  Marriage certificate if married
  • 2 engagement photos, fiancee's parent’s id copies and No Objection Certificate from the parents if not married yet.
  • Original covering letter signed by the applicant stating the name, passport number of applicant(s) and duration of visit. Letter must have the physical address, as well as contact details of authorized signature’s name, designation and signature (should clearly mention who will bear the expenses of the trip).

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FAQ's and other information

Where is South Africa located?
South Africa is located on the southern tip of Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbouring countries are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated in the eastern central plain of the country. 

How big is the area of South Africa?
South Africa's total land area is 1 219 912 sq km (471,011 sq mi). The country is five times larger than Great Britain and three times the size of Texas. 
·         Cape Town - 2,499 square kilometres 
·         Johannesburg - 1,644 square kilometres 
·         Durban - 2,292 square kilometres 
·         Kruger National Park - 18,989 square kilometres   

What is the Country Dialing Code of South Africa?
 
The South Africa country dialing code is 27. Long distance calls can be made in South Africa using the correct country code. Many hotels, lodges and guest houses offer direct dialing facilities. If you are not able to connect, a staff member will surely be available to help. Blue public telephones are coin operated and require a minimum of 80c a local call, more for international calls. It is also worth purchasing a phone card for international calls, available from post offices and news agencies and units range from R20, R50, R100 and R200.  

Can I use my Cell/Mobile Phone in South Africa?
South Africa has 4 world class mobile phone operators, namely Vodacom- the biggest and most popular - MTN, Cell C and Virgin Mobile. Sim cards can be purchased almost anywhere and can be as little as R3. Pay-as-you-go airtime is recommended for tourists.  

How big is the Population?
South Africa is a diverse country filled with a myriad of traditional origins, languages and beliefs, and is home to over 47 million people from all walks of life. The population of South Africa is divided into four ethnic groups, black Africans, whites, coloureds and Asians. The Black Africans make up the majority of the population, which accounts for 76% of the entire countries population. Whites account for 13%, coloureds (mixed White and Black descent) make up for 9% and Asian account for 3%.  

When is the best time to visit for my holiday to South Africa?
South Africa is a year round holiday destination, but it all depends on what kind of experience you are looking for. Different activities are better suited to different seasons. For the best game watching, visit during a South African spring (August - October), Whale watching from mid June to the end of October and for diving and surfing, April to September. The beaches of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban are great and best visited in the peak of summer (November - February), but are often overcrowded.  

What currency do I need for my South Africa holiday?
The unit of currency is the South African Rand, denoted by the symbol R. One hundred cents makes up one Rand (R1). Coins are available in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. The Rand is weaker than the Pound and Dollar, making a visit to South Africa highly affordable by international standards. Accommodation, eating out and shopping in South Africa offers great value for money to the international traveller. Your foreign currency can be exchanged at most local banks and Bureaux de Change. There are many banks and ATM's all around South Africa, including airports, petrol stations and malls. Please Note: In South Africa you cannot purchase fuel (petrol) with a credit card. Many locals possess a special 'petrol card' that can only be used at filling stations. You can, however, pay toll with MasterCard or Visa.  

What are the Bank Opening Hours?
Operating hours for banks are 09:00am - 15:30pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 08:30am - 11:00am on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Credit cards are widely accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.  

How much should I Tip?
In South Africa it is customary to tip for good service. Porters usually receive R5 per item; taxis receive 10% of the bill, and waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10-15%. In South African restaurants the service charge is not included in the total bill. At petrol stations, petrol attendants will fill your car and offer to clean your windscreen and check your oil and water, therefore a tip of about R2 will be appreciated. In parking areas, official and unofficial parking attendants may offer to help you park your car and watch it while you are away. Again, whatever small change you may have will be appreciated.  

What kind of clothes do I need to pack?
South Africa is generally a very casual country, with warm, windy days and chilly nights. Denims, t-shits and skirts are fine for during the day. In summer, the day's range from pleasant, to very hot and evenings are balmy. In some areas of South Africa, winter is wet and windy during the day, while in other areas it is dry, hot and humid. Winter nights are, however, always cold. Formal to semi-formal attire is worn to work, upper-class restaurants and clubs. Casual wear is accepted at most restaurants, pubs and bars. The majority of clubs do not accept guests in running shoes. Bathing suits - full or two pieces - are for the beach. School uniform is worn at all schools in South Africa. In general, South Africa is very fashion conscious, especially in the big cities - Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Jeans, shirts, sneakers, sandals, blouses, pants and skirts are all regarded as appropriate everyday wear.  

What are the Visa and Passport Requirements?
Entry is relatively straightforward to the majority of foreigners travelling to South Africa. Travellers from certain parts of the world, including Scandinavia, the USA and most European countries do not need to apply for a visa. Upon arrival in South Africa, travellers from either of these countries are given a free entry permit sticker with details of how long they may stay in the country. This permit is usually valid for a maximum of 90 days. Foreign nationals from other countries offer this service, but for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, they will then need to apply for a visa.  

What is the Country Dialing Code of South Africa?
The South Africa country dialing code is 27. Long distance calls can be made in South Africa using the correct country code. Many hotels, lodges and guest houses offer direct dialing facilities. If you are not able to connect, a staff member will surely be available to help. Blue public telephones are coin operated and require a minimum of 80c a local call, more for international calls. It is also worth purchasing a phone card for international calls, available from post offices and news agencies and units range from R20, R50, R100 and R200.  

What plugs and power voltage is used in South Africa?
Electricity in South Africa runs on 220/230V, 50Hz AC and the sockets are adapted to take round or flat pinned plugs. Most hotel rooms have sockets for 110V electric razors. Plugs have 3 round pins, with some plugs having 2 smaller pins. Adaptors can be purchased but may be in short supply. Please keep in mind that for the sake of authenticity, some bush camps may not even have electricity.  

Top 10 Things on South African Holidays
·         Safari in the Kruger National Park 
·         Cable car on Table Mountain 
·         Whale watching in Hermanus 
·         Traveling the Garden Route 
·         Exploring the Cape Winelands and wine tasting 
·         Cape Town beaches 
·         Tee off at world class South African golf courses 
·         Adventure sports - bungee jumping, abseiling, shark cage diving 
·         Township tours and cultural excursions - Soweto 
·         Surfing at Jeffrey's Bay

Sockets & plugs

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

TYPE C
TYPE D
TYPE M
TYPE N