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South Africa

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Milesworth in South Africa

When to Go

South Africa shares the same climate as other Southern Hemisphere countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Hence summer in South Africa is when we have our winter season (from October to April), and vice-versa.

 

The best time of year to travel (but also the most expensive) is the summer from October to April, when the weather in the Cape and Garden Route is warm and sunny, with a smattering of rain.  March & April (15-36 deg C) are some of the best times to travel in this area, as the weather is generally dry and cooler, but with very little wind in the Cape. During this same summer period, most of the interior country and Kruger is hot with some stormy weather.

 

The least expensive time to travel (but also with cooler temperatures and wetter weather) is from May to August (2-15 deg C). During these months it can be beautiful and dry one moment, but blustery and wet the next. Rainfall peaks around June and July but the Cape's weather is notoriously changeable; locals say that you can have 'four seasons in one day'. Despite this, the Cape is still pleasant to visit. By September and October, the rain becomes a less common event; the sun comes out more and the temperatures rise again. September is the start of the Cape's 'spring', when vast swathes of the open fynbos bursts into flower. During this period, the rest of the country including Kruger experiences cool weather with tolerable daytime temperatures and very little rain.  

 

Unless you are a football fan, avoid June & July 2010, when the FIFA World Cup will be held and prices will be astronomical.

Getting There

South Africa’s major international airports are Johannesburg and Cape Town. These cities are well-connected with the major cities in India by daily flights either directly or via Dubai and Mauritius.

 

From Chennai, the most convenient connections are on daily direct flights by Emirates to Dubai and then taking a direct flight to either Johannesburg or Cape Town. This route provides you with the added attraction of taking a short stopover break in Dubai on your way back home.

 

A second route is via Air Mauritius which flies every Tuesday from  Chennai to Mauritius. From Mauritius, you can take any one of three direct flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban. While this is not as flexible as the Dubai route, you can have a tropical beach break in lovely Mauritius.

 

From Mumbai, South African Airways flies four times a week direct to Johannesburg.

 

Within South Africa, there are a number of domestic airline carriers that connect all the major destinations with each other.

Travel Documents & Money

All Indian citizens need a valid passport and visa to enter South Africa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from South Africa back home. The South African visa can be procured directly from Milesworth. Read our section on Travel Documentation.  

 

If you hold a foreign passport and are resident in India, you may not require a visa for South Africa, depending upon your nationality. To find out more, please call our Travel Documentation team at +91 98400 60394 or email visas@milesworth.com 

 

The monetary unit in South Africa is the Rand (R) = 100 cents, with the international symbol ZAR. The current rate of exchange is 1 USD = ZAR 8.01. The currency exchange is subject to fluctuations and thus just an indication. Most credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) and travellers cheques in major currencies are accepted. Petrol/gasoline cannot be purchased with standard credit cards.

South Africa is the kind of holiday destination that you think will be a once in a lifetime trip. But then, when you are on that last day of your holiday in Cape Town or Johannesburg, you are quite sure that you will be back soon – so powerful is the lure of this magnificent multi-cultural and scenic country.

 

We have seen South Africa first-hand in 2009. And this intimate knowledge gives us the ability to offer you an honest and real approach to our advice – from planning your itinerary, suggesting activities and local excursions, choosing accommodation, and telling you when and if it is safe to travel.

 

To most of our customers, travel to South Africa normally means a mix of experiences – from culture, to viewing wildlife, enjoying the scenic landscapes, or just to relax. And for some of you, it may be something more specific – like scuba diving with sharks, learning and exploring wine country, going on wildlife safaris, or revisiting the history of the struggle against apartheid. We have a set of suggested itineraries that you can modify to suit your needs, or we can do an itinerary tailor-made to your interests.

 

For all of these holidays, we work with one of South Africa’s most respected travel companies, based in Johannesburg. All of our customers receive a meet and greet service on arrival, and 24 x 7 support throughout their holiday.

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