The Republic of South Africa, a country located at the southern tip of Africa

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Tricky South Africa Visa Situation - Globetrotter seeks advice

I am going for an exchange semester as part of my Dutch Master programme to Stellenbosch university which is part of a Joint Master. I have booked a ticket for the 18th of November 2014 and intend to ...
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Why is it considered so dangerous to travel in South Africa?

The RSA has one of the world's top murder rates. As, the above link shows, other countries have similar murder rates but they are not in the radar of international travelers. For example, as seen in ...
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Transit visa in Amsterdam for a Namibian citizen?

I'm a Namibian passport holder, I'm travelling from England via Amsterdam to South Africa. Do I need an airport transit visa for Amsterdam airport?
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South Africa visa complications

curious if anyone has any experience with this. I'm going on an exchange semester to South Africa and would like to travel around the country a bit after the semester ends. Trouble is I'm only granted ...
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Book a return flight a year in advance

Is it possible to buy an airline ticket that has me returning to my country after a year being abroad? I can't seem to book a flight that far in advance online.
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Can you be detained for not paying for your hotel in Pretoria? [duplicate]

If you can't pay for your hotel, can either the hotel or the police keep you from flying home until you DO pay?
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Shipping luggage from Belgium to South Africa?

My Fiance is coming back to South Africa from Bruxelles, Belgium. She has quite alot of luggage to bring home and the airline prices are just ridiculous. Is there a cheaper way to ship a bag from ...
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Is it possible to get a Schengen visa without travel insurance and a copy of the itinerary? [closed]

i'm an international student completing my study programm in South Africa. As vacations are coming soon, i would like to know travel for Europe, especially in Netherlands. I have so far all those ...
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Must I provide proof of onward travel when entering South Africa?

I will be flying one-way from Europe to Cape Town, South Africa in early December. Some time later (early January), I will fly from South Africa to the USA. My employer will be purchasing this ...
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How long do I have to leave South Africa before returning?

I am a British citizen owning a house in South Africa, I intend to travel to South Africa for 8 weeks this month, return to the UK for 10 days approx at Christmas time and then return to South Africa ...
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Connection in Johannesburg - Can I leave the airport with a Brazilian passport?

I have a flight with connection in Johannesburg, where I'll need to wait for 12 hours for the next departure. I was told by a friend that it's not allowed for people to leave the airport. Is it true? ...
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Is the Pilanesberg safari park worth to be a primary travel goal?

A couple of months ago my husband was in South Africa and some of his colleagues spoke to him about the Pilanesberg safari park (close to Sun City) as probably the best option in national parks ...
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What documents do I need to obtain South African visa?

I am planning to visit South Africa next Thursday, that is after 3 days. I have prepared everything except for the visa, I simply forgot and I thought I do not need one because my last visit there was ...
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Safe and convenient hotel locations in or around Cape Town

What are some good suburbs in or around Cape Town to book a hotel at? The ideal place should be in a safe suburb and close to Table mountain,the V&A Waterfront and all the amenities.
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Secure long-term parking in Johannesburg

I will be taking a one-month trip departing from the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa and need a secure place to park my car. I see that the airport has long-term parking, but is it safe to leave ...
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Is it a breach of South African Law or International regulations to not do a full safety briefing on a commercial flight?

I was recently on a scheduled flight (Boeing 737) from Victoria Falls (VFA) to Johannesburg (JNB). At the check in desk I was informed the flight was stopping at Livingston (LVI) on route. When I ...
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Electronics during airport security process in South Africa

I'm travelling to South Africa for 3 months on an internship for school, and recently someone told me that they might take my laptop at airport security. Can anyone tell me how this works? And does ...
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Most luxurious Bars/Lounges and overall night spots in South Africa [closed]

I'm looking to get information on the best and most luxurious nightlife spots throughout South Africa, places only the elite goes. As I'm not currently in the country would appreciate some local ...
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Importance of hotel location in Cape Town if you have a car

We will be visiting Cape Town, South Africa for a week, and on the recommendation of several friends who have been there before we are renting a car. Having a car limits us to hotels that have ...
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Travelling to South Africa - Questions about Cash, Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards

I am a Canadian travelling to South Africa for two weeks. My flights, rental car and hotels are pre-paid. Obviously I'll want to have some money to spend on food, entertainment and unforeseen costs ...
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Cheapest season to go to South Africa from North America

What is the cheapest season/months to visit South Africa from North America? How can one best take advantage of "low" season offers? Looking at South African Airlines, summer flight fares (June - ...
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Tennis courts inside or near Kruger National Park

I know there is a golf course inside Kruger National Park (South Africa), but does anyone know if there is anywhere to play tennis either inside the park or nearby?
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Managing baggage in transit at OR airport Johannesburg

I have an 8 hour wait for an international transfer at Johannesburg airport and will be changing airlines. I am very concerned about the stories of theft and tampering of luggage at this airport. How ...
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Cheapest way to get from Europe to South Africa [closed]

Later this year, I intend to spend 2-3 months in Europe, then want to go to Capetown, South Africa to visit a friend there. Keeping costs down is important. Travel time is not--in fact, a longer ...
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Can I visit vineyards in Stellenbosch without booking a tour in advance?

I'm going to South Africa this month and will be in Cape Town for several days. Since one of South Africa's major wine regions is just outside of Cape Town, I'd like to spend a little bit of time ...
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How safe and reliable is the Pride of Africa?

I found another interesting railway. It is called the Pride of Africa and runs from Cape Town to Daressalam. I think it would be really interesting to try this once, but I can't find any information ...
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Is it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in South Africa?

I'll be traveling to South Africa this spring, and we're in the midst of planning our itinerary. Because we have items on our to-do/to-see list that span a large geographic area, friends have ...
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South African tourist visa, multiple entry?

I am traveling to South Africa this year on a U.S. passport, and will be taking a safari that leaves South Africa and goes through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and then I must return to South Africa ...
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Self-drive vs. guided safari in Southern Africa

I am researching safaris for Southern Africa through Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa with possibly a stop at Victoria Falls. We are looking at both guided tours and doing a self-drive for about ...
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When is the best time to go shark diving in Cape Town (Gansbaai)

When is the best time to see great white sharks while cage diving at Gansbaai? I'm interested to know when they're most active and when the water has the best visibility.
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What game can I eat in South Africa?

When I was in South Africa, I wanted to try some game meat but when I asked people what I could have I got replies with answers like 'Game' or 'you know Game Kudu, Zebra etc' or was just shown the ...
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Itineraries in South Africa (+/- 2 Weeks)

I plan to travel to South-Africa at the end of this year (last week of December, first week of January). Now I would like to have some advice on some possible itineraries. The trip will take about two ...
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How difficult is it to find accommodation in South Africa in December / January?

I plan to travel to South-Africa at the end of the year (last week of December, first Week of January). I plan to spend more or less two weeks there. My understanding is that this period is really ...
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Is it cheaper to book excursions locally for South Africa?

For our trip to to Peru, we booked all excursions (Macchu Picchu hike, jungle tour) from home months in advance. When in Peru, we found out that it is much cheaper to book them there. Is the same true ...
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Johannesburg Airport to Mbabane

I'm headed to Mbabane shortly. I'm flying into Johannesburg. Someone mentioned there was a bus directly from Johannesburg Airport to Mbabane. Can anyone confirm this?
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How bad is baggage theft at Johannesburg airport?

South Africa's Johannesburg's airport has a reputation for stolen and rifled baggage and a quick Google search returns many travelers reporting similar stories. My question, is how bad is the ...