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

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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 ...
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Staying in Johannesburg for a few months: how safe am I as a white person?

South Africa has always fascinated me, due to its insane history. I've thought about doing an internship there, and I've now wanted to gather a bit more information. How safe am I, as a Caucasian ...
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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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Itineraries in South Africa (+/- 2 Weeks) [closed]

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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What are defined as goods breaking copyright laws and how are they determined?

I read https://south-africa.visahq.com/customs/#!import-regulations . In the Prohibited section it is written • Goods breaking copyrights laws now my lappy does have a variety of movies, music and ...
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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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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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What will happen if I overstay in South Africa?

I arrived in South Africa from Australia at the end of october, so I have 3 months in the country, but in december I left the country for a month and recently re-entered thinking I would get another 3 ...
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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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Is it true you must not stop at Red lights in South Africa while driving?

If it is true, are there any rules of thumb about where you should and shouldn't do it.
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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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Can an over-stayed stamp from one country affect my abillity to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for 2 months (in ...
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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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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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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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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 ticket;...
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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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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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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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Does anyone have experience taking a kombi from Johannesburg to Mbabane?

I'll be arriving in the Johannesburg airport and I've been told to take a kombi from there to [somewhere where they have kombis to Swaziland] and then from there to Mbabane. Does anybody have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will my overstay in South Africa be noticed?

I came into South Africa on a tourist visa but while travelling needed to get a new passport (it was stolen), which duly arrived all shiny and empty. Also, I have overstayed a little bit ... My ...
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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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Can I leave South Africa before my 90 days expire, and return after a few days to stay for another 90 days?

How many times can an Australian leave and re-enter South Africa (90 days at a time without a visa) in a year, and do they need to be out of the country for a certain period of time before they re-...
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Is it possible to get from Johannesburg to Cathedral Peak in 1 day using public transport?

I want to go from Johannesburg to Harrismith using Greyhound or similar bus company (leaving early in the morning and arriving midday), From Harrismith to Bergville using a minibus-taxi, And finally ...
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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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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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UK visa “resolved” vs. ready to collect

I have an email regarding my UK visa application with the subject: Your uk visa application has been resolved with a tracking number and link to the teleperformance website. The website has the ...
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French visa confusion

I currently hold a multi entry Schengen visa that is valid until May. I have used up my 90 days for this 6 month period staying with my parents who have recently emigrated tho France. I am now moving ...
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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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As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know?

As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know? I'm interested in: any differences in rules any differences in usually accepted practices any ...
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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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One Ticket, Two Locations & Two Luggage Delivery Location

I am travelling to South Africa transiting via Nairobi before returning to Nairobi after a week, Can the airline hold/keep my luggage for me in Nairobi till I return to Nairobi
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Transit Visas for South Africa Undesirable-Overstay Tourists

I received an undesirable status for overstaying a SA visa while hospitalized for injuries sustained in Lesotho. I had to cross into SA from Lesotho. Now I am banned entry into SA until Feb 2016 and ...
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Extension of conference/business visa for 17 days instead of 10 days for South Africa - New Application?

I have been granted a visa for conference 10 days but both my flight and the conference will run much longer - 17 days to be exact. I have tried calling the consulate-general office to talk to ...
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Visa label with alphanumeric number at back of passport, what does it mean?

I just got my passport back from visa-processing. It contains a visa-label with a bar-code and alphanumeric code. Does that mean I've a valid visa for South Africa ? If yes, how could I find more ...
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Is the South Africa border control able to cross-reference dual citizen passports (USA & Spain)?

I would like to travel to South Africa as a tourist 6-months after I overstayed a SA visa due to emergency hospitalization. As a result of the overstay I was classified as undesirable & am ...
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Entry into South Africa with Felony

I'm a US citizen was convicted of a felony in the US about 8 years ago. I'm planning on traveling as tourist to South Africa, arriving by air from the US. I don't think I need a visa according to ...
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When South Africa's new regulations for travel with children begin, would a certified copy of unabridged birth certificates be acceptable?

The South African government is introducing new requirements for travel with children in 2015. I went through a lot of trouble getting my children's unabridged birth certificates, and I would prefer ...
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Last name misspelled on visa to south africa

My last name was misspelled on the visa, the embassy wrote Zeeny while on the first page of the passport it is written Zeenny, should I be concerned? I am flying out on monday and the consulate is ...
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Visa extension time in South Africa

I am a South African retuning to live the country after having lived in the UK for the past 15 years. I returned on a UK passport (on a 90 day tourist visa) hoping to re-apply for my South African ...
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How to intentionally get denied visa to the South Africa, without getting into trouble? [closed]

I was going to study abroad in South Africa in summer but there was a change of plan and I couldn't go anymore. However, I have to pay 50% of fee if I want to cancel the program. The only way to not ...
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Will the average tourist encounter problems on the street in Cape Town?

If using common sense rules; keeping low key, not flashing wealth, not going to areas with no tourist attractions, etc. is it common and/or reasonable for us (mixed sex white couple) to walk around/...
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Could I have approached South African Embassy without going through VFSGlobal for faster visa processing and news updates?

I just went through this question . Would it have been a good idea to visit the consul-general's office in Mumbai to apply for a short stay conference visa in South Africa or is vfsglobal the only ...
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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?