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A Travel Guide To South Africa

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South Africa was the home of one of the most famous people in the world, Nelson Mandela, and having sadly passed away, the world is mourning the loss of a great promoter for peace. No country will have felt the loss of his presence more than his home, so as a tribute to the great man, here is a travel guide of the country where he was once president.

Visas

Most people will not require a visa to gain entry to South Africa, with citizens of over 20 countries such as Australia, Holland, Japan, Brazil and the UK getting a 90 day visa upon arrival. Other citizens from countries such as Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia and Bolivia are only able to get a 30 day visa on their arrival.

If you find that you wish to stay longer than your initial visa, then it is a simple process of extending it within the country by visiting one of the immigration offices in the major cities. However, you should remember that you will not be allowed to enter the country without proof of having a return flight leaving South Africa, so make sure you bring it with you to the airport.

Looking online will help you find some amazing deals on flights to South Africa, so be sure to check out cheapflights.co.za, one of the leading companies in comparing flight prices on the internet.

Climate

South Africa experiences a varied climate depending on where you are in the country. You will experience an arid to semi arid climate in the North West region of the country, and most likely a sub tropical climate when heading east.

The rainy season for most of the country runs from November through to February, while temperatures in the winter season can drop to as low as freezing. If you are travelling during the South African winter, ensure you bring enough warm clothes and raincoats that will keep you dry should you get caught in a down pour.

Additionally, during the summer in South Africa however, you will find yourself in temperatures as high as 40 degrees, so bring light cool clothes with lots of sun cream.

Attractions

Spread out around the country, South Africa has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, giving you an indication of how much there is to do for you on your trip there. One of the most famous of the World Heritage Sites is the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg. Here, you will be able to see where it all started for our species, with a large collection of caves housing advanced ape fossils.

There is also Robben Island located by the coast of Cape Town, which was once a prison for people struggling for change in South Africa, such as Nelson Mandela. Wandering around the island will give you an indepth look at the conditions of the prison and the stories of the people it held.

For those that are animal lovers, then a trip to iSimangaliso Wetland Park is for you. Here, you will be able to see hippos in their natural habitats, crocodiles, elephants, lions leopards and turtles to name but a few.

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