Taxis and private transport, metered or otherwise, is relatively expensive and not in abundance. We do not recommend the informal taxi services found in use by the local communities due to their poor safety records.
Tip around 10 to 20 % depending on the quality of service. Tipping patterns are similar to the USA or Europe.
Summer - light and loose clothing and comfortable cottons. Allow for daily downpours between October and April. Winter - it is generally warm during the day and cold from late afternoon. Temperatures range from 24C down to 4C so both warm and cool clothing required. Informal dress is very common, even in business however suits will signify the importance of a meeting or deal dependant on company culture and circumstance.
South Africa requires all travellers journeying from yellow fever risk countries to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. Johannesburg is malaria free so no precautions are necessary when visiting.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Johannesburg is a sprawling city, bigger that London and New York and is 1753 metres (5750 feet) above sea level. It is also considered the world's biggest man-made forest with over 10 million trees. Take time out to explore the culture, vibrance and history of one of the worlds youngest key cities.
WHAT TO PACK
Winter is opposite to Northern Hemisphere seasons - May through August. In Johannesburg it does not rain so pack moisturisers and lip balms - men and ladies! The sun will still burn during the day so don't forget sun cream. At night it can drop below freezing but is normally between 4 and 8 celsius. Expect sub-tropical and balmy weather in Durban and cold wet and windy weather in Cape Town. Summer is hot and humid in Durban, warm with daily thundershowers in Johannesburg. In Cape Town you can expect the same but it can on occassions be cold, wet and windy.
Pack your golf clubs! South Africa offers an abundance of excellent golf courses. In comparison with Europe most clubs offer excellent value green fees.
Mobile phone reception
South Africa's mobile phone operators utilise the GSM system. If your phone is GSM compatible, set up international roaming with your service provider before you leave home. Alternatively, you can hire a mobile phone at the airport on arrival in South Africa, and purchase pre-paid airtime at retail outlets during your stay.