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Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, Johannesburg
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This vast country is undoubtedly one of themost culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known bylocals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and itsmulticultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asianand European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants,impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying atypical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto Township; browsing the bustling Indianmarkets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriadwine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich andturbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to exploreincluding the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum inJohannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above allelse, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness withits astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced gamereserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of thisvariety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast becomeAfrica’s most popular tourist destination.
Banking and Currency
The currency is the Rand, which is dividedinto 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5,R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
Banks are found in most towns, and aregenerally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays(Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchangeservices - with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques.You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Severalinternational banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise yourbank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block yourpurchases if they are not informed.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around
Travelling around South Africa isrelatively easy by air, road and rail.
Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated byComair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com andMango.
Facilitating travel around South Africa are10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition,there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger MpumalangaInternational Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access tothe Kruger National Park.
An extensive tarred road system makestravelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravelroads in rural areas though. Note:
A valid international driver's licence isrequired.
We drive on the left hand side of the road.
Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free'.
Speed limits are generally set at 120km onfreeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
Petrol stations are widespread.
Most global car hire firms have branches inSouth Africa
Another means of getting around SouthAfrica are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered bytelephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Our rail system includes the long-haul,inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are theBlue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also thenew Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which linksJohannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and OR Tambo International Airport.
Health and Medical Information
Ingen vaksiner påkrevet for norske borgeredersom du ikke ankommer fra et annet Afrikansk land. Da kreves gulfebervaksine. Malaria kan forekomme i de nord østlige delene av landet motKrugerparken, Zimbabwe og Mozambique. Snakk med din fastlege før du reiser.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice
Standards of hygiene in relation to foodhealth and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants,pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook withwhen taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safefor consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetablesand salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chickenare of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoyingthe local cuisine.
Restaurants are subject to South Africa'sfood safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectorsto ensure hygienic standards are maintained.
Street food is not as common in SouthAfrica as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacksand meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in suchinstances cannot always be guaranteed.
Climate and Weather
South African temperatures, which aremeasured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in thesummer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°Cin the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year,making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape inthe winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summerrainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fairshare of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
Bring clothes that are cool, light andcomfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degreeCelsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer asthis is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget a swimmingcostume (bathing suit).
The winters are generally mild, comparingfavourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive,especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared withjerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’sadvisable to bring rain gear along.
Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblockas the sun can be strong even in the winter months.
Walking shoes are a good idea allyear-round, with warm socks in the winter.
If you are doing business in the country,business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector,but media for example generally dress more casually.
For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toneditems will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair ofwalking shoes is also advisable.
For the evening, if you are dining at anupmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.
Electricity and Plug Standards
Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles persecond. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for yourelectrical appliances - such adapters are also available at major airports.