Population:  55 million 

Capital: Pretoria 

Climate: Varied depending on location but known for its beautiful sunny days. 

Summer: (December – February) warmer in the days, but temperatures can fluctuate a lot. Warm days but very cool nights. Rainy season for regions above the equator. 

Winter:  (June – August) Can get quite cold at night, warmer during the day. In the southwest it may rain. Rainy season for regions below the equator. 

Spring: (September – November) – can be hot. 

Fall: (March – May) warm days, cool nights. 

Language: English is spoken along with ten other official languages: Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, SiSwata, Tsong, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu, and Afrikaans

Currency:Rand (R) 

Passport, visa and entry info: Valid U.S. passport with at least 6 months before expiration. At least 2 blank, consecutive pages for stamps.

No visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Nationalities that require a visa. 

Vaccination: Yes, Yellow Fever, if coming from country with the disease.

Tipping: Restaurants, bars, cafes, 10% – 15% 

On safari, it’s customary to tip your guide $15-$25 USD per person per day in cash. You should also consider $5 – $10 per person per day for the rest of the staff in cash. Usually, a camp will have a locked box you can put the staff’s tip

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