What you may want to know before you visit us…
So you want to tick a visit to South Africa off your bucket list?
Much of what is known about South Africa is what is seen in media, a land of lions and giraffes, gold and of course, Mandela. We have chosen to dedicate our lives to sharing the country that we are proud to call our own, with others. To share in it’s beauty, it’s mystery, it’s wonders.
Our travel company, Royal Square Safaris, has been sharing the marvels, secrets and surprises of South Africa with those eager to travel and explore the countries beauty, wildlife, wilderness and culture.
When planning your trip take the following things into consideration:
- Winter months in Europe and North America (November to February) are summer months in South Africa. Perfect for those travellers who want to side-step their own country’s cold weather.
- Summer day temperatures average between 15°C (59°F) and 28°C (82°F) depending on where you’re visiting. You’ll be comfortable in light clothes most of the time. Do pack a rain jacket!
- Winter day temperatures average between 19°C(66°F) and 23°C (73°F) depending on where you’re visiting. Warmer clothes and fleece for mornings and at night.
- The Limpopo province can be very humid in summer.
- Remember to pack your adaptor plugs, camera, binoculars, good walking shoes, insect repellent, sunblock and sunhat. If you forget anything don’t panic, you can buy everything here!
- Pack something warm for game-drives and aim for khaki or neutral coloured clothing.
- Malaria: While most of South Africa is malaria-free, this mosquito-borne disease is prevalent throughout the year in the Kruger National Park and the low-lying areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal.
- The Limpopo province and Royal Square Safari farm is a malaria-free area!
- Road traffic in South Africa drives on the left! The wearing of seat belts is compulsory. The use of hand-held cell (mobile) phones whilst in control of a vehicle is illegal.
On a lighter note we thought we’d enlighten you on some proudly South African terms you may find useful during your visit to South Africa:
- ‘Braai’- a barbecue, to barbecure.
- ‘Biltong‘- dried meat, similar to jerky.
- ‘Howzit’ – derived from “How is it going?”
- ‘Eish’! – an interjection expressing resignation. May express anything from astonishment to horror to surprise!
- ‘Tjaila’–(pronounced: chai-la) time to go home.
- ‘Ubuntu‘ – compassion or kindness, humanity.
- ‘Yebo’ – Zulu meaning yes.
- ‘Cozzie’ – a swimsuit, short for swimming costume.
- ‘Slops’ – flip-flops
- ‘Buck’ – the main unit of currency: in South Africa the Rand- it costs ’50 bucks’.
- ‘Chow’ – to eat.
- ‘Cheers’ – we use this for saying good-bye, as well as saying thank you and for the occasional toast.
- ‘Ayoba’ – something cool.
- ‘Lekker’ – nice, enjoyable.
Few travel destinations on earth offer game viewing in the African bush, wine tasting and white beaches in one. South Africa is a beautiful country. We look forward to helping you discover our spectacular scenery, glorious weather, wealth of wilderness, wildlife and culture, world-class restaurants and experiences and introducing you to our hospitable people. You are welcome!