US Embassy & Consulate in South Africa Information:
Americans living in or visiting South Africa are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and obtain updated information on travel and security within South Africa.
The climate is mild throughout South Africa. There's really not a bad time to visit, but October is our favorite month-it's spring then, an ideal season for touring. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.
Durban has a very moderate climate, with swimming possible year-round. November-February is best for Cape Town. During the rest of the year, it's usually quite cool, often rainy/windy/foggy and too cold to lie on the beach. Johannesburg, at 5,700 ft/1,735 m above sea level, can be quite cool in the winter.
Those who go to South Africa specifically for animal viewing may want to go during winter-grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.
Electricity in southern Africa runs on 220/230V,50Hz AC, and sockets take round- or flat-pinned plugs. Most hotel rooms have sockets for 110V electric razors. Bring an adapter/converter combination, but also be aware that many bush camps do not have electricity at all.
Travel Insurance for South Africa Trips:
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