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SOUTH AFRICA - WHAT TO EXPECT

South Africa is at the southern tip of the African continent. The country meets two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. Many of the main cities are close to the sea, such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban.
South Africa has three capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial). Johannesburg is the largest city in the country and one of the largest in the world... but it's also one of the most dangerous.
The landscape of South Africa is varied, covering several mountains and plateaus, but also a considerable coastline. The wildlife is vibrant, both on land and at sea. The climate is mild, with long periods of sunshine.
Cape of Good Hope is one of the great cables of the South Atlantic Ocean. Still, contrary to popular belief, it doesn't signal the division between the two oceans... this limit is set in Cabo Agulhas, 200 km away.

AVERAGE COSTS

Transportation - To better enjoy South Africa and be able to visit several cities, it's ideal to rent a car. Use Auto Europe platform to reserve the vehicle at the best price and know that the liter of gasoline is around $0,94. You can also opt by using public transport. On average, a single ticket costs $1,19.

Accommodation - There are various options for accommodations, and prices vary from city to city. Use Booking.com to find the one that best suits your needs and budget. For example, in Cape Town, you can stay in a nice guest house from $60 or in a four-star hotel, with breakfast, for $90 / $120.

Food - The restaurant offer is varied and ranges from the cheapest to the most expensive. You have simpler restaurants where you can have a meal for $7 and others where lunch for two, with two main courses and dessert, reaches $35. But it all depends on what you are looking for or are willing to pay.

Suggested daily budget – 80-90 USD / 50-60 EUR (Note: This is an indicative budget only, assuming the rental of a mini car, with fuel for 200 km, accommodation in a guest house, and two meals in a cheaper restaurant. However, if you choose a higher-end vehicle, lodging, or restaurants, expect a higher daily cost! All values mentioned were based on Preciosmundi, Booking.com and Auto Europe at the publication of this article.)

TIPS AND TRICKS

1. Buy a SIM card – In the age of communication we live in, it is always a good idea to buy a local operator card and avoid roaming costs.

2. Withdraw money – Although there are ATMs in most South African cities, it’s always good to have some money with you. Pick up at the machines, instead of the exchange services at the airport that charge higher fees.

3. Check where the locals eat – They more than anyone know the best places to have a good meal.

DO'S AND DONT'S

DO'S: Learn some words of the local vocabulary. In addition to facilitating communication, it's always good to learn new languages / Tip whenever you can. R10 can make all the difference for some people / Take travel insurance. Like all destinations, South Africa isn't without its dangers.

DON’TS: Don’t walk with your car doors unlocked in big cities, don’t have valuables insight (both in the car, as in you), and try not to escape the main tourist routes. If you do, find out beforehand (for example, in the place where you’re staying) about what dangers you may encounter. / Don’t travel without travel insurance. Like all destinations, South Africa isn’t without its dangers. Use this link and earn 5% discount.

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures, in Portugal, destination on which she writes for Portuguese digital publications, as in the World. It's not uncommon for her to travel to new countries and discover new cultures.

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