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Welcome Welcome to South Africa, a place where you can feel the rhythmic pulse of Africa’s heartbeat gently drumming through the nation, the soul emanating from the hearts of it’s people. South Africa, a magical land that many have called the most beautiful place on earth, welcomes you to explore it’s rich history & culture, experience it’s breath taking landscapes and endless coastlines. This multifaceted country offers towering mountains, vibrant and dynamic cities, and offers a multitude of experiences that can be enjoyed by the wildest adventurer and the most sophisticated bon-vivant, guaranteed to transcend all boundaries of even the wildest imagination. Encounter wildlife like the Big 5 while you safari through the African bush, by car or by foot. Take in the scenic landscapes as you drift through the clouds in a hot air balloon or enjoy palate pleasing delicacies in one of South Africa’s beautiful cosmopolitan cities. The diversity of the nation of South Africa flows evenly from it’s people to its landscapes, indeed, the quintessential melting pot of integrated cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Discover how a dark & tumultuous past gave rise to one of the most progressive democracies the world has even seen. We have put this guide together for visitors to South Africa, we’ve tried to cover everything, but if you feel we could add more, please email us at : ido@mysouthafricanwedding.com

Above all enjoy your stay! X ♥X

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General info 9 PROVINCES

11 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West Province, Free State, Kwazulu Natal, Mpumalanga,

Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga

SOUTH AFRICA

MONEY MATTERS

Country Code | +27 Directory Enquiries | 1023 Time | GMT +2 Hours Tipping standard = 10%

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

South African Rand denominations in coins are 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5, note denominations are R10, R20, R50, R100 & R200

TRANSPORT

Cape Town International OR Tambo (Johannesburg) King Shaka (Durban/Kwazulu Natal)

There are railway connections from all main cities. Metered cabs/taxi services are available as well as bus transport.

SPEED LIMITS

WATER

Speed limits are 120km/h on highways; 100km/h on secondary roads & 60km/h in urban areas.

South African Rand denominations in coins are 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5, note denominations are R10, R20, R50, R100 & R200

HEALTH

SEASONS

World class facilities are available at private medical centres and many of the state hospitals offer excellent care as well.

ELECTRICITY

230 V AC, 50Hz. 15 A, 2 or 3 prong (round pin plugs)

SPRING – SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER SUMMER – DECEMBER to FEBRUARY AUTUMN – MARCH to MAY WINTER – JUNE to AUGUST

EMERGENCIES

South African Police : 10111 From a mobile phone : 112 National Safety Line : 083 123 2345 Ambulance - 10177 Rescue service (aviation) - 083-1999

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Tweet it ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK-THE WORLDS LARGEST FORESTED SAND DUNES,MORE SPECIES THAN KRUGER PARK & ST LUCIA ESTUARY IS THE LARGEST IN AFRICA!

RICHTERSVELD CULTURAL&BOTANICAL LANDSCAPE,DRAMATIC MOUNTAINOUS DESERT IN & OWNED BY THE NAMA COMMUNITY DESCENDANTS OF THE KHOI KHOI.

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Safety tips here are some practical safety tips to make sure you have a pleasurable stay in South Africa ! Like most of the world, crime in South Africa can be a problem, however if you just take sensible precautions and follow some basic safety tips.

Avoid carrying large sums of cash, Don’t flash cameras or valuables in plain sight Don’t leave valuables and belongings unattended Try not to walk alone at night Don’t allow strangers to assist you at an ATM Park in secure well lit areas with security guards Keep photocopies of important documents in a safe place Speak to your hotel or tour guide about the safety tips in the area you are staying in Keep someone informed about your whereabouts if you go out alone PLEASE NOTE: ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS GUIDE WAS ACCURATE AT THE TIME OF RELEASE. MY SOUTH AFRICAN WEDDING ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INNACURATE INFORMATION HEREIN.

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Greetings SAY HELLO - sAy howzit Here is the basic “hello how are you?” greeting in South Africa’s 11 official languages!

Language

Hello how are you?

Afrikaans

Goeie dag - Hoe gaan dit met jou?

English

Hello,How areyou?

Isindebele

Lotjhani, Unjani?

IsiXhosa

Molo, Unjani?

Isizulu

Sawubona Unjani?

Sepedi

Thobela O kae?

Sesotho

Dumela O kae?

Setswana

Dumela O kae?

Siswati

Sawubona Unjani?

Tshivenda

Ndaa – male – Aa – female Vho vuwa hani?

XiTsonga

Avusheni Ku njhani?

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Fast Facts 1

The worlds 2nd biggest waterfall is Tugela Falls in the Drakensburg, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

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South Africa has over half the worlds highest solar wattage per square yard of land.

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South Africa was the 1st African Country to host the prestigious FIFA World Cup. (A huge success in 2010). South Africa has more than half of the worlds precious metals and minerals, over 85% of all the Platinum in earth, over 70% of Manganese, over 70% of the Chrome and over 40% of the Gold and Vanadium.

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South Africa has 8 of the UNESCO World heritage sites.

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Some of the earliest evidence of life on earth was found in South Africa (traces of blue-green algae which dates back over 3000 million years.)

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South Africa generates two thirds of Africa’s electricity.

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South Africa is home to 10% of the worlds total bird species. (Over 900 individual species)

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South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho a fully independent constitutional monarchy South Africa was voted 1 of the best countries in the world to live in by thousands of expatriates. Ranking – 9th of 30. South Africa is working with Mozambique and Zimbabwe to create a 13 500 m² game park which will be the largest conservation area in the world Some of the worlds oldest & most acknowledged dinosaur fossils can be found in South Africa. South Africa has 3 capitals namely; Pretoria (executive capital), Cape Town (legislative capital), and Bloemfontein (judicial capital). South Africa is home to at least four of the worlds fastest animals Cheetah (75mph), the wildebeest (50mph), the lion(50mph) and the springbok (55mph). South Africa was home to the “late” Father of the Nations, former president, and worldwide icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. South Africa’s National Animal is the Springbok. South Africa’s National Flower is the Giant or King Protea.

South Africa’s National Bird is the Blue Crane.

South Africa’s National Fish is the Galjoen.

South Africa’s National Tree is the Yellowwood

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