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The Rainbow Nation - South Africa is a country that will provide you with the adventure of a lifetime across countless thrilling experiences.

For many travellers, South Africa is all about going on safari and adventure. From wildlife spotting in Kruger National Park, shark cage diving with Great White Pointers, walking amongst penguins, cruising along the river near hippos and crocodiles to bungee jumps and swings, there is an adrenalin pumping experience around every corner.

If hiking is your thing, the Drakensberg Mountains in the Kwazulu-Natal province are popular for those who crave the wide open spaces. In the northwest, Namaqualand is worth a visit in spring when the wildflowers bloom in the desert. Otherwise, try catching a wave at Jeffrey’s Bay, Long Beach or Victoria Bay for surfing, and the Maputaland Coastal reserve, which has tropical reef fish, and migrating whales and whale sharks for diving.

South Africa is well known for its award-winning wineries at the Stellenbosch, Hermanus Bay and Wellington regions near Cape Town. South African wines are excellent, especially the local red specialty, Pinotage. The big cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have vibrant cultural scenes, with eclectic music, galleries, jazz and festivals.

There is nothing like feasting on a protein overload by devouring meat that’s been cooked over hot coals at a braai (barbeque) – try the local spicy sausage, called Boerewors for a tasty morsel. For those who love food from the subcontinent, the coastal city of Durban specialises in Indian dishes, including the quirky ‘Bunny Chow’ which is quarter or half loaf of bread filled with a delicious curry.

South Africans are also mad about sporting events and depending on the season, try and experience a rugby, soccer or cricket game while you’re there, such as the Soweto derby between the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League.

Cape Town is probably one of the best party locations on the planet, and you’ll be mixing it up with the locals on Long Street, or even try one of the informal bars in communities around the country (called a ‘shebeen’). Regardless of your travel type, you’ll find something exhilarating in South Africa!

Safety Measures for South Africa

South Africa is about fun, exciting and adrenaline-charged experiences but it’s also important to consider your health and safety when travelling around this fascinating, but sometimes unpredictable country.

Crime in South Africa can sometimes be an issue, but if you take sensible precautions, you and your items will be safe and you’ll experience the holiday of a lifetime. Smartraveller advises that you exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa because of the high level of serious crime. Violent crimes, including rape and murder, do occur and have sometimes involved foreigners. If you are mugged or robbed, hand over belongings quickly without resistance.

Keep your bags and backpacks within sight in public places - including restaurants and bars. Valuables such as cameras, mobile phones and jewellery should be kept out of sight. Muggings, armed assaults, theft and car jackings can also occur. When parking, choose a security patrolled or well-lit parking area. Self-employed street guards can watch over your car for a small fee.

It’s wise to visit your GP before you go for appropriate vaccinations, and also take precautions to prevent mosquito and animal bites. Take anti-malaria drugs if travelling in areas where malaria is prevalent, which sometimes occurs in the north-east of the country. Wear loose clothing and insect repellent.

The water supply is safe to drink in major cities and large municipal areas, but bottled water should be consumed in in rural areas and is readily available.

If you do require medical care, the standard of medical facilities can vary greatly. South Africa has good services in the cities and major centres, but may be limited in rural areas. If you are in a remote area and require urgent treatment, you may need to be air-lifted to a major city to receive the treatment and care you need. If you require medical attention, both public and private facilities will require an up-front deposit, a payment guarantee or medical insurance confirmation before commencing treatment.

The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in South Africa is very high. Other diseases such as typhoid, cholera, malaria, hepatitis, rabies, measles, and tuberculosis can also occur.

When self-driving through game parks always follow signs and directions. Keep your windows closed for your safety and to prevent animals from entering your car. The sun can be harsh in South Africa especially between 10am and 4pm. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun with appropriate clothing, sunscreen and keep hydrated.

Useful phrases to know in South Africa

South Africa has eleven official languages, reflecting the diversity of cultures within the country. English is widely spoken, but it’s worth knowing a few words of the other languages which are spoken:

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Visitors to South Africa are also advised to use common sense and caution while travelling to avoid the potential risks.

Being a smart traveller by getting vaccinated before you leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances of your trip to South Africa being memorable for all the right reasons. However, some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an illness or misadventure in South Africa.

Whether you have to change your travel plans for health reasons, have your new camera stolen or even suffer an injury that requires medical evacuation, Allianz Travel Insurance can help minimise the financial impact. Allianz offers Basic Travel Insurance, Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Multi Trip Travel Insurance for your trip overseas. Get a quote from Allianz today!

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