Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa, and it is the capital of the Gauteng province. The city is very popular because it was home to the first South African president Nelson Mandela. South Africa is unbelievably charming because it is the most developed country in Africa.
The landscape in South Africa is unmistakably blessed with scenic landscapes which attract tourists from all over the world.
Before you start processing your documents to visit Johannesburg, here are a few things you need to know:
1. Visa requirement
A visa is a required before you visit the country but there are some countries whose citizens can visit without a visa provided, they have valid passports and are going to stay in the country for 30 days or less. It is good to find out whether you will need a visa or not.
2. Local Currency
The official currency in South Africa is the Rand. You can exchange your currency to South Africa Rand for your expenses and small tips.
There are many outlets in Johannesburg that accept US dollars and you can also use your international debit card if you have some cash balance in your bank account.
3. Best mobile network and internet
Once you arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport, you can buy a local SIM card to enable you to communicate effectively. But to make your trip even more hassle-free, you can have your phone activated for international roaming so you can easily call people back at home. SIM cards and mobile internet are quite cheap in South Africa.
4. Local transport in South Africa
Johannesburg has a good road network with proper signboards. This means you can rent a GPS enabled car and get around without any worries. You can also use the taxis to move around or use the public transport system which is also very efficient.
Many tourists also like the Gautrain of the Gauteng Rail System which is new in South Africa but is a convenient mode of transport in Johannesburg.
5. Talk to Your Doctor
Before you leave for South Africa, discuss with your doctor about which medications and shots you may need. South Africa is prone to malaria and you may need some protection. You may also need some shots for flu and hepatitis. Such protection is necessary for you to fully enjoy, your Johannesburg holiday tour.
Johannesburg is a very big city and tourists are usually spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation. There are many low-end and high-end hotels and the place where you choose to stay will depend on your budget.
Many Johannesburg tour packages specify the accommodation places and the services you expect to receive.
7. Learn a Little Zulu
South Africans speak eleven different languages, but Zulu is the most popular language here. Learning a little Zulu will help you socialize easily with the local residents. It is also good that many South Africans can also speak English.
Johannesburg has all the facilities and services you expect in a big city. There are many hotels with free Wi-Fi and the nightlife is always packed with many activities. It is good to visit in either July or August. That’s when the weather is good with cool nights and mild days.