KITESURFING HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
It’s no wonder that South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in sub-Saharan Africa. World-class kitesurfing, cosmopolitan cities like the great big beating heart of Johannesburg, stunning natural panoramas from Table Mountain National Park and vibrant cultures make the country appealing to almost every taste and budget.
The South African coastline offers an abundance of fantastic stretches of water, clean fine sand and plenty of wind, perfect for kitesurfing.
With a rich history, pearly white beaches, charming fishing villages, colourful floral reserves and numerous adventure activities, kitesurfing in South Africa is worth at least a week of your time in holidays.
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South Africa’s currency is the rand (R).
The best currencies to bring are US dollars, euros or British pounds in a mixture of travellers cheques and cash, plus a Visa or MasterCard for withdrawing money from ATMs.
There are ATMs in all cities in South Africa, most of which give cash advances against cards belonging to the Cirrus network.
Credit cards are widely accepted in South Africa, especially MasterCard and Visa. Nedbank is an official Visa agent, and Standard Bank is a MasterCard agent – both have branches across the country.
South Africa has been favored by nature with one of the most temperate climates on the African continent, and can be visited comfortably any time. Winter (June to September) is cooler and drier, and ideal for hiking and outdoor pursuits. Because vegetation is less dense, and thirsty animals congregate around water sources, winter is also the best time for wildlife-watching.
Summer (late November to March) brings rain, mists and – in the lowveld – some uncomfortably hot days. Along the Indian Ocean coast, conditions are sultry and tropical, with high humidity.
More of considerations than weather are school holidays. From mid-December to January, waves of vacation-hungry South Africans stream out of the cities, with visitors from Europe and North America adding to the crush. The absolute peak is from Christmas to mid-January, followed by Easter.
Spring (mid-September to November) and autumn (April and May) are ideal almost every¬where. Spring is also the best time to see vast expanses of Northern Cape carpeted with wildflowers.
TB, rabies, malaria and cholera are common to South Africa. Malaria is common to Kruger Park and parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo province and KwaZulu Natal (particularly the Wetlands area around St Lucia).
THE ENTRY REQUIRMENT
Visitors on holiday from most Commonwealth countries (including Australia and the UK), most Western European countries, Japan and the USA don’t require visas. Instead, you’ll be issued with a free entry permit on arrival. These are valid for a stay of up to 90 days.