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Why visit South Africa

South Africa is a very diverse country with different cultures and religions. South Africa also has 11 official languages and 3 capital cities. There are 9 provinces in South Africa and each province has a whole host of things for you to do and places to explore. South Africa is visa free for a few countries. I have listed some top attractions in South Africa further down below.

Countries that can enter South Africa visa free for 30 days

People with passports from the following countries can visit South Africa visa free for up to 30 days.

  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lesotho
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Seychelles
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

Countries that can enter South Africa visa free for 90 days

People with passports from the following countries can visit South Africa visa free for up to 90 days.

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Things to do in South Africa

South Africa is rich with cultural heritage and there are ample things to do and places to visit, here are a few:

Cape Town

 

Table Mountain

Visit iconic Table Mountain where you take a cable car up to the top. Once you reach the top of the mountain there are a few things you can do such as taking really cool photographs of the city of Cape Town down below. You can also have lunch or coffee from the cafe. There is a shop at the top where you can buy some really great souvenirs, they are a little pricey but totally worth it.

Wine Farms

Cape Town has hundreds of vineyards that produce some of the best wine in the world. Visit one of the many wine farms and see the actual process of wine making and do tours of the vineyards. All the vineyards have wine tasting too and some have restaurants as well so you can make a whole day of it.

Hout Bay

If fresh seafood is something you love, you should definitely visit the Hout Bay area. There are various restaurants here. You can enjoy all types of seafood from oysters to prawns and different types of fish. Some of the best restaurants to visit are the following:

  • Snoekies Hout Bay
  • Wharfside Grill Restaurant
  • The Lookout Deck
  • Fish on the Rocks
  • Mariner’s Warf Harbourfront Emporium

V&A Waterfront

Take a tour of the V&A waterfront harbor or go shopping for clothing and souvenirs within the shopping area. There are a few restaurants around as well. Take a ferry to Robben Island and discover more about the heritage of South African and visit the historic prison where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

There are many Cape Town tours but the best way to get around in Cape Town is to use the City Sightseeing Bus. Not only do they have bus tours, but they do harbor cruises and helicopter rides too.

Johannesburg

 

Gold Reef city

Visit the amusement park that was once a gold mine. You can actually do an underground gold mine tour and discover what life was like as gold miner a few years ago. The amusement park has a variety of rides and a small farm for the little kiddies. On the opposite side of the amusement park is the Gold Reef City Casino where you can try your luck at the roulet tables or one of the other many gaming choices.

Soweto Tour

Take a tour of the most popular township in South Africa. Soweto has a lot of history from the apartheid era and has developed tremendously since then. Stop at Sakhumzi Restaurant and try some traditional African food such as pap and mogodu or pap en vleis. Visit the Hector Peterson museum and Nelson Mandela’s house and learn more about the history of South Africa during the times of apartheid.

North West

 

Sun City Resort

This iconic resort originally designed by Sol Kerzner is one of South Africa’s true gems in the North West province. The resort boasts a huge water park complex including a man made beach which has become very popular among South Africans. There are hundreds of activities at Sun City resort for the entire family including a few casinos. You can also book game drives and see some of the BIG 5 animals.

Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park

A wildlife safari should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Visit the amazing Kruger National Park where you can spend time among beautiful majestic animals in their natural habitat. The Kruger park is home to the BIG 5 animals which are the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and African buffalo. There are plenty of Kruger National park safari packages, check the website to see which package is more suitable for you.

Is it Safe to Travel to South Africa?

South Africa is a great country to visit, with a very rich historical background and thousands of things to do. As in all cities all over the world, you have to use common sense when traveling. There’s a lot of crime in South Africa unfortunately, from pick pockets to more aggravated high jacking happening daily in the larger cities. Please take the following precautions when you travel around South Africa:

  • Do not wear any flashy jewelry when you are walking around
  • Do not walk around with your cellphone in your hand, use it and put it away
  • Do not walk around late at night, ask your hotel for safety precautions to take note of in that area
  • Do not walk around with a camera around your neck and bags wide open
  • If you are renting a car, make sure the doors are locked at all times
  • If you are renting a car, make sure you keep all valuables out of sight
  • Some areas in South Africa are very unsafe, please do your research and confirm with your hotel if it is safe to travel in that area

You will certainly have the time of your life when visiting South Africa. If you have questions about traveling around South Africa leave a message below.

 

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13 Replies to “Countries that can Visit South Africa Without a Visa”

  1. Thanks for a great post! I have a Finnish passport, so now I know that I can visit South Africa for 90 days without a visa. SA really looks like an interesting place to travel!

  2. Wow! I did not know all of this was available to explore in Africa! Thank you for the great review and traveling tips!

  3. Hi Sue, great article! South africa has been on my list for as long as I can remember, mainly due to the fact that I love animals and nature photography. Visiting the Kruger national park would be a dream come true.

    I have looked into it a few times and I have to say that all I can find are these really expensive, fancy resort packages. Is there a more budget friendly way to see the Rhinos!?

    Oh and thanks for the safety tips. A chap I met in Cambodia travelled through South Africa and had his stuff in his car stolen. Despite this, he said he never once fell in danger while travelling there.

    1. Hi Anthony

      The Rhinos are at various national parks. The cheaper options would be to go for self drives as opposed to booking game drives with a guide.

  4. Hi Sue,

    Great post, very informative. VISA information was new for me. Table mountain and African Safari has been on my bucket list for a long time. One quick question: According to your research what is the best time to visit South Africa ?

    Looking forward for your new post, thanks for sharing the same.

    1. Hi Satish

      The best time to visit Cape Town in my opinion is during December and January as it is summer time and the weather is awesome, so you can enjoy the beach too.

  5. Wow, I am glad I came across this article. I’ve been contemplating visiting South Africa for some time now. For some strange reason, I kept postponing it. Your well written article has made my decision very easy now, plus, I badly want to visit the table mountain!
    Well done for pointing out the safety precautions to consider when visiting South Africa, we really appreciate your help.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this article!

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