Travel Guide To South Africa

Travel Guide To South Africa

Indian Embassy in South Africa

Embassy of India

852, Francis Baard Street, Corner of Frances Baard Street and Eastwood Street, Arcadia - 0083,

Pretoria, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 342 5310

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to South Africa require a Visa. Here are the documents that are required to establish proof of identity:

  • Valid Indian passport
  • Voter ID issued by Government of India
  • Fully completed application form- 11 (DHA- 84)
  • A day to day itinerary covering your stay in South Africa
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Two recent photographs
  • Original confirmed return ticket
  • Proof of hotel reservation
  • Photocopy of PAN card issued by Government of India

About South Africa

Birthplace of greatest activist and politician Nelson Mandela, South Africa is officially known as ‘Republic of South Africa,’. The country is rich in mines and minerals and is home to almost 90% of the platinum metal and 41% of the gold available on the planet Earth.

South Africa is also famous for its wildlife, glorious beaches, vineyards, national parks and magnificent mountains. It is an ideal destination for adventurous travellers that offers safari and diving with white sharks.

Travelling to South Africa is one of the best experiences and is highly recommended. South African people are highly friendly as they all come from different cultural backgrounds and going anywhere in South Africa is highly rewarding all due to its pristine beauty.

Top Places to Visit in South Africa

There are various places that you can visit in South Africa, and every one of them has a unique vibe.

Addo Elephant National Park

One of South Africa’s largest parks, the Addo Elephant National Park is famous for its brown- coloured elephants. It is in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Many other animals can be seen in this park, such as -

  • Ostriches
  • Antelopes
  • Warthogs
  • Lions
  • Spotted hyenas

Garden Route

Garden Route is home to numerous lagoons and lakes and offers pristine views of the scenic south-eastern South African coast.

Simon’s Town and Boulder’s Beach

Simon’s Town is one place you cannot miss if you are near Cape Town in South Africa. One of the famous attractions of this town is Boulder’s beach, which is not only renowned for its beautiful white sand and crystal-clear water, but it is also home of approximately 20,000 penguins. 


If you like social animals such as whales, then Hermanus is the place for you. It is located on the southern coast of Africa near Garden Route and is famous for shore-based-whale-watching. Southern whales migrate to this region each year to mate and breed. Benches, tour boats, and telescopes are also available to give you the different views of whale raising their flukes in the sea breezes.

How to Reach South Africa

The most convenient way of reaching South Africa is via air. All major cities in South Africa have an airport. Tambo international airport is the largest in the country located in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Direct flights are available from Mumbai to South Africa. There are several one-stop flights available to Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well.

Best Time to Visit

South Africa is a year-round destination. However, visiting South Africa in different seasons, allows you to explore a variety of experiences such as -

  • Blooming scenes of wildlife, flowers, and whales in between May and October (spring and winter)
  • Birding and visiting Winelands in Cape Town between November and April (autumn and summer)

Things to Pack

When visiting South Africa, there are many things you would need to pack. Apart from essentials such as clothes and footwear, you may also pack the following items:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Power adapter
  • Basic toiletries
  • LifeStraw 
  • Leather sandals for sandy beaches
  • Bathing suits, sunscreen  
  • Travel insurance (for medical emergencies)

Top Delicacies

The dining scene in South Africa offers many lip-smacking delicacies that you must try while visiting the place:


This traditional dish from Cape Malay comprises gently spiced minced lamb topped with an egg, and milk, browned in the oven. It’s a dinner time staple in South Africans.


It is impossible to find South African barbeque(braai) without Chakalaka. The recipe is a scrumptious concoction of baked beans, curry, peppers, and carrots.

Apricot Blatjang

Apricot Blatjang is the South African chutney, which is made up of dried apricots. It goes well with cheese, even with Bobotie. However, not all chutneys qualify as blatjang.

Shopping List Essentials

A holiday in South Africa without shopping is incomplete. From a pair of leather shoes to artisanal toffee and natural skincare products, these locally available shopping essentials are worth buying.

Here are some must-have local South African artefacts that you can lay your hands on:


Wooden Indalo Bags

Indalo is in Cape Town and produces a variety of products, including wooden Indalo bags. Besides being used as a beach towel, these bags can also serve multiple purposes such as–

  • Post-beach dresses
  • Unique throw for your sofa
  • Scarves
  • Flowing skirts

Zulu Ceremonial Spoons

Representing the Ubuntu spirit of South African people, Zulu ceremonial spoons make the perfect souvenir. You can buy these spoons from curio stores.

Toffee from Darling Sweet

If you have a sweet tooth, then you must try the handcrafted toffee from Darling Sweet. These toffees are available in different flavours such as -

  • Bird’s eye chilli
  • Red wine
  • Chocolate
  • Sour fig

Top Indian Restaurants in South Africa

Thava Indian Restaurant

Location:   The Avenue & Grove Rd, The Gardens, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa

Contact:  +27 11 728 2826


Location:  Southern Sun Hotel, Main Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7725, South Africa

Contact: +27 21 674 7186

Malis Indian Restaurant

Location: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Contact: +27 31 312 8535 

Healthcare Centers

While travelling to South Africa, you may need emergency medical attention. For that, there are several healthcare centres, where you can get immediate medical help, including:

Netcare Greenacres Hospital

Location:   Cnr Cape Rd &, Rochelle Rd, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, 6045, South Africa

Contact: +27 41 390 7000

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Location:  26 Chris Hani Rd, Diepkloof 319-Iq, Johannesburg, 1864, South Africa

Contact: +27 11 933 8000

Netcare Jakaranda Hospital

Location: 213 Middelberg St, Pretoria, 0132, South Africa

Contact: +27 12 421 6700

In case of a medical emergency, having a travel insurance policy can not only help you take care of the medical bills but also tackle several contingencies including misplaced luggage, flight cancellation and rescheduling.


The official currency of South Africa is South African rand.

Basis of Local Communication

Basis of Local Communication

South Africa has 11 official languages. These are-

  • Ndebele
  • South African English
  • Northern Sotho 
  • Sotho 
  • Siswati 
  • Tsonga 
  • Tswana
  • Venda
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu
  • Afrikaans

Zulu is the most common language in South Africa, spoken by more than 23% of the population. Apart from Zulu, the locals also speak Xhosa (16%) and Afrikaans (14%). South African English (9.6%) is the fourth common language in the country.



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