South Africa

Cities in South Africa

There’s obviously more cities in South Africa, but these are the ones that is currently added to the guide.

What are the top gay cities in South Africa?

The top gay cities in South Africa are Johannesburg and Cape Town. Both cities have a vibrant gay scene with plenty of LGBTQ+ friendly venues and events.

What currency is used in South Africa? Can I pay with a credit card?

The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). Most establishments accept credit cards, but it's always a good idea to carry some cash as well, especially when visiting smaller towns or local markets.

Is South Africa an expensive destination?

South Africa offers a range of options to suit different budgets. While it can be affordable compared to some other destinations, prices can vary depending on your preferences and activities. Overall, it's possible to explore and enjoy South Africa without breaking the bank.

Do I need any extra paperwork to visit South Africa?

Most visitors to South Africa don't require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. However, it's always best to check with your local South African embassy or consulate to ensure you have the correct documentation before you travel.

Is South Africa a gay-friendly country?

Yes, South Africa is considered one of the most gay-friendly countries in Africa. The LGBTQ+ community is protected by law, and attitudes towards homosexuality are generally accepting and progressive. However, it's always important to exercise caution when traveling and respect local customs and laws.

Is gay marriage legal in South Africa?

Absolutely! South Africa was actually the first country in Africa and the fifth in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Love wins in South Africa! 🌈💍

Can I use English in South Africa?

Yes, English is one of the official languages of South Africa, along with 10 other languages. You'll have no problem communicating with the locals and getting around the country.

Should I leave a tip for waiters in South Africa?

Tipping in South Africa is customary, particularly in restaurants. 10-15% of the bill is a standard tip, but if the service really wowed you, go ahead and show your appreciation with a little extra. Your waiter will surely appreciate it!

What's the best time of year to visit South Africa?

South Africa is a year-round destination, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences and the region you plan to explore. Generally, the summer months (November to February) offer warm weather and are great for beach vacations, while the winter months (June to August) are ideal for wildlife safaris. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are also beautiful and offer pleasant weather.

What's the local language in South Africa, and how do I say some basic phrases?

In South Africa, there are 11 official languages! English is widely spoken, so you'll be just fine. Here are a few basic phrases to impress the locals:

  • Hello: 'Sawubona' (sa-WU-bo-na)

  • Thank you: 'Enkosi' (en-KOH-see)

  • Cheers!: 'Oop erens' (OH-puh-rinz)

  • Fabulous!: 'Sjoe, darling!' (SHOO, DAR-ling!)

What's the local cuisine like in South Africa? Can you recommend some must-try dishes?

South African cuisine is a delightful mix of flavors influenced by various cultures. Some must-try dishes include:

  • Braai: A traditional South African barbecue

  • Bunny Chow: A curry dish served in a hollowed-out bread loaf

  • Bobotie: A fragrant and flavorful Cape Malay dish

  • Biltong: Dried and cured meat similar to beef jerky

  • Malva Pudding: A sweet and sticky dessert. Bon appétit!

What are the emergency numbers in South Africa? How do I call for help?

In case of emergency, dial 10111 for police assistance, 10177 for an ambulance, or 112 for all emergencies. Remember, safety first!

Are there any cultural taboos or behaviors to avoid in South Africa?

While South Africa is a diverse country with different cultural norms, it's generally important to be respectful and open-minded. Avoiding topics related to race, politics, and personal finances in casual conversations is advisable. Also, remember to ask for permission before taking someone's photo, as some communities may find it offensive.