Things to know

POPULATION FIGURES - KwaZulu-Natal is home to 10.2 million people with a rich cultural mix. Additional statistics can be acquired from the Statistics South Africa site.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES - There are eleven official languages in South Africa. In KwaZulu-Natal, English and Zulu are widely spoken.

BANKS - Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours a day and can be found in most shopping centres.

CURRENCY - The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. There are 100c in R1. VALUE ADDED TAX A 14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists may reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceeds R250. Ask for more information at the airport upon arrival.

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

  • Police & Flying Squad - 10111
  • Ambulance - 10177
  • Tourist Support Unit - (031) 332 5923
  • Train Enquiries (Spoornet) - (031) 361 3388
  • Airport Flight Information - (031) 451 6666
  • Weather Bureau - (031) 469 0099
  • Department of Home Affairs - (031) 308 7900

ESSENTIALS TO PACK

  • Light cotton clothing (shorts, short sleeve shirt)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming costume
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera

IMMUNISATION - Malaria is endemic in the far northern coastal areas of Zululand and Maputuland, especially close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders. It is advisable to take precautions when visiting these areas, especially in the hot summer months. Consult a doctor or pharmacist.

EMBASSIES & CONSULATES

  • Belgium Consulate 031 303 2840/1
  • British 031 305 3041
  • Chile 031 312 8608
  • Denmark 031 202 9396
  • Finland 031 209 3836
  • Germany 031 305 5677
  • Greece 031 301 4880/1
  • India 031 304 7020
  • Ireland  012 342 5062
  • Italy 031 368 4388/98
  • Madagascar 031 312 9704
  • Mozambique Consulate 031 304 0200/304 0213
  • Netherlands 031 304 1770
  • Norway and Sweden 031 207 6900
  • Portugal 031 305 7511
  • Spain 031 764 2574
  • Uruguay Consulate 031 262 7331
  • USA 031 304 4737