Getting to South Africa is easy. Depending on your travel plans you can fly to OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg – in the north), Cape Town International Airport (Cape Town – in the south) and King Shaka International Airport (Durban – in the east). If our wedding is the start of your trip then it is advisable to book a ticket to Cape Town International Airport (Stellenbosch is approximately 35km from the airport). There are also various charter flights between the major South African cities.
To find out if you need a visa to visit South Africa, visit the South African Department of Home Affairs. Generally EU citizens do not need visas to visit (less than 90 days) but always check to be sure.
You need to apply for an unabridged birth certificate prior to entering South Africa if you are traveling with minor children (“minderjarigekinderen”).
With the South African currency (the rand) offering favourable exchange rates against the world's hard currencies (euro, pound and dollar), your money will go surprisingly far in South Africa.
Medical facilities are comprehensive in South Africa. Netcare 911 (dial 082 911) offers 24-hour emergency medical assistance. For ambulance services, dial 10177.
In South Africa tipping is widely practised. Tipping indicates appreciation for good service. You can expect this in restaurants, car-park attendants and tour guides.
If you are intending on visiting various cities/towns in South Africa it is advisable to rent a small car since distances are extensive and the public transport system is not that sophisticated. Cars can be picked up at the airports and big cities. We have positive experiences with Sunnycars. Cars are provided by, for example, Avis, Sixt, Bidvest, Hertz, and their terms and conditions are fair.
Most of you are intending on visiting various cities in South Africa, including Cape Town. Useful links for travel information http://www.capetown.travel/category/visitors/stay and http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/landing/visitor-home.
You can also get into contact with us if you need more information.