South Africa offers visitors a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences. It has an abundance of breathtaking scenery, from sun-soaked coasts to rolling green hills, magical forests and magnificent semi-desert landscapes. Whether you are up for wildlife and adventure or bustling city life and vibrant culture, our home has it all. More than 10 million international tourists discover the country’s charms every year.
DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is held in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city and economic heartland. We also call it Joburg, Jozi or Egoli (city of gold). This world-class city offers those who want to be entertained everything from fine dining to uniquely South African cuisine, high-end shopping to bustling city markets and theatre shows to all-night parties.
Excited yet? Here are some tips to help you plan your trip to South Africa.
Landing at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will be just around the corner from Emperors Palace, the venue for DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES. The resort has complimentary airport shuttles running at 20 minute intervals between 06h00 and 23h00 daily. Metered taxis, Uber and Taxify operate in the country. From the airport, you can also take the high-speed Gautrain train service to Sandton, an upmarket area offering shopping, dining and a variety of hotels.
Accommodation options range from hotels and guesthouses to Airbnb. Make your booking through the organisers of DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES to secure special rates for accommodation at one of the luxury five-star, four-star or three-star hotels at the Emperors Palace resort, the venue for DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES.
In mid-October, it’s late spring in South Africa. It’s a beautiful time of the year to travel to the country. The days are usually warm and the nights still slightly cooler. Day temperatures are expected to be around 25 °C/75 °F and night temperatures around 11 °C/ 52 °F. There’s a possibility of early summer thunderstorms in October. Johannesburg sits on a high-altitude inland plateau 1753 metres (6000 feet) above sea level, so you may want to arrive early to acclimatise to the thin air.
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:
Known as the Rainbow Nation, the population is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse in the world. The country has 11 official languages but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in urban areas and in the tourist industry.
The currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). You can see the latest exchange rate here. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted and American Express is accepted at some places. Foreign currency can be obtained at airports and some large shopping malls.
OBTAINING YOUR VISA:
Visitors from certain countries must apply beforehand for a visa in order to visit South Africa for tourism or business purposes. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and you will not be allowed to board a plane to South Africa without the necessary visa. You can find a list of exempted countries here on the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs. As this is subject to change, it is recommended that you enquire with your nearest South African mission or consulate or contact the South African Department of Home Affairs to see whether you are required to obtain a visa and what fee will be charged for issuing the visa. Find out more on the documents required to apply for a visa and the requirements to enter the country here on the website of the Department of Home Affairs. The organisers of DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES will provide you with an invitation letter if required to apply for a visa.
Malaria is endemic in the far north of South Africa, but not in the region where DANCING UNDER AFRICAN SKIES will be held. Consult a healthcare professional about malaria prophylaxis if you will be travelling further north within the country. There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, but the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.