Visa and entry requirements South Africa:
Passport required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office on their South Africa trip:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/suedafrikasicherheit/208400

The Republic of South Africa is a state in the south of the African continent with about 57,5 million inhabitants. The country is bordered to the northwest by Namibia, to the north by Botswana, to the northeast by Zimbabwe, to the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, to the west by the Atlantic and to the south by the Indian Ocean. As a special feature, the small kingdom of Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa as an enclave.

There are eleven official languages ​​in South Africa, including Afrikaans and English. The official currency is the South African Rand, where 1, - Euro is about 17, - ZAR.

The state has practically three different seats of the capital. The government sits in the formal capital Pretoria, the parliament is in Cape Town and the Supreme Court of Appeals operates in Bloemfontein.

The largest cities in the country include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Kimberley, Polokwane, Stellenbosch and Pietermaritzburg.

South Africa is one of the founding members of the United Nations and one of the most progressive countries in Africa.

The national territory is criss-crossed by the Drakensberg Mountains and the highest elevation of the country is the 3.450 meter high Mafadi. In the north of South Africa are the foothills of the Kalahari Desert. At the southern tip of the continent, Cape Agulhas, meets the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, further west lies the famous Cape of Good Hope.

In South Africa there are several national parks, of which the largest and most famous is the Kruger National Park. These national parks and some wildlife sanctuaries are protected in total by 325 mammal, 125 reptile and almost 550 bird species. Elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, zebras, rhinos, antelopes, giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeest, wild dogs, impala, ostriches, flamingos, black-headed penguins and springboks are among the many large animal species.

South Africa has very rich mineral deposits such as diamonds, gold, platinum, manganese, vanadium, hard coal, iron ore, nickel, palladium, antimony, chromium and titanium. The extraction of these natural resources brings South Africa almost 55% of the state's export earnings. For chromium, manganese, vanadium and platinum, it even reaches half of the total world production. Other export goods of the country are wine, corn, wheat, vegetables, fruits, sugar cane and beef.

An additional important economic factor is tourism, which has risen steadily in recent years. Among the major attractions in the country are the Garden Route, Sun City, Cape Town with Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill and its beautiful beaches, Durban with its white sand beaches, the Drakensberg, the Amathole Mountains, the Kruger National Park, Namaqualand, the wild penguins in Boulders Beach, the vineyards around Stellenbosch, the whale watching in Hermanus, the Cape of Good Hope and downtown Johannesburg.

So far I visited South Africa twice, in November 1995 shortly after the end of the apartheid and in July 2018. On my first trip, I spent a week in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Every day was another highlight on the program, so it was never boring. South Africa has a fantastic landscape and is definitely worth a visit. The visits to the Cape of Good Hope, the city of Stellenbosch, the jumping whales in Hermanus, the funny penguins on Boulders Beach, the foggy Table Mountain, the imposing Garden Route, the sunset on Signal Hill and the party nights in the nightlife of Cape Town's city center.

In summer 2018 I was in Johannesburg and used the city as a starting point for my flights with South African to the surrounding countries in southern Africa. Of course, I took a day off to complete all the highlights of Johannesburg. The Old Fort, Nelson Mandela Square, Soweto and the two big stadiums were on my program.

Somewhat shaken I was over the city center, the architecturally beautiful city center sinks in its own garbage. I've never seen anything like it in a big metropolis before, that was unbelievable. To speak of the big crime, in this city it is not advisable to walk alone, unfortunately it is too dangerous.

Johannesburg, you should be ashamed of something like that I can do without and will certainly not come back in the next few years.