South Africa is a culturally diverse country with an extremely rich and complex history. The earliest representatives of this diversity are the Khoikhoi and San people, who lived here thousands of years before the black tribes and European settlers came.
This means that, during your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the origins of humanity as we know it. The country is also home to a fascinating colonial history, from the early Dutch settlers to the French and British. This also includes a rich history of the various black tribes that include (but certainly isn’t limited to) the Zulu and Xhosa peoples.
You will learn how these cultures adapted to, and influenced, the country; as well as the wars that took place when they clashed with each other.
Sadly, South Africa is also known for the inequality and conflict that took place during the Apartheid era. Out of this conflict rose great bravery, inspirational stories of forgiveness, and one of the world’s most inspiring young democracies. Nelson Mandela is, without a doubt, a symbol of this new era, and his story and legacy is felt across South Africa.
Anyone travelling to South Africa will feel a deep sense of where the country has come from, and the exciting future that lies ahead.
SOUTH AFRICA TODAY
Today, South Africa is a land of vast contrasts. This is illustrated by the differences between traditional rural life and fast-paced cities, the deep blue seas and the high mountains, and between the cold waters patrolled by Great White Sharks and the hot bush where lions roar and elephants move majestically. Unfortunately, great contrasts also exist between those who have, and those who don’t.
That is why Influence Tours not only focuses on giving you an incredible experience, but also on giving back and supporting those in need.
When you travel with us, you will experience the best that South Africa can offer, while at the same time leaving a positive legacy through our dedicated work with underprivileged children.
GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING
Before going abroad it is always a good idea to do some research about your destination. Things such as the need for vaccines, weather information and general safety precautions, are important factors to consider. For swedes, we highly recommend the smartphone application “UD Resklar”, which gives you in-depth advice for the country you are visiting – all in your pocket! Below you can also read some of our suggestions prior to your trip to South Africa.
Check the weather
South Africa has a warm mild climate, which differs depending on where you are visiting. If you are coming to Cape Town, expect warm summers and wet winters. If you are visiting Johannesburg, pack for hot stormy summers and cool dry winters. If you are going to Durban, you can expect warm mild temperatures all year round. Once you have booked your trip, we will give you further advice on the weather and what to pack.
Take safety precautions
Many people worry about safety when considering a trip to South Africa. Although South Africa does have a problem with high crime rates, it is important to remember that much of what is reported in international media happens in areas where tourists never visit. Influence Tours work with local South Africans and expats that have lived in the country for a long time to ensure the safety of your trip. Once you have booked your holiday, we will provide you with detailed information on do’s and don’ts in order to stay safe in the areas that you will visit.
South Africa has a functioning public healthcare system, but we do recommend that you ensure that your travel insurance covers private healthcare. Once here, if necessary, you will be able to receive world-class healthcare from well-qualified doctors, dentists and specialists in the unfortunate event of an accident or illness.
There is no Yellow Fever or Ebola in South Africa. However, certain areas are affected by malaria. Once you have booked your trip, we will provide you with all relevant details for staying healthy in the areas that you will visit.