LOCAL INFORMATION

Currency Conversion Rate (estimate)

1 USD = 18.93 (ZAR/South African Rand) – As of 3/26/2024

Currency Conversion Tool: www.oanda.com 

Local Weather in September

Daily high temperatures from 64°F to 67°F, rarely falling below 58°F or exceeding 75°F.

Daily low temperatures from 50°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 44°F or exceeding 58°F.

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Security

South Africa – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Updated to reflect safety consideration when using GPS navigation. 

Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest

Country Summary:  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and “smash-and-grab” attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark.

Using GPS navigation can lead to unsafe routes. GPS navigation may suggest shortcuts through townships as the quickest preferred route but can lead to increased risks of crime.

There have been incidents in which tourists traveling in Cape Town while using GPS navigation apps have been routed through residential areas with high rates of violent crime. The safest approach to return a rental car to Cape Town International Airport is to take the N2 highway and follow signs to Airport Approach Rd (exit 16). Alternatively, request the rental car company to collect your vehicle and subsequently arrange an airport transfer from established taxi companies or established ridesharing services to reach the airport.

Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent. 

Please see our Alertsfor up-to-date information. 

Read the country information pagefor additional information on travel to South Africa. 

 If you decide to travel to South Africa: 

  • Research your route in advance, stay on major highways, avoid shortcuts through townships, and avoid reliance on GPS navigation apps.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially after dark. 
  • Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area. 
  • Do not display cash or valuables. 
  • Drive with doors locked and windows closed. 
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebookand Twitter
  • Review the Country Security Reportfor South Africa. 
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. 
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Informationrelated to your travel. 

Helpful Links

When traveling abroad, you are encouraged to be aware of local customs and use the appropriate precautions to ensure your safety and enjoyment.  Following are some helpful links to assist you with your travel plans.