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Republic of South Africa

Capital: Pretoria.

Map of Republic of South Africa

The state in the south of Africa. Zimbabwe in the north borders on Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland, in east part of the country there is a kingdom Lesotho. In the east and the south it is washed by Indian ocean, in the west - Atlantic ocean.

Climate: Tropical and subtropical. Medium temperature of January from +18 C to +27 C, July - from +7 C to +10 C.

Any inoculations in the countries of Southern Africa it is not necessary to do, except for cases when you schedule a trip to Northeast areas of the country (Mpumalanga, Kruger Park, Swaziland, KvaZulu Natal) and Northern areas of Namibia. These are areas of distribution of a malarial mosquito. Along with acceptance of antimalarial drugs it is recommended to put on clothes with the long sleeve and to use insecticides. Malarial mosquitoes are activest in twilight. Conditioners and fans also reduce risk of stings of mosquitoes.

Official languages - 11 languages of basic groups of the population of the country. Are used mainly English and an Afrikaans. Religion: the Basic religions. Christianity (basically Protestants), traditional cults, Hinduism, Islam, a Judaism.

Currency: the South African rand, is equal to 100 cents. In a course of a coin of denomination in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, 1, 2, 5 rands, notes - 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 rands. Most in Buraux De Change at the airport, but currency also it is possible to interchange an exchange favorable rate in banks in a city and even at any time in hotel. Bank hours: 9:00 - 15:30 (everyday life), 9:00 - 11:00 (on Saturdays).

Can be duty-free removed: strong alcoholic drinks - 1л, fault - 2л., cigarettes - 400 pieces, or cigars - 50 pieces, gifts and souvenirs for the sum to 500 rands of Republic of South Africa. At importation the weapon, olden time and art subjects are subject to the obligatory customs control. If cost of imported subjects exceeds 10000 rands of Republic of South Africa, the duty at a rate of 20 % from a total sum is levied. Importation of the automatic and fighting weapon, explosives, an ammunition, drugs and narcotic drugs in any form is forbidden.

The general extent of railways makes 31,7 thousand in km. In the country 9 airport terminals which annually serve 15 million passengers act. In the market work 5 airlines which are carrying out the international air freights. The general extent of highways over 206 thousand in km from which km about 60 thousand have solid cover.

At restaurant: 10-12 % from a total cost of the order (including drinks), services носильщика:от 2 to 5 rands for luggage unit, the guide/voditel:15-20 of rands in day from the person for day of work.

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