Airports and Flights

South Africa is easily accessible by air from countries all over the world. The national carrier is South African Airways.  Several major airlines (Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius, Qatar Air, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways) have direct flights to Cape Town International Airport – this would be the easiest way to arrive. The other main point of entry to South Africa via air is the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. From there, it is easy to connect to Cape Town (two hour flight) on several local airlines such as South African Airways, Mango, Safair and Kulula.


Visas

For all information on visas and visa exemptions for entry into South Africa, please check the information provided here:

http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/apply-for-a-south-african-visa

In addition, please check with your local South African Embassy. If invitation letters are required for visa purposes, please do let us know and we will happily provide them. Please note, it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for and obtain their own visas.

 

Safety

Cape Town is generally a safe city, but as with any large urban area, caution is advised with regards to personal belongings and valuables.

 

Money

ATM’s are easily accessible in Cape Town, as are money exchange operators/banks. The South African currency is called the Rand. Check the exchange rate at http://www.x-rates.com/table/?from=ZAR&amount=1

 

Health

If you are journeying from or transiting through a yellow fever risk country, you require a yellow fever vaccination to enter South Africa. As for any other health requirements and visa requirements please contact your nearest South African embassy / consulate. It is advised that participants take out travel health insurance. South Africa has a split health system (public and private). Public health care facilities are available but the quality and speed with which services are rendered varies and is not consistent. The private health care system offers excellent services but is more costly.

Weather

The summer school takes places during the South African summer, with January being one of the warmest months. However, Cape Town is known to be the city of “four seasons in a day”, and can get quite windy, given its extensive coastline and mountainous terrain.

 

***Accepted participants will be sent a more detailed guide with recommendations on places to stay, tips on using public transport, information on local culture and other relevant material.