Facts & Figures
We thought that the following information may be useful, and will help you to plan more effectively for your stay with us here at Aloe Lane Guest Lodge.
- Language – South Africa has 11 official languages including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho – but English is the most widely spoken.
- Time zone – local time is GMT +2.
- Electricity – electrical current is 230V, 50Hz and round three-pin plugs are standard.
- Currency – South Africa’s currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and larger hotels.
- Getting cash – ATMs are widely available, although there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals, and major international credit cards are widely accepted.
- Other payment methods – traveller’s cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged – otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.
- Weather – Johannesburg enjoys a very favourable climate, which is dry and sunny all year round. Between October and April the city experiences heavy afternoon thunderstorms, with downpours that disappear as quickly as they arrive. Winter days are only slightly cooler than the pleasant summer average temperatures, but it can become frosty on winter nights.
- Public transport – in and around Johannesburg, public transport is not as well-developed as in European or Western countries, and most travellers who arrive by air will require an airport transfer, hire car or taxi to their ongoing destinations. Uber operators now provide a quick and easy service in and around Johannesburg.
- The Gautrain – this is South Africa’s first public city-to-city rapid rail link system, bringing together Pretoria, Johannesburg and Sandton, as well as Oliver Tambo International Airport.
- Driving – in South Africa we drive on the left, and roads are usually well marked and sign posted in English. Fuelling is easy and there are many petrol stations, but it is important to note that foreign bank cards are not accepted, and it is strictly cash or local cards only.
- Navigation – it is highly recommended that visitors use a sat nav device to locate their final destination and to avoid getting lost.
- Safety – visitors to South Africa should be aware of the country’s high incidence of crime, although it is worthwhile noting that the South African authorities do give high priority to the protection of tourists. Crime tends to be concentrated in pockets throughout the country, for example in the township areas, and opportunistic crime is fairly widespread. Travellers should always be aware of these risks, and exercise the necessary precautions.