Travel Safe in South Africa: The Land of Astounding Diversity

South Africa is really a country of astounding diversity with lions in Kalahari dunes, beaches lapped by two vast oceans, lush mountains, and star-studded skies. It offers everything from cultural diversity to wild life adventure. Its constantly changing landscape is the perfect spot for an activity-packed trip. Land on the shores of South Africa and it may hold you forever.

Before you take on the continent’s best safari destination, opt for comprehensive international travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for both medical and non-medical emergencies on any trip. ICICI Lombard offers international travel insurance, which is available online, easy to purchase and offers coverage up to 85 years of age without medical tests.

Whether you drive into the wilderness of Kruger or prefer an on the coast encounter with seals and dolphins, travel insurance will always offer you a peace of mind. ICICI Lombard offers travel plans for different requirements. You can easily choose the plan that best suits your needs and travel worry free.

Benefits of Travel Insurance for South Africa

Ensure safe travel to and within South Africa with ICICI Lombard’s travel insurance, which offer the following exciting benefits:

Daily Allowance in Case of Hospitalisation

Rest Assured with a Sum Insured of up to $500,000

No Medical Tests up to 85 Years of Age

No Medical Test Required up to 85 Years of Age

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Reimbursement

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Reimbursement

Emergency Cash Advance (for instances such as theft, burglary, etc.)

Travel Frequently and Conveniently with the Gold Multi Trip plan and secure up to 30, 45 or 60 Days per Trip Yearly

Cashless Hospitalisation Worldwide

Cashless Hospitalisation Facility Worldwide

Coverage for Total Loss of Checked-in Baggage

Coverage for Total Loss of Checked-In Baggage

Emergency Hotel Extension

Emergency Hotel Extension

Things to Do in South Africa

  • Relive Your Evolution The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO world heritage is a mere 50 km from Johannesburg. The ancient site has produced a large number of fossils, some of which date back to 3.5 million years. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions apart from the Great African Safari.
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  • Elephant Love Addo Elephant National Park is the world's’ third largest national park that has a huge diversity of wild animals. Built in 1931 to preserve 11 elephants, today it is home to hundreds of them. While tourists enjoy the sight of these elephants, they also love the attention they receive from them.
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  • Dolphins Wave Ushaka Marine World, a theme park in Durban, is amongst the most popular tourist destination in South Africa. Snorkelling lagoons, dolphins, and caged shark dives are some of its major attractions. Its prices are affordable and you can plan a day’s trip with your friends and family.
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  • Deep Inside The Big Hole, an open-pit and underground mine located in Kimberly is claimed to be the largest hole excavated by hands. The hole was made to extract diamonds from the earth. Today the site also contains a museum for public knowledge and better understanding of diamond, its extraction, processing, cutting, and the final product. You must visit this place if diamonds fascinate you.
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  • Up Close and Personal The Lion Park in Gauteng is one of the most desirable national parks for wildlife lovers. Visitors are allowed to observe them from a safer distance in person. Stretched across 600 acres of land, the park is an absolute delight for true animal lovers. If you love lions in their natural habitat, you cannot afford to miss this park.
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Embassy Information

In case of emergencies including natural disasters, political upheavals, loss of passport and other emergencies, contact the Indian Embassy in South Africa. The following are the details:

Embassy/ Consulate Address Contact Details Working Hours Email
Embassy of India 852 Schoeman St, Pretoria, 0083,South Africa +27 12 342 5392 Monday – Friday:
9:00 am -05:30 pm

List of International Airports

Location Airport
O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth International Airport Port Elizabeth
Upington International Airport Upington
Pilanesberg International Airport Sun City
Cape Town International Airport Cape Town

Visa Procedure

Though the Visa procedure is simple, you need to have a valid passport considering the duration of your stay. You need to follow certain guidelines and procedures while you travel over the yellow fever zone. You need to apply for a yellow fever certificate while you travel in the yellow fever zone of South Africa.

For any visa-related queries, you can visit the above-mentioned website of the Indian Embassy in the South Africa. You can also contact South African Embassy or Consulates in India in case of a problem:

Embassy / Consulate Address Contact Details Working Hours Website
Embassy of South Africa B18 Vasant Marg Vasant Vihar New Delhi 110 057 India +91 11 26149411 to 20 Monday to Friday:
08.30 am - 12.30 pm and
01.15 pm - 05.00 pm
Embassy of Africa, Consular Section Gandhi Mansion 20 Altamount Road Mumbai, 400 026 India Local: 022 23513725
International: +91 22 23513725
Monday to Friday
09.00 am -05.00 pm

List of Well-Known Indian Restaurants in South Africa

Nowhere the diversity of South Africa is better represented than on its menus and there are plenty of amazing restaurants that serve toothsome Indian food. Some of these are:

Restaurant Cuisines Budget
Thava Indian Restaurant, Johannesburg Indian Cuisine ₹ 1,000 - 2,000
The Raj, Cape Town Multi Cuisine ₹ 1,000 – 1,500
The Little Indian Restaurant, Durban Indian Cuisine ₹ 1,500 – 2,000
Bukhara, Cape Town Indian Cuisine ₹ 1,000 – 1,500
The Test Kitchen, Cape Town Multi Cuisine ₹ 1,500 – 2,000
Source: Google Search
Rates are merely indicative for 2 persons and are subject to change based on change in conversion rates

Customer Reviews


Deepak Tandon

We went for a trip to Cape Town last year. Sadly, we lost our luggage on arrival. My friends almost decided to cancel the trip and return to India. Thankfully, ICICI’s travel insurance came to our rescue and covered the expenses of our luggage. We continued the trip and today it is one of the most memorable trips of my life. Thanks to ICICI Lombard!


Sukanya Iyer

I always wanted to go on a Safari in Africa. Last year I got a chance to visit South Africa and witness the Safari. However, I was unsure of the safety precautions there and decided to opt for ICICI Lombard’s travel insurance. The entire experience was amazing and although I didn’t make a claim but the peace of mind it offered me was a great relief.


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