TRAVEL QUICK TIPS
Johannesburg, South Africa - Customs
Customs | Places to Visit
TIPPING- Tipping of 10% at restaurants is common practice. You may notice that due to the long history of segregation, many Afrikaans do not extend the same respect to the Africans. It will take time for the rifts in culture to settle, and so in the efforts to move forward, get to know the Africans and show your respect and kindness to all equally.
PHOTOGRAPHY- Please, before taking pictures of villagers or any person, ask first. They are not zoo animals and it is impolite to act like a gawking tourist at a zoo. Also, remember that it is illegal to take pictures or video of any governmental buildings..
BARTER NOTES- Most stores have fixed pricing but you can and should barter at the markets. Expect to pay between 20 and 75 % less than the asking price.
WHAT TO WEAR - South Africans are very fashionable and tend to dress for the hot African climate with bohemian styles. Long flowing skirts, sexy strappy shoes and embellished tank tops. There are also many upscale restaurants that you will want to dine in. Bring appropriate attire for a night on the town.
WHERE TO STAY - The Michelangelo on Nelson Mandela Square. Tel: 27 (0) 11 282 7000 Email: Michelangelo@legacyhotels.co.za
WHAT TO BUY - Wonderful jewelry, especially at the markets, spices, rooibush and honeybush teas. These teas are caffeine free and packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants!
African art and sculptures are perhaps the best buys. Local Tanzanite jewelry is also worth checking out.
CAR RENTALS- This is a city where you can easily rent a car- beware that South Africa is left hand drive. Road signs are all in English and the speed limits are posted in Kilometers.