Holiday Facts
for the Painting Visitor to South Africa

Everything to make your holiday
more pleasureable

Essential Facts for a Great Holiday

  • When is the next Painting Tour?

  • Tour Dates for 2009 and 2010

  • Make a Painting Holiday Enquiry

  • Who are the Tutors & Guides?

  • Where will we be painting?

  • Where will we stay?

    Any More Questions

  • Many questions
    Our FAQ page of regularly asked questions and our answers

  • Art Supplies for your holiday
    Get the low down on everything you may want to bring and what not to bring

  • The Weather
    Facts telling you all about the lovely climate you can expect throughout the year

  • The clothes to bring
    Some helpful hints and links

  • What to read
    A look at some Books and Magazines page for inspiration and relaxation

  • Get yourself some fun in the sun

  • Find out whats on in and around KwaZulu Natal

    The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
    but their inward significance


  • General Facts about South Africa

    Office and Shop hours are usually 08h:00-17h:00 Mondays - Fridays
    Banks are Mondays - Fridays 09h:00 - 15h:00
    Shopping Malls and corner shops are Everyday 9h:00 till 20h:00 but this is a generalization and they may vary from this.


    Electric current is supplied at 240 volts AC 50Hz and 15 amp round-pin wall sockets are used.


    South Africa is a very diverse country with many cultures living alongside each other. In all there are 11 official languages but the main languages in KwaZulu Natal are isiZulu, English and Afrikaans.Most people will speak English as well as their home language.


    Rands and cents are the currency of South Africa I think one of the fun things about traveling abroad is sorting out the money. Is it a bargain or have I made a bish of the rates!Rands and cents and can be found as coins and notes


    5c 10c 20c 50c R1 R5


    R10 R20 R50 R100 R200

    Most credit cards can be used to access your money through an ATM or Bank. You can cash your travellers’ cheques at banks. Some hotels and shops also provide this service.

    Banks are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 15:30 and on Saturday 9:00 – 11:00
    ATM’s are all over South Africa and most are open 24 hours. As in all countries take care around ATM’s.

    No need to carry cash - Take advantage of this to get yourself a card to take on holiday

    At the moment there’s a very good rate of exchange for you making a South African holiday really good value for your money especially if you compare it with other painting holidays around the world and what they offer.

    To get an idea of how far your money will stretch while on holiday here use the Currency Converter Universal Currency Converter ®

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    We run at Greenwich +2 and although South Africa is a large country, we do not practice daylight saving or have different time zones. There is only one time for the whole country so once you have changed your watch to local time you won't have to worry about it again until you get home no matter where you travel to in South Africa.


    Please note when any of these dates fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday

    1 JanuaryNew Years Day
    2 JanuaryPublic Holiday
    21 MarchHuman Rights Day
    6 AprilGood Friday
    9 AprilFamily Day
    27 AprilFreedom Day
    1 MayWorkers Day
    16 JuneYouth Day
    9 AugustNational Womens Day
    24 SeptemberHeritage Day
    16 DecemberDay of Reconciliation
    25 DecemberChristmas Day
    26 DecemberDay of Goodwill


    Don't leave home without a visit to 0044.


    Because this is where you can pick up your International SIM Card. If you do it before you leave you know you will have uninterrupted contact with family and friends, very important when you want to tell them what they are missing hey!

    Take a Global Plug Adapter Kit
    This fantastic little plug is vital to you keeping on line and in touch.

    It includes the AC plug adapters for Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and more!
    So before you come on holiday its worth a moments stop at the SIM Card Shop Telestial where you can get your South African SIM card and your Global Plug Adapter Kit
    Make sure you don't get caught short!


    The Mercury newspaper is the daily with the Sunday Tribune on Sunday. Both are good for 'Whats on' information
    Most hotels have TV's in the rooms which show the 4 local channels and a few satellite channels
    If for some reason you should need the services of the internet during your holiday most big hotels have facilities for a small charge and there are several internet cafes dotted around.


    • African art
      African tribal masks, art and artifacts - use these beautiful pieces of African culture to decorate your home, garden or office.

    • A painting by our local artists

    Hope you find this helpful but if you need any more information send us your question and we'll do our best to answer it for you as quickly as possible cause if you're anything like me when you want to know something you want the answer like yesterday!