10 Epic Places a South African Passport Can Take You

The Altiplano, Peru | © Arto Marttinen/Unsplash
The Altiplano, Peru | © Arto Marttinen/Unsplash
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14 December 2017

The infamous Green Mamba, or South African passport, is the cause of locals paying up to their ears in visa fees when travelling abroad. There is, however, a whole list of amazing countries you can visit visa free if you have a valid passport and at least two blank pages. Here’s our round up of 10 epic places a South African passport can take you.

Argentina, South America

There’s no wonder why Argentina is a top tourist destination. From natural wonders to amazing food and friendly locals, this country has everything you need for an unforgettable trip.

Duration of visa-free stay: 90 days

Argentine Patagonia | ©Arto Marttinen/Unsplash

Brazil, South America

Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country, so it’s no wonder that tourists flock to it en masse. Expect amazing beaches, lush jungles, vibrant nightlife and much more!

Duration of visa-free stay: 90 days

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | ©Agustín Diaz/Unsplash

Fiji, Pacific

Fiji consists of an archipelago of over 300 islands known for their pristine beaches. Viti Levu is one of the larger islands and also home to the capital, Suva, which is rich in history, markets and British colonial architecture.

Duration of visa-free stay: Maximum of six months

Suva, Fiji | ©Chad McMillan/Unsplash

Hong Kong, China

If you love city life and want to explore one of the largest cities in China, then Hong Kong is for you. It’s great for shopping and of course authentic Chinese cuisine.

Duration of visa-free stay: 30 days

Hong Kong’s city streets | ©Nic Low/Unsplash

Indonesia, Asia

A surfer’s paradise, these volcanic islands are where you’ll find the most beautiful beaches in the world, Komodo dragons as well as jungles homing elephants, tigers and orangutans. Visit the capital, Jakarta, to experience a melting pot of cultures.

Duration of visa-free stay: Tourist visa on arrival, valid for 30 days at a cost of $25

Tegallalang rice terraces, Indonesia | ©Jamie Fenn/Unsplash

Jamaica, Caribbean

From beaches to mountain ranges and rainforests, there’s more to Jamaica than just reggae music. The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is, however, not to be skipped. There are also amazing diving and snorkeling spots making Jamaica the ideal beach holiday destination.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica | ©Hugo Doria/Unsplash

Peru, South America

Think Amazonian rainforests, the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu, there’s a whole ancient world to be explored. Walk the famous Inca Trail and discover archaeological sites in Cusco.

Machu Picchu, Peru | ©Natalie Pedigo/Unsplash

Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has so much on offer that it’s impossible to fit it all in over a few days. Plan well and visit the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle (don’t forget to kiss the stone), walk the Giant’s Causeway and of course, have a Guinness at Temple Bar in Dublin.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland | ©Hugo Kemmel/Unsplash

Singapore, Asia

Situated off the coast of Malaysia, this island is known for its amazing skyline and is one of the cleanest cities you’ll ever visit. Wander into Chinatown where you’ll find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, where apparently one of Buddha’s teeth is kept safe.

Duration of visa-free stay: 90 days

The Singapore skyline | ©Larry Teo/Unsplash

Thailand, Asia

A trip to Thailand is proof that one destination can include everything needed for an unforgettable holiday. From culture, food, nightlife, ancient ruins, tropical beaches and royal palaces, you’ll find it all here.

Duration of visa-free stay: 30 days

Krabi, Thailand | ©Mo Baghdadi/Unsplash

And, if that’s not enough to get you in the travel mood, other countries South Africans can visit visa-free include Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, The Bahamas, Botswana and Zambia.

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