Travelling in South Africa - Languages

We have many years of experience and with consultants who have lived in the country for over a decade, we guarantee that we will be able to assist you with any queries you may have for your holiday there.

Languages

South Africa is a multilingual country with 11 official languages, plus heaps more tribal tongues, pidgins and variations.

English is understood across the country, being the language of business, politics and the media, and has long since become South Africa’s lingua franca.  It’s the most widely-understood tongue and a second language to many, although Zulu, iXhosa and Afrikaans (in that order) all have more speakers in total.

Like anywhere, South African locals will be delighted if you attempt to learn a few rudimentary words of their local language – and may chortle at your dodgy pronunciation!

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