Water Shortages in South Africa: What you need to know

Following our previous update on the water shortage in South Africa, the regions currently affected are Western, Eastern and Northern Cape. Travelling to these regions will require visitors to be aware of the country’s water restrictions beginning 1 June 2018. Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Sisa Nishona, advises that there will be minimal impact on the country’s tourism, in fact, inbound tourism will be crucial in supporting the growth of the economy during this time. “South Africa remains open for business and are ready to welcome travellers from around the world to one of the most beautiful countries on Earth,” says Nishona.

If you are planning to visit South Africa in 2018, here are a few things to expect:

  • Water will be available in Western, Eastern and Northern Cape for travellers however, it is advised that citizens and travellers abide by the water restrictions set in the area they are visiting. the World Health Organisation recommends travellers to use 50 litres of water per day.
  • Travellers will not be required to queue for water. Water is available through regular sanitary and hygiene systems for taps, showers and toilets.
  • All major tourism attractions will have operational water, as well as restaurants, bars and other entertainment spots

To support South Africa during this period, Eclipse Travel is embracing the #WaterWiseTourism movement to encourage sustainable and responsible travel. For regular updates, please visit http://www.waterwesterncape.com/ or contact your Eclipse Travel consultant for more information.



About South Africa

South Africa is a destination that offers a wide variety of experiences in close proximity. From wildlife safaris in 22 national parks, to breathtaking scenic outdoor spaces, vibrant modern designer cities and 2,700 km of diverse coastline with Blue Flag beaches. Follow inspiring heritage and cultural journeys to freedom, and include active or adventure activities for any budget. South Africa welcomes 10 million visitors annually from around the world.