Information & Facts
Kimberley's climate is typical of desert and semi-desert areas.
Summers are hot and winters mild, but with cold nights. January is
the hottest month with temperatures averaging 91-97°F (33-36°C),
while winter temperatures average 64ºF (18ºC). Annual rainfall is
unreliable and occurs mainly during the hot summer months in the
form of thunderstorms.
South Africa has 11 official languages, including
Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely
South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into
100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and
the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily
limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards
are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is
required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs,
as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and
some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops,
but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will
Local time is GMT +2.