|Language||IsiZulu (official) (23.8%), IsiXhosa (official) (17.6%), Afrikaans (official) (13.3%), Sepedi (offcial) (9.4%), English (official) (8.2%), Setswana (official) (8.2%), Sesotho (official) (7.9%), Xitsonga (official) (4.4%), siSwati (official) (2.7%), Tshivenda (official) (2.3%), isiNdebele (official) (1.6%)|
|Religion||Protestant (36.6%), Catholic (7.1%), Muslim (1.5%), other Christian (36%), none (15.1%)|
|Ethnic Groups||Black African (79%), white (9.6%), Indian/Asian (2.5%)|
|Motto||"!ke e: |xarra ||ke" (|siXhosa: "Unity in Diversity")|
|Independence||1910, 1961, 1994|
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|Minimum Group Size:||15|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade South African and American meals|
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Transportation to South Africa, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and personal snacks.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Most South Africans will speak English and 2-3 other languages as well.
Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
South Africa has its share of creatures; however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
Groups will fly into either Cape Town or Johannesburg where PPM staff will meet them upon exiting customs and immigration. Praying Pelican Missions will take care of all your transportation while in South Africa.
All transportation within South Africa is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by Praying Pelican Missions.
Which airport a team flies into depends on where in South Africa they are serving. Please check with your Praying Pelican Missions consultant to determine whether you will fly into Cape Town or Johannesburg.
Yes. High-quality tap water is available almost everywhere in South Africa especially in the major cities. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintains that South Africa's national standard of water quality compares well with World Health Organization standards.
Yes. There will be opportunities to purchase gifts and souvenirs if one so desires.
The teams will be eating traditional South African food and traditional American meals.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to South Africa
The English speaking country of South Africa provides a perfect entry point into the African continent. The mix of the beautiful landscape, rich history, and diverse socioeconomic cultures provides an excellent setting for ministry.
Summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather - often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air. Winter (May-July) is characterized in the higher lying areas by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. If you're coming during what's our summer, remember to bring warm clothes! The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather.
South Africa is a melting pot of languages, but English is pervasive and your group will likely be able to communicate easily.
Safety is a top priority for Praying Pelican Missions. Your PPM trip leader will be with you from the moment you arrive in the country and are well-prepared to keep your team safe and healthy!
South Africa is a middle-income, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources. Unemployment remains high and outdated infrastructure has constrained growth. Daunting economic problems remain from the apartheid era - especially poverty, lack of economic empowerment among the disadvantaged groups, and a shortage of public transportation.
The currency is the South African Rand, which converts at a rate of approximately 10.5 rands per 1 US dollar. Your group will have an opportunity to exchange money in-country if so desired, but most souvenir vendors will accept American dollars.
South Africa has a rich and diverse culture that has resulted in it being a sort of artistic crossroads in Africa. It has an abundance of fun and recreational activities from safari rides, Robben Island tours, cable cars to Table Mountain, African safaris and visiting the Cape of Good Hope.
The cuisine of South Africa is often called "rainbow cuisine" because of its sheer diversity of backgrounds, ranging from traditional African to Dutch to Indonesian.
South African was originally inhabited by Bantu-speaking tribes, most notably the Xhosa and Zulu peoples. European contact began with Bartolomeu Dias's voyage in 1487. Dutch tradesmen established Cape Town in the 17th century as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company, beginning a long history of conflict between the native population and the Europeans. The Cape Colony was annexed by Great Britain in 1806 and many laws were enacted restricting the rights of native tribes. South Africa was officially declared a sovereign nation in 1931, but the power disparity between the South Africans of European descent and those of native descent only increased until the institution of apartheid in the 1940s. Apartheid resistance, protest, and violence grew over several decades and only began to dissipate in 1990 when the government lifted many restrictions and released Nelson Mandela from prison. The first universal elections with all citizens allowed a vote was held in 1994, which Mandela won unequivocally.
Christianity is the dominant religion in South Africa, alongside traditional African religious beliefs. The church communities we work with in South Africa are passionate and vibrant, ready to receive your group!