Ukraine is one of the biggest European countries known for its Orthodox churches, the lovely Black Sea coastline and forested mountains.
Why go as a South African? It's relatively inexpensive on the South African Rand as 1 Ukrainian hryvnia = 0.54c in ZAR. Plus, the country has it all: architecture, hearty food and spectacular landscapes.
PICS: Why overlooked Kiev should be on your travel list
Quick Guide essentials:
Visas: Visa required for South African passport holders. Must apply in person.
Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia
Airport Hub: Kyiv Boryspil International Airport
Peak Season: Either side of summer in May-June or September
Time Zone: (GMT+3)
- Kiev Perchersk Lavra
- St.Sophia's Cathedral
- Independence Square
- Potemkin Stairs
- Tunnel of Love
What to do
- Go marvel at the cathedrals
- Cross the Dnieper River in Kyiv
- Eat borscht
- Walk through the Tunnel of Love
- Get a culture injection in Lviv
- See the landscape in the Carpathian Mountains
What to eat
- Chicken kiev
- Stuffed cabbage rolls
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