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About Kiev

Kiev is the magnificent and exotic capital of Ukraine. With over 2.8 million residents, it is the country’s largest destination. Kiev offers you its charming streets, historic museums and a unique variety of exceptional religious architecture. The top attractions of this city include the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery, Khreshchatyk Street, and the Golden Gate.

Prepare yourself to discover this picturesque and historical destination, because cheap flights to Kiev are now available for a limited time! The capital is home to the Kyiv International Airport (IEV), a 30-minute drive or a scenic 30-minute train ride from the city centre, which serves a collection of airlines, including Ukraine International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and British Airways. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Kiev are now available. The average flight duration is 13 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Kiev

Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square

Beautiful Surroundings

Kiev’s gorgeous architecture, including Pechersk Lavra, and quaint streets and squares, like Maidan Nezalezhnosti, invite you to explore the city. These lovely scenes blossom even further at night.

Motherland Sculpture at Museum Kiev

Historical Wealth

Beyond the religious buildings and monuments, discover Kiev’s history with a variety of museums, including the National Museum of the History of Ukraine and State Aviation Museum.

Beach Along Dnipro River Kiev

A Coastal Setting

Kiev sits along the Dnipro River, guaranteeing picturesque beach locations while the warm waters in the moderate summer season offer a delightful experience.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Ukraine
Currency Ukrainian Hryvnia
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 2.16 UAH
Language Ukrainian
Hub Airport Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (IEV)
Airline Ukraine International Airlines / British Airways / Turkish Airlines / Lufthansa
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Kiev

With a humid climate resulting in warm and damp summers (June – August), this is the season which brings the most visitors to Kiev. This will mean low availability, less place at tourist attractions and the highest hotel rates. While the winters (December – February) can be chilly, they show another facet of the Ukrainian capital’s beauty. Added to this is the fact that the cost of accommodation will go down, as will the volume of tourists. Save on your travelling costs and enjoy your time here at your own pace. Just remember to dress warmly, since it snows in the winter, and January is the coldest month of the year.

Weather & Climate in Kiev

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -7°C -7°C -2°C 4°C 10°C 13°C 14°C 13°C 9°C 4°C -1°C -4°C
High °C -2°C 1°C 6°C 12°C 20°C 23°C 24°C 23°C 19°C 12°C 4°C 0°C
Rainfall (mm) 40 40 40 50 50 100 100 60 70 40 50 50

Overview

Kiev is the historic, beautiful and largest destination in Ukraine. Explore charming streets, such as Khreshchatyk, and discover impressive religious buildings (like St Andrew’s Church) as well as secular monuments, such as Rodina Mat.

The Ukrainian capital offers more than this, however. Attend a thrilling match at the various stadiums, such as the Olympic National Sport Complex and the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium. Treat yourself to the lovely combination of man-made and natural beauty at a large collection of parks, including Landscape Alley and Mariinsky Park.

Don’t forget the nightlife of Kiev, with many popular restaurants, bars and cafés to discover, such as MAMA MANANA, Pivna Bochka, and Vagabond Café and Vintage Corner.

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders will need a Visa to enter the Ukraine. You can contact the Embassy of Ukraine in Pretoria for more information at + 27(0)12 1460 1943.

South African Embassy in Kiev

Address: 9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, Entrance #3, 7th floor, Office #30, Kiev, 01004

Phone: 044 287 7172

Health & Safety

Check with your local doctor regarding which routine vaccinations you need to get before entering Ukraine. Ideally, make sure you do this four to six weeks before departure. Other diseases you should beware of, depending on where you go and what you do in Kiev, include polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.

Pickpocketing and scamming is common in crowded areas, which is another reason to skip the peak tourist season in the summer. Some scam artists even pretend to be police. Heading to the nearest police station immediately will scare them off. Make sure to keep your valuables close and out of sight, and avoid being out along late at night, as this is when crime on the streets usually increases.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG KIEV
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 55.08
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 6.88
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 10.08
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 2.29
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 11.93
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