How to Call South Africa: Dialing S. African Numbers from the US


Calling companies abroad such as South Africa tend to be more difficult for customers than calling a local number, but it doesn’t have to be! We are offering a quick reference guide on how to dial South Africa from the United States. We will break down what dialing a South Africa number looks like along with all the different area codes. If you do business in South Africa, you can learn more about South Africa virtual phone numbers here.

How to Call South Africa from the US

Calling a South Africa phone number from the USA takes a few more steps than it might if you were dialing a local number. Below, you'll find the info you need to call South Africa from the US.

Step 1. Dial the US Exit Code

The first thing you need to do to call South Africa from the US is to dial the US exit code so that your phone call can leave the country. Do this by dialing 011.

Step 2. Dial the South Africa Country Code

Next, you will need to dial the country code for South Africa, which is 27.

Step 3. Dial the Local South Africa Area Code

Then, dial the 2-digit area code for the region you are trying to contact followed by the standard 7 digit phone number.

Here is the dialing format for dialing Cape Town at a glance: 011 + 27 + XX + XXX XXXX

Local South Africa Dial Codes

Not sure what the area code is for the South Africa region that you are trying to dial? Here's a quick list of South Africa dial codes:

  • Cape Town: 21
  • Durban: 31
  • Johannesburg: 11
  • Pretoria: 12
  • Port Elizabeth: 41
  • Benoni: 11
  • Soweto: 51
  • Bloemfontein: 51
  • Vereeniging: 16
  • Pietermaritzburg: 33

How to Call South Africa from Overseas

When calling South Africa from overseas you would follow the same process as you would from calling from the United States. The only difference might be your countries exit code. Below are some examples of how to dial South Africa from several different countries overseas.

Dialing South Africa from China

00 - 27 - XX - XXX XXXX

Dialing South Africa from Australia

0011 - 27 - XX - XXX XXXX

Dialing South Africa from Morocco

00 - 27 - XX - XXX  XXXX

Dialing South Africa from India

00 - 27 - XX - XXX XXXX

How to Call South Africa from Anywhere

As a business, it is important to make sure that customers and prospects can easily reach you - no matter where they are located. If customers outside of South Africa don't understand how to dial your business' phone number, you may miss important calls from your existing customers and potential new customers.

You can ensure that your customers know how to reach you by purchasing country-specific toll free phone numbers for each region that you serve. To learn more about international toll free numbers, contact an AVOXI VoIP specialist.