There is a great deal of information available on South Africa, and at times this can be very confusing. The following general information and tips are based on our own experience.

 

CULTURE
Although the Africans are proud of their own culture, Western influence, grown up over years of colonial domination, is evident. The population is accustomed to tourists and people are friendly and open. South Africa is home to many tribes, each with their own culture, and some tribes still live according to centuries-old habits and traditions.

The influence of apartheid may still be seen in the townships, the place where the ‘white’ government situated the ‘blacks’. Alongside English and 9 other official languages, Afrikaans is spoken, so that Dutch-speaking people may make themselves understood in most places, provided they speak slowly.

 

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CLIMATE
South Africa is an excellent holiday destination throughout the year, and each season has its own charm. The sun nearly always shines, and daytime temperatures are pleasant all year round - in the summer (November-May) 25-30 degrees, and in the winter (June-August) 16-20 degrees, with colder nights and more rainfall at the Cape.

VISA
A passport must be valid for at least three months upon arrival in South Africa, and at least one of the visa pages in the passport should be free.

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
South Africa is a wonderful holiday destination, but sadly you will encounter criminal behaviour in big cities here, as in other parts of the world. It is wise to observe normal safety measures.

HEALTH AND INJECTIONS
Medical facilities in South Africa are good. Malaria only occurs in the Kruger Park (Mpumalanga-Lowveld) and part of Kwazulu Natal. For further information please contact your local health authorities.

DRIVING LICENCE
It is advisable to apply for an international driving licence prior to leaving for South Africa.


 

MONEY
Most towns, villages, airports, major petrol stations have cash dispensers. You can obtain cash here with your (Cirrus) bank pass. You can pay by credit card in most living accommodation, shops and restaurants, with the exception of petrol stations, where you have to pay cash.

LUGGAGE
Recently airlines have been very strict about luggage; do not bring more than the permitted weight (20 kg). Check hand luggage restrictions shortly before leaving.

 
 

 
 

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ON YOUR TOUR?
Walking shoes, sandals, a hat, fleece or sweater (it can become quite cool in the evening on the game drive), shorts, trousers; for the safari no bright colours (this attracts flies!), t-shirt or long-sleeved blouse, swimsuit, sun-tan lotion, anti-mosquito spray or cream with DEET, binoculars, camera, sunglasses and a copy of your passport.
A thermos flask for water, tea or coffee can be very agreeable on the road.

 
 
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tailored to your needs, then please contact us.
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