FAQ’s / KIT LIST


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Frequently Asked Questions

 
1Do I need a visa to visit SA?
All visitors to South Africa must present a passport valid at least 30 days after the end of their stay.
Holders of British and United States passports are not required to get a visa in advance and get stay in the country for up to 90 days. Visas will be issued at the point of entry in South Africa (36 USD for US citizens, 35 GBP for British citizens).
Other countries are also exempt from visas and the nationals can stay in South Africa for 30 days or 90 days, so make sure to check with the embassy in your country to get the latest information.
2What about travellers under 18 years?
South Africa has introduced stringent requirements for children entering South Africa. For more information, visit: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children Do this well in advance as you’ll be denied access into South Africa if you don’t have the right documents. This is important if you are divorced or widowed.
Parents travelling with children who are 18 years and younger must produce a full unabridged birth certificate for each child. Please note! Their full unabridged certificate – not their short, abridged certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate must list the child’s details and both parent’s details.
Supporting documents for minors are not required if you are in transit through a South African International Airport. If you go through immigration, you will need to present the relevant documents for your children.
There are other requirements if a child is travelling with only one parent or is travelling without a biological parent, is unaccompanied or travelling in a school tour group. Check online for consent forms needed, otherwise the child will not be allowed to enter South Africa.
3What should I pack?
Purchase a light daypack and a second travel bag that is light and slimline. This can be used for your important travel documents and chronic medication. It should be suitable to wear over your shoulder and under a jacket. Think man purse with a long strap.
Pack a travel umbrella for rainy days and a light windproof jacket. When the wind blows on a hot summer’s day, you don’t want to wear a heavy, thick winter jacket. You end up taking it off during the day and that’s a nuisance to carry around.
Buy cable ties or extra padlocks for your luggage. This is needed for the flight over to South Africa and recommended if you are leaving valuables behind in your hotel and there isn’t a safe in your room. Remember to take a pair of small scissors with you if you are using cable ties. Put the spare key for your locks in a separate bag.
Preferably purchase luggage made from rigid plastic that can’t be cut and opened by thieves handling luggage at airports. Use a padlock to secure your luggage.
Please do not wrap your suitcase in reams of plastic. There is too much plastic in this world and South Africa doesn’t want all that plastic.
Invest in a good pair of walking shoes, or takkies as we call them in South Africa. Don’t start your holiday off on the wrong footing with blisters! Also pack a pair of closed shoes for the evening if you are on safari in a malaria area.
Plan your wardrobe and pack light. The exchange rate is so favourable for foreigners in South Africa, you’ll definitely buy new clothes on your holiday and need that extra space in your suitcase.

Plan your holiday wardrobe
Pack what you need for seasonal weather. South Africa is not all sunshine and sweltering hot days. It gets bitterly cold at night in the middle of winter in in most provinces, and you get heavy thunderstorms in the Highveld which experiences summer rainfall.
Cape Town and the Garden Route can get very windy. In fact, the Cape Doctor (wild wind) can whip you off your feet if you’re not careful.
Pack layers of clothing. You don’t need a thick, bulky jacket for a European snow storm; bring a lighter, weatherproof jacket and wear layers of long sleeve shirts and cardigans under it.
Bring warm scarves and beanies if you’re going on a safari tour. It gets nippy on the back of an open vehicle early morning and evening game drives.
Bring lots of socks – thick and thin, so you always have dry and warm feet if it gets wet and cold.
Don’t worry if you bring the wrong clothes – that means you can go shopping at the fantastic shopping malls in South Africa.

Plan your holiday wardrobe
Buy spare batteries and a memory card before you leave home or buy them at one of the large shopping centres when you arrive in South Africa.
The convenience shops in Kruger National Park and other game reserves are very expensive and a bit of a tourist trap. They also might not stock what you need for your camera and mobile devices.
Don’t forget to pack an international travel plug. South Africa uses a three-prong round plug. Bring an extra charger for your devices in case you leave yours behind in your hotel room.
You don’t need heavy, rugged hiking boots for a safari unless you plan to do a walking trail in the Kruger Park. Pack a sturdy pair of walking shoes (sneakers) that are comfortable and waterproof, if you are worried about space in your luggage.
4When is the Best Time to Visit South Africa?
South Africa is a year-round destination thanks to its many regional climates.
Therefore, choosing when to visit the country depends on what you want to do here.
The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September, during the dry season. The animals often gather at watering holes to quench their thirst and cool themselves off, offering good chances to spot (and photograph) them.
If you plan to visit South Africa for whale watching tours, then plan your trip between July and November. If you have bird watching on your mind, November to February is when you should plan your trip.
If you want to experience a Turtle Tour on the east coast, then you would need to come during the nesting/hatching season from November to March.
It’s best to avoid the South African school holidays which happen mostly in December. Please note that summer is the wet season in South Africa, spanning from October to April. Winter is the dry season lasting from May to September
5 Is South Africa suitable for a family holiday?
Much of South Africa is malaria-free, allowing you to worry less about bringing your children outdoors. However, the main wildlife areas – including Kruger National Park - lie in a moderate-risk zone. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider to find the best ways to stay safe, and don’t forget to pack the mosquito repellent!
The roads in South Africa are also well maintained and easy to navigate, thus giving you the option of going on a self-drive safari. Traveling with young children can often be unpredictable, with many changes to existing schedules due to unforeseen circumstances (tantrums, anyone?). Being able to tour the country at your own pace with the privacy of being with just your family will take away the added stress of a family holiday and make it a truly enjoyable one.
Rest assured that the lodges across the national parks cater for families. Most of them have excellent programs for the little ones, to keep them busy and offer a chance to learn about the surrounding nature.
6What about health in SA?
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/health
7Medical Insurance?
Make your health and welfare a priority on a trip to South Africa. Make sure you have travel insurance to cover any medical emergency on your holiday.
The major private hospitals will not admit you for a serious medical emergency if you cannot produce proof that you are covered by travel/medical insurance. It’ll also put a huge dent in your finances if you must be medi-vacced out of a remote area to a city hospital. This applies particularly if your plan to do a safari tour or adrenalin-junky activities like sky-diving, scuba diving and paragliding.
8What about Malaria?
Most areas of South Africa are low risk or malaria free. But take malaria tablets if you are going to a malaria area. This is not negotiable. Malaria can be deadly and must be taken seriously. Firstly, find out from your local travel clinic or online if you will be travelling to or through a malaria area.
Most foreign tourists arrive in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or the Cape Town International Airport. Both these cities are malaria-free, so you have time to get and start taking anti-malaria tablets if you are not going on safari straightaway.
However, if you are going straight from the airport to a game reserve in a malaria area, you need to start taking your malaria tablets before you arrive in South Africa, as per the instructions. Get the right advice!
Either buy malaria tablets before you leave home or buy them is South Africa at a travel clinic located in one of the large pharmacies in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It all depends on your travel itinerary.
9 Is the water safe for drinking?
High-quality water is widely available in South Africa and drinking from taps is fine, except in rural and drought-struck areas.
10What about safety is SA?
Keep things in perspective and don't be overly paranoid, but do remember that South Africa has a high crime rate and you need to be much more cautious than in most Western countries.

Crime
The risks are highest in built up urban areas, and almost non existent in game reserves. You can minimize risks by following basic safety precautions:
  • Store your travel documents and valuables in your room (if it's secure), in a safe or at least out of sight.
  • If your room does not have a safe or is not secure, enquire if there is a safe at reception.
  • Don't flash around valuables such as cameras, watches and jewelry.
  • Don't look like you might be carrying valuables; avoid wearing expensive-looking clothes.
  • Completely avoid external money pouches.
  • Divide your cash into a few separate stashes, with some 'decoy' money or a 'decoy' wallet ready to hand over if you are mugged.
  • Keep a small amount of cash handy and separate from your other money so that you don't need to pull out a large wad of bills to make a purchase.
  • Don't keep money in your back pocket.
  • Avoid groups of young men; older, mixed-sex groups are generally safer.
  • Listen to local advice on unsafe areas.
  • Avoid deserted areas day and night, including isolated beaches and parts of Cape Town's mountains.
  • Avoid the downtown and CBD areas of larger towns and cities at night and weekends.
  • If you're visiting a township, join a tour or hire a trusted guide.
  • Try not to look apprehensive or lost.
  • If you get a local phone number, bear in mind that 419-style telephone and SMS scams are rife.
Drugs
  • The legal system does not distinguish between soft and hard drugs.
  • Dagga or zol (marijuana)
While smoking dagga has been decriminalised in South Africa, there are a few things you should know before lighting up:
  • The personal use of dagga is not a criminal offence, nor is the cultivation or possession of it in private.
  • It is illegal to deal marijuana, sell it to others or smoke it outside of your own home.
  • People often use marijuana openly, as you may discover in some backpacker hostels and bars. Ecstasy is as much a part of club culture and the rave scene in South Africa as it is elsewhere. South Africa is a major market for the barbiturate Mandrax (known locally as 'buttons'), which is banned here and in many other countries because of its devastating effects. Drugs such as cocaine and heroin are becoming widely available and their use accounts for much crime. Local drugs, including tik (crystal meth) in Cape Town, compound social problems in the townships. Users are irrational and aggressive.

Bring certified copies of all important travel documents
This includes certified copies of your passports, birth certificates for minors and banking cards. Keep these copies in a second small day bag, like a sling bag.Do not keep them in your backpack and never put them in your luggage that goes into the plane hold. We recommend buying a slimline travel bag (like a man bag or moon bag) that you can put over your shoulder and under a jacket. Keep it close to your stomach.Remember to leave certified copies at home with a family member or friend.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF CRIME
10111

In South Africa, this number is the equivalent to the 911 emergency line in America.
08600 10111

This service is available 24 hours a day to any person who wants to report criminals and their activities by telephone by providing information that may assist the police in the prevention and/or investigation of crime. The caller may choose to remain anonymous.
Report a missing person immediately
There is no waiting period in South Africa.
Visit your nearest Police Station
SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES
https://www.saps.gov.za
The South African Police Service (SAPS) is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all the people in South Africa. Your feedback is welcome and important to SAPS. You can contribute towards the enhancement and development of the South African Police Service.
For emergencies or to report a crime, call 10111 or contact your nearest Police Station.
If you know of any criminal activities or want to report a crime anonymously, you can contact Crime Stop – 08600 10111.
11 What dress is acceptable when visiting African communities?
Having your shoulders & knees covered is more respectable when in muslim or more rural areas, and generally attracts less unwanted attention elsewhere as well as saving on suncream. A very versatile item when travelling in Africa is a sarong or kikoyi. These are comfortable and multi-functional, and can be used as a shawl, a long skirt, a turban and even a table cloth or beach towel. Cotton Kikoyi’s (Sarongs) come in delightful bright colours and are available in most big centers or order from Wild Connection
 

 

Kit List:


  • Binoculars and a field guide
  • Mosquito repellent, net and malaria medicine
  • Neutral-coloured clothing for safari
  • Small beanbag for steadying camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Wind- and waterproof jacket
  • Yellow-fever vaccination certificate
  • Spare camera batteries and memory cards
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Water purifier
  • Beanie & gloves for game drives in winter
  • Good walking shoes/trainers
  • A wide brimmed hat
  • International adaptor (Go Travel Visitor Adaptor South Africa is perfect for taking along on your travels to South Africa. It converts foreign plugs to the South African 16A 3-pin/blade socket outlet system and is easy to store. Usage Info: Converts foreign plugs to the South African 16A 3-pin/blade socket outlet system)
  • Water bottle
  • A small medical kit
  • Swimsuit
  • Swimming towel

 
 

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