Travel tips

Medical / Health Considerations

It is recommended that you consult your doctor prior to travelling to Malaria areas.
Prophylaxis should be taken if you are travelling to The Kruger National park, certain areas of South Africa like Zululand and the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
To find out more about malaria regions and precautions as well as which vaccinations are needed for the countries you are travelling to, please visit http://www.travelclinic.co.za/.

Additional ways to avoid malaria

  • Make use of mosquito repellent
  • Cover your skin with long sleeved clothing, especially at dusk
  • Make use of mosquito nets when you sleep

NEW: Yellow fever vaccination update for guests travelling from Zambia to South Africa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has subsequently issued a statement that all travellers from Zambia to South Africa, and travellers that have recently visited Zambia, will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Previously, this was not required. All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Vaccinations are available in Livingstone at US$80 and Victoria Falls at US$50 per person.

Please remember to pack any chronic medication you may require, especially if you have a heart condition or suffer from Asthma.
Prior to departure for your safari, medication should be considered for alleviation of allergies due to grass, seeds, pollen, hay fever, nuts etc.

Passport and Visa Considerations

It is important to ensure that your passport is valid for a period of six months after your departure from the country in which you are visiting. Your passport should also have at least 5 blank pages on which it can be stamped at immigration by various countries within Southern Africa.

Visa Information

For up to date visa information for South Africa, please visit:
http://www.home-affairs.gov.za
For Visa information for the countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, please contact the closet embassy, high commission or consulate.

Packing Suggestions

When travelling on safari, light comfortable clothing is always recommended.
It is advisable to bring at least one warm jacket during the summer months for early morning / evening activities. In winter, it is recommended that warm clothing is packed including; long trousers, warm jackets, beanie and gloves.

If you are travelling on the Blue Train, Rovos Rail or staying at a 5 Star Hotel, formal attire may be required whilst dinning. For gentlemen this may include a dinner jacket and formal shoes.

If you are travelling on light aircrafts during your trip, you are required to have soft luggage weighing no more than 20kg per person. No Samsunite / hard cases will be allowed on these charters.

Other recommended items include:

  • Sun cap or hat
  • Binoculars
  • Allergy medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Small flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Converters or adapters for 220V power supply
  • Photographic equipment with ample film or memory needed
  • US Dollar currency (in small dominations) if you are travelling to Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe (for visa fees, gratuities, personal affects)
  • Swimming costume, especially during summer months

Specific items may be recommended depending on the trip booked or the region being visited. Please ask one of our consultants if you are unsure.

Insurance

It is important to check your existing insurance policies and credit card coverage before buying travel insurance. Your existing insurance may already cover you for lost luggage, medical expenses and the like. The cost of travel insurance varies and depends on the cost and length of your trip, your age, health and the type of trip you are taking.
It is not recommended that anyone travels abroad without suitable insurance.

Safety

Crime, as in all countries in the world, is a reality in Africa.
When travelling, common sense and safety precautions are required to fully enjoy your trip.

At the hotel:

  • Don’t leave luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel safe
  • Keep the hotel room locked at all times

In the street:

  • Avoid obvious displays of expensive cameras, jewellery and other valuables
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money around
  • It’s better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • Ask your hotel manager etc for trusted bus/cab services

Wild Animals:

Remember when visiting the bush that you are in the wild and in the home of potentially dangerous animals. Remember to take the right precautions, obey the general rules and respect the wild.