South Africa

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If you have decided to travel around South Africa, you will end up in a beautiful country with an impressive past. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, Port Elisabeth, Kruger Park, Pretoria, and the townships ... The impressive places that you can visit during your trip through South Africa cannot be counted on one hand, let alone the number of places of interest that are less known. It is for good reason that this fascinating and varied country makes an indelible impression on every traveler.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and its main attractions are Soweto (the most famous color district of the country) and the Gold Reef City theme park, where you will be informed about the history of the city. History enthusiasts traveling around South Africa and visiting Johannesburg should definitely pay a visit to the nearby administrative capital of the country: Pretoria. Here you have the opportunity to view a number of beautiful monuments and government buildings.

A visit to the legislative center should not be missed during your trip through South Africa; this is namely the beautiful Cape Town on the coast. Absolute must-see's in this versatile and bustling city include Table Mountain, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. A little further, in the far southwest of South Africa, lies the Cape of Good Hope.

A trip through South Africa is furthermore a trip from one landscape and climate to another and an introduction to countless ethnic and cultural groups who each speak their own language. Add to that the great wealth of flora and fauna and the popularity of traveling around South Africa have been explained!

South Africa top 5 things to do while in Cape Town

African bush experience

4 Days / 3 nights
Starting from: $1400 per person

This tour will take you to every corner of one of the most famous game reserves in the world, Kruger National Park.

Best of Cape Town

9 Days / 8 nights

This tour is a perfect introduction to all that South Africa has to offer. From fine wine and delicious cuisines in Cape Town and Stellenbosch to a country so rich in history and culture which you get to explore in the mother city and a short safari break, this tour will leave you wanting to explore more of South Africa.

Dunes to Cape

14 Days / 13 nights

You could spend a lifetime exploring Namibia. Here we've assembled the highlights in this 14-day Namibia & Northern Cape tour – a journey of fascinating discovery in Southern Africa ending in beautiful Cape Town.

Explore South Africa

10 Days / 9 nights

This self-drive tour is perfect for travellers who enjoy travelling on their own terms without having to worry about logistics like route planning and hotel reservations. In other words, we give you a vehicle and map, book all your accommodation and activities, and provide all the tools & tips you could possibly need for the ultimate self-drive road trip. On this tour, you will experience Cape Town like a local, drive along South Africa's top coastal highway and experience African wildlife.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The contract is a general guide to the tour, region, and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives to the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local partner. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, we have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag, or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

What to Pack? – Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a telephoto lens (in the 200-400mm range) to catch animals at a distance and a GoPro for action shots; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
•  Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for C, D, M & N Type Plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements As a tourist, a visa is obtained upon arrival and is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. You have to make sure that your passport is valid for another 6 months from the day of departure from South Africa. As well you will need proof of traveling out of South Africa.

Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes. In big cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town keep extra cautious. Please don’t wander through the city to unknown areas especially at night. Stick to the main streets only during the day, and after sundown, please take a taxi. Taxis can be organized from the reception of your hotel.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. The use of drones in national parks in Southern Africa is prohibited.

Electricity For South Africa, there are four associated plug types, types C, D, M, and N. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins, plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug types M and N both have three round pins. South Africa operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Religion Christianity is the dominant religion in South Africa, with almost 80% of the population in 2001 professing to be Christian. No single denomination predominates, with mainstream Protestant churches, Pentecostal churches, African-initiated churches, and the Catholic Church all having significant numbers of adherents.

Climate South Africa experiences a high degree of sunshine with rainfall about half of the global average, increasing from west to east, and with semi-desert regions in the north-west. While the Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall, most of the country experiences summer rain.

Best time to visit The best time to visit South Africa's parks is from May to September. This is the Dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. As this is winter, mornings and nights are cold. May and September are wonderful because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering South Africa. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.

Money and currency In South Africa, the local currency is the South African Rand. You can bring USD, Euros, or Pounds and exchange them at any bank in Johannesburg or Cape Town. American Dollars that are series 2006 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change in Southern and Eastern Africa, because of past forgeries. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3.5% - 5%.

Dress code During the safari, we recommend you wear comfortable clothes in natural colors like beige, khaki, and green. Always bring a hat while on safari as it’s easy to catch a sunburn. During safaris, comfortable shoes like sports shoes are recommended. In the case of hiking, comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. South Africa is a modern country so a general casual look can go a long way.

Why book with us?

Great value for money

With our partners being on the ground and getting the best prices for you, we assure you that our prices are unbeatable.

Travel with Care

Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

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