Travel Tips

Currency


South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100.
 
Climate

South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: 'Sunny South Africa'. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.
 
Water

Tap water is potable. However, ensure that you take bottled water with you when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.
 
Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.
 
Entry requirements

South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. For visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African diplomatic mission.
 
Health and safety

South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you're planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.

Some Fact of South Africa

Geography


Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on 3 sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, the Lesotho and Swaziland.
 
Capitals

South Africa has 3 capitals: Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative and Bloemfontein (Judicial).
 
Political system

A well-known fact about South Africa is that since 1994 we have enjoyed democratic government, the apartheid policies of the past overthrown. Our constitution is regarded as an example to the world, and enshrines a wide scope of human rights protected by an independent judiciary. The country is headed by a State President, Jacob Zuma, of the African National Congress (ANC).
 
Economy

A lesser-known fact on South Africa is that it has achieved steady economic growth in gross domestic product (GDP) since the late 90s. The country, regarded as an emerging market, has a well developed financial sector and active stock exchange. Financial policies have focused on building solid macroeconomic structures. The country’s central bank is the Reserve Bank.
 
Tourism

Since the demise of apartheid, international tourist arrivals have surged, making tourism one of the fastest growing sectors. The tourism industry is well-established with an exciting sector of emerging entrepreneurs. The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife travel and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.
 
Population

The South African population of more than 49m people is extremely diverse. Africans are in the majority, approx. 80% of the population, followed by the white population approx. 4,4m; the coloured population approx. 4,2 million and the Indian/Asian population at approx. 1,2m.
 
Communications

South Africa has an exceptionally well-developed communications infrastructure. A number of cell-phone providers provide national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas.
 
Provinces

There are 9 provinces in South Africa, namely: Eastern Cape, Free State, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal; Gauteng, North West, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga
 
National Symbols

The South African flag is a much-loved symbol of patriotism and other significant national emblems include: National bird: blue crane; National animal: the springbok; National fish: galjoen; National flower: protea and National tree: the yellowwood.
 
Languages

South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1899, the Xhosa hymn 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika is South Africa's national anthem
 
Religions

Almost 80% of South Africa's population is Christian. Other major religious groups include Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. A minority don't belong to any of the major religions. The Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
 
Animals and Plants

South Africa has been declared one of the 18 megadiverse destinations in the world. As a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, South Africa has numerous conservation projects to protect its natural heritage - travellers can support and take part in many of these projects. The country is home to the famous Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo).
 
Airports

The 3 major international airports in South Africa are: OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) as well as 90 regional airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.
 
Travel by Road and Rail

South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.

South Africa Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    22nd of November - 6th of December 2016
  • Price
    € 3.995 p.p.
    € 600 Single supplement
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees, and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    International Flights, insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 6, maximum 8 persons
  • Your flight planning: Arrival on the 22nd of November a tDurban Intl.  Airport, where we will meet at 14.00. Departure on the 6th of December  after 16.00  from Johannesburg Intl. Airport. For those doing the Cape Town extension departure is on the 11th of December after 16.00 from Cape Town Int. Airport.

Extension - Cape Town and Pelagic trip

  • Tour dates
    6th - 11th of December 2016
  • Price
    € 1.800 p.p.*
    €  300 Single supplement.
  • Excludes
    Domestic flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Eshowe B&B - Arrival in Durban, transfer to Eshowe
  • Day 2 - Eshowe B&B - Birding in Dlinza Forest, trip to Mtunzini
  • Day 3 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Birding in Dlinza Forest, transfer to St Lucia
  • Day 4 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Birding around St. Lucia and Estuary
  • Day 5 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Cape Vidal in iSimangaliso World Heritage Site
  • Day 6 - Main Camp Mkhuze - Transfer to Mkhuze, birding & game viewing
  • Day 7 - Main Camp Mkhuze - Birding & Game viewing
  • Day 8 - Wetlands Country House, Wakkerstroom - Transfer. Birding in and around grasslands/wetlands
  • Day 9 - Wetlands Country House, Wakkerstroom - Birding in and around grasslands/wetlands
  • Day 10 - Lower Sabie, Kruger N.P. - Transfer to Kruger N.P., birding & game viewing
  • Day 11 - Lower Sabie, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 12 - Skukuza, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 13 - Skukuza, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 14 - Linger Longer Country Retreat, Dullstroom - Transfer, birding for grassland endemnics
  • Day 15 - Birding in the morning. Transfer to Johannesburg - Departure

Extension - Cape Town and Pelagic trip

  • Day 1 - Mariner Guest House - Birding Standfontein Bird Sanctuary
  • Day 2 - Mariner Guest House - Day 2 or 3 Pelagic trip, depending on weather conditions
  • Day 3 - Mariner Guest House - Birding around Cape Town, midday venture up Table Mountain
  • Day 4 - Le Mahi, Langebaan - Kirstenbosch B.G., transfer to West Coast National Park
  • Day 5 - Le Mahi, Langebaan - Birding to Velddrif, via Paternoster and St Helena Bay
  • Day 6 - Birding in the morning. Transfer to Cape Town - Departure