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FAQ

Entry requirements

All visitors to South Africa are required to have a valid Passport with at least 6 months before expiration date, from the day of departure from the country. The Passport needs to have at least two pages blank for use by the Department of Customs of South Africa.

You should consult in the South African Embassy in your respective countries to regarding visa information. We recommend that during your stay you always carry photocopies of all your documents in case of loss or theft. This may be required by the embassies or consulates in order to provide your new documentation.

Personal effects

  • Binoculars for Hunter and companion
  • Camera
  • Charger for your mobile phone and charger for the car
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Personal hygiene articles
  • Reading book
  • Diary and pen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Personal medicines and prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline lipbalm

Safari clothing

We offer a daily laundry service, therefore it is not necessary to take an excessive amount of clothing. The most appropriate colors are the soft greens, browns and beige. We suggest that for bow hunting camouflage clothing be worn. Try to avoid clothing that makes a noise.

In summer (December, January, February) the weather is mild, we advise light clothing. You may experience some rain and in the evening the temperaturas decrease so we suggest a warm jacket.

In general safari hunting in Africa is done during the winter (June, July and August). During this time the temperatures are moderate and with Little rainfall. Mornings and evenings are cool. We recommend that you bring some warm clothes (recommended fleece) as well as a cap and a pair of gloves.

Do not forget that most hunting vehicles tend to be pick-ups, so transfers are in the open air and therefore it may be necessary to wear warmer clothing.

In addition to the usual we also recommend that you bring two pairs of boots, for lighter and harder walking. Also bring a comfortable pair of shoes to wear with in the camp and a small backpack for carrying your necessary things during the day.

Health precautions

Private medicine in South Africa is excellent, although due to their high costs, it is advisable to take out travel insurance before visiting the country.

The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free area, so you do not have to take any precautions in this regard, although it is better to consult your regular doctor.

Although there are a wide range of bottled water in South Africa, the tap water is usually safe to drink.

The South African sun is strong, with a high rate of ultravioletrays, therefore it is recommended that you use a sunscreen with a higher than 15 factor.

Language

South Africa has a population of 48 million inhabitants and 11 official languages are spoken: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Sesotho, Setswana, Tsonga, Pedi, Swati and Bandage, but most of the population speaks or understands English.

Currency

The country's currency is the Rand, and each unit consists of 100 cents. You can change currency in local banks and Beauroux De Change. Most of the shops, hotels, restaurants and service stations accept international credit cards. ATMs are available in all cities and operate 24 hours a day.

Travel insurance

It is advisable that you arrange this with your travel agent in order to get an economic insurance policy which gives coverage in the event of expenses, such as cancellation, loss of personal items, weapons or medical expenses due to illness.

Taxes and gratuities

VAT (value added tax) is 14%, and is included in the Price on display of most of the articles.

As for tips, the usual is to leave 10%, depending on the level of service, and is usually not included in the account. The tip for a trunk is approximately R5 or R10 per person and per service.

Communications

With the exception of very remote areas, you will have mobile pone reception most of the time. Remember that you must request the service of roaming from your telephone company before leaving the country in order to receive and make calls.

If you have internet on your mobile phone, we recommend that you disable this service during your stay in South Africa and only connect tot he internet through free wifi-networks. 3G connections have very high rates out of the country of origin.

Post offices are open from 8:30 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday and 8:00-12:00 on Saturdays.

Electricity

Electric energy outlets operate at 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. You will need adapters. They are available in supermarkets and shops.

Security

Take the same precautions as you would normally and South Africa will be as safe as any other destination. Do not lose sight of your baggage or your valuables and keep them in a safe place.

Some cities of South Africa are considered risk areas, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, where you should exercise extreme caution especially after sunset and at any hour of the day in areas which are overcrowded and under privileged in the city, such as the townships. The usual tourist destinations such as national parks and nature reserves are considered low-risk areas.

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