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Travel Tips

Travel Tips

CLIMATE

The Southern Africa region has a mild climate with warm summers and cold winter evenings. Rainy and dry seasons normally result in an afternoon thunder showers in most cases.

CLOTHING

Lightweight tropical style clothing is recommended for summer months with a jacket for evening or rainy days. The winter days can be surprisingly hot and lightweight cotton clothes are still suitable with warmer clothing for the colder evenings.  Sophisticated restaurants in cities require jacket and tie for dinner. Jeans are generally not accepted in public areas after 18h00. Lodges and camps are informal with the accent on comfort and practical dressing, although a number of country hotels in the region require smart casual for dinner. You are advised to wear low-heeled shoes and neutral coloured clothing whilst game viewing. A heavy sweater or bush jacket is recommended for late afternoon and early morning game viewing. All hotels and lodges have laundry facilities and will usually return laundry same day.

LUGGAGE

On light aircraft and motorboat transfers luggage in limited 10 kgs per person, preferably in soft bags and a one carry on piece of hand luggage. Arrangements can be made to store larger suitcases, dependant on the itinerary.

ELECTRICITY

Southern Africa’s electrical system is 220/240 volts AC 50 Hz is standard in the main towns and cities.  Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. However, in the lodges and camps outside the city areas invariably generate their own power and generators and solar power are normally run for limited periods. Socket sizes may vary so we advise clients to bring an adaptor.

CREDIT CARDS

All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although visa and master card are the most widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional services at hotels, as many of small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities.

PHOTOGRAPY

As film is limited in Zimbabwe and camps and lodges in Botswana may also be in short supply, you are advised to bring adequate supplies with you if visiting these countries on your itinerary.

Before taking photographs of the local people permission should be obtained so as not to cause offence.

SHOPPING CENTRES

There are some shops in the larger shopping centres that are open on Saturday afternoon and Sundays.  The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and Sandton City in Johannesburg are open every day and evening.

Traditional Southern African craftwork, such as bowls, clay pots, beadwork, carvings, tapestries and paintings are good value and are readily available from craft stores and on the side of the street.  Jewellery is also worth looking into.  Because of the advantageous exchange rate purchases are comparatively inexpensive.

HEALTH

Anti Malaria precautions should be commenced prior to departure. Clients should consult with their respective doctors for specific advice. It is the responsibility of the client to advise us of any health conditions they might have.

WATER

It is safe to drink tape water; but recommend that you buy bottled water in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

SECURITY

Common sense should prevail and precautions should be taken in any major city. If walking in towns or cities only carry small amounts of cash, do not wear obvious jewellery, and keep a close look on your handbag or wallet. Never leave valuables, especially money and documents unattended in the hotel room or vehicles. We strongly recommend that you take a taxi at night in towns or cities, asks the hotel or restaurant doorman to arrange one for you.

 

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