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FAQ

Canadian, US and UK passport holders do not require a visa for entry to South Africa for a stay of up to 90 days. What is required is a valid passport with a minimum of 2 blank pages and a validity of 6months past your intended return date from South Africa.

My child/ children will need an unabridged birth certificates or passport which shows details
for both parents

All minors (children under 18 years) will be required to produce, in addition to their passport, an
unabridged birth certificate or passport which shows the details of both parents for all international
travel to and from South Africa.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website *** for the most up-to-date requirements for
traveling with minors to or from South Africa.

To obtain an underbridge certificate in the UK. Please visit the UK Document Service ***

Please visit your government official sties for country specifics regarding Unabridged Birth Certificate
applications.

The weather in Durban tends to be pretty good all year round. Highs of about 35C in summer with lows of about 12C at night in winter.

The seasons are as follows:
Summer : November-March
Autumn : April-May
Winter : June-August
Spring : September-October

The rainy season is late November through December extending into January. The windy season starts about August and can last right through to January.

Generally, a very moderate climate with mild winters and great beach weather from January through to April although the beach is usable all year round. Sea temperature varies slightly with minimums of about 18C in winter to 24C

There’s much to do here all year round. Our provincial slogan

‘Durban, the warmest place to be.’

While the weather is a little out of our control, we plan your trip best suited for each day. The following is a guideline on the best times for Durban wildlife safaris:

Game Viewing: June to October when the vegetation isn’t as thick and game viewing is easier but good all year round at private reserves.
Whale Watching: Mid-June to October (Southern Right Whales) and August to December (Humpback Whales).
Diving (Scuba & Shark Cage diving): April to September.
Durban’s beaches are a welcoming retreat all year around.

This disease is to the larger extent under control in South Africa. City centres like Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are free from malaria and safe for travellers of all ages. The risk of contracting the disease is negligible provided that you take the standard precautions. Malaria tablets, a good insect repellent particularly in the evening, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito coils are advisable precautions

Private medical facilities are good in urban areas and in the vicinity of game parks, but limited elsewhere. Private medical facilities require a deposit before admitting patients. Pharmacies are well-stocked, but you should carry an adequate supply of prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

You are responsible for all medical costs

Healthcare providers, including ambulances require payment in cash before services are performed.

If you follow these guidelines you will feel totally safe.  Some areas you visit will be quite poor by our standards and it is thoughtless to flash money or jewellery. Leave jewellery at home and carry only small amounts of cash. Leave valuables and passports in the hotel safes or with camp managers.

You will find the people very friendly, helpful and eager to please. The beauty and tranquillity of the land, the magnificent wildlife, and the hospitality of the people will all contribute to a lifetime of memories!

Yes, you can feel secure in knowing that we arrange private transfer from the airport to your hotel, with guided tours and transport thorough out your itinerary

English is spoken everywhere you go. English is the language of the cities, of commerce and banking, of government and official documents. All our road signs and official forms are in English and at any hotel, B&B or guest house, the service staff will speak to you in English.

There are 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda and Zulu.

Tipping / Gratuities

Tipping is customary in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following

  • Porters R5 per item
  • Taxi drivers 10%
  • Waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10-20%

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