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# Do the travelers need the travel permits to visit South Africa?
Entry permits are issued on arrival to holiday visitors from most British Commonwealth countries and to holders of Japanese, Irish, Swiss and German passports. Currently holders of Scandinavian and Finnish passports do not require visa but this situation could change and it is advisable to check with your nearest South African Embassy/Consular. South Africa has at least consular representation in most countries. It is possible that, on entry into South Africa, you will be asked to show sufficient funds to support your stay or have an onward ticket. Visa extensions are expensive and can be difficult to obtain because of the recent influx of illegal immigrants.
# Avoid deserted areas?
Particularly at night. If you're in a car, park in well-lit, populated areas; always keep it locked - even when you're in it; and don't leave valuables where they can be seen.
# What is the weather like in South Africa?
South Africa lies almost wholly within the southern temperate zone, and its climate is more equable than that of corresponding northern latitudes because of its surrounding waters. Cape Town and the southernmost part of Western Cape has a Mediterranean-type climate and is warmer than some areas further north that are affected by the cold Benguela Current on the west coast of Southern Africa. The winter months are mild and changeable, this is also the time when most the rainfall occurs. The Durban and Kwa-Zulu-Natal coastline is affected by the warm Mozambique current and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with plenty of sunshine throughout the year, but the summer months can become very hot and humid. Throughout the country, however, the mean annual temperature is just below 15.6°C (60°F). Rainfall is unpredictable in large parts of the country, and prolonged droughts are a serious restriction on farming in such areas. While the mean annual rainfall is 18.6 inches, nearly 30% of the country receives less than 10 inches and 65% receives less than 20 inches. Much of South Africa gets its rain in the summer months, but the western coastal belt is a winter rain area. Along the Cape south coast, rain falls during both seasons. Generally the winter months are between April and August with summer being from September to March .
# What is the best timing for South African tours?
All Year Round! It depends what you are looking for. One wants to avoid Cape Town in the winter when it generally rains non stop (June – Aug). No matter what time of the year you go on a South Africa Safari, you will always see the wildlife.
# Do the travelers need travel insurances?
If you need medical care whilst in South Africa, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local embassy or representative.To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country.
# Will U see Safari Big Five?
There is every chance you will see Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. Each day on safari will produce something different, you will encounter a variety of Predators, Antelope, Hippo, Crocodiles, Reptiles, Primates as well as over 400 different species of Birds. All of which your guide has an in-depth knowledge of and can answer all your questions on.
# Are We safe from safari?
You will always be in the hands of experienced and highly trained rangers and trackers at all times. On all safaris rangers are armed and your safety is their highest concern.
# How much should I tip?
Tipping is customary in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Porters R5 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10 - 15%.
# Credit Cards ?
Credit and charge cards are widely accepted, including American Express, Bank of America, Diners, MasterCard, Standard Bank Card and Visa. Some ATM's give cash advances. Travellers cheques are also widely accepted and exchanged. Different commission charges are incurred depending on which bank you use and which travellers cheques you have.
# What to bring during tours to South Africa?
We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm, regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not. Even if you have a dark complexion, you can still get sunburned if you are from a cooler climate and have not had much exposure to the sun. Sunglasses are also recommended wear, as the glare of the African sun can be strong.