Time Zone in South Africa:
Local time in SOUTH AFRICA is GMT +2, which dictates that it is always 6 or 7 hours ahead of the eastern United States depending on the time of the year and daylight savings time. This is very useful information, especially if you wish to contact your family back home.
Power & Electricity:
All electrical appliances in Southern Africa run on 220V. Outlets are made to fit the round 3 pin, 15 amp plugs. Although adapters are generally available at hotels, we highly recommend taking your own adapter to limit any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note that your passport must have two consecutive side by side blank visa pages (i.e. a left and a right-hand page). Should your passport not comply with these requirements, you will either not be permitted to board the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival at your destination.
Furthermore, please note that if you are entering many African Countries (including but not limited to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia), you must have a passport which is valid for at least 6 months after the travel entry date. Failure to adhere to this regulation may result in immediate deportation to the country of origin at your own cost.
VAT (Value Added Tax):
South Africa applies a VAT rate of 14% which is levied on most products and services. Anyone wishing to qualify for a refund, must be in possession of a valid passport, valid tax invoices, and the actual goods purchased. The invoices need to explicitly state their purpose as a VAT invoice and show the specific amounts charged. Goods must be in their original packaging. This can be a lengthy process at airports and we strongly recommend arriving at the airport earlier to facilitate processing of the VAT refunds.
Please visit the following website for more information: www.taxrefunds.co.za
Immunizations & Health:
Although there is no formal requirement of immunizations for accessing South Africa, it is recommended that you take Malaria precautions (tablets) especially due to your safari visiting Malaria Risk areas.
Malaria within South Africa’s borders is encountered mainly in:
- northern and eastern Mpumalanga
- northern KwaZulu-Natal
- The border areas of the Northern and North West provinces
Outside of the South African borders it is found in:
- the lower lying areas of Swaziland
- in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
- northern parts of Botswana (more specifically Kasane
- in northern Namibia
- in Kenya
Suggested Packing List:
- Due to space and weight limitations, luggage is restricted to one soft-sided bag per person and one ‘carry on’ style bag for cameras, valuables
- Adaptor plug
- Mosquito repellent
- Small personal medical kit
- Ear plugs
- Sunglasses, high factor sun-cream and a hat to protect from the strong sun
Summer and Spring:
- Light weight shirts/blouses with long sleeves as protection from the sun and mosquitoes
- Jeans or safari trousers
- A lightweight waterproof jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
- Comfortable walking sandals or flip flops for warmer days
- A wide brimmed hat with under-chin tie to prevent it from flying away
Winter and Autumn:
- A fleece jacket that will go under the warm jacket
- A WARM WINDPROOF jacket (winter)**especially when on safari**
- A warm polo neck shirt
- A beanie
- A warm scarf
Tipping is customary but definitely not a requirement and should be undertaken only by choice, dependent on the service received. You may feel you wish to tip your driver/guide or service staff and as a guideline, we recommend the amounts below:
- Airport porter’s US$2-5 per bag carried each way.
- Hotel porters US$ 2-5 per bag carried each way.
- Restaurants 10-15% is the accepted standard.
- Bar waiters 10-15% of the value of the beverages purchased.
- Tour Guides US$ 10 per passenger per day (at least double that amount per guest if in a private vehicle).
- Safari Guides US$ 20 per passenger per day (US$ 10 for the tracker)
- General staff fund for cleaners, cooks etc. – US$ 5 per guest per day
Adventures Africa service have been enjoyed by thousands of passengers from all around the world, as such we are confident that you have chosen one of the best travel companies in Africa.
We hope that you will enjoy your stay in Southern Africa and we look forward to being of service to you.