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Landscapes, cities, safaris

Explore the wonderfully diverse and breathtakingly beautiful South Africa; home to some of the world’s greatest. From cage diving with great white sharks and whale watching in Hermanus, to embarking on one of the best road trips of all time, The Garden Route, South Africa won’t disappoint.

Venture on a safari to see the Big Five at Kruger National Park, watch penguins waddle onto the beach in Cape Town, voted best city in the world, and tour the vineyards in Cape Winelands; there’s something for everyone. South Africa gives you the chance to combine city, safari, sea and mountains all in one trip, making it one to remember.

Why not add a beach stay on to your South African adventure? Visit Mauritius, only a four hour flight away, for a slice of paradise to end your trip.

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Flight Information

There are a number of carriers flying from the UK to South Africa.

Direct Carriers: South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly to Johannesburg and British Airways fly direct to Cape Town. Average flight time is approximately 11 hours.

Indirect Carriers: Emirates flies via Dubai and KLM flies via Amsterdam to both Cape Town and Johannesburg. South Aifrican Airways also fly to Cape town via Johannesburg.

Departure Taxes: These are included in the cost of your airline ticket.

 

Tipping

Much like in the UK, a tip of 10 to 15 percent tends to be expected, although it is worth checking that a service charge has not already been added to your bill. The good news is the service in South Africa is usually worth every penny.

Health

Before travelling you should make sure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diptheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Polio. Also recommended is Typhoid. Anti-malarial protection is essential for Kruger National Park. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country or area. For full details, please contact your GP.  

Visa Information

British passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa. Please ensure you have two blank pages in your passport or you may be refused entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in South Africa. Please contact the South African High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 451 7299.

On the 1st June 2015 new regulations have come into effect for passengers aged 18 and under:

Where both parents are travelling with a child who is under 18:

  • All parents travelling with children under the age of 18 to or from South Africa must produce an unabridged birth certificate of each child which shows details of the parents of the child.

Where one parent is travelling with a child who is under 18, they must produce:

  • An unabridged birth certificate.
  • Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate, authorising them to enter or depart from South Africa with the child.
  • A court order granting them full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.

Where an adult is travelling with a child, who is not their biological child, they must produce:

  • A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child.
  • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that they have permission to travel with the child.
  • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Children travelling alone must produce:

  • Consent from one or both of the parents/legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit, for the child to travel into or depart from South Africa. If only one parent is able to provide proof of consent, they must also have a copy of a court order granting the full parental responsibilities.
  • A letter from the person who is to receive the child in South Africa, containing their residential address and the contact details where the child will be residing.
  • A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in South Africa.
  • Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

As advised from the local governments and the FCO, customers travelling to and from South Africa, with immediate effect, must have a Machine Readable Passport, as immigration will not be accepting passports which are non-machine readable.

Currency

The official currency is the South African Rand and you can buy them in the UK. The import and export of local currency in cash is limited to 5,000 Rand. If you need to change your UK Pounds in South Africa, you can do so at banks, currency exchanges and many hotels.

How to get your currency

Major credit cards are widely accepted at almost all hotels, shops, restaurants, and game reserves. The only exception seems to be petrol stations. Cash machines will also accept international cards and can be found in all towns, cities, shopping malls, and petrol stations. Traveller's cheques can be used at banks, hotels, restaurants, and some shops.

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