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South African Currency

South African Currency
Rand and Cents


Our exchange rate against other currencies is very favourable
for international visitors, so this is a country which offers very good value for money.

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South Africa is described as “a world in one country”. Visitors to South Africa soon realise that the real riches don’t lie in gold and diamonds, but in the magnificent game parks and reserves spread out across the country. Forests, Savanna, Bushveld , Semi-desert, pristine beaches cover the country which also boasts one of the top three Botanical Gardens in the World – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Birders, hikers, 4×4 adventurers, sun worshippers, divers, adrenalin junkies, and nature lovers – South Africa has it all.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg
a safe destination?


Contrary to what some Guide Books report, for example, that Johannesburg is unsafe and not to visit.

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This country has undergone many changes, and Johanesburg is no longer the Central Business District. The adjacent area of Braamfontein, just over the rail line from the city, has undergone major changes. On Saturdays, there is a vibrant market, which is a must to visit, the Neighbourgoods Market, young and old, all races, enjoying an array of delicious food and drinks.
The new, vibrant heart of Gauteng Province is SANDTON just a 20 minute drive from the old downtown city of Johannesburg.All the major hotel chains are based here, including Major banks, Stock Exchange, Shopping Centres (Nelson Mandela Square) and stunning restaurants. This is the “richest square mile in Africa”.

This is where tourist are now flocking to, and it is completely safe. Other areas, like Rosebank are undergoing major changes – hotels in the area are 54 on Bath, Crown Plaza and Park Hyatt and Monarch Hotel.

Montecasino, situated around 15 minutes from Sandton is a vibrant mix of hotels, casino, huge array of restaurants, bars, clubs and fast food outlets, including a Theatre. Nearby large shopping mall complex includes department stores and supermarkets.
Contact us for daytime tours to the old city of Johannesburg.

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Passports and visas

Passports & Visas
Requirements


All travellers must have current passports valid for 6 months after the expected departure date from Africa.
Visas are required for Kenya and Tanzania.

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A visa is also required to Visit Zambia. For Zimbabwe, visas can be purchased at the airport on arrival, paid in US Dollars. No visas are required for South Africa or Botswana for American or Canadian citizens.

Also, passport must have at least two consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open, and not the last page. In addition, a parent travelling with children, will need a letter of consent if one parent is absent, and unabridged birth certificates to enter the country. However, please check with your local authorities.

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Malaria

Malaria
What is the danger?


Malaria is caused by a parasite which is transmitted to humans bitten by infected mosquitos. Most health professionals will recommend taking malaria prophylaxis.

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The recommended drugs must be taken exactly as prescribed and the whole course must be completed, even after leaving a malaria area. The common choice of drug is Malarone, but it is your choice. Some travellers choose not to take the drugs. What happens if I choose not to take the drugs?

There are alternatives: Bracelets worn on the wrist. Peaceful Sleep is a spray which is sprayed onto the skin and clothing. Tabard – have a candle and lotion. These can be bought at most supermarkets and at the airport on arrival.

Most private lodges provide a mosquito net which covers the bed, but you must consider sitting outside at night, this is when you are vulnerable. Malaria is a dangerous disease, but Winter (May to August) is low risk and Summer which has rainfall (September to April) is considered high risk. Kruger National Park is considered to be a moderate risk area.

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The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park


Kruger National Park is considered the “flagship” of all the Game Reserves in the country. Its size makes it one of the largest in the world.

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It is a Malaria area. You have the choice of staying inside the park itself, or in the Greater Kruger National Park.
This area is privately owned property which adjoins the park. Around 30 years ago, the landowners and the Park came to the agreement that the fencing be removed. Systematically this has been removed over time, and this now forms the Greater Kruger National Park. This allows game to move freely between the National Park and the private land.

There are a number a Conservancy area which adjoin the park. Starting in the South with Sabi Sand. This area is renowned for leopard sightings.In this area, we have a number of top lodges, such as Londolozi, Mala Mala, Ulusaba, Singita, which are the luxury lodges, then Exeter, Leopard Hills, Lion Sands, Savanna, Inyati, Idube, Elephant Plains, Dulini , Arathusa and Umkumbe offer more affordable rates. Manyeleti Conservancy also have lodges, Simbambili (known for leopard sightings) Chitwa Chitwa, Djuma and others.

Further north, is the Timbavati Game Reserve. There are a number of lodges here, ranging from luxury to affordable. Kings Camp, Gomo Gomo, Tanda Tula, ,Shindzela Tented Camp, Motswari, Simbavati, Kambaku, Umlani Bush Camp, and others. Klaserie Conservancy lodges are Africa on Foot, Ndzuti, Ntambo Tree Camp, and others. These lodges are more affordable and game viewing is very good. In the vicinity, but privately owned and fully fenced with no open border with Kruger Park, is Thornybush which is 14,000 hectares and has eleven lodges, ten of which are in the Thornybush Reserve.

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Cape Town

Cape Town


This city, situated in the province of the Western Cape, is regularly voted as in the top 10 destinations in the world by travelers.

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This beautiful province enjoys a perfect climate and we recommend at least 5 nights to discover the secrets of this area. This destination offers exquisite natural beauty and is home to diverse cultures and a rich heritage. Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Wander through the streets of historic Cape Town and savour the rich diversity of its people or shop up a storm at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – one of the most popular attractions of the city. Then take a short drive to Cape Point, Africa’s south western tip.

Less than an hour’s drive from the city you can experience the rich culture of more than 300 years of wine making in South Africa. Picture perfect vineyards boasting unique Cape Dutch architecture nested beneath soaring mountain peaks offer one of the best wine tourism experiences in the world. All the cultures of Cape Town and the Western Cape have their own unique dishes and treats, which makes for a veritable feast of gourmet delights.

You can walk for hours on unspoilt beaches, hike through forests in one of the world’s great plant kingdoms, explore mountain trails up the famous Table Mountain, tour historic wine estates where old slave bells are juxtaposed against their backdrop of Cape Dutch elegance. If you are a nature lover, you can enjoy the best whale, shark, ostrich, seal and penguin watching in the world. You can enjoy pure adventure in dozens of forms, from kite surfing, abseiling, sand boarding and paddle boarding. The cuisine shows a rich fusion of elements and styles .Excellent restaurants are all around Cape Town with top chefs vying to show off their culinary skills.

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The Garden Route

The Garden Route


The Garden Route is a paradise for eco lovers, bird watchers and solitude seekers and one of the most beautiful parts of the Western Cape.

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LIt lies sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains (Outeniqua means “place of honey – named by the indigenous people of South Africa, the San Bushman)and the Indian Ocean. The name “Garden Route” is derived because this strip of land is no other in the world in terms of beauty, natural attractions and unique fauna and flora. South Africa has 3 of its top hikes here – the Otter, Tsitsikamma and Dolphin trails.
There are a number of interesting towns in this area – Calitzdorp recognized for its production of some of the country’s best port wines due to largely hot, dry climate and it is on the famous Route 62. Enjoy port tasting and purchase fine port wines.

Knysna is nestled on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon which is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary sea horse and over 200 species of fish.It is a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. The Knysna Heads are a striking geological feature made up of a pair of huge, brightly coloured cliffs lying at the mount of the lagoon. Ferries depart daily to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which provides scenic views of Knysna and the Heads. Other major towns are George which lies in a fertile, rich valley surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains, forests, rivers and prosperous farmlands. Activities include: fishing, hang gliding, diving, water skiing, cycling, canoeing, climbing, sailing, windsurfing and surfing. A Big town which has two of the top ten golf courses in South Africa .

Mossel Bay lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This is a port and a busy holiday town on the sunwashed slopes of Cape St Blaize overlooking the bay, against the back drop of the Outeniqua Mountains. The mildest climate in the world, second only to Hawaii. Famous for its mussels, oysters, and some of the largest catches of tunny and black marlin.

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Isimangaliso Wetland Park

Isimangaliso Wetland Park


This place of miracle and wonder really does live up to it’s name. This ecological hot spot is home to one of Africa’s largest estuaries – Lake St Lucia.

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Also the largest congregation of Hippos and Crocodiles in South Africa are found here. It is the last significant breeding ground in Africa for leatherback and loggerhead turtles. There are 8 interlinking ecosystems and features 192km of unspoilt coastline and beaches. It contains more than 100 species of coral in the marine section and includes 25,000 year old dunes. There are 36 snakes, 80 dragonfly, 110 butterfly and 526 bird species. The Sodwana Bay Park is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. It is a World Heritage Site situated in Kwa Zulu Natal Province.

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The Panorama Route

The Panorama Route


At the heart of the Panorama Route, lies the Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world. There are many scenic marvels to be found along the path carved out by the river.

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The Canyon is a natural phenomenon and is the largest vegetated canyon on earth .The geology and climate ensure a variety of plant life and birds. The Canyon area, by virtue of the steep cliffs and towering grandeur, provides some of the most renowned viewing and photographic sites in the country. God’s Window – one of the most popular spots which on a clear day provides views of the Kruger Park and even Mocambique.

It has a rainforest dotted with large clusters of sandstone eroded into strange shapes over time. Bourke’s Luck Potholes – a natural phenomenon named after a lucky strike by a miner in this gold-rich area. Caused by water erosion over several thousand years, the bedrock of the river has been carved by pebbles and rushing water into marvellous cylindrical sculptures made of smooth yellow and red rock.
Three Rondavels – consist of three rounded mountain tops which greatly resemble the traditional round African thatch-roofed dwellings knows as “rondavels”. Rising up over 700 metres above the surrounding area, with the highest peak of the northern edges of the Northern Drakensberg range, 1944 metres behind the rondavels. There are numerous waterfalls along the route, with the most famous the Mac-Mac Falls . Other sites worth a visit: The Pinnacle and Lowveld view.

This route is close to the Kruger National Park, and an overnight stop in the area is suggested. Also in the area worth visiting is Jessica the Hippo, Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre, Swadini Dam for a boat ride. This route can be included on our route to Kruger National Park, or private lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park.
Contact us to include a tour in your itinerary for your Kruger Safari.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls


A UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is called the “Smoke that Thunders”. This 355 Foot high waterfall is on the Zambezi River, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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It is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. The Zambezi River experiences a rainy season from late November to early April and dry season for the rest of the year. The annual flood season is February to May. The spray from the falls rises to a height of over 400 meters and is visible over 48km away. Tours can be undertaken of the falls and the two countries permit tourists to make day trips from each side and visas can be obtained at both border posts.

Two National Parks at the falls are relatively small Mosi-ao-Tunya is 66 sq Km and Victoria Falls National Park is 23 Sq Kms. However, on the southern bank is the Zambezi National Park extending 40 kms west along the river. So animals are frequently seen from the river on the banks on canoe trips or Sunset Cruises.

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Chobe National Park Botswana

Chobe National Park Botswana


This park sits in close proximity to the spectacular Victoria Falls, making it a popular and easy day trip destination for visitors from Victoria Falls.  It has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa.

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It is widely known for its spectacular elephant population with an estimated 100,000. There are equally large herds of buffalo as well. These are originally Kalahari Elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. The Chobe river has an unbelievable abundance of hippos and crocodiles and an almost inconceivable wealth of birdlife.  The day trip offers a pick up from your Victoria Falls hotel, cross into Botswana at the Kasane border post, enter the park for viewing. Lunch, then a cruise on the Chobe River, before returning back to Victoria Falls. It is included as part of our 3 night package to Victoria Falls.

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Santorini Mozambique

Santorini Mozambique


Just north of Vilanculos Bay in Mozambique lies Villa Santorini, a white walled, multi-tiered landmark surrounded by dense coastal vegetation and fronted by its own stretch of pristine beach with white sands and azure blue sea.

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Pamoramic views across the Bay and just beyond lies the underwater wonderland of the Bazaruto Archipelago which is a Marine National Park.
Five, air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms with private balconies facing the sea. Cost includes free transfer to Vilanculos, a guided day tour of the town’s markets and tourist attractions, an island trip and picnic, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and sandboarding. Local operators offer deep sea fishing for Tuna, Marlin; dhow sailing trips, scuba diving snorkelling, guided kitesurfing, horse riding on the beach and camel safaris.

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