Southern Africa Travel Info

How to get to Southern Africa

Southern Africa is the Southern half of the African continent. The information outlined in this document is an overview of how our clients may find it useful in preparation of their holidays to Africa. It should be treated as a useful tool for purposes of planning a tour only other than anything else. There are direct flights to the region and in many cases there are connecting flights at Johannesburg OR Tambo, Kenyatta airport(Nairobi) Kenya as well as Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

For air travel both regional and international, the major airports are listed as follows;

South Africa – Oliver Tambo(OR) international Airport

                        – Cape Town International Airport

Namibia         -Hosea Kutako International Airport(Windhoek)

Zimbabwe     – Victoria Falls International Airport

                       – Robert Mugabe International Airport(Harare)

Zambia         – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport(Lusaka)

                     -Harry Mwanga Nkumbula (Livingstone) International Airport

Botswana     – Maun International Airport

                    – Gaborone International Airport

Overland: Our over-landing tours allows Tourists to travel over land in the region. The countries here do have their own rules and laws which are somewhat different from country to country and we do advice our potential clients to read our guidelines and country requirements. However we encourage you as well to check with your embassy for clarity on travel requirements for tourists. In that regard I will list here some of the more common requirements that you have to consider for the following countries:

A valid passport is a prerequisite for all travelling, and then you will need to have a tourist visa

Zimbabwe: With regards to Tourist Visas you have two option

Nationality

Single entry visa

KAZA visa

United Kingdom

US$ 80.00

US$ 55.00

Canada

US$ 80.00

US$ 55.00

Europe EU

US$ 30.00

US$ 55.00

Hong-Kong

US$ 55.00

  

US$ 55.00

Visas can be applied on the port of entry as well as online. The KAZA (Kazungula-Zambezia trans-frontier) visa allows one to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia as many times as one wants within a months’ validity of the Visa on condition one remains within the borders of the 2 countries for that indicated on the visa.

There is also an opportunity to travel to Botswana and back to the 2 countries in a day but not to overnight in Botswana. The validity of the KAZA visa lapses once you spend more than a day outside the boundaries of the 2 countries and you may have to purchase another visa should you want to go back.

The same rules would apply as well when you purchase your single entry visa.

Zambia: The same pricing of KAZA visa and the rules would apply as explained in the above section. However as for country to country the price summary is as listed below:

a.) Holders of British passports from certain countries do not require a visa to enter in Zambia.

b.) double/multiple entry visa US$ 80.00

c.) single entry visa US$ 50.00

Namibia: All tourists single entry visa costs US$ 50.00 and valid for 3 months.

South Africa,Lesotho and Swaziland: All visitors coming to SA for less than 90 days do not need a visa.

Botswana: Single entry visa for a period of up to 1 months cost US$ 30.00.

Mozambique: Single entry visa for a period of up to a month costs US$ 70.00.

N.B Visa applications can be done online prior to your travel dates although applications are also processed at all ports of entry.

Major airlines includes: FlySA, Kenya+ Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Qatar Airways , BA and a few more.

What health issues should I be concerned of?

There are no travel restrictions for visitors to most countries in the region. You may need a yellow fever vaccination certificate for Mozambique entry.

Although mosquitoes are usually very common in most of the areas near water sources the danger of contracting malaria is very low based on experience over the years. However we encourage you to also check with your General Practitioner’s recommendations and follow the advice.

When is best time of the year to visit?

The region lies along the Tropic of Capricorn , that is the lower half of the Equator. Mostly dry and mild to cold winter (warm during the day cold at night) which starts in March to late August. During this time due to lack of water sources most of the times animals concentrate on the few water holes available making it much easier to see most of the animals.

The rain-season kicks off in September to February characterized by warm to very hot days and nights . During this period there is abundance of food and water for animals and also an opportunity to view healthy energetic animals. Its important to have mosquito repellents and protective clothing during this time of the year.

Western Cape and Cape Town has a slightly different weather pattern as the wet rainy-season is also in winter from March to September.

For safari and over-landing tours the high season is usually from May to December. This time of the year we welcome more visitors than the other half of the year.

Do I need special clothing?

The simple answer is “no”. Depending on the activities you are going to be doing all clothing is acceptable. If you are going on a safari for instance we would encourage you to wear dark colored clothes, casual and mostly light as by nature Africa is very hot. Sun hats, protective sun creams and eye shades maybe necessary as well.

Money and Currency

South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia accepts the South African currency “The Rand”. Even as you exchange to the other local currency the rate is pegged at 1:1. In banks and Bureau de change you can easily change your currency to the local money. Its easier however to carry US dollars with you as the other currencies getting a fair rate would be a bit of a challenge sometimes.

Botswana uses the BWP Botswana Pula as there currency and can be accessed as well in local banks as well as Foreign Exchange shops in most towns.

Mozambique uses the Mertical. The currency can be accessed as well in the banks.

Zimbabwe has a cash crisis at the moment although in most touristic destinations like Victoria Falls they accept the US dollars as payment. 

In all these countries and on most accommodations we use payments can be done via Visa cards and Master cards. You should just check with your bank how much additional costs you would incur for such transactions. We do not encourage travelers to carry huge volumes of hard currency and would advice payments by bank cards where possible.

What types of Accommodation can I get?

Africa has all forms of accommodation from 5 star hotels, B&B’s, budget hotels, safari lodges and camping sites. Clink here to see the options of accommodations available for you.

In most organized tours we give you a list of all accommodation we will be using and an option to upgrade to the one you prefer. Yes it is possible to book as couples and have double beds and/or single beds depending on how you want it. We have also single supplement options if you wish to have your separate privacy setup. However for budget tours we have shared arrangements which means you get to share a room but on separate beds

How about food?

Meals on tours is mostly prepared by our Guides who happen to be experts on overland chefs. The diversity of meals is based on what mostly Europeans and Westerners are used to.

Breakfast are typically continental in most cases with a bit of English breakfast on some days when time for preparation permits. Fruits like bananas, oranges and apples depending on the season will be also available.

Our lunches would be mostly easy to prepare sandwiches and fruits and juice and of course water to keep you hydrated in the African heat.

Dinners would vary from the common carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, pasta and spaghetti, maize flour and others.

Meats will vary also from mostly beef and chicken, pork and game meat when available.

Vegetarian dishes are always available and other dietary conditions are taken into consideration. Salads will be available in different varieties depending on availability and seasons.

In towns and cities you can have all the favorite dishes you want and we showcase here some of the African dishes you need to taste.

Country Information

South Africa

Capital

Pretoria. (executive)

Cape Town. (legislature)

Bloemfortein. (judicial)

Official languages

English; isiZulu; isiXhosa; Afrikaans; Sepedi;

Sepedi; Setswana; Sesotho; Xitsonga; siSwati;

Tshivenda; isiNdebele

Population

60 million

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR)

Time zone

UTC+2

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+270

Namibia

Capital

Windhoek

Official languages

English; Afrikaans; German; Otjiherero; siLozi; Khoekhoegowab; Oshiwambo; RuKwangali; Setswana;

Population

2.8 million

Currency

Namibian Dollar (NAD) , South African Rand

Time zone

UTC+2

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+264

Botswana

Capital

Gaborone

Official languages

English; Setswana

Population

2.5 million

Currency

Botswana Pula

Time zone

CAT

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+267

Zambia

Capital

Lusaka

Official languages

English

Population

18 million

Currency

Zambian kwacha

Time zone

CAT

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+260

Zimbabwe

Capital

Harare

Official languages

English; Chewa; Chibarwe; Kalanga; Koisan;

Nambya; Ndau; Ndebele; Shangani; Shona; Sotho; Tonga; Setswana; Venda; Xhosa

Population

14 million

Currency

Zimbabwean Dollar (RTGS), United States Dollar

Time zone

CAT

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+263

Mozambique

Capital

Maputo

Official languages

Portuguese; Tsonga; Chewa; Swahili; Mwani

Population

30 million

Currency

Mertical

Time zone

CAT

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+258

Lesotho

Capital

Maseru

Official languages

English; Sesotho

Population

2 million

Currency

Loti (LSL), South African Rand (ZAR)

Time zone

UTC+2

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+266

Swaziland

Capital

Mbabane (executive)

Lobamba (Legislature)

Official languages

Swazi; English

Population

1.1 million

Currency

Lilangeni (SZL), South African Rand (ZAR)

Time zone

UTC+2

Traffic drives

Left side

Dialling code

+268

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