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Travel-info to South Africa

Fakta om South Africa
  • Pretoria
  • English and Afrikaans
  • Rand (ZAR)
  • 54.3 million
  • 3°C - 28°C
  • Time difference -3:30

A safari in South Africa provides you with amazing experiences of both nature and wildlife by the world-famous Kruger National Park, which is home to wild animals like lions, giraffes, leopards, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and many, many more.

You can combine your safari in South Africa with a relaxing beach holiday on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, a city break in vibrant Cape Town, or a stay in breath-taking Dubai.

We recommend that you read the travel information below in order for you to be well prepared and well informed when planning a South Africa safari.

Find your South Africa Safari here

Terms and conditions

We recommend reading our terms & conditions prior to booking.

Flight tickets and itinerary

When the offer is accepted, we will send you the documents regarding your flight tickets, including your itinerary.

It is very important that your name(s) on the flight tickets is 100 % identical with the name(s) in the passport. Once the tickets have been issued, this cannot be changed.

In some cases, it might be necessary for the airline to change the flight times; therefore, it is very important that you – on the day of your departure – check the updated information regarding your trip via ViewTrip. Just enter your booking number from the flight ticket and your last name and press enter.

We recommend that you always arrive at the airport in good time before departure.

Seat reservation

Even though we would love to help, unfortunately we cannot reserve seats on the plane. If you have special wishes regarding your seat, or if you are travelling as a group and would like to make sure that you sit together, we recommend that you enter the homepage of the airline company and pre-book seats for the flight.

On the airline homepage you will find a button saying, “manage my booking” (or likewise) – this is where you need to click in order for you to pre-book seats. Please note that many airline companies will charge a small fee for pre-booking. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your credit card ready. For a small fee, many airline companies also offer seats with extra leg space or upgrades for better comfort.

Each airline company has its own rules on how soon you can pre-book seats on the flight. Usually it is between 72 and 24 hours prior to departure.

Therefore, it might be a good idea to try to complete the pre-booking as soon as possible after having received your e-ticket. If it is not yet possible to pre-book the seats, you will be notified of this, including a notification about when this pre-booking can be done.

Most larger airline companies have an app for your smart phone in which you can usually chose/pre-book seats and get immediate notifications about time changes.

The best time to visit South Africa

The summer in South Africa is from November/December to February/March. This is the time of year with the highest temperatures and the most rain.

Winter, which is from April till August, is the coolest and driest period. However, every season has its advantages.

Execution of tours according to program

Please, note that all tours and trips mentioned in the program are included in the price.

Sometimes, though, it might be necessary to re-schedule a trip or tour to another day due to local holidays or weather conditions.

For instance, the trip to Drakensberg Mountains is definitely best in clear weather.

Welcoming you at the airport

Our local guide will be waiting at the airport ready to welcome you and take you to the hotel.

Checked-in luggage and hand luggage

On your itinerary, you will find information on how much weight you are allowed to bring in your suitcase and hand luggage, respectively. It is important that you pack your bags in such a way that you can still “manage” for a few days, in case the luggage is delayed.

Therefore; remember to pack your passport, money, visa, medicine and maybe a change of clothes in your hand luggage. When luggage gets delayed, it always takes some time for it to arrive.

Transport in South Africa

All our safari trips in South Africa are driven in open safari vehicles.

Meals and beverages

Our trips include the meals mentioned in the program. Beverages are always at your own cost unless, of course, you have upgraded to All Inclusive.

The prices of beverages are quite reasonable at the lodge by Kruger; a bottle of water costs about 10 ZAR.

If you wish to upgrade to All Inclusive at Phuti Lodge by Kruger, this is available at a price of 3.300 ZAR and can be ordered by arrival at the lodge.

Travel insurance

We recommend all our customers to have a travel insurance in addition to a cancellation insurance. Make sure that your insurance covers traveling to Africa.

Please be aware that a cancellation insurance needs to be booked before paying the deposit.

Visa

As an Indian citizen, you need a visa to travel to South Africa. A tourist visa will be granted on arrival and is valid for 90 days after issue.

Please, note that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after date of departure from South Africa.

Important: If you are travelling with children under the age of 18, special rules apply.

For more information on visa for South Africa, click here.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding vaccinations for Tanzania.

Don’t forget to bring documentation that your vaccinations have been given; you might need to show this on arrival.

If you are travelling through another African country before arriving to Kenya, you should be aware of the rules about yellow fever. Also talk to your doctor about this.

How to dress for the safari

Usually, we recommend that you wear summer clothes for the safari – pale colours, preferably, because strong colours will attract tsetse flies.

When it becomes dark, more mosquitos will come out. Therefore, we recommend that you wear a long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt.

Besides, it might be a bit chilly early in the morning and in the evening, so it is a good idea to bring a warm sweater or fleece jacket.

Hand luggage

We recommend that you pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit card and cash
  • Malaria pills
  • Vital medicine
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone, charger, and other electronic devices
  • Clothes for a couple of days in case the suitcase is delayed
  • Pills against diarrhoea

Currency in South Africa

The local currency in South Africa is South African Rand, in short ZAR or simply R.

At the Phuti Lodge and many other places in South Africa, it is possible to pay with VISA and other international credit cards.

However, we recommend that you exchange to Rand before going to South Africa and make sure to have small change for tips and souvenirs.

Tips

In South Africa, you usually give 10-15 % tips at hotels and restaurants.

Guides are usually tipped according to the effort and service they have given – and preferably per day, if it is a guide who will be with you for a number of days.

At the Phuti Lodge, however, they would like for the guests to give tips to the manager at the time of departure. The manager will then distribute the money so that everyone gets his/her share.

A good guideline for tips to the driver is between 400 and 700 Rand per guest per week.

Time difference

South Africa is 3:30 hours behind India.

Language

The official language is English (spoken by about 3,5 million people) and Afrikaans (about 6 million speakers).

Apart from that there are 9 Bantus languages: Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. These have more than 39 million speakers all together, but English is by far the most common language.

Mosquitos

Like many other places around the world, mosquitos are also common in South Africa.

Make sure to bring mosquito spray and spray your body – particularly legs and hands – to keep the mosquitos at a distance.

Most accommodations in South Africa also have mosquito net in the rooms, and at Phuti Lodge rooms are sprayed every second or third month to keep insects away.

Electricity and charging of e.g. mobile phones

In South Africa they use 220 or 230 volts, and power plugs and sockets are of type D, M, and N.

We therefore recommend bringing an adapter, if you wish to use electric devices with Indian plugs.

Other information

Smoking: At the lodge by Kruger National Park smoking is only allowed in pre-defined areas outside. We recommend that you ask the staff if you are in doubt on where to smoke.

Internet: Many hotels in South Africa have a wi-fi connection, but it varies from hotel to hotel.

"My best holiday ever - everything clapped and nothing was left to chance - BIG thanks to Flamingo Tours"

- Allan Kristensen, Denmark

"Had an absolutely amazing tour under the direction of Flamingo Tours. Incredibly professional and serious arrangement that made this trip a dream trip."

- Per Erik Mørch, Norway

"Flamingo tours should have a great applause, they have been so helpful with all questions we had before the trip always friendly and pleasant."

- Lena Antoniusson, Sweden

"We traveled to South Africa on a combined safari with Cape Town. Everything worked perfectly with air travel and transfers. We felt very well taken care of."

- Sirpa, Sweden