Travel information

If you book a trip through Afrikaya Tours, you will travel to the most comprehensive travel magazine in the travel industry well before departure (5 to 6 weeks). All information you need for preparation is listed here. If you have any questions after reading the folder, please contact us!

 

Passport and visa

You are responsible for the required travel documents on all trips: 
- A valid (international) passport (ID is not enough), including babies and children must have their own passport 
- proof of return ticket or ticket to a next destination. 
Visa for South- Africa will automatically receive you as an EU citizen on arrival. For the visa (maximum 90 days stay), 2 opposite pages are required in your passport. Your passport must be valid until 30 days after return. 
For Swaziland and Lesotho , the passport must be valid until 6 months after departure. The visa will be given at the border crossing. 
For Mozambique you will need a passport that must be valid for 6 months after return. You can buy the visa at the border crossing or on arrival at the airport, cost Mt2000 (approximately USD 30). 
For Namibia you do not need a visa (maximum 90 days stay). However, your passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Namibia. 
For Botswana you do not need a visa (maximum 90 days stay). However, the passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Botswana. In addition, as of June 1, 2017, in Botswana for foreign tourists, the USD30 pp Tourism Development Levy will apply, paid at the border post in cash or by credit card. But this has been delayed until further notice. 
For Zimbabwe (maximum 90 days stay) your passport must be valid during your stay and you can purchase the visa upon arrival, USD 30 for a single entry and USD 55 for multi entry or USD 50 for Univisa. 
For Zambia you will need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months after return. 

We will inform you when booking about the latest information. Participants who do not own Dutch nationality should inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries. USD 30 for a single entry and USD 55 for multi entry or USD 50 for Univisa. For Zambiayou will need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months after return. We will inform you when booking about the latest information. Participants who do not own Dutch nationality should inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries. USD 30 for a single entry and USD 55 for multi entry or USD 50 for Univisa. For Zambia you will need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months after return. We will inform you when booking about the latest information. Participants who do not own Dutch nationality should inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries. To inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries. To inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries.

Accommodations

(Almost) All accommodations are personally selected by us and are regularly checked for service, quality and hygiene. Afrikaya tours strives to offer your holiday as cheap as possible without compromising the quality of the trip. We select largely good and small 3 - 4 - 5 * lodges, guest houses and hotels, with comfortable en suite rooms, where the bar at the bar is still affordable. In remote areas you will not find luxury hotels and usually stay in a good guesthouse or simple lodge, more often self catering. Sometimes we choose to be aware of a (simple) hotel, because of its unique location or the atmospheric environment or just for a more expensive option, if this is really worth it.

Car Hire - Is Your Driving Safe?

Yes, you can drive well in these countries. You are driving on the left and can better avoid the cities. For a car journey, we provide many tips for a safe journey in the very comprehensive travel guide. We are available 24/7 and have many contacts in southern Africa. However, if you choose a car drive, you should also occasionally show your own initiative. 
Scared yourself drive off, take a look at our group tours or consider a trip with private guide / driver. Both have the advantage that there is always someone to manage or fall back on and who knows the way everywhere and knows the local uses. 
For detailed information on car hire, 4x4 car rental or camper hire, see car rental.

Luggage and clothes

Most airlines carry 20 kg (sometimes 23 or even 30 kg) luggage for check-in, plus 7 kg of hand luggage. See your E-ticket or look at the website of the society. We advise not to take too much, with a lot of accommodation there is a laundry service which is definitely not too expensive. Good quality clothes, you can also buy cheap on site. Clothing that you want to leave behind is often more than welcome. 
A suitcase with hard shell is less practical and less often fits well in a luggage than a soft travel bag on wheels. Spinners (4 small wheels) are not handy in Africa, the trails are often too uneven. Prevent locks or leave your suitcase in plastic seals at the airport. 
Informal holiday clothes are permitted everywhere. Long trousers and long sleeves, socks and dense shoes are wise in a malaria area between sunset and onset. During (very) luxury travel, the appearance of dinner with long pants or jacket (and tie) is sometimes appreciated.

Money affairs

South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho have a very good value for money! Nambia and Mozambique are a bit more expensive, in Botswana, the prices of accommodations (generally) are high, especially in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls and Chobe River. However, we can make a nice trip for most budgets. 
You do not need to bring a foreign currency if you go to South Africa, there are ATMs everywhere. For other countries, it is sometimes useful to bring Euro or USD. We will inform you in the travel magazine. 
In South Africa you pay with South African Rand (ZAR). ATMs are located in all major locations in South Africa. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, also at supermarkets, but not at petrol stations. Also in Swaziland and Lesotho you can pay with ZAR, these countries also have their own currency. 
In Mozambique you can pay (to Vilankulos) usually in ZAR, but it is useful to exchange Meticais (MTn) at a currency exchange office or bank, for example, if you are at the border. In Mozambique you can place money in larger (tourist) places. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but often not at petrol stations. 
In Namibia you pay with the Namibian dollar (N $). ZAR is also accepted everywhere. ATMs are available in all major locations. Even though you can keep some money in stock because they are not always filled. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, also in supermarkets and sometimes at petrol stations. 
In Botswana you pay with the Pula. Standard / Stanbic cash machines can also be used to pin up larger amounts (often only Mastercard or Visa), the vending machines of other banks are often not suitable for foreign passes. So make sure you check out an ATM on time. Visa and Mastercard are accepted widely. 
In principle, it is not necessary to include Traveler Checks or USD to exchange if you are looking for an ATM on time. Firstly, this is safer and secondly, many banking operations in southern Africa are carried out at the counter, making it especially busy at banks on Friday, when people are paid out. You can sometimes stand in line for more than an hour. 
It is very common for a service and service gratuity is given. In the Netherlands, the operating fee is often included in the price, but in southern Africa people are often completely dependent on tips and tips. It's always a small amount and our advice is: be yellow. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls. We advise you not to go to prayer. Pay better for delivered services, pay an additional fee for good service, buy your souvenirs from local businesses, sample local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at local / street stalls.

Health affairs

Please inform your GP or GGD at least 8 weeks before leaving for personal medical advice. 

Vaccinations DTP and Hepatitis-A (contagious jaundice) are recommended but are not mandatory. 
If you arrive in a yellow fever country like Zambia within 7 days, a yellow fever vaccination for South Africa - Botswana - Namibia is required. 

Malaria occurs in the summer months (October-May) in South Africa (Kruger National Park, Kwazulu Natal), Lesotho and Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. In Mozambique and the Zambezi region / Caprivi (Victoria Falls) this is the case throughout the year. Malaria is usually prescribed for Malarone, the side effects of which are limited. The lodges in Malaria area are equipped with mosquito nets and / or air conditioning. Bringing a mosquito net yourself is not convenient. We can also assemble malaria-free travel! 

You can further inform yourself by: 
* Rural Center 
Guidance Advisory * Tropen Care 
* GGD 
Take the leaflets with your doctor and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. 

In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem.

Traveling with Children

Unabridged Birth Certificate (South Africa & Botswana)
As from 1 October 2014, new regulations are in place:

  1. Parents traveling with their own children must also be able to show an original birth certificate of the traveling child (s) in addition to their passports and tickets;
  2. If only one of the parents passes with the child, he / she must be in addition to the valid birth certificate
    1. OR have a written and signed statement from the other parent who gives the child permission to travel with the other parent,
    2. OR official proof that the single parent has full custody and official control over the child (eg court judgment in custody case);
    3. OR if the other parent has passed away, a copy of the other parent's official death certificate must be taken instead of this declaration;
  3. Children who do not travel with their parents but with family members, acquaintances or other guardians must have an official written and signed statement in addition to the valid birth certificate in which  both  parents or Legal guardians assert that the child has permission to travel with these persons, as well as copies of the passports of the parents or the legal guardian of the traveling child.

A birth certificate is available from the municipality (5 working days to 3 weeks). For more information: South African Consulate in The Hague, weekdays between 14.00 and 16.00 phone number +31 (0) 70 392 4501.

Family trip plans
Some accommodations and excursions unfortunately do not allow children, sometimes under 6 years old, sometimes under 12 or 15 years old. There is also something to say to keep a journey with children malaria free . Contact us for:
  • A group trip , we have special family trips!
  • A tailored car trip , we have a lot of experience in planning the best holidays for families with children in South Africa and surrounding countries!
  • A private trip , if you all want to enjoy a well-deserved holiday!

Climate - best travel time

Southern Africa is an ideal holiday destination all year long. It is not easy to say what the best travel time is, unless you go to Hermanus for the flower season or the whales. See also the country information South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. 
The seasons are inverted to those of us (summer is winter, autumn is spring). Each season has its own specialties. For example, the West Coast in the spring of Africa is wonderfully beautiful with flower carpets, winter for wildlife is the best season and you want to see whales, may be from June to November, but the best months are September and October. 
When planning your trip (and booking), it is also advisable to take into account the holiday periods in South Africa. Especially Gauteng and Johannesburg: Easter, December to mid January, July to mid-August are busy. For example, if you want to visit the Kruger Park during those periods, book a minimum of six months in advance, no unnecessary luxury! Book your trip 6 months in advance or earlier! We work with smaller accommodations, which are unfortunately also fuller. Game Lodges have already been booked up a year in advance, so you are looking for a specific trip, book it on time!

Internet - Telephone - Electricity

In South Africa, lodges sometimes have wireless internet. Internet cafes are located in all larger places, the speed is reasonable. In the rest of southern Africa, there are usually Internet cafes in tourist places. However, do not expect a fast connection, you may already be happy if it works (without alarms). 

Of course, it is convenient to be accessible and to make calls. That gives a safe feeling, but can be very expensive. You can save by taking your own device and purchasing a SIM card on the spot with calling credit, so you can call cheap in the holiday country. In South Africa, registration is now required before the SIM can be activated. When booking a group trip, you can indicate that you want a South African SIM card, So that you can get there immediately upon arrival. In case of a car, you can register a card at the airport. In Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, the coverage of mobile telephony is not ideal. If you always want to call, rent a satellite phone in the Netherlands. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! 

The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. In case of a car, you can register a card at the airport. In Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, the coverage of mobile telephony is not ideal. If you always want to call, rent a satellite phone in the Netherlands. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. In case of a car, you can register a card at the airport. In Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, the coverage of mobile telephony is not ideal. If you always want to call, rent a satellite phone in the Netherlands. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. Botswana and Mozambique is not the coverage of mobile telephony not ideal. If you always want to call, rent a satellite phone in the Netherlands. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. Botswana and Mozambique is not the coverage of mobile telephony not ideal. If you always want to call, rent a satellite phone in the Netherlands. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits.

Language

South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xosha and Zulu. In addition, other Afrikaans languages ​​are spoken. 
In Mozambique is the official language Portuguese. In addition, a number of Bantu languages ​​are spoken. With English you can get more and more. 
The official language of Namibia is English, but Afrikaans, German and some Bantu languages ​​are also widely spoken. In the north of the country, many Portuguese are also spoken because of the many Angolan refugees staying there. 
In Botswana , English and Twana are official languages. In addition, there are 30 other languages ​​like Kalanga, Kgalagadi, Herero, Mbukushu, Yeyi, Birwa and Nambya.

Time difference

In South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique, it is during the summertime in Europe, the same time (GMT +2). 
In winter, it is in South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique 1 hour later (GMT +1). 
In Namibia it is 1 o'clock earlier (GMT -1).

Safety

Unfortunately, many "Stoepstories" (bullshit stories) are told about South African countries, it is often not safer than nightly in Amsterdam. An exception is the major cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and, to a lesser extent, Cape Town and Windhoek. We advise you to avoid city centers and always be at the lodge for sunset. Of course, the common sense applies: leave no valuables behind in the hotel room, beware of ATMs, do not show full stock, take a taxi in the evening. Poverty is high in some areas, so do not tempt people.

Insurance

Traveling well insured is an absolute necessity. Hospital and hospital costs may be very high in certain countries, not to mention repatriation costs. Closing a travel insurance is mandatory . In addition, we advise you to cancel a cancellation insurance in the event that you can not leave for sickness or family circumstances or to cancel the trip. 
Afrikaya Leisure Travel can provide you with a short-term travel and / or cancellation insurance, which must be noted at the time of booking.

Flight Duration

From Amsterdam (direct): 
- Johannesburg (direct) 11 o'clock 
- Cape Town (directly) 11.20 o'clock 
- Durban (with stop): 15 o'clock 
- Windhoek (with stopover) 11 o'clock
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Best Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Popular Location: South-Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana

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