To assist you in planning your trip overseas, please read the information below. Should you have any further questions, please contact our offices.
Travel Documents for overseas travel
Visitors from abroad must be in possession of a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after return travel) to enter the country. No travel visa is required for citizens from most western European countries, the United States and Canada for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Visitors from some other countries may need a travel visa. Since these regulations are subject to change, visitors are advised to confirm visa requirements with their travel agent or consulate. For up to date information, visit the homepage of the US Department of State for:
It is the sole responsibility of the client and a condition of the booking to ensure that correct and comprehensive travel and medical insurance is taken out to cover each person for the duration of the trip. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the tour, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Clients may find themselves in a position when they are unable to access such services should they be without the relevant insurance cover. The remote locations of some camps or lodges require expensive transportation should medical care or evacuation become necessary - adequate coverage is required.
Medication and Diseases
It is compulsory to take out travel insurance including medical coverage before your departure. For the latest required vaccinations please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your nearest travel agent or local consulate. It is important that you consult your doctor or pharmacist well in advance. All private medications imported into the country must have a copy of the prescription and the receipts, otherwise medications could be confiscated by customs.
The following facts on a few basic health matters are recommended guidelines only.
Should you be visiting a malaria area, precautions are strongly advised. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for people travelling to southern Africa. Both chloroquine-resistant and normal strains of malaria are prevalent in Africa. Expert opinion differs regarding the best approach to malaria prophylaxis. It is important to keep in mind that malaria may be contracted despite chemoprophylaxis, especially in areas where chloroquine resistance has been reported. Please remember that additional preventative precautions are recommended; avoid being bitten by using mosquito repellents liberally, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers/slacks in the evenings. If you become ill on your return, while still on prophylaxis or even once you have stopped taking them, inform your doctor that you were in a malaria area.
Malaria is more prevalent in low lying, sub-tropical areas of the northern and eastern regions of southern Africa, i.e. northern Botswana, northern Namibia, and northern and eastern South Africa. Malaria transmission is at its highest during the warm, wet summer months of October through to April. From May to September the risks of contracting malaria are reduced.
- Namibia Dollar: (one to one basis with the South African Rand). In Namibia, the South African Rand can be used, but not vice versa
- Botswana Pula: Botswana does not accept currencies from Namibia or South Africa
- South African Rand.
It is advisable that you have some cash in local currency before entering the country. Money can be drawn and traveler checks can be exchanged at international airports or at banks. Banks are open during the week and on Saturday mornings. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted by many lodges, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and car hire. Petrol stations (gas stations) usually do not accept credit cards. Cash is needed in rural or remote areas.
The seasons in southern Africa are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. The climate in the interior of southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) is very similar throughout, and is generally considered mild to hot. However, winter temperatures can drop below freezing point and summer highs can be searing hot. The northern parts and low lying areas are generally warmer than the south. Temperatures along the coasts tend to be cooler with the Atlantic coast being cold.
|Summer (Oct. - March)
|| Hot days (more than 30°C; 86°F), warm nights, may experience thunderstorms
|Fall (April - May)
|| Warm, with cool nights
|Winter (May - Aug.)
||Cool to warm days (usually 15-20°C; 59-68°F), cold nights (can drop well below 0°C; 32°F), dry (less than 20% humidity)
|Spring (Sept. - Oct.)
|| Hot dry season with hot days and warm nights
Most rain falls in summer, except for the southern coast of South Africa which receives winter rain. However, sun shine can be expected for most of the year. This necessitates wearing a hat, sunscreen and sun glasses, especially in summer when temperatures are high. In winter, night temperatures can get very cold and a warm jacket is advised. Due to the dry climate in winter, hand cream and lip balm are advised. When walking in the bush, a good pair of light hiking shoes, and sturdy clothes that can withstand thorns are advised.
We recommend that you keep your luggage to the basics when traveling overseas due to limited space on the airplane. A small camera bag or day pack is allowed as an extra. Please check with your travel agent and airline for the latest updates on luggage before traveling overseas.
Accommodation at hunting lodges or camps in Africa is typically in modern, clean chalets, rooms or luxury safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold showers, and daily laundry. Typically 3 meals a day are being served. For more specific information, check out the accommodation at your hunting area.
It is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids especially during the warmer months. Guests are advised to drink at least 2 to 3 liters (4 to 6 pints) of water per day to counter the possibility of dehydration. This excludes tea, coffee, sodas and alcoholic beverages, which act as diuretics and can contribute to dehydration. Generally, water throughout southern Africa is safe to drink. However, bottled water can be purchased if preferred.
Telecommunication facilities (public phones, internet) are available in larger cities. Please keep in mind that cell phone networks in southern Africa use a GSM 900 frequency, making most USA cell phones obsolete. Namibia and Botswana have cell phone reception in the larger cities and towns, and on some of the main routes between cities. In remote areas reception may not be possible. In comparison, South Africa has an extensive cell phone (mobile phone) network.
Namibian Time = GMT +2 (Summer - September to March)
Namibian Time = GMT +1 (Winter - April to August)
This amounts to a 5 hour time difference ahead of US Eastern time in winter.
Botswana and South Africa are GMT +2, which is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Time.
Electrical appliances throughout southern Africa operate on 220/240 volts. Plugs are 3-pin (round), 15 Amp. Adapters can be bought in electronic shops or travel shops in larger towns.
Tipping / Gratuities
Tipping is not compulsory. If, however, you wish to give a gratuity because you have received good service, a brief guideline to assist you is included below:
Restaurants / Hotels
10% is customary on meal accounts
Transfer to/from airport
Transfer R10 (US$2) per guest
Please allow between R5 and R10 (US$1-2) per guest per day for hotel staff i.e. housekeeping etc.
About R5 (US$1) per person per movement.
General Safari Camp / Lodge Staff
About US$3 per guest per day for safari camps in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe or
R30 (US$4) per guest per day for safari camps in Namibia and South Africa is recommended .
Tourists can become targets for criminals in any country. To make your overseas holiday a happy one, the following precautions are advised:
- Carry your passport, credit cards, traveler checks etc. on your person, but keep copies of your travel documents in a safe and separate place
- Do not wear expensive jewelry and clothing
- Do not carry valuables in a conspicuous way with you while walking around in cities
- Do not leave valuable articles in the vehicle, your room or tent
- Always keep the vehicle doors closed and locked
Arrange ample medical / travel insurance.