Travel information on Southern Africa

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Tourism Office Tel +27 (0)11 895 3000

Entry Requirements
A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information. Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.

Currency
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.

Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.

Clothing
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.

Languages
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.

Health
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.

Banking Hours
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Useful Numbers
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222

Botswana

BotswanaBotswana

Tourism Office Tel +267 353 0240

Entry Requirements

All visitors entering Botswana must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.  Visas are required for certain countries.  Please contact our nearest travel agents for up-to-date information regarding this.

Currency
Botswana's currency is the Pula.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and credit cards are accepted at most places.

What to bring
Summers are very hot - lightweight cotton clothing and a lightweight jacket.  Winters are mild, yet cold in the early evening and monrings - trousers, long-sleeved shirts, pullovers and a very warm jacket.  Comfortable walking shoes and sandals/slops.  Sunhat, sunscreen and after-sun.  Malaria precautions, insect repellent, lip balm, water purification tablets and a basic first-aid kit.

LesothoLesotho FlagLesotho

Tourism Office Tel +27 (0)51 436 6766

Lesotho is surrounded by mountains, with the Drakensberg in the east and the Maluti Mountains dominating the rest of the country.  Most of Lesotho is above 1000m above sea level and the friendly local people have made this rugged country their home.  The Basuto people have a rich culture and this can be found in almost every town and village that you pass through.  Craft markets and produce stalls provide tourists and locals with fresh fruit, vegetables, daily necessities and curious.  The mountains offer 4x4 enthusiasts hundreds of exciting rugged routes through the countryside.  Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Lesotho, with hiking trails criss-crossing the countryside providing hikers with uninterrupted views from the top of the world.  The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3482m high, it is the highest peak in Southern Africa and keen mountain climbers are thrilled with this majestic peak.  There are no fences in Lesotho and the wildlife have the freedom to roam about where they wish.  The most common are mountain reedbuck, rhebok, eland, baboon, jackals, meerkat and mongoose.  Lesotho is definitely a place to let go and feel free, breathe in the pure air and enjoy the local people and their culture.

Mozambique

MozambiqueMozambique

Tourism Office Tel +27 (0)12 401 0300

Entry Requirements
All visitors entering Mozambique must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.  Visas are required for certain countries.  Please contact our nearest travel agents for up-to-date information regarding this.

Currency

Mozambique's currency is the Metical.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and credit cards are accepted at most places.

What to bring
Summers are very hot - lightweight cotton clothing and a lightweight jacket.  Winters are mild, yet cold in the early evening and monrings - trousers, long-sleeved shirts, pullovers and a very warm jacket.  Comfortable walking shoes and sandals/slops.  Sunhat, sunscreen and after-sun.  Malaria precautions, insect repellent, lip balm, water purification tablets and a basic first-aid kit.

Namibia

NamibiaNamibia

Tourism Office Tel +264 61 290 6000

Entry Requirements
A Passport valid six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information.

Currency
The Namibian Dollar, SA Rand, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.  No credit cards are accepted at petrol stations.

Tax
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 15%.  Visitors may reclaim VAT at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros- and Walvis Bay Airport.

What to bring
Summer: bring cool cotton clothing and loads of sunblock.  Winter: bring light clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings.

SwazilandSwaziland FlagSwaziland

Tourism Office Tel +266 2231 2427

This tiny country is nestled between South Africa and Mozambique.  Its grand mountains, lush pristine forests, wildlife, birds and fantastic game reserves make the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland such an interesting country.  The rich culture of the Swazi people and their warm hospitality make visitors feel relaxed and at home.  A trip to the Swazi Cultural Village takes you on a journey into their way of life, their customs and rituals, dance, music, folklore, traditional healing, arts and crafts.  Swaziland is perfect for 4x4 enthusiasts and keen hikers, backpackers and horse riders, as there are many trails that are off the beaten track that nearly always lead to beautiful scenic places hidden in the mountains and countryside.  Other adventure activities include golf, abseiling and white-water rafting.  At the Cuddle Puddle in the Ezulwini Valley you can relax in a pool filled with alkalina soda carbonate water and soak away your worries or treat yourself to a massage at the Swazi Spa.  All in all a very fascinating country with fascinating people and scenic beauty, wildlife sanctuaries teeming with game, birds and interesting insects.  Swaziland is not to be missed when touring Southern Africa, whether travelling by; car, 4x4, overlander, motorhome or on a camping safari.

Zambia

ZambiaZambia

Entry Requirements
All visitors entering Zambia must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.  Visas are required for certain countries.  Please contact your nearest travel agents for up-to-date information regarding this.

Currency

Zambia’s currency is the Kwacha. Visa, MaterCard, American Express, Diners Club and credit cards are accepted at most places.

What to bring
Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised. Malaria precautions, insect repellents, first aid kit and sun block.  Zambia has mild winters and the summer days can get quite hot.

Zimbabwe

ZimbabweZimbabwe

Tourism Office Tel +263 4 752 570

Entry Requirements
Most visitors require a 90-day holiday or 30-day business visa, both of which can be obtained on arrival. Check with your embassy before departure to see if you require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.

Currency
The Zimbabwe Dollar is the local currency and a limited number, of tourist establishments accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and credit cards.

What to bring
Summer: bring cool cotton clothing and loads of sunblock. Winter: warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses and insect repellant are necessary. Don't forget your rain-wear for the rainy season.