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Unabridged Birth Certificate 

Children under 18 years of age. Effective from 1 June 2015, South African authorities require that all children under 18 years, travelling to / from South Africa, be in possession of their original unabridged birth certificate reflecting both parents full names and surname. Children travelling with one parent, or other person/s, or where parent/s are deceased, must be in possession of an affidavit from the remaining parent/s or guardian permitting the child to travel.

 

Kruger National Park – What is the best time to visit?

The Kruger National Park is the ideal destination for safari all year round. Every season has however got something different to offer.

April to October, the drier months of autumn, winter and start of spring, is considered the best time of the year for game viewing due to sparser vegetation. Large herds of elephant are on the move and game is generally concentrated around water sources.

Night and early morning temperatures are very cold but the game viewing is fantastic! Warm, insulated jackets, beanies and gloves are recommended especially during the months July to September.

Summer months, November to March, are hot and humid with seasonal rain. Afternoon rain showers are typical for this time of year which is a welcome relief from the heat. You will experience the most beautiful thunder and lightning displays, mostly late afternoons. With the rain comes an abundance of water and thick vegetation which means that it is more difficult to spot the wildlife, but early morning excursions and night drives are the way to go.

Newborn baby animals can be born any time of the year, but during the months of September to January you will have the best chance of seeing these adorable little ones.

Migratory birds are also plentiful during the summer months when food are plentiful.

Mosquitoes and other insects are more common during these months, as well as sunburn! We strongly suggest a good sunblock as well as taking preventative measures against malaria.

 

Etiquette on Safari

Below are some guidelines with regards to Etiquette on Safari. Please assist in the long-term survival of one of South Africa’s most beautiful National Parks.

Experiencing the wildlife in its natural habitat is an incredible privilege.

Please remember that you are in their natural habitat, so observe the animals quietly with minimal disturbance. No loud noises, loud talking, clapping and throwing objects to attract the attention of the animals. Disturbing or teasing wild animals may lead to a potentially dangerous situation or reaction.

Do not smoke on game drives. The vegetation, especially during the drier months, are very dry. It ignites easily and can spread even faster. Fire kills animals and their natural habitat.

It is illegal to remove natural objects like plants, rocks, flowers, etc. from the Kruger National Park as it disrupts the fragile ecology in the area.

Off-road excursions are only allowed when you are accompanied by a ranger. Never take these routes on your own.

Guides are experts! Please respect their judgement and follow their advice. They are there to give you the best advice and experience of a lifetime. Ask questions if you are unsure of anything.

Some wild animals have become accustomed to humans but don’t be fooled as they are still wild animals. Do not under any circumstances approach a wild animal on foot.

 

Malaria and the Kruger National Park

Consult your doctor or travel clinic before visiting a malaria area.

The Kruger National Park is a malaria area. Mosquitoes are more common in die hot summer months from November through to March. Come prepared and by doing so, avoid being infected by malaria.

  • Know mosquito behavior and avoid being bitten.

Mozzies bite at any time of the day but are more active at dusk and dawn. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants in the evenings and early morning. Apply mosquito repellent all over your body before getting dressed as mosquitoes can bite through thin clothes.

Most lodges and accommodations have mosquito nets, plug in or burn deterrents as well as air conditioning and fans. But it is not enough to avoid being infected.

  • Talk to your doctor or travel clinic about the currently best Anti Malaria tablets.

Malaria parasites become resistant to anti-malaria drugs. Please consult with your doctor or travel clinic about the best possible options and continue to take the tablets for the prescribed period, even after you have left the area.

  • Look out for malaria symptoms during and after your visit to a malaria area

Should you have any flu like symptoms, for instance runny nose, hot or cold fever, sweating, headache, muscle pain, nausea and/or vomiting, do a malaria test to be safe. Malaria is easy to treat in the early stages.

 

Tipping on Safari or on tour throughout South Africa

Tipping is entirely at your own discretion and only recommended if you are happy with the service you received. However, tipping is an important part of South African life. People from previously disadvantaged areas are often employed. They often do not earn a large salary and rely on tips from customers in order to survive.

It is a good idea, and most lodges suggests paying an amount into a communal tipping fund at the end of your stay which the lodge will distribute among the staff.

Here are some basic guidelines for tipping in South Africa:

At your accommodation:

A standard 10% of the final bill, in cash, can be handed to the receptionist on checkout to be distributed between the staff, or if you wish, paid directly to the person or persons concerned.

On Safari:

It is customary to tip the ranger and tracker individually. Discuss this with management to determine the best practice.

At Restaurants:

10% – 20% of the final bill is standard, but check with the manager. Some restaurants add a standard service charge to tables over a number of guests.

Tipping porters at Hotels, Airports and Train Stations:

Porters are given a tip of R3 – R5 per item. This should be paid directly to the porter at check-in and check-out.
Gas / Petrol Attendants

It is customary to tip R2 – R5 to the petrol attendant. They are generally very friendly staff that will assist you with putting in petrol, as there is no self service petrol stations in SA, cleaning your wind shield and checking your oil and water.

Parking Attendants

You will find official and unofficial parking attendants, usually in yellow and orange bibs, just about everywhere in South Africa. You should not feel obliged to tip the car guards unless you feel they are offering a valuable service. If a guard becomes demanding, threatening or aggressive, please report it to the closest security guard or management at the establishment you are.

Tipping Tour Guides and Coach drivers in South Africa

On half or one day tours, it is standard to tip the guide and driver at the end of the day. The recommended tip is R10 – R15 per tourist per day. This will be divided between the tour guide and the driver.