The Rainbow Nation offers such an array of experiences. Everyone has heard of Kruger National Park, but there are many other rewarding wildlife, cultural and scenic experiences on offer. Some itineraries also include mountainous Lesotho and the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of only 3 remaining monarchies in Africa.
When to Visit South Africa:
South Africa is a year-round destination but the best time to visit will depend on what you want to see and do. Wildlife safaris are generally best from May to October. The bush dries out and animals tend to gather around waterholes. The days are warm, dry and clear with average temperatures around 19 °C but evenings and early mornings can be chilly – around 8 °C .
Cape Town is a bit different as it has a Mediterranean climate so winters are wet and summers are dry.
Summertime in South Africa is warm with average temperatures around 27°C during the day with night time temperatures dripping to 15 °C.
On the 13th December 2016, the South African Minister for Home Affairs Malusi Gigabe announced that South Africa was withdrawing NZ Passport Holders right to Visa Free travel to South Africa effective 16th January 2017. Those requiring a Visa for travel to South Africa will have to obtain a visa in person from the South African High Commission in Wellington prior to travel. We are staying abreast of this development and will advise of any variations to these arrangements.
Travelling with Children:
The South African government’s new law came into effect on 1 June 2015. The legislation states that all minors (under the age of 18 years old) are required to produce – in addition to their passports – an unabridged birth certificate. A child who is only travelling with one parents will also be required to present an affidavit from his or her other parent consenting to the travel. If the minor is travelling with neither of his or her parents, he or she is required to produce:
– an affidavit/s from both parents consenting to the journey
– a copy of their IDs or passports; and
– the parents’ contract details
Supporting documents should either be the originals or certified copies of the originals.
If you have come from a Yellow Fever Country (most East African countries) you must present your certificate on arrival. Malaria is a risk in low lying areas in the north (this includes Kruger) so talk to your health professional about precautions.