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Limpopo Province, South Africa

Travel info

Visas

On arrival in South Africa, your passport will be stamped at customs with a tourist visa for South Africa.  This visa is valid for 3 months.  There is no cost for the South African visa.

For travelers on safari to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Chobe (Botswana), Zambia and Tanzania, upon arrival at the respective borders, you will purchase the visa for the country of entry.  The Visas are about $50 per person.  I recommend that you take about $300 worth of small bills, ie $1, $5, $10 and $20 as they do not give change in dollars at border posts.

Packing List

Please note that whether you are travelling by hunting vehicle or private charter during your trip, all forms of safari transportation have limited packing space available. So if possible please restrict your luggage to between 10–12 kilograms (22-26lbs) and make use of a soft bag (duffel type bag) – particularly for flights.

Our camps are fully equipped and laundry is done daily, so there is no need to bring extra gear. Charter companies are very strict with excess weight and the commercial airlines are also imposing more stringent regulations. Pack for comfort and please note that warm clothing during June, July and August is essential.

Recommended Packing List for Photo Safaris

Safari lodges are fully equipped and laundry can be done daily, so there is no need to bring extra gear. Pack for comfort and please note that warm clothing during June, July and August is essential.  Do not exceed 50 pounds on your check in bag.

·       2-3 sets of clothes (shades of green & khaki work well on safari)

·       1-2 sets of casual clothes to wear in the evenings in camp

·       3 sets of underwear and socks

·       Comfortable walking boots/tennis shoes

·       Casual shoes/slops/sandals for wearing around camp

·       Jacket & gloves for cold mornings (temperatures can drop to low 40’s)

·       Hat, Sunglasses & sunscreen (temperatures can rise to mid 80’s)

·       Binoculars

·       Camera and/or Video camera

·       Extra batteries for camera and video camera

·       Additional memory sticks and/or DVD’s to store photos

·       Personal medication and toiletries

 

​What can you bring in duty free?

You can bring the following goods into South Africa without paying customs duty or value-added tax (VAT):

 

Consumable goods in accompanied baggage:

·       Cigarettes – up to 200 per person.

·       Cigars – up to 20 per person.

·       Cigarette or pipe tobacco – up to 250g per person.

·       Perfume – up to 50ml per person; eau de toilette (scented liquid lighter than cologne) – up to 250ml per person.

·       Wine – up to 2 litres per person.

·       Spirits and other alcoholic beverages – up to 1 litre in total per person.

Climate

Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest, around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (June to August). Polokwane offers an extremely pleasant climate for most of the year. With almost all year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer months (October to March) averaging 27ºC. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwa known to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger National Park area can expect temperatures around 30ºC in summer.  Winter is typical of the interior highveld plateau. A sunny season of chilly, early mornings, warm middays, dry afternoons and cool to cold nights. In general the weather of Limpopo will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and reserve. On our main page you will find the current weather at our lodge.

Currency

Money Required

In South Africa, you will be able to draw cash from ATM's so I do not recommend exchanging money for South Africa.  It is to your benefit to rather draw cash from an ATM as and when you need to.  Most places in South Africa also accept credit card.

For purchases of gifts in Vic Falls or Tanzania, I recommend that you have US $ cash.  I suggest having about $500 in US$ cash to travel with for your entire trip, over and above the $300 for visas.  Be sure to have a good selection of smaller bills.  

Travel Insurance

For travel insurance, please contact Travel Guard.  You can acquire the insurance directly on-line at www.travelguard.com

Medical

Vaccinations & Shots

Malaria

Mafigeni Safari Lodge is situated in a Low Risk Malaria area, however, should you be considering traveling to Kruger National Park, we strongly advise you to consider getting malaria preventative tablets.  There are a number of medical options, including Malarone, Doxycyclin, Larium, Mephloquin.  Please consult with your travel doctor for the preventative best suited to you.

When traveling to Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia, it is essential to take malaria preventatives, as these countries fall into a high risk malaria area.

Yellow Fever Vaccination 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has subsequently issued a statement that all travelers from Zambia to South Africa, and travelers that have recently visited Zambia, will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Previously, this was not required.

All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination.

HIV/AIDS

Please note that there is sadly a high prevalence of HIV in Africa and abstinence or safe sex is highly recommended.  There is no vaccination for HIV.

Children

Travelling with Children under 18 years of age: 

Please note that South Africa is very strict with regards to adhering to the regulations for travel with minor children.  Please read the below information carefully and make sure that you have all necessary documents with you upon arrival in South Africa.

Where parents are travelling with a child. Requirements: 

(i) Such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child. 

(ii) Adopted children to provide proof of adoption by means of an adoption certificate

Explanatory Note: These regulations apply to all travellers, foreign as well as South African; on departure as well as arrival. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. All documents must be original or copies certified as a true copy of the original by a commissioner of oaths or the equivalent commissioning authority, should commissioners of oath not be a practice in the country concerned; 

Where one parent is travelling with a child. Requirements: 

(i) Such parent must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child 

(ii) Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with 

(iii) A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or

(iv) Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate; 

(v) Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. 

Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child. 

Explanatory Note: The affidavit may not be older than 3 months, dating from the date of travel. 

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce. Requirements: 

(i) A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child; 

(ii) An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child; 

(iii) Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and (iv) The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child

Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child. 

Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer Requirements: 

(i) Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child; 

(ii) A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing; 

(iii) A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and (iv) The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

Any child who is in alternative care as defined in the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005) Requirements: 

shall, before departing from the Republic, produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child resides as contemplated in section 169 of the Children’s Act. 

Explanatory Note: This Regulation has entered into force on 26 May 2014.

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