Frequently Asked Questions

What do I take to Shamwari? 

What is the climate like? 

What can my children do at Shamwari?

Why a child younger than 4 can not join the game drives? 

When is the best time for game viewing? 

How do I get to the lodge? 

What will the program be? 

How to I get to South Africa? 

What are the entry requirements to South Africa? 

Electricity in South Africa 

Driving in South Africa 

People & Language in South Africa 

Health in South Africa 

Safety in South Africa 

Shopping in South Africa 

Money in South Africa

Food & Water in South Africa 

What do I take to Shamwari (Top)
Shamwari is MALARIA FREE - no tablets/syrup needed.
Walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, sun protection cream.
Cameras and binoculars.
Warm clothing - anoraks/jerseys for Land Rover trips at all times.
Light clothing and swimming costumes for summer.

What is the climate like? (Top)
Known to some as sunny South Africa, the country has a warm to hot climate, making it one of the best year-round destinations in the world. Most provinces enjoy a summer rainfall with occasional afternoon thunderstorms, which are spectacular to see. At Shamwari, winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and in summer the temperatures range from 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.4 degrees Celsius (90.3 degrees Fahrenheit). Peak rainfall (500-650 mm) occurs in spring and autumn.

What can my children do at Shamwari? (Top)
Follow this link Kids on Safari

Why a child younger than 4 can not join the game drives? (Top)
Shamwari Game Reserve values the safety of their guests and strives to provide a memorable game experience to all guests. For the safety of your loved ones, we have designed a child friendly program which will keep your young one entertained while you have a premier game experience.

When is the best time for game viewing? (Top)

Game viewing is not affected by weather, seasons or the time of the year.

How do I get to the lodge? (Top)

Private road transfers or charter flights can be arranged at additional costs. These can be booked along with your accommodation.

What will the program be? (Top)
Click here for a PROGRAM OF EVENTS at Shamwari

How to I get to South Africa (Top)

International access to South Africa is via air travel. O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the major airport in South Africa and is the hub for 55 airlines from all 5 continents. Many international carriers also fly directly to Cape Town International Airport.

What are the entry requirements to South Africa (Top)

For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa for vacation, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors to South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport, but for many countries, visas are not required up to a maximum number of days. For the latest visa requirements, contact your nearest South African embassy or mission. A yellow fever inoculation and certificate from travellers over 1 year of age coming from an infected area, is an official requirement.
What are Facilities like in South Africa
South Africa boasts world-class transport infrastructure, telecommunications, banking, medical and tourism facilities. Accommodation caters for all needs and is accredited by the national Tourism Grading Council, which upholds very high standards.

The electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ, with the exception of Pretoria (230 V) and Port Elizabeth (200/250 V). Most plugs have 3-pin or 2-pin. Adapters can be purchased, but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Five of Shamwari’s six lodges are currently equipped with standby generators, and Bayethe Tented Lodge will be equipped with a standby generator by Aug 2008. Current loadshedding experienced from the National Grid will therefore not affect your stay at Shamwari.

Non-residents are permitted to drive with a driving license issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your drivers license does not meet these requirements, an international driver’s license is required. Driving is on the left and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

Diverse people and cultures combine to make the Rainbow Nation colorful. Population groups include the majority Nguni (incl. Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi); Sotho-Tswana; Tsonga; Venda; Afrikaners; English; Coloureds; Indians; Khoi and San; and immigrants from Africa, Europe and Asia. The majority religion is Christian, but freedom of worship is guaranteed by the Constitution. There are 11 official languages, including English. Most South Africans are multi-lingual and English is fairly widely spoken, notably in urban centers.


Medical facilities equal the best in the world and in many medical disciplines; South Africa is a global leader. A large network of hospitals offer excellent service, but make sure you have adequate health insurance. Shamwari is situated in a malaria-free area.

Most parts of the country can be safely visited by tourists, provided they take basic common-sense precautions e.g. not walking alone in deserted areas at night, not flashing photographic equipment or jewelery and, in traffic, maintaining a safe following distance. Most major cities run organized crime prevention programmes and Basic Safety Tip guidelines are available at hotels and tourism information offices. If you are in doubt as to the safety of a particular area or attraction, contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345. This number may also be used for assistance in replacing lost documents or reporting incidents.


Modern shopping malls, arts & crafts routes and markets, flea markets and informal vendors provide a wide variety of goods, curios, and shopping experiences. South Africa’s fashion, gold and diamond jewelery, and art are sought-after. As are the traditional handcrafted items such as Zulu beadwork; carved chessboards; painted ostrich eggs; colorful woven baskets, handbags and soft furnishings; mohair or sisal rugs; traditional wooden masks and carvings; pottery and leather items. And don’t forget the world-renowned Cape wines, exotic fruit liqueurs, brandy, rooibos tea, dried fruit, biltong (dried meat snacks) and chutney. Most major shopping centers and malls operate 7 days a week, but small town shops are often closed on Sunday.


The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favorably with the major international currencies. Most international traveler's cheques are accepted, however, it is advised that you bring them in a hard currency, such as US dollars or British Pounds. Currency can be exchanged at banks, forex bureaus and sometimes at hotels. Foreign tourists can have their VAT (value-added tax at 14%) refunded at the point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices.Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

South Africa’s tap water is potable and of the safest and cleanest in the world. In hotels, restaurants and nightspots, the standards of hygiene and food preparation is generally top-notch. It is safe to eat fresh fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you like in your drinks - a good thing, too, after a day on the beach or in the bush. Restaurants cover a wide variety of cuisines and visitors are normally very impressed with the food. The country’s many cultures makes for varied traditional fare, which is worth exploring.

Contact us if you require further information.

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