Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year but you may want to include items such as:
Light cotton tops and cotton trousers / shorts in summer
Long-sleeved blouses / shirts for game drives or safaris (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
Shorts or a light skirt
Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
Khaki, brown, and beige colours - for game hikes and safaris. White is not a suitable colour for most game viewing or hiking safaris. Firstly it increases your visibility quotient to the animals you want to get a closer look at and secondly, it will get dirty very quickly.
Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Some areas have a steep temperature gradient. ie: Hot days and very cool nights.
Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturiser, lip salve - these are essentials. The African sun is harsh most of the year.
Comfortable walking shoes or sturdy hiking boots. Sneakers and trainer type footwear is not suitable for game or safari hikes, especially white footwear.
Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day / night temperatures of Africa. Dull and / or neutral colours are more suitable for safari.
Cotton clothing is recommended for summer. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing.
Anti- Malaria medication is optional
Apart from clothing, essential items and vaccination certificates - If you have any medical conditions, read the last paragraph on this page.
Secondly, the essentials -
A camera (and / or binoculars) are a must
Camera film and batteries can generally be obtained in any major city or town (or our curio shop). But of course the further away you get from civilization, the likelihood of availability decreases - like everything else. So please be sure to have sufficient supplies for your needs prior to embarking on a long trip.
Any reading or writing material you might need. You will have moments when you want to do something other than nothing at all. (Top)
Africa is an extremely photo-opportunistic continent. From panoramic scenery, wildlife and birds to people and vibrant ceremonies. Rich colour and good low lighting conditions abound. It is considered rude to take pictures of people without asking them first. Always carry enough film as it is difficult to get in some remote places. Keep your cameras in a dust resistant, padded case and out of the midday sun.
A 200 mm (or longer) telephoto lens will prove very useful on safari.
It is your responsibility to provide for your own travel insurance. It is advisable that you accomplish this prior to your arrival in Africa, since you will be unable to participate in any travelling activities without it. (Top)
This is important, so please refer to our Health Notices.
Should travellers have any particular ailments requiring specialised medication, they should ensure that sufficient stocks are carried by them, during their stay.
If travellers are carrying prescription medicine, they must carry a copy of the prescription with them. (Top)
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Children under 7 are not permitted on open vehicles by Kruger National Park regulation. They are unpredictable in dangerous game situations and for their own safety are not permitted. (Top)
Game viewing is not affected by weather, seasons or the time of the year. (Top)
Private road transfers or charter flights can be arranged at additional costs. These can be booked along with your accommodation. (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. (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. (Top)
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. (Top)
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. Adaptors 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. (Top)
Non-residents are permitted to drive with a driving licence issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your drivers licence does not meet these requirements, an international driverís licence is required. Driving is on the left and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. (Top)
Diverse people and cultures combine to make the Rainbow Nation colourful. 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 centres. (Top)
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. (Top)
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 jewellery 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. (Top)
Modern shopping malls, arts & crafts routes and markets, flea markets and informal vendors provide a wide variety of goods, curios, and shopping experiences. South Africaís fashion, gold and diamond jewellery, and art are sought-after. As are the traditional handcrafted items such as Zulu beadwork; carved chessboards; painted ostrich eggs; colourful woven baskets, handbags and soft furnishings; mohair or sisal rugs; traditional wooden masks and carvings; pottery and leather items. And donít forget the world-renowned Cape wines, exotic fruit liqueurs, brandy, rooibos tea, dried fruit, biltong (dried meat snacks) and chutney. Most major shopping centres and malls operate 7 days a week, but small town shops are often closed on Sunday. (Top)
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favourably with the major international currencies. Most international traveller'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. (Top)
Water is our most precious resource and at Jock we are actively trying to conserve water so our guests are asked to use water sparingly.
South Africaís 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 countryís many cultures makes for varied traditional fare, which is worth exploring. (Top)
(Jock Safari Lodge is considered a LOW risk malaria area)
The information provided has been provided by certified authorities and will make your visit to Africa safe and rewarding one.
Prophylactic Measures To Prevent Malaria
Before travelling to remote areas, it may be wise to obtain a supply of emergency medication to take with you. This should only be used if it is not possible to consult a doctor. It is most important to note that no preventative measures are 100% safe. Should flu-like symptoms and signs like body pain, headache and fever develop 7 to 20 days or longer after visiting an endemic area, daily testing should be performed until you are better or another definite diagnosis is made. (Top)
Malaria Can Be Prevented in the Following Ways
The most important and most effective way of preventing malaria is firstly to prevent mosquito bites. The following preventative measures can be taken:
Another way of preventing malaria is to take additional preventative drugs when visiting an endemic area. (Top)