South Africa Update: Amended Immigration Regulations for Children

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South Africa Immigration Regulations – CHILD VISA RULES CLARIFIED South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) http://www.dha.gov.za/ announced on 5th December 2018 that it would relax some of the regulations for children going through South African ports of entry. As of 1 December 2018, certain categories of child travellers will be exempt from presenting supporting documents at ports of entry. This comes ahead of the Festive …

Botswana to Ban the Use of Plastic Bags

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The Botswana Government have announced their intention to ban the use of plastic carrier bags effective from the 1 November 2018. Guests travelling to Botswana should be aware of this and are advised to not carry plastic bags into the country. The proposed fine for carrying plastic bags will be US$500.00. In its pending transition, Botswana is inspired by countries …

New Namibian Regulations for Travelling with Minors

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The Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is selectively implementing a set of requirements for travellers traveling with minors similar to that in South Africa. As such we strongly advise that all guests travelling to Namibia with minors take an unabridged, certified copy of their children’s birth certificates. When children are travelling with one parent only, or with guardians, …

Good News for Cape Town

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Continued water savings by the city means that that Day Zero (when the water supply was to have been turned off) has been avoided for 2018! Let’s hope that the winter rains fall with sufficient volume to fill the dams back to normal levels.

Things to pack on your safari in Africa

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The things you might forget to pack for your safari in Africa It is always so exciting getting ready for your holiday in Africa. We are pretty sure you won’t forget your underwear, binoculars or camera, but there are always some things that you might not think of taking. Here we describe some of those things to pack on safari …

A morning walk in Kruger with National Park rangers

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Our walking safari guides – South African National Park rangers Faisal and Dingan -were just fantastic. They were funny and engaging, so incredibly skilled and deeply respectful.  We met before dawn had cracked, at 5.15 in the morning in the Lower Sabie car park, our indemnity forms signed and ready for hand over. After a short briefing off we went, …

Latest Update from Godfrey in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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Latest Update from Godfrey in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe The park has been under fire for the past 3 weeks and it was nearly completely  burnt out. First there was a fire which started near the Botswana border and it stretched out as far as Little Tom in Robins area and we had a second outbreak which started at the …

Value-for-money accommodation in Kruger National Park

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When searching for accommodation in many of southern Africa’s national parks and game reserves it is not un-common for the traveller to believe that only luxury lodge-based safaris are available. These lodges, where everything – accommodation, game activities, meals and often drinks – are included, are fabulous places to undertake a safari in style and often result in travellers seeing the …

Self-drive vehicle options for Kruger National Park

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Having just done a 3-day self-drive safari in Kruger National Park I was reminded that a range of vehicle options are available for the self-drive traveller. On this particular trip (see previous blog) – short and sweet with just two people, we went for the ultimate budget option and hired a small Ford Fiesta. I was pleasantly surprised by how …

A 3 night self-drive safari in Kruger – how lucky can you be?

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It’s hard to know where to begin when describing the 3 amazing days we had recently in Kruger National Park, but with a bit of effort the following words come to mind – MIND-BLOWING, INSANE, SPOILT, INTENSE, PRIVILEGED, IN-THE-MOMENT. We only had 3 days and 3 nights in Kruger but we certainly made the most of it ensuring we were …