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INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is quite aptly named “The world in one country” which describes its
incredible variety in geography, botany, wildlife and culture. According to the
World Trade Organization it is the 25th most popular tourism destination
worldwide. It is important to make the reader aware of the fact that Africa, as
a continent consists of about 50, independent countries with their own
governments. South Africa is one of these. Africa as a continent is roughly two
and a half times bigger than North America offering incredible variety.
South Africa is blessed with a fantastic perennial climate that falls into the
Southern Temperate Zone, which never ceases to amaze the first-time visitor. Due
to a wide range of latitudes and altitudes and the influence of the Atlantic,
Indian and Southern oceans our winters compared to that of the northern
hemisphere are short, mild and sunny. This being said however; for short spells
it can be very cold in the central parts of the country with temperatures well
below freezing at especially nighttime and early mornings in mid winter during
June/July. Winters are dry and crisp with frost on higher altitudes and even
snow on the mountains in especially the Eastern Cape and Lesotho. We have two
very distinct climatic regions the previous description reflects the Gauteng,
Limpopo, Mpumalamga, Freestate and KwaZulu Natal. The Northern Cape Province
town of Sutherland has the dubious honor of being the coldest town in the
country. The south Western Cape area has a Mediterranean climate with wet, windy
winters and year round rain. Most of the country is sub tropical with little
variation in number of daylight hours. In summer from about 0500 – 1900 and from
0700 – 1700 in winter.
Springtime starts on 1 September, summer on 1 December, autumn on 1 March and
winter on 1 June with winter solstice (shortest day, longest night, 21 June).
Average spring/summer day temperature range of 25°C - 43°C (70°F - 110°F)
depending on local geography and location and autumn/winter from 7°C - 23°C (35°
- 75°F). In general the average daily temperature for most of the year is
roughly 30C (95F)
Average rainfall range between 100mm – 1500mm (4” – 60”) annually depending on
the geography with the eastern parts of the country receiving the most and
declining out towards the west, which is quite arid.
South Africa is the most southern country on the African continent. It borders
in the northwest onto Namibia. In the central north the famous Kgalagadi
National Park straddles the border where Botswana is our neighbor and to the
north-east, Zimbabwe with Mozambique due east where the massive new
Transfrontier Park between the last 3 mentioned countries are situated. The
country is sub-divided in 9 provinces, roughly along the lines of historical
tribal and natural geographic borders with the Northern Cape Province
geographically the biggest, about 33% of the country’s surface area and a
population of less than 1 million. A provincial government subjected to the
Central Government governs each. Provinces all have their own unique ethnic
groups, plant kingdoms, wildlife and unique geography. (See maps). The 9
provinces are: The Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu/Natal,
Freestate, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo.
The east of the country is blessed with high rainfall and tropical in climate
with subsequent green and lush plant life and very big animal diversity. This is
the area where the world-renowned Kruger National Park is situated. This lush
“greenbelt” is separated from the rest of the country by the magnificent
Drakensberg Mountains with its highest altitude the Injasuti Peak at 11 195 feet
(3 410 meters). This range runs form north to south.
The central part of the country has wide-open flatland spaces ideally adapted
for grain farming on the eastern edge of it. The central and western part favors
stock grazing activities, mainly sheep and herds of plains game. Farming, after
mining and tourism is our country’s third biggest income generator.
The far western part is very arid as well as to the north, towards Namibia,
Botswana & the Kalahari Desert. In the south lies the semi-arid Great Karoo and
in the west, the West Coast with the cold Atlantic ocean washing onto its beach
with its own unique assortment of people and wildlife. South of Cape Town the
warm Indian Ocean meets the cold waters of the Atlantic. The coastal area is
about 4 600km (3 000 miles) long and offers a wide variety of beach holidays.
POPULATION & CULTURE
South Africa is known worldwide for its ethnic cosmopolitan kaleidoscope of
people. With 11 indigenous black tribes, Afrikaans and English people as well as
a good sprinkling of Asians this forms a real mixture of 11 official languages
and customs. 2001 Census counted nearly 48 million people.
In 1947 Prof. Robert Broom un-earthed “Mrs. Ples”, 3 000BC at the Sterkfontein
caves, the oldest complete, intact skull of hominoids and today there are more
and more fascinating paleo-anthropological findings being made indicating that
maybe modern man evolved from what is today known as South Africa.
Today the international community regards South Africa’s vibrant society with
its incredible political and cultural diversity as a shining example of
reconciliation, transformation and a possible role model for the rest of the
world’s political hotspots. Our country offer widespread cultural activities
where international visitors can experience both historical and present day
lifestyles of large variety, from traditional open air living museums with
beating tribal drums and dancers to modern-day township visits. Places like
Soweto, Khayalitsha, District Six and Robben Island where political prisoners
were imprisoned during the Apartheid struggle, are visited and give insight into
our recent past.
Southern Africa boasts an astonishing array of diversity and mind-boggling
natural history. More than 920 species of birds of which about 300 are seen
regularly, 338 species of mammals that of course includes the “BIG FIVE”
(elephant, rhinoceros (black and white), lion, leopard and the buffalo) and over
2000 species of fish. There are hundreds of reptiles and literally thousands of
insect species and some 5000 species of spiders and scorpions.
Apart from this impressive record some of the wild animals in our country are
world wonders in their own right such as the: elephant (biggest land mammal),
giraffe (tallest mammal), cheetah (fastest land mammal), eland (biggest
antelope), ostrich (biggest bird), the leatherback turtle which is the worlds
largest reptiles as well as oldest species (up to 900kilograms!) and the giant
kori bustard (heaviest flying bird)!
Very nearly all, can be viewed and seen in our more than 5, 5 million hectares
of National Parks, and 70 Provincial parks as well as areas being controlled and
conserved by the government. In addition to the above number of government
controlled conservation areas an additional 9 million acres is in private
ownership and commercially managed as game ranches, nature reserves,
conservancies etc. Plant life is so varied it actually boggles the mind. .
Southern Africa probably has the richest and most diverse vegetation in the
world! Up to date more than 24 000 species has been catalogued and a large part
of it can be seen at National Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town where
there is something for everyone.
At present South Africa is being governed by the African National Congress (ANC)
in power since 1994 when the white minority National Party was ousted after
nearly 45 years of reign. Government then was replaced by a multi party
democracy and a very enlightened new Constituency was passed with a progressive
Bill of Rights. At present there are 9 main political opposition parties and
some 5 smaller ones. The country at present experience extremely good political
and economical stability measured against that of the rest of the African
continent and even other developing countries worldwide.
CURRENCY AND MONEY MATTERS
South Africa’s economy runs on the Rand unit currency with the international
symbol ZAR. 1 Rand = 100 cents. Coins consist of bronze cent coins; 1c, 2c, 5c,
10c, 20c, 50c, and silver Rand coins; R1, R2 and R5 coins. “Paper money” or
notes are colored paper notes; R10 (green), R20 (light brown/yellowish), R50
(pink/reddish), R100 (blue) and largest denomination R200 (orange like).
Measured against international monetary exchange rates South Africa offers
extremely affordable holidays and recreational and leisure activities in the
field of tourism. Travelers’ checks, foreign currency of all major currencies
can be exchanged at airports, commercial banks and some of the major hotel
groups. Value Added Tax (VAT) at the current rate of 14% is required on all
purchased goods and services. If VAT value exceed ZAR 250 on purchases, refunds
can be claimed at airports with customs offices if such purchased items are to
be taken out of the country and in your immediate personal possession
International credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Master Card
and Visa Card are widely accepted. Enquire before purchasing which one is
preferable for the institution you’re dealing with. Most of the main banking
institutions are open Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h30 and Saturdays from
09h00 to 11h00. Automated bank teller machines (ATM) are available in most towns
and at larger petrol stations, though very small towns in far off rural areas
may not offer this service. General shopping hours are 08h00 to 17h00, although
most shops in rural towns also still close between 13h00 to 14h00.
It is advisable to change some of your foreign currency into South African
currency on arrival into the country, as you’ll get better rates locally than in
your home country as well as with less hassle. There are banks on the airport
premises at Johannesburg International.
TIPPING AND GRATUITIES
In South Africa gratuities are not included in the final bill. At restaurants
and hotels it is customary and good manners to tip for good service, 10% being
the accepted “standard”. Porters, fuel attendants, vehicle guards etc can be
tipped a few Rand, depending on service quality. Often communal tipping boxes
are encountered at guest farms or B&B’s and staff divides the content thereof
between them. Professional services such as those of your tourist guide, drivers
or professional hunters are also applicable to the goodwill of the traveler
according to the standard of service they received from them and are always
South Africa prides itself on an excellent infrastructure, actually the best on
the whole African Continent. It is the 20th biggest economy of the 230 most
important global countries and the biggest in Africa. All modern modes of
transport are available. Tarred roads (black topped) and highways link virtually
every city, town, village and hamlet. Gravel roads in the rural areas are not
always in such condition and great care must be taken when driving on it. In
2003 alone, more than ZAR 6 billion were spent on up-keep and maintenance of our
road system. According to recent statistics, South Africa has a national fleet
of about 7 million vehicles. All the bigger cities boast airports and very many
of the towns own airdrome fields. Many of the world’s big hotel groups are
represented and literally thousand of informal guesthouses and private hotels
are available, offering high standards. The telephone network is extensive and
apart from the national TELKOM network has three GSM cellular networks.
South Africa is home of international business giants like Anglo American, BHP
Billington, De Beers Diamonds, Investec, Old Mutual and SABMiller. South Africa
also pioneered the world’s first “petroleum-from-coal” process through SASOL.
Recently the British Investment Bank, Lehman Bros, declared South Africa to be
one of the most stabile upcoming economies in the world. Tourism contributes
about 7% of our GNP and very aggressive marketing campaigns both locally and
abroad are waged to increase this figure.
Due to our cultural diversity, many different styles of cuisine are available to
the international traveler that will suit the most finicky.
English is very widely spoken and one of the major languages, it is the language
of commerce, business and industry and apart from the mother tongue of
individuals a compulsory subject in schools.
Cape Town is the parliamentary capital; Bloemfontein the judicial capital and
Pretoria the administrative capital.
The Gauteng province where the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are situated,
including the adjacent urban areas called the Witwatersrand, is a huge sprawling
complex housing about 8 million people and also economically the richest. This
province is the smallest of our 9 provinces but in itself contribute nearly a
third of the country’s GNP and its economy is bigger that that of any of the
other African countries!
Electricity supply is 220/240 volt at 50Hz. Adaptors may be needed and most
plugs are triangular three pinned/pronged
HIGH AND LOW SEASON
Summer, from October to April is considered high season. Winter, from May to
September is low season. All accommodation establishments adjust their stay over
rates and prices accordingly. The country is a very popular destination and fast
becoming even more so, plan ahead, make advance reservations. If arriving
without a reservation you may very well be disappointed, especially during the
Hospitals, both state and exceptionally high quality private hospitals as well
as clinics are plentiful and visitors will be well cared for if the need arises.
Consider that this is the country that pioneered the very first heart transplant
by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in the early 60’s. This being said however it is very
advisable to take out additional medical insurance, as public hospitals are
extremely crowded and not always as efficient as the private institutions. AIDS
is rife in the country with speculations of up to 28% of the population rumored
to be infected after a statistical research program. (November 2002).
U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the States. Check with your
insurance company and get confirmation whether your policy applies overseas,
including the provision for medical evacuation and adequate coverage. Very
useful info on medical emergencies abroad is provided y the USA Department of
State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, titled “ Medical Information for
Americans Traveling Abroad” available from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Additional health info can be obtained from the ‘ Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention” at the International Travelers Hotline.
Please note: Visitors from abroad must make provision for and embark on a very
necessary course of prophylactic medicine against malaria, particularly tourists
visiting the eastern part of the country, this is absolutely ESSENTIAL.
Please note: Smoking has been banned from public areas in South Africa. This is
quite a sensitive issue and most establishments prefers their guests or clients
not to smoke in rooms, restaurants etc. Please check beforehand.
US of A citizens do not require visas. All foreign visitors’ passports should be
current for at least six (6) months after your return. It also is a good idea to
compile and keep copies of such details such as your passport, travel insurance
policy and other important information. There are regular, direct flights (+- 18
hours) offered by South African Airways (SAA) from New York and Atlanta to
Johannesburg, South Africa. This airline has an impressive record and was
recently appointed “Best Airline” by the Skytrax Air awards system on the
African continent recently as well as for a succession of previous years. As
well as “Best International Online Service” and “Best Airline to Africa ”. In
2002 the airline started a process of acquiring new Airbus A340-600 for use on
their ultra long-haul flights such as those from South Africa to Atlanta and New
York, the Far East and Australia. The first of the new aircraft fleet was
launched in February 2003 between South Africa and Hong Kong. The FAA, (US
Federal Aviation Administration) has assesses the South African Governments
“Civil Aviation Authority” as Category 1 as in compliance with international
aviation safety standards for oversight of South African air carrier services.
Customs are very easy in general. European Sportsmen can travel to South Africa
from virtually all-main European capitals using all the big airlines on flights
ranging from 9-12 hours duration.
Regarding visitors from the USA we seriously recommend the services of Elaine
Porteus whom we hold in high esteem. She can be reached at “AFRICAN ODYSSEY”
travel agency situated in Miami, FL. Contact details: Tel.305/271 – 1878 or Fax
305/273 – 4595. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to compare her
service and rates with those of other travel agents. Airport taxes is payable on
departure. Check whether it is included in your air ticket prior to departure or
if you need to pay at the airport.
Please note: Duty-free allowances are: 400 cigarettes; 250grams of tobacco and
50 cigars; 1 liter of spirits; 2 liters of wine; 50 ml of perfume and 250 ml of
toilet water. Gifts up to the worth of ZAR 500 are allowed. Unlimited foreign
currency and traveler’s checks may be taken into the country. No more than ZAR
500 in notes (paper money) may be imported or exported unless a permit issued by
the Reserve Bank of South Africa has been obtained. No international
immunization is required when entering South Africa. However a valid yellow
fever vaccination certificate of less than 1 year for travelers traveling from
such infected areas to South Africa is a compulsory requirement.
Please note: When doing self-drive that gas (petrol/fuel) stations do not accept
Visitors to South Africa are not exempt from paying the 14% Value Added Tax
(VAT) on goods and services. However, VAT on purchased items, which are taken
with them out of country when leaving, with a value of R 250-00, and more can be
claimed back at their port of departure from customs officers. In order to do
this original tax invoice/s as well as the item itself, a VAT refund control
document and their passport should be presented to the officials.
GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
This is always a difficult though justified question. In reality most of Africa
’s’ people and societies are actually more honest than that of our Western
world. Crime is not a major concern in most places you will visit, especially
the rural areas and the vast majority of visitors travel without any incidents.
Nevertheless, crime is a reality, does occur and such elements unfortunately
does exist. With an official unemployment rate of 41% petty crime such as theft
is quite prevalent. Our cities and immediate surrounding areas are the main
trouble spots and of course those with the highest population density, which is
the Gauteng province, especially around hotels and areas of public transport.
Local commuter train services and metro trains, especially those active between
Johannesburg and Pretoria, are to be avoided at all cost.
Travel tips –American citizens traveling to South Africa, are encouraged to
register at their Consular Section of the nearest US Consulate and obtain
updated info on travel and security within South Africa.
- Do not enter into conversation with just anybody who approaches you, whatever
his or her claim. Also, some cities pose more dangers than others. The most
problematic area in the country being downtown Johannesburg.
- At airports or ports of entry do not leave your baggage without supervision or
unattended and do not allow a number of porters to “swamp” you. Acceptable tips
to airport porters are ZAR R 5-00 to ZAR 10-00 maximum.
- Be very vigilant when using credit cards as payment and do not, under any
circumstances allows anyone to “assist” you with ATM transactions. Credit card
fraud and U.S. counterfeit currency also occur frequently.
- Be vigilant at all times when busy with financial transactions or actions and
never count your money in the open.
- As a rule, never ever walk around unaccompanied or without informing your
guide where you intend going to.
- Never carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery/valuables on your
person in the cities and try to avoid looking like a tourist. The very best is
to make arrangements to always stay in a group and be escorted by your guide/s.
- Avoid townships when on your own, rather employ a legal, licensed and
registered Tourist Guide for this.
- Enter the local emergency telephone numbers and into your cell phone/mobile
phone if you travel with it.
- Keep track of your keys
- Be very aware of prostitutes! There lately have been a number of cases of
foreign tourists being killed by these “service providers” as they were linked
to drug peddling or mugging. Apart from this AIDS is rampant and can be very
easily contracted by engaging in casual sex!!
- Do not leave purses or bags on chairs, under tables or on the back of chairs
in restaurants or hotel foyers or on restroom hooks.
- Rather carry traveler’s cheques instead of cash and do not countersign your
traveler’s cheques before it is needed.
- Separate cash, traveler’s cheques and credit cards.
Emergency Call Numbers: Police (Flying Squad 10111, Ambulance services 1022,
Para-medics 10 177.
Mobile phones from abroad may not always work in South Africa. Make sure of this
on arrival. If not, rental mobile phones are widely available.
South Africa is 2 hours ahead of GMT throughout the year.
Local and International dialing is very easy as South Africa use the global
telephone dialing system which means that for local calls, the local area code
must always be dialed, even being in the same city or town.
To phone from within South Africa to places abroad use the following 3 steps:
1. Dial the international code for the country,
2. followed by the area code of the town or city you want to phone to and then
3. The telephone number.
Other useful numbers within South Africa:
International booked calls: 0900
International enquiries: 0903.
The home direct service of TELKOM (local telecom service provider) enables
visitors to make calls to an operator in their home country free of charge to
arrange in reserved-charge or credit card.
Hunting Safaris Include
Safari Trophy Hunting Packages &
South African Species Pricelist
We are a South African based company offering and catering to the traveling
outdoorsmen and sportsmen of the world, guided quality trophy hunting, shooting,
fishing and safari tour opportunities in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique.
To provide hunters and shooters the widest opportunities possible we offer a
variety of concessions spread out over Southern Africa. A stunning variety of
places offer differences in topography, plant and animal life, climate,
accommodations, scenery and people.
In South Africa we offer the green hills of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal with
Cape buffalo, Sable, Waterbuck, Warthog and Impala. The wide open plains of “big
sky country” and scenic sandstone hills of the Freestate with Blesbok, Black
Wildebeest and Red Hartebeest. Thank you for visiting
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The red rolling sand dunes of the Kalahari in the Northern Cape with the
aristocratic Gemsbok (Oryx) and dainty Springbok. In northern Namibia the
Splendour of granite outcrops and rugged veld with kudu, Hartmanns Zebra,
Leopard and Cheetah.
Reservations can be made by calling J. Scott To make
reservations or if you have questions, please call (855) 473-2875.
will often have exclusive use of the lodges that we stay at.