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Three Countries in 12 Nights

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Three Countries in 12 Nights

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa is included at the back of this document.

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Three Countries in 12 Nights

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Holiday Title: Three Countries in 12 Nights

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa for 12 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Three Countries in 12 Nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Victoria Falls Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to Mpala Jena Camp.

Mpala Jena Camp is an exquisite and exclusive canvas tented camp, located on a private concession within the Zambezi National Park. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi River shoreline, guests can enjoy easy access to Victoria Falls town, but the camp is far enough away from the hustle and bustle, allowing guests to relax and unwind whilst enjoying an incredible setting amidst the wild habitat of the Zambezi National Park.

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

2 nights at Mpala Jena Camp


Day 3

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport.

Light Aircraft Transfer Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) to Kasane Airport (BBK) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met and assisted with the connection for your onward flight to Selinda.

Light Aircraft Transfer Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Zarafa Camp - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Zarafa, an intimate, exquisite tented camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana's first Relais & Chateaux property. Activities offered here include game drives, night drives, and walks can be arranged on request. The wildlife in the area is spectacular and the region is famous for its enormous herds of elephant and buffalo.


Day 6

Following a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Light Aircraft Transfer Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Zarafa Camp to Duba Plains - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. Duba Plains is an intimate camp in one of the most remote locations in the Okavango. It is situated on an island in the 30,000 hectare Kwedi concession area, north of the Moremi in the Okavango Delta. The camp is surrounded by expansive seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, fig and mangosteen trees. The camp offers game drives and boating excursions in the delta when seasonal water levels permit.

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Day 9

Following a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred by air from the Delta to Maun.

Light Aircraft Transfer Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Duba Plains to Maun Airport (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at Maun Airport and assisted with the check in for your onward international flight.

Airlink 4Z315 (Economy Class): Fly from Maun Airport (MUB) departing at 13:25 to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), arriving at 16:00

Upon landing, you will be welcomed at the aircraft by a security approved airside supplier. If the aircraft is parked against the terminal building, you will be met at the sky bridge; if the aircraft is parked away from the airport building then guests will be met at the entrance of the airport building. You will then be escorted to immigration and to the baggage carousel to collect your luggage. Finally, you will be accompanied through Customs and into the arrivals terminal, where a Guest Service Officer will be waiting to welcome you to South Africa and escort you to your transfer vehicle.

You will then be transferred to Ellerman House.

Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for discerning luxury travellers wanting complete exclusivity in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, the small, privately owned hotel offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head.


Day 13

Transfer from Ellerman House to Cape Town Airport

 
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Mpala Jena Camp

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe: 2 Nights

Mpala Jena Camp is an exquisite and exclusive canvas tented camp, located on a private concession within the Zambezi National Park. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi River shoreline, the 4 tents can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests, and have been elegantly positioned under a mixture of indigenous trees. The camp is named after the natural spring-line which runs through the centre of the concession, and attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year, particularly during the drier months.

This Relais & Chateau property is conveniently located 16 kilometres inside the Zambezi National Park which makes for easy access to Victoria Falls Falls but is far enough away from the hustle and bustle, allowing guests to relax and unwind.

The Zambezi National Park has a healthy and ever increasing number of wildlife species, with higher concentrations of buffalo and elephant during the months June through to October. This area is particularly good for bird watching throughout the year, but with a higher diversity of species during the months November through to April.

Start the day by heading out on a game drive in a custom built Land Cruiser, or set off on a guided walk to look for the smaller and often unseen wildlife, taking in the sights and sounds that surround you. During your stay, you will have opportunity to enjoy a one day excursion into Victoria Falls Town, including a visit to the ever impressive mass of falling water at the Victoria Falls. At the end of the day, take to the river on a boat safari and enjoy a sundowner as the sunsets.

The guest tents are under beige, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings, Moroccan style influences and open (yet netted) views. The decking in front of each tent leads to a private plunge pool with views of the calming and peaceful flowing waters of the Zambezi River.

In addition, there is also the Mpala Jena Suite, a private and exclusive 2 bedroomed tented villa. The suite sleeps a maximum of 4 adults sharing or a party of 5 if there are children travelling with 2 parents. The 2 spacious bedrooms sit either side of a central lounge and dining area, and it also has a private plunge pool and campfire.

Example Details For Mpala Jena Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tent
Includes: All meals; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; wildlife viewing activities; one return road transfer to Victoria Falls Town; one entrance ticket to see the Victoria Falls (per guest's stay on self guided basis); transfers to and from Victoria Falls International Airport (may be a combination of road and boat transfers or purely road transfers); Zambia National Park fees/Conservancy Levy; and a laundry service are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks or canoeing activities.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Zarafa Camp

Selinda: 3 Nights

Zarafa Camp, located in the 135,000 hectare private Selinda Concession is synonymous with exclusivity and perfection. It embodies authenticity, luxury and simplicity to create a camp that as been clearly considered, and thoughtfully planned to be as environmentally sensitive as possible.

Zarafa Camp sits on an island in the floodplains of southern shores of the Zibadianja Lagoon, which is the source of the Savute Channel. Positioned in the extreme eastern side of the Selinda Reserve, its location is in prime wildlife territory.

Selinda is west (upstream) from Savute Channel and Chobe, so it has all the advantages of both of those famous areas but with the tremendous advantage of exclusivity. It is a truly spectacular and unique landscape. Exploration of this vast area defies imagination...by foot, 4x4 open game drive vehicle, and pontoon boat.

On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog. It is also home to the ungulates, from the rare roan to the ubiquitous zebra. Nocturnal wildlife is prolific as well, and there are frequent sightings of aardwolf and civet.

Each of the camp's 4 immense tented suites are raised up on wooden decking and shaded by a canopy of African ebony and Red ivory trees. Each tent has a private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, which offers a private plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping view of the lagoon. The Zarafa Dhow Suite is an intimate 2 bedroom exquisite tented villa with an open layout bathroom with impressive copper claw foot bath and an open fire, with copper flu, to heat the room in winter.

From the camp itself, hippos are visible in the lagoon and elephant wander through regularly. Night noises will either lull you to sleep or wake you from a deep slumber. It is an exciting area, and guests are in the heart of a wilderness wonderland.

Example Details For Zarafa Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tented Suite
Includes: All meals; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; scheduled game viewing activities; the Conservation Levy; return airstrip road transfers; complimentary use of a pair of Swarovski HD binoculars; complimentary use of a professional Canon camera body and lens kit; and a laundry service are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Duba Plains

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

In the furthermost remote reaches of the Okavango Delta lies Duba Plains, an unobtrusive camp built on a palm-dotted island surrounded by expansive seasonally flooded plains and shaded by tall ebony, sycamore fig and mangosteen trees in a private 33,000 hectare concession. Duba is particularly suited to those who want to be in a truly remote reserve.

Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. The area is also known for interesting Kalahari species like aardwolf and pangolins. Activities include early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and boat-based activities when water levels permit.

The camp's main area consists of a large raised dining room, comfortable lounge, interactive kitchen, wine cellar and library. The camp's centre point and the gathering place of all bush experiences is an extended deck under the giant ebony trees.

The accommodation is made up of 5 traditional style tents, designed to blend into the landscape and evoke the classic African safari style of the 1920s, as well as a separate 2 bedroom tented villa. All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area and beautifully en-suite facilities including indoor and outdoor showes and a luxurious bath. Ceiling fans coupled with an environmentally friendly air-conditioning system over the bed maintain a comfortable climate for guests. There is also a private verandah complete with plunge pool and shaded sala.

Guests staying at the tented villa automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a private butler and chef. The villa also has a private indoor lounge and dining area.

Example Details For Duba Plains

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Guest Suite
Includes: All meals; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; scheduled game viewing activities; the Conservation Levy; return airstrip road transfers; complimentary use of a pair of 8x42 binoculars; complimentary use of a professional Canon camera body and lens kit; and a laundry service are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Ellerman House

Cape Town: 4 Nights

Ellerman House is a spectacular landmark in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay, with unparalleled views over the Atlantic Ocean out to Robben Island.

It is an excellent base to enjoy Cape Town's attractions and nearby beaches, and when you've finished exploring, take time out to relax in Ellerman House's sumptuous rooms and gardens, enjoying a vast collection of vintage wines, outstanding cuisine, a high-quality South African art collection and a pampering spa.

Once a stately residence, the hotel has been meticulously restored to its former 20th Century splendour and now has every modern convenience for the discerning guest.

The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Clifton Beaches and just 10 minutes drive from the Waterfront area.

A highlight of Ellerman House is the owner’s extensive South African art collection spanning original works from the turn of the last century to current contemporary art, a separate collection of which is displayed in the Ellerman House Contemporary Art Gallery.

The charm of Ellerman House lies in its originality. Eleven elegant rooms are individually designed and allow guests to relax in luxurious surroundings. All rooms are en-suite and spacious, and original art from the hotel's private collection hangs on the walls, blending seemlessly with modern guest conveniences such as flatscreen satellite TV, under floor heating, air conditioning, internet connections and a complimentary minibar.

In addition, there are 2 luxury suites and 2 ultra modern luxury villas. Villa One incorporates the tranquil Ellerman House Spa, which specialises in cutting-edge massage techniques, anti-ageing beauty treatments and hydrotherapy. Villa Two is built above the Ellerman House Wine Gallery, which is not only a spectacular cellar for the hotel’s 7500 bottle wine collection but offers an interactive, experiential journey into the world of wine.

Example Details For Ellerman House

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic House Room
Includes: Breakfast; airport transfers; a laundry service; spirits, beers and stocked in-room bar with sherry and brandy; and tea/coffee are included.

Location

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Important Travel Information For Zimbabwe

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Zimbabwe deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Zimbabwe when travelling as a tourist:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Ireland; France; Germany; Spain; Portugal; Italy; Switzerland; Australia; New Zealand.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zimbabwe High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website: https://www.evisa.gov.zw/regime.

The following visas are available (all costs are per person and subject to change):

Single Entry: USD 30 (apart from British and Irish nationals who are charged USD 55; and Canadian nationals who are charged USD 75)

Double Entry: USD 45 (apart from British and Irish nationals who are charged USD 70)

Visas will be issued on arrival at an entry point upon payment of the correct visa fee - please make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available.

Certain nationalities however HAVE to obtain their visa prior to arrival, and this can be done as an E-Visa via https://www.evisa.gov.zw/home - you can also check this website to see if this rule applies to your nationality.

For visitors wanting to travel across to Zambia, the KAZA UniVisa is also an option (although unfortunately this is not always available). This visa allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zimbabwe and Zambia, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry.

This same visa will also allow those who cross into Botswana for a day trip to come back into Zimbabwe (or Zambia) without paying any extra visa fees - please note however it is not valid if staying in Botswana overnight.

The UniVisa can ONLY be obtained at SELECTED border posts (currently Victoria Falls Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and Harare Airport) - the current price is USD 50 per person (subject to change) and payable in cash.

To check whether you are eligible for this visa, please check the KAZA UniVisa sections of the Zambian or Zimbabwean government websites.

For anyone entering Zimbabwe, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Zimbabwe

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Zimbabwe.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Zimbabwe, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zimbabwe. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zimbabwe requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Zimbabwe - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout the northern Zambezi River drainage area, including the Lake Kariba area. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers and other locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Languages And Culture

English is the official language of Zimbabwe and is widely spoken with all guides and general staff in camps and lodges having a good command. In the broader population however, not everyone will speak English fluently as many have grown up speaking different tribal languages. Other indigenous languages spoken include Shona and Ndebele.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

It is against the law for civilians to wear any form of clothing made from camouflage material.

Photographing government offices, airports, military establishments, official residences, embassies and other sensitive places is illegal. Taking photographs of members of police and armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is also not permitted. The area around State House in Harare (the President’s official residence) is patrolled by armed members of the Presidential Guard and photography here is strictly prohibited.

Some acts of homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Botswana deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Botswana when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; South Africa.

If you are a passport holder from another country,  you can check to see if you require a visa and  apply for an eVisa here: https://evisa.gov.bw/#/home.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana and have sufficient blank pages for the Botswana entry/exit stamps (at least 2).

TRAVELLING TO/FROM BOTSWANA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: The following requirements apply regardless of nationality.

Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.

If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced.

If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 6 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details.

There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. 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.

For more information, please contact your local Botswana High Commission.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bags are banned in Botswana. This ban is primarily aimed to reduce plastic in commercial use (as opposed to tourists bringing in plastic bags to carry personal property), however, we would strongly recommend guests avoid bringing plastic bags into the country if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Continued

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Botswana.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in the northern half of Botswana, including Chobe and the Okavango Delta, particularly during the months of November to June - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Botswana, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Botswana. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Botswana requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Languages And Culture

English is the official language of Botswana and widely spoken with all guides and general staff in camps and lodges having a good command. In the broader population, however, not everyone will speak English fluently as many have grown up speaking different tribal languages. 

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Although homosexuality is no longer prohibited by law in Botswana, public attitudes are less tolerant and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Taking photographs of military and government buildings is prohibited.

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41 Thames Street, Weybridge
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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter South Africa when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain, Switzerland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local South Africa High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries (including New Zealand) are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel. The government will launch its new eVisa (Electronic Visa) system in March 2022. The system will simplify international visitors’ visa applications to South Africa.

Children under 18 years of age who require a visa to enter South Africa may be required to provide additional information when applying for the visa including an unabridged birth certificate and affidavit if travelling with only one parent.  There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors and/or South African children - details available on request or via the SA Department of Home Affairs at http://www.dha.gov.za.

Please note that anyone travelling to South Africa should have a valid return ticket and a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry to South Africa so to avoid problems on arrival, we advise that your passport meets this requirement instead. The passport must also have sufficient pages for entry/exit stamps - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES.

South Africa has implemented biometric capturing at all ports of entry. This may result in some delays at land borders so you should allow additional time for border crossings.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Nicholson House
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Surrey KT13 8JG, United Kingdom
tel: +44 (0)1932 428380


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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Continued

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink in major cities and towns, however, we do advise that you do not drink the water in more remote places such as the camps in the National Parks - the water may be safe to drink, but it simply is not worth the risk, as bottled water is widely available.

Whatever you do, do not drink water from any river lake without firstly purifying the water. Always take water with you when you go on a hike, and have a bottle in the car on a long journey to avoid dehydration.

There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance.

Languages And Culture

The 11 official languages are Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Ndebele. Whilst many visitors will hear at least a couple of the tribal languages during the course of their stay, it is possible to travel extensively and comfortably with just English as a language.

The South African society is quite liberal, as gay marriage was legalised in 2006 nationwide and everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution. In some more rural areas, however, the local people may not be quite as liberal thinking, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship if travelling to a rural/remote area.

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Book With Confidence

Travel Butlers have nearly 20 years of experience booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for our clients from all around the world.  In this time we have supported clients through disruptions caused by numerous unexpected events including natural disasters, localised disease outbreaks and airline cancellations. Nobody can be certain exactly what will happen in the future with the current Covid-19 pandemic, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.

Flexibility and peace of mind before you travel

Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:

The specific Covid-19 travel restrictions are defined as follows:

We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.

If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.

You should still take out travel insurance that includes Covid-19  to cover you in the event that your trip can go ahead but you are unable to travel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances. If there are no travel restrictions in place that mean your trip could not go ahead but you need to cancel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances then our normal terms and conditions would apply. You should ensure that your travel insurance provides adequate cover for cancelling due to illness, including Covid-19, and you may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.

Support whilst you are away

We offer 24/7 telephone assistance to all our clients whilst they are away, and also have partners in each country that are able to assist with any PCR tests or other issues that might arise during your trip.

If you fall ill whilst you are away, or if your trip is disrupted due to Covid-19 whilst you are travelling, then our experienced team will be on hand to assist you in whatever way you need.  You would need to pay any additional costs incurred due to illness or travel disruption whilst you are away, however you may be able reclaim these expenses on your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.  Travel Butlers will be able to assist by providing supporting documentation for your claim.

Financial protection for your Travel Butlers holiday

All of the holidays we sell are 100% financially protected through our ATOL and ABTOT bonding so your money is in safe hands when you book a Travel Butlers holiday. Furthermore, our business is well positioned to navigate through the challenges which the travel industry is currently facing.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Finding suitable travel insurance that covers Covid-19

You can now get insurance that offers cover for disruption related to Covid-19, and these policies could include cover for:

Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance. 

You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.