As we have mentioned in our Reasons to travel to South Africa article, this part of the African continent is known to many, it is one of the most important nature tourist destinations in the world.
It is an excellent experience to discover the wonders, so it is necessary to give you advice to travel to Sadfrica, which will clear up doubts and make your experience an unforgettable trip.
Is it a safe country?
While the majority of tourists traveling to South Africa do not experience major incidents and the authorities are making every effort to ensure their protection. However, most crime is concentrated in deprived and lonely areas of large cities or at night.
So, it will still be necessary to follow some recommendations, some of common sense:
- Bring photocopies of travel documentation separate from the originals.
- Don’t go out with too much cash.
- Avoid showing off valuables.
- Be cautious when using ATMs.
- Avoid walking through city centers and beaches after dark, or doing it alone.
- Find out at the hotel which places to avoid, as well as the safe itineraries and means of transport to use, especially taxis and trains.
- Heed the advice of locals about unsafe areas.
What is the best time to travel?
Actually, the answer to this question depends on the type of trip you are going to make …
The South African spring is spread between the months of September to November. It is a season that allows us to see beautiful landscapes full of flowers, such as those of the West Coast National Park.
Summer, from December to March, is a good time to continue enjoying the country’s vegetation and the possibilities offered by the coast.
Winter in South Africa, which runs from June to September, is dry and not too cold and is the best time to enjoy wildlife. So it is important to know before you go is that the best season to do a safari in Kruger and most of the natural parks is during the dry season.
What vaccinations do I need?
or it is required to present a vaccination certificate to enter the country. But there are some recommended vaccines such as Hepatitis A and B, typhoid or tetanus. Like the treatment against malaria to visit risk areas, located in the northeast of the country, such as, for example, the Kruger Park.
Do I need a visa for my trip?
The “visitor” visa is for international travelers permanently residing outside of South Africa. It is also for those who wish to visit the country more temporarily for tourism or business reasons.
You must have your passport in force before traveling to South Africa, a document that must meet these two requirements: Have an expiration date of at least 30 days after the date of departure from the country and have 2 blank pages.
Also, if you are going to travel to South Africa with children, they must bring their literal birth certificate or family book duly stamped, signed and translated into English.
A trip to South Africa is an excellent experience to discover.