As people prepare for their Safaris most have the same questions. The following are intended to guide you through the most common questions asked.
Q: What can I expect the weather to be like while I am there?
A: This depends greatly on the region traveled to and the time of year. Remember South Africa's seasons are reversed from the Northern hemisphere countries, with April through October being the cool, dry fall and winter months. For most part, daytime temperatures are pleasant and range from 60 to 80 degrees F. Night time temperature gets chilly especially close to the rivers. Bring a warm jacket.
See the following table to give you an indication as to what the average temperatures are. Download PDF
Q: Do I need to get any vaccinations if I want to travel to South Africa or Zimbabwe?
A: Visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your trips to get any vaccines and medicines you may need. The following are recommended:
Routine Vaccines Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio vaccines and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A & CDC recommends these vaccines because you can get theses
Typhoid diseases through contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis B You can get Hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles and & blood products
Rabies Rabies can be found in Dogs, bats and other mammals in Africa, CDC recommends vaccines for the following groups:
- Travellers involved in outdoor & other activities
- People who will be working with or around animals
Yellow Fever There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa. The government of RSA requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever
Q: Are the hunting areas in the Malaria High Risk Areas & is it important to take antimalarial medication on my trip?
A: Yes it is. Please consult you GP or the CDC for the recommended treatment before taking you trip.
Information on Malaria
Q: What electricity supply do you have in South Africa and Zimbabwe and what plugs do you use?
A: The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. US-made appliances may need a transformer. Visit the following website for more information: www.power-plugs-sockets.com/south-africa
Q: What places can you reccommend for the first night of our trip in Johannesburg?
A: Woodpecker’s Inn: www.woodpeckersinn.co.za
Afton Guest House: www.aftonguesthouse.com
Intercontinental Hotel: www.tsogosun.com/intercontinental-or-tambo-airport
City Lodge Hotel: https://clhg.com/hotels/152/City-Lodge-Hotel-OR-Tambo-International-Airport
For general questions: Download - Things you need to know