Some travel tips and safari notes to ensure a hassle-free journey outinafrica...
flights into Africa
Choose your own holiday dates & book online with airline of your choice. Last minute air tickets are pricey so book early - and save good money. Check rates on SAA, BA, Virgin, Delta, KLM, Qantas, Iberia and the very efficient Emirates (via Dubai)
Most clients fly into Cape Town airport or Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo airport. However, if you are going on safari, ideally fly into Cape Town (start your holiday here), then do the safari - and fly out of Johannesburg.
passport and visa
Double check visa requirements for all African countries you plan to visit. You also need TWO blank pages, side by side in passport, PER BORDER ARRIVAL and passports to be valid for at least another 6months after DEPARTURE DATE. Keep travel docs, proof of accommodation/sufficient funds handy and double check SA entry requirements for traveling with children
traveling with children
South African law regards any person younger than 18 years as a child. Please refer to SA Home Affairs for specific regulations and requirements. To avoid frustration, delays and inconvenience at the time of travel, carry an Unabridged Birth Certificate, and where relevant, certified copies of all other documentation and letters.
how many nights on safari
You can do 2nts on safari (a bit rushed…) while 3nights is just perfect. OR spend 2nts at one safari lodge - then add-on 2nts at another lodge. We also suggest keeping the best for last so do the safari(s) at the END OF YOUR HOLIDAY
All guests visiting Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya MUST have comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of their trip. Due to the remoteness of safari lodges in these countries, it is VITAL to be covered for accidental death and disability; major medical; emergency medical evacuation; loss of personal effects, trip cancellation and any other unforeseen circumstances. Proof of insurance required at border posts.
Malaria meds are strongly advised for guests visiting Kruger Park, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Victoria Falls, northern Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. Please consult your doctor as medication commences PRIOR to arrival in africa. Also pack lightweight long sleeved shirts and trousers with closed shoes for evenings and early morning when mosquitoes are most active.
what to pack for safari
Most importantly, if you are flying on a charter flight to any game safari lodge, travel LIGHT as safari charters require 15kg max per person in a soft bag with no solid frames or wheels. Pack t-shirts, shorts, sandals, sun hat, sun glasses, sunscreen and swimming costume, long sleeved shirts, trousers & closed shoes for evenings when mosquitoes are most active. Pack lightweight, neutral colours plus a pair of comfortable walking shoes or boots. A warm jacket, scarf, gloves and thermals ensure comfort on chilly winter drives. Don't forget insect repellent, malaria meds and bring spectacles rather than contact lenses.
sun, sea and sand on Clifton's soft, sandy beaches
With SO much on offer in Cape Town, some pointers of where to go and what to see:
Cape Town - the main attractions
Cable car up Table Mountain for sunset, and catch fairytale night time city views on the way down!
Hike 1,5hr to the top of Lion’s Head for panoramic city and ocean views – busy on full moon nights.
For hiking around Table Mountain, get a professional guide - be amazed by nature - and stay safe Or simply drive to the end of Signal Hill for panoramic views. Maybe tandem paraglide down... Do a circular day trip from city to Muizenberg, the Penguins at Boulders Beach and Cape Point
walking distance from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route Church Street, Bree Street, Long Street into Kloof Street all offer quaint and quirky city shops
visit GreenMarket Square (daily market) and stroll along St George's Mall pedestrian walkway explore city art galleries on 1st Thursday of every month from 5pm to late with 'First Thursdays' good food at Hemelhuijs Restaurant on Waterkant Str, close to Buitengracht Str
The Shortmarket Club is Luke Dale-Roberts' new city venture. Get in. If you can. latin american hospitality, food and good times at Orinoco Restaurant in Bree Street meat lovers delight Carne Restaurants - 3 city branches but the original in Keerom Street, city. fab pizzas from Colcacchio - close to unfinished freeway - also other city branches Delightful tapas at this cookery school/shop/restaurant aptly named The Chef's Warehouse
warehouse with 3 three floors of magnificent furniture and interiors at Weylandts
The Piano Bar for cocktails, menu's and local live music - check website for details
de waterkant is also home to Cape Town's gay village bars and clubs - see below
Cape Town gay village
bordered by Dixon-, Jarvis-, De Smidt- & Prestwich Streets Beefcakes Burger Bar - frivilous drag shows, burgers & beefy barmen - Liddle Street Crew Bar - karaoke on Tuesdays, busy club and bar over weekends - Napier Street The Hothouse - stylish steam and leisure sauna with adult store and bar - Jarvis Street Cafe Manhattan - great spot for burgers, a quick bite or cocktail - Dixon Street Beaulah Bar - lesbian bar/club attracting a mixed crowd - Somerset Road get your tan on Clifton 3rd beach or Sandy Bay nudist beach (on footpath from Llandudno)
where to go in greenpoint
walking distance from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route fresh and simple good food at Mano's Restaurant – a favourite lunch/dinner haunt of locals. Various shops, coffee bars, restaurants, eateries and pubs along Main Road (close to stadium) great coffee, beautiful flowers and inspirational Italian deli foods at Giovanni’s Deli buy from Ultra Liquors and fill your bar fridge in preparation for that sundowner gathering
take a stroll and explore Greenpoint Park with gardens leading all the way to Mouille Point
where to go in mouille point
7min drive or easy walk from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
18min drive from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route no shops, no restaurants just 4 soft white sandy beaches along the ice cold Atlantic. restaurant, bar and ocean views at the Bungalow - between Clifton and Camps Bay
where to go camps bay beach
20min drive from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route Café-bars, restaurants, shops & palm fringed beachfront & spectacular sun sets across ocean. The Round House Restaurant offers daytime garden picnics, sunset hour and gourmet dinners The Azure-restaurant - between Camps Bay and Hout Bay - offer outdoor lunch with a view!
30min drive from Waterfront Gardens, space and good food at the gracious Cellars Hohenort Hotel Explore the oldest wine estate in the country and do some wine tasting at Groot Constantia 300m from Constantia Nek, towards Hout Bay, a MUST DO lunch with views at La Colombe
So folks, enjoy and any other great finds... let us know!