Useful Info 2018-01-29T10:42:04+00:00

Visa & Health Information

Please note that the below information remains subject to change without prior notification. Please reconfirm prior to departure.

All visitors entering Botswana must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months. Visitors must also have outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds to finance their stay.

Valid entry visas for the countries which do require them may be obtained from Botswana’s various embassies and high commissions abroad. In countries where Botswana is not represented, visas may be obtained from the British High Commission. Entry visas obtained at border posts are valid for a maximum of 30 – 90 days. Extensions may be obtained from any immigration office in Botswana.

Currently, visas are not required for nationals from the following countries:

Commonwealth Countries (except Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Island, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Samoa, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay and Yugoslavia.

Botswana requires no inoculations except for visitors from Yellow Fever Zones.

Botswana is a Malaria risk area, especially during the rainy season, and it is therefore recommended that all travelers consult their medical practitioner at least two weeks prior to the start of their safari. Whether oral prophylaxis is taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommended that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

All visitors entering Namibia must hold a passport that is valid for up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.

Currently visas are not required for nationals from the following countries (detailed list on request):

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from Europe. If you arrive from a country where yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory you need to produce proof that you have been vaccinated. Take the usual precautions: ask your doctor whether you should renew your vaccinations against polio, diphtheria and tetanus. S/he might also advise to take precautions against Hepatitis A and B. Unfortunately there is no vaccination against malaria.

Namibia is a Malaria risk area, mostly towards the Northern parts of the country, and it is therefore recommended that all travelers consult their medical practitioner at least two weeks prior to the start of their safari. Whether oral prophylaxis are taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommend that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

Currently, the following countries require visas, on a reciprocal basis, to enter Zambia:

Australia, Britain, Canada, Gambia, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sierra-Leone, Pakistan and Pappa New Guinea. Most Common Wealth Countries, not specified above, do not require visas to enter Zambia.

  1. A bonafide tourist is any person traveling to Zambia as an individual or group of persons on a pre-arranged package tour through a foreign tour operator or travel agent in conjunction with a local tour operator.  Tour operators include hotels registered in Zambia as such.
  2. All bonafide tourists shall be issued with visas at any port of entry to Zambia or at Zambian Missions abroad
  3. Any bonafide tourist traveling to Zambia as an individual or in a group on a pre-arranged package tour through a foreign tour operator or travel agent in conjunction with a local operator shall be issued with a FEE WAIVED VISA at any port of entry to Zambia.
  4. Any person qualifying as a bonafide tourist above shall be issued with a multiple entry visas at any port of entry and such a visa shall be valid for the duration of the visit which shall not exceed a period of fourteen (14) days.
  5. The duly signed notice of tourists intending to come to Zambia on fee waived visa should be furnished to the officers at the port of entry at least twenty –four (24) hours prior to their arrival.  The notice should include the following details:  Passport particulars (full names, passport numbers and nationality), expected date of arrival and itinerary.

A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are traveling from an infected area. Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised. Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations. Take prophylactics two weeks before arrival and continue two weeks after leaving. A chemist or doctor can advise travelers of the most suitable drug available as certain drugs lose their effectiveness.

Whether oral prophylaxis are taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. In the more remote areas always boil it first, except if you’re staying at a lodge or hotel where drinking water is boiled already. Bottled water is readily available in the bigger towns. It is also highly recommend that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

There is a new visa available for Zambia and Zimbabwe called the ‘KAZA Visa’ !!

It is available in Zambia at the Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), the Victoria Falls Land Border, the Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and at the Kauda Airport (Lusaka).

In Zimbabwe, it is available at the Victoria Falls Airport as well as at the Victoria Falls Land Border.

The benefit of the KAZA visa is that tourists save time and money because they only have to obtain one visa to visit both countries.

It costs US$50 and lasts up to 30 days as long as you remain within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day trips to the Kazungula borders.

N.B In the future, it is anticipated that the KAZA Visa will be extended to other three  KAZA countries of Angola, Botswana, and Namibia. So watch this space!

If you are not staying for longer than six months, you enter Zimbabwe with a minimum of formalities. All you need is a valid passport, a return ticket to your country (or enough money to buy one) and sufficient funds to cover your stay in Zimbabwe. All visitors require valid passports. A visa can be obtained from any Zimbabwean Embassy.

With the exception of children less than one year of age, all visitors coming to Zimbabwe from infected areas are requested to possess vaccination certificates against cholera and yellow fever. It is not advisable to swim in the country’s rivers and dams as they may be infected with Bilharzia. It is, however, worth noting that all tap water is very safe to drink and water in swimming pools is purified hence very safe. If you are intending to visit low-lying areas such as Victoria Falls, Hwange, Kariba, Gonarezhou and Zambezi Valley it is advisable to take a course of anti-malaria tablets a precaution. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or pharmacist before traveling to such areas. Most establishments in the country do have mosquito nets and repellents.

Whether oral prophylaxis is taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommended that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

All visitors to Swaziland require a valid passport, tickets or documents for return or onward travel, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. Visas may be acquired at the border posts by travelers that require a visa to enter the country.

Currently, visas are not required for nationals from the following countries, based on a stay of up to two months:

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, United States of America.

British and Irish citizens require a visa to enter but can obtain one free of charge of arrival.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Swaziland is a Malaria risk area, mostly towards the Northern parts of the country, and it is therefore recommended that all travelers consult their medical practitioner at least two weeks prior to the start of their safari. Whether oral prophylaxis is taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommended that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

The new law and facilities at all airports, harbors and borders allow visitors from all countries to obtain a visa upon arrival in Mozambique for $50. Please note that you have to be able to provide documentation proving that you are a bonafide tourist (return flight tickets, confirmed hotel accommodation vouchers ext).

As it might add an extra few minutes to your travels and the fact that the law remains subject to change, we recommend that all travelers obtain a visa prior to arrival in Mozambique.

Officially a tourist Visa is required for ALL nationalities (except for Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) but exceptions are well known.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Mozambique is a Malaria risk area and it is therefore strongly recommended that all travelers consult their medical practitioner at least two weeks prior to the start of their safari. Whether oral prophylaxis is taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommended that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday

When parents are traveling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

All visitors to South Africa require a valid passport valid for at least six months after their departure from the country, sufficient funds and a return or onward ticket. Subject to the travelers’ nationality, a valid visa may be required as well. If travelers are subject to visa requirements, they should apply for their visa at least four weeks BEFORE departing for South Africa and await the outcome of their application before departing. Visas are NOT issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If travelers arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged by law to refuse them entry to South Africa and to place the traveler on a return flight to their country.

Currently, visas are not required for nationals from the following countries (detailed list on request):

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece , Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Booster doses for tetanus and measles can also be administered.

Many of the main tourist areas are malaria-free. However, the Kruger National Park, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of Kwa-Zulu Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months. Many local people and some travelers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Travelers should consult their doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.

Whether oral prophylaxis is taken or not, it is recommended to always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the Anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark).

It is also highly recommended that all travelers ensure that they have adequate and sufficient Travel and Medical Insurance prior to the start of their holiday.

More travel tips when visiting Mozambique

Due to the Geographical elongated nature of Mozambique, its coastline stretches about 2500 kilometres, allowing visitors to enjoy near-coastal accessibility via various airports along the coastline. The six major airports in Mozambique, from North to South, and the destinations nearby are as follows:

  1. Pemba Airport (POL): Azura Quilalea, Chuiba Bay Lodge; Avani Pemba Beach Hotel; Ibo Island Lodge, Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, as well as Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort.
  2. Nampula Airport (APL): Coral Lodge; Villa Sands; Teracco das Quitandas; Ossimba Beach Lodge, and Feitoria Boutique Hotel.
  3. Beira Airport (BEW): Tivoli Beira Hotel and Montebelo Gorongosa.
  4. Vilankulo Airport (VNX): Vilanculos Beach Lodge; Villa Santorini; Casa Rex Boutique Hotel; Casa Babi B&B; Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel; Azura Benguerra; &Beyond Benguerra Island, as well as Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa.
  5. Inhambane Airport (INH): Dunes de Dovela Ecolodge; Blue Footprints Ecolodge; Sentidos Beach Retreat; Baia Sonambula Guest House; Hotel Tofo Mar, and Corasiida Guest House.
  6. Maputo Airport (MPM): Southern Sun Hotel; Polana Serena Hotel; Cardoso Hotel; Machangulo Beach Lodge, and White Pearl Resort.

There are facilities at all the airports in Mozambique to issue biometric 30-day tourist visas for visitors from all nationalities for US$50 payable in cash.

We use a few car rental companies, depending on the type of vehicle tourists require. Most of our suppliers offer transfers to and from the various airports, making car rental unnecessary unless the clients desire a self-drive itinerary. Contact our offices to inquire about the vehicle required for their specific itinerary.

Mozambique’s currency is the Mozambican metical (MT) and comes in a range of coins (1, 2, 5, 10 meticais obsolete: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 centavos) and note denominations (20, 50, 100, 200, 500 & 1000 meticais).

Mozambique is renowned for its warm climate, making it the perfect tourist attraction for holiday goers. It has a pronounced tropical climate with basically only two seasons, a wet season (from October to March) and a dry season (from April to September). Temperatures can reach over 40degrees Celcius in summer and rarely drop below 25 degrees in Winter. The most rainfall occurs along the coast and decreases in the north and south.

Mozambique might be a third world country, but the tourist attractions such as most of the five-star hotels and resorts will have WiFi. The communication infrastructure is reasonably well-developed with national coverage, as well as well-established landline phone networks. Both internet and Wi-Fi connections are accessible in most urban areas although access to free Wi-Fi is still limited.

Mozambique’s generating capacity is around 2,200 MW, mainly supplied by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam. Most of that power is exported to neighbouring South Africa, while only 18 percent of Mozambicans have access to electricity. Mozambique has 220-volt electrical sockets, and you will need special adapters for foreign appliances. Follow this link to find out more…

There are eleven provinces in Mozambique, namely: Cabo DelgadoGazaInhambaneManicaMaputo CityMaputoNampulaNiassaSofalaTete and Zambezia.

Mozambique is a multilingual country. A number of Bantu languages are indigenous to Mozambique. Portuguese, inherited from the colonial period (see: Portuguese Mozambique), is the official language, and Mozambique is a full member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.[1] Ethnologue lists 43 languages spoken in the country. According to INE, the National Institute of Statistics of Mozambique, Portuguese is the most widely spoken language in Mozambique: According to the 2007 national population and housing census, 50.4% of the national population aged 5 and older (80.8% of people living in urban areas and 36.3% in rural areas) are fluent in the language. Other widely spoken languages include SwahiliMakhuwaSenaNdau, and Shangaan (Tsonga). Other indigenous languages of Mozambique include LomweMakondeChopiChuwabuRongaKimwaniZulu, and Tswa.[2] The language of the deaf community is Mozambican Sign Language.

Roman Catholic 28.4%, Muslim 17.9%, Zionist Christian 15.5%, Protestant 12.2% (includes Pentecostal 10.9% and Anglican 1.3%), other 6.7%, none 18.7%, unspecified 0.7%

Use common sense and take basic safety precautions. Keep valuables locked away and don’t wear expensive watches or jewellery, flash expensive cameras, or walk in deserted areas. Keep car doors and windows locked at all times. If in doubt, ask a guide or at your accommodation for safety guidelines.

Smoking is banned in public places, but there are usually designated areas where people can smoke. Under-18s may not enter a designated smoking area or buy cigarettes.

As a rough guide, the customary tip for a waiter in a restaurant is between 10% to 15%.  However, the tip amount is a personal decision and should be based on whether the service exceeded your expectations.

Although the road infrastructure is not as advanced as nearby countries, tourists can get around with 2×4 vehicles in towns. 4×4’s are compulsory for driving along the coast or on the beaches, of course. Some roads are very narrow without shoulder lanes and the general public is not keen on adhering to speed limits or traffic rules. We recommend making use of transfer services where possible, but for self-drive tours, we provide all the necessary equipment and guidelines to enjoy the country.

We would advise tourists to buy bottled water or only drink water provided by reputable sources and restaurants in the towns, especially when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.

More travel tips when visiting South Africa

South Africa’s three major international airports are OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg); Cape Town International Airport (Cape Town); and King Shaka International Airport (Durban). There are also many regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mbombela (Nelspruit).

Most car rental companies are represented at South  Africa’s main airports and in most city centres. Vehicles may generally be picked up at one centre and dropped off at a branch in another centre, subject to a fee. It is advisable to take out the insurance offered by the vehicle rental companies,  unless you have specific cover in place. All major credit cards are accepted.

South Africa’s currency is the Rand (ZAR) and comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

South Africa is known for its multitude of warm sunny days, hence the title, ‘Sunny South Africa’. Most of the nine provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape, which experiences winter rainfall. The high-lying areas, such as the Drakensberg mountains in the interior of Kwa-Zulu Natal, can be chilly in winter.

Spring: September to November //  Summer: December to February //  Autumn: March to May //  Winter: June to August

South Africa has a well-developed communications infrastructure. A number of cellphone providers offer national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas although access to free Wi-Fi is still limited.  Most hotels and lodges offer a guest computer of access to Wi-FI which may be a chargeable service.

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas), electricity is available almost everywhere.

There are nine provinces in South Africa, namely: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape.

South Africa is a true Rainbow Nation with 11 official languages, namely: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Although less than a quarter of the population has English as their mother tongue, English is the language most widely understood and generally the second language of the majority of South Africans.

About 80% of South Africa’s population is Christian. Other major religious groups include Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. The country’s Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.

Use common sense and take basic safety precautions. Keep valuables locked away and don’t wear expensive watches or jewellery, flash expensive cameras, or walk in deserted areas. Keep car doors and windows locked at all times. If in doubt, ask a guide or at your accommodation for safety guidelines.

Smoking is banned in public places, but there are usually designated areas where people can smoke. Under-18s may not enter a designated smoking area or buy cigarettes.

As a rough guide the customary tip for a waiter in a restaurant is between 10% to 15% and about USD10 (or equivalent) per day to a game ranger.  However, the tip amount is a personal decision and should be based on whether the service exceeded your expectations.

South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120km/h on highways; 100km/h on secondary roads; and 60km/h in urban areas. Most roads are in good condition, but there are exceptions especially in more rural parts of the country. Keep left, pass right is the general law of the road. South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the cars – rental cars included – are therefore right-hand drive vehicles, the gear shift  being operated with the left hand. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are marked in kilometres. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Using hand-held phones while driving is against  the law.

There are rail connections between the main centres, such as Johannesburg and Cape Town.

In urban areas tap water is usually of high quality and safe to drink. It’s quite normal to have ice in drinks in South Africa. However, when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush you should buy bottled water.

Guidelines and Tips for Self Drivers

  1. Uitkyk Holidays is your appointed ground handler for this journey. In case of any emergency or problem that may arise during your travels, please contact Uitkyk Holidays immediately for assistance and so that they matter may be resolved. Uitkyk Holidays will not be held responsible for any refunds or claims that are only brought to their attention after the completion of your trip.
  2. Exchange money at the Airport as you will get the best exchange rate there. It is recommended to always have some local currency on you to use to pay for toll fees and entrance fees as credit card facilities are not always available. Please note that for Botswana you will require Botswana Pulas to pay for extras. For Namibia it is Namibian Dollars but South African Rands is also accepted in both Botswana and Namibia. For Zambia & Zimbabwe it is best to have American Dollars with you. For Mozambique you require some Meticais, but South African Rands and US Dollars are also generally accepted (exchange rates not favorable when paying in a foreign currency). Euros will also be accepted but you will not receive a favorable exchange rate.
  3. It is highly recommended that you double check the distances, to be driven the following day, the night before and ensure you leave early enough to allow sufficient time to reach your next destination before dark. It is not recommended to drive at night especially in areas and cities that you are unfamiliar with.
  4. Kindly remember that the approximate distances shown on your day by day directions is merely that – an approximate calculation of the distance you will be traveling. We work on local maps and route descriptions provided by establishments, however, as there are generally more than one way to reach your next stop we can not give you an exact distance calculation.
  5. Please take into consideration that border crossings in Southern Africa can be a very tedious and time consuming process. It can take anything up to two hours to cross a border so please allow for this in your daily planning and kindly take into consideration the border operating hours. We have included directions in your Travel Papers that describe the process as much as possible, however, as these procedures and subsequent costs are controlled by the various Governments they have a tendency to change regularly without any notice.
  6. Please take into consideration that the traveling time on normal tarred roads in South Africa is approximately 1 hour per 100km. Gravel roads (and especially roads in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) should be allowed additional traveling time for as these roads are not always in perfect condition and may have livestock or wildlife roaming freely near the roads.
  7. The speed limit inside the Kruger National Park, and other National Parks in South Africa, is generally 50 km per hour on tarred roads and 40 km per hour on gravel roads. A mere 100km can therefore take up to 4,5 hours to drive. Please take this into consideration when planning your next day.
  8. Please adhere to the speed limits at all times and remember to keep your seat belt buckled. There are traffic police throughout Southern Africa. If you are stopped by a traffic official please ensure that you show your car papers, license and third party insurance papers on request. If you can avoid it, do not hand your documents to the traffic official but rather present them clearly for inspection. If you have handed your documents over please ensure you receive all the documents back before you leave. Being friendly and polite will get you much farther then being rude to an official.
  9. Your tour package does not include any entrance fees, toll gate fees, conservation fees, border crossing fees ext. These are for your own account. Entrance fees are payable at all National Parks and Game Reserves in Southern Africa.   Please ensure you have sufficient cash on hand with you to do so.
  10. In South Africa, and surrounding countries, we drive on the left hand side of the road.
  11. Check on your travel documents for the gate opening and closure times for National Parks and ensure you plan your time so that you will reach your destination before the gates closes. You will be fined if you are found traveling inside National Parks, like the Kruger Park, after the camp or gate closure times.
  12. It is highly recommended to purchase a detailed map of the Park that you will be traveling through. This can normally done at the entrance gate such as the gates of the Kruger National Park
  13. If you are visiting a private game lodge which is located for instance inside the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, try to reach the lodge before lunch time so that you are still able to enjoy lunch and be in time for the afternoon game drive around 15:00 or 16:00 (season dependant).
  14. Please refer to your local establishment (be it guesthouse, lodge, hotel or rest camp) for referrals to local restaurants, activities and things to do in the area.
  15. When traveling in Botswana, always talk to other travelers along the way about the roads they have already traveled to stay updated about road conditions and other information that might be handy.
  16. When you travel in Botswana and you are visiting more than one National Park, i.e Chobe, Moremi and Makgadikgadi Pans, ensure that you receive your white printed vouchers / receipts (used to be pink and green) back after showing it at the first camp, as you will need to show it again at all other camps. Failure to produce the papers will result in access being denied to you.
  17. Please note that the entrance fees for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve need to be paid in advance at either Gabarone, Ghanzi, Maun or Kasane. Failing to do so will mean you have to turn back and will not be allowed to enter the park. The entrance fees for Chobe, Moremi and the Makgadikgadi are paid at the Wildlife Office in either Maun, Kasane or Francistown.
  18. When driving to Mozambique or Botswana, fill up the fuel tank in South Africa before entering the neighboring country. It is always recommended to top up your tank regularly as fuel may not always be readily available in neighboring countries or rural areas.
  1. On receipt of your 4×4 rental vehicle it is very important that you personally check the inventory list thoroughly and ensure that everything has been included in the vehicle as specified (i.e. camping fridge, gas light, spare wheels ext). The camping gear is essential to your tour and it is therefore vital to check that everything has been packed accordingly. Once you are in the African bush there are no shops or assistance in the nearby vicinity. Should you require any additional gear you may request this at the depot.
  2. There are various insurance options and it is important that you familiarize yourself with all the options and the conditions as well as the costs. Your 4×4 has a standard insurance cover with an excess of ZAR 45 000. This can be reduced to either ZAR 20 000, at a cost of ZAR 150 per day, or to ZAR 0, at a cost of ZAR 300 per day (rates are subject to change without prior notice).This can be arranged before the start of your journey at the reception of the 4×4 Depot!
  3. Please ensure that you have your “Cross Border Letter” with you if you are planning to travel across the South African borders. Your name has to be clearly indicated on this letter. This letter will give you the required authority to take the rental car across the border of South Africa to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana or Swaziland.
  4. Please take good care of your rental vehicle. It will serve not only as your vehicle but also as your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen for the duration of your journey.
  5. Dirt / Gravel roads are dangerous! Both wet and dry weather conditions can make these roads problematic. The 4×4’s are specifically designed to be strong and durable to handle these roads and conditions but speed is the cause of many disasters. If you are unsure of a situation then please take the necessary precautions – such as checking the depth of small rivers and water pools before crossing them. Alternatively wait for another 4×4 to be in the area before crossing so that there is someone that can provide assistance and a tow if needed.   Driving a 4×4 has a golden rule – As slowly as possible and only as fast as necessary”.
  6. Ensure that you regularly top up your fuel tank(s). Firstly the distances between petrol stations are long and secondly it is not always guaranteed that you will find fuel at the next petrol station. This is and remains Africa!
  7. Ensure that you always have sufficient essential supplies with you – such as drinking water and food. There are not always shops available in the bush from which to purchase provisions.
  8. Wild Animals! They will be a big part of your holiday in South Africa. The larger animals are not the only dangerous animals, best viewed and approached very carefully from within your vehicle, but the smaller animals can be just as dangerous and should be respected. You will more than likely be traveling with food items in your vehicle. Animals are able to smell this from a distance, especially Baboons and Hyena’s. Please ensure that your vehicle is always properly locked (windows closed completely) when leaving the vehicle and that all cutlery and crockery is cleared up and packed away. Firstly it is not good for the animals to scavenge from humans, as they become dependant on this and dangerous to all travelers, and secondly there are very few if any shops in the bush and you won’t be able to purchase new provisions!

Our advice is that as soon as you start driving on a dirt / gravel road, please engage the 4×4 drive. This enhances the vehicles capabilities. The electronic Diff Lock should only be used at very low speeds!

Also remember that it is not advisable to drive off the standard road – being tarred or a sand / gravel road. Should any damage occur as a result of the vehicle being driven off the marked or indicated route, the repair costs will be for your account as the insurance does not cover this!

The motor home is larger, taller and heavier than the average vehicle. Usually in renting, you do not need to have a special license, but you certainly need to be much more careful while driving.

  1. Speed – Always keep to speed limits.  Never exceed 60 km/h on unsealed or gravel roads
  2. Height limitations – remember your height limitations.  The motor-home is always higher than you think it is, because of the cab over area and air condition box.  Be careful and note the road signs while entering tunnels, under bridges, underground parking areas and other low height spaces.
  3. Weight limitations – overweight causes all kinds of problems such as getting out of control or even a breakdown.   For this reason it is important that you keep to the maximum weight permitted.
  4. Backing up / parking – backing up with a motor-home is one of the most common reasons for collisions and accidents.  Please perform this carefully.  Due to the length of the motor-home, it is rather difficult to see the whole coach. Rear and side mirrors are not always very helpful to indicate the situation behind you.  Therefore: [a]NEVER back up without someone to assist you.  Ask one of the other passengers to get out of the vehicle and guide you from the outside [b] leave enough room in front of the motor-home in case you need to drive forward [c] backing up while parking in a campground also requires guidance and direction, because the driver cannot always see what is behind the motor-home.
  5. Passing another vehicle – passing another vehicle must be done carefully since you cannot estimate your own length.  Use signals to show your intentions and always accelerate until you finish passing
  6. Mirrors – use your mirrors regularly to see what is going on behind you and next to you.  The mirror on the driver side is always more reliable than the other side mirrors.
  7. Stopping – since the motor-home is a heavy and large vehicle, it takes it more time to slow down and accelerate.  Avoid sudden stopping by changing gears gradually.  Slow down when entering busy traffic, and make sure you have enough time to stop.
  8. Driving at night – this is not recommended for inexperienced motor-home drivers.  Bumping into stray animals at night is very dangerous, especially in wildlife areas, but also regular roads.  Parking on the side of the road is very dangerous, especially at night.  If for any reason you need to do it, make sure other drivers can see you by turning on the hazard lights.
  9. Hard Weather conditions – weather conditions can be unpredictable.  Avoid driving in fog, heavy rain and dust storms.  Wet roads can be very slippery and need special driving skills.  Be aware of crosswinds.  Wind suddenly blowing against the side of your motor-home may cause the vehicle to be forced into another lane
  10. Regular check – check the engine oil, transmission oil, tyre pressure, battery lights, breaks and hydraulic fluids every couple of days
  11. Breaks – don’t drive while you are tired.  Take a break every two hours in a rest area, for refreshment and rest.  It is recommended not to drive more than 5 hours per day
  12. Luggage – do not store luggage or any other goods on the roof of the motorhome.  To avoid things falling down while driving, make sure everything is in its place, hitched and tied.  Do not leave food or drink open outside the fridge or cupboards whilst driving.
  13. Seatbelts – all passengers including the driver must wear seatbelts for their own safety
  1. Four-way stops are commonly found at the quieter intersections – the first vehicle to arrive has priority.
  2.  All distances, speed limited and speedometers are in kilometeres (1 mile is the approximate equivalent of 1.6 km)
  3. Vehicles in traffic circles travel clockwise.  Drivers on traffic circles should give way to the right
  4. Drivers must carry a valid driver’s license, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving. An International Driver’s Permit carried in conjunction with a national driving license is recommended and must be printed or authenticated in English.
  5. Wearing seat belts when driving in a car in the region is mandatory for the driver and passengers.
  6. The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands free system.
  7. There are strict drinking and driving laws – with a maximum allowance alcohol blood content of 0.05%. Translated, that means about one glass of wine for the average women and perhaps 1.5 or two for the average large man.
  1. Potholes are a major problem in most of the region and can lead to unsafe driving conditions, especially during the rainy season.
  2. Road travel at night in rural areas can be hazardous and travelers should note that abandoned vehicles, pedestrians and stray animals could present a danger.
  3. Always respect the warnings on road signs – be aware that the roads in many rural areas are not fenced, so you could find dogs, chickens, sheep and even horses or cows on the road, which makes it dangerous to drive at night.
  4. Large antelope crossing the road can also be a hazard in certain areas.
  5. Many of the national roads between the major centers are toll roads. Make sure you have a credit card or cash in the correct currency to pay.
  6. When asking for directions, self drivers may be surprised to get the response “turn left at the next robot…” – a robot is the South African tern for traffic lights.
  7. In South Africa, petrol/fuel stations are mostly open 24 hours and spread along all the routes. They are not self-help but manned by attendants who can also check oil, water and tyre pressure if required. Gratuities for this service are at your own discretion.
  1. Self-drivers should always drive with the doors locked.
  2. Do not stop to pick up hitchhikers, however innocent or lost they may look
  3. Do not leave anything valuable on show in the car.
  4. Try to always park in a busy, well-lit area.
  5. Take advice from accommodation hosts and ask if there are any areas that tourists should avoid
  6. Do not confront aggressive drivers.
  7. If possible avoid traveling at night or in remote areas.
  8. Thieves have known to employ various methods to make a vehicle stop, enabling them to rob the occupants. Once such method is the placing of large stones in the middle of the road. In the circumstances it is prudent to carefully drive around the stones or obstacle, rather than stop the vehicle.