One needs a valid passport before travelling to any Southern African country, it must have at least 2 x blank pages and must be valid for at least 6 months.
Visas can be obtained on entrance to Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
No Visas are required for South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho or Botswana when travelling from the US, European Union or Britain.
If possible, travel with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keep separate from originals and in a safe place.
Report lost passports and/or visas as soon as possible to your countries` embassy or consulate and the SA police.
Vaccinations are not compulsory.
South Africa and surrounding countries are all relatively hygienic. Medical assistance is of a very high standard, if you have travel insurance.
If you are on medication make sure you carry enough for the duration of your tour.
It is always handy to carry your own medical kit that contains some basic items, e.g. Headache tablets, sun protection – min factor 30, plasters, ointments, etc.
Consult your local doctor or clinic about the following vaccinations and/or illnesses:
DTP – if you have not been vaccinated before – 1 injection every 15 years.
Hepatitis A – One vaccination will give one year’s protection, best is 2 weeks before departure.
Yellow Fever Card – It is compulsory to have a Yellow Fever vaccination, if you wish to visit South Africa from certain other African countries.
AIDS – Always be careful, mainly transmitted via unsafe sex or direct contact with blood from a HIV infected person. Avoid getting tatoo`s or body piercing done in Southern African countries.
Malaria – It is present during Southern Africa’s summers (September to April), in the following areas: – in and around the Kruger National Park, Swaziland, the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal, Mozambique, Vic Falls, Chobe, the Okavango Delta and northern Namibia – Etosha. It would be advisable to take a course of anti-malaria tablets, please discuss this with your doctor. We find that most visitors to Southern Africa are over concerned about malaria, this should not be the case. Millions of people live and work in malaria areas without taking anti-malaria medication and they never have problems, especially when they following these basic precautions:
Use mosquito repellent (Bug spray, cream or roll-on).
Ladies – when exposed at night, do not wear too much perfume.
When outside at night – cover those sensitive parts of your body, e.g. ankles.
Do not leave your room lights on at night, as this will attract insects unnecessarily.
If available and comfortable, keep your room AC or fan on at night.
Never leave your room doors or windows open, unless they have a gauze screen for protection – you never know what else could crawl in.
If available – make use of the mosquito nets in your room.
Important: If you are not feeling well and you have similar symptoms to the flue – headache or fever, within 7 – 21 days of visiting a malaria area, consult a Doctor and mention to him / her that you have been in a malaria area.