Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pack when coming on holiday in South Africa?

Less is more, so pack clothes that are comfortable and reusable. Make sure you pack a light jersey or fleece if travelling in summer (October - May), but should you be coming during the winter months (June - September) pack warm clothes that can be layered with a wind breaker or rain jacket for those inclement days.
Days can start off cool but warm up midday, so the layering of clothes is advisable. Formal clothes are not required however, should you be staying in an upmarket accommodation, smart casual dress code is acceptable.
As for shoes, comfortable walking shoes are always advisable for daytime activities, sandals should you be wanting to be more casual in summer and sneakers or trainers are also advised.
Dark coloured clothes during the hot months of summer can be uncomfortable, so pack in light coloured clothing that can be matched; shorts or longs, up to you.
Laundry facilities are available in most hotels and lodges, so no need to over pack.

What luggage should I bring and what weights are allowed?

It all depends on what activities you are going to partake in while on your journey.
Should you be flying into a safari camp on a small aircraft then it is advisable to pack your goods into soft collapsible bags as hard shell suitcases are NOT allowed.
Should you be coming for a guided city hopper holiday, hard shell suitcases are not a problem and accepted by all domestic airlines and baggage handling at hotels etc. Domestic airlines have a maximum weight allowance of 20kg (44 Pounds) per person with 1 piece of hand (carry on) luggage weighing a maximum of 7kg (15 Pounds).
Remember if you are travelling with sports or musical equipment of a large nature, this could incur additional costs due to the item being oversized. In most cases strollers & baby seats are accepted with no additional charge by airlines.

What health precautions should I be aware of?

Travelling to South Africa is easy and does not have to leave one feeling fearful in any way.

Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Malaria

    Most Southern African safari destinations require guests to take a course of malaria tablets as a precaution while travelling through those areas at any time of the year. However, chances of contracting malaria are low, but definitely worth taking those preventative steps. Contact your local physician and get them to prescribe the correct course of tablets for you.

  • Bilharzia

    The bilharzia virus normally occurs in stagnant water, or water that is not flowing. Should you ingest water of such a nature while on your trip, or even drinking water from a dam or river, this is easily remedied. A simple blood test can be taken at your physician and they will advise the correct course of medication (Biltracide is recommended). Tap water in cities and towns are normally never affected, but we recommend a test is taken after your African holiday.

  • Water

    Tap water in most places in South Africa are safe to drink, and should the lodge/hotel advise differently, please use bottled water to drink. It is vital to stay hydrated while on any leg of your journey. Please bear in mind that diuretics like coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages are not a substitute for water. Bottled water is supplied or can be purchased at most places throughout your travels.

  • Yellow Fever

    Not required for South Africa, but should your journey take you to other countries in Africa please double check with their requirements to take this vaccine before arrival. Costs may apply should you not have this valid certificate.
Can I recharge my mobile / tablet or camera while on my journey?

Yes most definitely!

We use 220 / 240 Volt electricity that runs on an average of 50 Cycles Per Second.
We mainly use 3 Pin 15 Amp sockets but most hotels and lodges have 2 Pin sockets for charging mobile devices.

Do I require travel insurance?

The unwritten rule is, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!

Without a doubt, take a comprehensive travel insurance plan out for each member of your travelling party.
Make sure that the insurance covers health, hospitalisation, loss of property, luggage cover, cancellation and curtailment and all other requirements needed while on your travels. Please contact your travel agent or insurance broker to make the necessary arrangements to purchase such a policy before you leave your point of origin.

We as Global Elite Touring, our agents, tour operators, excursion suppliers, accommodation suppliers and its associates cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss, damage or theft of personal belongings, nor can any of the above be held liable for any personal injury, accident or illness.