Preparing to travel
South Africa is an all-year round destination due to its varying regional climates. Between November and February, The Cape has beautifully hot and dry summers, while the best time for whale watching is between July and November. The northern regions can be rainy from November to February, but on the other hand it can be marvelous for birding. The cooler winter months (May to September) are best for spotting amazing wildlife. So, it really depends on what your clients want!
If your clients decide to visit South Africa in between December and February, they should keep in mind that it’s also school holidays here, so it can be very busy.
If their stay in South Africa doesn’t exceed 90 days, they will get a Tourist Visa upon arrival. Please contact your AAA Travel Consultant for further questions.
A vaccination against yellow fever is only required if they stayed in a yellow fever country in the 7 days before visiting South Africa. No other vaccinations are obligatory. In summer, Malaria prophylaxis is advised for certain areas around Kruger Park. Since we’re not medically certified, these are just guidelines, so please ask your clients to contact their doctor for medical advice.
You’ve undoubtedly read about safety in South Africa. Yes, there is crime, however if your clients take normal sensible precautions, the risk is not substantially higher than in other parts of the world.
When they are travelling in an unknown country, they should always watch their steps a little bit more than they do at home. If they don’t do things that they shouldn’t do back home, they will have an amazing time. There are a few things to keep in mind;
- Don’t walk alone at night, always take a taxi (that’s what the locals do)
- Never take too much cash with you
- Don’t wear jewellery that is too obvious
- Keep your valuable stuff in the hotel room
- And listen to local advice
Yes, a travel insurance is obligatory. We strongly advise that your clients also take out a cancellation policy.