Standing as the last country on the southern extreme of African continent, South Africa features an extensive southern coastline of 2,798km presented by the world’s two Oceans namely Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. In terms of size, South Africa stretches to 1,219,912 km2 standing as the World’s 25th largest country lying along the geographical coordinates 29 00 S, 24 00 E.
The Safaris to South Africa present a fusion of the country’s amazing landscapes ranging from the rolling wilderness areas of Kruger National Park to the Marine recreation along the Atlantic and Indian Ocean sea boards intercepted by the ancient heritage of the Zulu and Swaziland Kingdoms, the Cape wine lands, the Robben Islands, the Table Mountains, Private Game reserves of Phinda and Lion Sands, Karoo National Park, Mpumalanga escarpment and the Blyde River Canyon among other amazing features.
The South African history has been shaped by series of events some of which date back to the ancient times. The bonafide natives of South Africa like the San Bushmen among other tribal groups were forced into the deeper areas of the country following the coming of the Boers while the coming of the English men resulted into clashes with the Boers due to conflict of interest. The historical Portuguese navigators also feature substantively in the South African history especially around the Cape of Good Hope that was a vantage to them in their sailing expeditions. Therefore the Safari tour to South Africa is in one way or the other a beyond the ordinary journey for various travellers from all over the world.
South Africa is a large and developed country featuring established infrastructure including seven (7) International Airports namely; OR Tambo and Lanseria International Airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mpumalanga province, Polokwane International Airport in Limpompo and the Upington International Airport in Northern Cape presenting world travellers interested in south Africa safaris and tours an easy access to a different sections of the country. Besides the International Airports, South Africa has many Airstrips, aerodromes and well developed road and rail network all which combine to make the transfers easier.
South Africa National Parks and other areas you can visit
Addo Elephant National Park is located near Port Elizabeth in destination South Africa listed among her 19 National Parks standing as the third largest following Kruger National Park and the KgalagadiTransfrontier Park.
The Addo Elephant National Park was established in the year 1931 with the aim of saving the 11 elephants which were nearing extinction but apparently boosting of over 600 individuals along with other Big mammals.
The Karoo National Park was established in the year 1979 and stands as a wildlife reserve in the Western Cape’s Great Karoo Area close to Beaufort West in South Africa. The Karoo National Park is a semi-desert land stretching to 750km2 and the section of the Great Escarpment traverses the park.
The park is thus partly in the lower Karoo with an elevation of 850m above sea level and partly in the upper Karoo at an elevation of 1300 m above sea level.
Covering 19,485km2, Kruger National Park stands among the world’s largest game reserves stretching to the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces to the north east of South Africa. Kruger National Park stretches for 65km (40mi) from East to west and 360km (220mi) from North to South with its headquarters located at Skukuza.
The Hoerikwaggo literally translated as the Mountain in the Sea is noted to be its initial name given by the indigenous Khoisan people despite the fact that the Mountain history dates back to approximately 30,000 years including the Stone Age era.
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South Africa Wildlife Safari Packages in South Africa
The 3 Days South Africa Wildlife Safari to Kruger National Park is a short and yet rewarding wildlife tour that would be perfect for time constrained travelers, cost sensitive groups and those interested in mini-breaks. The safari commences and ends from Johannesburg presenting an opportunity to explore rich South African countryside and the extensive wild life of Kruger – the South Africa’s first National Park and one of the largest parks in the world.
The 4 Days South Africa Wildlife Safari to Kruger National Park is listed among the short wildlife Safaris in South Africa presenting an opportunity to spend 3 nights in this famous park. The Safari features extensive wild life exploration in Kruger National Park including the Big five of land animals, 145 mammal species, 517 species of birds along with 336 tree species.
The 5 Days South Africa Wildlife Camping Safari to Kruger National Park & Private Reserves offers the complete wilderness experience marked with extensive three (3) day game drives, one (1) night game drive and two (2) walking safaris. The destinations featured include; Kruger National Park, Balule Game Reserve and Moholoholo Wildlife Centre &Tshukudu Game Reserve.
The 7 Days Best of South African Tour is a medium trip that is very diverse featuring wildlife, adventure, scenery, culture and history. The safari takes you to the largest and the leading South African National Park – Kruger National Park for extensive wild game viewing including the thousands of Big five, Gauteng Province, Cape town and its magnificent destinations including Cape of good hope, Roben island
The 10 Days Safari in South Africa presents a mixture of urban, beach, wilderness and cultural landscapes in the destination South Africa. The micro destinations featured in this trip include; Cape Town, Robben Island, Cape Peninsular, Wine lands, Isibindi Game Reserve and the historical battle fields ofIsandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
The 12 Days South African Luxury Safari Expedition is a beyond ordinary encounter that features in a 4 x 4 safari Land cruiser and sleeping in up market lodges for guaranteed quality and comfort. The safari commences in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg featuring interesting places and activities like the cycling in the Cape Wine lands
The 14 Days Comprehensive Safari in South Africa is an extensive safari package commencing firm Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town. The safari features a fusion of wildlife, culture and history, recreation, adventure and sightseeing. The destinations featured include; Pretoria City
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South Africa Entry & Exit Requirements
The Republic of South Africa requires all travelling people both local and international to be in possession of a passport. The Children under the age of 18 are required to be in possession of unabridged birth certificate if they are to secure a South African Visa at the port of entry. The birth certificate must bear the names of both parents and in a situation where the child is travelling with one parent, an affidavit filed by the missing parent or parents is supposed to be in possession.
The equivalent forms namely the Parental Consent affidavit and the unabridged birth certificate are available on line at the webpage of the Department of Home Affairs and Immigration Services of the Republic of South Africa.
For children from Visa exempt countries, they have to come with these documents and present them at the port of entry or else will be denied visa to enter South Africa.
If a child applies for a visa inside South Africa or at a South African embassy abroad, all supporting documents must be submitted before the visa is issued.
South African Visa
Apart from the Visa exempt countries, the Republic of South Africa has differing Visa requirements as per various countries updated from time to time making the prior inquiries before applying very significant.
South Africa Visa Exempted Countries
- The South African National Passport holder and any other recognised travel document
- The holder of the passport (ordinary, official or diplomatic) of the below listed countries, territories and international organisations are exempt in respect of purposes for which a port of entry visa could be issued or by plight of the given individual considered in section 31(3)(b) [recognized in South Africa] for stay of up to 90 days or below and when transiting
- African Union Laissez Passer
- Chile (those with ordinary passports only)
- Czech Republic
- Germany (apart from the diplomatic staff set to take up duty at the German Embassy and Consulates in South Africa)
- Namibia (those with ordinary passports only)
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- St Vincent & the Grenadines
- Tanzania (90 days per annum)
- Trinidad & Tobago (those with ordinary passports only)
- United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (those with ordinary passports only)
- British Islands Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey and Isle of Man.
- British Oversees Territories of Anguilla, British Antarctic Territory, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Gibraltar and St Helena and Dependencies (Gough Island, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), Henderson, Pitcairn, Oeno and Ducie Islands.
- British Sovereign Base Areas of South Sandwich Islands, Cyprus, South Georgia and Turks and Caicos Island.
- United States of America (apart from the diplomatic staff set to assume work at the USA embassy and consulates in South Africa).
- Zambia(90 days per year)
- The Nationals of the following countries, territories and International Organisations are exempt for a period of 30 days and below.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bahamas (those with ordinary passports)
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong (those with Hong Kong British National Overseas passports and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports only)
- Macau (those with Macau Special Administrative Region passports only)
- South Korea
- Bilateral agreements have also been reached with the following countries to exempt the official and diplomatic passport holders
- Algeria (30 days)
- Albania (120 days)
- Angola (90 days)
- Benelux states (90 days)
- Belarus (90 days)
- Bulgaria (90 days)
- Cyprus (90 days)
- Comoros (90 days)
- China (PROC) (30 days)
- Croatia (90 days)
- Egypt (30 days)
- Cuba (90 days)
- Ghana (90 days)
- Hungary (120 days)
- Guinea (90 days)
- India (90 days)
- Kenya (30 days)
- Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) (30 days)
- Mexico (90 days)
- Morocco (30 days)
- Madagascar (30 days)
- Namibia (30 days)
- Mozambique (90 days)
- Nigeria (90 days)
- Poland (90 days)
- Paraguay (120 days)
- Romania (90 days)
- Rwanda (30 days)
- Russian Federation (90 days)
- Senegal (90 days)
- Thailand (90 days)
- Slovak Republic (90 days
- Vietnam (90 days)
- Tunisia (90 days)
5) However, the national of the above listed countries whose exemption has been removed, he / she will have to adhere to normal visa requirements for South Africa until it is restored by the Department following petition or its own agreement.
6) The commercial heavy duty vehicle drivers with National Passports of Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi in South Africa for a period not exceeding 15 days provided the letter of employment with the transportation company is availed at the port of entry. This applies to Zimbabwe but limited to 30 days. However, it does not apply for the South African companies as the foreign workers must be in possession of the work Visa.
- Southern African Development Community (SADC) staff members travelling on SADC laissez-passers are exempt up to 90 days period.
8). The following categories of the UN as well as their spouses, dependent relatives and other members of the households do not need South African Visa up to 90 days provided they have all the confirmation documents in possession.
- Military force members attending any military matters with South African National Defence Force are also Visa exempt irrespective of the stay duration in South Africa provided they have SANDF letter of invitation and consent letters from their originating military force.
Besides the above mentioned, Nationals from other countries have to apply for the South African Visa through these means at a non-refundable cost of $36;
- On line through securing a personal appointment at VFS centre
- At the South African foreign Mission in the respective country where the VFS services aren’t available
- At the South African foreign Mission in a different country provided the same does not exist in own country
The interviews are carried out and the biometrics taken for conduct check where necessary.
The South African Visa has to be applied for at least four (4) weeks to departure date to South Africa. It is advisable not to depart for South Africa before confirming that the Visa has been granted as Visas are not given on arrival and thus arrival without Visa means refusal to enter South Africa and immediate deportation to the origin country.
The Republic of South Africa requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination if the travellers is coming from or passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa and South America.