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I can't find the reference now, but there was a great story that an organisation was testing security at airports around the world, by taking a suitcase to the airport and leaving it there, timing how long before it got stolen or identified. The exception was Johannesburg, where the car was hijacked enroute, and the suitcase never made it to the airport ;) ...


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OK, firstly I can't comment on Namibia/Namaqualand, but my folks went there many years ago and the stories of huge sand-dunes is something I can't get out of my mind - I need to go at some point, it sounds amazing :) Anyway, the rest: Kruger National Park - you'll be able to see almost all the famous animals of southern Africa here (if you're lucky), aside ...


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Last night we had a story on Carte Blanche (a South African investigative reporting program) where they said that there are about 140 000 incidents of theft at OR Tambo per year, so the situation is still really bad despite lots of measures put in place. They showed CCTV camera footage of how the thieves know exactly where the cameras are and grab bags off ...


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Yes, the lack of passenger briefing is a breach of one of the following technical standards from the "South African Civil Aviation Authority": SA-CATS 121 Air Transport Operations: Carriage on Aeroplanes of more than 19 Passengers or Cargo SA-CATS 135 Air Transport Operations: Carriage of less than 20 Passengers or Cargo It seems impossible to deep-link ...


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I can show you my experience in guided and self-drive safaris. That's my experience and it could be different depending on the parks, the weather and other conditions. My experience is limited to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which are on the East side of Africa, and Senegal, which is at the north; and there are not too many game parks. I have in mind a travel ...


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Pilanesberg offers the Big Five and more wildlife and is a relatively small park compared to for instance Kruger National Park. This allows you to cover most of the park in a few days and see plenty of animals. We even saw wild dogs! The park is owned by the North West province and entrance for the day will cost you R65 per adult, which is about 5 Euros. ...


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Most airlines allow you to book up to exactly 12 months in advance. This means you can buy a ticket where your outbound flight is today and your return (inbound) flight is exactly one year from today. Any other dates would be outside of this range. i.e. even an outbound flight tomorrow with an inbound flight of one year from tomorrow would be more than 12 ...


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Having visited South Africa last year (Johannesberg and Cape Town), I had zero issues using an Australian-issued MasterCard credit card and Visa debit card. This was used in restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, ATMs, etc. We travelled with no Rand and got out a couple of hundred dollars in Rand from an ATM in the airport on arrival. I've found that ...


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Again, there are thousands of species in South Africa. There are 91 species of Antelope in Africa, MANY of which are in South Africa. Then there's all the game fowl, other birds, reptiles, amphibians and more. However, ones you SHOULD try you did pretty well with. Crocodile, Kudu, Warthog, Ostrich - good job. You also want to try Wildebeest - and ...


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As someone who has lived there and revisited it as a tourist - yes, yes it can be. Sometimes. The whole point of an international broker is to make it easier for you though - and you don't have to deal with problems on the ground, as you may have found in Peru, language barrier can be a pain sometimes - not as much of a problem in South Africa where most ...


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What they may be referring to is that most countries these days require you to separate your laptop from your carry-on - that is, to take it out of the bag. Evidently this helps them check it more thoroughly than having it inside lots of other stuff - quite often other electronics. I've had this happen on every flight for the last few years, and it's ...


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I don't know much about trains in South Africa but as I can see from my short Google research, Pride of Africa seems like a luxury train and is therefore quite (or better say, extremely) expensive. There are two routes/tours available at Classic Train Travel website: The Namibian Explorer - a 14 day journey from Pretoria to Cape Town via Zambia, Zimbabwe ...


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Indeed, Mastercard South Africa even has an ATM search to show you where the best ATMs would be that support it. How much cash? That depends on how much you're planning to spend. Or are willing to keep on you at all times. Depending on which study you read, Johannesburg (I assume one of the cities you're visiting) is the crime capital of the world. I ...


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I like that you are keen to try different food and local customs, but as a South African, I can tell you that "game" meat is not such a big deal or favorite for us as you might think. Most South Africans eat the "normal" western meat options, ie beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and only rarely will you find variations on those. We see most game meats as a type of ...


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According to South Africa's Department of Home Affairs, Brazilian passport holders are exempt from visas, whether in transit or for a stay of less than 90 days in South Africa. So yes, you should be able to get admitted through passport control, and leave the airport at your convenience. There are several companies which market Jo'burg tours to people on ...


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The cheapest way to get from Europe to South Africa is, easily, flying. Booking and flying at the right time can easily get you a roundtrip for under 800 USD, sometimes even less. Not taking into account safety, nor taking into account additional costs for simply being in transit (that is, food and accommodation), just the sheer cost of all the visas you'd ...


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Our family of three had a three-week trip to Botswana, flying in and out of Johannesburg. Our trip was a hybrid of self-drive and budget safari package. We rented a normal road car in Johannesburg, drove to Gaborone and visited a friend, then drove with the friend up to Kasane in the north-east. We stopped in various places and took group safari expeditions ...


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Our driver and Masai spotter in Kenya certainly noticed animals before any of the tourists had spotted them. I think we would have completely missed some if we were on our own. Driving between the parks is generally not too difficult, even if some of the roads are terrible. My suggestion is therefore to do the majority of the travelling yourselves between ...


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BAZ BUS used to do one at some point, but it's more of a private backpacker/shuttle service than scheduled bus. Any larger scheduled bus services to Swaziland will generally depart from town central, and for the adventurous I guess there would be minibus taxis from taxi ranks nearer the airport. Personally, unless you have a reasonable tolerance for ...


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I have been through the park in the daytime and the night time, and spent a day at Kwa Maritane which borders on the park and certainly qualifies as "very luxury". I enjoyed it tremendously. You can see some of the pictures I took on the daytime trip (with a crappy 2005-era camera) on my blog post about it. I did not see a lion in Pilanesberg, though one of ...


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The Pilanesberg is most definately a primary safari destination! It has the big-five animals and also cheetah and wild dogs. There are six game hides located at dams where you can sit and watch birds and mammals. Kwa Maritane lodge has a hide at the lodge so you can watch by day and night. In addition to self-drive and guided safaris, visitors can take a ...


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Like anywhere in the world, being somewhere at high season may always put a strain on accommodation. Most important is the game parks - if you're going to Kruger or similar, BOOK IT NOW. As soon as possible. With other cities or towns you can almost always find something, and depending what type of traveller you are, could even rough it in a vehicle or ...


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if you plan to visit South Africa between February & March, I would strongly suggest that you reserve a vehicle in advance as that is a very busy time for tourist to SA. You can also get in contact with us if you require a detailed quotation on info@atlanticcarhire.co.za - All the best with your planning.


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Credit cards are accepted pretty much everywhere in SA, as the other people already mentioned in their answers, there are also many ATMs. One thing I wanted to add is that ATM fraud seems to be quite serious there (my friend was almost a victim when I was there last year). Usually it involves some people trying to "help" you with the cash machine - often ...


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You could try contacting Luhambo tours, who do daily tours leaving from Cape Town. Small groups with specialised wine guides. +27 21 551 04 67. If you want to do it yourself, maps, information on vineyards that receive and accommodate visitors and advice on getting to them are all available from the very helpful people at the Tourism and Information Bureau ...


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While it may not be exactly what you're asking, I feel it's the correct answer, and that's NOT to go in winter. There's a reason it's priced like that. I'm assuming you're off to South Africa for one or more of a few reasons: big game, scenery, culture. As someone born there, I can highly recommend it for tourists. Now, I have returned as a tourist as ...


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While it personally pains me that someone would play golf or tennis while there are animals to be searched for outside the camp, in arguably the top game reserve in the world, I realise it's each to their own :) Skukuza, the biggest camp inside the park is also the most 'touristy'. And yes, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate there has not only a tennis court, ...



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