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Travelling to South Africa


The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c.

USD, GBP and Euro are accepted - however, change will be given in rand.

Visa, Diners, Mastercard, Debit cards and American Express cards are all accepted for any purchases at the lodge. Please note that American Express will undergo a 5% surcharge.


You are travelling on an independent itinerary and the cost of your program does not include gratuities. Tipping is a very personal matter and should only be considered when our staff have gone above and beyond for you.

Whilst tipping is entirely at your discretion, we advise US$ 30 per person, per day. 1/3 of gratuities is allocated to the guide, and the remainder of the balance is divided amongst the rest of the staff. Gratuities can be added to your account upon check out, given to the lodge manager for distribution, or given directly to the individual staff members.


South Africa is a big country just south of the tropic of Capricorn, but it is the topography and surrounding oceans that influence its climate, rather than the latitude. Although the climate varies from region to region, it is generally mild and sunny throughout the year.

Winter (May - August) in Madikwe Game Reserve is generally cool and dry with temperatures averaging between 3°C (38°F) to 23°C (73°F).

Summer (September - April) is characterised by hot and wet weather, with temperatures averaging between 25°C (77°F) to 40°C (104°F). The area is classed as a semi-arid region, with 500 mm (19.5 inches) of annual rainfall. This is usually as a result of short thunderstorms in the late afternoon or night time during the summer months.


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There are 11 official languages in South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsongo, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. The English-speaking visitor will have no problem while travelling through the country.


Visa Information

For most passports, a visa is required. Please check with local authorities for details. Two blank passport pages are required when travelling to Southern Africa. Check the number of days given on arrival at the immigration desk as there are steep fines for overstaying the number of days given. Departure tax is dependent upon which airline you are travelling with.

Visas Not Required

Foreigners from most Commonwealth and European Union countries, as well as the United States, are not required to obtain visas for entering Botswana, except in cases where the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has directed otherwise.

Visas Required

Please visit www.botswanaembassy.org for a full list of nationalities requiring visas for entry into Botswana. Please note this information serves as a guide only. Travellers should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements can vary. Visas are to be obtained in advance and cannot be issued at port of entry.


From 1 June 2015 parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children.

For more information on South Africa travel please visit http://www.southafrica.net/gl/en