General information

Currency

ZAR - South African Rand
BWP - Botswana Pula
ND - Namibian Dollar
ZK - Zambian Kwacha
USD – Zimbabwe US dollars

  • Visa and Master card are widely accepted in South Africa and most safari lodges in South Africa and Botswana have credit card facilities. When travelling to Zambia and Zimbabwe it is hotel and lodge specific as to whether or not credit card facilities are available.
  • Travellers Cheques are accepted at most establishments in South Africa but not in the other countries of Southern Africa. We recommend that you avoid using them.
  • US Dollars, Euros and Pounds can all easily be converted to local currency at any bureau de change. When arriving at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport, be sure to look out for these facilities.
  • It is advisable to bring small USD denominations with you (1's, 5's & 10's) to pay for tips or curio's while travelling in Africa.
  • When travelling to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe please ensure that all US Dollar notes are the 1996 series or after with "large heads/presidential portraits".

Travel Insurance

Cape Safaris strongly recommends that you take out travel insurance when travelling to any parts of Africa. Please ensure you have comprehensive insurance to cover the following eventualities:

  • Damage/theft/loss of personal luggage and/or goods
  • Cancellation or curtailment of your trip
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Medical and repatriation expenses
  • Claims

Cape Safaris cannot be held liable for any losses or costs incurred by the guest, guests' dependents or travelling companions. This is with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities.

Safety

Below are some general safety guidelines to consider when travelling to and around Africa:

  • Learn about your surroundings by speaking to tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge/hotel staff and local residents about which areas to avoid.
  • Secure your luggage with a lock or alternatively have your luggage shrink wrapped as an added precaution.
  • Always keep valuables and chronic medication in your hand luggage and do not leave your luggage unattended
  • Keep a change of clothes in your hand luggage when flying internationally so that in the unfortunate event of your luggage being lost you will have at least fresh pair of clothes with you.
  • Carry the cash that you need. Do not carry all your cash, all of the time. Separate your cash and credit cards.
  • Where possible use bank ATM's in well lit public areas and avoid counting cash in the open.
  • Always be vigilant when using an ATM and shield your pin number from strangers.
  • If you suspect that the machine has been tampered with, refrain from using it and find an alternative machine.
  • Always drive with your doors locked and your windows closed.
  • Keep handbags/backpacks/parcels and valuables stored out of sight in the trunk of the car.
  • Keep mobile phones, wallets and cameras well hidden and avoid wearing expensive jewellery.
  • Do not place handbags under tables or on the backs of chairs.

Electrical Connections

ll the Southern African countries make use of a 220 - 240V electricity. Ensure that any electrical appliances you bring are compatible with this voltage supply.

You will be able to buy US/ European and Canadian adapters at the airport upon arrival; we do not recommend that you buy converters on the airplane, as these converters are often incorrect.

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe use a three-pronged wall sockets as seen in image 1, two pronged European style pins are also readily used in Southern Africa as seen in image 2. Note that the US/Canada adaptor plug is not a converter and will not step down the electricity supply from 220V to 110V. In Zambia the wall sockets will be exactly as in the UK with a 220V supply (image 3), and adaptor plugs to fit that standard may be used.

1.3prong 2.2prong 3.3prongUK
3 prong (Indian style plug) 2 prong (European style plug) 3 prong (UK style plug) – Zambia

 

Cellphone and Internet Connections

If you are visiting South Africa for an extended period of time you may wish to purchase a local Sim card for your cell phone. In order to acquire a South African SIM card you will need to show proof that you are a tourist. You will need to present the cell phone rental company with a copy of your flight reservation document and your passport.

South Africa has excellent cell phone coverage in the city areas. In the wildlife and more rural parts of the country you may find that cell phone coverage and internet access are limited. Wildlife area's in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe are too remote and will therefore not have cell phone access, however you will have connectivity in some of the larger towns.

All international airports within South Africa have Wi-Fi access, as do almost all the hotels Cape Safaris utilises. Only a few safari lodges will offer a Wi-Fi service. This is because of their remote geographical position or because the safari lodge wishes to preserve the illusion of inaccessibility.