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Important tips and information for your trip

 

On entry:
Visitors from the EU or Switzerland need for a stay of up to 90 days a passport which will not expire within 6 months of arrival and a valid return or through fare ticket.

 

Inoculation:
not necessary. Malaria - Prophylaxes recommended for certain northern parts of South Africa, however not for Cape Town, the Wine Region or the Garden Route.

 

Currency:
Travelers cheques and most credit cards are excepted everywhere. Petrol stations will except cash or South African petrol cards only. The EC card will enable you to draw cash on all ATM's throughout South Africa. Please watch your card's limit.

 

Practitioners:
South Africa has good medical facilities which are able to meet European standards. The Medical clinic in Somerset West will be able to assist in emergencies with capable and qualified staff should the need arise.

 

Tips:
Some of the salaries in South Africa a very low, tips are most welcome by all service staff.
A general rule is:
• waitresses / waiters approximately 10% of the total bill
• petrol / car park attendants will be grateful for 2 - 3 Rand
• room maids will expect 5 - 10 Rand a day

 

Traffic:
South Africa has a good road network. Please watch out for left hand traffic if you are not from the UK. You must be in possession of an International Drivers License should you wish to steer a motor vehicle.

 

Climate:
Throughout the Cape Region you will find a very moderate, comparable Mediterranean type climate all year round.
The average temperatures for the summer months between November and April average at 26 - 28°C. A good sun block is of vital importance!
In the evenings it will cool to a comfortable 12 - 15°C which will ensure a good nights sleep.

 

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