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General information

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The NORTH WEST and LIMPOPO Provinces are situated in the Northern part of the country, bordering on Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north.

 

PERSONAL SAFETY 

For tourists, South Africa is as safe as any other destination in the world.  If you are in doubt as to the safety of a particular area or attraction speak to your hunting outfitter.

 

HOW DO I GET THERE?

From the US, we recommend South African Airways they fly direct to Johannesburg International Airport (O R Thambo International), where one of Cayoti Safari personal or agent will pick you up and take you to the hunting area. You will need to plan ahead as flights are quite crowded during hunting season. We highly recommend you use a travel agent experienced in traveling to Africa.

 

LANGUAGE

Except in very isolated tribal areas, English is universally spoken and understood. Afrikaans is often the language of choice in some of the smaller country towns/villages, but generally they have no problem switching to English when required.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER SOUTH AFRICA?

You and your family members will need a passport that is valid 6 months beyond your departure date.  Make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in each passport for visa stamps, more if you are adding stops to other countries in your itinerary. 

 

Make a copy of your passport and put it in a bag that is separate from where you keep your passport.  It is much easier to obtain a new passport if you have a copy of your passport.  If you lose your passport, contact the US Embassy. 

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO HUNTING IN SOUTH AFRICA?

We prefer our guests to come between April and September. This is late fall, winter and early spring for us so our weather is quite nice.  If your schedule doesn't’ work for those dates, we will be happy to accommodate you when your schedule allows.

 

CLIMATE 

Like most of South Africa, the NORTH WEST and LIMPOPO Province experiences summer rainfall with the bulk of the rain falling between October and April. May to September is normally the winter dry season, Daytime temperatures range from 20oC in winter and 30oC in summer, but can reach into the mid 30s in mid summer, but that is not very common. The summer days are hot and the evenings are mild, with the winter days being mild and pleasant, but chilly before and after sunset. Humidity is generally low throughout the year,

although summer can be humid.

 

FOOD & WATER  

South Africa generally has a hot climate, and everyone should drink water or mineral drinks to suit his or her own needs.  As a rule, tap water in South Africa is safe to drink as it is treated and is free of harmful\micro-organisms.  As for most of the ranches in the South Africa, water is supplied via a borehole and/or pipeline and is purified and safe to drink as is. For those visitors who do wish to have bottled water, this is freely available at the ranches. The standards of hygiene and food preparation at all our ranches are top-notch; it is safe to eat fresh fruit and salads and to put as much ice as you like in your drinks - a good thing, too, after a day in the bush.

 

INSECTS & REPTILES 

Snakes, Mosquitoes and other bugs are basically non existent during the

winter season?

 

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE I COME TO SOUTH AFRICA?

It’s a good idea to consult with your personal physician about traveling to Africa well before you leave. The primary hunting area for Cayoti Safaris is malaria free.  If your hunt takes you to other provinces, we will inform you if a malaria medicine is needed.  You will need to start taking the medicine at least a week before you come.  Again, consult your doctor and pharmacist for instructions. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO FILL A PRESCRIPTION OR SEE A DOCTOR?

Your prescription can be refilled here in South Africa.  It would be best if you bring enough of your medication to last for the entire trip so we don’t take away from important hunting time.  If you’re concerned about running out, have your doctor write a prescription for you and bring it with you. South Africa has excellent medical facilities and medical care. 

 

WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL INSURANCE COVERAGE?

You may purchase several types of insurance for your safari.  Baggage insurance, firearm insurance, trip cancellation insurance, travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance are all areas to consider to make yourself more financially secure before you leave on your trip.

 

WHAT CURRENCY IS USED IN SOUTH AFRICA?

The South African Rand is the used in South Africa for all purchases.  You may exchange your currency for Rand at the airport when you arrive or at a bank on the way to the hunting area.  Traveler’s checks and all major currencies can be exchanged at banks and various exchange companies.  Banks are open Monday - Friday 9am-3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am-11am. .  You can check with your bank before you leave and find out if your ATM card will be accepted in South Africa. Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept Visa, Master Card and American Express.  Keep your passport available as you may need picture id when you use a credit card. 

 

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE BALANCE OF MY SAFARI?

We accept cash or travelers checks to pay the balance of the safari. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A PERSONAL CHECK FOR THE BALANCE DUE ON THE SAFARI.  Please read our Terms of Business details here on the web site.

 

DO I NEED AN ELECTRICAL CONVERTER OR ADAPTER?

You will need both a converter to plug your items into and an adapter to plug into the outlet.  The converter will change the voltage from 230-240 Volts, 50 HZ to 120Volts.  You can find converters and adapters at any electronics store or department stores.

  

WHAT KIND OF PHONE SERVICE CAN I GET ON MY SAFARI?

You can rent a cell phone at Johannesburg Intl Airport (O R Thambo International) that will work well in the safari area.  Also, if you have a GMS enabled US cell phone, you may make international calls ONLY if you have the international calls feature turned on. In most cases, this requires a visit to your carrier's store or a phone call to their customer service department. Once you have enabled international calling, you will be able to make calls in most areas of the country, depending on your carrier and the agreements they have in place with local carriers to provide service to their clients.

 

CAN I GET INTERNET ACCESS WHILE I AM ON SAFARI?

We can accommodate you with urgent internet access and you can give the e-mail address of Cayoti Safaris to friends and family.

 

WHAT IS THE TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE US AND SOUTH AFRICA?

In summer in the US, South Africa is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

 

WHAT KIND OF PERSOANL ITEMS SHOULD I BRING?

  • • Camera and more film than you think you need!
  • • Video Camera, tapes, battery charger and extra battery
  • • Eyeglasses, Contacts, Sunglasses
  • • Binoculars
  • • Flashlight and batteries
  • • 220 to 110 voltage converter and adapter plug
  • • Good reading material.  It’s a long plane rides.
  • • Pocket knife or scissors ­ PACK IN CHECKED LUGGAGE
  • • Diary and writing pen
  • • Any medical prescriptions and allergy medicines
  • • Insect Repellent with at least 35% DEET
  • • Band aids and mole skin
  • • Sunscreen
  • • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • • Personal toiletries, shaving or cosmetic kit
  • • Small sewing kit with buttons

 

Clothing: 

  • • Khaki, Olive or Camouflage clothing is convenient
  • • Shorts (or loose fitting long pants) and T-shirts or short sleeve shirts for day time
  • • Warm clothing for night time.
  • • Sunhat
  • • Warm jacket
  • • Light Windbreaker
  • • Sweater
  • • Underwear
  • • Gloves
  • • Fingerless Gloves
  • • Bandanna
  • • Socks
  • • Boots (warn in)

 

The sun is very intense here even though it may not be summer time.  Make very sure you pack sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen to protect yourself while you are in sunny Africa. The greatest risk of serious sunburn is during the period of 10:00 - 14:00.

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Copy right Cayoti Safaris© 2019