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Please find the following Travel Information for Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe below for your convenience.

Passports

  • Passports are required by all travellers entering these countries
  • The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the intended departure date
  • There must be at least 3 blank visa pages left in your passport
  • As you might be asked for your passport by police it would be a good idea to have a copy of the picture page of your passport on you at all times.

Visas

  • Travellers from most countries do not require visas for Namibia, Botswana and South Africa
  • Travellers from most countries will require visas for entering Zambia and Zimbabwe which can be purchased in US$ (please try and have the correct amount ready) at the border. The current prices are US$ 30 for a Zimbabwean visa and US$ 50 for a Zambian visa. A Univisa valid for entering both countries can now be purchased for US$ 60 at the border. Please note that the prices are subject to change at any time

Electricity

  • Namibia and South Africa use 220/230 volts and power sockets used are Type D / M.
  • In Botswana they use 230 volts and power sockets used are Type D / G / M.
  • In Zambia they use 230 volts and power sockets used are Type D / G / M.
  • In Zimbabwe they use 240 volts and power sockets used are Type D / G.
  • For more info and pictures of the different plugs please visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Currency

  • Namibian Dollar (N$) is used in Namibia but as it is linked to the South African Rand (ZAR) at 1:1 both currencies can be used freely in Namibia. Please note that N$ is not accepted outside of Namibia.
  • In South Africa the South African Rand is used
  • In Botswana they use the Botswana Pula but US$ are accepted in most tourist lodges
  • In Zimbabwe they use US$
  • In Zambia they use Zambian Kwacha but at tourist lodges US$ can be used
  • ATMs are available in most towns
  • Credit Card payments (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted at most lodges throughout the region but it is advisable to have some cash on hand.
  • At local curio markets only cash is accepted.

Health Issues

  • The central part of Namibia is a Malaria-free area but once you go to Etosha, Caprivi, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe we would recommend the use of malarial prophylactics.
  • Please bring insect repellent and we recommend long sleeved clothing for summer evenings.
  • A valid Yellow-Fever vaccination certificate is required by South Africa when travelling from Zambia even if you were just in transit.
  • Please speak to your local physician or travel clinic about recommended vaccinations and health risks
  • We carry a very basic first aid kit but it is recommended that you try and bring your own basic medicine for emergencies.

Water safety

  • Tutwa tours and safaris will supply bottled drinking water on all our safaris
  • We will continue to refill smaller bottles (you are welcome to bring your own) from bigger ones
  • Drinking water ordered in restaurants are for your own account
  • Tap water in the central part of Namibia is considered potable and safe to drink but take care in the cities.
  • Once we go up to the northern parts of the country near the big rivers please drink bottled water only.
  • The tap water is however perfect for washing and brushing teeth.

Weather and clothing

  • During the southern hemisphere winter (May-August) it will generally be warm during the day and cool to cold during the night. If you plan to spend time at a waterhole at night or on an open game drive vehicle please bring warm clothes.
  • During our summer months (September to April) the days will be hot and the evenings warm to cool but bring a warm jacket as it might be cool after a thunderstorm.
  • Our summer months are also our rainy season so it might be a good idea to bring rain gear just in case.
  • When visiting Swakopmund or elsewhere along the Namibian coastline please be prepared for cold evenings even in summer. If you are doing a boat or catamaran cruise at Walvis By then warm clothing are highly recommended.
  • Closed shoes are a good idea when walking around at night but heavy duty hiking boots are seldom required.
  • Remember to bring swimwear, plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

Time Zones

  • Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa are on Central African Time (+2 GMT); daylight savings time is not observed.
  • Namibia is on Central African Time (+2 GMT) but daylight savings time is observed from the first Sunday in April until the first Sunday in September when we follow West African time (+1 GMT)

Safety

  • Southern Africa is in general a very safe and friendly place to visit however like when travelling anywhere please take care when walking alone or at night
  • Observe the same safety rules you would at home
  • Hide valuable items when in public
  • Make use of your room safe in lodges and hotels
  • Travel insurance for baggage is always recommended

Luggage

  • We recommend bringing soft sided bags which will make packing easier and less chance of damage
  • When travelling with a small aircraft please note that strict luggage rules apply in that only 20kg of luggage per person are allowed including hand luggage and always in soft bags.
  • Please label your luggage clearly

Gratuities and tipping

  • Tips or gratuities for guides (tour and local) are not included. The amount is however totally up to you depending on the level of service experienced.
  • A 10% tip in restaurants is the general norm.

General items to bring

  • Tips or gratuities for guides (tour and local) are not included. The amount is however totally up to you depending on the level of service experienced.
  • A 10% tip in restaurants is the general norm.
  • A torch or flashlight
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers for electronic equipment
  • Alarm clock

Travelling with children:

From 1 June 2015, new immigration regulations apply pertaining to the travel of children. Travellers should make themselves aware of all relevant new requirements through the nearest South African embassy or consulate or visit the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website before travelling.

The new regulations stipulate that in addition to a valid travel document (passport), an unabridged (full) birth certificate (one that identifies the parents of the child) must be carried and produced on request for children under the age of 18. Copies of the birth certificate must be certified and be no more than 3 months old. If the birth certificate is not in one of the 11 official languages of South Africa, which includes English, travellers will need to provide an English translation from an accredited translator.

In addition to the requirement to produce a valid travel document (passport) and an unabridged birth certificate, children travelling with only one parent will also be required to produce a legal document signed by the non-travelling parent giving approval for the child's travel or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered on the birth certificate of the child, or a court order granting sole custody. A legal document can be a Statutory Declaration or an Affidavit and must contain full names and passport details of both parents registered on the birth certificate and child(ren), with contact details for the non-travelling parent. The document should also specify the travel destinations of the parent and child(ren). These legal documents or certified copies of these documents cannot be more than 3 months old. If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility.

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