Immunisations are recommended when travelling to South Africa – don’t worry, it’s worth it! It is recommended that you make an appointment to see a healthcare provider at least 6 weeks prior to departure so that they can give you advice dependant on the areas and activities you will be undertaking.
There is conflicting information regarding Hluhluwe and malaria advice.
It is of course dependant on the time of year when you are travelling. Between the months of May to August there are few if any mosquito present in Hluhluwe as it is our winter. According to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park authority, the threat of malaria in this area has almost entirely been removed due to close co-operation between the Swaziland, Mozambique and South African governments.
As with all diseases, prevention is better than cure and we recommend that you take precautions such as using mosquito repellant and covering up exposed skin in the evenings. Many travellers to South Africa will also take anti-malarials – this is a matter of personal choice to be discussed with a healthcare professional.
Other medical info
From October 1st 2011, all travellers (from one year of age) require proof of yellow fever vaccination when traveling from (regardless of the amount of time spent at the airport if passing through) a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. This includes the following countries with low potential for exposure: Somalia, Tanzania, and Zambia, Sao Tomé and Principe. All travellers not meeting this requirement can be refused entry to South Africa or on admittance be quarantined for up to 6 days. Unvaccinated travellers require a valid medical waiver to be admitted into South Africa.
As in most urban areas in South Africa our water supply is treated by the local municipality and supplied to us via underground water pipe. However we also have filtered water available in our central lapa area. Every room has a jug of filtered water ready chilling in the fridge.
Currency – www.xe.com
The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Similar to the pound, 1 Rand = 100cents. Its weakness against the dollar and the pound makes South Africa the perfect holiday destination. The notes R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 are decorated with the ‘Big 5’ – so be sure to take a look.
Check the exchange rate at www.xe.com
Gratuities (tipping) whilst not demanded can be an ‘expected’ custom. Frequent travellers have found it useful to have a small supply of change for such an occasion.
Below is an example of suggested amounts:
- Car guards – R2 – R5 (not necessary in areas where you have paid for parking)
- Petrol attendants – R1 – R2 (dependant on service; windscreen, oil, water, etc.)
- Waiters/waitresses – minimum 10% of meal total (depending on service – waiters/waitressers get paid very little for long hours and rely on tips)