Travelling to and within SA

Getting to SA

There are regular (i.e. more than one a day) flights to Johannesburg from pretty much anywhere in Europe (I’m including you here too, my UK friends…).

For people flying out not from Europe (US, Canada, NZ, Australia, Argentina) you may need to connect – we can help advise on the best routing, but oftentimes there won’t be much choice.

Travelling to SA with Children

This is really important – South Africa has enabled legislation that requires children to travel with an Unabridged Birth Certificate (along with their passport). Please ensure that you have this with you, otherwise you won’t be able to board a flight to SA…

See here for this handy decision tree about what you need: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

Travelling within SA

Is generally pretty safe and easy. We have excellent transport infrastructure throughout the country (though excluding public transport such as tube / metro). Uber works perfectly here, and is generally our go-to option.

If you are keen to hire a vehicle, we drive on the left-hand side of the road (the correct side), and most international licenses are accepted here without even the need for an international driver’s permit (though if you want to get one, it won’t hurt).

Transport to and from the venue

We will arrange all transport to and from the airport to the venue, and back – so in theory you shouldn’t have to worry about anything. But if you do want to hire your own vehicle, that’s totally cool.

Insurance

Many people purchasing flight tickets will also be automatically enrolled in a travel insurance programme. It’s not mandatory to have one to enter the country, but we strongly advise you purchase travel insurance. Our private healthcare in SA is pretty much world-class, but being private, you would need to claim back against insurance if something does happen…

Safety

SA is NOT AS DANGEROUS AS EVERYONE CLAIMS. Seriously. If you go totally off the reservation into dodgy areas, then yes, you’re putting yourself at risk. But beyond that, be sensible and recognise that, as anywhere in the world, you should look out for pickpockets and thieves and the like.

Plugs

SA uses it’s own unique wall-sockets that are really frustrating. Sometimes, European two-prong plugs fit, but otherwise, you’ll need to get some adaptors. You can often only get them in SA, because… well, because nowhere else really carries them (if you must know, we use a Type M plug).