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									Hartley’s Safaris Travel Advisory

South Africa‟s seasons are the reverse to Europe‟s with midwinter in June / July and midsummer in
December / January.

      Unlike the rest of South Africa, the Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate, summers are dry
       and warm to hot, while winters are wet, mild and changeable.

      The Highveld and interior has a temperate climate with sunshine all year – summers are hot and
       thundery and winters are dry, bright and cold.

      KwaZulu-Natal has a sub tropical climate with sunshine all year – summers are hot, thundery and
       humid, while winters are mild.

      October brings the end of spring and the beginning of summer! In the Western and Northern
       Cape the Namaqualand flower season ends in October and whales are in season.

      Game viewing is considered best during the country‟s “dry season” when the game is
       concentrated around the water sources. The rains usually break during October, and with the rain
       comes the rejuvenation of the bush, exciting storms, incredible photographic light, migratory birds
       and the new born game .

         Location                        Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun     Jul   Aug    Sep   Oct      Nov   Dec

                          Ave max F      78    79    77    72    67    65      63    64     65    70       73    76
         Cape Town /
                          Ave max C      26    26    25    22    19    18      17    18     18    21       23    24
                          Ave rain in.   0.6   0.3   0.7   1.9   3.1   3.3     3.5   2.6    1.7   1.2      0.7   0.4

                          Ave max F      82    82    82    78    75    73      73    73     73    75       77    80
         Durban       /
         Kwa-Zulu         Ave max C      28    28    28    26    24    23      23    23     23    24       25    27
                          Ave rain in.   5.2   4.4   5.3   4.2   2.1   1.2     1.4   1.6    2.4   3.9      4.4   4.6

                          Ave max F      87    87    86    81    78    74      74    79     82    83       94    87
         Kruger Area/
                          Ave max C      31    31    30    27    26    23      23    26     28    28       34    31
         Sabi Sands
                          Ave rain in.   4.4   4     1.5   1.4   0.3   0.1     0.1   0.7    0.9   1.9      4.5   3.2

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Please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after your return and that you have
all the necessary visas prior to departure.

NB!!For travellers to South Africa it is necessary to have two blank pages in your passport for the
necessary stamps. Please also ensure that the names given to us correspond to the names on the
passports of the individuals concerned.

Please click onto to link to our home affairs website for further information
regarding visas. VISA INFORMATION:

Please note: Government may change the visa regulations and procedures at any time without
prior notice.


There are at present no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Southern Africa

 The most important health issue is that of malaria. Some of South Africa’s game parks are located in
malaria areas. If visiting a malaria area, we recommend that you take Malaria prophylactics. Please
consult your doctor for advice on malaria prophylactics. The courses are usually started prior to departure
and continued for 2 - 4 weeks after leaving the area.


It is imperative that all visitors to Africa have fully comprehensive travel insurance. Hartley‟s Safaris can bear
no responsibility in the event that you fail to procure adequate insurance cover.


Credit cards are generally accepted throughout South Africa, particularly Visa & MasterCard. Some
establishments charge a premium for Amex & Diners. Auto cash machines are readily available in cities.
Hotels will exchange foreign currency but usually at an unfavourable rate of exchange. The currency of
South Africa is the South African Rand.


Unless stated, park fees are not always included in your package. Where National Parks are used the fee
will be added to your bar account at certain lodges or prepaid here before your departure.

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It is strongly recommended that you reserve all your accommodation as far in advance as possible if you
plan to visit during the peak seasons (i.e. big game safaris between July & October, the Cape between
December & March and Christmas & Easter everywhere) since availability is at a premium during these


You WILL be required to sign an indemnity form at most safari lodges, safari camps & hotels. This is
standard procedure in most lodges, as it is in all hotels throughout the world.


Tipping is not obligatory or expected, but is always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service.
Amounts are at your discretion but as a general guide we recommend the following:

 Safari Camps: US$ 8.00 per guest per day. Most camps have a central kitty system for guides, kitchen
  and cleaning staff. If in any doubt please ask the camp manager.

 Restaurants: tips are not generally included and about 10 – 15 % are appropriate.

 Blue Train and Rovos Rail: cabin attendants R50.00 per person per journey, dining car waiter R50.00
  per person per journey.


Free allowances vary according to flight and destination but in general 20 kg are permitted on international
economy flights, 30 kg in club / business and 40 kg in first class. 12kg in soft bags for light aircraft transfers.



        Clothing should be comfortable & durable. Cool cottons are ideal. Neutral colours such as khaki
        and green are preferable. All weather outdoor or bush jacket should be taken along. Sturdy
        comfortable ankle length thick soled walking boots or track shoes are recommended. . In winter
        ensure your jacket is very warm, such as an insulated parka or bush jacket, and also consider a
        scarf for the night safaris

        We suggest the following safari checklist to help you with your packing:

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         Wide brimmed bush hat

         „Smart-casual‟ outfit for staying in city hotels (incl. Rovos Rail)

         Good quality polarised sunglasses.

         Anti-malaria prophylactics, lip salve, high factor sun protection cream, personal medication

         Binoculars

         Camera equipment, plenty of films and extra camera batteries

         Travel documents, tickets, visas, passport, insurance, money etc.

        In South Africa dress is casual on most occasions, and for visits to the theatre and restaurants
        smart- casual dress is quite appropriate. At holiday and coastal resorts, shorts and open neck
        shirts are acceptable in restaurants. Rovos Rail and the Blue Train require a jacket and tie.


        Africa is a great place for photography. We recommend you bring a good, lightweight camera,
        minimum size of 200mm with a zoom lens. Plastic bags are useful to protect your equipment from
        rain and dust. Fresh film and camera batteries are difficult to obtain in the bush so bring your
        own! Most camps have video battery-recharging facilities, but please carry your own adapter and
        charger (often required to fit a vehicle cigarette lighter socket).

        Binoculars are essential on safari in order to get the most out of your safari and especially where
        bird watching is concerned. It is also advisable to have a pair per person if at all possible - we
        recommend Leica 8 x 32, Zeiss Classic 7 x 42B or Plover 8 x 40.


        Electricity runs at 220 volts in South Africa. Most often sockets are the round 3 pin / 15 amp type
        and you should carry your own adapter.


Please advise us on confirmation of your booking if you have any special dietary requirements. While we
are happy to advise our suppliers of these, we can never guarantee their availability.


Many of the animals and reptiles you will see are potentially dangerous. Attacks by wild animals are rare
and usually only occur when they are threatened. Most camps are unfenced and animals do wander
through the camps. Please adhere to your guides‟ instructions at all times. You will appreciate that we
operate in a land of unpredictable conditions, therefore all activities and excursions are subject to
environmental conditions and are at the camp manager's discretion. Neither Hartley‟s Safaris, nor staff

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members or their agents can be held liable for any injuries caused during an incident involving the
behaviour of wild animals.

Be sensible. Never leave luggage unattended. Deposit your valuables in the safety deposit box. Don‟t
stroll around after dark or alone in deserted areas. Always lock your car and keep the windows closed. Do
not display your camera around your neck in urban areas and keep valuables out of sight.


You will be given a detailed contact list of all the properties you will be visiting. Please bear in mind that
many some safari lodges / camps do not have direct dial telephones, but maintain radio contact with their
base operations on a scheduled basis. Under these circumstances we are happy to assist your relatives
and business colleagues to make contact with you in an emergency.


Africa is a wild continent with many of its countries deemed as third world. Huge expanses are untouched
by man, undeveloped and are home to a multitude of animals, flora and fauna. We are attracted to
Africa‟s raw adventure and hope to sustain this fragile ecology. As tourists travelling to remote areas you
are supporting whole communities. For example, a majority of hotels, camps and lodges employ or are
operated by local staff. Many properties also support and develop local schools, medical care facilities,
housing facilities and educate the local community in conservation. In addition, many safari operators are
involved in much needed wildlife research. Eco tourism is more than a marketing concept and there are
many worthy conservation projects desperately needing funds. If you would like to support conservation
we would be happy to give you helpful advice.


After your holiday we would be interested to hear about your experiences and any comments or suggestions
that you may have on the camps / hotels and services we offer, as this is one of the best means we have of
monitoring and improving our service and product knowledge. We want you and your friends to travel with
Hartley‟s Safaris the next time you are planning a holiday to Africa!

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