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South Africa

Lovingly known as ‘the rainbow nation’ for the multiplicity of landscapes and peoples, South Africa, the epic country at the tip of an epic continent, fondly embraces its diversity. Its abundant wildlife and extra-ordinary national parks, its diverse culinary scene and picture-perfect vineyards, its vibrant nightlife and sun-kissed daylight hours, its overpoweringly beautiful thunder storms and startling starlit skies, its majestic mountain ranges and its 2798 km of conspicuous coastline… are probably unequally anywhere else in the world.

Apartheid is history, the future is being sculpted by all whom proudly call themselves South Africans. The welcome you will receive here is so warm it will melt away any resistance your mind may reserve and leave your heart yearning to linger longer and explore more. So, be sure to plan for a long trip or at the least to plan to return again and again, because you’ll need a lifetime to experience the wonders of South Africa.

From Kruger Park to Cape Town, hop on and enjoy the ride. Whatever you do... rewards are never-ending: stunning vistas, refreshing bays, soothing hot springs, blissful beaches, exhilarating activities and... lifetime friendships.

Hotels & Meals

South African culture is diverse; foods from many cultures are enjoyed by all and especially marketed to tourists who wish to sample the large variety of South African cuisine. In addition to food, music and dance feature prominently.

South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch,Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale. 

(Wikipedia)

Insurances

In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must.  Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover  and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single jurney or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.  

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from y

ou. 

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. All persons entering South Africa, with minors (-18 years) will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate for each child with affidavit attached and stamped by the South African Embassy or consulate.A certified copy is also accepted. The date of issue of these documents may not exceed 3 months. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
  • For Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland a visa is required. In Zimbabwe it costs 30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification; in Swaziland it is free for Belgians. Please verify the opening hours of the border posts. More info on diplomatie.belgium.be in Dutch or French
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. In Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), in Botswana & Swaziland anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

Malaria has recently been reported in some areas in the Limpopo province. Travellers heading to the Vaalwater area (Kololo Game Reserve) during our "Limpopo" Selfdrive are advised to adhere to the following set of precautions: the use of a DEET-based repellent spray, the use of long trousers and long sleeves as soon as twilight sets in and anti-malaria tablets. Inquire with your doctor. The problem cases are restricted to the Vaalwater region.

Time Zones

+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)



Currency

Currency

  • South African Rand; 1 EUR = 15,20 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.60 EUR (31/07/2018)

Betalingswijze

In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt). 

Climate

Average Temperatures in °C:

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cape Town 21 21 20 17 15 13 12 13 14 16 18 20
Johannesburg 20 20 18 16 13 10 11 13 16 17 18 19
Kruger NP 26 26 25 22 18 15 15 17 21 22 24 25
Victoria Falls 23 23 23 22 18 16 16 18 23 26 25 24
Botswana 21 26 25 24 21 17 13 13 17 21 23 25
Botswana (Gaborone) 26 25 24 21 17 14 14 17 21 24 25 25
Namibia (Windhoek) 28 27 26 25 22 20 20 22 26 27 29 30

 

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