BAGGAGE CHECK LIST
  • Clothing recommendations: Swimming wear, trekking shoes, sandals, cotton trousers and/or skirts; shirts and/or blouses; T-shirts and/or polo shirts, warm jacket (Goretex), sweater, hat or base-cap, socks, underwear

After sunset it is advisable to wear light-coloured long trousers and blouses / shirts with long sleeves and socks to protect against mosquito bites. Unprotected skin should be treated with an insect repellent.

  • Hygiene recommendations: sun lotion, tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, nail kit, razor, cosmetics, skin treatment, paper tissues, toilet paper, plastic bags for soiled clothing, sewing kit
  • Additional recommendations: adaptor for electrical plugs, alarm clock, flashlight/torch, pen knife, umbrella, sunglasses, first aid kit (with prescribed medication), notebook, passport, driving license (national as well as international), currency (cash, credit card, bank card), flight-tickets, travel guide, map, insect repellent, binoculars, camera and films, batteries, battery charger.

Before commencing your trip it is advisable to make photocopies of your travel documents. These should be stored separately, e.g. in your suitcase. Please do write down your credit card number as well as the telephone number of the emergency service of your bank, so that you can cancel your card immediately, if necessary.
After a first round of packing it is advisable to check the weight of your luggage with the aim of reducing it. This recommendation is well-meant considering that you have to carry it more often than planned (even though porters are at hand), and that weight restrictions are implemented by airlines. Do not forget that souvenirs will be part of your luggage on the return flight! Please also consider your personal travel interests – in case you plan to concentrate on trekking, photography, diving and other sport activities. South African stores, especially in urban areas, can supply all your needs; however you should consider that your priority is enjoying your personal passions without complications.

BARGAINING

African as well as East Indian dealers are more than willing to negotiate prices!

BILHARCIOSIS

This tropical illness occurs in many lakes and rivers with the exception of mountain streams and pools. Please inform yourself beforehand and do not wade or wash - even a reservoir or a clear rivulet is not a guarantee! Worms which infiltrate the blood vessels are the causative agents and lead to infection of the digestive system as well as the urinary tract. In case of suspected infection - especially malaise and fatigue - a test can give you assurance and can exclude infection. If infection is present, a treatment with praziquantele is highly effective. Prior immunization is not possible.

BLACK LIST

This list has been published in numerous countries since 2005 and contains a listing of those airlines which did not comply with international safety regulations and have lost their operating licence.

See also following link: http://air-ban.europa.eu

BUSINESS HOURS

Shopping centres in larger towns have longer business hours during the week, often up until 9 p.m. Shops in smaller towns usually open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.  On Saturday shopping centres are usually open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., oftentimes longer - and in urban centres supermarkets are often open on Sunday morning as well.
Banks in larger cities are open during the week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Small branch offices often have shorter business hours and are closed on Saturdays. All banks are closed on Sunday or on national holidays. Specified central locations such as the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town or the Johannesburg International Airport have currency exchange offices which are open 24 hrs/day as well as 7 days/week. All major airports (e.g. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban) offer exchange facilities.