Essential South Africa Travel Tips for First Timers

Travelling to South Africa for the first time can be slightly daunting, but with the right travel tips you’ll be well on your way to having an amazing time. You’re already itching to get started, so I won’t drag out an intro. Take a look at these travel tips:

Take Proof if Travelling With a Child

If you’re going to South Africa with a child, you’re going to need to take some documentation with you as a precaution. You’ll usually need to take their full birth certificate, and proof that they are your child if you’re the only parent travelling.

Be Street Smart

Like most cities in the world, many of the crimes in South Africa occur around the airport – think of the movie ‘Taken 1’. You need to be street smart and vigilant. Keep your wits about you when getting into a vehicle and traveling to your final destination.

Don’t Forget The Essentials

South Africa will require a few essentials if you want to make sure you’re comfortable during your stay. If you’re planning to do some of South Africa’s scenic hikes or are going on safari in the bush, take some comfy walking boots, bug spray, sunscreen, and at least a small first aid kit.

Shop Around for Flights

If you want to get the best deals on flights, you need to shop around. It isn’t hard to find affordable flights in SA, providing you put in the groundwork.

Plan Your Itinerary

There are so many places in South Africa you could go, so be sure to plan your itinerary ahead of time. Have a vague idea of where you’d like to visit and when, so that you can prepare for a safe and fun trip.

Wilrowpark, Johannesburgpicture source

Take Out Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an essential regardless of where you go, and is a good idea to do so in South Africa. Prepare for anything that could go wrong, be it natural disaster, a flight cancellation, or something else. You can’t stop these things from happening, but you can ensure that you aren’t left out of pocket by getting appropriate cover.

Have Some Blank Pages in Your Passport

You must have some blank pages left over in your passport to travel to South Africa. Double check this before you leave so you can get into the country. Also, ensure that your passport isn’t anywhere close to being out of date. I once heard of someone who was nearly denied entry for having passport that wasn’t in good condition, so look after yours.

South Africa is a beautiful, diverse country with so much to offer from beach holidays, mountain getaways, safari expeditions and exploring desert landscapes. Keep these tips in mind so that you don’t have any unnecessary hick-ups and can make the most of your time in beautiful, captivating South Africa.

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2 Responses to Essential South Africa Travel Tips for First Timers

  1. Great tips! I had no idea you’d have to bring proof for your children, not that I have any, but still :D.

    I can’t wait to go to South Africa!
    Thanks for sharing!

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