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Last updated 15th January 2017

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African Proverbs

“The clever cripple supports himself against the wall while dancing”

“The Axe forgets but not the tree”

“The man who wanted to gather too much honey was stung by the bees”

“He is so poor that he lacks everything; even sleep”

He who wants rain must put up with wind”







South Africa & Swaziland

 22 Days Land Only (4045) (SA)

SA Map



Kruger & Cape Town

11 Days Land Only (4023) (KC)


Pilanesberg National Park

1 Day Land Only

BAREFOOT SAFARIS & Adventure Tours

Discover the Africa of your dreams on a Barefoot Safaris Adventure

Established 1992

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Travel Advice for South Africa:


Situated at the southern edge of the African continent, South Africa is bounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides, with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland as its neighbors and Lesotho nestled in its center.


Full name: Republic of South Africa

Capital: Pretoria (administrative capital)

Population: 44 million

Geographic coordinates: 29 00 S, 24 00 E

Area: 1 219 912 sq. km / 471 010 sq. mi.

Time: +2 hours GMT


Climate and Seasonality:


South Africa enjoys a high number of clear, sunny days and despite regional differences, its climate is generally mild throughout the year. It is a relatively dry country with a mean annual rainfall of 502mm (19 in). The weather in South Africa is generally pleasant throughout the year – warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights. During our winter months however (May to September), it can get very cold at night and in the early morning, particularly when on safari. Summer in South Africa lasts from October until March, is warm to hot, with rainfall in the interior of the country.


What to pack:

Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses

Camera with waterproof/dustproof bag/cover

Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)

Malaria tablets (if applicable)

Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for winter


Download Packing list in PDF


Health and Safety:


South Africa is a stable democracy; however, it is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask your Barefoot guide or  Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.


Safaris camps in South Africa are situated in malaria-risk areas; please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarial. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.


Passports and Visa:


Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).


Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.



Banks and Foreign Exchange:


The currency unit is the Rand (ZAR), denoted by the symbol R, with 100 cents making up R1 (one Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureau de Change





There are 11 officially recognized languages, most of them indigenous to South Africa. English is one of these, and everywhere you go, you can expect to find people who speak and understand it. English is the language of the cities, of commerce and banking, of government and official documents. Road signs and official forms are in English. The President makes his speeches in English and at any hotel the service staff will speak English. All the Barefoot guides speak English.


Recommended Reading:


We recommend the following books specific to the South African region:

Wild About Cape Town - Duncan Butchart

Wild About the Lowveld - Duncan Butchart

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

Vanishing Cultures of South Africa - Peter Magubane

Mandela, The End of an Era - Charlene Smith

Scramble for Africa - Thomas Pakenham

Complete Book of Southern African Mammals - Gus Mills

Creatures of Habit, African Animal Behaviour - Peter Apps

Safari Companion - Richard D. Estes

This is South Africa - Peter Borchert

Thabo Mbeki, Life and Times - Adrian Hadland

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - Phil Hockey, Ian Sinclair and Warwick Tarboton

Behaviour Guide to African Mammals - Richard Estes

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Johan Marais, Graham Alexander

South Africa - The Bradt Travel Guide

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Steve Woodhall

Travellers' Wildlife Guide: Southern Africa - Warwick Tarboton, Chris & Tilde Stuart

Dragonflies of South Africa - Warwick and Michele Tarboton

Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa - Chris & Tilde Stuart









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