Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding travel to South Africa. Do I need vaccinations? What are the voltage requirements? What should I pack? And many others.

Air Travel (4)

Kulula airplane on runway

Here is a guide to help you estimate the length of time it will take when driving or flying within South Africa. For driving (van transfers) the time will be the same when you reverse “To” and “From”. The reverse time may vary by 5 – 10 minutes when flying. This guide is preceded by the days and times that you can expect our shuttles to operate.

Please note that every travel itinerary is unique. Be sure to confirm your specific details with your travel agent.
 
STANDARD SHUTTLE SCHEDULE    
 
SAFARI
Shuttle Pickup Times from Johannesburg Airport – Arrivals
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  (Flights arriving by 9:30 a.m.) – Shuttle departs around 11:00 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday (Flights arriving by 5:45 p.m.) – Shuttle departs around 7 p.m.
 
Seasons Resort Shuttle time to Johannesburg Airport – Flights to Victoria Falls or other early a.m. flights)
Wednesday 7 a.m.
 
Seasons Resort Shuttle time to Johannesburg Airport – All Evening Departures
Wednesday 2 p.m.
Note: Clients may use Seasons Resort facilities between checkout and shuttle departure time.

 

CAPE TOWN
Shuttle Pickup times from Cape Town Airport – Arrivals
Wednesday (Flights arriving by 10 a.m.) – Shuttle departs around 12 p.m.
Wednesday (Flights arriving by 5 p.m.) – Shuttle departs around 6 p.m.
 
Inverness Apartments Shuttle time to Cape Town Airport – Departures
Wednesday (Flights departing on or after 8:30 a.m.) – Shuttle departs around 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday (Flights departing on or after 1:30 p.m.) – Shuttle departs around 11 a.m.
Wednesday (Flights departing on or after 6 p.m.) – Shuttle departs around 4 p.m.
 
*Any arrival time outside of these flight times will require the purchase of a non-standard transfer.  
 

DRIVE TIMES*     

 

From Airport                    To Resort                                      Drive Time

Johannesburg                        Seasons Sport & Spa                        1 ½ hours
Johannesburg                        Dunkeld Country Estate                 3 hours
Cape Town                              Inverness Apartments                  45 minutes

From Resort                      To Resort                                     Drive Time

Seasons Sport & Spa             Dunkeld Country Estate                3 hours
Dunkeld Country Estate       Humala River Lodge                     3 hours
Humala River Lodge             Seasons Sport & Spa                      3 hours

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT TIMES*  
 
From Airport                To Airport                              Airline          Flight Time

Johannesburg                     Cape Town                                Kulula              2 hours 10 minutes
Lanseria                               Cape Town                                Kulula              1 hour 55 minutes

Johannesburg                     Livingstone (Victoria Falls)   Kulua               1 hour 40 minutes
Johannesburg                     Livingstone (Victoria Falls)   SA Airways     1 hour 40 minutes
Johannesburg                     Livingstone (Victoria Falls)   British Air       1 hour 45 minutes

*Times may vary slightly due to weather conditions and other variables

 
 
 

Victoria Falls

Yes, you do need a visa to enter Victoria Falls. No need to arrange your visa in advance, you may purchase it upon flight arrival. The cost is $50 USD per person. Please be prepared to pay cash and in small denominations; exact change is preferred.

Stacks of Suitcases

Please note that baggage allowances vary with airlines, and airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice. It is the responsibility of the guest to research and comply with luggage allowances for each airline on the flight itinerary.

Size and Weight Restrictions

International Flights
Carry-on bags must:
  • Not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height), or 115 cm.
  • Fit easily in our SizeCheck® unit (approximately 22″ x 14″ x 9″, or 56 x 36 x 23 cm).
  • Fit in an overhead bin or underneath the seat in front of you.
  • If your carry-on bag doesn’t meet these size restrictions it must be checked, and all checked baggage rules will apply.

To avoid extra charges for oversize or overweight baggage on international flights, your checked bag must:

  • Weigh 50 pounds (23 kg) or less.
  • Not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when you total length + width + height
Special Items
Each special item you’re checking counts as one bag. When checking in online, you don’t have to tell us what the special item is—only that you have one. An agent will determine any possible charges for your special item when you bring it to the baggage drop. Special Items Include:
  • Overweight bags – bags over 50 lbs.
  • Oversize bags – bags over 62 inches(when you total the length + width + height)
  • Infant and children items – stroller, child restraint seats
  • Assistive devices – wheelchair
  • Sports equipment – bicycle, bowling, fishing or ski equipment, parachute, surfboard, windsurf board, scuba tank
  • Musical instruments
  • Fragile/bulky items – saddle, antlers, Hawaiian pineapples, military duffle bags
Domestic Flights
For flights within South Africa, the weight limit for your checked bag is 44 pounds (20 kg).
Any additional checked bags will require a fee.
You may carry on 1 personal item plus 1 bag weighing up to 15 pounds (6.8 kg)

 

Categories: Air Travel, Packing

 

Passport and World Map

Do I need a visa to travel to South Africa?

A visa may or may not be required depending upon your country of citizenship:

USA / CANADA / AUSTRALIA

A visa is not required for stays in South Africa less than 90 days. However, proof of identity and proper documentation is required for all travel. Without proper identification and documentation, an airline can deny boarding and you may not be permitted to depart. Furthermore, without proper identification and documentation, you may be denied entry.

United States of America, Canadian and Australian Citizens require a valid passport to enter South Africa when visiting less than a 90-day period and holding proof of an onward ticket. The passport must be valid for more than six months after the intended return date to the USA, Canada or Australia. More than a 90-day visit will require a visa.

Your United States, Canadian or Australian passport must have a minimum of two completely blank pages labeled “visa” for the visa issuance by immigration offices upon arrival in South Africa. These two blank pages must face each other so the entry stamp can be placed on one page and the exit stamp on the page it faces.

No advance visa is required for United States, Canadian or Australian passport holders when traveling to South Africa for tourist purposes. Please note that immigration officers hold the right to deny entry to any traveler.

For a complete list of visa-exempt countries, CLICK HERE.

INDONESIA

A South African Visitor Visa application must be submitted prior to traveling to South Africa. A Visitor Visa in South Africa allows a non-visa exempt foreign national to visit the country for tourism purposes and needs to be applied for prior to arrival in South Africa. The Visitor Visa for South Africa also covers many subsets such as the long stay Visitor Visa, the Visitor Visa with spouse and Visitor Visa with children.

For more information regarding the Visitor Visa, CLICK HERE.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ALL TRAVELERS TO SOUTH AFRICA

If traveling with children under the age of 18, please note that in addition to their passport, immigration also requires the original unabridged birth certificate regardless of the relationship of the minor to the traveling companions. If the minor is traveling without both parents, a power of attorney is required. Please contact the consulate for all details prior to travel or visit the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Without proper documentation, entry will not be granted.

NOTE: If you are traveling to other countries in Southern Africa, additional blank pages are required.

For Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Zambia, you will require two more blank pages facing each other.

The visa fee for valid for entry into Zimbabwe and Zambia is US $50 per person, payable in cash upon arrival at immigration in Victoria Falls.

Please note: The charge card machines are not always operational. We recommend having the US $50 per person in cash prior to arrival.

Entry requirements can change without notice.

Please check with your local health clinic for any vaccinations required. No inoculations are required currently for entering South Africa from non-yellow fever countries. We recommend the malaria tablet while you are in the Kruger National Park; however, it is not mandatory. Please speak with a Doctor before taking any medication.

 

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