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Travel Tips

Following, is some useful information for travels in South Africa. The capital is Pretoria, which lies in the central Gauteng Province. South Africa has 9 provinces i.e. Limpopo Province, North-West Province, Gauteng, Free State Province (central), Mpumalanga (east), Kwazulu/Natal (east coast), Western Cape (south & west coast), Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. The highest rainfall occurs in the east of the country and the lowest in the north-west of the semi-desert Kalahari.

Average temperatures and rainfall
Temperatures start to rise in September and lower in April. Rainfall varies in the different regions.

Areas highlighted in yellow in the Climate table below, are the provinces visited during EcoLife's expeditions.

REGION Sept - Apr
Average Temp. range
May - Aug
Average Temp. range
Max. Min. Max. Min.
Far North 24-34 10-17 20-22 4-8 Dec-Feb
North 24-32 12-18 18-22 5-8 Oct-March
Central 23-31 5-15 17-20 -2-8 Dec-March
East Coast 25-32 16-20 23-25 12-14 Oct-May
North East 29-33 13-21 26-28 6-10 Sept-Apr
South West Coast 19-29> 9-16 18-20 7-9 May-Aug
North West 27-36 9-20 21-24 4-8 Jan-Apr

Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

Visa requirements: List of countries whose citizens are only required to obtain a holiday visa for a visit of 90 days or less when reporting to Immigration at OR Tambo International Airport - http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas

Luggage restriction: Please ensure that luggage will fit into a locker with the following dimensions - 16" (40cm) wide x 24" (60cm) high x 31" (75cm) deep

Medical travel advice: "The best prevention against malaria is always a good mosquito repellent". For other health information, please visit - http://www.southafrica.info/travel/advice/healthtips.htm

Kit List
(NB: pack warm clothes for expeditions between May and August
- it does get cold in winter this far south!)


Warm sleeping bag and pillow (important)
Mosquito Repellent
Binoculars, fold up are lighter to carry
Headlamp and strong flashlight
Windproof/waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece top
Sun hat with holes for ventilation
2 pairs of shorts
4 shirts zip off arms/t-shirts
3 pairs of long trousers zip off legs
1 pair hiking pants/ track pants
Hiking boots / comfortable walking shoes
Sport sandals or water shoes
Long underwear for pajamas
Sun block
Sunglasses with cord around neck
Watch or alarm clock
Camera and accessories
Wind up flashlight, no batteries needed
Bathing suit
Towel & 3 face cloths


Reading and writing material
Waterproof cover for backpacks


Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Credit or debit card (photocopies)

EcoLife Expeditions issue each traveller with a Dri-Mac jacket (windbreaker, not waterproof).

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