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SOUTH AFRICA


Background:
From the lush evergreen forests and rugged coastline of the Garden Route to the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Drakensberg and the savannah plains of the interior, South Africa well deserves the title "a World in One Country". South Africa is home to no fewer than six World Heritage Sites and boasts numerous game reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park , one of the largest and most highly-acclaimed wildlife reserves in the world. The Western Cape incorporates the fynbos biome, with a diversity of plants greater than anywhere else on earth (including the Amazon!), as well as numerous National Parks, some of which host Africa 's Big 5 mammals. An extremely rich natural and cultural heritage, combined with world-class facilities, make South Africa a prime touring destination.

When to visit:
The best time to visit South Africa varies according to whether most of your time will be spent in the south or the north/ east.

The most comfortable time to visit Kruger is during the winter months between April and September to avoid the summer rains and associated increase in mosquitoes. September and October are good months for birding and game viewing, however, due to the presence of summer migrants and many of the mammals have given birth.

The best time to visit Kwazulu-Natal is during spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). The summer is generally hot and extremely humid at the coast, although the scenery in summer is spectacularly green, due to regular thundershowers. The Drakensberg can be extremely cold in winter, especially at night, and snowfalls on the high peaks are common.

The Garden Route and Eastern Cape experience warm summers, and mild to cold winters. The region experiences all-year rainfall, keeping the area perennially green. The best time to visit is between September and April, when daytime and evening temperatures are warmer, although rain at any time of the year is possible.

Special precautions:
We strongly recommend taking anti-malaria prophylactics when visiting Kruger or Kwazulu Natal, especially during the summer months. The Western Cape , Garden Route and Eastern Cape are Malaria Free.

Visas:
There are no visa requirements for nationals from United Kingdom , United States or Canada visiting South Africa for tourist purposes for up to 3 months. Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure and must have at least one blank page for the entry stamp.

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CAPE TOWN

When to visit:
Cape Town experiences a Mediterranean climate, with cold wet winters and long dry summers. It is best to visit Cape Town during the summer months, between September and April, when you are most likely to enjoy clear skies and warm to hot days. From May to August, there can be numerous clear days with day time temperatures of over 20°C, but this time of year is unpredictable, and cold fronts with rain and strong winds can set in for up to a week at a time. So, if you are visiting Cape Town during winter, make sure to pack warm clothing and raincoat!

Special precautions:
There are no special precautions for visiting Cape Town . The area is malaria free.

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NAMIBIA

Background info:
Namibia is a diverse and fascinating country from both a landscape and cultural perspective, hence its nickname "the Land of Contrasts ". From the awe-inspiring dunes of the Namib Desert to the lush forests of the Caprivi, this country provides visitors with a combination of dramatic and varied scenery, excellent game-viewing and birdlife, and a remarkable diversity of culture - from the distinctly German settlements of Swakopmund and Windhoek to the unique cultures of the Ovahimba in the far north and the nomadic San of Bushmanland in the northeast. Namibia is also home to the world-famous Etosha Pan, which sports the Big 5 and some spectacular birdlife. Namibia is the ideal destination for any landscape or nature photographer!

When to visit:
The most comfortable time to visit Namibia is during the cooler winter months, between April and September. October is a good time for birding since most of the summer migrants are present. Although Namibia is an extremely dry country on the whole, rainfall in summer can be heavy, especially in the northern parts and Caprivi.

Special precautions:
We strongly recommend taking anti-malaria prophylactics when visiting northern Namibia , Caprivi, and Okavango , especially during the summer months.

Visas:
There are no visa requirements for nationals of United Kingdom , United States , Canada or South Africa visiting Namibia or Botswana for a period of less than 3 months.

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MADAGASCAR

Background:
Madagascar , known as "The Eighth Continent", is situated approximately 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa . This fascinating country is known for its unique fauna and flora, 80% of which are found nowhere else on earth! Most noteworthy of these are the lemur family, the carnivorous fossa , unusual reptiles, three bird families and numerous baobab species . The country also offers spectacular and diverse scenery - from rainforests, mountains and deserts to remote white beaches and islands, linked by pristine coral reefs and crystal waters. Much of the east coast and northern interior are tropical in climate, whereas the southern part of the continent experiences little rainfall, resulting in semi-desert. Our tours have been carefully designed, together with ground operators, to ensure an optimum nature experience whilst using the most upmarket and comfortable accommodation available. If you are looking for a wild and adventurous holiday, you should certainly consider Madagascar as your next destination.

When to visit:
The best time to visit Madagascar is between May and November, to avoid the cyclone season. Generally, the coastal areas are hotter and more humid than the interior, with the central plateau experiencing milder temperatures by comparison. Temperatures are more comfortable during the winter months - between May and September - and most rainfall in Madagascar occurs between November to March.

Special precautions:
Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required upon entry for passengers travelling from the African continent. We strongly recommend taking anti-malaria prophylactics when visiting Madagascar . Luggage restrictions of 20kg apply for domestic flights.

Visas:
All foreign visitors to Madagascar , including South Africans, require an entry visa. Visas for stays of less than 3 months may be obtained at the airport for a fee of €14/ U$15 or from the Madagascar Consulate General in South Africa for a fee of R200. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after departure date.

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