Travelling and Visa Requirements
South Africa is a premier destination within Africa, with its first world infrastructure of roads and scheduled flights that make getting around easy. OR Thambo airport in Johannesburg is the gateway to the country, and from this airport connecting flights can be made easily to Cape Town, Durban or Port Elizabeth. Consult with PC Safaris as to the closest local airport for your travel requirements. Bear in mind when booking your safari, that you need to leave one day on either side of your actual hunting days for travel purposes.
Passports are required to travel to South Africa, but for the most part no Visas are required. However, should you wish to travel to another African country as part of your time with PC Safaris, Visas may well be required for those countries, and we ask you to ensure that you meet all these requirements as part of your travel arrangements.
Special Arrangements for all Children/Minors Under the Age of 18
The South African Department of Home Affairs has introduced new requirements from 1 June 2015 in that all under 18 travellers must travel with a full birth certificate with the child’s full name as printed on the passport, and both parents’ details need to be displayed on the certificate. In addition, passports of both parents are essential, and also a valid visa if required.
In case of only one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and an affidavit from the other parent registered on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart the Republic of South Africa with a child he or she is travelling with. In addition, a court order granting full parental responsibility to the parent travelling is required, with certified copies of both parents’ passports and a 24 hour telephone number.
Please be aware that all travellers under the age of 18 years not in possession of the required documentation will not be allowed to travel into and out of South Africa. We understand that these requirements do have the potential to cause travellers considerable inconvenience, and various organisations including PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of SA) are in discussions to try and reverse this decision, and the law that accompanies it. We hope in the meantime that you will understand our situation and persevere in your plans to join us on safari with your children under the age of 18.
We recommend a safari of 7 to 14 days, depending on which animals you are wanting to pursue. With a Big Five (dangerous game) hunt, a longer stay of 14 days is advisable. It is recommended that you contact PC Safaris and explain to us your vision for your hunt, and we will make the various options available to you for us to tailor a package to suit your needs. We know and love Africa and we look forward to the opportunity to share it with you.
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