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Travel Trade Updates - Tourism News

   •  NEW!  Changes to Visa & Child Entry Permits to South Africa
     SOLO Travellers - We invite you to Explore the Garden Route
     Cape Town Halal Tour now goes to the Garden Route
     Why the Garden Route is fast becoming the Adventure Capital of South Africa
     Great White Shark Cage Diving & Scuba Diving Tours in Cape Town & Zululand
     Six new Routes designed for the Self Drive Traveller
     Cape Town - Garden Route  Adventure Tour

NEW ! Affordable Garden Route Tour  
NEW ! Affordable Kruger Park Tour  
NEW ! Affordable Cape Town Tour  



New Regulations for Parents Travelling with Children To South Africa

There has been much confusion surrounding the amendments to the unabridged birth certificate (UBC) requirements for visitors coming to South Africa from abroad, as gazetted on November 30, and coming into effect on 1 December  2018. However, Iata has accepted these new regulations and has confirmed this in writing with the Department of Home Affairs. Iata has further confirmed that the amended regulations, which follow the practice of countries such as the UK and Canada, do remove the requirement for airlines to verify documentation of minor travellers.


Foreign minors – visa-exempt countries

Parents travelling with minors from visa-exempt countries will need the following documentation (Copies of original documents are sufficient and need not be certified).

Consent and authorisation in the form of a letter which needs not be notarised or be an affidavit. Children travelling with both parents need no extra documentation, however if there is a situation where the surname is different, carrying proof of parental relationship is advised.

In the event of a minor not travelling with both parents, but travelling with an adult, other documentation may be requested and it is strongly advised – this could be in the form of a birth certificate and other supporting documents such as a letter of consent, court orders or death certificate(s) as appropriate. A period of 24 hours is provided for to acquire such documents on arrival if they are requested and are not in the traveller’s possession.


Foreign minors – countries where visas are required

The requirements for children travelling with only one parent or another adult from countries that require visas have not changed. This means that they have to produce the documentation on application for a visa, and a copy of a birth certificate will be required when applying for any child visa

Should the adult(s) travelling with a child on a visa change from what was stated on the visa application due to unavoidable short-term circumstances, the travelling adult(s) are also advised to carry the same documentation as above (for visa-exempt travellers)

Child travellers and accompanying adults will only be stopped and asked questions, and possibly be required to provide additional documentation in exceptional cases where there may be grounds for suspicion or in ‘high-risk situations’.


Travel advice for trade and customers

Minor traveller documentation requirements are in line with international countries, including Canada and the UK.

If travelling with a child (under 18) and not the child’s parent, or may appear not to be the parent…it is recommended that one carries evidence of one’s relationship with the child and/or the reason why travelling with the child. This evidence could include copies of:

A birth or adoption certificate indicating relationship with the child

Divorce/marriage certificates if one is the parent but has a different surname to the child

A letter from the child’s parent/s giving authority for the child to travel with the adult and providing contact details if the guardian is not the parent.

Information courtesy of Travel News Update



Explore The Garden Route for SOLO Travellers

As Travel Trends change, so too must the tour operator make changes to meet the demands of the modern day traveller.

Explore South Africa  now offers a 4 Day Garden Route tour to travellers who are  wanting to holiday on their own. The chauffer drive tour begins and ends in George. Options getting to and from George include private transfers, seat in coach and flights from Cape Town, Durban  and Johannesburg. Accommodation is in 4 star Guest Houses.

Highlights include the Cango Caves, an Ostrich Ranch, Knysna, Natures Valley, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel bay. Activities include a visit to the indigenous forests, beaches, wine estates and much more.

View the tour itinerary and rates   HERE


Cape Town  &  Garden Route Halal Tour - 7 Days

The Cape is intricately connected to Muslim history and offers a wide variety of top Halal restaurants, accommodation and activities catering for families that abide by Islamic religious and lifestyle practices.

Accommodation is in three or four star Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily Beakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.

  • Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront  

  • Experience a Big Five Safari in an open 4X4 vehicles

  • Tour Oudtshoorn &  visit the Cango Caves &  Ostrich Ranch

  • Visit Knysna, Wilderness and Mossel Bay

See the detailed itinerary and rates click    HERE





Garden Route - Adventure Capital of S A

If you are an Outdoor Adventurer or Adrenaline Junkie then you had best head for South Africa's Garden Route. Where else can you go to one place to experience:

Great White Shark and Crocodile Cage Diving

Zip lines - Kayaks -Paddle Boards - E bikes - Paragliding

Bungy - Jumping from the highest platform in the world

Fishing, Golfing,  Scuba Diving, Mountain & Quad Biking

   See our detailed itinerary and rates: Click   HERE




Affordable Cape Town Tour  - 4 days

Enjoy four days exploring the exotic city of Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Wine-lands.

Highlights include:

   •   Accommodation in the heart of the Waterfront

   •  Table Mountain and Robben Island

   •  Cape of Good Hope and the African Penguin Colony

   •  Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour in the Cape Wine-lands

   •   Free Guided Walking tours of the Bo-Kaap & the Waterfront

   To see the full itinerary and rates click  Here




Explore The Garden Route - 4 Days

Enjoy four days exploring the Garden Route. Two nights are spent at the Knysna Waterfront and one  in Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the world.

Highlights Include: 

  •  The Cango Caves,  an Ostrich Ranch and Wine Tasting

  •  Visit  Knysna, Plettenberg Bay,  Natures Valley &  Wilderness

  •  Drive over mountain passes and explore the forests & lakes

  •  Take a boat cruise to Seal Island in Mossel Bay

  • See ancient giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees.

   To see the full itinerary and rates click  Here 



Affordable Kruger Park Tour - 4 Days

The Safari Camp is situated near Hoedspruit  or  Hazyview in the Greater Kruger Region.  Big 5 Game Drives in  open 4X4 safari vehicles  are conducted by experienced rangers.

Highlights Include:

  •  Enjoy 3 nights at a Private Game Lodge.

  •  Two Full Day game drives in the Kruger National Park.

  •  A Shuttle  offers transfers from JHBI Airport to the lodges.

   Affordable overnight accommodation  near the airport.

   To see the full itinerary and rates click  Here 






New Routes for  Self Drive Travellers

 Six new Routes for Self Drive Travellers have been introduced. The destinations are: The Limpopo, Winelands, Overberg (Whale Route), The Wild Coast, Drakensberg and Zululand.

Guests are able to design their own itinerary from a menu supplied. They pre-book a vehicle rental and accommodation. Explore South Africa will also supply a driver on request.

There is a minimum of three days for each tour. Vehicles can be collected at all major airports and cities. The vehicles have "Super Cover" insurance and unlimited Km. Guests may choose between three, four or five star accommodation and self-catering options are also available.

To see the full itinerary and rates click  Here






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