South Africa Removes PCR Test Requirement

PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to South Africa has been removed.

Maybe it’s time for that vacation?

We are excited to confirm that the South African Government has removed the requirement for FULLY VACCINATED travellers to South Africa to obtain a negative PCR test certificate to gain entry. SOUTH AFRICA IS FULLY OPEN TO VACCINATED TRAVELLERS.

Effective as of March 2022:

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement to scale down restrictions imposed when the coronavirus arrived in the country in March 2020, as new infection rates slowed and deaths are fewer. “Travellers entering South Africa will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours,” said Ramaphosa. Previously all travellers entering the country were required to produce a costly negative PCR test

This is a fantastic step towards renewed travel that is safe and revitalising.

Read on for a selection of beautiful safari camps to enjoy + special offers…

WHERE TO VISIT IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Have you been to South Africa? Or have you always dreamed of visiting?

Travellers, foodies, wine lovers, adventure seekers and photographers who come to South Africa are never disappointed.

* Better Safaris can create a wide range of BUDGET or LUXURY safari itineraries and operate directly with various safari camps across Africa. Speak to us today to start your journey and we’ll create the perfect vacation for you.

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATIONS

CAPE TOWN

South Africa’s “Mother City”. Cape Town is centered on City Bowl, the business district surrounded by the dramatic peaks and crags of three mountains that form a natural amphitheatre facing onto Table Bay, where Cape Town’s busy harbour borders on the Central Business District.

From flat-topped Table Mountain down to the blue waters of Table Bay, Cape Town is simply stunning, but the city doesn’t thrive by its looks alone. Proudly multicultural, its flourishing arts, dining, and nightlife scenes are proof of this modern metropolis’ creativity and innovative spirit. Travellers have the opportunity to visit nearby wineries and penguin colonies, as part of their wider travel itinerary.



OUR HOTEL RECOMMENDATION
Silo Hotel starting from US$ 995 per night, bed & breakfast

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife. Kruger National Park is both the first national park established in South Africa as well as the largest in the country. The park extends across an area of 7,523 square miles (19,458 sq km) making it the sixth-largest national park across the entire continent of Africa. Kruger is home to 147 species of large mammals, which is more than any other game reserve. Bird-lovers will also thrive in Kruger with approximately 517 species of birds found throughout the park. The black mamba, rock python, and crocodiles sit atop the 114 species of reptiles calling the national park home.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Jock Safari Lodge starting from US$ 719 per person per night, fully inclusive

GARDEN ROUTE

The Garden Route stretches along the South African coastline from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east—a distance of roughly 125 miles. You can drive your hire car from one end to the other in 2.5 hours, but most visitors prefer to spread the journey out over several days. This gives you time to explore the route’s many treasures along the way, from pristine beaches and patches of emerald forest to quaint seaside towns and rolling mountain ranges.

Visitors can set a town base and explore extraordinary scenery day by day before rewarding themselves with an evening of fine dining or perhaps an afternoon at a picturesque wine farm. With added advantage of several malaria-free nature wildlife and nature reserves and national parks to tack on a safari adventure, a trip to the Garden Route can be tailored to every need – families with small children and couples to solo travellers and adventure seekers.



OUR SAFARI LODGE RECOMMENDATION
Gondwana Private Game Reserve starting from US$ 295 per person per night, fully inclusive

KWA-ZULU NATAL

KwaZulu-Natal, formerly Natal, province of South Africa, occupying the south-eastern portion of the country. It is bounded to the north by Swaziland and Mozambique, to the east by the Indian Ocean, to the south by Eastern Cape province, to the west by Lesotho and Free State province, and to the northwest by Mpumalanga province. KwaZulu-Natal was made up of the old province of Natal, and the old homeland of KwaZulu. It also has a Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, based in Ulundi. Pietermaritzburg is now the capital city, and the main languages in KwaZulu Natal are Zulu, English and Afrikaans.

The Drankesberg is situated in KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu call the Drakensberg-range uKhahlamba, because it looks like a row of spears. There are many superstitious stories about spirits and monsters in the Berg (as it is called). In 1877, a newspaper in Bloemfontein wrote about a farmer and his son who said that they had seen a dragon fly over the mountains.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
AndBeyond Phinda Game Reserve starting from US$ 699 per night

DURBAN

Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa, in the province of KwaZulu Natal, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. The city lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which demarcates parts of Durban’s north city limit, while other sections of the river flow through the city itself. Durban has a natural harbour, Durban Harbour, which is the busiest port in South Africa and is the 4th-busiest in the Southern Hemisphere.

While the beaches are a top attraction, the museums, shopping, water sports, and wildlife adventures are equally worthwhile. Durban provides a great access point or stop off, on your way to the various parks and reserves of Kwa-Zulu Natal.



OUR HOTEL RECOMMENDATION
Beverly Hills Durban starting from US$ 225 per night, fully inclusive

SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by local landowners in the 1950s, and shares a border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Even though there is a 50 kilometre unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, wildlife in the Sabi Sands Reserve is well habituated resulting in extraordinary close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which adds further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.

There are several lodges to choose from in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so you can be sure to enjoy an exclusive experience guaranteeing an absolutely unforgettable time in the African bush!



OUR SAFARI LODGE RECOMMENDATION
Londolozi Private Game Reserve starting from US$ 1,275 per person per night, fully inclusive

KALAHARI

In Tswana, the word Kgala means “the great thirst.” Kgalagadi means “a waterless place,” and the Kalahari is just that. The majority of the Kalahari lies within the Northern Cape, South Africa’s most remote province. The Kalahari Desert is a vast 2.5-million square kilometres, covering most of Botswana and part of Namibia. In South Africa, the Kalahari is defined mainly by its distinctive red sand, even though only a small portion is classified as desert. The largest area is semi-desert, as it experiences wet and dry seasons. This semi-desert section is also sometimes referred to as the Green Kalahari.

At first glance, the Kalahari might seem harsh and imposing. But, delve a little deeper, and the curious traveller will be rewarded with a rare and unique beauty only made more stunning by the challenging surroundings, including lions, leopards and the endangered pangolin if you’re lucky.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Tswalu Kalahari starting from US$ 2,090 per person per night, fully inclusive

JOHANNESBURG

Commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, this is the vibrant heart of South Africa. Unstuffy with a lot to see and do, Johannesburg is awash with superb museums, mostly offering deep insight into South Africa’s past such as the Apartheid Museum. Johannesburg also acts as a gateway to safari destinations as Kruger, Sabi Sands, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and other areas around South Africa.



OUR HOTEL RECOMMENDATION
Morrells Country Boutique Hotel starting from US$ 95 per night, bed & breakfast

WINE REGION

Stellenbosch & Franchhoek: Picture Landscapes, Endless White Beaches, a Mild, Warm Climate, and a Delightful Cuisine Paired with Local Wines. South Africa wine country is a place where dreams come true for travel enthusiasts and wine lovers alike. The mountains, forests, coasts, and desserts are a pleasure for the eyes, while the wines are a delight for the palate.

The region is perfectly paired with a stay in Cape Town and nearby wildlife reserves such as Gondwana Game Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.



OUR HOTEL RECOMMENDATION
La Residence, Franschhoek starting from US$ 485 per night, bed & breakfast

TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA

No matter where you are travelling from, access to South Africa is as easy as ever, with regular daily flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg from major international airports. From here, travellers can connect to the various safari reserves, parks and cities around South Africa.

Better Safaris arrange everything from the time of you arriving in Africa to the time you fly home. We include in all of our safaris – local flights, meals, drinks, game drives and safari walks, park and conservation fees – we look after you all the way to a memorable, relaxing, yet thrilling adventure.

Yes. You can finally visit South Africa!

Plan your trip to South Africa today with Better Safaris.
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