Your Freewalker Guide will be waiting at arrivals to meet you and take you to your accommodation. Your Guide will be with you for duration of your Freewalker tour and make sure that you depart safely.
It is customary to include a 10% – 15% tip at restaurants and a 10% tip to adventure guides at various activities. Your Freewalker Guide, who will be with you from arrival to departure and ensure that the tour runs smoothly works on between $50 – $100 per day, although that is entirely up to you.
You will be required to declare all foreign currency when entering/exiting South Africa, therefore we advise that you only exchange money needed for the tours. Money can be exchanged at most airports, banks, shopping centers and even hotels and lodges. The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. Rands should be used for meals and spending money, as well as adventure activities and tipping, although it is easy to use your credit card at almost any place.
All major credit cards, including Visa, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, are accepted at most hotels, shops, restaurants and activities. Proof of identification may be requested in some instances and it is useful to carry a passport or some copied proof of identification.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout South Africa, except in some rural areas. Bottled water is available everywhere for those who prefer.
Yellow fever shots and certificate are required to enter South Africa if you traveled through the yellow fever belt. If special medication is rewired please have enough to last the duration of the tour. You should also consult your doctor for the best medication if you will be traveling through malaria areas in South Africa. If you do experience any symptoms of tick bite or malaria, consult your doctor immediately. In the summer months you will need to check for ticks if you enter safari areas. Tick bite fever is a serious problem if contracted.
The Western Cape to Eastern Cape, along the Garden route is completely malaria free. If families extend their tour towards certain parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Kruger National Park, then malaria precautions should be taken. Big 5 safari options in the Eastern Cape are malaria free and would be a good way to travel from Cape Town to Safari with the family or Group.
It is advisable to take out adequate travel insurance before departure. Freewalker is a fully insured company.
South Africa is a great family destination and has activities for children of all ages and an incredible variety of family activities. Our family tours usually begin or end in Cape Town and follow the World famous Garden Route. The Garden Route is renowned for having numerous towns along the way with activities such as Whale watching safaris, Great White Shark cage diving, tree top and waterfall ziplining, river cruises, Table Mountain cable car, paragliding, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, coastal hikes, sight-seeing, wine tastings and tours, cultural activities, historical sites, scenic drives and plenty more. We have traveled with families with 3 generations before and it has all been a trip of a life time. Families will be given a list of activities to choose from when inquiring about the tour.
Summer runs from October to April with days being sunny and plentiful. Winters run between May to August, but temperatures are still good. The majority of our American family tours take place in our winter months as it is quiet season here but the weather is still good enough to get out there each day. Throughout the summer months we find the European travelers frequenting South Africa.
South Africa has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget, ranging from 5 star resort style options to family beach units. There is a huge selection of World renowned hotel groups and private hotels throughout the country, backed up by 4 star accommodation options that will not disappoint. A great number of family tours opt for the 4/5 star hotels and Safari Lodges, with many requesting beach accommodation in Whale season and in the summer period.