DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA
DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA

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Physical rating

Average: 2 (out of 3)

Moderate walking and may include light hiking and climbing up hills or stairs.

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved walkways, with some hills and stairs.

Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage.

EF Tours for Girl Scouts and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. 

If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Traveler Support Team.

Passport & visa

In order to enter South Africa, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.

There is no visa required for U.S.  citizens traveling to South Africa.

If you are not a U.S.  citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

If you are or will be accompanied by a minor (under the age of 18), additional documents will be required to travel to South Africa. Visit our Help Center for detailed information. 

Baggage allowance

We highly recommend that travelers do not check a bag due to storage limitations, airline fees and lost luggage. We suggest one carry-on suitcase and one personal item.

Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. 

Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.

Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers are best for walking during the day.

Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.

Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.

Insect repellent and binoculars are highly recommended.

Health

At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov.

Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage.

If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.

If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify EF Tours for Girl Scouts at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Traveler Support Team.

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinners are included on tour and are pre-set with some local traditional food - don't worry picky eaters, there will be some familar options too. 

If you want to be adventurous for lunch try some authentic staples.

You’ll find that most cuisine in South Africa reflects the region’s British, German, and Dutch colonial periods as well as Afrikaner influences. High-quality meats, vegetables, and fruits are sourced from the surrounding area’s farmland.

Electricity & air conditioning

South Africa operates on 220–240 volts and uses a Type M plug with two small round pins and one larger round pin.

We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). South Africa does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

From November through March, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm on tour. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

You will use the South African rand on this tour.

You may be able to purchase South African rand in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex.

ATMs are not readily available in more rural areas.

Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).

Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

It's customary to offer your drivers and your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3 USD per person per day for your drivers.

If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD per local guide. 
Tips can only be paid in cash.

Girl-led opportunities

There are plenty of ways that girls can take the lead throughout their experience before, during, and after their tour. Here are a few examples below, many of which could help them earn a badge as well:

Before tour:

  • Lead pre-departure meetings
  • Organize activities to earn money
  • Do destination research
  • Learn the local language
  • Cook local cuisine

During tour:

  • Navigate public transportation
  • Speak the local language
  • Lead others during free time
  • Initiate friendships with the other girls on tour who they don't know
  • Get to know a local

After tour:

  • Take action in the community in regards to something learned on the tour
  • Continue to study something learned on the tour
  • Present experiences from tour to others
  • Research or apply for volunteer opportunities abroad