- Overland transport nationally in South Africa for the duration of the tour
- All accommodations for the duration of your tour
- Entrance fees into National Parks we visit on the tour throughout South Africa.
- Registered and accredited tour operators/drivers
- A couple of day trips, a meal or two and a few surprises
- Activities – (we visit so many different places and people wanna do different things on their holiday. By not including activities you get to choose the ones you want to do so everyone can personalize their own trip).
- International money transfer costs.
- Personal transport to non group-related daytrips/activities.
We will travel in a car, minivan or minibus that might have between 5 – 20 seats, depending on the size of the group – roadtrippin’ style. In this way we can alter our route if we pick up on any cool events while we travel.
Naturally, because we are traveling as a group we cannot change things for every individual on the tour. The Kilometer Zero tour has been put together as a road trip, so if there are places or things you want to see, even if it is not entirely en-route, we will do our best to give every person the experience they want.
Banks and/or ATMs are available in practically every city, town or settlement. There are only a couple of places where we will spend time in secluded areas but we will inform you in advance so you can make necessary arrangements.
All decently sized towns in South Africa has a post office and our postal service is good and pretty reliable (albeit sometimes a little slow) if you need to send anything back home.
Internet is available pretty much everywhere we go. Most places have wi-fi but if not they will have computers you can use (sometimes free, sometimes for a fee). The internet in South Africa is still not as good as it could be but it is surely good enough and available frequently enough to get all those important internet fixes.
As doctors at Latitude 31, we only have the cure for boredom. We are not health-care professionals but we have gathered some information from the web so you can get a feel of how to start doing your own research before your arrival. (The reason we do it this way is because most people’s medical needs differ.) We definitely advise you to consult a travel clinic or your personal physician and make sure you have all the inoculations you might need before you arrive. Some vaccinations must be administered a few weeks before your departure so make sure you get to a clinic in good time.
We have really good private medical care in South Africa and you’ll find all the medicine you might need while you are travelling here.
“Malaria” is endemic in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and in Limpopo (including the Kruger Park and private game reserves which make these provinces so popular with travellers). We will be moving through the Kruger Park but people choose to deal with malaria medication in various different ways. Please consult a health-care professional prior to departure from your country for the latest advice on malaria prophylaxis as it changes regularly and you can choose the medication you will be most comfortable with.
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You are responsible for your own travel insurance and we will not allow for travel on one of our tours if you are not covered. Make sure you get good cover for medical and baggage insurance. The quality of medical care and hospitals vary quite a bit between public and private hospitals in South Africa. If you have good medical insurance you’ll be able to get private care if needed and more peace of mind for your journey. You get good policies that cover cancellations of flights and theft of documents as well as money. It is more expensive to take out full cover but might be worth your while if you find yourself in one of those situations.
Private medical care in South Africa is of a very high standard. We will travel to a few remote areas where the care would be further away but all the places we will stay have dealt with many different situations and they know the best ways to get to the closest and best medical facilities available to them. It is important to have medical travel insurance to make sure you can get the care you need wherever you might run into unplanned situations.
No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay. Including tax.
We understand that you may not have a printer handy when you’re traveling so it is not necessary to have a printed copy. However, we require that you show ID matching your reservation and also the Order # that is immediately emailed to you after you make your reservation.
Please contact us to get the latest information on your desired trip.
Paying for your trip is really easy. Booking can be done instantly, and directly on our site through our secure PayFast portal which accepts all major credit cards.
If you are unable or unwilling to pay with a credit card, please contact us for details on how to pay with international funds transfer and applicable SWIFT (a unique identification code for a particular bank) codes. If you are South African you can pay the money straight into our account. If you are from abroad you will have to use the account details and SWIFT Code. By using this code you can pay the money into our South African account. Most banks have this facility available online but if not you will have to go into your bank and make the payment.
The currency in South Africa is South African Rand (ZAR), abbreviated to “R” or “ZAR” when prices are shown (eg. R8,95 or ZAR8,95). One Rand consists of 100 cents.
If you want to convert from your currency to Rand, click here to check current rates.
This is a question that will have some different answers depending on the particular tour you signed up for and the time of the year you will be traveling. We will always be in contact with more information closer to your departure date to make sure you know just what to look for and what to pack. It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers. It is preferable to dress in layers as you will then be prepared for the various climates throughout the country. Try to wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable.
We suggest you travel with a backpack. You should pack all personal clothing and things you need to fill your experience (speaker, cards/games etc). Bring a day pack to keep things you often need easily accessible (camera, water bottle, extra warm clothing etc). If you forget something you can always purchase it in South Africa (bug-spray, toiletries, clothes.. pretty much everything)
Our minimum age is 18 and there is no maximum. Our tours do have high energy levels and some travelers have a feeling of being constantly ‘on-the-go’. It is therefore important for us to keep travelers of similar ability together and sometimes age does play a role. It is good to be aware of this and with custom trips eliminate a lot of these concerns.
If you hold a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) or a travel document for any one of the following listed countries / territories / international organisations, you will not need to apply for a visa before arriving at a South African port of entry if you intend to stay in the country for 90 days or less:
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- United Kingdom of Great Britain
- United States of America
If you hold a national passport (diplomatic, official or ordinary) or a travel document for the any one of the following listed countries / territories / international organizations, you will not need to apply for a visa before arriving at a South African port of entry if you intend to stay for a period of 30 days or less, or are in transit:
- Costa Rica
- Slovak Republic
Naturally, the visa information above is subject to change without notice, so if you are unsure, please contact your travel agent or visit the South African Home Affairs page for the latest information.
If the reservation is cancelled, cancellation fees will be due and payable according to the following –
- more than 45 days prior to arrival – 80% refund of the deposit paid;
- 30 to 45 days prior to arrival – 70% refund of the deposit paid; and
- less than 30 days prior to arrival – no refund.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary above, you will have the option for Latitude 31 to retain your deposit (“Lifetime Deposit”) for any future tours booked.
Please see our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.
This will usually be a personal and/or group decision (we won’t force you to do anything you don’t want to). We do sometimes hike in the rain and wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on an adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.