- To travel to South Africa, mexican residents require a visa. For this you will need a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of the intended visit. Passports must contain at least one unused page (sometimes referred to as visa page). Payment of the prescribed fee, if applicable. A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act. Statement and/or documentation confirming purpose and duration of visit. You’ll also be required to provide two identity photographs and proof of financial means.
- You will need to provide a yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. The countries or parts of countries in the endemic zones in Africa and South America are considered to be infected. Travellers on scheduled flights originating outside infected areas, but who have transited infected areas and remained within the airport or adjacent town are exempt. A certificate is not insisted upon for infants under 1 year but they may be subject to surveillance.
- Victoria Falls and the National Parks remain unaffected by the turmoil in the rest of the country. It is advisable to restrict your travels to these areas - anywhere else would be distinctly risky and it is advisable to keep your political opinions to yourself.
- In Namibia, scenic flights are very much part of the Swakopmund scene and are easy to arrange. They can last from an hour to a whole day exploring the region with dramatic swoops over places like the Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon.
- South African seafood is legendary, and is best sampled at one of the West Coast’s open air restaurants - not much more than simple shelters on the beach. As well as mussels, fish stew, grilled fish and lobster, you may be offered pickled fish - a well-loved dish which you’ll also find in some traditional Cape Malay restaurants.
- There is nothing quite like the African bush, and no better place in the world for big game. For an absolutely typical game experience, you’ll need to visit the lowveld of the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West or KwaZulu-Natal provinces, where elephants lumber gracefully through the bush, and lions rest in the heat of the day after a long night’s hunting.
- From May to October the banks of the Chobe River, in Botswana located in the north of the Chobe National Park, reverberate to the sound of thousands of elephants seeking respite from the heat of the dry season, providing what is perhaps the most dramatic Botswana travel experience.
- Zimbabwe travel gives you the chance to walk on the wild side. Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site nestled on the forested banks and open grasslands of the Zambezi River, is one of the least developed (more natural) national parks in southern Africa.
Text: Amura ± Photo: South Africa Tourism, Patrick Monney