VAT (Value Added Tax) is currently at 14% and is included in the price of most goods, services and hotel accommodation. Foreign tourists qualify for a VAT refund on items purchased and taken out of the country upon departure. No VAT refund may be claimed on goods consumed or services rendered.
For further information, visit www.taxrefunds.co.za.
Tipping / Gratuities
Tipping / Gratuities are not included in the respective lodges' daily rates. Tipping is at the guest's discretion, and is dependent on individual levels of satisfaction. An average gratuity of 10% is the norm in South Africa.
South Africa's electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz
Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances. Adaptors can be purchased but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer.
South African standard Time is two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 2), one hour in advance of central European winter time and seven hours in advance of United States eastern standard time throughout the year. There are no time zone differences within the country.
The Sabi Sand Reserve falls within a Malaria area. Anti malarial prophylactics are highly recommended. Visitors are advised to consult their physician prior to travel for the most appropriate prophylactics.
Did you know that there are only 2 accounts of visitors to the reserve having contracted Malaria in the history of the Sabi Sand Reserve
Passports & Visas
For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa for vacation, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors to South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country, and in some cases, a visa.
To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department website at:
For South African missions abroad, visit
Cheque / Check Payments
Regretfully cheques are not usually accepted at the camps.
Most lodges accept Master Card, American Express, Diners Club and Visa.
One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Notes issued R200, R100, R50, R20, R10; coins R5, R2, R1, 50c 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, & 1c. Currency exchange rates are available at banks and published daily in the press.