Disadvantages of traveling to South Africa
Of course, you must have your passport in force before traveling to South Africa, a document that must meet these two requirements: It must have an expiration date of at least 30 days after the date of departure from the country and have 2 blank pages.
Malaria treatment is advisable if you are going to visit risk areas, located in the northeast of the country, such as the Kruger Park. In the big cities there is no risk of being bitten by the mosquito that transmits the disease.
Being located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in South Africa are the opposite of those in Europe. Winter in South Africa, which runs from June to September, is dry and not too cold. This is the best time to enjoy the wildlife. The vegetation is less lush and the animals concentrate on the rivers to drink. In addition, the southern whale begins to reach the coast. It is also a good season for outdoor activities and sports.
The South African spring is from September to November. Temperatures rise during the day. It is a season that allows us to see beautiful landscapes full of flowers, such as those of the West Coast National Park, about 90 kilometers from Cape Town.
Please note: our clinics will remain closed while we develop new ways to help travelers. If you have a registration request or similar need, please contact us through our online form.
Due to its large number of ethnicities, there are 11 official languages in South Africa. It is the country with the most official languages in the world. It also has many different religions practiced throughout the country.
A valid passport is required to enter the country for at least 30 days following the scheduled period of stay. In all cases a business or tourist visa is required and must be obtained from Mexico. There are no visa procedures at South African ports of entry.
Mexican consular services help resolve any problems travelers may encounter, including passport services. Once in South Africa, the contact information for the Mexican Embassy is:
If you have any questions about traveling to South Africa or about the vaccinations you need for travel, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now to protect yourself.
Durban south africa dangerous
Surely you have heard that Johannesburg is a dangerous city and maybe if you are currently considering visiting South Africa, you are asking yourself a lot of questions. Before we go, we also wondered: is South Africa a dangerous country… to travel with a baby?
For anyone who thinks that we are somewhere between relatively irresponsible and extremely foolish, it must be said that since we are traveling parents, “we are afraid”. It’s unavoidable. If you are already afraid of your child falling on the swings in the square next to your house, imagine what it means to go to a city as “dangerous” (ahem) as Johannesburg or to go to a National Park like the Kruger… so full of animals, mosquitoes and various dangers. As an initial approach, we can’t deny that it is a bit scary, but we already learned in Colombia that everything is less complicated, dangerous and difficult than it seems.
But… since when does fear have to be a mandatory brake to stop doing something you want to do? Is it better to stay locked up at home to avoid dangers? Does that ensure that nothing happens to you 100%? What’s more… is it good “that nothing happens to you”?
How safe is it to travel to South Africa?
If you are organizing your trip to South Africa it is likely that, like us before our trip, you are asking yourself a lot of questions about whether South Africa is a dangerous destination. Today we tell you our experience and recommendations.
The first thing to tell you is that this feeling is totally normal. You only have to surf the web or read some of the news, for your fears about traveling to South Africa to surface. But, is South Africa a dangerous destination?
It is true that we cannot deny the obvious and South Africa is not an example of safety. But as with most destinations, it all depends on how and where you move. We know that the crime rate in some South African cities is high and that muggings and robberies are common. However, it is also true that the authorities are aware of this and that tourist areas are heavily guarded. This helps to gain confidence and security when you walk the streets.
After our Safari days in Kruguer Park, we returned to Cape Town. During our trip we had only one uncomfortable situation, and that was walking around the City Hall area of Cape Town. I forgot the recommendations and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get my camera out to take a picture of the city.