Frequently Asked Questions
South Africa may look far away on the map but it is really just a flight away from several of the world’s major cities. It is a technologically and socially advanced nation – in a landscape that’s out of this world!
Q1. When is the best time to visit South Africa?
South Africa is a great year-round destination. Temperatures range around 20 degrees celsius throughout the year. For whale watching best months to visit are June to October at Hermanus. Be sure to include a night at Hermanus if you are travelling between this time.
Q2. Does it requires a long visit to experience South Africa?
Although it would take several weeks to cover all of South Africa, there are many ways to experience the variety of the country in a brief visit. Nine days is a good starting point for shorter visits to South Africa, but even those visiting for a shorter period (or adding a few days of vacation to a business trip) can experience a taste of what the country has to offer.
Q3. Is there much to do in South Africa?
South Africa offers a wealth of activities- from action packed adventures and indulgent relaxation to family-friendly activities. Travellers can hike through forests, kayak in sparkling rivers, experience the local culture, sample boutique wines, visit exceptional museums and more…….
Q4. Is South Africa expensive?
Travellers from many parts of the world will find South Africa to be a good value for money destination.
Q5. What type of food can travellers expect?
South Africa food and wines are world-class. Fresh produce ensures high quality and the nation is renowned as a producer of premium wines. For those wanting Indian cuisine, there are Indian restaurants galore all across South Africa and ample vegetarian options too.
Q6. Can travellers drive in South Africa?
Cars, campervans and small campers that lie somewhere between the two are readily available for hire. The minimum hire age would vary from 21 to 25 and travellers who wish to hire a vehicle will need to produce an International Driver’s Permit or a valid driver’s licence (in English) from their home country. In South Africa you can drive on the same side of the road as in India and it is the best place to start a self drive holiday. Empty roads with turning landscapes and scenery, no parking hassles and road signs all along that will make it almost impossible for you to lose your way.
Q7. Where can you experience Adventure Sports in South Africa?
Adventure activities are found all over South Africa. The most famous is Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, which can be done as a day trip from Cape Town. There are other sports like River Rafting, Sky Diving, Mountain Climbing, Bungee Jumping etc.
Q8. Where can you see Wildlife other than Kruger?
If Kruger is too expensive, Shamwari in the Eastern Cape region is an excellent substitute where you can view a variety of wildlife.
NAMASTE TOURISM – FAQ’S
Q1. Why is a customized holiday better than travelling in a group?
a) You can set your own pace of travel and include the sights that you are seeing and exclude those that you wish to avoid.
b) Whilst travelling in a group , you are with strangers who you may meet for the first time and you are compelled to see all sights included and cannot increase or reduce the time at any location as you have to follow a fixed schedule.
Q2. What is the difference between SIC and private transfers?
a) SIC – Seat in Coach basis, where on arrival at your destination, you will be transferred to your hotel by a coach i.e. along with several other people in a group. There could be delays due to flight arrivals in your transfers.
b) Private Transfers, where you will be transferred to your hotel in your own vehicle without sharing the transport with anyone.
Q3. After reservation what type of confirmed documents will the customer receive?
a) You will receive a confirmed Travel Program which includes the itinerary with hotel details and our office/guide contact information along with the hotel vouchers.
b) You will also receive e-tickets if you are booking flights with us.
c) Any other tickets will be waiting at the hotel reception or will be given by our partners at the destination.
Q4. Is there any minimum number of days before travel to book with Namaste Tourism?
There should be a minimum 4 to 6 weeks before actual date of travel if you wish to book with us. For special events and peak seasons, it is recommended that you book atleast 3 to 6 months in advance to get the best deals on flights as well as accommodation. Last minute bookings are subject to availability and may also work out relatively expensive.
Q5. Does the company provide Visa and Airfare services?
Yes, we do help in Visa processing and airline ticket bookings as part of the tour programme.
Q6. Is there any amount of deposit that needs to be paid in order to book with Namaste Tourism?
A minimum of 30% deposit needs to be paid to initiate the booking process and once confirmed, the balance has to be paid immediately or as per our standard terms and conditions of booking. In case of events or peak season bookings,100% payment may be necessary at the time of booking.
Q7. Is there a possibility to customize my travel plan?
Yes, Namaste Tourism specializes in customized holidays and that is our USP.