Fourways Places to Stay

Fourways Places to Stay

General Travel Information

Travel Insurance

It is essential to ensure you have adequate travel insurance when visiting Africa. Check your existing insurance policies before purchasing additional travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, lost luggage, medical expenses, or car rental insurance, as you are likely to have partial or complete coverage. Speak to your insurance broker or get further information or buy travel insurance at one of these popular insurers:

Make sure that any insurance you take out covers Cancellation and Curtailment (if you have to cancel or alter your plans) and Baggage & Money Insurance, particularly for photographic equipment and valuable items. If you anticipate an insurance claim upon your return, be sure to document as accurately as possible any accident, injury or loss. Doctor's notes and police reports will aid any claim.

Medical Insurance

It is essential to have full medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation cover for the period of time you are away. Although this is covered by various schemes, a more cost effective option may be available through your local travel agent. You need to ensure that Medical Insurance is structured specifically for travel to Africa and covers all the essential elements for emergency medical insurance, and is underwritten by an insurance giant.

South Africa offers a comprehensive health care service for minor as well as major incidents. Preferable is the private health care system for prompt and state of the art health care. Make sure that in case of illness the assurance benefit includes the return transport to your home country.

Vaccinations

The only vaccination that is compulsory is for those travellers arriving FROM a Yellow Fever area. Vaccinations are recommended (but not compulsory) for Typhoid and Hepatitis A. A Tetanus vaccination is also recommended. The table below is a guideline. Speak to a doctor first, as travellers have different requirements & concerns.Should you enter Malaria areas, such as the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, northern KwaZulu Natal and Zululand, the Northern and Eastern game parks eg Kruger Park, Malaria tablets are advised. Standard precautions like a good insect repellent particularly in the evening, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito nets help.

DiseaseRecommendationWhen to See the Doctor
Typhoid Vaccination recommended 10 days before travel
Hepatitis A Vaccination recommended 2 weeks before travel
Diphtheria Sometimes recommended 3 months before travel
Tuberculosis Sometimes recommended 3 months before travel
Hepatitis B Sometimes recommended 2 months before travel
Cholera Sometimes recommended 2 weeks before travel
Yellow Fever Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from aninfected area 10 days before travel

Travel Tips

Safety

Johannesburg is an international city and, as such, if you apply common sense precautions you should enjoy a safe stay. See the few safety tips mentioned below.

  • Carry travellers cheques rather than large amounts of cash. Do not countersign the cheques until you actually need to use them. Carry only what you need; keep most of your travellers cheques in the establishment safe. Separate cash from credit cards.
  • Make a note of your credit card numbers, the customer service numbers for issuing banks, etc. If your room is not fitted with a wall safe, put the note in a sealed envelope and ask the establishment owner to keep it for you.
  • Leave copies of your passport, visas and travellers cheques with someone reliable at home, as well as at the establishment you are residing at.
  • Drivers should be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving premises. Car doors should be locked at all times. Avoid the temptation to keep windows wide open in sunny weather.
  • Plan your travel route beforehand, so that you don't get lost in a less-safe part of town. Where possible, rely on local residents for transport. If you get lost, look for a shop or other open business, and ask for help.
  • Do not leave valuables in clear view of people on the side of the road. Articles such as cell phones and handbags left on seats are favoured targets of smash'n'grab thieves.
  • While dining in public places, do not leave purses on chairs, under tables or on the backs of chairs.
  • When parking at night choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Throughout the city, you will see street security guards, who will usually ask whether they can watch over your car and in return should be paid a small fee - anything from two rand upwards.
  • Avoid wearing visible jewellery or carrying cameras and bags over your shoulder. Keep cell phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.
  • Make sure that the areas you intend visiting are safe by asking the establishment owner or police for advice.
  • Use bank ATMs only in well-lit areas, for example shopping malls. Do not allow a stranger to assist you in your transactions.

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