Important information for children under 18 travelling into South Africa

New amendments to the immigration Act of South Africa have passed government approval and are now going to be implemented as from 1 June 2015. If you travel with children younger than 18 years into South Africa, you need to carry certain documents with you..
Airlines will be forced to refuse travel to families not in possession of these documents and this regulation will apply at any entry point to South Africa, might this be an airport, a land or sea border. These regulations do not apply when you are in transit and not entering South Africa.

We give you two links below

1. Simplified version. New immigration regulations. requirements made easy
2. Detailed version. tells you all you need to know.

The Victoria Falls Airport, which includes the construction of a new 4 000 meter runway and a new international terminal building, designed to handle 1,2 million passengers per annum. Rehabilitation of the car park and the current runway is well on course. Estimated to cost 1.25 billion Yuan (US$202 million), the airport has financed a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

The refurbishment of the land side, that is, the widening of the airport road to Victoria Falls Town was completed. While the construction of the new runway is expected to be complete by April 2015.

Mana Pools is probably one of the only National Parks in Africa with dangerous big game that permits un-escorted walking. …. This is one of the unique experiences of this park and is listed as an exceptional resource. There have been several fatalities mainly through elephant and buffalo attacks, but considering the numbers of visitors who take part in this activity, the numbers are remarkably low.

Follow this interesting discussion with a statement of the Zambezi Society, discussing the recent move by National parks to disallow “unguided walks” in Mana Pools.

Recommended reading: The 5 Best Zimbabwe Tours and Experiences.

Nyati Travel listened to what we wanted from our first ever trip to Zimbabwe, made some excellent suggestions and great choices on our behalf. The 17 day trip went like clockwork. The driver provided, Cranius, was thoughtful and careful, and tried to make happen whatever we wanted to do! Even visiting a coal mine!
We started at Vic Falls, went to Chobe, then on to Hwange (Sable Sands and elephant tracking with Roy Aylward – ask for him by name …..all superb), then to Matopos and rhino tracking with Andy , (again ask for him by name). Then on to Great Zimbabwe, and finally to HIFA in Harare.
Nyati even booked tickets for the festival as soon as the festival programme came out.
Zimbabwe leaves us full of smiles, sunshine, colour, gentleness, grace. Not once did we feel uncomfortable or concerned.
It’s not a cheap destination, but tourism brings jobs for local people and we were always made to feel welcome wherever we went. If you have the chance to visit, don’t let it pass you by!

Ruth and John – United Kingdom