Frequently Asked Questions
Below is the answers to our most common questions, if you need more info please contact us.
Passport & Visa Requirements?
You must be in possession of a full passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the date of proposed departure.
Visas are issued FREE for South Africa and will be issued to you when you arrive in South Africa.
You can also obtain a visa before travelling, from the South Africa consulate in your own country if there is one.
Currency & Changing Money?
Restaurants, bars and shops at the Aliwal Shoal, South Africa accept South African Rands [ZAR].
We accept payments in US Dollars, Euros, UK Pounds and South African Rands.
If you prefer to pay your bill by Credit Card a 5% charge to cover bank charges will be added to your bill.
Travelling with anyone under the age of 18-years old?
South Africa have recently changed the law on immigration when travelling with a child under 18-years old.
Please see the South African Home Affairs - NEW immigration regulations brochure >> click here
What happens if we miss a scuba dive?
If scuba diving is cancelled due to weather, you will receive a refund for the scuba dive.
If you are scheduled to do a dive and can't [due to hangover etc.] then you will lose the dive.
What should I bring?
The area is very casual, and generally the weather is very good
All you should need is shorts, t-shirts, trousers, shirts, costumes and a wind breaker.
Shoes or sneakers, sandals, suntan lotion, sunglasses. In winter a jacket, sweatshirt or sweaters are advisable.
You will also require personal items such as mosquito repellent, aspirin, decongestants, shampoo, toothpaste etc.
A warm water-proof jacket is also a good idea.
We provide towels for the rooms and pool but you may want to bring a towel for the beach.
We do have electrical adapters at the lodge that take UK & European plugs but it is generally better to get adapters prior to arrival.
What medical precautions should I take?
No compulsory vaccinations are required. Please contact your travel doctor for advice on what is recommended.
What are the average Summer [October to March] temperatures?
Daytime Temperature : 26C - 32C
Water Temperature : 23C - 25C
What are the average Winter [May to September] temperatures?
Daytime Temperature : 17C - 25C
Water Temperature : 19C - 22C
What are the general climate conditions?
September to November : Warm, dry & sometimes windy in the afternoon, sea conditions are calm in the morning.
December to February : Very warm and can be humid. Sea is calm in the morning becoming choppy & windy later.
March to May : Warm and we generally have very little wind. Sea conditions are usually calm.
June to August : Generally warm & dry. Sea conditions are generally calm.
What do the breakfasts consist of?
Your stay includes a breakfast consisting of muesli, yoghurt, fruit-salad, toast, cheese, jam, orange juice & tea or coffee.
Please advise if you have any special diet requirements before arriving.
Lunches & Dinners?
During your stay with us, you can enjoy lunch & dinner at the lodge as well as at some of the local restaurants.
Are tips required?
Tipping is optional, the normal amount is 10% at restaurants etc.
Tips for the staff are optional but they do appreciate any tips.
What is the situation with food & water?
Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. There is no reason why you should become ill but often the change in food and environment can cause illness. A combination of too much sun and alcohol can also cause problems. Bottled water is available at the lodge.
What time zone is South Africa in?
South Africa : GMT + 2 hours.
How much spending money do I need?
The only spending money you will require will be for lunch, dinner, drinks, souvenirs & tips etc.
Most places accept credit cards & there are ATM machines available.
It is advisable to carry some cash as credit cards can not be processed in the event of a power failure.
If you require any additional information, please contact us.