Travel is safe throughout these countries and one feels particularly safe in the rural areas.
In busy cosmopolitan areas one must heed caution when using ATM's and have a friend be on the lookout while you are withdrawing money and exercise caution as to how you carry your handbag/backpack! Keeping wallets and money in hidden pockets is advisable.
Clothing should be cool, light weight & quick drying. While on safari your clothing should be both neutral and solid in colour. The colours that disturb the animals are red, orange,white, bright blue and/or green.
THREE PRONG ROUNDED PIN ADAPTER is required for South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. It is advisable to have three adapters for charging cell phones, camera batteries and using for hairdryer or computer.
Zambia accepts the British adapter - THREE FLAT PIN adapter.
US Dollar; Purchase US funds from your local bank. Travelling from US you will need them for luggage carts ($4.00) per trolley. US funds are accepted in Zambia although they now prefer you purchase their new Kawacha currency while there.
You will require $50 US to purchase a Visa at the Immigration office upon entering Zambia.
SOUTH AFRICA RAND: - A good conversion of Rands to our dollar is about eight (8) rands per our Canadian dollar. Rands are best purchased from an ATM machine upon arriving although not at the airport as it is more expensive.
NAMIBIAN DOLLAR: - Namibian dollars are equivalent to South African rands although while in Namibia they prefer you use only Namibian dollars. When obtaining your Namibian dollars from the ATM you must consider withdrawing enough currency for incidentals along the way - water, bathroom privileges (they charge two N$ for use of public washrooms as well as tipping your guides for their service of excellence and leading you to those award winning photographs!
BOTSWANA - Pula is their currency but only used in Botswana. They do recognize and accept both South African rand and US dollars here. Pula are easily obtained at ATM's.
ZAMIBA - Zambia has just printed a new currency that now shows their Kwacha without all the zeros. They are promoting use of ONLY their new currency but will however accept US dollars and South African rands when bartering. It is best to travel with extra US funds for here or purchase their new Kwachas but their new currency is not accepted anywhere else.
This is the springtime for these countries: however the temperatures vary from one geographical area to another.
SOUTH AFRICA - Johannesburg is warm during the day (70F - 75 F or 20 - 24 C) during the daytime and cooler temperatures at night.
KRUGER area - Temperatures are warmer and more tropical than Johannesburg with evenings cooling off.
ZULULAND - Experience daytime warm temperatures with cooler air at night.
CAPE TOWN & AREA - Temperatures are cool during Sept/Oct ranging from 65 F (18 C) to 72 F (22 C) due to coastal waters and breezes from the ocean along with noticeable dampness.
NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA & ZAMIBIA - These countries are in close proximity to one another and experience dryer and hotter temperatures ranging from 86 F (30 C) - 104 F (40 C) with temperatures cooling slightly during the evening.
KALAHARI - Temperatures climb to mid 40's C - (115 F) and drop to near or below freezing at night!