Safaris to
Africa

VISA PROCUREMENT

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Africa and that you have enough blank pages in your passport for all of the visas you require.

The majority of visas in Africa can be obtained at the border however it is essential that you check the visa requirements of every country you will be visiting with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date visa information before you travel. African countries are in a continual state of political flux and visa requirements can change overnight.

Kenya Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Kenya. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Kenya which can be obtained upon arrival, however we recommend obtaining your visa from your local Kenyan Embassy prior to departure.

If you’re a resident of the UK, we offer a handy Kenya visa service to save you this hassle. Our visa department will fill out the visa application forms for you to check, make sure that you provide the correct paperwork and stand in the queues for you.

For details on obtaining your Kenya visa through On The Go - click here

Tanzania Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for 3 months, upon arrival or in advance from the Tanzania embassy.

Malawi Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Malawi for up to 30 days.

Zambia Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zambia. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zambia which can be obtained upon arrival.

Zimbabwe Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Zimbabwe which can be obtained upon arrival or in advance from an embassy.

A new joint Zimbabwe/Zambia UNIVISA system was introduced in December 2014. This allows you to enter both countries using this dual visa, which is valid for 30 days.

Botswana Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Botswana for up to 30 days.

Namibia Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders, do not require a visa to visit Namibia for up to 90 days.

South Africa Visa Requirements

Most nationalities, including UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, do not require a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days.

Travelling to or through South Africa with Children

From 1 June 2015 parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa, or transiting in South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.'

Mozambique Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do not require a visa for Mozambique. Most other nationalities, including UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia do require a visa. Tourists are usually able to get a single-entry visa valid for 30 days on arrival. However, there have been reports of visitors being refused this service and being turned back from border posts and airports. We therefore highly recommend that you obtain your visa prior to travel, unless you do not have consular representation in your home country.

Countries without Mozambique consular representation include Australian, New Zealand and Canadian passport holders who are currentlyable to obtain a visa on the border but this may change. Alternatively a visa can be obtained from the Mozambique Embassy in Johannesburg which is open Monday – Friday. For more information please contact the embassy or visit: www.embamoc.co.za/visa-applications. You will need to arrive into Johannesburg a few days prior to your tour departure date in order to get the visa processed.

Mozambique visa regulations change frequently and without notice, so it is essential that all nationalities check the latest advice with the Mozambique embassy.

Madagascar Visa Requirements

All nationalities require an entry visa to visit Madagascar which can be obtained upon arrival. A 30-day tourist visa is free of charge at the airport on arrival. You will be asked for evidence of onward or return travel on arrival in Madagascar.

Uganda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders can get a visa, which is valid for 3 months (or 6 months for a multiple entry), upon arrival or in advance from an embassy.

Rwanda Visa Requirements

Most nationalities require a visa for Rwanda, including USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders.

In Rwanda the visa on arrival system has been replaced by an online visa that you need to apply for three days before arriving. If you are travelling on one of our Overland Camping Safaris your trip leader will advise if you will be gorilla trekking in Rwanda at the pre departure meeting and give instructions on how to apply for the visa. Payment is made at the border.

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