South Africa has bustling cities like Cape Town and the Big Five wandering the Kruger National Park. Let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to South Africa so you can enjoy this incredibly eclectic country.
Customs: South Africa has strict border controls, and it is forbidden to bring almost all fruit, vegetables and meat products into the country. Check the SARS’s Customs website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £199.99!
Shipping times: 11 working days
Flights: Flights to South Africa take about 12 hours. Major gateways include Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.
Currency: South African Rand (R, ZAR)
Language: South Africa has eleven official languages with Afrikaans, English, and Ndebele the three most common.
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports are eligible for a free, 90-day visitor’s permit on arrival. If you intend to stay for longer or work in South Africa, you will need an alternative visa. Use the VFS Global website to find out which visa you require.
Time difference: GMT+2.
Packing for South Africa
If you’re travelling to South Africa for the summer, pack for intense heat. Suncream, sunglasses and a hat are all musts, and it’s also worth having some long-sleeved shirts to keep those arms covered from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget your swimming gear if you’re beach-bound, and check whether your accommodation provides beach towels – you may need to bring your own. Be prepared for rainfall in some regions too, particularly the Western Cape.
Last but not least, you might want to bring some sports gear to enjoy the Atlantic and Indian oceans. If you’re a keen surfer, shipping luggage to South Africa will help you ride the country’s world-famous waves on your own board.
Ship your bike to South Africa
Some of South Africa’s best mountain biking is in The Garden Route National Park, a stretch of southeastern coastline between the Western and Eastern capes. Here you’ll find the celebrated trails of Harkerville, Petrus-se-Brand, and Farleigh Mountain. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to South Africa at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to ride these superb trails on your own wheels. If you’re keen to try multiple trails in the region, ship your bike to the transport hub of George, and hire a car to get around – many trails are within 1 – 2 hours’ drive of the city. Alternatively, ship your bike to the Gauten region near Johannesburg, and explore the Thaba Trails.
Ship your skis to South Africa
There are two major ski resorts in South Africa. Matroosberg in the Hex River Mountains is the home of The Ski Club of South Africa, which was established back in 1930, and Tiffindell in the Amatole Mountains features the highest peak in the Cape Province, Ben McDhui. Afriski Mountain Resort is another alternative, found in the Kingdom of Lesotho it is open all year round. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to South Africa at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to enjoy these superb run on your own skis.
Ship your golfing gear to South Africa
South Africa has some exceptional golf courses showing off the scenic side of the country. Golf Pro Ernie Els’ designed course at Oubaai in the Garden Route National Park has Herold’s Bay as a backdrop and Leopard Creek sits on the banks of the Crocodile River overlooking Kruger National Park. Other courses of note include Montagu Golf Course, designed by Gary Player, the links course at Fancourt, and Durban Country Club, which is rated one of the top 100 courses in the world. Luggage Mule can ship your golf kit to South Africa at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to enjoy these outstanding golf courses with your own clubs.
What to ship home from South Africa
South Africa has a wine making history going all the way back to the 17th century, making it the oldest New World country. Styles of wine renowned from South Africa include Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah-Shiraz. The most famous regions are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Constantia and if you’re touring these regions or visiting vineyards in other areas of the country, don’t settle for bringing single bottles home – with a generous 30kg allowance, our luggage shipping service allows you to buy your favourite South Africa wine by the case and have it delivered to your door.
Other popular souvenirs to ship home from South Africa include cultural items such as wooden tribal carvings. Fashion fans will want to get their fill of shopping in Cape Town and Johannesburg, picking up designer brands and South African labels such as Momo and Margot Molyneux.