Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day

Malagasy Proverb

Below are a few questions we get asked frequently… Scroll down and have a look and if you need to head back to camp, click on the menu button on the top left hand corner

Why do you not Advertise Rates?

Moriti is a very unique, specialised safari business… Our rates that we give to guests are different to the rates we advertise via online sites and because of that, you will always get our best rates because the safari will be tailor-made around your specific needs. Due to the privacy we provide, we do get other operators that will also shop on our website as well, something we discourage because they may start offering a product similar to ours in terms of price, but will never be the same and that will disadvantage you. The relationships that we have with our private lodges is very special to us and will always remain a secret to only but a few (psssst, that’s your cue!)

Requesting a quote from Moriti’s site will always result in a better rate for you, try us!

How Do I Pay You Safely?

We accept all major credit cards and utilise a payment option through a company called PayGenius. An email link will be sent to you which will open up to Moriti Private Safaris payment page on PayGenius’s site. All transaction fees are included in the price above, except if you choose to pay with Amex, in which case there will be a 2% fee plus VAT added on to the quoted rate. For your safety, this is the only option we offer for credit cards… Wire transfers or cash can be arranged. Wire transfers will only be allowed through a company called Exchange4Free as Moriti Private Safaris and its guides/owner do not have bank accounts anywhere else but in South Africa and prefer this option over a direct transfer to protect you, our valued guests. This can be arranged via written request if need be and do not incur any extra charges from our side

Visa Info?

There are many websites that have information regarding visas to the southern African countries we operate out of, namely South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana… The rules and regulations change constantly and we now do not trust these sites, even the reputable ones. As such, please contact your embassy directly to get the correct information at the time of your booking… This will ensure you get the correct info

Best Time For Me to Go?

This is from December-March and the average day time temperature peaks at around 34°C or 93°F. The area is very hot, often with amazing thunder showers! From mid-morning to mid-afternoon the animals often find cool spots making them difficult to spot. On the plus side, many antelope species have babies with them
This is from March-June and the average day time temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. Rainfall is at its highest, vegetation is at its thickest and it is still hot, although cooler in the evenings. Antelope species are now rutting (mating rituals) for the breeding season which is fascinating to watch
This is June-September and the average day time temperature peaks at around 25°C or 77°F. Great game viewing can be had in all over southern Africa! Days are mild and pleasant and the evenings are chilly. The vegetation is less thick and the game viewing is at its best around the permanent water sources
This is September-December and the average day time temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. By far the best time to do a safari. Many migrant birds return and the game congregate around the sweet grasses and permanent water

Travel?

You can choose to drive to and from the airport with your guide which is included in the rate or you can choose to fly to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, starting point for all the tours except the private safari where you can fly to Hoedspruit Airport. All tours, you can choose to fly back to Johannesburg via Hoedspruit Airport

This is perfect if you are not keen on the 4-7 hour drive from Johannesburg to the various starting points… Although, some have said their guides sparkling conversation skills and music choices are worth it (citation needed)

What to Pack?

Here is a list of what to bring on your safari…

• Hats, sunblock, insect repellent and sunglasses
• Swimming costume as our lodges have pools
• Cool, long clothes for the evenings around the fire
• Something warm for the game drive from May to September
• Camera and binoculars
• Flashlight
• Mammal and bird books
• Any electrical charges you may need (make sure they are compatible with South African plug points). We run on 220 volts
• Any medication you need

Health & Safety?

In Africa, things change constantly… As such, so do rules and regulations. Make sure you ask your doctor about vaccinations before coming to southern Africa
We have written a comprehensive blog post regarding malaria to keep you in the know. Please click here for more info
There are numerous snake species found in southern Africa, only 7 of which are regarded as deadly. You may be lucky enough to see them living their daily lives out in the bush… Please be aware though that these creatures are very scared of humans and if left alone, pose very little threat to you. If ever one gets too close for comfort, never lash out, that is what we are here for
Ticks are often seen in the summer months hanging off grass stems looking for a tasty animal to latch onto. We do encounter them on walks occasionally and suggest you bring insect repellent and wear long pants and boots on our walks

Tipping Info?

Tipping is a general practice in South Africa. A large number people in the tourism industry that serve you get a salary, but are encouraged to deliver a better service to increase their income from tipping

Here is some information on tipping in South Africa

  • In restaurants, 10% to 15% is the accepted tipping standard on the bill amount
  • Petrol attendants at gas stations – from R5 up
  • Porters at airports – between R5 and R10 per luggage
  • Hotel porters – between R10 to R20 per porter service
  • Rangers and trackers – between R200 to R300 or more per day for both
  • Site guides (e.g. a guide at an activity) – R100 per person
  • Guides – anything between R200 to R300 per day, but R300 is the norm

Please be aware that this is a guideline and you should never feel obliged to tip anyone… It is your discretion and thoughts on the service you have received that should govern your tips

Connectivity?

Most of the lodges that we stay at have got WiFi access, some may be slower than others (hey, it is the bush now)

If you would like to use a mobile phone while on safari and do not want to pay more than the actual safari itself on international roaming then we would suggest using a local sim card… They are very cheap and airtime and data is equally inexpensive. Your guide can take you to a local shop to buy one or Shaun can organise one to be given to you when you arrive. Please just make sure of the following:

  • Make sure you know the size of the sim card your phone uses
  • Make sure you have unlocked your phone as some phones do not allow other sim cards to be loaded