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Old 31-01-2018, 07:08 AM   #76
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if you're concerned about vaccinations, why don't you contact like the TTSH Travel Clinic. they would be able to advise you properly on vaccinations (better than most private GPs because they deal with these travel vaccination questions on a daily basis). And being a government hospital, it is cheaper than private clinics and probably carry fresher stock of vaccinations because of the higher turnaround.

I think the other gov hospitals also have travel clinics - you can google.
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Old 31-01-2018, 08:20 PM   #77
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www.cdc.gov

SGH travel clinic refer to this site
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:31 PM   #78
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I took vaccines (Hep A, Typhoid, Tetanus) including prescription for malaria pills at THVC (TTS travel clinic). It's best you visit travel clinics so they can make recommendations based on which areas you'll be visiting in SA

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Old 10-02-2018, 11:57 PM   #79
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Hi Guys,

I'll be going to South Africa for volunteering program, however i have pretty much concern on the entire trip, probably it's because this is my solo trip and i'll be away from Singapore for about 2 months.

Can you guys advise if any of you did vaccination before going to South Africa?
And whether it will affect us from going to any other country?
When I went, I didnt get vaccination. If its a volunteering program, they should be the best person to ask for advise regarding the area you're going to. Some places don't really have issues with diseases, while others might require greater prevention. Ultimately, find out the "risk factors" for the volunteers! Esp malaria, cause only some areas in South Africa are malaria zones, while some are malaria-free and so wont make sense to get malaria vaccination.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:38 PM   #80
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Am planning a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town in Oct. My friend in Johannesburg will host me. He said I should be good without the vaccinations if I'm going to these 2 places.

I have read thru this thread but have yet to do any proper research.

Should I fly or take the bus between Johannesburg and Cape Town? Is there any difference in doing either destination first? I'll be flying SQ. I'm thinking of Johannesburg first cos I can bring/pass my friend the stuff (I'm bringing from Sg as a nice gesture) instead of lugging them to CT first before Johannesburg. Other than that, I have no other concerns about doing which city first.

I'm not into wineries and/or safaris. My friend has suggested the elephant sanctuary though. Not into shopping either. I'm more of a scenery, trekking/hiking, history and culture person.

I've been told that Uber is safe in SA by my SA friend and friends who have been to SA. I'll probably rely on Uber in CT.

Any recommended number of days in each city? Won't mind stopping by the cities
(any recommendations?) between Johannesburg and Cape Town if I don't fly between these 2 cities.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:55 PM   #81
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How long do you intend to stay? I'm going this cny but my itinerary includes safari and Victoria Falls.

I would say at least a week for Cape Town. History culture more in Johannesburg from what I researched.. but I'm skipping it cause heard it's not very safe.

I would recommend flying btw the 2 cities because robbery is a legit concern..

Am planning a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town in Oct. My friend in Johannesburg will host me. He said I should be good without the vaccinations if I'm going to these 2 places.

I have read thru this thread but have yet to do any proper research.

Should I fly or take the bus between Johannesburg and Cape Town? Is there any difference in doing either destination first? I'll be flying SQ. I'm thinking of Johannesburg first cos I can bring/pass my friend the stuff (I'm bringing from Sg as a nice gesture) instead of lugging them to CT first before Johannesburg. Other than that, I have no other concerns about doing which city first.

I'm not into wineries and/or safaris. My friend has suggested the elephant sanctuary though. Not into shopping either. I'm more of a scenery, trekking/hiking, history and culture person.

I've been told that Uber is safe in SA by my SA friend and friends who have been to SA. I'll probably rely on Uber in CT.

Any recommended number of days in each city? Won't mind stopping by the cities
(any recommendations?) between Johannesburg and Cape Town if I don't fly between these 2 cities.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:46 PM   #82
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How long do you intend to stay? I'm going this cny but my itinerary includes safari and Victoria Falls.
How did you work Victoria Falls logistics? would you mind to share your opinion about VF one you are there in terms of weather, accommodation, accessibility of falls/etc?
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Old 13-02-2018, 07:42 AM   #83
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I booked a private tour and am just staying there for 2 days. I did some research there are local VF tours/guide who can take you around depending on your interest.

Yeap sure will share more when I'm there!

How did you work Victoria Falls logistics? would you mind to share your opinion about VF one you are there in terms of weather, accommodation, accessibility of falls/etc?
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Old 13-02-2018, 02:45 PM   #84
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I booked a private tour and am just staying there for 2 days. I did some research there are local VF tours/guide who can take you around depending on your interest.

Yeap sure will share more when I'm there!
Would you mind to share how much did it cost, what are flights (if they are part of the tour), what is included in the tour and so on?

Planning to do it in Dec and want to know what are costs/breakdowns.
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Old 13-02-2018, 03:53 PM   #85
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Will pm you

Would you mind to share how much did it cost, what are flights (if they are part of the tour), what is included in the tour and so on?

Planning to do it in Dec and want to know what are costs/breakdowns.
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Old 13-02-2018, 06:54 PM   #86
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I originally planned to visit Victoria Falls too during my visit to South Africa two years back. But in the end decided against it due to the distances. For Johannesburg, I too was concerned about safety so I took a guided tour there. Another option to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town is by train.
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Old 14-02-2018, 12:13 AM   #87
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Am planning a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town in Oct. My friend in Johannesburg will host me. He said I should be good without the vaccinations if I'm going to these 2 places.

I have read thru this thread but have yet to do any proper research.

Should I fly or take the bus between Johannesburg and Cape Town? Is there any difference in doing either destination first? I'll be flying SQ. I'm thinking of Johannesburg first cos I can bring/pass my friend the stuff (I'm bringing from Sg as a nice gesture) instead of lugging them to CT first before Johannesburg. Other than that, I have no other concerns about doing which city first.

I'm not into wineries and/or safaris. My friend has suggested the elephant sanctuary though. Not into shopping either. I'm more of a scenery, trekking/hiking, history and culture person.

I've been told that Uber is safe in SA by my SA friend and friends who have been to SA. I'll probably rely on Uber in CT.

Any recommended number of days in each city? Won't mind stopping by the cities
(any recommendations?) between Johannesburg and Cape Town if I don't fly between these 2 cities.
Its best to fly from Johburg to CT, cause in between nothing much/not very safe- mostly townships. In both cities, try not to stay out too late in shady neighbourhoods. You'll slowly see the homeless coming out in the night, and many of them will approach you (cause you obviously tourist).

I don't think there's a diff btw doing either first- it just means u take longer flight at the start or at the back. Since u meeting friend in johburg, my suggestion is go there first. Ur fren can show u around/share w u about SA, the culture, the food, what to look out for. So when you're alone in Cape Town u are q familiar w SA customs already.

Even if you're not very keen on safaris, at least try a day trip- kind of a MUST when visiting Africa- unless you've been on others in other parts of Africa.

Capetown, no questions asked. Table Mountain. For a scenery junkie, Table Mountain will definitely be your favourite. Spend afew more days exploring that scenic area.

Johburg- u can spend 3-4 days MAX (based on ur interests). Take a free walking tour for history and culture. Visit pretoria for history + township. Apartheid museum MUST visit for history junkies as well. Same goes for the UNESCO cradle of human kind - which is pretty much a fossil site. This place is more for educational/informational purpose tbh. There's casino in Johburg as well, but not sure if you're keen. Oh and my recommendation is to get a driver to drive u around, cause alot of stuff will be beyond the outskirts of Johburg. PM me if you want the contact of the driver i used previously!
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is Robben island worth going?

Its best to fly from Johburg to CT, cause in between nothing much/not very safe- mostly townships. In both cities, try not to stay out too late in shady neighbourhoods. You'll slowly see the homeless coming out in the night, and many of them will approach you (cause you obviously tourist).

I don't think there's a diff btw doing either first- it just means u take longer flight at the start or at the back. Since u meeting friend in johburg, my suggestion is go there first. Ur fren can show u around/share w u about SA, the culture, the food, what to look out for. So when you're alone in Cape Town u are q familiar w SA customs already.

Even if you're not very keen on safaris, at least try a day trip- kind of a MUST when visiting Africa- unless you've been on others in other parts of Africa.

Capetown, no questions asked. Table Mountain. For a scenery junkie, Table Mountain will definitely be your favourite. Spend afew more days exploring that scenic area.

Johburg- u can spend 3-4 days MAX (based on ur interests). Take a free walking tour for history and culture. Visit pretoria for history + township. Apartheid museum MUST visit for history junkies as well. Same goes for the UNESCO cradle of human kind - which is pretty much a fossil site. This place is more for educational/informational purpose tbh. There's casino in Johburg as well, but not sure if you're keen. Oh and my recommendation is to get a driver to drive u around, cause alot of stuff will be beyond the outskirts of Johburg. PM me if you want the contact of the driver i used previously!
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Old 14-02-2018, 12:07 PM   #89
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Its best to fly from Johburg to CT, cause in between nothing much/not very safe- mostly townships. In both cities, try not to stay out too late in shady neighbourhoods. You'll slowly see the homeless coming out in the night, and many of them will approach you (cause you obviously tourist).

I don't think there's a diff btw doing either first- it just means u take longer flight at the start or at the back. Since u meeting friend in johburg, my suggestion is go there first. Ur fren can show u around/share w u about SA, the culture, the food, what to look out for. So when you're alone in Cape Town u are q familiar w SA customs already.

Even if you're not very keen on safaris, at least try a day trip- kind of a MUST when visiting Africa- unless you've been on others in other parts of Africa.

Capetown, no questions asked. Table Mountain. For a scenery junkie, Table Mountain will definitely be your favourite. Spend afew more days exploring that scenic area.

Johburg- u can spend 3-4 days MAX (based on ur interests). Take a free walking tour for history and culture. Visit pretoria for history + township. Apartheid museum MUST visit for history junkies as well. Same goes for the UNESCO cradle of human kind - which is pretty much a fossil site. This place is more for educational/informational purpose tbh. There's casino in Johburg as well, but not sure if you're keen. Oh and my recommendation is to get a driver to drive u around, cause alot of stuff will be beyond the outskirts of Johburg. PM me if you want the contact of the driver i used previously!
Thanks! Not keen in casino. Friend will be showing me around so won't need a driver.

Btw, he gave me a recommendation for a tour agency. Anyone keen, pm me and I'll send the info.
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Old 14-02-2018, 02:58 PM   #90
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Anyone with experience with the waitlist (to JNB and CPT) on SQ biz class? The flights I want, be it in March, April and October, it's all on waitlist. Anyone know if these flights clear fast for the waitlist?
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