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Travel Information

         KwaZulu-Natal experiences sunshine all year round in a temperate, sub-tropical climate with warm to hot
         and humid summers and mild winters. Midday temperatures generally average between 20° to 30°C.
         Inland temperatures are generally mild but cooler at night. Spring and summer are the rainy seasons.
         Sea temperatures hover around the low 20s, and seldom drop below 19°C.

         Currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 and
         coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. (100 cents = R1). Most departmental stores, shops, hotels and restaurants
         accept international credit cards i.e. American  Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard. A foreign exchange
         service is available at all major banks. Banking hours: Weekdays 09h00 to 15h30, Saturdays 08h00 to
         12h00. 14% VAT is charged on most purchased goods and services. Foreign tourists are able to reclaim this
         money on their departure from the country.

         Health Care
         A network of well equipped state hospitals and clinics provides health care services throughout the province. In
         addition there are private hospitals and clinics in most towns and cities.

         Isolated cases of malaria occur in the low-lying areas of coastal Zululand and the Elephant Coast, especially as
         you get closer to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders. Consult a doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic for up-
         to-date advice.  KZN  Provincial Ambulance  Service: 10177 or Netcare 911 Private Ambulance:  082 911

         Personal Safety
         It  is advisable to take normal precautions when travelling in KwaZulu-Natal. Avoid ostentatious displays of cash,
         expensive  jewellery, cameras or other valuables, especially when in isolated areas or when walking in poorly lit
         streets. Keep certified copies of legal documents on you instead of the originals. When driving keep doors locked and
         windows closed, never pick up strangers, ask a police or traffic officer for directions if lost, and lock valuables
         in the boot. Durban Beach Patrol Tel: 031 368 4453. SA Police Emergency Line: 10111

         Marine Licences
         All sea life along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal is protected, and permits are required for fishing (surf and deep sea)
         or for removing crayfish, mussels, octopus, oysters, sea lice and mudprawns. Permits are obtainable from any post
         office, or from the KZN Nature Conservation Service offices. (Permits for mussels, mudprawns, sea lice, octopus and
         oysters are only obtainable from KZNCS offices.)  Crayfish season  is from 1st March to  31st October.

         Sea and Mountain Rescue Services
         The National Sea Rescue Institute is stationed at the Point Waterfront and offers a 24-hour service, including the
         recovery and rescue of seamen, recovery and assistance to yachtsmen, divers, fishermen and surfers. It also offers
         rescue services on inland dams and lakes. Emergencies Tel: 083 276 2766.

         Mountain Rescue Services is a 24-hour service for the whole of KZN.  It employs the helicopter from the SANDF
         15  Squadron, paramedics and members of the Mountain Rescue Club to perform rescues.
         Tel: 080 000 5133.

         Shark information
         Sharks Board —  Tel: 031-566 0400 • E-mail:  •

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