Tips & Gratuities
Mtonga beach fishing camp guidance for tipping and gratuities.
We firmly believe that you have paid for your beach fishing holiday in South Africa in its entirety, however should you feel the level of service you received was exceptional by individual members of staff and wish to give a little extra.
Here is a rule of thumb guidance to tipping.
Sporting Agent: £100 per week.
Fishing camp host: Rand 1000
Gillie (fishing guide) : Rand 700
Chef: Rand 500
maid: Rand 200
All tips to be made in local currency only.
Note: camp host & Fishing Gillie may be one person.
Tip values per client, for the whole six day trip in total. (Not daily)
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Shorts and T-shirt with a hat a good pair of sunglasses sun-cream along with good footwear for cliff climbing along with flip-flops for day-to-day beach life.
There is a daily laundry service.
X 1 SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT
X 1 LONG SLEEVED SHIRT
X 2 SHORTS – LIGHT WEIGHT AND COOL
X 1 LONG LEG TROUSER – DENHAM OR COTTON
X 6 PAIRS OF SOCKS – light
X 1 PAIR WALKING BOOTS
X 1 PAIR OF FISHING GLOVES
X 1 FISHING HAT July, October & November
X 1 LIGHT WEIGHT JACKET
X 1 FISHING VEST
X 1 GOOD PAIR OF FISHING SUN GLASSES OR SIMILAR
X 1 SUN BLOCK FACTOR FIFTY OR SIMILAR & LIP BALM
The tented luxury beach accommodation is set on the cliff tops overlooking a beautiful sandy beach with a 50 m walk directly down onto southern African beach.
airport transfers & fishing transportation
Airport Transfers from Mthatha airport to Mtonga bay to the lodge £200 return per person.
Recommend transfers are two hours and ten minutes Mthata airport each way, ensuring you arrive in time for an evening fishing.
Food & Drink
Dining and evening entertainment
This tented camp has six full-time staff catering for your every need with breakfast lunch and evening meal all served with wines and beers and soft drinks.
The Free State in South Africa is free from vaccinations except for Covid 19.
What vaccines are needed for South Africa?
Once you are up to date on all your routine immunisations, you can begin to make a travel vaccination plan.
Depending on when you are planning to travel and the current vaccine recommendations your healthcare practitioner may advise you to receive the diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid vaccines. You might also consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis A, cholera, hepatitis B, rabies, and tuberculosis, depending upon where you will be travelling to and what kinds of activities you will be taking part in.
No yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling to South Africa from the UK, as South Africa is not a risk for this particular disease. However, you will need to be vaccinated and present your vaccination certificate if you are travelling into South Africa from a country within yellow fever risk zone.
Your travel health specialist may recommend any of the following vaccines after an individual risk assessment:
Hepatitis A is a viral infection that is spread in the faeces of an infected person. The relative risks of hepatitis A transmission will vary greatly in different parts of South Africa. Travellers to South Africa are most likely to contract hepatitis A by consuming contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Hepatitis A can cause flu-like symptoms, jaundice and swelling around the liver. Most people recover within a few months, but in some cases the infection can cause serious complications.
You can receive the hepatitis A vaccine on its own as a single injection, or in combination with the vaccine for typhoid (as a single injection).
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that is spread in infected droplets from coughs and sneezes. It can cause a fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing and, left untreated, can result in serious complications. Diphtheria is more common in poor, overcrowded areas.
Most travellers will receive the diphtheria vaccine as part of the diphtheria, polio & tetanus booster (provided they are up to date with their routine immunisations). This is administered as one injection.
Tetanus is a bacterial infection which can get into the body through open wounds, causing painful muscle spasms and stiffness. Tetanus bacteria are found in soil and animal manure, which means you, may be at risk if you plan to work with animals or in the natural environment whilst in South Africa.
The tetanus booster is usually administered as part of the diphtheria, polio & tetanus booster (unless the person in question has never received the tetanus vaccine, in which case a full course is needed).
The typhoid vaccine is often given in combination with the hepatitis A vaccine, but it can also be administered as a solo vaccine. You can receive the vaccine as an injection or in the form of three capsules which are swallowed.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread in the faeces (and sometimes the urine) of infected people. You may be at risk of typhoid fever if you consume contaminated food and water whilst in South Africa.
Other vaccinations for South Africa
The cholera vaccine is administered as a drink, not an injection, and is recommended for people who will be spending long periods of time in areas with poor sanitation and limited access to healthcare. Cholera is a bacterial infection spread in the faeces of an infected person; you can come into contact with cholera bacteria by consuming contaminated food or water.
The hepatitis B vaccine is administered as a course of three injections, and is recommended for people who may have unprotected sex, share needles or injecting equipment, get a tattoo or body piercing, or receive medical or dental treatment while travelling in South Africa. Hepatitis B is a viral infection affecting the liver that can lead to serious complications such as liver cancer. It is spread in the blood and bodily fluids of an infected person.
The rabies vaccine is administered as a course of three injections, and is recommended for people who may spend time with animals whilst in South Africa or be travelling remotely. Rabies is a serious viral infection that is spread through the scratches and bites of infected animals (usually dogs, but also monkeys, bats and cats). Rabies is nearly always fatal once the victim begins to display symptoms. To avoid infection, vaccination is strongly recommended. In the event that you get bitten or scratched, emergency treatment will still be needed but it is easier to administer.
The tuberculosis vaccine is administered as a single injection, and is recommended for health workers or children who will be spending long periods in South Africa. TB is a bacterial infection which is spread in infected droplets from coughs and sneezes. It’s a disease that attacks the lungs and leads to fatigue, weight loss, and blood to be coughed up.
Is yellow fever vaccine required for South Africa?
South Africa requires all travellers who are from an area where yellow fever is known to be present, to show officials a yellow fever vaccine certificate before entering the country. This certificate is formally known as an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis and should be given to you after you receive your single injection. This certificate is valid for life and must be given to you at least 10 days before the start of your trip.
Free State South Africa weather conditions and temperature’s for rock pigeon shooting in the Free State, Bloemfontein and surrounding districts.
Low Humidity: Making temperatures feel much cooler.
High Ultraviolet Index:
Care should to be taken when spending prolonged periods of time in the South African sun, factor 20 to factor 50 sunblock should be used at all. times, with caps and sunglasses to be worn.
March night-time temperatures 6° C to 16° C
March day-time temperatures 25° C to 32° C
Prolonged sunshine with very little cloud.
Expect light winds 3 – 6 mph
The old but spectacular thunderstorm is possible on occasions.
fishing tackle & bait
All fishing tackle required for beach angling is supplied at the tented camp along with any bait fish needed for you to have a magnificent shark fishing holiday.
– All prices are quoted in pounds sterling.
– £150 per person deposit is required at the time of booking plus the airport transfer fee of £200 per person will be required to confirm your booking. This is none refundable but transferable in exceptional circumstances.
– Balance must be paid at the lodge in South Africa before your departure from the South African Lodge.
– In the event of cancellation more than more 3 months before departure, the deposit will be refunded at a handling charge of 20%. In the event of cancellation less than 3 months before departure, monies will only be refunded if another hunter is found to take the booking.
The local currency is in Rand, and it is worthwhile changing up £100 from sterling into Rand at the airport for any tips and shopping excursions.
Full terms and conditions will be sent upon request.
Insurance and Liability
Guests are not covered by ‘Four Seasons shooting in South Africa’ insurance. You must ensure that you have suitable personal medical insurance and third-party liability insurance for the duration of the safari. (BASC Insurance covers you for 60 days per year for shooting abroad). Whilst we maintain all reasonable care for the safety of our clients and their property while on game bird shooting safari, we will accept no responsibility for cost incurred due to illness, accident, or loss of any nature. You can be assured, however, of our full assistance in the case of an unfortunate event. (Make sure you have travel and illness insurance).