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Frequently asked questions

FAQs about World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023

Here are some questions we have been asked about the World Rowing Masters Regatta in 2023. If anything is not covered in these FAQs please email us at info@wrmr2023.africa.

South Africa is a safe country to travel in, however travelers should take the same precautions that they would in any major city. Don't wear expensive accessories or watches, and don't carry large sums of cash. Take particular care with your passport. For transport we suggest using Ubers and shuttle services, rather than walking or cycling.

Flight times vary depending on where you are coming from. Most flights are at night, so you climb on the plane, enjoy a book or a movie and before you know it, you wake up in beautiful South Africa. The flight is part of the fun!

We have done some research to get the flight times from several countries across the world. Of course, it all depends on your connecting flights, stop overs, airline changes at the time of your flight. This is the information we got on https://www.sa-venues.com/travel-times.htm

# From Country flight time to Johannesburg
(non-stop unless indicated otherwise)
1 UK (London) 11h25
2 Germany (München) 10h25
3 Switzerland (Zurich) 10h35
4 Netherlands (Amsterdam) 10h45
5 France (Paris) 10h35
6 Hong Kong 13h15
7 Australia (Perth) 10h50
8 Australia (Sydney) 13h55
9 USA (New York) 14h50
10 USA (Washington) 17h15 (1-stop)
11 Brazil (Sao Paulo) 08h40
12 Argentina (Buenos Aires) 09h45
13 Egypt (Cairo) 08h15
14 Kenya (Nairobi) 04h15
15 Namibia (Windhoek) 02h10

See all the details here: https://www.sa-venues.com/travel-times.htm . You can also find travel times for domestic flights.

We will be offering an official boat rental service. The official boat rental providers will be selected by World Rowing, and we expect several international boat manufacturers to bring fleets of boats to the regatta. We will also have local rowing fleets available for rental. The official boat rental providers will offer high quality boats at a range of price points based on the age and condition of the boat as well as the rental period. Keep an eye out for an announcement of our official boat suppliers in the second half of 2022.

In South Africa, we have a range of accommodation options from cozy safari lodges to comfortable city hotels. You can even camp at Roodeplaat, where you will be at the edge of Roodeplaat Dam and never far from the heart of the activities.

We are in talks with accommodation partners and will have options up on our website by June 2022. We are negotiating the best possible prices across all accommodation levels. Have a look here for a glimpse of accommodation options near Roodeplaat.

The organizing committee will have a welcome desk at OR Tambo International Airport where you will be met in person by a representative from the LOC. We will have a shuttle service running to the official hotels near the course and will be here to help you throughout the regatta. There will be regular shuttle services running between the official hotels and the regatta course to make getting to and from the course as convenient as possible. If you are staying in central Tshwane (Pretoria), Ubers are easily ordered as are official taxis. Our proposed shuttle service will be finalized closer to the regatta and will be found here – Getting around at WRMR 2023.

We use the South African Rand (ZAR). The conversion rates are extremely favourable for most countries. Credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs are available in the larger towns and cities. Make sure your cards are registered with your banks to be able to work here.

South Africa's financial services sector is advanced with a few large, financially strong banks and investment institutions, and a number of smaller banks. Many foreign banks and investment institutions have operations in South Africa.

Look at www.xe.com for your conversion rate.

We will create a Facebook page – Find a Rowing Partner for WRMR2023. You will enter your age, general fitness level, sculling or sweep oar preference, and boat class you would like to race in. Other athletes who are looking for the same thing will then respond. We will have the link to this on our website in early 2023.

We are working with one of our national providers to supply WIFI at the course. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport when you arrive in South Africa.

The price of a 1GB data bundle in South Africa at at January 2022 averaged R78.50 (€4.89, $5.33, £4.09) depending on the mobile network where it was purchased.

We are working with some travel partners to put together packages for after the racing. These should be launched on our website by May 2022. Apart from the popular safaris and wine tours, there are so many places to explore in South Africa – do a hike in the beautiful Drakensburg, drive down the Garden Route and taste Oysters in the charming town of Knysna, go cage diving with the Great White Sharks. Have a look here to get a taste of what you can explore in South Africa.

Yes, you can travel by yourself. We would recommend you read some of the travel guides around driving and safety. Ensure you rent a vehicle from a reputable car rental company. We will soon post tips for travelling in South Africa on our website. Sign up for our newsletter, so you'll know as soon as the article has been posted.

Roodeplaat Dam is in the municipal district of Tshwane and is part of the Greater Dinokeng area. This area offers many fascinating sights and experiences. Only 30 minutes away from the regatta is the Dinokeng Game Reserve – you can race in the morning and be on a game drive in the afternoon!

You could also stay at Roodeplaat and enjoy the vibe at the regatta. There will be lot of traditional South African entertainment, with some top South African bands and choirs booked to entertain you. Of course, South Africans love their beer and the beer tent will provide much entertainment.

Shuttles back to the hotels will be running until after the entertainment has finished.

We will set up a prearranged tours to keep the non-rowers entertained. The famous Anne van Dyk Cheetah Centre is a 40-minute drive away and you will be treated to a variety of animals including cheetah and wild dogs. Just over an hour away is the Cradle of Humankind where you can step back millions of years in time. Have a look at Things to see near Roodeplaat for the feast of activities your family can enjoy.

South Africa is on South African Standard Time, GMT +2. South Africa does not recognize daylight saving time.

Tap water is generally safe in South Africa, especially in larger cities. However, that water tends to be very rich in minerals and may take some time to get used to. It's recommended that you drink bottled water which is widely available.

You will need a valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your stay in South Africa; a valid visa, if required; sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses and a return or onward ticket. Have a look here for visa requirements for visitors to South Africa. We will provide you with a letter of invitation should you need it – just write to info@wrmr2023.africa to request it.

The regatta is being held from 21 September to 24 September. Spring is the best season to be visiting Gauteng – the weather is mild, there is hardly any wind and the summer storms have not yet started. The smell of jasmine is everywhere, and the jacaranda trees are just starting to blossom. Average temperature in September in Tshwane is a minimum of 12°C and a max of 27°C (source:NOAA.)

TSHWANE WEATHER
 

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We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful country. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll see how we can help.

World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023 in South Africa