Things to think about before you visit AFRICA!
This is absolutely 100% essential
! Emergency Health insurance as well as general
insurance travel cancellations and for loss or
theft of cameras and other personal items.
Tourist Visas must be obtained
from the nearest Embassy or High Commossion. You
should apply at least one month before you travel.
In some African countries Visas may be obtained
form port of entry but it is important to get
the proper advice before traveling.
All African countries have their
own official currency, but the US dollar is the
main international currency used by all Safari
Lodges & Hotels. We suggest carrying US Dollars
in cash and travelers cheques. As a tourist you
would be expected to use US Dollars. Banks will
exchange US Dollars, English Pound's, Euros and
SA Rand's for local currency which you will require
for souvenirs, tips and sundries. Credit cards
are accepted in many safari lodges, hotels &
shops - but not all so check with us before you
travel. Exchange rates change regularly but as
a guide line please visit: www.xe.com
Please check what medical requirements
are required to travel to your destination. Remember,
Malaria is rife throughout Africa and anti-malaria
medications are a MUST (We recommend 'MALARONE').
Bring insect repellant to keep away Tsetse flies
during the day (in some parks only) and mosquitoes
at night. Always bring plenty of sun cream, even
in the cool season the sun will burn. Also remember
that AIDS is prevalent in Central Africa and so
ALWAYS take precautions. Consult your Doctor before
you leave for further advise. Always ask if 'tap'
water is safe to drink - bottled water is widely
African Climate varies greatly
depending on season, location, altitude etc. Please
check what the weather is expected to be before
Wear neutral colours with a good
pair of light walking boots for game viewing.
A body belt for money and valuables is necessary
if you are visiting any towns. Most evenings are
spent around a camp fire or open air dinning with
candle light under the stars, so a light Jacket
or jumper is a good idea to keep the chill off
. Nocturnal game viewing drives in open vehicles,
especially in June / July can be very cold so
a warm jacket & trousers are needed. A shady
hat is also essential especially for children.
Away from the towns and certainly
in all camps & lodges, your personal belongings
are generally safe from theft - many tents do
not have locks anyway. All the camps, lodges and
hotels provide 'safe keeping' at reception. In
the towns, petty theft from street vendors &
hustlers is prevalent and obvious tourists are
targeted - so be alert at all times and by simply
taking sensible precautions, your trip will be
safer i.e. never move about alone, keep cameras
and valuables hidden etc.
Africa is between 1&3 hour
ahead of Central European Time and 7&9 hours
ahead of Eastern USA time - other than that -
RELAX - there's no rush in Africa !!!
The Telephone system in the main
towns are generally very reliable. In the Bush
communications are normally by SAT phone or radio,
Email is available almost anywhere - even in the
bush ! Airmail letters & postcards tend to
be very slow reaching their destination so stick
to email !
The law in different African
countries varries but is generaly based on 'Britlish
Law' with minor alterations. Criminal & Court
proceedings are similar in most ways - the rule
is - if its against the Law in the UK the same
applies in Africa no matter what people may say;
the use of ANY & ALL drugs are against the
law. DO NOT BREAK THE LAW in Africa - its not
much fun as African Prisons are not very comfortable
! Do NOT accept items from anyone to carry back
to the UK. If you are unsure about anything -
ask your Guide or Safari Company Representative.
Any Questions ?
Please feel free to Contact
Us if you have any queries