What is adventure travel?
If you are an adventurous traveler looking to immerse yourself in African wildlife and heritage, our camps and exploration tours are just what you need. During our tours you will see the beauty of the African landscape and enjoy the hospitality of the locals. You will also meet a great group of people who will join you in your tour groups. If your fitness level is excellent and you enjoy trekking through dense forests to see mountain gorillas and traveling long distances with nothing to see but endless landscapes, then an adventure tour is for you.
What is a typical day like?
Every day on an adventure trip will provide a new and exciting experience. You'll learn amazing things, how to cook delicious meals over an open fire, and how to camp if you haven't already.
What you can expect from a camping or overnight trip is an early morning wake-up call. You will enjoy the breathtaking view of the African sunrise while enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee. You get breakfast before you pack your bags at the camp or check out of your accommodation if you have chosen the Comfort Traveler package. We then depart on a group tour where you can see the best of nature that Africa has to offer.
On short travel days, we usually arrive at the campsite in the afternoon to enjoy lunch and a planned afternoon activity such as a hike or guided nature walk. You can choose to rest and spend a leisurely afternoon or participate in the planned activity such as a nature walk or a hike. A great aspect of short days is enjoying the sunset - a sight you will find memorable. When night falls, we sit together around the fire to enjoy a hearty dinner and good conversation.
We do our best to reach a scheduled destination on time. However, delays may occur. These delays may be caused by wet weather conditions or slow travel as we navigate difficult terrain. Your safety is our top priority, so when we delay travel time, we do so to ensure everyone's safety. Our land safari vehicles are comfortable and spacious with plenty of room for your luggage. All you need is a high level of stamina to tackle the long and often bumpy rides from place to place.
What kind of vehicles do we use?
During our tours we drive customized self-contained overland trucks. They are spacious, can accommodate your luggage and are safe to navigate rough and uneven terrain. Our vehicles have large glass windows and comfortable seats with good legroom. If we have to go through narrow terrain or on uneven roads, we use smaller 4×4 vehicles.
Distances and road conditions
We want you to enjoy Africa's beautiful natural environment, with nothing but blue skies, warmth and endless landscapes, while you holiday with us. We do this by covering long distances during our travels and often spending many hours on the road. You can count on traveling between 350 kilometers and 650 kilometers per day. Please note that we will primarily be driving on gravel or poor asphalt roads and these will ultimately set the pace.
Learn about our land vehicles, 4×4 safari vehicles, ferries, minibuses and mokoros
We have a range of safari vehicles to suit specific groups and tours. Our vehicles range from large country buses to 4×4 safari vehicles and minibuses.
For safety reasons, we ensure that our vehicles are regularly serviced at our workshops to minimize breakdowns along the way. We strive to avoid crashes at all costs; however, occasional errors may occur during travel.
Our overland trucks do not have air conditioning, but they do have windows that you can open for fresh air. Each seat in the vehicle has a UK/Kenya three-pin plug to charge your electronic devices.
We spend long hours on the road so when you book your trip we will give you the estimated time and distance for the trips we cover. This information will help you choose a trip that you would feel comfortable taking. Please note that wet conditions will increase travel time.
Travel with a group
We understand that group travel is exciting for some and scary for others. You can be sure that you will enjoy a country safari tour with travelers of different ages and nationalities. Think of it as expanding your social network to make it an unforgettable experience.
Please note that for privacy reasons we are unable to provide details of your party members prior to departure.
A group will have different personality types, preferences and needs, so remember to navigate social dynamics with respect and an open mind.
Be sure to arrive on time to start the day's itinerary. Punctuality respects your group members and tour staff and ensures that the tour runs as planned.
We design our group tours for shared accommodation, with no mandatory single supplement. Same-sex travelers will share accommodation, including double rooms or dormitories with multiple shared rooms. Accommodation on some of our group tours is booked on a shared gender basis. If you are not sure, ask your sales consultant for more information about accommodation on your chosen tour.
On some trips, you have the option of getting private accommodation by booking and paying a one-off supplement, if possible. The individual additional option only applies during the trip. We have booked a single room for your accommodation before and after your trip.
What about the kids on a trip?
The minimum age on our land tours is 18 years. We serve travelers between the ages of 12 and 17, depending on the tour, the length of the tour and the availability of the tour. Age limits for privately organized charter tours are also assessed based on the type of tour you choose and the route.
We offer family tours on selected tours, and these are best suited for children aged 12-17. The age limit for gorilla trekking is 16 years.
For the safety of all travelers, we do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment between or from travelers or involving our partners, crew or local residents.
We do not tolerate the use or possession of illegal drugs during our travels. We encourage you to drink responsibly if you choose to consume alcohol while traveling. Comply with local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
We strictly prohibit any sexual relationship between members of our tour staff and travelers.
We do not tolerate patronizing sex workers on our tours as this exploits vulnerable communities and undermines the development of sustainable tourism in Africa.
Please note that you agree to abide by these rules when you travel with us. The tour guide has the right to remove any member of the group for non-compliance with any of these rules without the right to a refund.
Inform the tour leader if you feel that a member of the group is misbehaving during a trip. You can also contact our emergency number listed in the "problems and emergency contacts" list.
We believe it is essential to minimize the negative impact of tourism on local communities and the environments we visit. We always seek to highlight positive aspects and contribute significantly to the communities and habitats with which we interact. You can find more information on how to be a responsible traveler on our website.
important travel tips
Note these important tourism tips:
- The itinerary can be changed during the trip, see the itinerary ONLY as a guideline.
- Each tour has a vibrant mix of people from different nationalities, heritages and ages.
- Make sure you have light luggage with you as space is limited in our trucks.
- We do the tours in a circular route, that is, where one tour ends, another begins.
- On these tours you don't get 5-star luxury - you get a living and working experience with basic needs.
- Most countries in Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Botswana, have banned plastic bags. Do not pack it with your luggage to avoid being fined by the authorities.
- If you book 45 days before your departure date, we need to confirm the availability of a gorilla permit.
- We can only offer a single supplement if it is available. Please contact your adviser if you have any questions about booking individual supplements.
- Cape Town's Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the facilities and shops at the top of the mountain, will be closed for maintenance from 8 July to 18 August 2019. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, you can do so by walking a path steep with a local guide. To organize this walking tour, please speak to your tour guide or book at the hotel reception.
Lack of water in Cape Town
Cape Town is facing water shortages due to a severe drought. The city government reduced the daily water quota to 50 litres. There is enough water for travelers' essential daily needs such as personal hygiene and use of the bathroom.
According to the city's guidelines, bathing time should not exceed 2 minutes, and the use of bathtubs is discouraged. Some hotels use seawater in their swimming pools, and restaurants have removed meals that require a lot of water during preparation from their menus.
Take the shortage into account when planning the laundry days in your itinerary. We recommend that you follow the water usage instructions from our local suppliers in the city.
INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM A CAMPING OR OVERNIGHT TRIP
If an African safari adventure to fully experience Mother Nature is high on your bucket list, then you should take a trip with us to enjoy a night's sleep under the stars while listening to the sounds of nature. Don't underestimate the strength and stamina you need for a camping safari - excellent physical fitness will keep you going.
Our camping safari is best suited for travelers who prefer to travel in a younger group aged 18-39. You can also choose to travel in a mixed group between 18 and 60 years of age. We will be happy to help you decide which tour is best for you to book.
During the tour, you stay in large two-person canvas tents that are spacious and can accommodate each person's luggage. You can also choose to have your own tent, including the individual supplement applicable at certain campsites.
The tour guide will teach you how to set up and take down your tent if you are not sure how to do it. All tents have a door and window for ventilation. They also have a mosquito net cover and a mosquito net for rain. A sleeping pad is included in most camping safaris, but please contact us to ensure it is included. Things to bring include; a sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
Campsites are simple and comfortable and you can upgrade your accommodation in most of the places we offer if this option is available. Some campsites have flushing and showering facilities, while others offer natural ablutions and temporary showers. A temporary shower is usually a garden hose that sprays cold water. It is also common that most toilets do not provide toilet paper.
Each route on the tour is different, so the type and range of accommodation will be dictated by the route. Some trails have a mix of campsites and game camps, while city and urban trails have hotels. When we live in towns and villages, we taste the local cuisine in the surrounding establishments.
Occasionally we spend the night at a hotel or campsite where there may be rooms or cabins available. In this case, you can choose between camping or upgrading to a room, but please note that a room cannot be reserved in advance. Room rates range from $60 to $120 per room per night for a double room. The standards of these rooms vary, so we recommend viewing the room before purchasing accommodation. The daily itinerary tells you when upgrades are possible. These updates are subject to availability. Please note that if we stay in dormitories, you will have to share these rooms with other travelers of the same sex.
Your tour team will do most of the work, including driving, cooking and making sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible. We ask you to help with the camp work. Tasks are assigned to group members based on a schedule that you and your tour guide create. These tasks include helping prepare food, run errands, wash dishes, set up camp and your tent, and clean the truck.
If you want extra comfort while experiencing the best of African wildlife, the overnight safari is for you. During these safaris, you can enjoy the surroundings of vast landscapes and the sight of wild animals roaming on your doorstep.
We use a range of accommodation options at each destination for these safaris, including hotels, lodges and permanent safari camps, as well as more basic accommodation such as bungalows, traditional huts or lodges.
If you are traveling as a couple, we reserve a double room for you. Single travelers receive single rooms including an individual supplement. We usually stay in the South African region in one to three star hotels with private bathrooms. Houses in this region are more established and comfortable. Accommodation in East Africa has private bathrooms and shared bathrooms. Housing in this region ranges from basic to affordable and convenient. Generally, accommodation options are limited due to the remote nature of our tours. This limitation means you can expect an authentic outback experience.
What should you eat on safari?
Our safari gives you the opportunity to get creative with food shopping and preparation. You can also learn how to cook delicious food over an open fire or on the gas stove that comes with the truck.
We stock our vehicles with dry goods at the start of each trip and purchase fresh fruit and vegetables daily during the trip. Fresh produce may not always be available during the hot summer months. During this period, we use creativity with what we have, such as replacing rice with potatoes.
Each camping trip and accommodation includes meals according to the itinerary. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you have the opportunity to taste the local cuisine at the available markets or restaurants. Tea is served with coffee and fruit juice at meals, and you can buy alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water in the campsite bar or in the local shops along the way.
We accommodate most dietary requirements, including allergies, vegetarians and lactose intolerance. Other requirements, such as gluten-free, can be more challenging on remote routes in destinations where starch is a staple. Please let us know your specific dietary requirements so we can advise you.
We prepared our meals over an open fire or on the gas stove in the country car. All kitchen utensils are provided including pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. We always maintain excellent hygiene standards when preparing food and washing kitchen utensils. The Turkish chef provides a separate sink with warm, soapy water so you can wash your hands before and after each meal.
For breakfast you can enjoy toast with spreadable cream, cereal or eggs, pancakes and tea and coffee. Lunch consists of a sandwich with a healthy salad and various fillings, sometimes fruit. There are also opportunities to taste the local cuisine while traveling.
Dinner consists of a grill, rice or pasta dish or local dishes from a market or restaurant.
Treated, safe drinking water is available from our land trucks. We prefer that you use this water instead of buying bottled water to minimize plastic waste. The crew leader will use this treated water for cooking and provide beverages such as tea and coffee during meals.
When you choose to book an overland trip, your participation in a camp is included. On this trip, you and your group members will help the crew leader prepare meals. You also help with shopping. Your assigned crew leader will come up with food ideas and quantities needed for large groups. The team leader creates a task list that everyone in the group can rotate based on the different tasks that need to be done. This task rotation is primarily for groups of 5-6 people.
PREPARING YOUR JOURNEY
Accommodation before the trip
Please arrive one day before the start day of your tour to attend all pre-departure meetings. We've covered the essential information you need to know about your trip. Please let us know in advance when you arrive for the tour so that we can make the best possible hotel reservation for you.
Pack for your trip
The suitcase for your trip depends on the style of travel you have chosen, the countries you visit and the seasons you travel in. In general, we recommend packing as light as possible. Make sure you can carry and lift your luggage and that you can walk short distances with it.
We recommend that you carry your luggage in a backpack or weekend bag with a shoulder strap. These types of bags are useful to carry. You'll also need a smaller bag to carry things like a water bottle and your camera.
Every land vehicle has a passenger locker where you can store essentials such as cash, passports, airline tickets and credit cards. The tour guide will have keys for safekeeping and will inform you of current security requirements regarding the lockbox.
Below you will find several useful tips on what you need for your trip.
Carry-on supplies include:
- A sleeping bag and travel pillow: We recommend that you bring a 3-4 season sleeping bag as the temperature drops at night during the winter months in desert and mountain areas. You can also rent sleeping bags from us. Please contact us 14 days before departure if you wish to rent one.
- Closed shoes: We will be hiking in the forest along the way, so we recommend that you bring comfortable, closed shoes, such as hiking boots. These shoes help protect your feet from cuts and scrapes when walking through bushes and grassy areas. They will also act as a protective barrier against the stings and bites of dangerous insects and animals found in this environment.
- Light, warm clothing: You should use a mix of light, warm clothing as well as long shirts and pants to protect against mosquitoes in malarial areas. Make sure your clothes are easy to wash and dry, and choose cotton clothes over nylon and other synthetic materials. Cotton clothes are much more comfortable to wear, especially in hot weather. Do not bring ex-military or military clothing and equipment. You can bring jeans, but remember that they are difficult to dry and should not be worn while trekking.
- A waterproof or windproof jacket: This is great to pack on wet days and morning or evening gaming activities when the temperature is low.
- You are also welcome to bring a warm hat for morning and evening game drives, as well as sun protection including a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and towels for personal use.
Recommended items to bring are:
- A waterproof toiletry bag: It is useful to carry one that you can hang on a nail on the back of a door.
- A good quality high beam or flashlight: useful if there is no power in the camp and you need to navigate your way through it. Our trucks transport meal lamps.
- A personal medical kit: Your tour guide will have a full medical kit, but we recommend that you bring a personal medical kit with items such as mild pain relievers, electrolytes, anti-diarrhea medication, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, insect repellent and poultices or plasters.
- One bottle: We recommend a bottle with a capacity of 1.5 litres. Carrying a water bottle helps reduce the amount of plastic in bottled water.
- Technical equipment: You can bring a camera with an extra battery or power bank and binoculars.
Optional items to pack include:
- A sheet: This will increase your comfort, especially if you are traveling in the warm months.
- Thermarest: You can take this with you if you want extra comfort in addition to the standard camping mattress.
- Earplugs: This helps if you have a tentmate who snores.
- A book to read or a diary to record your thoughts and experiences during long journeys.
- We also recommend that you bring a small bottle of biodegradable washing powder if you plan to wash your clothes during the trip.
We limit luggage weight to 20 kilos due to the size of the individual lockers on our trucks. The dimensions of these cabinets are 26 inches in length, 18 inches in width, and 10 inches in height.
Your main luggage is in these lockers, so we recommend that you pack lightly in a backpack or travel bag. Your luggage must not exceed the dimensions of the locker. You can store your daily bags at your feet or on the roof rack. We also recommend that you bring a 20-30 mm padlock to secure your locker. If you feel that the baggage allowance will be a challenge for you, please speak to your booking advisor.
We advise you to store flashy and expensive jewelry and other valuables at home to avoid unwanted attention and loss of these items. You can use your hotel safe and a safe on the ground to store your money and important travel documents. You can also buy a belt or money bag that can be hidden behind a jacket or sweater. We recommend that you have photocopies of all essential documents. Although not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to get compensation if needed.
We have UK plugs in every seat in our safari trucks. This allows you to charge your electronic devices while traveling. We recommend that you bring a multi-country power bank and power adapters as you may need them for your electronic devices. Some campsites have enough electricity.
conservative dress for women
Remember that women are expected to dress a certain way in different parts of Africa, according to the cultural customs of a particular country. In general, female travelers should choose shorts or skirts that reach the knees and tops that cover the shoulders. If you're visiting a coastal area, it's wise to cover up when you're not on the beach.
You can expect conditions to be wet, muddy and uncomfortable most of the time when trekking through dense forests to see gorillas. To avoid getting your feet wet and to avoid scratching from prickly foliage, you need a pair of sturdy, waterproof hiking boots. We recommend bringing protective equipment, such as gardening gloves, to make it easier and less painful to grab trees and bushes when climbing the slope. Also bring a pair of long socks. You can tuck your pants in to prevent ants or bugs from getting to your ankles as we walk through the woods.
Zambia has a specific dress code for men and women that you must follow. Clothing designated by the country as indecent includes leggings, skirts and shorts that do not reach the knees, cropped tops, long pants, lace clothing, skinny jeans and form-fitting dresses. If you are caught wearing these clothes, you could face a fine, a large fee, or arrest and deportation.
Ban on plastic bags in Africa
Many countries in Africa have banned plastic bags. In Namibia, anyone found carrying a plastic bag into game parks can be fined N$500 or imprisoned. Botswana's plastic ban makes the importation, trade and commercial use of plastic bags a criminal offence. The country makes exceptions for plastics that are essential for health and hygiene.
These two countries join many other African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, to ban the use of plastic bags. South Africa first imposed a tax on plastic bags in 2004, not a ban. Countries that enforce this ban will search luggage at border controls for plastic, so make sure you don't pack plastic bags in your luggage. Instead, pack reusable waterproof bags that you can buy at camping stores before you head out on your hike.
Weather and seasonal information
In general, Africa has a warm and pleasant climate. However, temperatures drop during the winter months, so it is important to bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes to cope with these low temperatures. Check the weather forecast before you travel.
Important information about passport and vaccination requirements and safety during the trip
In general, most countries expect your passport to be valid for at least six months when you travel. Your flight ticket and reservation must have the same names as those on your passport. Your booking consultant will contact you as they need your passport details to complete your booking.
As a general safety rule, make sure you carry a copy of your passport's main pages and other important documents, and leave another copy at the home of family or friends.
It is your responsibility to obtain a visa, so please visit the relevant consular website for the country(s) you are visiting for up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Apply for your visa in time to avoid problems with the booking process. If you need help with further visa advice, please contact your adviser.
Many nationalities do not need a visa to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Be sure to check with the South African Department of Home Affairs for detailed and up-to-date visa requirements.
New Zealand passport holders
All New Zealand visitors coming to South Africa must obtain their visa from the South African High Commission in Wellington or Auckland prior to travel. Travelers may need to apply for a visa in person. In cases where personal requests are not possible, travelers can use Travcour NZ. If you need more information about the application process and all the documents required for the visa application, visit the South African Department of Home Affairsher. You can also request supporting documentation through your booking agent.
Entry requirements - passport
Please note that South Africa does not accept non-machine readable passports. You need a machine-readable travel document (electronic passport) if you plan to visit the country. Immigration officers will refuse you entry into the country if you cannot produce an electronic passport. If you are a traveler with a valid visa issued in a non-machine-readable passport, immigration officers will deal with this on a case-by-case basis, but you will still be fined.
Entry requirements - Yellow fever certificate
All travelers aged one year or over arriving or transiting through South Africa from a region or country infected with yellow fever as listed by the World Health Organization require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immigration authorities will refuse you entry into the country if you do not present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in the country. Without a valid vaccination certificate, it is not possible to be vaccinated on arrival. This requirement also applies to travelers transiting through an infected country or territory.
Entry requirements - traveling with children
When traveling with a child under the age of 18, you must present an original and complete birth certificate. The South African government introduced this regulation to prevent child abduction, abduction and human trafficking.
The country's home ministry has asked all parents to request full certificates for their children. Immigration officers may require additional documentation, including permission to travel, if only one parent is traveling with a child or children. These requirements come from Immigration Ordinance 6(12)(a) for parents traveling with children. see more informationher.
Most nationalities do not need a visa to enter Namibia as a tourist if they are traveling for up to 90 days. Contact your local consulate or embassy for updated information on visa requirements.
Most nationalities require a Zambian visa, including those from the EU, USA and Australia. For other nationalities, Zambia visas are available at the point of entry. Please contact the Zambian Embassy in your country for current visa requirements. You need $50 in cash if you intend to get your visa on arrival. For more information, contact the Zambian Embassy.
Goats all over
If you are traveling between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will need a Kaza visa for $50. It is valid for 30 days as long as you are staying in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can get it at the country borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border).
Contact the Botswana embassy in your country if you need a visa for your nationality to enter the country. Downloadable application forms for travelers requiring a Botswana visaher.
Tourist tax: from 1 June 2017
When visiting Botswana, you must pay a mandatory tourist tax of USD 30. You must pay this fee in cash or by credit card at your first port of entry into the country. The tourist tax is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries.
Entry requirements for Botswana - a yellow fever certificate
All travelers aged one year or older arriving in or transiting Botswana from a region or country infected with yellow fever as listed by the World Health Organization require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immigration authorities will refuse you entry into the country if you do not present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in the country. Without a valid vaccination certificate, it is not possible to be vaccinated on arrival. This requirement also applies to travelers transiting through an infected country or territory.
Children travel to Botswana
If you are traveling with a child under the age of 18, you must present a certified copy of the child's completed birth certificate. Without it, agents will deny you entry into the country. The complete birth certificate shows the child's details and the information about both parents. A short birth certificate containing only the child's details will not be accepted.
If only one parent is traveling with the child, or if the child is traveling without the biological parents or unaccompanied, you must provide a statement of consent from the parents as proof that the child's parents have given you permission to travel with her. travel with them. If you have any questions about the documents required to travel with children, please contact the Embassy of Botswana.
Most nationalities require visas for Zimbabwe, including those from the EU, USA and Australia. For other nationalities, Zimbabwe visas are available at the point of entry. You will need $30 to $45 in cash if you intend to get your visa on arrival. Visit the Zimbabwean embassy in your country for up-to-date information on visa requirements.
If you are a tourist from a country that requires a visa before arrival, you can get more information and apply for your visaher.
If you are traveling between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will need a Kaza visa for $50. It is valid for 30 days as long as you are staying in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can get it at the country borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border).
If you are a tourist from the UK, US, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia and New Zealand, you must pay $75 on arrival in Malawi to obtain a visa.
Some nationalities require a visa to reach the nearest Malawian diplomatic mission. If you are unable to obtain a visa before you arrive in Malawi, you may be able to obtain one upon entry if you have obtained prior authorization in the form of a visa letter from the Malawi Ministry of Immigration. Get in email@example.comRequest letters of approval.
You can get a single entry tourist visa for US$50 cash at the main entry points into Tanzania listed below if you meet all of the country's immigration and health requirements. Due to new rules, obtaining a visa on arrival is a lengthy process where you have to stand in 3 queues which can take up to 2 hours:
- Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam
- Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on Unguja Island in the Zanzibar archipelago
- Kilimanjaro International Airport is located in northern Tanzania
- It has Namanga border point between Tanzania and Kenya
- Tunduma border point between Tanzania and Zambia
You can also get an e-visa 4 weeks before departure viaTanzania visa application- Please note that this application can take 2-3 weeks, but this is the recommended process to ensure you have your visa before arrival. There are some nationalities that are expected on visas - seelist and guidelines HERE.
Currently, you do not need a multiple entry visa to enter Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. These three countries have an agreement to navigate tourist access. If you have to leave Kenya on your trip and want to enter Tanzania, you can re-enter Kenya with the same visa. However, if you need to enter Tanzania twice after visiting a country other than Kenya or Uganda, you may need two visas.
East Africa tourist visa
The East Africa tourist visa is a multiple entry visa valid for 90 days. It allows you to travel between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa costs US$100 and is the best option for visitors traveling to the three countries listed.
If Kenya is your first country of arrival, you will receive your East African tourist visa at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on arrival. It is the only type of visa you can get. You must complete the visa form and pay USD 50 in cash for the East African visa. Make sure the immigration officers processing your visa issue all three visas.
If you start your journey in Rwanda, you can apply for your visa through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. If you are simply visiting Kenya and Uganda and arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya to enter Uganda by land, we recommend that you apply for a Kenyan e-Visa and apply for your Uganda visa on arrival. You must pay cash for your Uganda visa.
You can get a visa on arrival in Kenya or via e-Visa Kenya before arrival. A single entry visa (business or tourist visa) costs US$50, €40 or £30, and a transit visa valid for three days costs US$20. You can only pay for your visa in cash if you receive it on arrival.
With a single entry visa, you can enter Kenya multiple times over a period of 90 days. This supplement is only valid if you are not traveling from the East Africa region.
You can complete the four-step e-visa process on the immigration websiteher. You must submit the application form and passport photo as part of the application process. The processing time for e-visas is up to seven working days. You must present your printed electronic visa to immigration authorities when entering Kenya.
Be sure to present multiple copies of your e-visa at each border crossing.
We recommend that you purchase your Uganda visa on arrival at a cost of US$50 in cash if you are arriving in Uganda by land. Alternatively, you can get an East African visa on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Unfortunately, there are insufficient facilities at Uganda's land borders to process the e-visa.
If paying in cash, bring US dollar bills in excellent condition and dated 2006 or newer. These are the only bills Uganda Immigration will accept.
If you are flying to Uganda, you can apply for your visaher. The application process requires you to submit a clear copy of your current passport, yellow fever vaccination certificate and a passport photo. You can pay for your e-visa online or on arrival in Uganda. The amount you have to pay is $50. If you want to pay for your visa on arrival, you will receive an email notification with a barcode that you can print to present to the immigration officers. You must pay for your visa in cash.
Comprehensive adventure travel insurance is mandatory for all land travel. At a minimum, we require coverage for medical expenses, including personal liability, emergency transportation, confinement, cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Health insurance is also mandatory for you when you go on a land trip. You can't travel if you don't have it. Health insurance is for your safety should anything happen during the trip, especially when you are in a remote location.
When you book your holiday, we need your travel insurance information. We have included this information in the travel list. Please note that most travel insurance policies do not cover extreme sports and adventure activities. These activities include rafting, skydiving and bungee jumping. We recommend that you review your policy to see what is covered.
You must present your travel insurance documentation and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency number to your tour guide, who gives you permission to participate in the travel group. Unfortunately, we cannot allow travelers who do not have travel insurance to join tours.
For travelers with credit card insurance, provide the group leader with the following information:
- The name of the insurance company or underwriter
- the coverage level
- The credit card insurance policy number
- The insurance company's emergency number
Your bank will provide this information.
Please note: some hospitals in Namibia do not accept travel insurance, so check with your insurance company. Find alternative coverage if necessary.
WorldNomad's insuranceoffers adventure travel insurance and cancellation insurance. As we mentioned above, we recommend that you choose travel insurance that includes cancellation and interruption insurance. Most tour departure times are confirmed, but in the unlikely event that we cancel a tour departure due to unforeseen circumstances, you're covered.
Many credit card companies offer standard credit card insurance, so check your policy to see what it does and doesn't cover. If you choose to use credit card insurance, contact your bank to ask for policy information. Here are instructions on how to do this:
- Contact your bank - they will ask for your bank card number
- Complete the account verification steps they will give you during the call
- Ask for the name of the insurance company and your policy number
- Save the contact number you have chosen to your contact list
Every traveler's budget is different when you travel. We recommend that you bring a little more money than you think you will need as a budget reserve. Include amounts for items such as exclusive meals, beverages, groceries, optional activities, tips and laundry in your budget.
Also, be sure to read your travel details carefully so you know what is and isn't included in your travel price. That should make budgeting a little easier.
The recommendations we have made for additional fees are in US dollars, so to get a better idea of the fees for your budget, we recommend that you convert these amounts to your local currency.
Meals not included
Food is one of the most amazing ways to learn about a new destination's heritage and culture. We encourage you to try the local cuisine in the different places we will visit during the tour. This will give you a comprehensive cultural experience and a chance to mingle with local residents.
We give you the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine when we are not having lunch or dinner. The tour guide will recommend food options, markets and restaurants where you can safely eat local food. You can order between $10 and $15 per meal for lunch and between $12 and $25 for the main meal. Please note that these are indicative prices only.
Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation to service providers for their excellent service. It makes a big difference to service providers in the local tourism industry and motivates them to maintain high quality service. Tipping is optional and if you choose to tip, the average amount is between $7 and $10 per person, per day.
We've created this concise tips guide based on feedback we've received from previous travelers and our on-site staff. This guide will help you budget your travel tips:
- Consider tipping tour team members, including tour guides, drivers and chefs, if you feel they provided excellent service during your trip. Tipping is not mandatory and the amount you choose to tip is up to you. Generally, a $3 or $4 tip per employee per day fine. At the end of the tour, you can tip any employee.
- Local Guides: Occasionally a local guide will join the group to work alongside the tour guide. If you want to tip the local guide, we recommend $2 or $3 per person. local guide, per day.
- In restaurants: If your bill includes a 10% service charge, you don't need to tip more. If the restaurant does not add the service tax to your bill, you can tip at least 10% of the total bill.
cat group for tips
We have noticed that some groups prefer to collect tips to overcome challenges such as not having the right amount of money to pay a tip.
The tour leader may propose a group cat for tips, where all group members contribute an equal amount to pay the tips. They keep a running record of all money spent, with the exception of restaurant tips. Group members can check the current registration at any time and any remaining funds will be returned to group members at the end of the tour. Group members delete tour staff tips from this group cat.
Emergency funds are essential to deal with any unforeseen circumstances we may encounter during travel, such as a natural disaster or medical emergency. Add $500 to your emergency travel budget. When unexpected circumstances arise, we must make immediate changes to our travel plans and these changes may incur additional costs.
Credit cards, ATMs and currency exchange
Generally, tourist shops and some restaurants throughout Africa accept credit cards. The preferred cards are Visa and Mastercard. If you have American Express and Diners, we recommend that you choose the preferred options to ease your payment problems. Cash is dominant in most parts of Africa, so we recommend carrying cash with you, especially for shopping at small restaurants and local markets. You can exchange foreign currency at exchange offices, which usually offer the best rates.
With the increased availability of ATMs in many major cities and camps, you can easily access cash using a debit or credit card. Check withdrawal limits and international bank fees with your bank, as these amounts vary from country to country.
Before you travel, don't forget to inform your bank about the countries you will be visiting. Banks can freeze cards that show sudden transactions in other countries as a security measure against fraud.
Your travel guide will give you an estimate of the amount you will need when traveling across multiple countries. Please note that you must use US dollar bills in excellent condition and dated 2006 or newer when paying in cash. Most businesses and banks, especially in East Africa, may reject old or damaged notes.
Access to money in Zimbabwe
Please note that cash is difficult to obtain in Zimbabwe due to the current currency crisis. We recommend that you bring enough cash in US dollars to cover your stay in the country. If you have any questions about accessing money in Zimbabwe, please contact your adviser. The tour guide can help you during the trip.
Several countries, including Zimbabwe, require you to pay airport tax if you board an international flight. Depending on the departure time, you pay between $10 and $60.
Personal health and vaccines
You will need an excellent level of fitness to cope with the grueling nature of our overland travel. A good level of fitness will also help you enjoy planned activities. We recommend that you assess your fitness level when reading the itinerary to make an informed choice about your ability to handle our tours.
If a traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without significant risk to themselves and other group members, the tour leader or local guide has the right to exclude them from part or all of the trip. If you are excluded from part or all of the itinerary, please note that you will not receive a refund. For this reason, we recommend that you consider your fitness level when choosing a tour.
Consult your doctor before traveling for up-to-date medical information, including any required vaccinations and anti-malaria requirements. We recommend that you have a personal first aid kit with your specific medication.
All travelers aged 1 year or older must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival at the airport or at the border crossing. If you don't have one, the immigration authorities will deny you entry into that specific country. You may also need to present a valid vaccination certificate at the airport in your home country when you return home from your holiday. Be sure to confirm all claims for yellow fever with a travel doctor.
Make sure your typhoid vaccinations are up to date when traveling to Harare. Parts of the city have experienced a typhoid outbreak, with over 1,500 cases reported since 2011. Seek advice from your travel doctor.
When traveling on safari, avoid wearing blue, black and other dark clothes as these attract the tsetse fly. A tsetse fly bite can cause sleeping sickness, the chronic form of which is trypanosomiasis. Symptoms of sleeping sickness include fever, abnormal behavior, headache and swollen lymph nodes.
In general, we recommend that you do not drink water from the local tap, as you can get sick. Your body will react negatively to another region's water patterns. Getting sick, even an upset stomach, will ruin a day or two of your vacation. Many inns and hotels provide drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. We recommend that you include rehydration salts, analgesics, seasickness medicine and anti-diarrhea in your first aid kit.
Crew and guides
A tour team, consisting of a tour guide, a cook and a driver, accompanies a group. Regardless of their country of origin, we select our crew members for their leadership skills and excellent service. They are fantastic ambassadors for our company, our beautiful continent and its people. We include experienced and new crew members in our crew so you can travel with a new crew member or one in training.
The tour guide manages the logistics of the trip to ensure that it runs smoothly, safely and on time. They help set up camp and plan tasks for the group. In some cases, they can run. They can provide historical, environmental, cultural, religious and social information about the various destinations covered during the tour. The local guide is very knowledgeable about these different aspects.
Tour chefs provide preparation and cooking of meals during a tour. They ensure that high hygiene standards are met at all times during camping. Grocery shopping and meal prep are great for bonding as a group. Your chef will enjoy a good conversation with you as you share the task of preparing meals.
It is the driver's responsibility to arrive at the next location on the route safely and on time. They also ensure that our safari trucks are regularly serviced for driving skills.
Everyone is expected to participate and contribute to camp activities. The Task Rota system ensures that all members share a load of general camp duties. Think about cooking, shopping and washing up. If the whole group participates in the tasks, it will be faster and more fun to complete them all.
We make every effort to ensure that our tours are as safe as possible. This includes maintaining our vehicles to ensure maximum road safety and checking local travel advisories for up-to-date safety information. As safety is a priority for us, group tour leaders have the authority to change or cancel any part of the itinerary if safety concerns arise. Be sure to work with them and take their advice.
Be sure to check your government's latest travel information before you travel. We recommend that you check that your travel insurance covers all areas that your itinerary covers.
We advise you to store valuable documents and money in a money bag that you can hide in a jacket. Many of the hotels we use have secure lockers if you prefer to use these to store your valuable documents. Getting a security lock to secure your luggage is also a good security measure. For safety reasons, remember to leave your expensive jewelery at home.
You will have some free time during your trip to explore a particular location at your leisure. If you choose to perform an activity that is not part of the itinerary, we inform you that we are not responsible for the safety standards of the activity and for the quality of the operators who perform it. Please use your discretion when choosing optional activities to do during your free time. You can ask the tour guide for advice on optional exploration activities you can do - they will be happy to help.
Not all the homes we use have emergency exits, fire extinguishers or smoke detectors. We will advise on what to do if an emergency situation occurs at the tour facility.
Many accommodations in Africa are basic. Expect a facility with a small balcony or a facility without a balcony.
Traffic and direction details
The different countries we visit during our travels run along different sides of the road. For example, Kenya and South Africa drive on the left and Rwanda drives on the right. Don't forget to look left and right before crossing. Traffic may be busier than you are used to in your home country.
Please note that local laws regarding transportation safety may differ from those in your own country. Not all means of transport we use offer seat belts.
pickpocketingand personal safety
To avoid theft as much as possible, especially in tourist towns, be careful at night. We encourage you to go in groups and only in important, well-lit areas. Also watch out for public transport. Simple protective measures for your belongings include wearing your backpack on your stomach and only taking the things you need during the day. Valuables must be left in the lockers of your hotel room or on the ground truck.
Waves and currents in the sea, river or open sea can be unpredictable. Be careful when doing water activities and make sure you can swim. If you wish to participate in swimming activities, ask for local guidance before entering the water.
Please note that on some tours we have to stay in unfenced campsites in national parks. Here you will experience nature in its most authentic form. We ask that you follow all advice from our tour guides and rangers. Their guidance ensures your safety and that of the entire group.
Homosexuality in Tanzania
Please note that homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania, including Zanzibar. In June 2017, the Tanzanian government announced that it was illegal for LGBTQTI rights activists to operate in the country and that such actions would result in arrest and imprisonment. Public displays of homosexuality, such as holding hands, can lead to arrest and up to 30 years in prison. If this law applies to you, please refer to your country's current travel guidance for more information.
Bilharzia is caused by parasitic worms found in freshwater contaminated with animal and human waste. Symptoms include rash, vaginal bleeding, body aches, fatigue and blood in the stool. Be aware of shallow cane fields near villages.