Travel Tips for Africa


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There are several direct and indirect international flights from and to Africa. The international airports of Cape Town, Nairobi, Johannesburg, and Dar as Salam serve as the main hub for these flights.

The top safari destinations can be reached via scheduled flight to the nearest airport and then transferred to the lodging area. Private charter flights are also used which takes the travelers to the nearest airstrip located minutes apart from their respective campsites.

South Africa and Namibia are two of the best self-drive destinations. Cars can be pre-arranged and dropped off at the international airports at the time of departure

Health & Safety

 

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You often hear travelers asking β€œIs it safe to travel to Africa?” Many people have the misconception that Africa is not a safe place to travel especially with family and kids. But this is just a pretense. Many tours include some of the safest destinations of Africa and are ideal for families traveling with children. There are tour packages that include child-friendly safari lodges, beach resorts, and malaria-free Big 5 reserves. The staffs at safari lodges are also trained professionals and will guide you throughout your tour about camp safety.

Security and crime issues are common everywhere around the world and tourists with a camera and extra cash are easy targets for criminals. To avoid being mugged by thieves in Africa (or any other country that you travel to for the matter), you should use precaution and take advice from our African experts.

Before traveling to Africa, make sure you consult your doctor any vaccinations and medications such as malaria or yellow fever injection required before landing in Africa.

Money & Spending

 

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ATM kiosks and bureau changes can be found all over the major African cities. Most African cities accept US dollars as well as Euros and Sterling. The South African Rand is the currency for South Africa.

All major credit cards including Visa and MasterCard are accepted in Africa, but some areas charge a high transaction fees. Experts advise travelers to purchase a world currency card or cash passport card before traveling to African countries.

Although, tips are not obligatory – the staff of African safari tours appreciates your tips and gratuities.

Packing Advice

 

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Packing for any vacation especially Africa depends on what season you are traveling in as well as your tour plans.

For safaris, take walking shoes, light colored clothing (but not white) and a light jacket or coat for the evenings. A hat as well as sunglasses, camera chargers, binoculars, insect repellents, sunscreen and malaria medications are some of the essential items to take for your safari trips. Water bottles should also be kept along with you at all times.

For winter safaris in Botswana and Namibia, you should take warmer clothing as the temperature can go below the freezing level. For a beach holiday, a bathing suit, hats, flip-flops, and sarongs are recommended items.

Passports & Visas

 

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Always make sure that your passports and visa are in place before flying. Visa regulations change over time so make sure that you contact your travel agent before making plans to visit Africa.

 

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