What you need to know before you go.
Heading on your first safari often brings up many questions. Below find a list of those frequently asked by our guests. If it still leaves you wandering, please get in touch with us. We are here to ensure you are 100% prepared for your incredible adventure!
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Many people wonder about the possibility of medical attention while on safari. Many camps and most countries in Africa with a safari industry operate a flying doctor service. Should something happen, camps will have coverage for guests including flying ambulance, paramedics and a doctor. Some camps even have a paramedic on site. Our guides carry first aid kits with them at all times.
Additional medical evacuation insurance can be purchased before your trip to cover the cost of flying you from Africa to the USA should you need to move from your host countries’ hospital to one in the US. It is very important that you let us know of any medical issues and allergies that the lodges and camps might need to know about prior to your trip.
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It is very important to adhere to the rules of the camp and your guide. When you are passing through an urban area it is best to stay in your hotel and do not go out without a driver or guide from the hotel.
The over all dress code when on safari is casual light clothing. You do not need to pack large amount soft clothes and due to the nature of the light aircraft there are restrictions as to the weights and the sizes of your bags (normally 44 pounds - please confirm with us before you pack). With the exception of some animals, most mammals see in black and white and hence its better to dress in neutral colors so that you do not stand out. Military camouflage clothing is illegal in some countries, so is discouraged. Dinners in lodges and camps are generally casual and informal and best described as smart casual.
Each African country has their own rules for different passport holders’ entry requirements. Tanzania provides a three month tourist visa on entry. Please research this with us before you travel. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your last date of travel and that you have enough blank visa pages in it.
Flights on safari are operated by light aircraft. Most scheduled flights between camps and airports will be operated in a single engine aircraft and they often stop at other camps along the way. Private charters can be arranged both in single engine and twin-engine aircraft. This allows more flexibiliy in time and flying direct, saving time. Jet aircraft can be arranged for flights that cover long distance between airports that can accommodate them.
Please stick to the luggage guidelines that you are given before your safari for your own safety and comfort. Light aircraft do not have large holds and pilots will not load your luggage if they cannot get it in the plane or if it is too heavy.
Road transfers are operated in closed air-conditioned vehicles in urban areas and in open gamedrive vehicles in the bush. Gamedrive vehicles are mostly open with either 2 or 3 rows of seats. On certain safaris you may use a vehicle that has enclosed sides with an open top. These are used in areas that require you to travel longer distances.
There are many different ways to experience an African Safari, whether that be to see wildlife or experience cultural activities. Gamedrives are the stable way of viewing animals. Walking safaris allow you to see and learn about the ecosystems in smaller detail, as well as a chance to get out of the car and be completely engrossed in nature. Make sure that you walk with an experienced guide.