Learn more about where you will be
traveling! You are going to experience new sights,
sounds and activities on your safari. So many in fact,
that you won’t be able to absorb them all without
some advance preparation.
REMEMBER - getting ready is half the fun!
It is advised to read about the history, geography,
climate, culture and customs of your destination.
The more you know the better you will enjoy your trip.
Some frequently asked questions are
shown below and will help prepare you for your upcoming
I NEED A VISA? WHERE DO I GET ONE?
U.S. citizens are currently required to have a visa
for Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana
and Egypt. Visa applications and instructions will
be sent to you with the confirmation of your reservation.
Allow 2 weeks
processing time for each country. Non U.S. citizens
should contact their consulates directly for their
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS ARE THERE? For
inoculations refer to your doctor, Health Center,
or the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, for
the current requirements for the countries you will
be visiting. Many countries have rigid health regulations
and if visitors are not carrying appropriate health
documents at the port of entry, they may be refused
ABOUT MONEY AND AIRPORT TAXES? On
arrival in many countries you will be required to
complete a currency declaration form which has to
be submitted to the authorities on your departure.
It is recommended that you change only
as much money as you think you may spend (ie, carry
travelers checks/cash of small denominations), as
many local currencies cannot be removed from the country
Airport taxes are payable in many countries
on departure. Double check this on arrival. As this
is often payable in local currency be sure to have
ABOUT LUGGAGE AND LAUNDRY? For your
own comfort and convenience we request you bring a
minimum of luggage on your tour. There is currently
a restriction of 15kg of luggage in light aircraft.
Most lodges and hotels have laundry service and it
is possible to store heavy luggage safely in the city
hotels. There is restricted luggage space in safari
vehicles; however, everything will be done to accommodate
your luggage at all times.
ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVISE? A 35mm
camera, telephoto lens (between 200mm and 300mm are
most manageable), sun filters, and a good stock of
film (ranging in speeds from 600asa for early mornings/evenings
to 100asa for daytime) are probably the best accessories
to take good wildlife pictures. Due to the dimensions
of the safari vehicles it is not practical to take
a tripod, and any lenses larger than 300mm will be
difficult to manage.
You are advised to carry twice as much
film as you think you will need. Film is not available
everywhere and is very expensive. A spare camera battery
is also a must, as these are not available. A plastic
bag and/or carrying case are essential to protect
your camera equipment from the dust on the roads.
Video cameras/camcorders. Some lodges
have generators that put out a 240-volt supply; however,
in general the generator supplies re not stable (lots
of variation in output, ie: power surges, etc.) It
is suggested that you bring a converter/minivoltage
regulator to protect the battery charger.
You are encouraged to bring a good
pair of binoculars. They will open up the world of
birds, allow you to following a hunting cat, and much
more. There are many brands that are good and reasonably
I BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE? Yes, insurance
is strongly recommended.
CLOTHING SHOULD I BRING? Casual and
comfortable clothing is best on safari with comfortable,
low-heeled shoes. A swimsuit is essential for lodges
with pools. Bright colors are only to be worn in towns
and resorts. A change of clothes for the evening is
useful. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and
tie for dinner in some hotels and restaurants.
A warm sweater or jacket should be
carried, as the evenings and early mornings can be
cool. A sun hat and sun glasses are useful protection
from the strong sun and dust from the roads.
I USE MY ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT? Most
lodges/camps outside the main towns generate their
own electricity. The voltage is 220-240 AC. Some lodges/camps
can only operate their generators in the early morning
and evening. It would be best to bring a battery operated
razor or flashlight and gas operated curlers. Bring
a universal travel adaptor, as the electrical outlets
HOW IS THE
FOOD? The food at hotels, lodges and bush camps
is all fresh, well prepared, abundant and delicious.
The menu is mainly meat, although there are plenty
of non-meat or vegetarian dishes available. Meals
are continental cuisine with some African dishes for
an interesting mix. Coffee and tea are served with
meals. Wine, beer and cold drinks are always available.
TYPE OF VEHICLE WILL WE BE IN? While
in East Africa, your transfers, game drives and all
safari transportation are via modern safari vans.
The vans have ‘pop-up’ roofs, and all
passengers are guaranteed a window seat. In other
areas game drives are often
via 4-wheel drive vehicles. Transportation in Africa
varies, but all vehicles are comfortable and best
designed for the particular area.
LANGUATE IS SPOKEN? English is spoken
and understood throughout most of Africa.
WE GET OUR OWN VAN? Families or small
groups traveling together may want to request a private
vehicle. Please contact us for any additional cost.
WE DESIGN OUR OWN TRIP? Our experienced
FIT and group departments will be happy to assist
you in the planning and presentation of your personal
CAN YOU SUGGEST FOR READING? There
are many good books available to help prepare you
for your trip. You will receive an extensive list
prior to departure.
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