Travel Advice

Useful Information

Now that you have decided on your trip, there are a few things you need to remember to prepare. It is vital to prepare your trip before you leave as this will ensure your trip can be as worry free as possible.

Safari 2 East Africa will provide you with most of the pre-travel advice and information you require to undertake your adventure, from what you should pack to how you should pack it.

Below is a short check-list of things to carefully think about before you travel to East Africa for your safari adventure.

Be aware that you should start preparing as early as possible as things like valid passport, visas and vaccinations may take up to 6 weeks to arrange. We will include a full itinerary, background information and optional activity costs in your safari info pack that you will receive following a successful booking. You can choose to download them for consultation on your electronic devices, or just to be sure, print hard copies to have at hand.

 

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Before You Go!

Before you go, you need to prepare for your Safari. And preparing is sometime challenging, especially if it is your first Safari Holiday.

Visa And Passport

The first thing you need to do is to sort out your visas and passports. And for you to be able to get a visa, you need to make sure your passport is not going to expire within six months of your trip (i.e. if your trip is in August make sure your passport is valid until at least February of the following year) and that it has at least 3 clear pages.

You will need to check if you need visas to travel to the countries you are visiting. For example, Kenya and Tanzania require you to have a visa to enter the country as well as your passport. Check with your own country’s government travel website to find out how to get your visa. Most visas can be bought on arrival in the country.

Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated is very important when you are travelling. See your doctor well in advance of your trip and be specific about where you are going so you can get the right jabs.

Some vaccines can only be administered by special departments so allow plenty of time to organise these if that is the case. Bear in mind that many vaccinations can take several weeks before they provide full protection, so get them done in good time otherwise you may not be fully protected when you travel.

 

Some of the vaccinations you will need include hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid but there may be others, so be sure to check what you will need for the places you are going. For example, you will need a yellow fever vaccination for travel to East Africa.

Malaria

Malaria is prevalent in Africa so you must protect yourself by taking anti-malarial treatments. Use a mosquito-repellent spray, mosquito nets and cover up – especially at dawn and dusk. You can’t be too careful or have too much protection from mosquitos and malaria.

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Money

Although cash machines are quite common now it is unlikely you will find one out in the bush, so you need to make sure you take cash as much as possible. If you are travelling to a number of different countries, be sure to take the relevant currencies with you.

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Insurance

Travel insurance is a necessity on an African safari. Make sure you get sufficient emergency medical cover, good financial protection and – importantly – repatriation back to your country when buying your policy.

 

Going on safari requires lots of planning and preparation, but if you take your time, get organised and get it right, you can spend your time enjoying your holiday not worrying about what’s in your travel bag. Take advice from Holidays 2 East Africa Experts who will be happy to talk about your safari plans and answer any questions you may have. With our Experts knowledge of destination countries, you can plan well and pack well so you can enjoy trip of a lifetime.

Convenient Luggage for a Safari

The luggage you take on safari is different to the luggage you might use for a standard holiday or long trip. Now is not the time to dig out your hard-shell, wheeled suitcase. This will only be a hindrance at lodges, on campsites, in light aircraft and in the vehicle where the size, shape and rigidity of the suitcase will not work.

 

Instead, opt for a duffel bag or soft-sided bag, preferably one that can be stowed into small compartments. Make sure the fabric is hardy and waterproof and that the bag is lockable. Put anything that is of any value in a separate day pack such as a backpack. Anything of real sentimental or monetary value should ideally be left at home.

What to pack

Pack for hot days and cool nights: East Africa may be hot and dusty by day but it is often cool and crisp by night so you need to pack for both times of the day.

 

Layers are ideal for safari days: Pack clothing that is able to keep you cool but protect you from the sun and biting insects. Choose mid-tone colours and avoid white or bright colours that may distract the animals and dark colours like black and blue as these attract tsetse flies. The best colours are the safari classics: olive, green and khaki. For evenings at lodges you can stay in your casual gear as even the luxury lodges do not expect smart wear out in the bush.

 

Prepare for chilly safari nightsEast- African bush can be chilly during the mornings and evenings even during the summer so be sure to bring a windbreaker and long trousers. If your trip is in the spring or winter you will need warmer clothes the night-time temperature dips down quite low during the African winter. This is especially important if you are camping out under canvas. Check the temperature before you travel to make sure you have clothing that is warm enough for the season. You will need to take a waterproof mac with you too, as rainfall is often unpredictable and can be heavy.

 

What to put on your feet : As you want to be careful not to over pack, you need to think carefully about what shoes to take. As long as you are not going on a safari that requires a lot of walking, you will be fine with some light hiking boots and some sports sandals (sandals are also great for walking around the camp at night). You may also like to take flip flops for the showers.

 

How to handle the sun: East-African sun can be brutal so be sure to buy a pair of polarizing sunglasses so you can protect your eyes. You’ll also need a hat that shades your face and covers your ears and neck so you have maximum sun protection. Ideally, get one that you can tie on in case you end up in an open-top Jeep. Of course, take plenty of high-protection sun cream and lip salve.

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Personnal care

What you need to take so you can take care of yourself: As well as packing the right clothing, you also need to prepare for a range of other eventualities, the sun is strong as you are close to the equator and rain can happen along at almost any time, so you need to make sure you have the right protection for all types of weather. You need to prepare for insect bites and stings, and a scratch from a thorn so pack some basic first aid items as well.

 

First aid and other safety supplies: A small first-aid kit with a range of bandages, antiseptic creams and plasters are a must. You may also want an antihistamine to handle bites, pain killers and a product that can help you handle diarrhoea and other stomach upsets. It’s worth taking some kind of fast rehydration medication as dehydration is a real possibility in the bush. You might want to consider taking your own water bottle so you can easily carry water when out on safari.

 

Also take a bottle of hand sanitizer and an extra travel toothbrush in case you accidentally use tap water at any time. The other essential in your kit is, of course, insect repellent and malaria medication.

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Binoculars, Camera & other useful accessories

Last but not least, make sure you take a good pair of mid-sized binoculars. Look for ones that are sturdy enough to survive getting dropped or knocked about a bit. These will be essential when you are out spotting wildlife.

You will also want to take a decent camera, too. Make sure you have a case so you can carry spare batteries and a camera card easily, and make it easy to sling around your neck whenever you are out in the bush.

Other accesories:

  • A small flashlight, headlamp or torch is great for when the sun goes down and you still have things to do around camp. Many lodges and camps run on generators so having your own lighting is a great backup to have.
  • Batteries are a priceless commodity so take plenty to be sure you don’t run out of them in the bush.
  • Take an extra digital camera card so you don’t risk running out of space for that one amazing photo you want to take.

 

 

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When You Arrive!
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All our clients will be picked up at the airport by our committed drivers who will drive them to the hotel. Most of our packages are designed in a way that you get time to rest on your arrival day before you start a busy morning the following day. The next morning you will be briefed about the activities and itineraries. You are advised to ask our office manager who will be briefing you should you have any question or concern. After the briefing which will be done soon after breakfast, the office manager will introduce the driver and the tour guide to you. Both are very well experienced and will be fluent in your language.

Unless otherwise arranged, your arrival airport will be your departure airport. This means that you will be driven back to the airport by our driver, ready for the journey back home.

Safari 2 East Africa country experts will be more than happy to advise you about things you need to do once you have decided on your destination and itinerary. But the information above should give you an idea of things you need to know before you go on a Safari to East Africa. If you still have questions and/or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us and enquire.