It is important to ensure you have the right vaccinations for travel to Africa before you set off on your trip. It is important that you speak to your doctor about the most up to date vaccination advice. The vaccinations normally recommended for every country are: hepatitis A + B, typhoid and diphtheria.
If you are spending time in Kenya, whether for your whole vacation or for just one night, it is very important that you are also vaccinated against Yellow Fever – as this will be required for entering any other African countries.
Additionally, malaria is endemic throughout all the areas we operate safaris, so we strongly advise you to take malaria prophylactics. The only exception to this rule is parts of South Africa. These include Madikwe and the game lodges around Port Elizabeth. Travel clinics can sometimes have long waiting lists, so make sure you get your vaccinations booked up in advance!
While the luggage requirements seem limited, don't forget that the lodges include laundry service, so you can pack less and have your laundry done as needed. You need less than you think and basic toiletries as with any hotel and bug spray are provided. For a list of luggage restrictions based on destination, check out this detailed blog.
For Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, internal scheduled and charter aircraft flights have a baggage limit of 15kg per person, including hand luggage. Please take your luggage in soft bags rather than rigid suitcases. The maximum dimensions of the soft bags must be 36cm (14.5 inches) x 68cm (27 inches).
For Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, internal scheduled and charter aircraft flights have a baggage limit of 20kg per person, including hand luggage (the exception to this is South Africa, which is 20kg pp plus 5kg pp hand luggage). Please take your luggage in soft bags rather than rigid suitcases. The maximum dimensions of the soft bags must be 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long.
Where and when you get your visa depends on a number of factors, such as where you're from and where you're traveling to. For a more detailed description of the visa and entry requirements, check out this blog – please note that this applies to US and UK citizens only. We cannot be held responsible for the visa requirements of any destinations, so please contact the relevant authorities to get the most up-to-date visa information.
We advise you to take all your money in US dollars except if you are traveling to South Africa, where the currency is the South African Rand. You can get your money exchanged for both of these currencies before you travel. Please be advised that US dollar notes dated before 2006 are not usually accepted because of the risk of counterfeiting. Credit cards are accepted in many locations, but there is often a large surcharge on card payments. There is no need to exchange your money into local currency, with the exception of South Africa.