General Advice

African Safari

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NamWel Tours has a core destinations of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls are safe countries to visit with friendly, peaceful people and well developed tourism industries.

Travel insurance

NamWel Tours would strongly recommend taking out travel insurance immediately once you confirm your travel plans with us. This way you are covered if anything inconvenient or unexpected occurs, especially for unanticipated events before you travel (illness or injury, family emergency etc). We also strongly advise that you select a policy that covers not just cancellation and medical (illness), but also includes emergency evacuation and associated hospital treatments.

WARNING: Be sure to take your travel insurance emergency phone numbers and your policy number and details (or the Certificate of Insurance) with you.

Personal safety

Your personal safety and security is mostly a matter of common sense. So take the same precautions while travelling in Africa that you would in any major city at home:

  • Do not carry large sums of cash (see below for more information on Cash, Credit Cards & ATM’s)
  • Any cash money (together with your passport and other travel documents) is best carried in a money pouch.
  • Keep a close watch on your personal bags (camera bag, daypack etc) when walking in crowded areas (airports, markets, restaurants and on the street).
  • Avoid walking alone at night. In some of the major African cities it is not advisable to walk the streets at night.
  • Consider leaving your passport, airline tickets and cash in a safe place (the hotel/lodge safe) when venturing out.
  • Consider leaving your jewelry at home or (the hotel/lodge safe) .

Passport and Visas

All visitors from abroad must be in possession of a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date. Please ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages (at least two double pages) for any visas required and for entry/departure stamps. You will also require a return air ticket. A valid passport is the only documentation required of US/Canadian citizens for entry into Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa .

  • Visas for the following countries can be obtained on arrival and are payable in US dollars: Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe .
  • Please note that if you depart and then re-enter Angola, Zimbabwe or Zambia during the course of your holiday, you must obtain a double entry visa.
  • For entry into Namibia, South Africa , a parent traveling with children, WITHOUT the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The letter of consent must be certified by the police. Entry formalities vary by country and by nationality of the traveler.

Time change and Altitude

Southern Africa is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (6 hours during Daylight Savings Time). East and Central Africa is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (5 hours during Daylight Savings Time). For the first few days on safari, your body will be adjusting not only to this time change, but also to the altitude. If you experience adverse health effects at higher than normal altitudes, please consult your doctor for further advice.

Health requirements

You will need to make an appointment with your personal physician or travel clinic at least one month prior to departure to review pertinent health precautions including necessary vaccinations and medications. Please discuss any other health-related questions with your health practitioner at this time.

  • Yellow Fever: No vaccinations or health certificates are required unless you are arriving within 6 days after leaving a Yellow Fever infected area. Note: A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for entry into Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Zimbabwe and Zambia (if traveling from an infected area). A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for ALL visitors.
  • Malaria: A course of malaria prophylactics is advisable for all non-African visitors if you are planning to visit a malaria area.
  • AIDS: he HIV virus and AIDS are serious health issues in many African countries. However, the risk to travelers is negligible assuming proper precautions are taken. Transmission of HIV is by bodily fluids only. Use the same precautions while in Africa as in your home country to protect against contracting this virus.
  • Personal Health History: Please make us aware of any specific health restrictions that may affect your choice of accommodation or style of travel.

PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP

Dress comfortable while on safari. Keep your luggage to a minimum. Lightweight clothing in neutral colors is suitable for the bush. No white or black. You need a light long sleeve shirt to protect you from the sun. Long pants are also advisable for the evenings for protection from mosquitoes. Comfortable boots, hat, a warm jacket and a light raincoat is advised.

Laundry can be done in most lodges, so the over packing is unnecessary.

Essentials:
  • Camera/film/Flashlight/batteries/Sunglasses/Zip lock bags/Tissues/Wet one’s/Electrical
  • Converter and plug adapter/Lock for baggage/Sewing kit/diary/books/pen
  • Important to pack a broad spectrum antibiotic, Pain pills, allergy pills, Eye drops, sun cream, Mosquito spray

RESPECTING WILDLIFE AND SAFETY

The wild animals you will encounter are not tame. Most camps that you will be staying in are not fenced and dangerous animals can and do wander through the camps. Many of the animals and reptiles you will see are potentially dangerous. Attacks are rare, but there are no guarantees that such incidents will not occur.

We, at AFRICAN DREAMS, cannot be held liable for any injuries caused during an incident involving the behaviour of wild animals. Please listen to your guide and the staff at the various camps and adhere strictly to the safety precautions.

  • NO SMOKING on game drives, please, the dry African bush ignites easily and lots of animals can be killed.
  • Wild animals get accustomed to humans in Africa, so do not try to feed or approach them.
  • PLEASE do not litter, animals can choke and get poisoned and we all strive to keep Africa clean.

ADVICE

Africa is a unique travel destination for the adventurous at heart. Please bear in mind that AFRICAN DREAMS has done everything possible to ensure that your trip runs smoothly and is an absolute success. However, occasionally problems do occur and changes may be required that are completely out of our control. Your tour guide will assist in solving any hurdles you encounter along the way. They will endeavor to do so as economically and efficiently as they possibly can.