Frequently asked questions
How safe is the safari?
Whilst there is an inherent risk whilst travelling on safari and in Africa, it is no more dangerous than travelling anywhere else in the world. You will be in wildlife rich areas most of the time you are on safari and will come into relatively close contact with wild animals. The camps are, however, safe and the guides that will be accompanying you are well trained. Very good medical air rescue services are available and the camps and lodges are in good radio contact with them at all times.
What about malaria?
Mosquitoes which carry malaria are prevalent in most areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. They will mainly be encountered in Southern Africa during the hot wet season of November to March. During the drier months of the year (May – October), there are not may mosquitoes around. You should still see your doctor for a prophylactic before traveling to Africa at any time of the year.
What immunizations do I need before going on Safari?
Vaccinations that need to be considered are Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid, we suggest you contact a travelers clinic for specific recommendations for the country you are traveling to. A Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you are traveling to Zanzibar. We can provide contact numbers for a travel medicine clinic in your city.
Will we have electricity?
Power in the lodges varies from area to area; for the most part 12 volt battery power is provided, which is charged by generators whilst you are out of camp during the day. You will be able to charge your camera batteries whilst staying in a lodge. On the camping and canoeing safaris the lights are limited to hurricane lamps and flashlights, for charging batteries etc. you can use an adapter to plug into the vehicle power outlet.
Is the water safe to drink while on Safari?
All the camps and lodges that we use in Africa supply filtered and bottled water. We do encourage people not to over use the bottled water, for enviromental reasons; it is always a good idea to take a personal water flask with you, which can be filled up by the camps clean water supply.
What about visas?
Canadian and American citizens are required to purchase visas to enter Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. Visas can be purchased through the relevant embassey or high commission prior to travel or on arrival at port of entry of the country you are visiting.
At this time there are no costs for entry visas to Botswana, Namibia or South Africa.
What are the visa fees?
These fees change all the time. We will advise you of the current visa requirements per country. Please also see the links page for embassy details.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Due to the use of light aircraft for flights between camps in all countries, strict weight limits on luggage are enforced for safety reasons. In Botswana, on some trips in Namibia and in Zambia you are limited to 20kgs (44lbs) per person if flying with Sefofane Air Charters. In Kenya & Tanzania the limit is 15kgs (33lbs) and for all other countries 12kgs (26lbs) is the limit. These limits include camera equipment.
Bear in mind that laundry can be done almost on a daily basis, so 3 or 4 changes of clothes are usually sufficient.
Do I need travel insurance?
Cancellation, interruption and emergency medical travel insurance is essential to protect your investment. Travel insurance should be purchased when you confirm your safari with a deposit. We can provide you with applicable coverage through RBC Insurance or Travel Guard.
Please note that emergency medical coverage is a condition of booking a trip with Safari & Company to Africa.
What type of camera will I need for a African Safari?
If you are going to buy a new camera for your African safari, then I suggest you buy a digital SLR camera. Both Nikon and Canon produce very good, affordable digital SLRs. You will need a good size telephoto zoom lens, at the very least a 200mm lens, and ideally a 300mm lens. Nikon and Canon also have lenses with new technology called Vibration Reduction on Nikon and Image Stabilization with Canon. These lenses have a feature which you can turn on to reduce the old problem of camera shake.
Do I need binoculars?
Binoculars are very important. You will not always have the animals under your nose! A good pair of 8 x 30 or 8 x 42 would be ideal. The small pocket pairs can become frustrating to use unless they are a very good make.
Can we use our own itinerary?
Absolutely, we specialize in tailor-made itineraries. We thrive on custom designing interesting itineraries!
How do you get to Africa?
From North America you can fly via a European city such as London, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. You can also fly direct to South Africa from New York or Washington DC. The two main hubs in Africa are Johannesburg in South Africa or Nairobi in East Africa. You can fly direct from Europe into other African cities such as Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Lusaka. You would fly into the nearest African city from where your safari starts. From there we organize flights to smaller airports.