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Over time, we’ve gathered a wealth of valuable information and resources designed to address common safari-related queries and amplify your journey. This section is a dynamic space, frequently refreshed with fresh content in response to inquiries from our cherished guests. Feel encouraged to explore the diverse array of links provided below, or you can even opt to download our all-encompassing handbook. This comprehensive guide is tailor-made to ensure your absolute readiness for the upcoming adventure that awaits you in the captivating realm of Africa.

Safari Adventure Timeline

Curious about the steps to plan an amazing African Safari? Imagine it like putting together a puzzle. People often wonder when and how the important parts happen. Think of it as a recipe for a fantastic adventure. So, let’s break it down: When do these important steps happen, and what order do they go in?

Get in touch with the welcoming experts at Africa Bush 2 City Adventure! Our team comprises local professionals who reside in Africa, possess extensive travel experience, and are eager to engage in discussions. They will assist you in clarifying your trip preferences, financial plan, and travel schedule. We will create a preliminary safari quotation for your consideration, and based on your feedback, we will tailor it to align with your specific priorities, timetable, and budget.

Once you’ve planned your perfect trip and picked your travel dates, it’s time to make it official! To start this exciting journey, you’ll need to pay a 30% deposit per person to secure your safari reservations.

When you’re going to remote and beautiful places where places to stay are limited, it’s important to act quickly. The sooner you book, the better chance you have of getting the accommodations you want. Planning ahead gives you an advantage.

We’re flexible, and you can plan your trip well in advance or even at the last minute. Some people plan their safari just 30 days before leaving, while others plan for up to two years.

Most people tend to book their safaris 6 to 9 months ahead, especially for popular times like summer (July-August). But it’s smart to mark your calendar as early as possible.

Remember that after you’ve settled on your preferred safari plan with your consultant, it will take an extra 1 to 3 weeks to secure all your reservations.

We can only help select your international flights, but you’ll have to book them yourself. All you’ll have to do is book the flight yourself using a website such as Skyscanner.com. Please be sure to contact the us upfront to confirm availability, dates and pick-up service.

As you step onto the stage of travel planning, airlines emerge as the early players, offering tickets around 11 months before you plan to set off. Once your safari path is cleared and confirmed, the tempo quickens, and travelers often hasten to claim their flight seats.

A common question arises: Should the flight take the lead? A valid thought. However, our tailor-made safaris require the initial booking to bring their full magic to life. Once your flight’s booked, your travel dates are fixed, and the delicate dance of matching lodges loses its fluidity.

But if your schedule is already set, and if you’re open to adjusting your choice of accommodations, booking your flight first becomes a smart move. This works well, especially if airfares swing wildly or if a fantastic deal appears. If a particular lodge is fully booked, fear not – we can rearrange the pieces to make it fit.

For this grand voyage, comfort takes center stage. Deciding between a window or aisle seat adds a personal touch. Snatch up your chosen seat when booking your flight. If that’s not an option, mark the date when seat selection begins, so you can secure the best spot in the orchestra.

In short, choosing your flight seat is like a dance – those who move first get the best spots. It’s all about timing, ensuring that every note of your adventure rings true.

Travel Insurance

Remember, many travel insurance providers offer a broader policy, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, if you secure your insurance within 15 days from the moment you deposit for the trip or purchase your flight ticket – whichever occurs first. Additionally, for certain insurance plans to be valid, it’s essential to acquire the coverage BEFORE you make the last payment for the trip. Keep these timing nuances in mind when considering travel insurance options.

Medical Insurance

It’s crucial to emphasize the significance of having medical insurance before embarking on international travel, particularly for an African safari. This precautionary step offers a safety net in case unforeseen medical situations arise during your trip, helping you navigate any challenges with confidence and peace of mind.

As you approach the safari booking phase, don’t forget about your trusty passport! Take a close look to ensure it remains valid for a good 6 months after your planned travel date. Also, make sure there are at least 2 blank pages available for potential visas, especially if you’re planning to visit a single country. However, if your journey unfolds across multiple captivating African destinations, such as Kenya and South Africa, aim for a total of 6 blank pages.

Consider this scenario: when the time comes for your passport’s renewal, anticipate a process that usually takes a few weeks, unless you opt for expedited service with an additional fee. So, in the spirit of smooth travel preparations, it’s wise to think ahead, sparing yourself the stress of last-minute hiccups. This way, you’ll be fully geared up and all set for your eagerly awaited and undoubtedly fantastic adventure!

While many vaccines stay effective up to 10 days before your journey, it’s smart to avoid procrastination! But here’s the twist: don’t wait until the clock’s almost out. Think of it like a movie preview for your health. And there’s more! Your regular doctor might not have the full script on international health, and they might not have all the vaccines you need. In that case, cue the travel clinic! Don’t forget the pre-trip chat with your doc. It’s like rehearsing for a big performance: check if any health concerns, medicines, or vaccinations need the spotlight. Packing prescriptions, liquids, or syringes? Get your doctor to write a note – it’s like an all-access pass.

Now, onto the next scene: getting things squared away back home. Whether it’s house, kids, or furry friends, make sure you have backup plans. Imagine your house is a theater stage and you need stand-ins! Some pet hotels fill up super early, just like concert tickets. Don’t end up in a tight spot when the curtains rise.

What health precautions can I take when traveling to Africa?

If you’re heading to the bush, it’s wise to keep in mind that ticks are present in early spring and throughout summer, but tick bite fever is treatable. Bush 2 City Adventure does not facilitate trips in areas of Zimbabwe where cholera is present. Bilharzia is a common problem in many rural regions of Africa. Still, it is improbable that our guests will be swimming in rivers where this parasitic disease can be contracted. As a precautionary measure, we advise our guests to have their doctors administer routine tests for a month or two after travel. As for any travel precautions, it’s always best to consult with your physician about your travel plans if you have any preexisting medical conditions. If you currently use any medication, please ensure you bring a sufficient amount for the duration of your trip, as medications might be hard to get hold of in certain areas.

Do I have to take anti-malaria medication before I travel?

South Africa is in the northern region and the majority of East African countries are malaria areas. As you might be aware, Malaria can be a fatal disease. Please consult with your doctor to determine which prophylactics you can take for the particular destination you`re traveling to.

Please remember that the remaining balance for your upcoming safari trip is due no later than 30 days before your travel date. This timeframe is crucial for ensuring all necessary arrangements are in place to make your safari experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. To simplify the payment process, we offer a variety of payment methods that you can review and choose from at your convenience. Should you have any inquiries or require assistance with the payment procedure, feel free to contact our dedicated customer service team, whose details you can find at [customer service contact details]. We are dedicated to making your safari adventure memorable and look forward to assisting you with any further information or special requests you might have.

At this stage of your travel preparations, it’s wise to review your airline itinerary for any updates and to ensure that your international airline seats are assigned. Checking your itinerary helps you stay informed about any potential changes to your flight times, gates, or other details. Assigning your seats in advance allows you to secure the most desirable seating options and ensures that you and your travel companions can sit together comfortably. Taking these steps ahead of time contributes to a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience.

If you’re thinking about shopping for luggage, safari attire, or camera gear, now presents an opportune time. Below, you’ll discover a comprehensive packing list along with beneficial suggestions in the “What to Bring” and “What’s in My Day Pack” guides. Should you be contemplating camera equipment rental, we wholeheartedly endorse Lens Pro To Go. Not only are they skilled experts who can offer invaluable advice, but their swift and amiable service, combined with competitive pricing, sets them apart. Furthermore, their hassle-free equipment shipping caters to nearly any location within the US.

Safaris offer a laid-back vacation experience where efficient packing is key. Most lodges and camps provide laundry services either free or for a small fee ($2 – $3 per item) and have a quick turnaround of 24 hours. Opt for loose, comfortable attire as safari activities involve prolonged wildlife viewing from vehicles. Expect daytime temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s Fahrenheit, while nights can dip into the 50’s and 60’s. During the cold season (June, July, and August), lows might even reach the 40’s. If you’re visiting the Ngorongoro Crater rim, remember that the elevation (7,500 – 8,000 feet) can bring colder nights and mornings.

While fashion takes a backseat on safaris, having a nice outfit for special dinners can be a good idea. Lodges maintain a casual dress code and encourage traditional safari wear during meals. Given the fluctuating temperatures, layering is advisable. Mornings and game drives can be chilly, requiring long pants and warm sweaters, while afternoons can be hot, permitting shorts and t-shirts. Shield yourself from the equatorial sun by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and applying sunscreen generously.

Beware that certain insects are drawn to dark colors, notably the tsetse fly (active during the day), which favors dark blue hues. Avoid dark attire, particularly in tsetse-prone regions like the West Serengeti, Tarangire, and parts of the North Serengeti. Tsetse-free areas include the south and east Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and the southern Central Serengeti. In tsetse-infested areas, opt for lighter, natural colors such as khaki, brown, beige, olive, and green during the day. Nighttime clothing color is less relevant, but protective measures against mosquitoes like long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks, shoes, and insect repellent are advised.

Here is a recommended packing list for your African safari adventure:


  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers, cross trainers, light hiking shoes)
  • Loose, casual clothing in natural tones (khaki, brown, beige, green, olive)
  • T-shirts and lightweight tops
  • Long-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • Shorts
  • Convertible long-short pants or lightweight long pants
  • Warm fleece or sweater
  • Socks and underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Hat and bandana
  • Optional: lightweight jacket or windbreaker
  • Consider a sports bra for ladies

Other Items:

  • Passport, tickets, itinerary, emergency contacts
  • Cash and credit cards 
  • Small flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Contact lens supplies and spare glasses
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, tissues
  • Camera, batteries, charger
  • Plug adapter (if necessary)
  • Small battery-operated alarm clock or watch
  • Entertainment: playing cards, games, reading material
  • Journal and pens
  • Snacks: nutrition bars, nuts, candy, etc.
  • Ziplock bags for toiletries, camera gear, snacks
  • Medical kit: meds, bandaids, antibiotics, etc.
  • Travel pillow for comfort
  • Extra glasses if you wear contacts
  • Copy of passport and photo ID
  • Hand-held fan (battery-operated)
  • Necessary travel documents (e.g., Visa)
  • Vaccination certificates if required

We suggest choosing lightweight clothing with moisture-wicking technology that pulls moisture away from your skin, aiding in keeping you cool and dry. Numerous options are offered by online outdoor retailers like REI. These options are particularly well-suited for warmer climates. Many of them are designed with stretchy fabrics to ensure utmost comfort. Additionally, they often include built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) sun protection and even vented side seams.

Repacking Tips and Luggage Recommendations

When preparing for your safari, it’s important to keep several factors in mind. Most flights within Africa, especially the small planes used for remote parks and wilderness areas, have a baggage restriction of approximately 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. This weight limit applies to the combined weight of all your luggage and carry-on items, including backpacks, purses, camera gear, and camera bags.

If your luggage exceeds the 15-kilogram (33-pound) allowance, there’s an excess baggage fee of approximately $6.60 per kilogram ($3 per pound), provided it can be accommodated on the flight. Typically, for the standard small aircraft included in most itineraries, excess luggage can be accommodated as long as it’s within reason, usually about 2.3 to 3.2 kilograms (5 to 7 pounds) over the limit. Any excess luggage that can’t fit on your flight will be flown on the next available one; there are typically at least two flights a day to and from the Serengeti.

For serious photographers with heavy gear, it’s worth considering purchasing an extra seat for your internal flight(s) to avoid luggage restrictions. While soft-sided luggage is preferred for the flight to the Serengeti, hard-sided luggage is allowed. However, please ensure that your luggage dimensions do not exceed the cargo pod measurements, which can be as small as approximately 37 centimeters by 69 centimeters (14.5 inches by 27 inches).

If you have extra luggage that you won’t need for the safari (e.g., extra luggage for pre-safari or post-safari travel, books you read on the international flight, etc.), you are welcome to leave these items with our staff for safekeeping. We’ll store them securely at our offices and redeliver them to you before your journey back home.

It’s crucial to carry all valuables in your carry-on bag and avoid checking in luggage containing items like camera equipment, tablets, laptops, etc., to prevent theft. Please note that the flight to the remote park and wilderness might make multiple stops before reaching your destination airstrip. The pilot will ensure you disembark at the correct airstrip, but be prepared for potential inconvenience. These flights can be quite loud, so you may want to bring disposable earplugs.

We recommend packing light, as formal clothes are not necessary, and most lodges and camps offer laundry services either free of charge or for a small fee (approximately €1.80 to €2.70 per item).

Lastly, please be aware that delayed or lost checked luggage is common on international flights. To safeguard against this, we advise carrying all luggage, including a carry-on suitcase (normal carry-on size that fits typical overhead bins) and a separate camera bag and/or shoulder bag per person. If you decide to check your luggage, make sure to carry on all essential items, such as prescription medicines, camera equipment, essential toiletries, and at least two changes of clothes. Remember that you’re traveling to a remote location where it may be impossible to purchase such items in case your luggage is lost or delayed.

As you pack, consider whether an item is essential for your trip, and if it is, pack it in your carry-on bag. If delayed luggage is a concern, it’s also a good idea to include a duffel bag or similar item in your carry-on luggage so you can quickly transfer critical items if forced to check your luggage. Checked luggage is often delayed (estimated at roughly 20% of the time) on flights from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, but it can usually be delivered to us within 24 to 48 hours. There are daily flights to the Serengeti, so once we have your luggage, delivering it to you during your safari is not an issue.

While some clients have expressed interest in mailing items to Africa ahead of time, we generally don’t recommend it. The mail service in Africa is extremely unreliable, and the cost can be rather high.

You may also leave extra suitcases at our office upon arrival, and we can redeliver them to you after your safari. This is particularly useful for individuals combining their safari with vacations in Europe or other destinations with different clothing requirements and climates, especially in the winter. We can securely store all non-safari-related items at our office. Some guests prefer packing two different suitcases, one for the safari and one for Europe or other destinations.

Luggage Recommendations:

Many people prefer a lightweight rolling duffle bag as it offers reasonable capacity without adding much weight. This allows you to allocate your weight allowance to the contents rather than the bag itself. Alternatively, a lightweight bag will also suffice. Several reputable luggage manufacturers offer suitable options. To find the right one for you, consider searching online using terms like “lightweight luggage.”

As for carry-on luggage, it’s essential to stay mindful of the airline’s regulations. Some airlines, like KLM, have been enforcing carry-on weight and size limits more rigorously, even for carry-on items that have rarely been checked in the past. To avoid potential issues, pack as lightly as possible and do not overstuff your carry-on luggage.

Lastly, it’s a good idea to include a duffel bag or similar item in your carry-on luggage, just in case you are required to check your luggage. This allows you to quickly transfer essential items like prescription medicine and a change of clothes to carry on board the aircraft.

Note: The above information is provided as a reference and not an exhaustive list. Your specific packing needs may vary based on personal preferences and the nature of your safari.

On Your Trip

If you want to claim back tax at the airport, ask merchants for “tax invoices” whenever you purchase something. The document has to feature a clear VAT percentage and total. For large purchases, your name and address must appear on the invoice. All your purchases must be ready for inspection before you depart. After checking in for your flight, locate the VAT Refund Desk. Keep in mind that this process can take some time, and there is a R250 charge for the refund. Travelers cannot claim tax or VAT on food, beverages, or accommodation.

Africa is home to various potentially dangerous species of insects, snakes, scorpions, and spiders, but the good news is that very few visitors encounter them. Snakes are, for the most part, shy and stay clear of populated areas. Lodges and camps almost always have insect repellent in their rooms. When walking in the bushveld, always wear closed-toe walking shoes, socks, and long trousers as a precautionary measure.

Your guide will always brief you on safety measures regardless of whether you’re in a game viewing vehicle or exploring the area on foot. All wildlife should be treated as potentially dangerous, but as long as you adhere to what your guide tells you, there is little to worry about. Wildlife tends to be less intimidated by human presence at hides, camps, and viewpoints. However, it is still essential to remember that you should never tease or corner wild animals as it may lead to unpredictable responses and potentially dangerous reactions.

If you’re embarking on a safari experience independently, it’s essential to stay on top of local news. Enquire about unsafe areas, specific codes, dress, and behavior with your hotel. Never carry your valuables openly, and if you’re taking your wallet and passport with you, keep them in
a travel wallet or buttoned-down pocket.

Passports and valuables should preferably be stored in the hotel safe. Most urban shops and hotels accept credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, but if you’re visiting local markets, you’ll need cash to pay. Only take what you need and keep your money stored safely when out and about, never carrying more cash than you’ll need for the day.

Yes. Wireless access is widely available in urban centers, especially via cellular networks like 3G, 4G, and 5G. Coverage varies depending on which country you’re visiting, but connections are often available at all major lodges, hotels, and resorts.

If you have a GSM-enabled mobile phone, it will function within the local networks. South African coverage is good and can extend into some of the more remote safari destinations. There are some East and Southern African countries where coverage is less extensive, but it tends to be good and stable in urban centers. Please note that there is no cellphone coverage in Namibia or Botswana.

The general rule of thumb is 10 to 15 percent of your total restaurant or room service bill. Tips are also given for services like taxi rides, hotel porters, and guiding. Rangers and trackers are particularly reliant on tips to supplement their income. Although you are not obligated to tip them, gratuities are greatly appreciated.

Southern Africa makes banking easy. In South Africa, you’ll find a plethora of banks, bureau de changes, and ATMs. Banks are open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 11 am on Saturdays. All central banks have branches and ATMs in most large towns and cities, and you’ll also find international bank branches in South Africa’s major cities. Thomas Cook (represented by Rennies Travel) ad American Express foreign exchange can also be found in the major cities. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted, but you might need to plan in advance if you're traveling to some of the more remote areas, something Bush 2 City Adventure would be happy to assist with.

Africa has a warm, sunny climate, so it’s always advisable to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, even during the cooler winter months. The African sun is noticeably more potent than what American and European guests might be accustomed to, so it’s advisable to always protect your eyes as well by wearing high-quality sunglasses on your safari.

The water in all major South African cities and the handpicked selection of Bush 2 City Adventure camps and lodges is safe to drink. If you prefer to do so, bottled water will also always be available.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see the Big Five consisting of elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, and buffalos. You’ll also encounter a range of other animals at the parks and lodges Bush 2 City Adventure recommends. These include antelope, hippos, crocodiles, a variety of primates, reptiles, and more than 400 different species of birds. South and Eastern Africa are also home to an incredible diversity of plant species.

Your Bush 2 City Adventure guide will be waiting for you at the airport as you make your way into East or Southern Africa.

Other Common Questions

They use 220-240 volts, 50Hz in Southern and East Africa, and in general, the power is provided through a three-pin so They use 220-240 volts, 50Hz in Southern and East Africa, and in general, the power is provided through a three-pin socket. These regions also make use of a smaller three-pin socket. You’ll need an adapter for your electronics, though, but most hotels and airport shops sell adapters for foreign plugs.cket. These regions also make use of a smaller three-pin socket. You’ll need an adapter for your electronics, though, but most hotels and airport shops sell adapters for foreign plugs.

There is no simple answer here. South Africa on its own has 11 official languages. Every country in East and Southern Africa speaks a different language, and there are many regional variations to the languages as well. In South Africa, English tends to be the most commonly spoken language (or at least the most widely understood), unless you’re in a very remote area.

Again, this varies depending on where you are traveling to. South Africa uses the Rand (ZAR), which tends to show favorable exchange rates for American and European visitors. Most East African countries will have foreign exchange services at hotels and lodges where you can exchange currency. Still, most major credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted, except for AMMEX, which is not widely accepted.

Only children over the age of five years are allowed on safari. But many lodges are happy to accommodate younger children. In fact, we have arranged many safaris that turned out to be exceptional educational experiences for children. If you’re traveling with your family, Bush 2 City Adventure can recommend lodges that cater specifically to children.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. For more information on the matter, see HIV/AIDS in South Africa.


You will always be in the hands of experienced and highly trained rangers and trackers. In addition to considerable knowledge and expertise, rangers are also armed with requisite weapons, and your safety remains their most profound concern.

Of course, we would be happy to cater to your needs.

Tipping may seem like an old-fashioned tradition to some, but like other service-oriented businesses (restaurants, etc.) it remains a cornerstone of the safari industry. Paying out tips ahead of time, even though it may be more convenient for guests who don’t want to travel with cash, really robs tipping of its original purpose.

All the lodges and camps are individually owned and operated, and we have little control over whether or not beverages are included in their rates. Nobody likes hidden costs so we can assure you we do try hard to make it very clear up front exactly what is included and excluded in each safari itinerary. Wine can typically be purchased from the various lodge restaurants or bar by the glass or by the bottle. Wine prices span a considerable range; premium wines are usually available as well as less expensive varieties and house wine. Other types of alcoholic beverages are available for purchase, including premium liqueurs, and you can basically expect to pay approximately the same as what you’d pay for the same type/brand at a typical bar or restaurant here in the US.

Rest assured, your safety is our paramount concern during your guided African safari. At Bush 2 City Adventure, we’re vigilant in mitigating risks, leaving no room for compromise when it comes to your well-being. Your journey with us is meticulously designed to prioritize your security.

However, when it comes to your personal belongings, we advise a cautious approach. While we can’t foresee every circumstance, it’s sensible to safeguard your valuables, especially in urban environments. Keeping them securely stowed ensures your peace of mind while allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the safari experience.

With your safety and comfort as our constant guideposts, you can set off on your adventure with the confidence that every measure has been taken to ensure a worry-free and enjoyable journey.

Bush 2 City Adventure prides itself in publishing factually correct and accurate information about all our destinations. We also strive to ensure all our documentation and correspondence are as accurate as possible.

The timing of your visit to Southern and East Africa depends on your preferences and interests. Both regions offer opportunities year-round.

For instance, let’s take Cape Town as an example. The rainy season spans from June to August. While these months might bring wet conditions, they’re also prime for witnessing the dramatic breach of Great White Sharks. It’s a unique spectacle that you wouldn’t want to miss.

When it comes to game viewing, it’s an activity you can engage in throughout the year. However, be mindful that the high summer months, from December to January, see the bushveld denser and the temperatures higher. This might influence your experience and comfort levels.

Now, if the Great Migration in East Africa holds a special allure, the ideal time to venture forth is from late June to October. During these months, the spectacle of vast herds moving across the plains is a mesmerizing sight that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your journey.

So, whether your heart is set on shark encounters, game drives, or the incredible migration phenomenon, there’s a perfect window of opportunity waiting for you in these captivating African landscapes.

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