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Got questions about your overland adventure in Africa? We bet you do! Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions, you never know, the very answer you’ve been hankering after could be found right here! If it’s not, you can always contact one of our Overland Safari Experts and ask.
I’m 55 years old; am I too old to go on an overland tour?
Overlanding is not about age but attitude; if you’re young at heart, you will never be too old to go on an overland tour. Some of our operators request that you fill out a travel questionnaire to assess your fitness and suitability for the tour. Contact one of our consultants and they can recommend the best tours suited for older people.
I’m 17 years old; am I too young to go on an overland tour?
Most of the overland operators set a minimum age of 18 but if you are accompanied by an older person you may be able to join some selective trips. Some tours are also suitable for families. Contact one of our consultants who can advise you.
Does my tour include time in the start/finish destinations?
No. Tours depart from the start destination early in the morning on day one and end at the finish destination in the late afternoon on the final day. If you want to explore the start/finish destinations, it’s best to arrive a few days early and/or leave a few days after the trip ends.
I’ve booked a tour from A to B but at the end of the tour need to get back to A to catch my international flight. How do I do this?
Africa is not well served by reliable public transport and you may have to book an additional flight back to your arrival point in Africa. Contact one of our consultants who can arrange this.
Will the overland vehicle pick me up from my hotel on the first day?
No. All tours have a pre-appointed departure point and it is up to the passengers to make their own way there. These are often hotels with large car parks for the overland vehicle, and a pre-departure meeting is often held at this venue the night before. Contact one of our consultants if you would like to arrange accommodation at the hotel from where your tour departs.
How much spending money should I take?
This is easily the most frequently asked question! It’s very difficult to advise on how much money to take as everyone spends their money on different things. Click on the following link for general advice on personal spending money and don’t forget to include visas and optional activities in your budget.
What about visas?
Generally speaking the majority of nationalities require visas for several of the African countries. Some visas can be arranged and paid for at the relevant border but some have to be purchased before you travel. Our Pre-Departure Dossier which you will receive upon booking a tour will give you more up-to-date information regarding visas and the costs for each nationality.
Make sure there are plenty of blank pages in your passport for visas (at least one page per visa) - don’t turn up on the tour with a nearly full one - and remember that emergency or temporary passports are often not accepted at border crossings.
What about malaria? I want to come to Africa but do not want to take malaria prophylactics.
Overlanding through Africa passes through regions where malaria is present and precautions should be taken. This is particularly important during the rainy seasons and at lower altitudes, on the East African coast or in densely populated rural/semi-rural areas.
However, some of our tours run through parts of South Africa and Namibia that are malaria-free and still have excellent game watching opportunities. Speak to our consultants and they can advise you on the areas where you do not have to protect yourself against malaria.
I am a vegetarian; will I have problems with food on my tour?
Fruit and vegetables are abundant in most regions of Africa and there will always be the opportunity to whip up a non-meat dish. Bear in mind if you are on a longer trip you may want to consider supplementing your diet with multi-vitamins as days are often long and tiring and no-one wants to feel run-down on an Overland tour.
Vegetarians do not get a discount on the kitty or local payment.
How often will I be able to communicate home?
The quality of infrastructure in Africa is variable so don’t always expect to find reliable phones or internet access. Southern Africa, especially South Africa, has fairly reliable and widespread access to communication media but in East Africa public phones and internet access is only found in the main centres.
It is also worth remembering that the tour is not going to stop every few days for 20 people to empty all their in-boxes! There are of course far better things to do. But there will be the opportunity to send the odd line home about what a good time you are having. In the event of an emergency however your crew will get you to a phone.