Questions asked about overland: What are the health requirements?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What are the health requirements?

All people who join an adventure tour need to be in good health. Medical facilities are not always available. If you have a specific medical condition it is compulsory for you to advise us before departure.

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Questions asked about overland: How does tipping work in Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

How does tipping work in Africa?

In Africa tipping is not compulsory. Tipping in restaurants is usually 10% for good service and more if you feel that you received exceptional service. Our guides do work hard, but they are also paid industry standards for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. We recommend USD2-3 (or about R25-R30) per day per person, per guide as a fair tip. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crew member’s name written on one. Place what you feel is fair into each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. Please remember that tipping is only for exceptional service and is not at all compulsory or expected

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Questions asked about overland: Is Africa safe?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Is Africa safe?

The most visited countries in Southern and East Africa like – South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia are safe to visit. If you adhere to the basic principles of navigating any large city anywhere in the world: do not carry valuables in plain sight, keep cameras hidden and do not walk alone at night. Make use of hotel safety deposit boxes.
Travellers with tour operators are the least at risk and self-drive clients are advised to plan what routes they wish to travel, and to get all their destination information ahead of time. If travelling by car, make sure the doors are always locked and that no bags or purses left on passenger seats – and in the bush the only danger you will encounter are wild animals. African culture is gracious and hospitable. So, you will be in good hands.

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Questions asked about overland: When is the best time to travel East Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

When is the best time to travel East Africa?

East Africa is a safari destination and the best time to travel is during the dry months. The rainy season is from April to June – and there are short rains from late November through December. It is often less expensive to travel during the long rainy season.
Dry season offers excellent game viewing and more reliable road conditions. Wildlife gathers around the limited water sources, making it easier to spot animals.
July and August are generally extremely busy months in East Africa, offering comfortable temperatures in addition to being a popular travel time worldwide. It is important to book in advance.

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Questions asked about overland: When is the best time to travel Southern Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

When is the best time to travel Southern Africa?

Southern Africa is a year-round destination as different regions are spectacular at different times.
Winter months are between May and September. These months are often popular for game viewing, as it is dry and the wildlife is much easier to see and it is also cooler.
In summer, the temperatures can reach between 30 and 40 °C. But in many countries, summer is the best time to visit beautiful beaches and coastal resorts. Summer often coincides with the rainy season, resulting in lush, green countryside and lovely scenery.

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Questions asked about overland: What clothes must I pack?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What clothes must I pack?
You will receive a pre-departure booklet that will have a suggested packing list for you tour. Most people make the mistake of bringing too much! The clothing you bring should be easy to launder and hard wearing. There will be an opportunity to do washing at most campsites.

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Questions asked about overland: What currency must I bring?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What currency must I bring?

Bring most of your spending money in cash as USD, Sterling or Euro. Generally, US dollars are the easiest to exchange. If your tour remains within Southern Africa – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Mozambique – you may opt to bring all your spending money in South African Rand and you can change the money before you leave your own country. If you carry US dollar bills in East Africa, please ensure they are clean, un-torn and issued post-2009. Anything else will incur a poor exchange rate or might be refused. Your guide can advise you where it is best to change money into the local currency on your tour and how much you are likely to require. Some tours may require you to have money already changed after arrival at the airport.

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Questions asked about overland: Are there ATM machines to draw money?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Are there ATM machines to draw money?

Most people choose to travel with a Credit or Debit card but this should not be relied solely upon. VISA is the most widely accepted card and is recommended. Mastercard and American Express are accepted only in selected locations. Some providers charge high fees for using Credit and Debit cards. Please note that all ATM’s will ONLY dispense cash in local currency. You will only be able to draw US$ cash from ATM’s in Zimbabwe. Most activities are payable by credit card (surcharges will apply).

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Questions asked about overland: What kind of bag can I travel with?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What kind of bag can I travel with?

Try to keep your luggage to a minimum and remember to keep to your airline’s weight restriction (normally 20kg or less). Note some tours have luggage weight limits
Your luggage will be dependent on the type of trip you are taking but a holdall backpack, a soft bag or rucksack are ideal for adventure travel when luggage is stored in vehicles. As a rule, no hard cases are allowed.

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Questions asked about overland: What kind of bag can I travel with?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What kind of bag can I travel with?

Try to keep your luggage to a minimum and remember to keep to your airline’s weight restriction (normally 20kg or less). Note some tours have luggage weight limits
Your luggage will be dependent on the type of trip you are taking but a holdall backpack, a soft bag or rucksack are ideal for adventure travel when luggage is stored in vehicles. As a rule, no hard cases are allowed.

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Questions asked about overland: Do I have to do chores on tour?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Do I have to do chores on tour?

Most overland tours are limited participation tours and your participation in chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags.

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Questions asked about overland: What meals do we get on an overland tour?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

What meals do we get on an overland tour?

We cater for vegetarian, halaal and other dietary requirements in Southern and East Africa. Just let us know in advance and we will be able to organise your preferred meals. Our tour guides are trained to cater for different types of tastes. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your newfound friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yogurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.
Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad or green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.
Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.

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