Questions asked about overland: Can my family reach me while on tour?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Can my family reach me while on tour?

Please keep in mind though that this is an adventure tour and that there still might not be reception in a lot of the areas we travel through. Although you may not be able to contact the outside world easily while you’re on tour, we track you constantly and are always able to find you. Feel free to provide your family with our contact details and should there be an emergency of any kind at home we will be able to contact you almost anywhere. Please inform your families that although we can find you – it must be a real emergency – as we will not be sending one of our local contacts 500km over terrible roads to remind you to change your underwear regularly! We advise that you should also contact family and friends before leaving and tell them that you are on an adventure tour and that you will probably be out of contact for that time.
There are telephones in some places but do not count on these being all that reliable! In East Africa you can expect to pay up to USD 3 per minute for a phone call. E-mail facilities can be found in major towns and city centres, but it is often very slow and expensive.

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Questions asked about overland: Is it safe to drink the water in Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Is it safe to drink the water in Africa?

It is safe to drink the tap water in most African countries. Tap water in hotels and at other lodges in Southern and East Africa is also safe to drink, but bottled water is available in shops if you prefer. If you are ever in doubt, stick to bottled water. Bottled water is supplied at all the main camps and lodges.

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Questions asked about overland: Is there internet in Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Is there internet in Africa?

Certainly. Most city hotels will have either internet connection in the bedroom, or a business centre where you can spend time online. Some safari lodges and camps in South Africa also offer this facility. In remote areas, however, there is no internet.

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Questions asked about overland: Do mobile phones work in Africa?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Do mobile phones work in Africa?
Yes, there is extensive coverage throughout Southern and East Africa. In some countries, this may be primarily in and around major urban areas. However, in South Africa, networks cover all national roads, towns and cities. Before traveling, ask your mobile phone service provider to open your phone to allow international roaming.

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Questions asked about overland: Do I need travel Insurance?

Posted on December 27th, 2019 by Overland Africa

Do I need travel Insurance?

YES! Make sure your insurance covers being airlifted in case of serious illness/injury as good hospital facilities are often a long way from where our tours travel.

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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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