Safari Trip Notes
These notes contain important information. We advise you to read them and to have a copy available to you throughout your trip. You should also read our full terms and conditions available on our website. Which over- ride the information below in the event of inconsistency.
Complications On Arrival
- Complete the visa request form (either on the ﬂight or on arrival).
- Join the queue for one of the visa counters – please don’t let yourself be assisted by anybody at the airport or be persuaded to give your visa money to anyone apart from the staff at the counter.
- Pay for the visa – USD 100 per person for US nationals and USD 50 per person for nationals of other countries (visa fees are payable in cash ONLY and US bills should not be older than 2006).
- Make sure that you get a receipt for this transaction – the receipt is yellowish- orange colour with a silver seal sticker.
- Verify that the number on the receipt is the same as the one written on top of the visa stamp on your passport.
- Queue up for your ﬁngerprints and passport.
- Collect your luggage and leave by the exit.
- Outside the exit door you will see our driver guide holding the ‘Easy Travel’ signboard.
Countries from Africa
|Angola||Cote d’Ivore||Guinea Bissau|
|Senegal||Benin||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Kenya||Sierra Leone||Burkina Faso|
|Equatorial Guinea||Liberia||South Sudan|
|Mauritania||Togo||Central Africa Republic|
Countries from South America
|Peru||Plurinational State of Bolivia||Ecuador|
|French Guiana||Paraguay||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Venezuela (Republic of
Spending Money During Your Trip
Safari Chef: $10 US per day, per couple.
Flying Doctor Insurance
- You are responsible for having all necessary inoculations and taking all relevant medications.
- In particular, many areas in Tanzania attract mosquitoes and anti-malarial measures must be taken, in accordance with advice received from your doctor/travel clinic.
- To minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, tsetse ﬂies and other insects, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers at all times, use insect repellent (though this is not always effective against all insects) sleep under insect nets where these are provided, avoid bushes (as insects rest in these and bite if disturbed!) and wear white, beige or olive-coloured clothes – as bright or dark colours attract tse-tse ﬂies in particular.
- Please bring a travel ﬁrst-aid kit with you, including sanitizing hand-gel/hand-wipes.
- Please bring any tablets required for water puriﬁcation, although bottled water is cheap, widely available and recommended. The local tap water should not be consumed.
- Ensure that you keep properly hydrated during your safari, avoiding too many diuretics (eg. coffee, tea, alcohol) as these tend to dehydrate. Easy Travel advises that you should drink a minimum of two liters of water, per day while you are on safari.
- You should use cream/spray to protect yourself against the sun at all times (even on cloudy days) and also consider wearing a hat for the same purpose.
- Bring any medication required to combat diarrhoea, as this is common when travelling.
- Yellow fever vaccinations are always required if arriving from a yellow fever area.
- Some of our travelers worry about snakes, but encountering a snake while on safari is very rare.
- People who suffer from back pain should seriously consider whether a safari is the right holiday for them. A safari necessarily requires many hours of travel, much of it on rough, unmade roads (see 16. Vehicles, Road Conditions and Journey Times, below). While our vehicles are as comfortable as they can be, passengers who are liable to back pain may experience severe discomfort and should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of a safari (and take medical advice if appropriate) before booking.
Safety And Security
Children On Safari
Road Conditions, Vehicles and Journey Times
What to Take: Luggage Allowance And Clothes
- Favorite Shoes: Sturdy shoes are important for safari, but don’t sacrifice comfort just because you think overbuilt commando boots are necessary. They’re not. Your favorite hiking shoes or active footwear will work just fine.
- Shawl/Sarong: This might be the most undervalued but over-appreciated article of clothing to have on safari. On crisp mornings, my shawl turned into a scarf. At midday, it helped with shade and dust. A sarong or shawl is an all-purpose addition to your packing list that will come in handy in approximately 50,000 different ways. I promise.
- Clothing: Colors, Wind, and Warmth: For clothing, choose lightweight, moisture-wicking materials, and think natural colors (olive, tan, etc.) that won’t distract wildlife or attract tsetse flies (bugs love bright colors!) Also, you may be imagining safari like this: hot and dry, from dawn until dusk. This isn’t the case. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are some of the best times for wildlife viewing, and it’s not uncommon for these times to be a little chilly. Don’t forget to pack a warm, lightweight jacket, raincoat, and windbreaker (think open-air 4WD safari vehicle!)
- Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire: These are vast landscapes teeming with more world-class wildlife than you can imagine, and its drama can sometimes unfold at a distance. Even when that pride of lions is disemboweling a wildebeest next to your safari vehicle, a pair of binoculars can really heighten the experience—to witness those razor-sharp teeth, the eyes, the texture. Not every tour operator supplies binoculars so pick up a modest pair before you go.
- Functional Bags: While on safari, having the ability to access your things quickly is critical (“I see a cheetah! Quick, hand me the binoculars from my bag!”). Choose a combination of a trusted daypack and a larger, weather-resistant bag that can withstand the elements and constant packing/unpacking.
- Camera Extras: Batteries, memory cards, plug converters, lens cleaners—better to gather these before you arrive as they might be hard to find in country. Who wants to spend precious safari time trying to find the right plug-in adapter, anyway?
- Headlamp: With early morning game drives and relaxing evenings at your bush accommodations, it’s always helpful to have a reliable source of light. I find headlamps to be the most convenient option because they enable you to be hands-free as you rifle through your bag for that windbreaker, bird guide, or snack. They’re cheap, minimal, and incredibly handy, too.
- Sunscreen: This is the thing about safaris: once you’ve become immersed in this landscape, you’ll want to seize every waking moment—it’s just too big and beautiful not to. But that means long days, and long days mean several hours in the elements at a time. Strong sunscreen is an absolute must.