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Travel Advice

Travel Insurance

SafariWise carries compulsory motor vehicle insurance and a detailed motor accident policy. Personal Travel Insurance is compulsory to all individual participants for the full duration of the tour/safari and forms part of the booking conditions. Mentioned insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, loss of luggage and the expenses associated with cancellation or curtailment of a tour/safari. You should be aware that even with fully comprehensive travel insurance, private hospitals in Namibia may insist on personal proof of payment (e.g. cash or credit card) before commencing treatment. They may also insist you pay up front, reclaiming from your insurer directly.

Health

The client acknowledges being aware of the proposed itinerary and hereby confirms that he or she is medically fit, in good health and is able to embark upon the tour/safari. Any client with a pre-existing medical condition or illness must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking. SafariWise cannot be held responsible for the provision of drugs or treatment that may be required during the tour/safari.

Malaria

Guests intended visiting Botswana, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mozambique, Mpumalanga (Eastern Transvaal), Namibia (dependable on area), and Zambia are advised to commence taking anti-malaria prophylactics before their intended visit. Please check with your local pharmacy/drugstore or medical doctor. As for inoculations, consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx.

Yellow fever

Zambia added to the list of countries requiring Yellow Fever vaccination. South Africans travelling to Zambia will now be required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate following a global Yellow Fever risk assessment conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Zambia`s status has been classified as a low risk. However, as Yellow Fever is vaccine preventable, and travellers to and from countries with a low risk of transmission still risk contracting or importing Yellow Fever into South Africa, the Department of Health in South Africa has updated the Yellow Fever vaccination policy to include Zambia.

A valid Yellow Fever certificate will be required for travelers over 1 year old:

  • traveling from Zambia, or
  • having been in transit through a Yellow Fever risk country including Zambia.

Yellow Fever is an infectious vector-borne disease that is caused by a virus. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito vector.

Travel Documents

A passport, with minimum 6 months validity, on your return date to your country of residence/origin, is required. We recommend you have a total of three blank pages before traveling.  Please check visa- and vaccination requirements as SafariWise takes no responsibility for passports or visa’s.  You are required to pay for a Zambian visa on arrival. This is payable in USD (± USD50 per person).

Wild Animals

Clients may come into close physical contact with wild animals during tours/safaris.

Electricity

Electricity of 220 volts is supplied and sockets are for three-pin plugs (round in South Africa and Namibia), 15 amp types. Some lodges in Botswana and Zambia have the UK three pin flat plugs.  It is advisable to bring along a multi adaptor and we can change the socket plug and people can then share the adaptor.

Recommended items to bring along

Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sun hat
Swimming costume and swimming towel
Warm jacket
Comfortable walking shoes
Binoculars
Camera
Spending money
Soft bag accommodating 20kgs
Headlamp/ Torch

Included in guided tours/safaris

Guide
Vehicle
Fuel
All road taxes
All entrance fees to places of interest as mentioned on the itinerary
All accommodation as mentioned on the itinerary
Meals and drinks as mentioned on the itinerary
Mineral water in the vehicle
Small library in the vehicle

Not included in your package

All airfares
Airport tax
Meals other than those stated in your itinerary
Alcoholic beverages and wine
Laundry
Tips to local staff (It is custom to tip 10% of your meal bill towards the waiter)
Travel insurance

Money matters

The currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. The Namibian Dollar (NAD) is tied to the South African Rand (ZAR) on a 1:1 ratio. Both the Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are accepted throughout Namibia. South African Rand is advisable for Botswana and Zambia. No other international currencies are readily accepted.

Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted throughout Namibia in shops and lodges.  American Express and Diners Card are not widely accepted.

Paying by credit card can be a little time consuming in remote areas as occasionally they have connection problems, so if you are planning an early start from a lodge it is a good idea to settle any outstanding bills you may have the night before departure.

Foreign exchange is freely traded in Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls and Zambia.

All international airports have foreign exchange desks, though for Zambia and Victoria Falls we recommend you use USD as it is universally accepted – bring a variety of denominations to avoid receiving change in a less-than-useful local currency.