To truly experience this program and Africa, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
US Dollars are widely accepted in Africa as well as most major credit cards (Visa & MasterCard). It’s a good idea to let your bank know the countries you will be travelling, to avoid your card being declined. ATM’s are also available in most of the larger cities.
Passport & Visa
**Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date and must contain sufficient blank pages for visas *
**Please note, entry requirements, visas and fees are subject to change at any time and are not included in the tour package**
South Africa: Canadians do not need a tourist visa to enter South Africa. However, upon arrival, immigration officials will issue a temporary resident visa (TRV) for up to 90 days. Your passport must contain at least 2 empty pages (pages must be facing each other) for the necessary South African Temporary Residence Permit. Without this, you will be denied entry into the country.
Zimbabwe/ Zambia: Canadians are eligible for a UniVisa which can be purchased upon arrival at your port of entry. The KAZA UNIVISA is valid for 30 days and allows passengers to cross into Zimbabwe/ Zambia as frequently as they like within the 30-day period. $50 USD Cash
Botswana: Canadians do not need a tourist visa to enter Botswana for stay up to 90 days.
We suggest you contact your doctor and local Travel Health Clinic a few months prior to your departure. Malaria pills are recommended when visiting Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Yellow Fever Vaccine may also be recommended.
An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage (such as your phone charger) you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adaptor plug to ensure proper function.
South Africa is supplied at 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. The adaptor is Type M.
Botswana is 220-240 volts at 50Hz. Type M & G adaptors can be found.
Victoria Falls is 220 volts at 50Hz. Both Type M & G adaptors can be found.
Zambia is 230 volts and 50Hz. Type C, D & G plugs are found.
Plastic Bag Ban
Many African countries have or are in the process of implementing a Plastic Bag Ban. We ask that you consider using eco friendly alternatives to single use plastic bags when packing for this trip!
Plastic pollution is the gravest environmental threat because it affects human life, marine life, and the entire food chain. Several retailers have accepted the South Africa Plastic Bag Ban and are planning a ban on single use plastics and replacing it with shopping bags which are biodegradable.
Johannesburg: May is one of the driest months and the average daytime temperature is 14C.
Kruger area: May marks the beginning of the cold season in Kruger National Park, however, your chances of spotting wildlife have upped considerably. The average daytime temperature reaches 20C. Rain is unlikely as African winters are mostly dry.
Victoria Falls: May is a great time to visit Victoria Falls, after the region’s summer rains. The average temperature is 20C.
Chobe: May is the best time to visit Botswana. The sky is clear, the air is dry and its warm during the day, averaging 24C. The animals of the savanna are easy to spot because they concentrate around the few remaining water holes. The nights are cool.
Cape Town: May is the beginning of Autumn in Cape Town. The weather will be cool and wet. The average daytime temperature is 16C, the days are often cool and overcast.
Packing for your African Safari Guideline
- Breathable and neutral in color to blend in with the bush (khaki, beige, greens, taupe or grey)
- Black and dark blue are thought to attract the Africa Tsetse flies, whereas predators identify red with wounded animals. With the amount of dust in the bush, white gets dirty very easily.
- Can adapt to the changing temperatures throughout the day (dress in layers)
- Items that can be easily hand washed if necessary and are quick to dry (cotton shirts)
- Light jacket/ rain jacket and/or vest
- Sweater, scarf, hat & gloves
- Items that are comfortable and warm at night are important
- A casual pair of pants and top are suitable for evening meals, very informal!
- Comfortable walking shoes and a pair of sandals to rest your feet at the end of the day
- Swimsuit, sunglasses
Other Important Items:
- Sunscreen, bug spray
- Adaptors and converters for charging and plugging in electronic items