With the peak summer safari season just around the corner, we thought it timely to re-visit a list of Frequently Asked Questions that should answer some of the most compelling concerns as you prepare for your safari. At African Portfolio we pride ourselves on making sure you are well informed about where you are going and what you can expect while on safari. We want you to be fully prepared both before your trip and while you are traveling, so nothing will come as an unpleasant surprise, and you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Your final documents will have more specific information that pertains to your customized itinerary, but this information is generally applicable to all safari travel. (Click on the highlighted links for description information on each topic).
How to Behave on Safari – The animals may not behave very well, but you should! Safari etiquette is important for your own safety as well as the enjoyment of everyone on safari.
How to Pack for a Safari – These tips will help you de-stress about packing for your safari – but also be prepared. It may surprise you that it can get very chilly during peak safari season, so layers are the order of the day.
Dietary Needs on Safari? – Even in the remote wilderness areas where we travel, dealing with dietary needs and preferences on safari is a priority. Whether you are a vegetarian, diabetic or have a food allergy — most dietary restrictions can be accommodated at the safari camps we work with.
Tourist Visas – When, where and how to get them for US passport holders traveling to Africa.
Yellow Fever Vaccinations – Some countries require visitors to get a yellow fever vaccination when traveling between countries where the disease is present. Find out more about the vaccine and if your itinerary requires you to get it.
Staying Healthy on Safari – Don’t panic when you read up on the long list of potential diseases and creepy crawlies that you may encounter while on safari in Africa. Use your common sense and all will be well if you follow some basic advice.
Money Matters – Tips and advice on the use of US dollars vs. local currency, credit cards and how much money to bring with you on your safari.
Staying in Touch While on Safari – Watch out for those roaming charges! Tips on keeping in touch with family and friends back home while you are enjoying the African bush.
Insuring Your Safari – Tips on why we recommend strongly travel insurance – to avoid unanticipated cancellations in particular.
Tips on Tipping – How much to give, who to give to, when to give and what currency is best to use when tipping.
What to Read Before, During and After your Safari – A great reading list for you to download on your e-reader. Enrich your safari experience and understanding of the history, the land and the people of where you will go, and where you have been.
What is Spoken Where in Africa? – Want to brush up on your Setswana or Swahili before getting on the plane?