Travelling to Africa can be a daunting experience. We have compiled this document to help you when planning a safari to the wild continent.
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and our vehicles are equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.
It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman African Safaris cc has comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance and has partnered with World Nomad travel insurance.
Baggage is strictly limited to one large bag, weighing a maximum of 15 kg. Also allowed will be a smaller hand-luggage bag or camera bag per Client. These restrictions are essential because of the nature of the tour. Because overloaded vehicles are inherently dangerous and cause unnecessary transport problems, potentially endangering Clients and Company representatives, the Company insists that every Client adhere to these luggage restrictions.
On our scheduled Camping, Upgraded Camping & fully upgraded Camping safaris all meals are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group (on semi-participation safaris). Meals are nutritious and filling, drawing on fresh local produce where possible. We buy groceries along the way, so our clients have a say in what type of meals are eaten. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
On our scheduled Lodge Safaris, you will be accommodated on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis and have dinner and breakfast in the restaurant of the lodges. Should there be no restaurant facilities, your guide will prepare the meal. Lunches are usually lunch packs or prepared by your guide during a lunch stop.
If you booked a Lodge Safari Package, all meals will be prepared in the Lodges’ restaurant.
Jenman African Safaris cc is able to supply sleeping bags (U$30) for the duration of the tour if necessary.
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios and entertainment (alcoholic drinks, mineral water etc). US Dollars, Pound Sterling and South African Rand (ZAR) are the most practical and convenient currencies. There are automatic teller machines (ATMs) available in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to draw money.
Shorts, swimming costume, comfortable walking shoes, light trousers/jeans, sarong, sandals, T-shirts, sun hat, long-sleeved shirts, windbreaker and track suit. Warm clothes in the winter months (May – August).
Suggested other items
Sleeping bag, Flash Light & spare batteries, UV protection, water bottle and camera
Jenman African Safaris cc uses fully equipped, custom-built Toyota Landcruisers with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage is carried in the trailer to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
Tipping can sometimes be confusing, but it doesn’t need to be! While tipping is always at guests’ own discretion, it is a standard procedure in Africa when it comes to service providers. We’ve provided some guidelines on what is the appropriate amount to tip to the various people who play an important role in our guests’ safari.
- Transfer drivers USD 2 – 5
- Lodge guides USD 10 – 20
- Trackers USD 5 – 10
- Driver and trackers USD 15 – 20