We have put together a list of our best travel tips for a safari to Africa. Be sure to also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page where we answer questions we regularly receive from our guests.
Your Health and Safety
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 travellers 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 Pty has comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance.
Baggage is strictly limited to one large bag, weighing a maximum of 15 kg on our Small Guided Group Tours. 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 and for the safety of our clients. Because overloaded vehicles are inherently dangerous Jenman African Safaris insists that every client adheres to these luggage restrictions.
Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
On our scheduled tours, 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.
Spending Money on Safari
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.
Tipping on Safari
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
What to pack for a safari
Shorts, swimming costume, comfortable walking shoes, light trousers/jeans, sarong, sandals, T-shirts, sun hat, long-sleeved shirts, windbreaker and tracksuit. Warm clothes in the winter months (May-August).
Jenman African Safaris Pty uses Mercedes all-terrain vehicles with air-conditioning, comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. All luggage is carried in the off-road trailer to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
Trust Jenman African Safaris Pty
- Jenman African Safaris Pty has been operating for over 20 years. We have a long history in the safari business and a great deal of experience.
- Jenman African Safaris Pty is SATSA bonded. This means that in the unlikely event of business liquidation, clients will receive a refund of monies paid. This is important to keep in mind, as personal travel insurances or agents do not cover costs in the event of business bankruptcy.
- Jenman African Safaris Pty, in addition to being SATSA bonded, is a member of several quality measuring associations, including ATTA and APTA. Our membership ensures each client that we have attained and continue to measure up to a high standard in the travel industry. We reach new levels of quality assurance regularly, and we remain in check by our governing bodies.
- At Jenman African Safaris Pty, all of our vehicles are tested regularly and maintained to the highest standard.