Paradigm Ventures - Tours and Safaris
It is usually informal and should be comfortable as well practical. Pack plenty of cotton T-shirts, short and long- sleeved shirts, blouses, socks and under garments. Also pack linen or drill shorts, trousers and jacket. A jumper, bathing suit and a light shower-proof anorak are recommended. Sunglasses, wide brimmed hat or caps to keep away the sun, handkerchiefs that protect your head, neck and nose are essential. A pair of lightweight sandals,light boots and snickers are recommended.
During game drives
While on game drives, subdued dark natural colours such as olive green, navy blue, brown and beige are appropriate. Early morning game drives are cool and crisp so a jumper or jacket and trousers are recommended. Apply sun-screen lotions regularly all over and use a hat, scarf and sun glasses especially during day time game drives.
In the evening and during dinner a long-sleeve shirt, jumper or jacket, trousers and thick socks help protect against insects and cooler temperatures. Always apply insect repellents with Deet all over, especially around ankles, ears, knees and knuckles
Mountains and tree hotels
Temperatures in the mountains and highlands can fall below 10 Centigrade from late evening to early morning so a warm jumper is recommended. Many lodges and tree hotels have log fires in the dining/main sitting areas and some provide hot water bottles.
Light clothing, Snorkelling equipment, plastic beach sandals, ample swimsuits, swimming aids and toys for little children are recommended.
You should bring along your own tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, shaving cream, after shave lotions etc with you as those available in Africa are expensive and often not of good quality. Common drugs such as aspirin, cough drops, Pepto Bismol, Vitamins that you might normally take also come in handy.
Clothes can be washed and ironed at most lodges and hotels.
Children are generally welcome in most places, however, check individual lodge information for details as some lodges forbid younger children. Younger children are sometimes restricted on certain activities like walking safaris, horseback safaris, balloon safaris and so on. Please check individual lodge details for further information.
Professional nannies and baby sitters are rarely available on safari and one has to accept a helping hand from the lodge staff – the risk is borne by the parents. Please check individual details for further information.
Bottled baby food is not available but most lodges can prepare something suitable for the babies with some advice from the parents. It is courteous to let the hosts know what type of meals the baby requires. Special meals are not guaranteed. Nappies and other baby accessories may not be available in most lodges.
Baby or children accessories are rarely available on safaris so please carry adequate supplies on the trip. Most accessories will be available in major cities
Some other things you might consider for your trip:
- Water bottles
- Pens, paper, journal
- A good novel or two
- Zip-Lock type bags to keep the dust and moisture out of stuff and keep your wet swimsuit in.
- A couple large plastic trash bags to wrap stuff in should it rain (your bags may travel on racks on top of the vehicle)
- Money belt or similar. The best is a pouch that fits in front inside your shirt or slacks.
You MUST HAVE a yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar. It may also be required on arrival to Kenya, though rarely is. The book must reflect receiving the vaccination at least ten days before travel. It is usually also important to have protection against Malaria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus, The risk of contracting Malaria is the largest concern when traveling in East Africa. Consult with the appropriate medical authority in your country for the latest inoculation and medicine requirements for each country you intend to visit. Vaccination, inoculation and medical certificates or receipts should be carried on the trip at all times. All inoculations should be done 4 to 6 weeks before the trip.
Visitors on special medication must carry ample supplies at all times. Make a list of any medications, including their strengths, and carry the list in a separate place in the event your bag gets lost or misplaced. It is also advisable to carry wrist tags, physician’s instructions and address, and prescription details for emergencies.
If you suffer from motion sickness, don’t forget to use your preferred medication – patch or tablets.
All visitors partaking in walking, trekking, climbing, rafting or other physically demanding activities require their physician’s letter that they are fit for the planned activities. Visitors should also be aware that African roads can be dusty, bumpy and physically demanding.
First Aid Kit
Although our vehicles and Lodges usually carry a First Aid Kit, it is advisable that each family carry their own. The kit could include disposable hypodermic needles in the event an injection is required, plasters, gauze dressings and tape; alcohol swabs; antiseptic cream; anti-fungal powder; antihistamines; antidiarrheal agents; pain killers; antibiotics; children’s medicines; burns creams; rehydrates; thermometer.
Because of the dust, contact lenses are uncomfortable during game drives. For visitors wearing prescription glasses, we recommend clip-on polaroid lenses or prescription sunglasses. Also carry extra pairs of glasses
Carry plenty of sun block, lip balm, moisturisers, insect repellents, sting spray, contact lens solutions, small tissue packs, handi-wipes, water purifying tablets and sanitary products. Emergency dental kit is optional
International Flights to and from Africa – usually have weight allowance of 44kgs for First class, 33kgs for Club and 22kgs for economy class. Consult your preferred airline for allowances for Africa. If possible travel light and make every effort to pack your belongings into one soft sided duffel bag and one ‘carry on’ style hand luggage for cameras, valuables and day trips as baggage space in safari vehicles is very limited. We recommend one medium sized soft duffel bag per person that should not exceed the dimensions 24inch x 20inch and one piece small soft, easy to carry hand luggage. For walking safaris a small rucksack is recommended. All bags should have sturdy locks.
Visitors are responsible for any excess baggage charges.
On any domestic flight between game parks/reserves, luggage is restricted to a maximum of 15kg/33pounds per person depending on the size of the plane. If doing a lot of domestic travel, you may be required to leave some luggage at the town hotel.
For souvenir shopping, you might consider carrying another bag tucked in your suitcase to take care of them. Important to note -for persons crossing the Atlantic Ocean from North America and connecting in Europe to Africa, International air carriers limit carry on bags to one and checked bags to two per passenger. Persons departing from Europe have weight restrictions on bags as well, varying with the carrier.
Protect your spare clothes and accessories well with extra dust-proof bags.
Most foreign currencies are easily accepted in the hotels and lodges;-US Dollars, Euros, British pounds sterling notes, Deutch Marks can be used to settle your bills. Traveller’s cheques used to be as good as cash, but now attract a much lower rate due to bank charges.
It is recommended that currency be changed only at official places such as hotels and bureaus. We do not recommend changing at banks as this can be a very time consuming process. Cash should be kept with you in a safe pocket or locked up in secure safes.
Major credit cards such as Visa, American Express are widely accepted by shops, restaurants and hotels. A few shops may charge a surcharge for accepting cards. In some outlets Credit cards are not accepted by market traders or government institutions so visitors should keep some local and foreign notes with them at all times. Have appropriate addresses ready for replacement cards.
Expensive and heavy jewellery is not recommended as it attracts unnecessary attention. You can store your valuables at the hotel in safe boxes.
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the trip’s return date. Children may travel on their parent’s passports but separate passports are recommended. Passport copy should be carried separately.
Visas rare required for some countries. Visa regulations can change so please obtain current visa information directly from appropriate consulates. 1-3 passport copies, purpose of visit document may be required. A few countries issue visas on arrival and could involve long periods of waiting at the airport. Apply for appropriate visas well in advance, e.g. multiple-entry visas for multiple visits to a country.
Always re-confirm return flights at least 72hrs prior to departure – we will be glad to help our clients. Airport tax is payable in many countries on domestic and international flights on departure. Some countries require the tax to be paid in US dollars while others accept local currencies. The regulation on airport tax changes frequently so please check at the airport on arrival what the airport departure tax is and what currency it can be paid in.
VERY Important note
Make a photocopy or list of the following items: Passports (including the page with the visa stamped in them and the pages with photos and data), plane tickets, yellow booklet showing your yellow fever vaccination, list of all medications you might require, listing of all travelers’ cheque numbers, list of serial numbers for cameras, etc. Keep this list someplace apart from where you keep these other items.
Keep track of your passport above all. Loss of a passport can destroy your trip and cost considerable money during the time required to replace it. On your international flight, pack as if the airline is going to lose your bags. It seldom happens, and almost always the bags arrive a couple of days later, but this way, you will be able to continue on your safari while the airline finds them.