Travel Advice

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PASSPORTS

Please ensure that your passport has at least six months validity from your return date and that it has at least THREE blank pages left inside.

Please see: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

VISA’S

It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct visa(s) applicable for all countries you will be visiting. Please consult the following website for further information under each country.

Wedge and Wildlife do not offer a visa service but we will be happy to advise which visas you require based on your final itinerary.

HEALTH

Health risks and medical requirements are essential to check for each country you are visiting. Vaccination guidance should be obtained well in advance from your personal GP. Please note when travelling between countries you maybe required to have with you vaccination certificates, such as yellow fever. For further information visit:www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advic

INSURANCE

It is advisable to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will, therefore, provide cover should you have to cancel your trip. We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are adequately insured, providing financial protection against unforeseen circumstances. Cover should include medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. In addition, we strongly recommend that you have cover for personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses, adventure sports and cancellation.

Wedge and Wildlife do not offer travel insurance.

ONLINE FLIGHT CHECK-IN

Check in within 24 hrs of your departure on the airline’s website using your surname and 6 digit flight reference found on your e-ticket. Seats if not already booked, can also be requested online at check-in, depending on the airline.

CASH AND CREDIT CARDS

In certain countries in Africa and South America (Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Peru, Argentina and Brazil) it is helpful to have US Dollars in small denominations. Local currency is good to have (such as Rand in South Africa and Peso in Argentina and Chile). Always advise your bank where you are going overseas to avoid your credit and debit cards being rejected.

LUGGAGE

It is wise to keep luggage to a minimum for tour in Africa. Lockable 'soft' holdalls are preferable to hard backed suitcases. Each airline has its own rules as to weight of luggage both in the hold and in the cabin. Generally speaking if going on safari and touring in light aircraft is to take soft holdall style bags weighing max 15kg. In other words the smallest aircraft dictates the size/weight of your luggage for the entire journey. It is very important to lock your bags – either with a padlock or numeric coded-lock.

CLOTHING – WHAT TO PACK FOR SAFARI

In all seasons it is advisable to take both light cottons and a set of warm clothes for the evenings and early mornings as temperatures can vary considerably. Neutral colours like beige and safari are best on safari. A good pair of comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots is ideal as well as sandals to wear around camp when it’s hot. A wide-brim hat, long-sleeved cotton/linen shirts and t-shirts, cotton cargo trousers and shorts, a Top tip is to pack kikoys or shawls which serves as a scarf (or towel) and a ‘buff’ for your face when on game drives.

KIT AND STUFF

A good digital zoom-camera is a must. Binoculars, high factor sun block and quality mosquito repellent spray is vital, a small torch can be useful, and so is a small backpack.

COMMUNICATION

Always check with your service provider for charges and roaming arrangements they have with each country’s provider. It is a good idea to purchase a local ‘sim card’ when you’re in the country for any length of time as this often works out most cost effective. Free and pre-paid WI-FI is generally available at most hotels and lodges.

CAR HIRE

A valid photo driver’s license and credit card is always required for car hire. Always make the hire car company documents reflect correctly any damage to the body of the vehicle BEFORE leaving the premises. On return it is essential you get the paperwork signed off on the condition of the vehicle, if you have a full tank on return make sure its noted.

We are here to give you the best advice for your journey. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information prior to travel.