- How do I Charge my digital equipment?
- How do I store my digital photos ?
- Can I listen to my music on the truck ?
- If I book on a gorilla safari will I see the gorillas ?
- Do I need to get visas prior to going?
- Do I need to take malaria pills?
- How do I carry my money for my trip?
- How do I stay in touch with friends & family?
- Where can I find out about power and plugs for the countries I'll be visiting?
- When is the best time to view the migration?
- I am travelling on my own. Is this OK? Will I pay a supplement?
How do I Charge my digital equipment?
The trucks have 600 watt Intelligent Power Inverters converting 24v DC to AC mains electricity (220-240v). This will be sufficient for charging photographic or other standard equipment you might bring. In the unlikely event that this equipment experiences difficulties a 12 volt d/c adapter can also be useful, fitted with a standard cigarette lighter plug, and all necessary cables.
It is sensible to also bring an international/universal adapter to charge any equipment from mains power.
Do note when charging appliances or video cameras when the power from the mains (AC) is fed directly into the equipment to always then check the power source at campsites are protected from power surges by a voltage regulator as failure to do so may result in your equipment being damaged.
Remember to bring enough memory and all accessories and cables etc you might need for your equipment. Extra batteries are always wise.
How do I store my digital photos ?
You will not find many places in Africa that can burn your photos from your memory card or stick so be prepared to bring along extra memory cards. It is possible to use your ipod as a hard drive for storing photos if you have one.
Can I listen to my music on the truck ?
Apart from being able to charge your ipod & MP3 Player you will also be able to connect it to our music system allowing your sound to be heard through the truck's speakers.
If I book on a gorilla safari will I see the gorillas ?
Absolute Africa pre-purchases gorilla permits for our gorilla safaris.
If booking on a gorilla safari you will be billed for your permit ahead of time. Once you have a permit it is 99.99% certain you will view the gorillas whilst there can never be 100% guarantees as the gorillas are wild animals and the trek is in their natural habitat. The trek to the gorillas can take from 3 to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are. The total time you spend with them is no more than 1 hour so the gorillas are not stressed by your presence and to minimise any risk of the transmission of disease as they are so genetically close to humans. If you have any transmittable ailment that could infect the gorillas like the flu you are also not allowed to trek.
Do I need to get visas prior to going?
Most visas are easily obtained while on safari payable on the borders in USD cash so it is not necessary to get them prior to your trip. This advice applies to most passports including Australians,Americans, Canadians, British and most European passport holders.
Do note that New Zealanders now need to get a visa for South Africa prior to the tour.
Visa costs can be found in the budget section for each individual tour. Feel free to check with our office if you are unsure about the visa requirements for your particular passport.
Do I need to take malaria pills?
Some form of malaria prophylactic (pills) is usually regarded as essential. We strongly recommend that you visit a travel clinic or your GP to get the latest advice.
How do I carry my money for my trip?
Convenient efficient Western style banking and payment facilities are not regularly available on most overland routes. Some of your payments will need to be made in USD cash including your local payment and your visas. A few optional excursions also can only be paid in USD cash.
We travel to remote places and keep very busy day to day. Where ATM access is available you can usually only draw local currency, not USD.
Whilst it is ultimately your choice the best advice is usually to carry your money to Africa mainly in cash leaving some to access by card, particularly if you have a visa card. Carrying some travellers cheques particularly on the longer trips is also very wise.
If travelling from the United Kingdom some pounds cash can also be worthwhile carrying.
We strongly recommend that you carry your cash on you when you fly. Organising USD cash once in Africa when you land can be very expensive and it can be difficult to actually get hold of all the cash that you need at one bank.
When arranging your cash remember small denominations can be useful but the larger denominations will give a better exchange rate. Request that your notes are not torn, written on or damaged in any way. USD notes need to be post-2004.
How do I stay in touch with friends & family?
You will be able to send and receive emails from internet cafes or by using wifi at campsites on the way usually on a weekly basis.
There is also now good mobile phone coverage along most main roads.
If you have a roaming agreement it will be possible to make and receive calls and text message whilst on the trip.
It is though very expensive to make and receive calls on mobile phones either with a local sim card or roaming agreement and with the latter you will be paying for the international incoming call. If your phone is not blocked you will be able to buy a pay as you go sim card for each country that you travel through allowing people to ring you without paying for the international call sector.
Remember though that you are on a safari and we do not want phones ringing all the time while in Africa spoiling the ambience and peace, as most people like the idea of getting away from modern communication for a while travelling in Africa.
Where can I find out about power and plugs for the countries I'll be visiting?
Please visit the 'WORLD ELECTRIC GUIDE ' website, there's a link to it in our Links section.
When is the best time to view the migration?
Have a look at the click option on the home page for a detailed overview of the migration's constant movement month by month.
The prime time to visit the Serengeti is usually regarded as being from late November through to March when the big herds of wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle and zebra head on to the southern plains of the Serengeti.
To get the best viewing on the other hand in Kenya's Masai Mara July through to September are usually regarded as the best months.
I am travelling on my own. Is this OK? Will I pay a supplement?
Regularly on the trucks our customers are traveling on their own.
Travelling overland on a truck is regarded as one of the easiest, securest and safest ways to see all the big highlights. As the trips are based on group participation this does give you some security. You won't feel alone day to day. Regularly people make fabulous friendships on the trips due to the relaxed nature of a camping trip in Africa, and the exciting things you are sharing together.
There is no single supplement on the price of the trip.