Frequently Asked Questions
Attire throughout the program is casual and comfortable, however in Cape Town you may wish to dress it up a bit since the One and Only Hotel is quite posh. We suggest packing a mix of shorts, t-shirts, polo type shirts, a few button down shirts, shorts, jeans and maybe a pair or two of slacks (or skirts for the ladies). The safari portion of the program is very casual. We suggest packing light weight safari-style clothing in neutral earth-tone colors. For safari, convertible pants work well and light weight long sleeve shirts are also nice to block the sun and protect from insects. Walking is not extensive on this tour, nonetheless we suggest you pack sturdy, comfortable walking shoes for excursions. Light jacket or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Other items to consider: swimsuit, wide brimmed sun hat and rain jacket.
The local currency in South African is the Rand, however USD are widely accepted. US dollars are also accepted in Zimbabwe and Zambia. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills in good condition for small purchases. Credit cards are accepted at most higher end restaurants and hotels.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 30 days prior to departure of these requests.
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong(Plug M) or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. You plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. In some cases you may also need a voltage converter for devices that are not dual voltage such as a CPAP or shaver. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your South African vacation.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
While you can expect to encounter insects during the program, most are relatively harmless. If you plan to be outside during the morning or evening hours, it is recommended to apply insect repellent, particularly to ankles and other exposed skin. Guests may wish to bring an insect repellent with DEET for use on excursions. White and black clothing attracts bugs and biting flies.
Passport and Visas Requirements
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required. Multiple entry visas are also required for citizens of the US and Canada for Zimbabwe and Zambia. The visas will be obtained upon arrival into Zimbabwe. Visas are not required for US citizens for South Africa. Citizens of all other countries should check visa requirements with their nearest consulates of Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.
In addition to routine vaccinations, it is recommended that most guests also get vaccinated or take medications for malaria, hepatitis A and typhoid. Some guests may also be at risk for hepatitis B, rabies and yellow fever. We recommend you consult a travel medicine specialist, who can advise and provide treatment tailored to your specific health condition.