absolute AFRICA Safari Dossier for The African Adventurer 30 days Nairobi to Livingstone (the Zambian side of Victoria Falls) 2009-2010 departures Departs Arrives Price Kitty June 9, 2009 July 8 £520 US$498 July 7 August 5 £520 US$498 August 4 September 2 £520 US$498 August 15 September 13 £520 US$498 September 15 October 14 £520 US$498 October 8 November 6 £520 US$498 October 13 November 11 £520 US$498 October 20 November 28 £520 US$498 October 30 November 26 £520 US$498 November 16 December 13 £520 US$498 December 5 January 1, 2010 £520 US$498 December 28 January 24, 2010 £520 US$498 February 13, 2010 March 12 £520 US$498 March 6 April 2 £520 US$498 April 19 May 16 £520 US$498 May 10 Jun 6 £520 US$498 June 12 July 9 £520 US$498 Special Departure Dates: Please note this itinerary adjusts from 30 October 2009 to 28 days For details of route changes for departures from 30 October 2009 please check out our microsite on the home page @ www.absoluteafrica.com December 5, 2009 – Christmas on the houseboats and New Years by the Victoria Falls Kilimanjaro Base Camp Hikes – on 9 June – 20 Ocotber 09 departures only (£66) Want to visit the Masai Mara – For the months when the world famous migration is usually in the Masai Mara (i.e. departures from 9 June – 30 October 09) arrive early for a four day safari with time to visit in the Mara for game drives to see the big herds. Price £210. See page 3. Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia Highlights: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Maasai village, Zanzibar Island, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa, Zambia (departures 9 June – 30 October 09), Lake Kariba Houseboats, Lion walks, Victoria Falls, White- water Rafting on the Zambezi, Flights over the Falls, Bungee jump, Zambezi Gorge Swing, Township tour, Sunset cruise, Rhino trekking, Elephant rides. Safari Structure: The safaris are made up of components and along the way you will meet travellers who are doing longer or shorter components of our safari programs. The trip finishes in Livingstone with a few days to relax and enjoy the many activities available at Victoria Falls. There is also the option to travel through to Johannesburg at the end of this safari over a three day safari via Chobe National Park. Another option is to visit the Kenyan coast to chill out in beach cottage accommodation and get into the “African groove” before you start your safari. Please feel free to contact us for further details. 41 Swanscombe Road, Chiswick, London W4 2HL tel: 0208 742 0226, fax: 0208 995 6155 firstname.lastname@example.org www.absoluteafrica.com 2 When costing an overland safari you need to consider:- Your price Your optional excursions Your airfare Your visa and vaccination requirements Your kitty, paid in US $ cash Personal spending money Insurance requirements Personal equipment Pre and post safari needs The Group Kitty on The African Adventurer pays for: - All camping costs Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner), some prepared barbeques, a village meal and a contribution to the final restaurant meal in Livingstone. Core Game Parks: - Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania South Luangwa National Park (departures 9 June – 30 October 09), Highlights in remote Malawi on the other months A Maasai Boma visit For further game parks and highlights you might like to visit on safari please check the optionals listed on page 8. At lunchtime we encourage you to get out independently to mix with the local community, shop in the markets or try a local cafe which allows you to “do your own thing’” for lunch. When we stop for lunch in East Africa you will find that in many of the villages the locals will bring lunch to you - samosas, nuts, fruit and hard boiled eggs - all brought to the side of the truck by street vendors and all sold without you having to leave your seat! Or try meat or chicken kebabs or a local favourite, the chip omelette. Drinks are cold and plentiful. The kitty is the group’s money. It is paid to the safari leader in Africa who manages it for the group. Operating a kitty gives the group control over a lot of what happens on the safari. The kitty has been realistically costed to allow you to eat well and also camp in secure sites. Kitty also covers a proportion of the game parks and some of the other safari highlights. Any remaining funds in your kitty are returned to you at the end of the trip. Personal Spending Money We find you are wise to allow £70 - £100 approximately a week for personal spending money. This amount is very individual and depends largely on how much you drink, shop for souvenirs and your personal needs including lunch and snacks, as well as the occasional opportunity to upgrade. This figure is a regularly updated weekly average the crew and recent passengers have provided. Some weeks you will spend more and other weeks less. £300 to £430 spending money is the current recommendation for this safari covering lunch, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, and other personal needs including communication with home, postage and the occasional upgrade. Regularly smallish optional activities also arise costing under £10 will also be covered by this money such as entry to Mosi Oa Tunya at Victoria Falls. Spending money is also calculated to cover those times when we don’t eat on the truck particularly evening meals whilst on Zanzibar Island. For those who enjoy shopping or even browsing there are many different items to tempt you, Tanzanian makonde carvings and stone chess boards, kangas and kikois, beads and jewellery, Malawi chairs, wooden giraffes and batiks to name a few. Alternatively some clients like to buy a t-shirt in Livingstone of one of the many activities you might buy or a DVD of the “big day out”. Livingstone is also one of the places where you can splash out in a local restaurant, nightclub or casino. Do budget carefully to ensure you have adequate spending money to cover all eventualities and enjoy all you wish to do once out in Africa, bearing in mind that it is very difficult to access money from overseas once you are on the trip. Remember also to budget for whatever pre and post safari arrangements you might also have in mind. 3 Arrangements - Pre and Post Safari We can reserve accommodation for you prior to departure in Nairobi at The Heron Hotel or Wildebeest Camp. The safari departs from The Heron at 8 am on the departure date. Prices for the Heron Hotel are GBP 45 for a single room including bed and breakfast. GBP 58 for a double room or twin share room including breakfast. Triples are also available offering good value. The Heron is payable on arrival in Kenyan shillings or by credit card. Breakfast will be served from 07:00am to 10:00am. Please note breakfast is not provided on day one of the safari. Alternatively Wildebeest Camp offers slightly cheaper accommodation in a dorm which is 7 GBP, GBP12 for a budget room or GBP20 in a deluxe en-suite safari tent. All prices are per person inclusive of breakfast. Do remember you need to be ready for collection by 8 am on the departure date. If you wish we can arrange airport transfers and tours to take in some of the sights of Nairobi. A tour can take you to Karen Blixen’s House, author of “Out of Africa” and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, home to orphaned baby elephant, rhino and zebra, situated inside the Nairobi National Park. On the excursion we also visit the Langatta Giraffe Park where you will have the opportunity to hand feed the rare Rothschild giraffe. The African Adventurer finishes in Livingstone (the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls) where we spend the last four days. Further accommodation if you are spending a few extra days in Livingstone can be arranged for you at Guestmate Guest House. Double rooms are £22 a night per room and single rooms are £16.50 per night. The Guesthouse can organise your transfer to the airport either in Victoria Falls or to Livingstone, Zambia, or assist with any of your ongoing travel requirements. Airport transfers are approximately £8.00. If spending time in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe accommodation can be arranged for you at Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge. Dorm accommodation is available here and is £5 a night. Single, twin and double accommodation is also available. The Lodge can also organise your transfer to the airport or assist with any of your ongoing travel requirements. 4 EXTRA BOLT ON: The Masai Mara The famous migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is constantly on the move from the vast grasslands of the Serengeti in Tanzania into the Masai Mara in Kenya and back again. On the African Adventurer you have a good chance of seeing the migration on departures from December to June on day two and three of your safari in the Serengeti. Outside these months you might want to consider arriving early for game drives in the Masai Mara if you would like to see more wildlife. From June to October we run 4 day bolt on safaris to visit in the Mara before the African Adventurer Safari. Just arrive in Nairobi ready to depart for the Mara four days earlier. Departure dates can be found below if you wanted to arrive early to visit the Mara. Price £210 including 24 hour park entry, a visit to the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Park, a visit to Elsamere at Lake Naivasha as well as a Maasai village, camping, breakfast and dinner throughout. Departing:- 8am on the 5 June 09 before the 9 June 09 African Adventurer th th 8am on the 3 July 09 before the 7 July 09 African Adventurer rd th 8am on the 3 July 09 before the 4 August 09 African Adventurer 1st th 8 am on the 11 August 09 before the 15 August 09 African Adventurer th th 8 am on the 11 September 09 before the 15 September 09 African Adventurer th th 8 am on the 4 October 09 before the 8 October 09 African Adventurer th th 8 am on the 9 October 09 before the 13 October 09 African Adventurer th th 8 am on the 16 October 09 before the 20 October 09 African Adventurer th th 8am on the 26 October before the 30 October African Adventurer th th Assistance with Flights and Insurance If you would like assistance with flights or insurance please feel free to get back to us in regard to your needs. When booking flights please allow two days overrun on your safari to allow for unforeseen delays. Do remember itineraries in Africa need to be treated with a level of flexibility. You will find it most convenient at the end of your safari to fly from Livingstone for this safari. As a rough guide only open jaw flights London - Nairobi............Livingstone - London via Johannesburg vary from approximately £700 in low season to £900 in peak season. British Airways and Qantas have tie up Discovery flights flying London - Nairobi....... Johannesburg - Australia and/or New Zealand which are also very popular and well priced. British Airways, South Africa Airways and Zambian Airways all fly between Livingstone and Johannesburg. Livingstone has an excellent airport and is carrying increasing traffic. Cheap flights can sometimes be booked on the ground in Livingstone through to Johannesburg but these cannot be guaranteed. Lusaka, the capital of Zambia is also just a day’s bus ride away so your other option is to fly home via Lusaka. Your safety and enjoyment when travelling overseas with us is very important. Travel insurance is essential and so we have arranged insurance with specialist insurance brokers Campbell Irvine, * underwritten by the UK’s largest travel insurer, AXA Insurance (UK) plc . The cover includes a 24-Hour Worldwide emergency Medical Service who are experts in providing friendly and professional emergency help. For further details check out our website. The African Adventurer Itinerary Kenya - Tanzania Days 1- 11 We leave Nairobi for a six hour drive on Day one to Arusha, Tanzania, crossing the border at Namanga. Arriving in Arusha at the Snake Park we have a full departure meeting together on the following morning. An overnight excursion to Ngorongoro Crater is our first highlight. We are collected by special four-wheel drive safari vehicles to go into the Crater. This is included in your kitty payment. To see more wildlife most clients continue into the Serengeti as an optional excursion following the visit to the Ngorongoro. 5 On the way we drive to Karatu, via Mto Wa Mbu village where they have fabulous Maasai carvers. We can wander around the village buying souvenirs before spending the night at a campsite just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We are at altitude here, above Lake Manyara, so the evenings can be quite chilly and the views are superb. Next morning we are up before the sun to go down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The bottom of the Crater is 265 square kilometres which is just a small portion of the whole Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is 8,288 square kilometres. The Crater is 20 kilometres across with walls of 600 metres high, a perfectly intact volcanic caldera. Down inside the Crater there are lakes and forests, the view from the rim not giving justice to the overwhelming size of the area. Game viewing in the Crater is exceptional. We descend the steep winding tracks onto the Crater Floor, viewing Lake Magadi in the distance often tinged pink from the greater and lesser flamingo on the lake. Here in what is known as “Noah’s Ark” we have the chance to see “The Big Five” - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Plains game such as zebra, gazelle and impala are in abundance as well and hippo loll in the pools. We spend lunch in the Crater and for those that want we then head to the Serengeti. People not electing to do the Serengeti, will at this stage, return to Snake Park and have the option of a visit to a local village or a camel trek, time to visit in the local markets, the Maasai Museum or to relax at the Snake Park. A visit to the Snake enclosure is quite optional! For those continuing we drive through the Ngorongoro Plains into the Serengeti. There are no boundaries between the parks, just a big notice board. The contrast between the Crater and the Serengeti is immediate travelling down the mountains onto the flats and the vast Serengeti plains. This open ground territory is perfect for cheetah and on the famous kopjes, small hills of rocks, lions can sometimes be seen basking in the sun. The Serengeti is famous for the wildebeest migration. The annual migration is an amazing sight with millions of wildebeest moving between the Masai Mara in Kenya down through the Serengeti into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and back again, in search of the best grazing. We spend the night camping in the wild in the Serengeti with all the sounds around us. It is quite an experience to be in a tent with just the canvas between you and any wildlife that could be out there. It is a full days drive to Dar Es Salaam and on a lucky day you can get a glimpse of snow clad Kilimanjaro on the drive south. Arriving into Dar Es Salaam early evening we park up on the coast to enjoy a seafood barbecue and camp for the night listening to the waters lapping nearby. The next morning the safari leader travels over with the group by ferry to Zanzibar arriving in the port of Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We stay a day to explore Stone Town, enjoy the Food Markets and explore some of the history of the island on a spice tour. From here we head north to the beaches to spend three days relaxing in the sun on the stretches of palm- lined white sand. The beach cottages at Kendwa Beach are popular, as is the fresh seafood enjoyed in the local restaurants on the beach. There are also some great bars for those that want to party. Diving at Mnemba Atoll is world class for those who enjoy scuba diving, as well as on the Kendwa Reef and Garden. Alternatively, you can hire a snorkel and mask from the boys on the beach to enjoy the amazing coral reefs. Other highlights to be enjoyed on Zanzibar are swimming with the dolphins or walks in Jozani Forest to view the red colobus monkeys, or excursions to Prison Island and the giant tortoise. During your time on the island we can arrange a stay in bed and breakfast lodge accommodation in Stone Town and then beach cottage accommodation, which can be arranged ahead of time for you. Upon booking your safari we will send you an invoice for accommodation, transfers and a spice tour if you wish to travel with your group to the island. How you spend your time on Zanzibar Island is very much up to you. Just remember to budget your spending money to cover your evening meals for your time on the island as well as incidentals such as snorkel hire, drinks and souvenirs. Days 1- 11 Optional excursions after budgeting for Zanzibar accommodation etc: Serengeti National Park guided game drives, Kilimanjaro Base Hikes (9 Jun – 20 Oct 09 departures only) snorkelling with the dolphins, scuba diving, a day excursion snorkelling on Mnemba Atoll. 6 Tanzania - Malawi Days 12 - 17 Leaving Dar we travel west for two days across Tanzania transiting through Mikumi National Park on our way to Malawi. Into Malawi we take our time stopping off at campsites by the lake, visiting fishing villages and markets on the way. On some months we have time for hiking on Livingstonia Plateau or in Luwawa Forest. On the lake we can enjoy numerous water sports - scuba and snorkelling. We can water ski, take a pedalow or canoe on the lake or horse ride. The local people of Malawi are some of the friendliest we’ll meet and village walks are arranged. We can have dinner with a local village and taste the traditional foods, enjoy some local dancing and visit in a local school. Extra optional excursions Days 12 - 17: Water sport, hiking, a school visit, village meal and dancing, horse riding. 7 Malawi – Zambia Days 17 - 25 We travel via Lilongwe into Zambia. On safaris departures 9 June – 30 October 09 we experience some true African bush roads en-route to South Luangwa National Park. South Luangwa is famous for its huge concentration of elephant. Kitty covers a game drive here so we can enjoy the concentration of game attracted by the Luangwa River and its ox bow lagoons. Evening game drives with spot lights to maximise our chance to see leopard as well as other nocturnal creatures such as the genet are also available. After two nights enjoying the wilds of the park we continue to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. In Lusaka we can shop for supplies and get to the bank before continuing to Lake Kariba. Here we spend two nights relaxing as we cruise on the man-made lake, the houseboats allowing us the luxury of not having to cook or put up a tent, having bedrooms and our food prepared by the houseboat cook. There is also a splash pool on board. Cruising the lake by day, elephants and antelope can be seen by the water’s edge and hippo and crocodile in the water. Each boat also has its own motorised dinghy that can take us out fishing or for game rides. At night the kapenta fishing boats’ lights twinkle across the lake and we usually have a party one of the evenings we are on the Lake. Extra optional excursions Days 17 - 25: South Luangwa Night Game-drives 9 June to 30 October 09), Houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba Livingstone, Zambia Days 26 - 30 On reaching Victoria Falls at Livingstone you will find there is an immense amount to do and everyone is usually very busy trying different adrenalin activities such as the world famous white water rafting on the Zambezi, the bungee jump or gorge swing. Horse and elephant rides are available as well as rhino trekking and lion walks. Time can be spent in the national park overlooking the Falls or on a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. You can take a flight over the Falls in an ultra light or micro light on a “Flight of the Angels”. We usually meet up at night for meals in local cheap eating places. One of our last nights is spent on an evening sunset cruise together drifting down the Zambezi as the sun sets during which you can see cavorting hippo, crocodiles on the banks and monkeys in the trees by the river. The Falls is a magical, unspoilt natural wonder made up of 5 separate waterfalls with a 100 metre drop along a 1,688 metre width. It’s a memorable place to finish your safari. Extra optional excursions Days 26 – 30: Horse and elephant rides, lion walk, white water rafting, canoeing on the Zambezi. “Flight of the Angels”, bungee jump, abseil/gorge swing, evening sunset cruise, interactive drumming, Chobe National Park and many other activities. _________________________________________________________________ Please note this itinerary is given as a guide only. Your crew will select the most favourable route to take depending on local conditions. Many factors need to be taken into consideration when organising the final itinerary including political considerations, road and weather conditions, and where and when animals are best viewed. You are travelling a vast distance on this safari to see highlights of East as well as Southern Africa. During the safari there are a few essential full days of driving. Your crew will, during the safari give you options as to how best break up the drives depending on information at hand as to local road conditions, camp facilities and options the group may wish to do on the way. In regard to optional excursions there are usually choices of other things to do when you choose not to do an optional excursions. These are also often times when you can often have a look around the local community, write letters or get your washing done. Food, drinks and sometimes a swimming pool are available at the campsites where we park the truck. You will find the facilities at campsites will vary on safari. Hot showers and flush toilets are not that unusual! 8 Meals and cooking on the truck Day to day meals are prepared from the truck using both the non perishable supplies we buy in bulk prior to the safari and fresh supplies are bought as we travel. Staying fit and healthy on safari is a priority as we keep busy and we want you to enjoy all you do. Everyone takes turns on a roster basis cooking for the group, being “assistants” to the cooks and with the clean up. The safari leader assists with menus, recipes and loads of ideas. She/he is also available to provide support and encouragement at any time during meal preparation. Cooking together is loads of fun and all part of the group experience. The sort of meals provided day to day are spaghetti and pasta dishes, stir fries, cottage pies, kebabs, curries, stews and casseroles, hamburgers or jacket potatoes, which are then complimented with rice and/or salads. Breakfast is usually fruits, muesli and/or other cereals and toast as well as some regular cooked breakfasts like eggs, bacon, baked beans or pancakes. We also during the safari often organise to cook a spit roast pig or goat or alternatively do a hungi, which is usually a project in itself .............. There are also a few prearranged meals booked ahead of time so the whole group can occasionally relax in the evenings in the knowledge that someone else is doing the cooking. This also frees up the itinerary so you can enjoy a little more of Africa. We also use these opportunities to enjoy a couple of traditional local meals on safari and as well arrange a seafood buffet so the group can experience seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean. The kitty contributes to a group restaurant meal in Livingstone as well. For vegetarians throughout the safari we do all possible to ensure a good supply of veggies, salads, fruits, beans, pastas and rice. The diet is primarily vegetarian day to day as fresh quality meat is difficult to access and very hard to keep. Instead the diet leans towards pastas, rice as well as fresh fruit and vegetables when available and in season. When eating in restaurants and when meals are ordered ahead of time vegetarian options are available with usually good supplies of fresh fruits, veggies and salads. Do be aware though how spoilt we are in the Western world with our constant supplies of fruit and vegetables regardless of the season. In reality and more naturally fruit and vegetable supplies are seasonal, may not be as chemically assisted and can also be difficult to access on route. We will do all possible to ensure supplies where possible. When booking do remember to let us know if you have any specific dietary requests. Clean drinking water is also a vital consideration on safari. At most campsites the truck can access clean drinking water. Where this is not the case it is usually advisable to buy your own bottled water which is readily available. 9 Update on costs on optional extras for the African Adventurer These excursions are paid for in Africa with the exception of the core costs of the Zanzibar stay which can be paid in advance in London. Paying for excursions in Africa allows you to decide as you travel what you wish to do. Bear in mind that some activities such as rafting and also some game parks can be seasonal. Please note also that prices constantly fluctuate in Africa, partly due to exchange fluctuation. Below are the very latest figures currently available to us at the time of writing. Please contact us if you would like further information about any of the below excursions. They can be taken as a reasonable guide only. Any optionals under £10 will be covered by the personal spending money quote of £70 - £100 a week. Please contact us if you would like further information about any of these activities or excursions. Prices are quoted in sterling for ease of budgeting but you are advised that many of the optionals are payable in Africa in US$ (cash). A few may be payable in local currencies. (Update May 09– rate 1.45) Serengeti National Park £169 Kilimanjaro Base Camp hike ( 9 Jun – 20 Oct 09 only) £66 Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights accommodation and a Spice Tour £150 Dolphin boat trip incl. a visit to the red colobos monkeys £31 Snorkelling Mnemba Atoll £21 Scuba diving - 2 tank on Zanzibar £74 Evening game drives South Luangwa £22 Horse riding in Lake Malawi £17-£48 Houseboats on Lake Kariba £90 Lion walk £83 Elephant rides £97 Horse rides Zambia £33 - £60 Sky Diving Victoria Falls from £133 Bungee jump £72 Gorge swing, abseil, flying fox £79 White water rafting The Zambezi £97 Flight of the Angels £45 - £179 Breakfast drift canoe £48 Sunset cruise £28 Interactive drumming £17 Also to consider: Balloon safari in the Serengeti £370 10 Visa Requirements for The African Adventurer If you are travelling on a passport not detailed below, please contact the office. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure with adequate pages for all required visas. A Kenyan visa is easily obtained at the airport in Nairobi and your crew in Africa assist with the rest on route. They need to be paid for in US Dollars cash. Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. Please note that visas can vary. Most passports usually need 2 to 3 visas at this time. Passport Kenyan Visa Tanzanian Zambian No of Nationality Visa Visa Total Value in Visa's US $ Required Australian $25 $50 $50 3 $125 New Zealand $25 $50 $50 3 $125 South - $60 - 1 $60 African Canadian $25 $50 $50 $125 3 American $25 $50 $50 $125 3 British $25 $50 $50 $125 3 German $25 $50 $50 $125 3 Dutch $25 $50 $50 3 $125 Irish $25 $100 - 2 $125 11 Health and Immunisation Travelling to Africa will expose you to some different diseases and health hazards that you may not have come across before so it is essential that you speak to a medical professional experienced in travel medicine before you go on safari. You will need to have the required immunisations and to commence a course of anti-malarials prior to departure. Do remember to leave yourself an adequate amount of time to commence your vaccination program. Approximately four to six weeks should be more than adequate depending on how up to date you currently are. Nomad Travellers Store and Medical Centre have a live Travel Health Line. We do suggest you give them a call. Phone: 09068 633414 (Calls cost 60p per minute). In Australia and New Zealand Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre also have a Health Travel Line. (1902 261 560.) There is a charge per minute on this health line as well. Suggested travel clinics in the United Kingdom Nomad Travellers Store and Medical Centre 3-4 Wellington Terrace, Turnpike Lane, N8, Tel 0208 8897014, 40 Bernard Street, Russell Square, WC1N, Tel 0207 833 4114 st 1 Contact Travel Clinic Castlewood House, 77/91 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DG, Tel 0800 039 3073 Suggested travel clinics in Australia Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre Brisbane (07) 3221 9066 Melbourne (03) 96025788 Sydney, George Street, City (02) 9221 7133 Sydney, Parramatta (02) 9891 4850 Suggested Immunisation Requirements (guide only) The immunisations usually suggested for the countries visited on this safari are:- Yellow fever - Vaccination must not be left any later than 10 days prior to departure and you must be able to show proof i.e. carry your certificate of vaccination. Typhoid Polio Tetanus Hepatitis A (three months) Meningitis Diphtheria Tuberculosis Other Suggested Immunisations - Hepatitis B, Rabies It is also essential to take a course of anti malarials. It is best to discuss the type of anti malarial medication you should take with a travel clinic such as First Contact or Nomad for the latest information on which medication is most effective in preventing malaria and will suit you. Do be aware that some anti malarials can have negative side effects and also that your choice of drug needs to be appropriate to protect against strains of malaria specific to the regions in Africa in which you are travelling. The choices usually suggested are: Larium, taken x1 a week Doxycycline, taken x1 a day Malarone, taken x1 a day General information on avoiding malaria. The best way to avoid malaria is to guard against being bitten by mosquitoes and stick strictly to your chosen medication regime. To avoid against being bitten......... . . Cover exposed skin thoroughly in insect repellent, such as DEET, from dusk to dawn, reapplying regularly. Wear long sleeved and long legged light weight clothing in light colours as well as socks. Always sleep under a treated mosquito net. Wear impregnated wrist and ankle bands and treat clothing with permethrin What do I need to bring for the African Adventurer? 12 Usually passengers carry their possessions in 1 x large backpack, 65 to 85 litres, and carry day-to-day necessities in an additional small day bag. Do remember travelling light is always wise and particularly when going overland. Passengers also often buy a lot of African souvenirs. The vehicles have good storage capacity to carry souvenirs and lockups in the vehicle for your valuables, pack and day bag. There is a locker under your seat for easy access for day to day needs. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Travel documents including passport, visas, and air tickets Vaccination documentation, particularly for yellow fever shot Insurance policy Sleeping bag and sheet, roll mat Eating utensils, including cutlery, cup, plate/bowl 1 litre water container Pocket knife Torch and batteries, a head torch being the more useful Small medical kit Mosquito repellent Sun block cream Clothes Please double check the weather conditions for your particular safari when packing. Cotton and loose fitting items are preferable. Do realise anything white will not stay that way. Women should dress "modestly" respecting the sensibilities and attitudes and attitudes of the people and countries they are visiting. Light weight cotton clothing, long sleeves and pants, including casual wear for nights out. Long pants, sarongs and sandals are fine for these times. Lightweight water proof and wind proof jackets and a fleece. Swimming costume. Sun hat. Sun glasses. Sandals Lightweight closed in walking boots or shoes/trainers. Towel Toiletries ipod/MP3 player if you want to listen to your own music Books Writing paper, pens. Camera and spare memory cards/film If bringing a camcorder, digital camera, Ipod or mobile your equipment can be charged from the truck. Remember to bring along a 12 volt charger fitted with a standard cigarette lighter plug to recharge from the truck, as well as a mains international adapter to charge at campsites as an alternative. A spare battery pack is also advised where possible. Absolute Africa 41 Swanscombe Road, Chiswick, London W4 2HL tel: 0208 742 0226, fax: 0208 995 6155 email@example.com www.absoluteafrica.com This document is correct as at 1st May 09 and can be taken as a guide only. Please check the website for any price or itinerary adjustments which are made as regularly as possible.