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					EAST AFRICA TOURIST INFORMATION

How to get there
The main ports of entry are Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Kampala and Kigali.
Towns and lodges are linked internally by scheduled or charter flights and roads.                                                                                                           AFRICA
                                                                                                     Dear Beachcomber Travellers,
                                                                                                                                                                                          TRAVEL TIPS
Health and entry requirements
Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after travel. Visas are required for all
East African countries; we recommend clients obtain current visa information directly from           The documentation you have received has been
appropriate consulates. Kenya and Tanzania issue visas on arrival but this could involve
                                                                                                     prepared to assist you with aspects of your travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and
long periods of waiting at the airport. Currently a single-entry visa for Kenya, Tanzania and
Uganda is good enough for a trip that includes all 3 countries. Yellow Fever inoculations are        and to help you enjoy your holiday.                                                  Important Information
recommended and may be compulsory for several countries if arriving from a Yellow Fever
zone Vaccination, innoculation and medical certificates or receipts should be carried on the         The organisation and planning has been
trip at all times. All innoculations should be done 4 to 6 weeks before the trip.                    completed and now you are prepared to embark
                                                                                                     on the holiday of a lifetime. In the end, the success
Climate                                                                                              of your holiday will depend a lot on you.
Wet months in East Africa are April, May, Nov and Dec. In Rwanda and Uganda it may rain
throughout the year. Weather patterns are changing so the wet season may be delayed or
arrive early. Wet seasons are excellent for birding. Dry and warm months are Jan, Feb, Mar,          Take some time to read these Travel Tips and
Aug, Sept, Oct. These months are superb for game as water is in short supply and game gath-          Important Information to ensure you get the
ers near water holes or rivers. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelles give birth in Feb and March. Dry      most from your holiday. Please do not hesitate
and cool months with clear skies and lots of greenery are June and July. Temperatures fall           to contact us prior to your departure should you
dramatically during the night. Prolific birding and good general game viewing.                       have any questions about your trip.
Migration
The famous wildebeest migration follows ancient migratory paths between Serengeti and
                                                                                                     While you are overseas, Beachcomber offers
Masai Mara. Between Aug and Oct the migration is based in the Masai Mara. It then moves              you the exclusive services of our 24 hour
back into north and north eastern Serengeti in Nov, continuing along the central and eastern         EMERGENCY contact number:
flanks towards Gol Mountains until Dec. Between Jan and March the wildebeest are well set-
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tled in south Serengeti near Ndutu. They resume migrating in April towards central Serengeti,
arriving in western Serengeti in June. They continue to northern Serengeti and are ready to
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cross back into the Mara between July and Aug. Some of the herds remain behind in Serengeti,               (+ = add the international access code).
thus making northern Serengeti a superb alternative to Masai Masai between June and Nov.                This exclusive number is for emergencies only.
Clothing
We highly recommend that you do not over-pack as there is limited space in the safari                If you need to contact Beachcomber for any                                            MAURITIUS · AFRICA · SEYCHELLES
vehicles. Pack lightly in a large, soft bag with sturdy zippers and padlock (no hard suitcases).     other reason please contact our office on:                                            www.beachcomber.com.au
Ensure the bag does not weigh more than 20kgs. If you are using internal flights to travel
to game parks, the max weight allowance is strictly 15kgs. Recommended clothing items                Tel: +61 7 3353 6204
include: cotton T-shirts, short and long sleeved shirts, socks, shorts, trousers, a jumper, 2 to 3   Fax: +61 7 3353 6214
sets of light-weight smart casual clothes for the evening, swim suit and a light shower-proof        E mail: info@beachcomber.com.au
anorak. Light hat, scarf or handkerchief that protect your head, neck and nose are essential.
A pair of lightweight sandals, walking boots and smart casual shoes are also recommended.            Thank you for choosing to travel with                                                 www.beachcomber.com.au
Other accessories should include a travel medical kit, sun protection lotions, wet wipes and
                                                                                                     Beachcomber. We wish you a wonderful holiday at
sunglasses. For gorilla safaris we recommend thicker clothing, gloves and a ski-stick.
                                                                                                     your chosen destination.
Currency
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It is best to carry more traveller’s cheques than cash. US Dollars and Pound sterling notes and
traveller’s cheques are easy to exchange.
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Electricity                                                                                                                                                                                www.beachcomber.com.au
Supply is usually from 220V to 240V, 3-pin, square/round plugs.
SOUTH AFRICA TOURIST INFORMATION                                                                   The average temperatures in degrees Celsius are:                                                 ZIMBABWE TOURIST INFORMATION
                                                                                                   Tourist Centre Summer / Winter
How to get there                                                                                   Johannesburg (Gauteng) 24.7°C / 18.0°C       Cape Town (Western Cape) 24.0°C / 22.6°C            How to get there
International flights service Johannesburg and Cape Town and an excellent network of               Durban (KwaZulu-Natal) 25.5°C / 22.6°C       Bloemfontein (Free State) 29.0°C / 18.5°C           International flights service both Harare and Victoria Falls. Bulawayo, Hwange and Kariba
domestic scheduled flights service all tourist centres within the country.                         Pretoria / Tshwane (Gauteng) 27.5°C / 21.0°C       Nelspruit (Mpumalanga) 28.5°C / 23.0°C        can be linked internally. A good network of major highways means that Zimbabwe can be
                                                                                                   Kimberley (Northern Cape) 32.0°C / 20.0°C                                                        readily visited and toured by road from its neighbouring countries.
Currency
Rand (R) = 100 cents.                                                                              South Africa has an average annual rainfall of 464 mm, compared with a world average of          Health and entry requirements
Denominations: coins - 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5                                               860 mm. About 20% of the country has a total annual rainfall of less than 200 mm, 48% be-        A valid passport is required and visas are required by some nationalities. We recommend cli-
notes - R10, R20, R50, R100, R200                                                                  tween 200 and 600 mm, while only about 30% records more than 600 mm. Only the Western            ents check requirements with visa authorities well in advance. No inoculations are required
                                                                                                   Cape experiences winter rainfall whilst the rest of the country has summer rains.                at this time but anti-malaria tablets are advisable year round.
Drinking water
Tap water is 100% purified and safe to drink in major cities, towns and game reserves.                                                                                                              Clothing and climate
Electricity 220/230 volts AC                                                                       BOTSWANA TOURIST INFORMATION                                                                     Light tropical clothing with rainwear from November to March. The evenings during the winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                    months, from May to August, can be cool. September to October is hot and dry whilst Novem-
Health and entry requirements                                                                      How to get there                                                                                 ber to March is hot and wet. Neutral colours on safari and smart casual evening wear for top
A valid passport is required. Passport holders of more than 80 countries, including the USA,       Major international airlines fly into Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. Daily flights from Johan-    hotels and restaurants is recommended. All camouflage clothing is prohibited in Zimbabwe.
Canada, Japan and the EU, can visit without visas. Contact your nearest SA Tourism office or       nesburg are available on Air Botswana to Maun and regular charter flights into Kasane
South African Consulate for an updated list. Visitors arriving from a yellow fever zone require    and the Tuli area, ensure easy access into the tourist areas. A number of private charter        Currency
a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate (Infants under the age of one are       companies provide light aircraft internal flights throughout the country. Although Botswana      Zimbabwe national currency is the Zimbabwe Dollar. Most foreign currencies (US Dollars,
exempt). Anti malaria prophylactics are advisable year round.                                      has a good system of roads from neighbouring countries, the distances involved result in         Euro, Rand) and most major credit cards are readily accepted.
                                                                                                   most visitors preferring to fly.
Medical Services                                                                                                                                                                                    Electric current
South Africa has excellent medical facilities, with doctors listed under ‘Medical Practitioners’   Health and entry requirements                                                                    220-240 volts ac, via 14 amp fused, square pinned plugs. 50 hz.
in the local telephone directories. Insurance covering travel, accidents, illness and hospitali-   A valid passport is required and visas are required by some nationalities. We recommend
sation is advised for the duration of your stay and must be arranged at time of booking.           clients check requirements with visa authorities well in advance. No inoculations are required
                                                                                                   at this time but ant-malaria tablets are advisable year-round.                                   ZAMBIA TOURIST INFORMATION
Climate
Seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. Warm temperate conditions are            Clothing and climate                                                                             How to get there
typical of South Africa, making it a popular destination for sunshine-seekers. South Africa is     Light weight tropical clothing with rainwear from November to March. The evenings can be         International flights serve Lusaka and Livingstone and internal schedules charter flights
renowned for almost twelve months of sunshine. From May to August, temperatures drop.              cool from May to August, during the winter months. Neutral colours are best on safari and        transport guests from lodge to lodge. Although the road system is much improved over
However, generally speaking, April and May are the most temperate months. In certain               smart casual is suitable for the evenings (camouflage clothing is not permitted). There is a     recent years, the distances involved result in most visitors preferring to fly.
areas, however, notably the hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo             12 kg baggage limit on internal flights and soft bags are essential. There is a daily laundry
Province, June and July are the ideal holiday months. The wide expanses of ocean on three          service in most camps. Sunblock, sunglasses, hats and insect repellent are essential. A good     Health and entry requirements
sides of South Africa have a moderating influence on its climate. More apparent, however,          pair of binoculars, a camera and comfortable walking shoes will enhance your stay. Summer        A valid passport is required and visas are required by some nationalities. We recommend cli-
are the effects of the warm Agulhas and cold Benguela currents along the east and west             (September-April): Average temperature is between 19°-33° C. Winter (May-August): Aver-          ents check requirements with visa authorities well in advance. No inoculations are required
coasts, respectively. While Durban (east coast) and Port Nolloth (west coast) lie more or less     age temperature is 5°-23° C.                                                                     at this time and anti-malaria tablets are essential year-round.
on the same latitude, there is a difference of at least 6 degrees centigrade in their mean
annual temperatures.                                                                               Currency                                                                                         Clothing and climate
                                                                                                   Botswana currency is the Pula. The South African Rand, US Dollars, Euro’s, Pounds and most       Light tropical clothing with subdued colours for safaris and casual attire for evenings. It is
Temperatures                                                                                       major credit cards will be accepted at most lodges and camps.                                    advisable to wear long sleeves and trousers in the evenings to reduce the risk of mosquito
Despite a latitudinal span of 13 degrees, average annual temperatures are remarkably                                                                                                                bites. The winter months, May to Aug, are cold in the evenings.
uniform throughout the country. Owing to the increase in the height of the plateau towards         Electric current
the northeast, there is hardly any increase in temperature from south to north, as might be        Camps which have generators produce 220/240 voltage. Few camps have electrical power,            Currency
expected. There is a striking contrast between temperatures on the east and west coasts.           however, most offer facilities to generate battery operated camcorders/video cameras.            The unit of currency is the Kwacha. US Dollars and credit cards are generally widely accepted.
Temperatures above 32°C are fairly common in summer, and frequently exceed 38°C in the                                                                                                              Electric current Camps which have generators produce 220/240 voltage. Few camps have
lower Orange River valley and the Mpumalanga lowveld.                                                                                                                                               electrical power, however, most offer facilities to generate battery operated camcorders/
                                                                                                                                                                                                    video cameras.

				
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