Churchill Tailored Safaris https://www.churchillsafaris.com "For tailor made safaris to East Africa" Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:57:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.4 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-Churchill-safaris-site-icon-32x32.jpg Churchill Tailored Safaris https://www.churchillsafaris.com 32 32 Gorilla and Chimps permits!! https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-and-chimps-permits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gorilla-and-chimps-permits https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-and-chimps-permits/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:38:55 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=9432 There has been an increase in price for the gorilla and chimps permits in Uganda, starting 1st July 2020, as recently confirmed by the Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA).Below are the changes:New Gorilla permits (Uganda): from $600 to $700 Chimps Trekking permits (Kibale NP): from $150 to $200Chimps Habituation (Kibale NP): from $220 to $250Gorilla Habituation (Uganda), Permits remain at $1500NOTE: Please note that these changes in price will be effective starting 1st July 2020.

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Updates on Ebola https://www.churchillsafaris.com/updates-on-ebola/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=updates-on-ebola https://www.churchillsafaris.com/updates-on-ebola/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:46:33 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=7988 We still have clients travelling in the country safely and this is to let you know that the World Health Organization and the government are working very hard in this regard.

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gorilla-tracking-in-uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 04:14:16 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/ Today is the big day; face-to-face with the rare Mountain Gorilla! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of […]

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Today is the big day; face-to-face with the rare Mountain Gorilla!
For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
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Great Adventures Uganda specializes in organizing Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We are capable of combining Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla tours with other activities such as game viewing, cultural and community interactions, nature walks among others. Uganda alone has over 400 Mountain Gorillas almost half of the existing population in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and we help provide timely and accurate information about availability of Gorilla Permits to see Gorillas.

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Great Adventures Uganda specializes in organizing Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We are capable of combining Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla tours with other activities such as game viewing, cultural and community interactions, nature walks among others. Uganda alone has over 400 Mountain Gorillas almost half of the existing population in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and we help provide timely and accurate information about availability of Gorilla Permits to see Gorillas.

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Book Review: Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 18:22:09 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/ [ad_1] Dian Fossey was brutally murdered in 1985, her attacker or attackers splitting her skull with a machete, the type commonly used by poachers. She was found in the bedroom of her cabin in Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, and had apparently tried to load her pistol during the attack. To this day her killer or killers […]

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Dian Fossey was brutally murdered in 1985, her attacker or attackers splitting her skull with a machete, the type commonly used by poachers. She was found in the bedroom of her cabin in Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, and had apparently tried to load her pistol during the attack. To this day her killer or killers have not been found.

While Fossey worked primarily as a zoologist in the mountain forests of Rwanda, she was also involved in strenuous and time consuming anti-poaching activities. While it was illegal to poach gorillas in the Virunga mountains, this law was barely enacted by local authorities, who would pretty much turn a blind eye. Fossey single handedly took it upon herself to police the poachers and confiscate their traps. Speculation abounds as to whether she was murdered by the poets, or if the Rwandian authorities had got sick of her presence and determination to protect the gorillas from human intervention – either for tourist purposes, or poaching them to ship them off to European zoos.

Fossey described her type of conservation as 'active'. The meaning is pretty clear. She was a hands-on practitioner who believed 100 per cent in enforcing the law and making those who broke it pay the penalty. She dismissively characterized 'theoretical' conservation as the type that ticked all the boxes, but did not do the hard work of enforcement. Theoretical conservation was all motherhood statements, while active conservation mean risk taking and putting oneself on the line to make positive opportunities happen, even when this unsettled the status quo or threatened the interests of a powerful few.

Eight Years Years Following and Making Contact with the Gorillas

Gorillas in the Mist is Dian Fossey's memoir covering her 18 years of nearly following and making contact with gorilla groups in the Rwandian mountain forests. Fossey first started her work in the late 1960s, and was still actively involved in field work up to her death in 1985. This was hard, unglamorous work that demanded a certain level of fitness and fortitude (one is amazed at Fossey's nicotine addiction, and how she managed to track gorillas through such tough terrain with her disappening emphysema). The weather was frequently damp, and Fossey in one section of the book describes a typical day of waking up and having to put on wet clothes and then scythe her way through dense mountain vegetation to follow the gorillas.

Fossey's style if often light and cheerful, and she is fond of making jokes. When describing the gorilla's habit of eating their own dung (sometimes, it is speculated, in order to get vitamin B12 which is fermented in the stomach), she called such fare "instantly warmed TV dinners". The breeziness of the narrative, and her uncomplaining attitude to hardships, is often interrupted by passage of terrible grief and trauma. When one of the gorillas, Digit, is killed by poachers, Fossey recorded her feelings in this deeply moving passage:

"There are times when one can not accept facts for fear of shattering one's being. As I listened to Ian's news all of Digit's life, since my first meeting with him as a playful little ball of black fluff ten years earlier, passing through my mind. From that moment on, I came to live within an isolated part of myself. "

There would be many more gorilla deaths due to the activities of the poachers. The reason so many gorillas die is that, when the poachers try to kidnap one of the younger gorillas, all the family members fight to the death to protect them. Fossey had many of these gorillas buried outside her cabin, where she would also often be laid to rest.

A Social History of the Mountain Gorillas

The most extraordinary thing about Gorillas in the Mist is that it presents a social history of the various gorilla groups that Fossey studied and the family groupings within those groups. Fossey named all of the gorillas she followed, also describing in minute detail their personalities and the strategies that they used to survive and thrive in those groups. As you read about the many different gorillas and their interactions – great gorilla personalities like Digit, Macho, Uncle Bert, Beethoven, Effie, Peanuts and Coco – you almost start to merge the gorillas into human personalities. Here Gorillas in the Mist almost reads like the history of a group of people. Of course Fossey gives lots of other zoological information that she learns about the gorillas, like diet and mating habits, but overall the book concerns itself with the personalities and policies of the gorilla groups.

The reader comes away from Gorillas in the Mist with a deep respect for Dian Fossey. She must certainly have been part nut case to take on the hard and physically demanding work of gorilla tracking. Only a person totally obsessed could put up with the conditions, non-existent pay and constant battling with the poets. But as Fossey always told her students, their pay was the privilege of working with the gorillas. Nor was Fossey some airy headed idealist. She knew the poverty of the Rwandian people, how over populated and hard pressed for land they were, and that conservation of the gorilla population was the last of their pressing problems.

Gorillas in the Mist is a unique journey into the mountain forests of Africa to meet a gorilla society, and experience their struggles and joys. It also raises many complex questions about the ethical treatment of animals and human responsibility for natural conservation.

Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey. Published by Phoenix. ISBN: 9-780753-811412

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Travel to Uganda – A Kingdom Of Birds https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 17:39:31 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/ [ad_1] Uganda is an equatorial country with an amazing diversity of Habitats. Truly a Kingdom of Birds, Uganda hosts over 1000 bird species, both Albertine Rift endemics as well as rarities with half of the species known on the African continent, and over 10% of those on record throughout the entire world. For a birding […]

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Uganda is an equatorial country with an amazing diversity of Habitats. Truly a Kingdom of Birds, Uganda hosts over 1000 bird species, both Albertine Rift endemics as well as rarities with half of the species known on the African continent, and over 10% of those on record throughout the entire world. For a birding safari, Uganda is a perfect destination.The country located in the Albertine region also lies on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria-the source of the White Nile, and the country is extremely fertile with parks, wildlife, lakes and rivers, Mountain ranges, parks and a cool attractive countryside.

Uganda enjoys a tropical climate with rainy seasons stretching from April-May and October-November, which is a favorable condition for bird existence since birds breed during the wet season. The wide variety of birds is found in both urban and rural areas of Uganda and the most popular birds are the Shoebill, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-fronted Antpecker, Green-breasted pitta, Black bee-eater, Purvell’s illadopsis, Karamoja Apalis, Nahans Francolin, African Green Broadbill and the Brown-chested plover. City and suburb species mainly include the African Hobby, the Bat Hawk, cooper sunbirds, white faced scops owl, freckled Nightjar and so many more species.

Other bird species include the orange weaver, Verreaux’s Eagle owls, pied kingfishers, Grey headed gull, black headed herons, Yellow bill Duck, swamp flycatcher, Vieillot’s black weavers, Hamerkop, Great blue Turaco and the Ross’s Turaco woodland kingfisher. Broad-billed roller, splendid starling, African fish eagle, Hadada ibis, shikra, Angola swallow, Grey-capped warbler, long crested eagle, palmnut and hooded vultures, Grey kestrel and so many more unmentioned species.

Uganda’s equatorial location, Transitional to the East African savannah and the western rainforests is combined with the altitude and great variety of terrain types provide an overwhelming array of opportunities for keen birders, making it Africa’s most complete bird watching destination.

The top birding spots in Uganda include: Bwindi impenetrable forest for Albertine rift endemics like the black bee-eater and African Green Broadbill, Murchison falls National Park for savannah specialists like the Shoebill, Abyssinian ground hornbill, and Red throated bee-eater, Kibale forest for the green breasted pitta, great blue Turaco. Queen Elizabeth National Park habits about 600 species like the African Mourning Dove, Temminck’s Courser. Mabamba Swamp for the Shoebill stork, Budongo forest for the white crested Turaco, shinning Blue Kingfisher, and Semliki National Park for white crested sunbird species. Rwenzori Mountains with various bird species, Lake Mburo for papyrus Gonelek and Bigodi wetland sanctuary for the Black billed Turaco, white spotted crake and many more colorful bird species.

A variety of unique habitats and lots of superb Birds make a visit to Uganda a must for every birder. This birding hotspot boosts of a bird list of over 1000 bird species, with some being EastAfrica’s rarest and most sought after birds, and the spectacular globally threatened species. Uganda harbours the greatest variety and concentration of Birds, Primates like chimpanzees and wildlife, lakes and rivers, snow-covered Mountain ranges, parks and landscape. A good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities like Gorilla tracking, sport fishing and white water rafting make Uganda a worthwhile destination and enhance the birding experience.

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7 Impressive World Records https://www.churchillsafaris.com/7-impressive-world-records/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-impressive-world-records https://www.churchillsafaris.com/7-impressive-world-records/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 17:07:00 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/7-impressive-world-records/ [ad_1] People really will do the darndest things in an effort to set a world record. From human deformities, to weird obsessions, to impressive accomplishments, here are 7 records worth noting. 1. Highest hot air balloon flight: The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology in the world. Today hot air balloons […]

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People really will do the darndest things in an effort to set a world record. From human deformities, to weird obsessions, to impressive accomplishments, here are 7 records worth noting.

1. Highest hot air balloon flight:

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology in the world. Today hot air balloons are able to fly at extremely high altitudes. On November 26, 2005 Vijaypat Singhania set the world altitude record for the highest hot air balloon flight reaching 21, 027 meters (68,986 feet). He took off from Mumbai and landed in Panchale.

2. Most Olympic world championships:

Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a descendant of the reigning dynasty of a former principality in what is now Germany, was born in Mexico City and founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981. He has since been in twelve world championships and was the oldest athlete in the last games.

3. Most fingers and toes:

An unidentified 6-year-old male in Shenyang, China has 15 fingers and 16 toes. Some of his fingers are fused together and therefore useless. He plans to have reconstructive surgery to remove the extra digits.

4. World's largest toast portrait:

This record could not go unmentioned. Not only is it the largest portrait in the world, but it is of someone's mother-in-law, and it is made entirely out of toast! The portrait was made by Sandre Whitfield, and enterprises of 9,852 pieces of toast.

5. Heaviest car balanced on the head:

John Evans, balanced a 159.6 kg car on his head on the 24 May 1999 and the record has not been broken since. John has a 24-inch neck which he needs to balance such a heavy weight. The slightest movement and he could fall and be crushed to death. John has already broken 25 records in 11 categories.

6. Most marriage vow renewals- same couple:

Renewing your marriage vows is a romantic and beautiful thing to do. Once. Renewing them 83 times is, well, a bit much no? Not for Lauren and David Blair it looks. They were first married in 1984 but apparently can not get enough!

7. Largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas:

This might sound incredibly strange but it was actually done as a good deed- raising money for charity. The Great Gorilla Fun Run was set up to raise money for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. On 25 September, 2005, 637 people dressed as gorillas ran around London.

Which world record do you think you'd want to set?

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What To Expect When Traveling To Uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/what-to-expect-when-traveling-to-uganda/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-to-expect-when-traveling-to-uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/what-to-expect-when-traveling-to-uganda/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 16:34:15 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/what-to-expect-when-traveling-to-uganda/ [ad_1] Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa. It covers an area of 241,000 square kilometers. It has a population of 30 million people. There are many ethnic groups and the Buganda are the largest with a population 18 percent. This landlocked country gained independence in October 9, 1962. English is the official […]

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Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa. It covers an area of 241,000 square kilometers. It has a population of 30 million people. There are many ethnic groups and the Buganda are the largest with a population 18 percent. This landlocked country gained independence in October 9, 1962. English is the official language and well spoken by majority of the people. About 70 percent of Uganda land is covered by forest, woodland and grassland. Due to the fertile land and regular rainfall in the country, this country major foreign exchange is agriculture. Uganda is the second largest coffee producer in Africa. The natural resources in this country include, copper, limestone, cobalt, phosphate and oil.

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda while Jinja is the source of river Nile and a source of Uganda Nile Beer. Uganda, also referred to as the Pearl of Africa is home to over half of the remaining mountain Gorilla population in the world. Tracking these endangered mountain Gorilla and the chimpanzee is in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Kibale National Park. A part from watching the primates, this country accounts for 50 percent of Africa total bird species. In fact, about 1,040 different types of birds have been recorded, making this country a leading destination for bird watching in the whole of Africa.

This country has a variety of landscapes which range from forest, flat and dry Savannah, mountainous and lush landscape attractive to all travelers. It boasts beautiful parks where tourists can watch a variety of wild animals. Visitors traveling to Uganda are required to have a valid visa, evidence of yellow fever and polio vaccination for children under the age of five years. There was a yellow fever outbreak in northern Uganda in December 2010 which killed 48 people. Other recommended vaccinations include; Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Rabies, Meningitis.

Visitors who want to go on Gorilla tracking are recommended to buy their permits and book early due to limited availability. Only a few tourists are allowed to see the primates. One hour is the maximum time you can spend with the Gorillas. Permits are bought from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the price is not constant.

Uganda is a world-famous destination for water rafting on the Nile river. There are several companies available in the country where you can book your trip. Nile rafting trips range from half a day up to three days. You can also go biking near the spring of the Nile using a 4 wheeled motor bike also referred to as All Terrain Bike.

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African Safari Tips https://www.churchillsafaris.com/african-safari-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=african-safari-tips https://www.churchillsafaris.com/african-safari-tips/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 16:01:16 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/african-safari-tips/ [ad_1] A well-planned safari is often the vacation of a lifetime. Africa’s national parks and game reserves boast some of the best wildlife viewing, if not the best in the world. Here are a few tips to make sure your african safari is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. Passports and Visas Getting visa approval […]

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A well-planned safari is often the vacation of a lifetime. Africa’s national parks and game reserves boast some of the best wildlife viewing, if not the best in the world. Here are a few tips to make sure your african safari is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

Passports and Visas

Getting visa approval may take a while, so it’s best to tackle this aspect of your safari in good time–say at least 2 months in advance.

Passport must be valid for at least six months upon your return home. Also make sure you have extra passport photos (just in case).

Make sure your passport has enough blank pages to accommadate any visa requirements (entry/departure stamps) that may arise during the course of your safari.

Ensure you have up-to-date information on the specific documentation requirement for your trip–find out from your travel agent, relevant diplomatic mission, airline or tourist board.

Leave a copy of your passport and travel itinerary with someone responsible at home. It is also advisable to carry an extra copy with you when you travel to Africa.

Travel Insurance–minimum travel insurance is essential. In general your insurance should cover:

twenty-four hour medical assistance

emergency cash transfer

accident coverage

lost baggage

accidental death

Gorilla Tracking and Permits

Each safari park gets allotted a limited number of gorilla permits each season. It is therefore essential to obtain your gorilla permit when you initially book your safari.

For the gorillas’ protection (and visitors’) nobody under the age of 15 yrs or persons with illness may view the gorillas on safari treks.

Viewing the gorillas is limited to one hour at a minimum distance of 5 metres.

You are not allowed to use a flash when taking photos.

Video cameras are (generally) allowed.

Every viewing group will be escorted with park rangers, trackers and guides. Follow the guide’s instructions and please abide by the park’s rules.

Avoid the temptation to break the minimal distance for viewing the gorillas. Also absolutely avoid physical contact with the gorillas. Physical contact with gorillas exposes them to human diseases (a major cause of death to wild gorillas). Remember there’re few enough of these magnificent creatures without you abetting in their extinction (albeit unintentionally).

Gorilla viewing may be denied at short notice at the discretion of the national park authorities. This may occur because of:

Park or border closure due to security reasons;

Gorillas out of range (usually close tabs are kept on the where abouts of the gorillas by rangers who track them on a daily basis).

So please be aware that obtaining a gorilla permit is not an absolute guarantee that you’ll see the gorillas. If for any reason you’re unable to view the gorillas (though you paid for a permit), refunds are at the discretion of the park or the respective wildlife authority of that particular country…not your tour company.

Customs Issues

Don’t forget to factor in airport taxes, which may sometimes be extra and due before you depart.

Check duty-free allowances (alcohol and cigarettes) for the various countries you are visiting if you intend to take stock with you.

Generally, personal effects such as cameras, video cameras, digital recorders (tape as well) may be imported without a permit (so long as you don’t have unreasonable numbers).

Occasionally a customs bond may be required–to ensure that any such imported merchandise is exported at departure.

Firearms require a special permit.

Health Issues

Discuss pertinent health issues with your doctor (in good time) prior to embarking on your african safari.

Make sure your childhood vaccinations are up to date.

Different countries have different vaccine requirements.

Yellow Fever–No vaccine is usually required unless you’re arriving within six days of leaving an infected region.

Malaria–A malarial prophylactic course is highly recommended for all non-Africans. As usual confer with your physician/and or the nearest vaccination center for the most up-to-date requirements.

AIDS–For many African countries AIDS / HIV are serious health issues. However for most travellers this should not be a major concern. The HIV virus is transmitted by the exchange of bodily fluids, therefore, as long as you practice the same sensible (cautionary) measures as you do back home you should be okay.

Bilharzia–(schistomiasis). This disease is caused by tiny waterborne parasites found in certain snail species. Prophylaxis (preventitive measures) is not available and the only option is treatment by drugs and injection. The condition is quite unpleasant so it is best not to swim or or wade in rivers or streams.

Currency

It is inadvisable to enter or depart an African country with large sums of local currency.

Travel with a sufficient number of small-denomination traveller checks to cover any incidental expenses you may have.

In cities and larger towns many establishments accept international credit cards.

Usually there is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can import.

Currency exchange is legal only through authorized dealers. Most city hotels are equipped to exchange money and more often than not the official exchange rate will usually be quite favorable. It is ill-advised to try to exchange your money on the black market (for a better rate). Doing so is an unnecessary security risk, and there’s a good chance you may get ripped off.

ATMs are usually available in most cities and towns but remember this is not America or Europe so plan accordingly

You may tip in local currency or U.S. dollars (more likely than not most locals would prefer being tipped in dollars).

You can change your travellers checks and dollars into local currency at airports and banks. Small denominations are preferrable. Always keep your receipt so that you can exchange any excess local currency back to dollars on your departure.

Keep at least $150 (usually in denominations no larger than $20) in cash, for visas and airport departure fees (per individual).

Be aware that only high-denomination US bills printed after year 2000 are generally accepted (something to do with counterfeit preventative measures).

What To Pack On An African Safari

Find out the luggage restrictions (limitations) from your tour operator if your safari is through such an organization.

Avoid clothing that resembles military attire–African countries tend to be jittery of such (coup plot phobia).

It’s preferable to travel with soft compact baggage.

Laundry is performed on a daily basis in most camps and lodges (this may not extend to your underwear), so it isn’t necessary to cart along tons of luggage.

Africa is sun rich so sunglasses are recommended as well as head protective gear(safari hats).

Malaria is a fact of life in Africa–mosquitoes usually hunt from dusk till dawn–so long-sleeved shirts and trousers (pants) are advisable for the evening.

Formal dress attire may come in handy if you intend to visit any clubs, casinos or restaurants that implement such requirements. The following items are strongly recommended:

Insect repellent

Sun block

Comfortable trekking shoes

Raincoat / Jacket

Best of luck and have a great African Safari!

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