If you intend to travel to any African country for your vacation, you need to make sure you are well prepared. Follow these 10 fundamental steps as you work to make your dream trip a reality.
- Decide the place to go.
With over 50 countries to choose from, choosing where to go can be a daunting task. To help you with this, you may need to begin by deciding the specific things you would like to see or the kind of holiday you want. For example, if you are traveling with kids who cannot take prophylactics, you may need to choose countries like Morocco, where malaria isn’t a big deal. If you still find this taxing, talk to your trusted concierge to help you find a place that matches the kind of experience you desire.
- Chose the time to go
Most destinations have optimum seasons. Therefore, you should choose the most suitable time to visit your chosen destination to be able to get the best out of your trip. For example, winter is the best time to visit the desert.
- Book your lodging and tours
If you are going independently, make sure you are able to arrange your tours and accommodations. This is not going to be an easy task because you are probably not familiar with how to go about it. You may choose to have a travel concierge help you with these. Get in touch with them beforehand.
- Book your flight
Flights to Africa may be a bit expensive, and the carriers are limited. You should book your flights in advance to make sure you don’t miss a seat. Advance booking will also ensure you get the best rates.
- Purchase travel insurance
Travel insurance is important when traveling to Africa to cover any unfortunate case of flight cancelation, baggage theft or loss, or loss of valuables. However, we are not saying that Africa is riskier than other places.
- Check whether you need a visa.
You should do this several months prior to your departure. Your nationality, as opposed to your country of residence, is the determining factor. Visa rules keep changing. Make sure you have up-to-date information from an official source.
- Organize your travel medication
About two months before your trip to Africa, visit a travel clinic to establish the recommended vaccinations for your destination country. While recommendations may vary significantly, it is always good to have typhoid, rabies, and Hepatitis A.
- Purchase your travel equipment
Depending on your travel destination, you will need specialized equipment, including a portable mosquito net, a pair of hiking shoes, and a set of binoculars. You may also need warm clothes. A first aid kit is an essential purchase for you.
- Choose what to do about money.
You will need some good cash to spend as you move around. Draw enough cash on arrival to get you to the closest big town where you can withdraw using your debit or credit card. Ensure your credit has a MasterCard or Visa logo. You may need to alert your bank to prevent it from canceling your transactions on suspicion of fraud.
- Research your destination
Getting as much information as possible about your destination before you go there is an incredible way to enhance your excitement level. You also need to research your destination to promote your local knowledge.
Talk to us today to link you to a concierge who could help you through every step of the process.