Why should I travel with Game Plan Africa?

The owners of Game Plan Africa in the USA are from Africa and have an intimate knowledge of the destinations. We use the best and most experienced ground operators in each country with expert, professional guides.

What is the best time to go on safari?

Any time is a wonderful time to be on safari. Depending on the country, we will advise you the best time to travel. The dry season is generally the best time of the year for seeing the game. The deciduous trees lose their leaves making the game more visible and the lack of water in the waterholes forces the game to stay near permanent water. Some lodges close during the rainy season while others offer the opportunity to travel at much lower rates where you can enjoy some great game viewing. In the summer, the bush is spectacular and green and it is in the spring that all the baby animals are born. The birding is wonderful during this green time of the year. Game Plan Africa will be happy to answer questions about a particular country.

What is a single supplement?

If you are traveling without a partner (spouse, friend, etc.) to share the accommodations, you will be charged the normal sharing rate, plus a single supplement rate It is similar to the price structure charged for cruises and other tours in the USA where there is an additional charge for a single person in a room.

Can I use my credit card in Africa?

Most places in Africa will accept credit cards. VISA and Master Card are the most accepted, but some places also accept American Express. You cannot use your credit card for payment to street vendors for souvenirs, etc. We will advise you before you travel depending on the country you visit.

What are the passport & visa requirements?

Different countries have different requirements. Before you depart on safari, please ensure that your passport has 2 blank visa pages front and back (4 altogether) and is endorsed with a visa if required for any country to be visited.

We will inform you about the countries that require visas for USA citizens and assist you if you need to purchase them prior to departing the USA. Some countries allow you to purchase a visa on entry.

What shots or other medical preventions do I need?

You will need to take some sort of malaria preventative for most of the countries in eastern and southern Africa. Some countries also require shots for diseases such as yellow fever. You can visit the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ to find out what is required. Consult your physician for the best malaria precautions to take.

Please bring a sufficient supply of any special medications you require, as there may not be a pharmacy within reach.

What clothes should I bring?

Safari dress is comfortable and casual – layers are recommended. Keep it simple and bring things you don’t mind getting dusty. After you have booked your safari, we will send you the tour information to help you prepare for your safari. Much depends on the country, areas and the time of year you will travel.

Can I drink the water?

We do not recommend drinking tap water in any hotel, camp or game lodges during your trip. We recommend you drink only bottled water. The tap water in your room can be safely used to brush your teeth. To avoid effects of dehydration, please drink plenty of bottled water and other beverages.

Can special diets be accommodated?

Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can be arranged with advance notice. If you are vegetarian or vegan you may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. If you have multiple food allergies, you need to bring along supplemental snacks.

What is included/excluded in my safari trip?

Please check your itinerary carefully. All items included/excluded are listed. Some lodges include drinks and laundry, others do not.

What additional costs can I expect?

Our proposal states exactly what is included/excluded. Other costs include passport and visa fees, travel insurance (which is highly recommended), any souvenirs you purchase and phone calls.

What kind of camera equipment should I bring?

The less weight, the easier it is for you to carry during your safari. Small hand-held digital video cameras are excellent on a walk or game drive. The minimum lens when taking still photos will be 200-300 mm zoom lens with standard SLR cameras, and a lightweight telescopic lens if you wish to take pictures of birds or mammals at a distance. For more information on the type of photographic equipment for safaris, you can visit the B&H Photographic Safari Equipment web site at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.

May I make alterations to my confirmed safari schedule?

Although we are flexible and will to try to accommodate client requests, we cannot make changes to set itinerary safaris which include other clients.

What travel insurance do I need?

We strongly advise you to purchase full and comprehensive travel insurance prior to traveling to cover any safari cancellation, injury, accident, illness, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation, or loss of personal belongings.

Climate in Southern Africa: What do I bring?

Game Plan Africa will furnish you with a list of what you should bring with you on safari when your itinerary is confirmed.

How much am I supposed to tip on safari?

Game Plan Africa will furnish you with suggested tipping procedures once your itinerary is confirmed.

What sort of clothing and baggage should I carry on safari?

We would encourage you to keep your clothing and baggage to casual and comfortable basics. We will furnish you with a suggested packing list once your itinerary is confirmed.

Can wild animals be approached unaccompanied by a guide?

Never! All wild animals need to be treated with respect. Clients are advised to adhere to rules and follow the instructions of the guide conducting your safari, especially on walking trails. Most of the regions visited in Southern Africa are in areas where you are within the natural habitat of the wildlife and so there are no fences surrounding the camps. In South Africa you will find that most of the private reserves are fenced, but within the confines the animals roam freely and you still need to be cautious.

Can I bring a flashlight in my backpack?

We recommend you bring a small, powerful flashlight and spare batteries or recharger – although some of the lodges do equip rooms with flashlights.

What sort of electrical power outlets do they use in Africa?

220v is the most commonly used electrical power outlets. South Africa, Botswana and Namibia have a round plug system similar to American type. Zimbabwe and Zambia have square 3-pin plugs similar to British type. We recommend that you bring a 50 watt multi-nation travel adapter that can convert 220/240v to 110/120v and will fit most sockets in Africa.

Some game lodges in remote areas use diesel generators or solar panels for electricity in the camp. Management will advise when the power will be available for your use.

Can I bring my mobile (cell) phone, iridium or radio phone?

Be informed in advance that any type of phone/radio will not be allowed for usage during Safari, as this will hinder the privacy and the enjoyment of your holiday in Africa. Should you bring this equipment, please ensure that you keep and use it in your room only, not in the public areas at lodges and it should never interfere with any other guests on Safari.

E-mail facilities or internet cafes will be available only in cities or towns and at some game lodges.

What happens should a problem occur while on my safari?

We expect your trip to be problem-free but if any do occur, the ground operator will assist you. Use the contact list we provide to call them. If a problem occurs back home in the USA, make sure your family/business associates have a copy of this contact list so they can get in touch with you.

What is a typical day on an African safari?

Typically, a safari day includes two game major activities per day – one which begins very early in the morning and the second which occurs in the mid- to late-afternoon and continues until dark or sometimes up until two hours after sunset.

A safari activity may include game drives in Land Rovers (or other safari vehicle), water activities like canoeing, mekoroing or motor boating, and also game walks. Most safaris are predominantly game drives as this is usually the best way to see wildlife unless your safari is on a river or in a permanent water area.

What types of food are served on an African safari?

First class British and European cuisine as well as some local dishes are served in the hotels, lodges, camps and restaurants. Most foreign visitors are very impressed with the quality and quantity of food provided while on an African safari. Some of the more up-scale camps provide food, presentation and service which rival that of a 5 star hotel in any major city.

What laundry facilities are available on an African safari?

Most safari camps in Southern Africa offer a laundry facility. This service is included in the accommodation cost for most African safari camps. Hotels in the cities as well as some lodges charge a nominal fee for it. Most underwear and delicates are not washed by the local people due to their traditions and so washing powder is supplied if necessary.

What luggage should I use?

The best choice for luggage on a safari to Africa is the soft duffel bag, but any type of soft bag will suffice. The exact specifications of type of bag will depend on your safari itinerary. We will furnish you complete details once your itinerary is confirmed.