What do I need to do before I travel?

So…you’ve booked your African Adventure and are brimming over with excitement… but what’s next? The key to a great holiday lies in the preparation – and Acacia Africa has you covered. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to get done before you step on the plane.

Inform the authorities

Obviously, if you need to organise your passport or any visas for the countries you’re visiting, you need to get on that immediately. Remember that visa requirements often change- always be sure to confirm with your Tour Operator when you book, and double-check on them the month before you travel. You will also likely need your passport to be valid at least 6 months past your date of travel, and many countries require one to two whole blank pages. Also lodge your travel details with your consulate- most offer this service to citizens abroad, so in case of emergency you can be easily located. Dual Citizens, please remember that most African countries need you to travel on one passport only.

Get covered

Now’s also the right time to organise travel insurance for your trip. Acacia Africa requires proof of insurance from you, as do many reputable tour agents. Remember you will also need to take charge of your travel voucher and accommodation vouchers from us after your final balance is settled. Remember you will need to handle any vaccines required for travel 6-8 weeks before departure, and may need to take anti-malarial precautions too.

Travellers cheques can be cumbersome to use and change, and you will often get hit on extra conversion fees. VISA credit and debit cards are widely accepted, with Mastercard and Amex more limited. You may also want to look at a Forex Cash Card instead. Aim to carry most of your spending money cash, and remember USD will be the most easy to exchange. For more specific currency information, please do get in touch.

Clothing and equipment

Make sure you read your travel dossier and arrive with the right kit to fully enjoy your holiday. You’ll also want to make sure you pack a small personal ‘first aid’ kit with the basics- antihistamines, painkillers etc- and any specific medications you require. Get a signed copy of your prescription to show if asked, too. Make sure to add your contact lens equipment to the list, and travel with a spare pair of spectacles in case. Consider some personal supplies like sanitary products, sunscreen etc, as you may not be able to find your favourite brand. Do pack as light as possible, however, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.

A little planning not only can help build excitement, but ensures you have a safe and productive trip on which you can relax and enjoy, too. Remember to reach out to Acacia Africa if you have any questions at all.