Monday, January 9, 2012

Five Steps to Planning Your Trip to Africa

If you have a program to visit every part of Africa from A (Angola) to Z (Zimbabwe), you need to plan in detail, and save yourself some embarrassment and irritation often associated with travel to parts of the world. Sometimes, the journey there can be very risky and unstable, depending on the state you choose to visit and health risks are everyday affairs.

1. Get visa, renew your passport
The most important document in your travel, passport, must apply for a minimum of six months from the date your travel begins. If you find that the same is approaching its expiry date, have it updated and then apply for a visa. Visa rules change often, depending on the desires and fancies of politicians. It is highly desirable to contact the embassy of the country to be visited at least two months before the date of departure, and to know the latest visa rules that apply to your nationality, your mind, not the state where you live. Quite a few African countries offer visa on landing in it. You will be charged the required fee and passport stamped. But, there are others that require you to get a visa beforehand. You are asked to fill in a prescribed form and submit your passport along with a certain fee to the embassy. Taken together, collect contact details from the embassy or consulate in your country in the countries you plan to visit. It would be helpful to know from your country's embassy about the health risks, terrorist alerts and incoming rules and regulations etc.

2. Tips to book your flight
Obtain economical flight to the African countries is rather difficult unless you are traveling from Europe to give the advantage of low air fares to Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and the destination of some types of Gambia. Overall, there is almost no competition for the most goals in Africa. Typically, a full flight and the tickets are expensive as a consequence. So, immediately after booking your safari or accommodation is completed, you should not delay buying your tickets. You may consider seeking the help of tour operators or spend some time and do your own research on the Internet. Two of the popular search engines for that purpose are and Bootsnall. You can compare prices and choose the one that best suits your needs. This is an excellent opportunity to use your miles points. If they are not good enough to fly to your chosen destination in Africa, using it to fly to London or Paris and from there to book a separate ticket for onward journey. It should be added here that you should always have a plane ticket to go home with you each time entering the African country. Some states do not allow you to visit them in the absence of a return ticket, and Nigeria happens to be one of them.

3. Get travel insurance
After a huge amount of money for airfare and travel, you need to get some insurance. Generally, it may cost five to seven percent of the cost of the trip. It's quite a practice with many carriers to provide you with some type of coverage and includes expenses on travel costs. Be worth checking for the same thing with your carrier before you incur additional charges. Furthermore, it is desirable to go for trip cancellation insurance, because the trip is quite expensive and you will be very good bookings in advance and never know what life has in store for anyone.

4. Get all your vaccinations at least a month before you plan to arrive in Africa
It's very important for you to visit a travel clinic to find out all the recommended vaccinations for your trip. It would be a good choice to ask questions and get adequate amounts of appropriate malaria pills. Furthermore, you may be asked to bring with you your yellow fever vaccination certificate because many African countries to insist on the same thing before allowing you entry.

5. Arrange appropriate financing
Well before the scheduled departure date, considering the different options of carrying cash when traveling to Africa and pick the best. You should know that many countries do not offer ATM facilities at the point very convenient because you can use for your country. Until recently, Western visitors are often asked to carry large amounts of cash when traveling to Africa. However, delay the introduction of modern banking services has facilitated cash withdrawals. However, you can still find barriers in rural areas or countries that are not developed.

All currency is exchanged with a good grace. As a general rule the U.S. Dollar is the most accepted and well recognized and acknowledged form of foreign currency. If you are a person who feels comfortable traveling with a Checks Travelers’, ask them either in Euros or U.S. Dollars. If you intend to use a credit card or debit card, make sure that it has a Visa or MasterCard logo on it. American Express proves valuable in most of Africa.

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