Planning your trip to Africa
For many first time travelers, Africa can prove a little intimidating, even seasoned travelers are often thrown by the frustrating public transportation, lack of infrastructure or the costly hotels. Many visitors choose to head to Africa as part of an overland tour, or a packaged itinerary. We offer overland and packaged trips that range from a backpacker’s experience to luxurious accommodations. So, if you’re looking for an adventure we can tailor a package best suited for you or a group.
Choosing the right region can also be very important as there are many regional differences within this vast continent. We can arrange travel for you to any of these regions, and cut down on the hassle you may experience in some of the more remote counties which will allow you to see more.
East Africa has 18 countries and is the most populated on the continent. Many visitors to Africa travel to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia to name a few. It’s easy to find an international flight into Kampala-Uganda, Nairobi-Kenya, Dar Es Salaam-Tanzania, Kigali- Rwanda, or Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. You can enjoy a Safari, visit Masai Mara in Kenya or head into Tanzania to visit the Serengeti, or to climb Mount Kilimanjaro; or sail the River Nile in Uganda. Rwanda is known as a friendly and welcoming country and it’s a great place to linger for a while before heading on into other parts of Africa. We can arrange travel for you to any of the 18 countries.
West Africa is famous for its cultural diversity and rich history. There are 16 countries and some of the most well known countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia, and Ghana have some of the most beautiful places on the continent. Unique mud architecture and landscapes dominate Niger and Mali’s major sights. Mali is one of the region’s most diverse countries and it has a lot to offer visitors. Senegal has beautiful coastline and interesting villages, Burkina Faso is known for its friendly people, and Ghana is a great place to begin or end your African odyssey, as it’s a more relaxed and comfortable country than others in West Africa.
In Southern Africa depending on who you are speaking to, the argument changes as to how many countries there are, but the answers usually range from 6 to 15. Southern Africa is the least populated of the African regions, but has the most well-known country on the continent – South Africa. It’s a hub of international flights and makes for an easy entry point. While you’re around the southern tip of this great continent you can explore South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland now known as Eswatini all of which are quite fascinating and unique countries. The transportation in some areas are surprisingly good.
Planning Your Travel Expenses
A trip to Africa is on the top of many people’s wish list. The continent itself is actually quite diverse, and it’s important to understand what you want from your trip before you zero in on a final destination. It’s also important to consider your budget, and how long you plan on traveling before you begin planning the specifics of your trip.
The most popular reason for visiting Africa is to do a safari. Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa are among the most popular countries to see wildlife. Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park is perhaps the most affordable option, but depending on the season, you may be better off visiting the Serengeti in Tanzania. Animals migrate, and while you do want to save a few bucks, don’t do so at the risk of missing what you came for. While these are the most popular countries for safaris, there are other excellent options in other regions.
Community based Tribal Experiences
Many parts of Africa can give you the experience of stepping back into a time when life had less hassles. Many people travel to Africa for their cultures. We aim to ensure that there is a positive cultural exchange between our guests and the tribes being visited. We are not there just for photo opportunities, but to learn how and why each tribe has continued to maintain their indigenous lifestyles, and to celebrate with them.
Life continues in some areas virtually untouched by modern technology. The languages, culture, people, food you should see them all, you deserve the education these experiences will offer so you can broaden your worldview. It can help you develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of Africa, one that allows you to grasp the regions’s internal dynamics and its evolving place in the world, and your role in enhancing the movement.
Places like Zanzibar, in Tanzania are known as backpacker’s haven, while Cape Town, South Africa appeals to a higher end crowd for surfing. The beaches of Kenya’s coastline are known to be rocky in some places but tranquil, Ghana has some of the most beautiful beaches and river sides for you to lay your weariness down. There are some great places for diving in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, and some surprising beachfront resorts in many different countries with a coastline. Whether you’re looking to relax in style and chill out on a hammock with a drink, there are beaches that are perfect for you.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is a lifelong goal for many people. It’s a wonderful trek that requires a certain amount of preparation and patience, but the reward is worth it. Alternatively, you could look to some less known peaks in Africa such as Mount Muhabura, Uganda and Mount Kenya, or Mount Afadjato in Ghana, the highest peak in West Africa. These routes are equally as rewarding and in some cases a little less challenging.
If you’re looking for a truly exotic adventure, a camel trek will get you off the beaten track to see the landscape and the Bedouin culture. You’ll sleep under more stars than you imagined possible and meet some of the most fascinating people. It’s a truly unique experience, whether you choose to do it in Tanzania, Morocco, or Egypt.
Cycling & Hiking
Travelling on two wheels to villages or towns is the best way to immerse yourself into the rich blend of local cultures. We know we are on your schedule and you are on vacation, here to have a fun and enjoyable experiences. All our cycling and hiking trips are graded to indicate there level of difficulty, with vehicle support as needed.
Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, It is oldest national parks in the world.
Landlocked country located in East Africa known as “the Pearl of Africa”.
Currently named Ghana is an exciting country located in West Africa.
Sierra Leone means “Lioness Mountains'' referring to its rugged terrains.
It is Known as the "Rainbow Nation" because of its ethnic and lingual diversity.
Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is the only un-colonized African country.
Zimbabwe is home to Victoria Falls, one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.
Rwanda is known for its breathtaking scenery and is often referred to as "Land of a thousand hills."
Kenyans put great emphasis on the values of humility, and caring for your neighbors.
Depending on the country that you are coming from you will need a visa to enter many of the African countries. Some countries will allow you to get your visa upon landing in that country. But, most prefer for you to get it from their embassies or consulates in your country of origin. For the country you want to visit you can go to their consulate or embassy website to see if you need a visa with your particular passport. If you are American, Canadian or British you will require a visa. If you are from a Caribbean country and have that passport for most African countries you do not need a visa to visit… If you need additional information, call us and we can tell you.
Most Caribbean countries do not require that the USA, Canada or United Kingdom have visas to enter.
If needed you can email us or call us and we can help you figure out if you need a visa or not to travel to the country you are interested in visiting
Vaccinations and Covid-19 testing
Most African countries will require that you have a yellow fever vaccine before entering and be able to show them your card. In light of Covid many countries will require that you test upon entering, even if you are coming in with a negative PCR test from your country. All international flights require that you can prove that you have a negative Covid-19 test done within 48-72 hours prior to departure. For now, you will not be allowed to board a plane without proof of testing, or proof of vaccination.