Before You Leave:

The following are just a couple of points to use as a checklist to ease your journeys enjoyment. Please note that Beyond Reach can not be held responsible for any and all of the factors mentioned and these are the responsibility of the client to ensure they are undertaken. We will however assist where we can.

Passports:


  • We recommend you make 2 copies of your passport, hand one to the guide and store one away from the original.
  • A minimum of 3 – 6 pages should still be available in your passport. This does not apply to South Africa tours.
  • Passports should be valid for 6 months after the end of your journey.
  • If storing your passport in hostel safes please ensure you remove yours in the morning!

Visas:


Please check our table for the Visa requirements for your nationality. It is important to remember that it is your responsibility to ensure you have whatever visas are required. Remember NO VISA – NO ENTRY.


Nationality Namibia Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia Malawi Tanzania Kenya Uganda Lesotho
American no no yes yes no yes yes yes no
Argentinian yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Australian no no yes no no yes yes yes no
Austrian yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Brazilian no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Canadian no no yes no no yes yes yes yes
Chinese yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Croatian yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
DRC yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Dutch no no yes yes no yes yes yes no
Finish no no yes yes no yes yes yes no
French no no yes yes yes yes yes yes no
German no no yes yes no yes yes yes no
Greece yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Israeli yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes no
Italian no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Japanese no no yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Kenyan no no no no no yes - no yes
Korean yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Mexican yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Namibian - no no no no yes no yes no
New Zealand no no yes yes no yes yes yes no
Norwegian no no no yes no yes yes yes no
Polish yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Portugese no no yes yes no yes yes yes yes
Spanish no no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Swedish no no no yes no yes yes yes no
Swiss no no yes yes yes yes yes yes no
UK no no yes yes no yes yes yes no

Vaccinations


  • The following are recommended for Africa:
  • Hepatitus A & B (Havrax)
  • Tetanus Booster Shot
  • Cholera
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all countries North of Zimbabwe.
  • Vaccinations and malaria tablets (prophylactics) as well as free consultations are available from South African Airways and British Airways. There are more as listed below. These clinics have branches in both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

South African Airways Travel Clinic
Cnr Castle and Burg Street
Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 423 1401
e-mail: saanetct@icon.co.za


Netcare Travel Clinic
Fountains Medical Centre, Adderly Str
Cape Town
+27 21 419 3172
e-mail: batcc@travelclinic.co.za

Malaria


Malaria is a very real threat in Africa; however it needn't be a problem for you. The successful avoidance of Malaria is directly linked to your vigilance in using repellant sprays, malaria tablets and covering up at dusk and dawn.

Malaria is a host borne disease; hence it is more prevalent in areas with more people such as towns. The more people the greater the risk of transmission.

The golden rule in avoiding getting malaria is, DON'T GET BITTEN!

Use lots of a good quality high DEET content repellant, a lotion or stick is the most convenient and effective.

Cover up, use long sleeve shirts and pants and wear socks and shoes after dark. It is a medical fact that most bites occur around the ankle line.

Ensure your mosquito net is closed at all times.

Malaria Prophylactics


These do not prevent you from getting Malaria but do treat you and minimize the symptoms if you do contract it. The myth of untreatable malaria is just that, a myth.

The most common malaria prophylaxis on the market are divided into two main groups. The daily pill – Doxycyline or Paludrine and Chloroquine. Or the weekly pill – Larium, Mefliam, Mefloquine and Malarine. Of course the latest drug, Malerone is now top of the range, expensive – but top of the range with far fewer drawbacks than any of the aforementioned.

The debate about the merits of some tablets over others rages. However it is true that Paludrine and Chloroquine is less than 30% effective and almost useless in East Africa due to the widespread and prolonged usage of the drug. Larium is still the most effective drug on the market (over 95% effective) but is certainly not advised for everyone. Please consult your doctor when making a decision on which drug to take.

Currency and Banking


Southern Africa

  • The South African Rand can be used through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.
  • Travellers cheques can be used for activities in Namibia and Zimbabwe.
  • Credit Cards can be used in South Africa, Namibia. In Zimbabwe for activities only.

It is advisable to ensure you have all your US dollars before departing on tour, banking facilities are not as dependable and or organised North of South Africa.



Country Currency Symbol Please note the following
Botswana Botswana pula BWP BWP & ZAR are on 2:1 ratio. Rands can be used in Botswana, but you will receive your change in BWP.
Kenya Kenya shilling Ksh It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. The preferred currency is US$.
Lesotho loti LSL LSL and ZAR are on a 1:1 ratio. Rands can be used in Lesotho, but you will receive your change in Loti.
Malawi Malawi kwatcha Mk It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. The preferred currency is US$.
Mozambique metical MZM It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. You will require US$. Traveler’s cheques attract a high commission when exchanged for cash, so try to avoid these.
Namibia Namibian dollar N$ N$ and ZAR are on a 1:1 ratio. Rands can be used in Namibia, but you will receive your change in N$.
Swaziland lilangeli SZL SZL and ZAR are on a 1:1 ratio. Rands can be used in Swaziland, but you will receive your change in Lilangeli.
Tanzania Tanzanian shilling Tsh It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. The preferred currency is US$.
Uganda Uganda shilling Ush It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. The preferred currency is US$.
Zambia Zambian kwacha ZMK It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency beforehand. The preferred currency is US$.
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe dollar ZI$ It isn't necessary to obtain monies in this currency.

Central & East Africa


The use of US dollars cash as opposed to Credit Cards is strongly advised, especially in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

No notes of $100 should be taken and no notes older than 1995. Small bills are best.

For convenience and cost effectiveness we advise you arrange your foreign exchange in your home country. Foreign currency can be purchased in South Africa but proof of an onward journey will be required.

Health and Hygiene


Please ensure you bring to our attention any medical conditions or requirements you may have. Also any prescription drugs you may be on.

Hygiene on tour is of the utmost importance as any traveller will tell you. Being ill on tour is no fun and can lead to an outbreak due to the close proximity of the group at all times. This being said personal hygiene can greatly help in stopping the spread of any nasties.

The tour makes use of both liquid and soap based anti bacterial products to sanitise both our eating utensils as well as fresh fruit and veg used in cooking. NB. The thorough cleaning of plates is the easiest way to avoid the group becoming ill.

Travellers diarrhoea is a common complaint for some people to pick up at some stage of the tour. It is generally not serious and can be the reaction of a multitude of factors. Food, water, malaria tablets and poor hygiene are some.

Climate


Please see table of expected temperatures. However these are a guide only and we cannot guarantee the weather behaving itself.

It is however important to state here that the African sun as wondrous in rise as in set; is fierce and relentless. We recommend a high (25+ ) sun screen factor and the use of a hat at all times. Please follow the advice of your guide in the areas that you will find yourself in.

country Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Botswana 19/32 19/31 18/31 15/31 10/28 05/25 05/25 09/29 14/32 19/35 19/34 19/32
Kenya 12/25 13/26 14/26 14/24 13/22 12/21 11/21 11/21 11/24 13/24 13/23 13/23
Malawi 17/27 17/27 16/27 14/27 11/25 08/23 07/23 09/25 12/27 15/30 17/29 18/28
Namibia 17/29 16/28 16/27 13/25 09/22 07/20 05/20 08/23 12/25 15/29 15/29 17/30
South Africa 16/26 16/26 14/25 12/22 09/19 08/18 07/17 08/18 19/18 11/21 13/23 14/24
Tanzania 13/26 14/26 15/27 16/25 15/23 13/22 12/23 12/23 13/25 14/27 14/27 14/27
Uganda 09/24 11/24 11/23 11/23 11/23 09/23 09/23 09/23 11/23 10/24 11/23 10/23
Zambia 17/26 17/26 17/26 17/26 12/26 10/23 09/23 12/25 15/25 18/31 18/20 17/27
Zimbabwe 16/26 16/26 14/26 13/26 09/23 07/21 07/21 08/23 12/26 14/28 16/27 16/25
Mozambique 16/30 16/28 16/26 14/26 14/23 12/22 10/20 10/20 12/22 14/25 16/27 15/30

Alcohol and Drugs


We have from our introduction to touring always believed that touring is not necessarily about the bar and how much alcohol we drink. Having a couple of drinks around the fire is a great way to finish off a day but we do not encourage irresponsible usage of alcohol. There are fundamental reasons for this:

  • It contributes to excessive dehydration.
  • It can be dangerous in certain environments, especially our more remote campsites in Botswana and Northern Namibia.
  • You may well lose out on an incredible journey nurturing a hangover.

Drugs are not acceptable on tour...ever. We make several border crossings and police inspect and search the vehicles on a regular basis. Also a great many of the campsites we use have a strict policy of no drugs. Believe us, you do not want to spend time in an African prison and we cannot help you if you are caught in possession of illegal substances.

Communication on tour


For our South African tours communication is not a problem with loads of places offering e-mail and telephone facilities. The cell phone coverage in South Africa is also very good.

For our tours heading further North than South Africa the norm changes somewhat. E-Mail opportunities can be found in Swakopmund, Victoria Falls, Zanzibar and Nairobi. Telephone opportunities however are few and far between, and those that are available are not always reliable. We do recommend that you inform friends and family that you will be out of touch for a while, you are on holiday after all. This however, does not mean that we cannot reach you, we therefore ask in our booking form for next of kin detail. In the case of emergency we will be able to get information to you. This however could involve sending individuals by all means of transport to contact you, and will by necessity incur a charge.

Photography


Don't take photos at border crossings, government buildings and military installations, this includes personnel.

Certain tribesman in both South And East Africa refuse to have their picture taken as a matter of principle. Others will pose for a nominal fee. Please ask your tour leader when it is appropriate to take these photos without causing offence.

The stocking of film is not as widespread North of South Africa and a fair bit more expensive. We do advise you stock up on these.

With the ever increasing popularity of digital photography and cameras making it on tour, most campsites offer power points to recharge batteries. However you will need to supply the adaptor.