Africa Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I book my holiday?

If planning to travel between July and November and during January or if your plans coincide with Christmas, Easter or school holidays we recommend booking as early as possible. Our expedition departures during these times prove to be very popular. Flight availability is also sought after, so book your flights to Africa soon.

Are your overland camping safaris suitable for single travellers?

Yes! We take lots of single travellers to Africa, and the great thing about our trips its that you are in a group so you will always have plenty of company, and the shared experience is a great way to form some lasting friendships. We will allocate you to share a tent with a member of the same sex so there is no single supplement to pay on our camping overland safaris.

Is there an age limit on your group tours?

We have younger and older passengers travel with us without any problem. We just ask that you are fit enough as we have participation trips. You will need to be able to climb the ladder steps to get on & off the Overland truck. Passengers over 60 years are required to fill in a medical certificate which will be provided at time of booking. Our adult tours are suitable for participants aged 18 and older. On certain safaris where specified, we have family departure which are suitable for children aged 7 -17 years, travelling with parents.

Do I have to put up my own tent and what are the campsites like?

Yes as our trips require some participation, you and your tent mate will put up and take down your own tent. They are spacious and easily erectible 2 person A-frame or dome tents with sewn in ground sheets. You will also be required to help out the cook with cooking & cleaning duties and do security. Participation trips allow you to have a hands on experience which maximises the enjoyment of the camping experience whilst keeping the costs low.

Campsites range from well-established camps with an array of facilities that sometimes includes a bar, mini-mart or even a pool to more basic camps with few facilities. Dependent upon our day-to-day itinerary, at times we will bush camp. Bush camping on occasion allows us to return to the great outdoors and really be at one with nature.

What will the group profile be?

Our average age is 18 - 35 years, however we welcome any adventurous traveller who is keen to explore by Overland tour with us! You will need to have a reasonable fitness, enjoy camping and have a good sense of adventure. Our overland expedition trucks are designed to comfortably seat up to 30-33 passengers. Group size is dependent upon season or time of the year and the expedition itself.

Do I need a sleeping bag and roll mat?

Yes. A sleeping bag is essential for participation on our camping overland expeditions. Sleeping bags must be of a compact type that roll up into a stuff bag. Note - if trekking up Mt Kili, you’ll need a minimum 3 season bag. We recommend you bring a compressed foam carry/roll-up mat (for Kilimanjaro only), as these are a relatively soft option and provide good insulation on damp ground. Inflatable and amazingly compact bed mats better known as thermarests are now stocked in good outdoor specialist shops. Use of these will afford great comfort, but are more expensive than the compressed foam carry/roll-up mats. A roll mat is included for all overland camping safaris apart from Kilimanjaro climbs.

Do I need specialist insurance for your Climb Kili trip?

You do not need specialist insurance, but most policies will only cover trekking up to 2000m as standard and there is often a supplement to increase the level of cover. Please check the policy details carefully because it is essential that you are fully insured. on the go can recommend a company that provides comprehensive travel insurance with the suitable level of cover, please contact our reservations team for details.

Can children travel on your African safaris?

On our Lodge Safaris, we welcome children aged 12 and upwards, accompanied by a parent/guardian. We also have a small selection Family Holidays which are suitable for children ages 7 - 17. These Family Holidays are overland camping expeditions and parents must be aware that independent travellers ages 18 and over will also frequent these trips, they are not solely for families. In addition our Private Journeys and Tailor-made Holidays cater for families, although please be aware that some lodges will not accept children under 12.

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