We invite you to peruse the following information as an example for packing, vaccines, flights and more for travel to Africa. Specific information will be provided depending on your travel plans. You will receive emails specifying next steps and will also have the option of joining conference calls prior to your departure. We will notify you in plenty of time for anything you will need to complete, so don’t worry about missing a step.
After you’ve registered for your safari, it’s time to complete our participant information form, which includes our release of liability, specific information for any dietary needs and information to reserve your in-country flight.
All travelers need a valid passport with at least 4 empty pages and a visa.
U.S. Citizens must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after travel.
A visa is required for entry to Zambia. You will obtain your Visa at the airport in Lusaka and will be required to pay $50 (USD) at the airport. Please bring exact change. For all other countries, we will provide visa guidelines and instructions.
Travel Insurance (Required)
Travel Insurance is required to participate in a Dazzle Africa Safari. Dazzle Africa is an affiliated member of Seven Corners travel insurance. They can assist with selecting plans and allow you to pick the plan that best suits your needs.
Julie Snyder is our personal representative and she is ready to assist you with your travel insurance requests. Julie has been informed of Dazzle Africa’s specific travel insurance recommendations and can guide you to the best policy.
Please call her directly for the best experience: (317) 573-4559
If she is on another call, she will call you back promptly. Her working hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and she is located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.
Seven Corners, Inc. is an innovative and service-focused travel insurance and benefit management company that serves a global market. They offer customized travel insurance solutions and 24/7 emergency medical and travel assistance services for individuals and groups.
Once your travel insurance plan has been purchased please print all necessary documents and bring them with you during your travels.
Smart Travelers Program (STEP)
We highly encourage all of our Dazzle Africa safari guests to enroll in the Smart Travelers Program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals who are traveling or living abroad. STEP allows you to enter information about trips abroad so that the Department of State, via our embassies and consulates, can better assist you in an emergency.
The benefits for enrolling in STEP include:
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
If you are traveling outside of Zambia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a packing list and weather patterns.
Weather and Packing List for Zambia
January – April
January through April in South Luangwa Valley is the famous Emerald Season. Plan to witness a green and lush South Luangwa environment. Daytime temperatures can reach a high of 89 degrees,while warm nights average 68 degrees.
Expect intermittent rains from January to April
May – August
May is the beginning of dry season in South Luangwa Valley. The national park starts off green and lush, but as the season progresses, the valley begins to dry. Daytime temperatures can reach a high of 82 degrees, while chilly nights average 52 degrees.
September – December
After a cool dry season, the temperatures begin to warm up. In September, daily temperatures average 91 degrees, with warm mornings. October is the warmest month of the year, with lovely mornings averaging 68 degrees and daily temperatures reaching 97 degrees. Early November is the end of dry season, with daily temperatures averaging 95 degrees and rainfall starting.
For vaccination recommendations please visit your travel vaccine doctor, local clinic or go to the CDC webite.
You may be visiting an area of Africa with malaria. You will need to discuss with your doctor the best preventive medicine for you. Ways to prevent malaria include: Taking a prescription antimalarial drug, using insect repellent, and using bed nets. For information that can help you and your doctor decide which of these drugs would be best for you, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/drugs.html
A History of Zambia – Andrew Roberts
Tales of Zambia – Dick Hobson
Travels and Researches in Southern Africa – David Livingstone
The Africa House – Christine Lamb
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood – Alexandra Fuller
The Eye of the Elephant – Mark and Delia Owens
Secrets of the Savannah – Mark and Delia Owens
Africa in General
Cry of the Kalahari – Mark and Delia Owens
Out Of Africa – Karen Blixen
Gorillas in the Mist – Diane Fossey
The Shadow of Kilimanjaro – Rick Ridgeway
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide – Peter Allison
Wild Ways: Field Guide to the Behaviour of Southern African
Mammals – Peter Apps
In The Shadow of Man – Jane Goodall
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Series) – Alexander McCall Smith
A Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
An African Love Story – Love, Life and Elephants – Daphne Sheldrick
Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking – Rachel Love Nuwer
Movie and TV Show Recommendations
Tales from Zambia: Africa’s Eden
The Last Lioness
Planet Earth 2
The Hunt (BBC)
Africa in General
Eye of the Pangolin
Out of Africa
The Lion King
Gorillas in the Mist
The Last Lions
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
The Last King of Scotland
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Vanishing Kings: Lions of the Namib
Solo: A Wild Dog’s Tale
A Spy in the Den
The Ivory Game
The Elephant Queen
What are you waiting for?
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