We invite you to peruse the following information as an example for packing, vaccines, flights and more for travel to East 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 an insurance broker, which proposes multiple travel insurance plans and allows you to pick the plan that best suits your needs. You do not pay more by going through Dazzle Africa.
To purchase your insurance, please go to: https://www.squaremouth.com/21416
This is a suggested guideline for insurance policy coverage:
If you are unable to secure these coverage amounts, please secure the highest possible.
Emergency Medical Evacuation: $500,000
Emergency Medical: $500,000
Depending on what coverage you choose in your insurance plan, the price will range from $50.00 to $300.00 plus. If you select cancellation insurance your costs will be commensurate with the amount of your trip. Please ask for more direction if needed.
Once your travel insurance plan has been purchased please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and print all necessary documents and bring them with you during your travels.
If you are traveling outside of Zambia, please email email@example.com 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 – November
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.
Travel doctors recommend a minimum of Tdap, Typhoid and Malaria pills. Please do your own research and make the best health decision for you by going to www.cdc.gov.
Travel vaccine centers or your local health clinics will also recommend what they think best for the areas you will be traveling.
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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