Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is served as Food and Meals?

A: Included are three hearty meals a day, (unless otherwise specified). Vegetarians can be catered for and we do our best to offer a varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove but please remember that they are cooking for the whole group on two gas burners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

Q: What are the types of Accommodation?

A: On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag. The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hotel rooms, the majority of these are ensuite.

Q: What is Single Supplement?

A: All of our tours are priced on twin share accommodation. The single supplement is not compulsory on our camping tours but if you want your own tent you need to pay the single supplement. If you are booking one of our accommodated tours alone you have to pay the single supplement. There are a maximum of 4 single supplements available on all tours.  If you have any other questions please complete the Contact Nomad form or If you need a faster answer please feel free to make use of our live chat service (monitored during South African office hours).

Q: Do I Have to Help with Camp Chores?

A: Of course not, but you will not make many friends! On our tours our guides do most of the work. On a camping tour your participation in camp chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags. On some of our accommodated tours we include a camp assistant.

Q: What are the Health Requirements?

A: All people who join an adventure tour need to be in good health. Medical facilities are not always available. If you have a specific medical condition it is compulsory for you to advise us before departure.

Q: What are the Concerns Regarding Malaria?

A: Malaria is a real concern in many areas of Africa, especially during the rainy season. Our advice is simple, prevent getting bitten by using an insect repellent and use an effective prophylactic. Speak to your doctor before selecting your Malaria medication.

Q: Do I Need to be Vaccinated?

A: Please ensure you have the relevant vaccinations. Proof of inoculation is required on certain tours.

Q: Do I Need Travel Insurance?

A: YES! Make sure your insurance covers being airlifted in case of serious illness/injury as good hospital facilities are often a long way from where our tours travel. Free credit card insurance is often insufficient, so a separate policy is recommended. As travel insurance is compulsory, you will be asked for the policy number before being allowed to board our vehicle. We recommend World Nomad Travel insurance (click here for more).

Q: What are your Terms & Conditions?

A: All travellers will be required to sign our indemnity form on departure. Any person refusing to do so will not be allowed on the tour.

Q: What are the Age Restrictions?

A: Passengers under the age of 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian and are accepted on the tour on a request basis. Passengers over the age of 60 take responsibility that they are fit enough to travel and may be asked to leave the tour if they are hindering the progress of the tour.

Q: What are the Options Regarding Currency, Money and Banking?

A: This is covered comprehensively in the Predeparture Information Booklet. South African Rand and Credit Cards work in most of Southern Africa. In East Africa (incl. Zimbabwe and Zambia) USD cash is best.

Q: What to Bring?

A: A sense of fun and a flexible attitude! A full checklist of essential items is included in the pre-departure info document.

Q: What to Leave Behind?

A: Your watch, cellphone, laptop, work, stress, concept of time, pre-conceptions about anything and any attitude that is not pure adventure.

Q: Would the Routes / Schedules Change?

A: Although we will do our best at all times to ensure that the tour remains on schedule we want to make it very clear that this is not always possible. There is always something unexpected on a tour, sometimes the truck gets stuck in mud, or sand, sometimes it rains… Anything can happen, but nothing that a good sense of humour cannot overcome.

Q: How Many People are on Tour?

A: The average number of passengers on a tour is 14.  On all tours except the Cape To Vic Falls Camping (and sections – 24 guests) the maximum number of guests is 18.  Single Supplements are limited to 4 per tour on all tours.

Q: Who is Responsible for my Visas?

A: You are responsible for your own visas. Please check the itinerary of your tour carefully and if you need a multiple entry visa be sure to get one. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after your departure date from Africa and you must have at least 3-4 blank pages available. Some countries will not allow you to enter without 2 blank pages in your passport.