When is the best time to visit Africa
When to go to see the Wildebeest Migration
Flights to Africa
Visas, Entrance Fees & Insurance required for Africa
Travelling with Children to South Africa
Travelling with Children to Botswana
Health & Diet Considerations when Travelling to Africa
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Eclipse Travel can assist you with all of your flight arrangements including international flights, round-the-world flights as well as internal Africa flights.
Which airlines fly to Africa from Australia?
If you are departing from the east coast of Australia you have the option of flying direct from Sydney to Johannesburg with Qantas. If you are departing from anywhere else in Australia, you must first fly to Perth then on to Johannesburg with South African Airways. Alternatively, you can fly into Africa by first flying into Asia or the Middle East with airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines. You can fly from most major cities in Asia and the Middle East to most major cities within Africa.
Can Africa be incorporated into round-the-world flights?
Yes, there are many options, some of which can be good value or if you are simply looking to combine Africa with Asia or the Middle East on the one ticket, there are other good alternatives our team would be more than happy to discuss with you.
What is the baggage allowance for flights?
Baggage allowance often depends on the airline and where you are flying to and from. Generally speaking, international flight allowance is between 20-23kgs, 7-8kgs for hand luggage and 15-23kgs for domestic flights. Some popular airline baggage allowances can be found here:
Qantas | South African Airways | Emirates | Singapore Airlines | Kenya Airways | Air Madagascar
**Please note, if you are taking a charter flight or if you are going on a ‘Fly-in Safari’, different baggage allowances may apply and you may be required to carry only a small bag with you. Please check with your consultant if this applies to you.
What visas are required?
Australians need a visa to enter most countries in Africa. The application process varies from country to country and it is often the case that you can apply for them upon arrival into that country. Please see the table below which outlines the visa application process for African countries. Alternatively, the South African High Commission in Canberra can be contacted on 02 6272 7300 or please refer to TIMATIC in the GDS. Please note that this is only a guide and visa requirements are often changing therefore, it is suggested that you double check the requirements with the corresponding consulate prior to departure. In addition to this, you should also consider the following:
- You will need at least six months validity in your passport from your return date to re-enter Australia
- Passengers of all nationalities under 18 years of age entering, departing or transiting South Africa or Botswana will need to present an unabridged birth certificate which shows the full name, gender, date of birth and place of birth of the child & full name, date of birth, place of birth and the citizenship at time of birth of both parents. The birth certificate must be the original version, copies will not be accepted. A sworn translation (certified) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English
- Be sure that you have plenty of empty pages in your passport as Africa border guards love to stamp passports
|Country||Visa Application Process||Cost|
|Botswana||Not required if your stay is under 90 days||N/A|
|Ethiopia||Can be issued with a visa upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport only. If arriving through another port, you will need to organise your visa prior to arrival.||AU$52|
|Kenya||Travel to Kenya requires an e-visa to be arranged prior to travel. Please note that Kenya e-visas are valid for 3 months after the day of approval. Clients are advised to apply for the e-visa closer to their departure to ensure validity of the travel period.
Complete online application form through E-Visa portal http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
|Single entry: AU$55 Transit: AU$30|
|Madagascar||As of 1 May 2018, the tourist visa fee for Madagascar has increased. This is payable on arrival at the airport.||The charge for the tourist visa will be EUR$35 per person for arrivals of up to 30 days.|
|Malawi||A tourist permit is required and can be issued upon arrival in Malawi at the port of entry||Single entry: US$75 Transit: US$50|
|Mozambique||Can be issued upon arrival in Mozambique||US$25|
|Namibia||Not required if your stay is under 90 days||N/A|
|Rwanda||Visa application can be filled online prior to entrance or can be obtained upon arrival at any Rwanda entry point. http://rwandacg.org.au/visa-info/||Single entry: US$50 Upon arrival: US$50 Single entry transit: US$30|
|South Africa||Not required if your stay is under 90 days for Australian passport – NZ passports MUST get a visa (See more below)||N/A|
|Tanzania||Complete form and post to the consulate (Perth). Can also be obtained upon arrival but it is best to have it before arrival.http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/index.html||AU$95|
|Uganda||Uganda e visa https://visas.immigration.go.ug/||USD$50 per person. The payment MUST be done online, and the application will not be processed until the payment is done. AU$150 if obtaining prior to arrival|
|Zambia||Can be obtained upon arrival at the port of entry||US$50|
|Zimbabwe||Can be obtained upon arrival at the port of entry||Single entry: US$30 Double entry: US$45|
Disclaimer – Please note: For official visa advice please visit the South African High Commission or VFS Global visa advisory service.
New Zealand passport holders require a visa to enter South Africa. There are South Africa Visa Application Centres in Wellington and Auckland, and applications must be made in person for an interview. Parents can apply on behalf of children under 18. For information on the South Africa Visa application process for NZers please click here
What additional entrance fees or taxes can I expect?
If you are planning on entering any national parks of reserves during your time in Africa you can expect to pay an entrance fee. The amount can vary from park to park and the method of payment can also vary. We recommend carrying some USD with you as this is a commonly accepted form of payment. We have been advised that international travellers visiting Botswana will be required to pay a USD$30 tourism levy on arrival at international borders in the short term future, most likely from June 01 2017
We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance when travelling to Africa. Please check the terms of your policy carefully, particularly with regard to limits of cover and ensure you are familiar with the procedure for making claims. Once you have paid your deposit or full payment, certain fees will apply if you have to cancel your holiday and for this reason you should take out insurance at the time of paying your deposit or full payment, which should then protect you in such a situation.
Requirements for foreign children coming to South Africa have been changed in the following ways:
- Children from countries where visas are required will no longer have to carry supporting documents. This is because they would have been required to provide these and a copy of a birth certificate during the visa application process.
- Those from countries where visas are not required may be asked to produce supporting documents upon entry. DoT has said that copies of original documents are sufficient and do not need to be certified. Consent and authorisation can be in the form of a letter. It does not need to be notarised or be an affidavit.
- Passports – or other identification documents – that contain the details of parents are sufficient.
- If surnames are different, carrying proof of parental relationship is advised.
- If children are travelling alone, additional documents are needed.
- If children are travelling with an adult other than their parents, they would need to carry supporting documents.
If you are travelling with children through Botswana Borders, please be aware that you will be required to have certified copies of their unabridged birth certificates, and passports on hand. Please make sure you have the following documents prior to travel for children under 18 years of age:
Travelling with both parents:
- Parents must produce a certified unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport.
Travelling with one parent:
- Parents must produce a certified unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and a court order/ death certificate/ affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel.
Travelling with someone other than a parent:
- Guardian must produce a certified unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and an affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel.
Children travelling unaccompanied:
- Child must produce a certified unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport and affidavit confirming permission to travel from both the parents or legal guardians, and letter from person who will receive child in the final destination including their full contact details and a certified copy of their passport or ID.
- Hepatitis A – recommended for all travellers
- Typhoid – recommended for all travellers
- Yellow Fever – highly recommended for all travellers. Some countries will not allow entry without a Yellow Fever Certificate
- Malaria – recommended for all travellers
- Hepatitis B – recommended for all travellers
- Rabies – for travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, or doing activities where you are at a high risk of getting bitten by an animal, or if you will be doing an activity that brings you into direct contact with bats
- Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria – a booster is recommended if you have already received these vaccinations
- Meningitis – recommended for all travellers
|Ethiopia||Ethiopian birr (ETB)|
|Kenya||Kenyan shilling (KES)|
|Madagascar||Malagasy ariary (MGA)|
|Malawi||Malawian kwacha (MWK)|
|Mozambique||New Mozambican metical (MZN)|
|Namibia||Namibian dollar (NAD)|
|Rwanda||Rwandan franc (RWF)|
|Tanzania||Tanzanian shilling (TZS)|
|Uganda||Ugandan shilling (UGX)|
|Zambia||Zambian kwacha (ZMK)|
|Zimbabwe||American dollar (USD)|
- 10-15% of the total bill for good food and service at a restaurant or bar. If you are in a party of 6 or more, the tip is usually included in your bill
- $1 per bag for porters
- $1-$2 per day for hotel staff
- $3-$5 per day for personal butlers, trackers and drivers
- $10 per day for professional guides and/or drivers who will be with you throughout your trip
- $5-$10 per person for one day or half day guides including city tours, safari walks, rafting guides etc.
- $1-$2 for transfer drivers – to/from airports and hotels
Internet Access You are likely to find internet cafes throughout all major centres in Africa and can be cheaper than accessing the internet in your hotel. Not all hotels will offer Wi-Fi, and if they do it can often be quite expensive and it is not always guaranteed to work. If Wi-Fi is included in your hotel, it will be mentioned in your itinerary. When on safari, you may have internet access included in your stay but please note, it is not always reliable.
Telephone Calls When travelling, it is always best to turn your global roaming off as this can result in a large surprise when you get your next phone bill. We recommend downloading programs such as Skype and Viber before departing to make free calls to your family and friends using the Wi-Fi in your hotel. Alternatively, you can use telephone booths or paid accounts with Skype in internet cafes as a very inexpensive way of making calls and keeping contact.
Electrical Outlets in Africa Electrical outlets throughout Africa vary from country to country but will generally be 240 volts. Please visit this link for more information on each country.
- Travel insurance documents
- Itinerary and tickets
- Credit card / travel card
- Photocopies of important documents – keep in your suitcase and an electronic copy on your email
- Health documentation / vaccination cards
- Suitcase or backpack – most of our tours don’t require a backpack but ask if you are unsure.
- Day pack
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Medications (if required)
- First aid kit
- Clothes – jacket for colder destinations, jumper, dress, shirts, t-shirts, long pants, socks, underwear, rain jacket, swimmers, hat, smart casual clothes if you are planning on eating at some nice restaurants
- Comfortable shows with good grip and sandals or flip flops
- Camera and charger
- Laptop/tablet and charger
- Converter / adapter
- Sturdy shoes or boots for hiking
- Lightweight, moisture wicking, easy care clothing in neutral colours. Avoid brightly coloured and white clothing
- Comfortable short and long sleeved shirts
- Comfortable shorts and long trousers
- Rain jacket
- Enough pairs of underwear for the duration of your safari
- Swimming costume
- Flip flops or sport sandals
- Enough pairs of socks for the duration of your safari
- Insect repellent
- Quick dry travel towel
- Malaria tablets
- Personal toiletries
- Wet wipes/hand sanitiser
- Lip balm
- Any prescribed medicines
- Day pack
- Soft sided bags may be needed for chartered flights instead of suitcases. Please ask your consultant if you are unsure
- Safari binoculars
- Flashlight or head torch
- First aid kit
- Thermals, beanie, gloves – during winter temperatures can drop dramatically especially in the early morning and late evening.