Africa Travel FAQs
Is tipping customary in Africa?
Generally speaking, tipping is not obligatory, but appreciated. Guides might get anywhere between $15-25; porters can get about $1 per bag; concierges can get up to $10-15 if they're helping you with a favor; bars do not expect tips; most restaurants don't either but the higher end ones will likely include a 10% service charge on the bill. Otherwise, tipping is not usually an expectation.
What is internet access like in Africa?
While internet access in Africa is definitely on the rise and quickly expanding, the penetration throughout the continent, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, is relatively low. Since our tours tend to be in the more isolated areas of the African countries, in general terms, you shouldn't count on internet access.
Can I use my cell phone while in Africa?
You will likely be out of range of any cell towers for much of your expedition in Africa, but in cities, the best option if you need to use your phone is purchasing a local SIM chip for your smart phone, which will work with the local towers.
Do I need power adapters?
The electricity in Africa is 220-240v in all countries, but the socket adapters you will need vary considerably by country. Make sure to check individual countries to see which adapters you will need. Also, keep in mind that certain 110v devices aren't able to handle 220v currents, so you will need a power converter too.
What are the toilets like in Africa?
For the most part, you will find western style bowl toilets in your accommodations and restaurants, but when you visit more remote sites that have facilities, it's possible that they are simply a hole in the ground or a squat toilet.
Can I drink the water in Africa?
There are no countries in Africa where you can drink the water. That's why we make sure that all of our tours provide clean bottled or filtered water free of charge throughout your tour.
Are credit cards accepted in Africa? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Travel with plenty of cash and keep it in a safe place. Your trip is all-inclusive, but if you want to purchase souvenirs or leave tips along the way, you will need to have cash on hand since ATMs are few and far between and it's not likely that you'll find a business that accepts credit cards.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should definitely purchase travel insurance, and we make it easy through our partner TravelGuard on the Once You're Booked