Here we have compiled answers to some of your most commonly asked questions. Detailed travel information and instructions are provided to every traveler with Africa Dynamics. Please call us to discuss any additional questions you may have about planning a trip to Africa!
At Africa Dynamics, we work closely with each traveler to ensure that we create an itinerary that is just right for you. We take the time to listen to all of your questions, and we ask many of our own. Our goal is to get to know you, what your interests are, what kind of traveler you are, and what takes you to Africa.
After our initial conversation, we draft an itinerary based on your preferred locations, level of luxury, and activities. We work with you each step of the way, making any necessary adjustments to your itinerary so that you are completely happy with your trip. Upon confirmation of your itinerary, we provide you with detailed information for each of your destinations so you are well prepared for your journey.
We only work with lodges and camps who uphold the highest level of ethics and integrity, supporting the environment, protecting Africa’s wildlife, and benefiting her people and communities. We visit Africa to inspect our preferred lodges and camps, and keep a close eye on new developments in each region.
When you work with the team at Africa Dynamics, you are working with the experts – we specialize in travel to Africa, and delight in making your dreams come true.
This is an important question for many travelers, the answer to which varies greatly depending on the season, length of travel, number of destinations, and level of luxury. While Africa is certainly one of the more expensive destinations, we work with each client to understand their budget, and will always provide the best value possible. These days, aspiring travelers can peruse the internet and find seemingly amazing deals on packaged trips to Africa. As the adage goes, however, you usually get what you pay for! There are many costs not considered in these packages, such as inferior lodges and unreliable ground operators, crowded camps and pre-scheduled tours, and less than ideal locations. Whether you are seeking a luxurious, five-star experience, or a more value oriented holiday, you can be confident that we only and always provide the highest quality in the industry.
Because of our preferred relationship status with our ground operators, we are able to offer very reasonable, usually lower than published rates. Our pricing estimates include the cost of your accommodation, transfers, game drives and inclusive safari activities. In general, our featured safari camps and lodges also include food, beverages, and laundry in the cost. Many camps also offer optional activities, which are available at an additional cost. A 20% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before departure.
Not included in the price of your journey is your international and regional (intra-Africa) air fare, insurance, tips, taxes and government fees outside of our control, visas and passport fees, personal items, required immunizations, and food/beverages when staying in hotels or when noted. Our clients book their own international airline tickets, although we are happy to assist if you wish. We will arrange for regional, intra-Africa air, and travel insurance, which will be quoted and paid for separately from your ground arrangements.
Many travelers dream of going to Africa one day, but often aren’t sure where to start. Whether you have a set schedule to work around, or specific destinations that you wish to explore, we will draw on our years of experience and intimate knowledge of each region to create your ideal journey. The dry season and its scarcity of water result in wildlife concentrations and high visibility, the vibrant green season is rich with color and new life, while shoulder seasons can offer the best of both worlds.
In general, most of our travelers visit two or three countries over a 10-21 day period. Shorter and longer trips can be arranged, of course, but we find that this is the ideal length of stay. Due to Africa’s immense size and the distance between camps in different countries, trying to visit too many countries in one trip can become exhausting, and visitors miss the opportunity to truly experience what makes each place unique.
When you call us to create your itinerary, we’ll help you determine the countries and camps that will be the best fit for you!
Our travelers will receive detailed travel information for each country they are visiting, including a packing list, tipping guide, reading list, and more. All of your questions will be answered in your travel documents, but a general packing list is included below. We also support “Pack for a Purpose”, and encourage all of our travelers to consider setting aside space in your luggage for donations to those in need in Africa. Please ask us for more information about this wonderful program.
For the safari portion of your trip, three or four days’ worth of clothes is sufficient, so long as your chosen camps provide a laundry service. We advise against white, black, and bright colors, because they stand out against the muted colors of the savannah, as well as blue because it attracts tsetse flies in some areas. Instead, we recommend a few well-chosen items in softer shades of khaki, brown, grey or green. If your trip includes visits to cities, please ask us about options for storing or shipping additional luggage, should you need it. Additional lists will be provided for gorilla/chimp tracking and Kilimanjaro climbs.
General Safari Packing List
Small aircraft can only accommodate soft bags, and your entire luggage (including cameras, carry on, etc.) may not exceed 44 lbs total (Southern Africa), and 33 lbs total (East Africa).
Pack for a Purpose
Please consider bringing supplies for our wonderful Pack for a Purpose partner project.
For example, for just 2.2 kg (5 lbs), you can bring one of the following:
• 400 pencils
• 5 deflated soccer balls with an inflation device
• A stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff and 500 Band-Aids
As they say on their website, “if 500 individuals each pack 5 lbs (2.27 kg) we can provide 1.25 tonnes of supplies to community-based projects around the world…”