Africa 2017 - Final Preparations
Our africa adventure begins here...
5 weeks and counting until our big adventure begins. Before I get into the trip prep details, I want to start off by urging each of you to think about what you want to get out of this trip i.e. how do you want to challenge yourself, what is your intention for coming on this group trip, what obstacles do you want to overcome etc. These trips provide a platform from which we can grow as individuals, reconnect with ourselves, learn from each other, meet new friends, build new relationships, strengthen our exiting relationships engage authentically with each other AND HAVE ONE HECK OF AN ADVENTURE TOGETHER. Its a place where we can be ourselves without judgement no matter what our age, fitness level, ethic origin or religious beliefs. LOVE AND POSITIVE ENERGY IS THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR TRIPS so please keep this top of mind during your time in Africa.
I quickly captured the video below to touch on some of the more important trip preparation points. I did this in a rush and I'm running on 2 hours of sleep so excuse the roughness of the footage.
WHAT TO PACK
- South Africa
Trainers, slops/sandals, hat, shorts, jeans/long pants, shirts, light sweater/jacket, sunscreen, motion sickness pills, sunglasses, headlamp ( don't spend more than $20 on this). Universal power adapter for South Africa to charge your cameras/phones. You may need more than one depending on how many cameras you have.
Trainers, slops/sandals, hat, shorts, jeans/long pants, shirts, warm sweater/jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, deet, small duffle bag/back pack. Universal power adapter to charge your cameras/phones. Plug outlets are the same as in South Africa. You may need more than one depending on how many cameras you have.
Trainers, slops/sandals, hat, shorts, jeans/long pants, shirts, warm sweater/jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, deet, small duffle bag/back pack, malaria pills, sunscreen. Universal power adapter to charge your cameras/phones. Plug outlets are the same as in South Africa. You may need more than one depending on how many cameras you have.
Only the guys doing Botswana and Kruger will need to speak to their Doctor about getting a prescription for Malaria medication. Malarone is what I recommend but your Doctor might suggest differently if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
We have wifi in all of our accommodations except in Namibia, Botswana and Kruger while on safari. The hotels we will be staying at between these trip segments all have wifi. You might want to speak to your phone carrier for information on roaming packages if you need to stay connected while we are out of wifi range. It's also easy to get a local South Africa number with cheap data/voice/messaging rates on your GSM phone, one option being B4ITravel (formerly B4IGO). You can pre-purchase plans and even get your local SA number before your trip, then visit their kiosk at CPT airport arrivals where they will swap your SIM card: b4i.travel/za. You will need an unlocked/GSM phone for this.
Cards without chips are not accepted in South Africa. It's also best to have a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Your ATM card should work in most machines to get local currency, but there will be bank fees. Exchange $200 worth of ZAR currency. I advise having cash for cab rides ( approx. $30 or R364). You can also use Uber in Cape Town but not from the Airport.
Of course you need one, but make sure it does not expire within six months of entering South Africa, Namibia or Botswana because you will probably be denied entry. Also have at least 2 blank pages in your passport too.
LOCAL CONNECTING FLIGHTS
Please note the luggage limits for the local connecting flights between Cape Town, Namibia, Botswana and Kruger is 20 kilograms per person and 5 kilograms hang luggage. You are allowed 1 piece of luggage in the hold only.
Here is a shared drop box for everyone to drop their photos into. https://1drv.ms/f/s!ApVvjjHeET_agZoOSGgPP78DJ1hQ7g
Also if posting your photos to Instagram or Facebook tag @Manexpeditions and use #manexpeditions so we can all follow the photo trail. That said, try limit your social media consumption during the trip so you can disconnect and be more in the present.
My priority is to make sure this trip delivers memories and experiences you will all cherish for the rest of your lives. If there is something you need during the trip please don’t be shy to ask. We are in Africa, not everything runs like clock-work especially with the number of moving parts involved with bringing a trip of this nature together. I would also like to thank our crew ( Syd, John, Andy, Craig and the rest of the team) for working diligently behind the scenes over the past 10 months to bring this Africa itinerary together and for working on the fly to rearrange logistics when required.
This going to be one heck of an adventure... hold on tight and enjoy the ride guys.