Travel Reports Africa
Travel Reports Africa lists all our Africa journeys and gives valuable information, tips and suggestions to the individual destinations. These are safaris and combinations of safari and beach holidays.
How should I prepare?
Every photo trip through Africa presents new challenges and you should inform yourself well in advance, ideally a good travel agency with experts at hand. For this reason we have written our travel reports for Africa. They should make your preparation easier.
For all countries, it is important to find out in good time whether a visa is required.
Afterwards you should think about the necessary vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis if you want to travel to risk areas.
For Africa “beginners” we would always recommend South Africa or Namibia, because both have good European standards concerning medical care and everything else, at least in the bigger cities. If you already have some experience, you can easily go on to the northern countries.
The distances within the countries are sometimes very large, which is why you also have to consider which means of transport you want to use (air safari vs. rental car or with car and driver).
What should I think about when traveling to Africa?
Next – after the visa and vaccinations – you should think about the season of the trip and the appropriate clothing. In the African winter it can get very cold. In the summer, however, very hot and rainy (rainy season).
Among the special clothes you should also think about are: a “hat or base cap” and “fly nets” for the head. Neither is necessary but pleasant at certain times of the year. A hat is better suited than a baseball cap to keep the nets away from the head.
Against mosquitoes we always take Deed. Regarding Autan there seems to be a certain resistance and the mosquitoes bite anyway. We also bought long and short-sleeved bite tight shirts. In winter we also think of gloves and a scarf/cap when travelling in an open jeep.
Sun protection is the next important topic. Africa has a much stronger solar radiation and therefore the clothing should ideally already have UV protection. Definitely a sun protection cream with a high sun protection factor from 30+ should be taken along or bought on site. Also think of good sunglasses, especially for car journeys.
How can I stay online in Africa?
That is a good question in Africa in general. So far we have only used the Wifi’s of the lodges. You can certainly buy SIM cards on the spot but not all mobile phones tolerate them. From our point of view it is very relaxing to be “off” for a few days or at least hours and to only use the mobile phone as a camera.
How do I get to Africa best?
That one arrives, at least from Europe, with the airplane goes without saying. But what is the best flight route and how do I fly most “comfortably”?
One should be aware that one flies in the night and has depending upon destination between 8 and 11h flight time. There is the question “is economy enough”?
Many people believe that Business Class is much more expensive than Economy. However, this is only true to a limited extent, since there are many bargain offers and partner deals of the big airlines today, which are only slightly more expensive in Business Class than an Eco Ticket. Especially on a night flight the business is much more relaxing and you have more from the first day in Africa.
A prerequisite for the bargain prices is often that one flies at least in pairs, books sufficiently long in advance and is willing to compromise and flexible on the itinerary.
We use SWISS very frequently, as it always offers extremely low-cost partner fares to different destinations worldwide. It is important to always enter “2” travelers, otherwise the partner fares will not be displayed. Partner means here nothing else than that 2 people fly the route together.