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Get Ready African Safari

Are You Ready For The Adventure Of A Lifetime?

The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning all those little details that will make our OUTbound adventure in Africa even more exciting! Below are a few things to help you make the most of your safari cruise with us. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.

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Flights

Flights

Since our African Safari Cruise leaves starts in Johannesburg and we end our tour in Victoria Falls, many OUTbounders are booking a ‘Multi-City’ ticket when looking for flights. The ‘Multi-City’ option can be found on most airline’s websites where you would choose between a one-way or round trip flight or under the ‘Advanced Search’ link. With the ‘Multi-City’ option, you’ll be able to enter your departure airport, arrival in Johannesburg (JNB) and then a departure from Victoria Falls (VFA) back to your original airport. The multi-city option will often be cheaper than purchasing two one-way tickets separately.

The airline you choose is completely up to you. While flights are not included, we’re always happy to help narrow down the best flight options for you. Simply give us a call or send us an email, letting us know where you’ll be flying from, if you have a preferred airline (based on frequent flyer miles or credit card points), & what class of service you typically like to book.

Luggage

Luggage Limitations

Since we’ll be flying on small charter during our safari cruise, be prepared to pack a little lighter than usual.

Our flight from Johannesburg to Kasane is a regularly scheduled flight.

Our flights from Kasane to Kariba & from Kariba to Victoria Falls are both charter flights. Since we will be using private planes to get us from our lodge in Kasane to our ship in Kariba, there are a few restrictions regarding the bags being transported due to the capacity of the planes.

Our luggage must adhere to these regulations:

  • You will be limited to two (2) checked bags, per person and one (1) carry on or personal item.
  • Your luggage must not exceed 44lbs (20kg).
  • Your luggage must not be larger that 23.6” in length x 15.7” in height x 11.8” in width.
  • Your luggage must be made from soft fabric. Hard-shell suitcases are not accepted.
  • Luggage with wheels is accepted (a maximum of 2 wheels per bag).

To help with the baggage limitations, laundry service is available during our stay at the lodge in Kasane & also at the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town after our safari cruise.

Hotels

Hotels

Johannesburg Hotel

For our African Safari Cruise, we’ll be staying at the Hotel 54 on Bath, a 5-star hotel located in a vibrant central district of Johannesburg. This first-class hotel radiates a sophisticated ambience and provides its guests with the utmost level of luxury and service. More information about our Johannesburg hotel is available here:
Hotel 54 on Bath

Here’s the schedule for our first day together…

  • Arrival at the Hotel 54 on Bath starts at 11:00am
  • Lunch starts at 12:30pm – 1:00pm
  • Full Day Tour starts at 2:15pm – 2:30pm
  • Return to Hotel 54 on Bath at 6:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Dinner starts at 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Our program will end back at our host hotel for dinner where you’ll be able to get a full night’s sleep before starting out the next morning.

Cape Town Hotel

For those of you joining us on our Cape Town extension, we’ll be staying at the Table Bay Hotel, a 5-star hotel situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina. More information about our Cape Town hotel is available here:
Table Bay Hotel

Here’s the plan for our first day in Cape Town…

  • Check In at the Table Bay Hotel starts at 2:00pm
  • Reception starts at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Dinner starts at 8:00pm – 10:00pm

We’ll start our Cape Town tours in the morning, heading up to Table Mountain after sleeping in & having breakfast at the hotel.

Visas

Visa Requirements

The only required Visa for Americans or Canadians is for Zimbabwe. These are paid upon our arrival at the Kariba airport. No other visas are required for our trip. OUTbound will purchase a single-entry Zimbabwe visa for everyone in our group upon landing in Victoria Falls. The visa requirements for Zimbabwe are…

  • Passport valid for a least 6 months from your date of entry
  • Proof of your return ticket back to the US (or your ticket from Victoria Falls to Cape Town for our pre/post-safari program)
  • Two (2) blank pages in your passport to fit the required entry visa.

More information is available here:
Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Visa Requirements

Vaccinations

Vaccinations & Immunizations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for any of our destinations or countries we are visiting during our African Safari Cruise.

However,  it is strongly recommended that you ensure your vaccines for the following Diseases are up-to-date:

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Diphtheria
  • Typhoid

It is also recommend that you consult with your General Practitioner regarding an Antimalarial Treatment and a Yellow Fever Vaccine.

Tipping

Tipping Our Hosts

Tipping is the ONLY thing not included with your OUTbound vacation. We never want to dictate anyone’s generosity or decide how much you think YOUR experience with a crew member, waitstaff or tour guide was worth. How much to tip depends on the type of service you receive and your personal experience.

During our trip together, you’ll come into contact with many different servers and hosts. At the end of each day’s guided tour, you’ll have the chance to tip our guide and driver whatever you feel your experience was worth.

A general rule of thumb for tipping the staff at the lodge & on our ship is $10 per day, per person.

However, if your experience warrants something more, then by all means feel free to be as generous as you would like. If you feel that any individual in particular has gone above and beyond in making your experience something extra special, then we encourage you to reach out to them directly and let them know how much you appreciated their service during our time together.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

If we’ve learned anything over these last couple of years, it’s that the world can be an uncertain place at times. While you’re never required to buy travel insurance, it’s a very good idea and we strongly recommend all OUTbounders consider protecting your hard-earned vacation money. The price of your coverage will depend on a few factors, including the cost of the trip, what state you live in, how long before the trip departs, and if you have any pre-existing or underlying health conditions, to name a few.

Some reasons why you might buy travel insurance include:

  • Cancel for Any Reason
  • Unexpected Work Requirements
  • Personal or Family Illness

OUTbound does not provide travel insurance. However, we always strongly recommend using a third-party insurance carrier to provide your coverage.

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