Africa

While on safari you will be transferred between lodges, camps, hotels, and different national parks by road, boat and air.

Should we purchase local currency? Most travelers do not need to change money into local currency as US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted. Small bills (US $1, US $5, US $10, and US $20) are best.

Tipping at restaurants (at your discretion) is 10%. Tipping at lodges and camps is always welcomed but the amount varies greatly. It is often best to tip the lodge manager who will distribute your tip amongst the lodge or camp staff. As a rough estimate you can tip US $15 (US $10 for your guide and US $5 for camp staff) for each traveler per day at each lodge / camp. The majority of lodges and camps are able to accept credit cards for tipping (MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted while American Express is not).

In general the climate in southern Africa (Botswana and Zimbabwe being good examples) is as near perfect as you can get with dry season temperatures similar to those of the Mediterranean, but without the humidity. Daytime temperatures average 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter period May through August nighttime temperatures in some areas can drop to freezing or below – don’t let this dissuade you from a safari as by mid morning temperatures are warm enough for shorts and a short sleeved shirt.

The rains occur each year during the period November through March with the dry season stretching from April through October.

Africa remains one the last outposts of raw adventure; a refuge from the modern world. From Botswana’s tranquil Okavango Delta filled with birdsong to the raging Zambezi River as it crashes untamed over Victoria Falls into the Batoka Gorge – this ancient land and its people offer a travel experience truly unlike any other.

Southern Africa in particular, in our opinion, provides travelers with the highest quality African wildlife and wilderness experience available in a land that is both clean and comfortable. Southern Africa is home to a tremendous wealth of wildlife including Africa’s Big 5 wildlife species (buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino – both black and white). Zambia and Zimbabwe has the highest concentration of leopard in the world! Botswana is home to the highest density of lion in Africa, and the continent’s largest elephant herds (over 60,000 elephant in Botswana’s Chobe National Park alone!). Zambian guides are considered the most highly trained and qualified guides in Africa.

In southern Africa you will enjoy off road wildlife viewing drives from open safari vehicles – great for photography – unlike in east Africa where closed safari vehicles with roof hatches are the norm. Night time wildlife viewing drives are also possible from certain camps and lodges. This gives you the opportunity to view nocturnal wildlife species such leopard, civet, and genet.

Wildlife may also be viewed by boat and canoe where you may encounter hippo, crocodile, and other species as they come to drink and bath.

Most of the safari lodges and camps we recommend are exclusive and dearly sought after. To ensure availability we suggest planning and booking your travel arrangements at least 6 months in advance.

While on safari you will be accompanied by licensed guides who are well trained and armed with an amazing understanding of the wildlife with which they share their lives on a daily basis. In addition many guides carry firearms for your safety

What drinks are available on safari?

On most safaris drinks are included in the all inclusive daily rate. This includes unlimited bottled water, soft drinks, local beers, wines and spirits). Certain high end imported drinks i.e. Scotch whiskey, Champagne, certain wines, if available, are typically for your own account.

Please note that if you are staying on a bed and breakfast basis drinks are for your account. These are typically inexpensive in US dollar terms.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag on a camping safari?

No you do not, all camping equipment will be provided for you.

Are park fee’s included on my safari?

Park fees are almost always included in the overall trip cost. Your consultant will advise you if any park’s fees that must be paid direct.

While on safari you will be accompanied by licensed guides who are well trained and armed with an amazing understanding of the wildlife with which they share their lives on a daily basis. In addition many guides carry firearms for your safety.

At World In My Wallet our number one concern is your safety. If we felt that traveling to Africa was unsafe we would not arrange African safaris. Zambia and Botswana are considered the safest and most friendly countries in Africa, and on a personal note, our founder has spent his entire childhood to the age of 18 years in Zambia and has family there and visits every year.

A very important element of traveling to a largely unknown destination is the peace of mind to know that you will be properly taken care before, during and after your trip. At World In My Wallet we take a conservative stance in deciding which tour operators we will work with – they must have a lengthy and consistent record of truly exceptional service, be fully licensed and insured. While in Africa you will be met at each location and transferred from airports, to hotels to lodges and camps; your in-country representatives are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have or to handle any eventuality – from medical emergencies to retrieving a bag that may have been left behind and having it delivered to your next destination. In this way it is possible to travel with all the security of a packaged tour, but all the flexibility and privacy of an individual traveler.

The majority of safari lodges and camps in southern Africa have a minimum age limit of 12 years of age. There are however a number of great lodges and camps that allow children under the age of 12. Please contact our office for further details.

Absolutely not! While staying at a tented camp you will enjoy the comfort of a proper room with the sights and sounds of camping – the best of both worlds. Most tented camp rooms consist of walk in tents with entry doors. Walls are canvas with viewing sections. Inside you will enjoy a bed (usually 2 twin beds or a king) with pillows and duvets, side tables, and battery powered (solar) lighting,

In general the climate in southern Africa (Botswana and Zambia being good examples) is as near perfect as you can get with dry season temperatures similar to those of the Mediterranean, but without the humidity. Daytime temperatures average 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter period May through August nighttime temperatures in some areas can drop to freezing or below – don’t let this dissuade you from a safari as by mid morning temperatures are warm enough for shorts and a short sleeved shirt.

The rains occur each year during the period November through March with the dry season stretching from April through October.

Tipping at restaurants (at your discretion) is 10%. Tipping at lodges and camps is always welcomed but the amount varies greatly. It is often best to tip the lodge manager who will distribute your tip

amongst the lodge or camp staff. As a rough estimate you can tip US $15 (US $10 for your guide and US $5 for camp staff) for each traveler per day at each lodge / camp.

Camp to Camp charter flights will often not have specific departure times listed on the itinerary as the scheduling is be done 24-48 hours prior to departure. You will always be notified the previous evening what time you will have to be ready for your charter.

All cancellations must be made in writing, signed by the client, to World In my Wallet and all trips may be subject to the following, per person, cancellation charges based on the number of days before trip departure that we receive your written cancellation request:

Between 30 and 60 days: 50% of trip cost per person

Less than 30 days: No refund of trip cost

All refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your letter of cancellation, and are calculated as of the day we receive your written verification.

Most of the safari lodges and camps we recommend are exclusive and dearly sought after. To ensure availability we suggest planning and booking your travel arrangements at least 3-6 months in advance.

English is spoken widely throughout east and southern Africa. In Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, English is actually the national language.

For most travelers a safari to Africa raises a number of red flags regarding health issues. For southern Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) there are no required vaccinations and health concerns are the same as those for travel to eastern Europe or the Caribbean. The vast majority of travelers to Africa return from their safaris happy and healthy!

No matter where you travel in Africa a course of anti malaria tablets is essential

We recommend that you visit with a local travel health specialist in your home town for further details.

Many of the major world airlines such as Delta, KLM, British Airways, Virgin, Air France, Lufthansa, Qantas, South African Airways, and Swissair fly into Africa several times a week.

We are able to arrange flights from most major cities in the United States via either Europe or via South Africa to the starting point of your safari.

Flying from the USA via South Africa you would fly to either New York or Washington DC and then to South Africa aboard South African Airways. From South Africa you would continue aboard South African Airways or another airline to your final destination for the start of your safari. Delta also flies direct to South Africa from Atlanta.

We also handle internal flight arrangements within Africa. Both international and internal flights are booked together to receive reduced rates.

There are many opportunities for cultural interaction. We can arrange tours to local schools, markets, and villages. Village visits may last a few hours or an overnight with your guide may be arranged. In some cases guests may participate in daily chores such as planting crops, brewing beer, or carrying water. From carrying firewood to sitting for hours around a smoky fire listening to stories many people feel that their lives are forever changed by this experience.

Whether you book with World In My Wallet or another travel agency make sure you work with a company that:

1) Has hands on knowledge. Make sure that whoever you book with has extensive personal travel experience in Africa. We know Africa intimately. it is our policy to regularly and personally visit every property we recommend, and many others besides, but also because we love Africa and its wild areas.

2) Is prompt and reliable. Are calls answered? Are emails and phone messages replied to in a timely manner? Does the company offer toll free number? We are best known for our attentive service, attention to detail, and honesty.

3) Can handle all of your travel arrangements including visa, accommodations, air tickets and travel insurance. We can and it pays to have one agency watching over your entire trip from start to finish.

4) Is friendly! Planning a trip to Africa is an exciting process, made even more so when you are working with a travel agent who is both friendly and passionate about what they do! Call World In My Wallet and start planning your dream safari today!

Dining on safari is a wonderful experience. You should know that the foods on safari, even fresh salads, are completely safe to eat. The fresh air will give you a healthy appetite for meals that on a typical day include:

Breakfast: Fruit and cereal: eggs and bacon: toast and preserves: tea and coffee.

Lunch: Assorted cold meats: meat or vegetable pies: salads: cheeses and bread: desserts.

Dinner: Usually 3 courses: an appetizer or soup: main entree (meat or fish) with vegetables: a dessert.

Special diets or vegetarian meals can be accommodated by letting us know in advance and we can deliver the message to the Chef of your lodge and have him prepare a special meal for you. Also upon request at the lodge the chef’s can prepare for you specific dishes that suit your taste buds.

Most activities last 2 to 5 hours and are conducted when the wildlife is most active: early in the morning (often before breakfast), just after breakfast, in the afternoon and at night

Midday activities might include spending time in a “hide” observing wildlife coming to a waterhole or river, visiting a local village or school, bird watching or viewing game as it passes by your tent or lodge, writing about your experiences in your journal, lazing around the swimming pool or taking a siesta (nap).

Your cell phone provider will be able to assist you with the possibility of using your own phone while in Africa; however obtaining international roaming service can be expensive. You will need to have your phone unlocked by your cell phone company in order to use it abroad. In most major cities you will be able to purchase a SIM card and air time which may be exchanged for your normal SIM card if your phone has one. Remember though that reception in the bush may be very limited

Internet access is becoming more widely available. Lodges/camps might have a computer for use at a nominal fee, otherwise check with your service provider if you will be able to get internet access on your cell phone, laptop, iPad while in Africa.
Wi-Fi connectivity varies in the camps/lodges depending on their location. Wi-Fi would normally be free and available in the public areas.

Most hotels/lodges/camps have charging facilities either in your room or in the lounge area.

Most modern gadgets have dual voltage built in. If not, you will need to bring your own adapters, and converters.

An international travel adapter kit for the countries you are visiting is recommended (available for purchase in most airports or any electronic store).

a) On game drives in vehicles, any color clothing is OK.
b) However if doing some walking in the bush natural colors or khaki clothing is the preferred color.
c) Dark clothing (black and blue) will attract tsetse flies during day, but they are not out at night.
d) Much of Africa gets cooler in the evenings and early morning (especially the months of June/July/August/September). The best advice is to dress in layers with a sweater and light windbreaker.
e) Early morning/night temperature can be around (40-60F). During the day it can rise to around (70-86F). Gloves and scarves are a good idea.

There is daily laundry service in most camps and lodges. Some lodges offer an express overnight service. Be sure to ask the cost of the laundry service if you are not sure whether it is included in your stay or not.

No, as long you keep within the weight allowance. Your allowance will vary depending on your safari itinerary, airline and class of travel. Keep in mind that laundry can be done at most camps during the time you are on safari. Toiletries like soap, shampoo and conditioner are generally provided, so you only need to bring a small supply.

We recommend that you keep your money/passports/tickets with you at all times.

Major international credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, lodges, permanent safari camps and shops. Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted. American Express and Diner’s Club are also accepted by most hotels and many businesses. However, American Express and Diner’s Club are not often taken in more remote areas and camps.
Cash is recommended in the camps/lodges whilst out on safari.

All African Safari’s booked through World In My Wallet have Travel Insurance included in the package. World In My Wallet offers full travel protection coverage through our partners World Nomads.

This will depend on your itinerary. On some packages there is Full Board, which includes meals, game activities and park fees, and in some cases drinks and laundry.
some packages are generally bed and breakfast only.

Yes. Once you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage, a representative will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Details will be on your Final itinerary.

Please contact us for our Visa and Vaccination Requirement. This is subject to change at any time at the Country’s discretion.

Most of your hotels, lodges and camps and even seasonal mobile camps have mosquito netting. They also supply a can of spray and coil in the rooms.

Visa requirements vary depending on nationality and country visited and may change at any time. Please contact us for complete details

All passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay.

The camps/lodges will have a first aid kit, however in the case of a medical emergency, you will be transported out of the bush to the nearest medical center or hospital.

If family members or friends need to get a message to you on safari, the best way is to contact us is via email (reservations@worldinmywallet.com) or phone 1 (877) 207 5324 during office hours. We can relay the message via the appropriate channel to you. In the event of an emergency outside office hours, you can call on our direct line at (954 830 9708).

Dubai

Abu Dhabi is the capital city and the largest of all the emirates (states) in the UAE. Dubai

though is more famous due to its iconic structures and ever growing tourism industry.

Arabic is the official language. Nevertheless, the most commonly spoken language in

Dubai is English.

A. Dubai is reputed as a safe destination for an enjoyable holiday in the Middle East.

Thanks to its stringent laws and crime-free environment.

A. This depends on your nationality. For instance, visitors from GCC nations including

Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar do not require visa. Likewise, people

traveling from certain countries like Australia, Austria, United States of America, and

UK, among others, are eligible for visa on arrival.

A. The local currency of UAE is AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) that is also simply

referred to as Dhs (Dirhams). 1 US Dollar is roughly equivalent to AE3.67 Dirhams.

With a number of money exchange counters dotted across the malls, shopping centers

and banks. It is not at all a tedious task to exchange currency in Dubai. Moreover, most

banks and ATMs accept credit cards.

Due its location in Arabian Desert, Dubai is usually characterized by hot, humid climate

for most part of the year. During summer months, the temperature can go quite high.

Alternatively, the winter that runs from November to April is pleasant, refreshing, and

salubrious as temperature drops down especially in December – January months.

Dubai’s law strictly forbids the intake of alcohol in public spaces and while driving.

However, alcohol consumption is permitted in bars attached to hotels, clubs,

restaurants, and private functions.

The time zone of Dubai is GMT/UTC +4 hours.

Whether you book with World In My Wallet or another travel agency make sure you

work with a company that:

1) Has hands on knowledge. Make sure that whoever you book with has extensive

personal travel experience in Dubai. We know Dubai intimately. it is our policy to

regularly and personally visit every property we recommend, and many others besides,

but also because we love Dubai.

2) Is prompt and reliable. Are calls answered? Are emails and phone messages replied to

in a timely manner? Does the company offer toll free number? We are best known for

our attentive service, attention to detail, and honesty.

3) Can handle all of your travel arrangements including visa, accommodations, air

tickets and travel insurance. We can and it pays to have one agency watching over your

entire trip from start to finish.

4) Is friendly! Planning a trip to Dubai is an exciting process, made even more so when

you are working with a travel agent who is both friendly and passionate about what they

do! Call World In My Wallet and start planning your dream vacation today!

Visa requirements vary depending on nationality and country visited and

may change at any time. Please contact us for complete details

Yes. Once you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage, a

representative will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Details will be

on your Final itinerary.

At World In My Wallet Travel Insurance is included in the package. World In

My Wallet offers full travel protection coverage through our partners World

Nomads.

An international travel adapter kit for the countries you are visiting is

recommended (available for purchase in most airports or any electronic store).

Your cell phone provider will be able to assist you with the possibility of using

your own phone while in Dubai; however obtaining international roaming service

can be expensive. You will need to have your phone unlocked by your cell phone

company in order to use it abroad. In most major cities you will be able to

purchase a SIM card and air time which may be exchanged for your normal SIM

card if your phone has one. Sometime reception may be bad while you are on a

desert safari.

India

Whether you fly in early is entirely up to you, though if you choose to do so, we can

make early arrival arrangements with our hotel for you and make sure you have an

airport pickup. It’s a long flight to India, and a day of rest can be a great way to make

sure you’re in good shape for the tour.

As for weather, expect it to be warm, perhaps as high as in the 90’s depending on

where you are. Pack for the heat.

You will be picked up from the airport by a driver/guide assigned by our company.

Look for your name on a placard.

We work with one of the top in-country operators in India who is able to get

fantastic deals on some of the most unique 4 and 5 star hotels at our destinations.

The hotels are listed in each of the itineraries but are subject to change.

This is a tough question as everyone’s spending habits are different and much of

the tour is covered in the cost of the trip. Having said that, you’ll want to factor in the

cost of souvenirs, drinks, extra food items and any additional things you might want

to do during the trip. For a two-week trip in India, you might carry $500 cash and

both a credit and debit card. You’ll likely come home with money, but it’s best to be

prepared.

You definitely won’t need your drivers license but if you feel more comfortable

carrying it, by all means, do. Your passport is really the most important ID you’ll need.

Whether you book with World In My Wallet or another travel agency make sure you

work with a company that:

1) Has hands on knowledge. Make sure that whoever you book with has extensive

personal travel experience in India. We know India intimately. it is our policy to

regularly and personally visit every property we recommend, and many others besides,

but also because we love India.

2) Is prompt and reliable. Are calls answered? Are emails and phone messages replied to

in a timely manner? Does the company offer toll free number? We are best known for

our attentive service, attention to detail, and honesty.

3) Can handle all of your travel arrangements including visa, accommodations, air

tickets and travel insurance. We can and it pays to have one agency watching over your

entire trip from start to finish.

4) Is friendly! Planning a trip to India is an exciting process, made even more so when

you are working with a company who is both friendly and passionate about what they

do! Call World In My Wallet and start planning your dream vacation today!

Visa requirements vary depending on nationality and country visited and

may change at any time. Please contact us for complete details

Yes. Once you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage, a

representative will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Details will be

on your Final itinerary.

At World In My Wallet Travel Insurance is included in the package. World In

My Wallet offers full travel protection coverage through our partners World

Nomads.

international travel adapter kit for the countries you are visiting is

recommended (available for purchase in most airports or any electronic store).

Your cell phone provider will be able to assist you with the possibility of using

your own phone while in India; however obtaining international roaming service

can be expensive. You will need to have your phone unlocked by your cell phone

company in order to use it abroad. In most major cities you will be able to

purchase a SIM card and air time which may be exchanged for your normal SIM

card if your phone has one.