About this Trip
- Awesome so your trip is booked. Rover Adventures has prepared the following pre-departure information which we hope you’ll find useful when it comes to preparing for your adventure. This page has everything you need to know before your trip departs including where to meet, what to bring and what you can expect on your trip of a lifetime! You may even want to print out pages to tick off the lists or bring with you when you travel. We hope you’re getting excited! Remember though, some points should be taken as a guide only - after all, everyone’s different! For example daily spending money and clothing lists can vary greatly from one person to the next, so please bear this in mind. However, we’re sure you’ll find the information in general to be very useful.
- It is compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before the adventure departs covering cancellation, medical expenses including repatriation, loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and public liability. World Nomads provides travel insurance, for people from over 140 countries, which are designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. You must bring a copy of your travel insurance policy with you on your adventure. Your Rover crew will make a record of your travel insurance details at the meet and greet of your trip, e.g. the name of the insurance company, the 24 hour emergency telephone number, and your policy number. This documentation will be sent back to base to insure that your details are recorded and secure in case of an emergency and easily retrievable if it is lost along the way.
Health & vaccinations
- If you suffer from any kind of medical condition you must advise Rover Adventures at the time of your booking, or at least six weeks prior to the departure date of your adventure. Please take a look at South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho vaccinations. Please reconfirm this before you leave as conditions could change. If you require regular medication. Please insure that you have an ample supply of medication before your adventure departs, as it can be difficult to obtain in some countries. You must be able to administer your own medication, as Rover Adventures road crew are only qualified first aiders and not medical practitioners. Your health is of utmost importance to us
Visas & passports
- Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if there is not at least 6 months validity on your passport after your departure date from their country. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain these prior to the departure of the adventure. Consult your travel agent or your national Government website to determine which visas you will require. Remember that some visas can take up to eight weeks to acquire, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Also bear in mind that the validity of the visa often runs from the date of issue rather than date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassies prior to departure as requirements do change periodically.
Time on Rover coach
- We try to spend as little time on the coach as possible so that you have more time to enjoy the places you visit. Please remember though that Africa is a large continent and it takes time to get around! On driving days between destinations you will be on the coach during the day, stopping off to visit places of interest where possible. We have worked hard to make sure this does not affect your adventure, but in some areas it means we will use public transport and game vehicles. The cost for this is included in your adventure price activities and your Rover crew will show you how to get around like the African locals
- Your included meals are shown for each Adventure. Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). They are usually continental breakfasts, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea and quality coffee. Hot breakfasts are included in all adventures. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are the best African meals. Who wouldn’t want to experience these awesome meals . In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense. If you have special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian, wheat intolerance or any allergies towards certain foods, we will make every possible endeavour to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your Rover crew when you book. Please be aware that in some countries, the restaurants Rover Adventures use for included meals may not be able to cater for every single dietary requirement, but we will always try our best to arrange it. However, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a taste of the local menu. ( Your Rover crew will always inform you what is on the menu)
- Please insure that you pre book accommodation after your adventure has ended. If you are traveling back home, please insure that your flight is booked for the appropriate time as delays can occur whilst traveling back. It is recommended that you book at the departure destination before your adventure ends as the adventure will end at the pick-up location or at the nearest airport. We have endeavoured to select a combination of good quality accommodation that reflect the character of the local area, as centrally located as possible, whilst still striving to keep the cost affordable. Please be aware that African rooms, especially those in major urban centres, the wilderness and surrounding areas may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. The African wilderness has either hut, bee hive or safari tent accommodation on our adventures. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country. Rooms are ensuite and either single or twin share, depending on what you have booked. While at the Kruger National Park we always want to give you the best safari experience so accommodation is always in a 2 sleeper safari tent (if need be we can accommodate for more) If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple, please officially request a double room with your Rover crew. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
- We recommend soft bags, suitcases or frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. No external framed bags please, as they damage other bags on the coach. Please limit your luggage to a maximum of 20kg. Maximum allowable size for all backpacks must not exceed 70cm x 50cm x 25cm. Please note that due to space and weight restrictions on the coach, passengers with too much luggage on departure morning may be told that they cannot take their entire luggage with them. Luggage storage facilities are usually available at the departure point, if they are not available you will have to make your own arrangements to have it stored or shipped home. Any luggage left behind will be at your own risk and you will be required to pay any cost that is incurred.
Suggested packing list
- As a general guide, pack light! Travellers invariably bring more than they need, and you will have to transport it around before and after the adventure, as well as in and out of the accommodation during the adventure. Remember also that during your adventure you are bound to find items that you may wish to buy, so leave room in your luggage for additional purchases. A full coach of passengers with heavy bags may render it overweight, which will result in severe disruption to our schedules and potentially affect our itinerary, so please pack so that your luggage will be less than 20kg by the end of the trip, not just at the start. Whilst towels are provided in all hotels/backpackers and lodges, they can sometimes be small in certain countries, so it is useful to bring your own.
Electricity & voltage
- The voltage in most African countries is 220v; some areas are light up by candles and fire. If the voltage in your home country is the same or similar to the voltage in the country you will be travelling to, then you won’t need a voltage transformer. Many modern electrical devices are built to be able to handle a range of different volts, usually from 110 to 240v. It is recommended that you check the voltage of your appliance before plugging it in, as the appliance may be damaged if the incoming voltage is higher than the appliance is manufactured for. Once you have established the voltage of your appliance all you will need is an adapter to ensure your plug will fit the countries sockets.
The following clothing list is suggested
Based on our experience
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 1 pair of smart casual shoes
- 1 pair thongs/jandals/flip-flops
- 2 pairs jeans/trousers
- 2 pairs shorts/skirts
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 2 sweaters/jumpers
- Smart casual evening wear
- 1 rainproof jacket 1 warm jacket
- Underwear and socks!
- In winter months pack warm as the evenings do get chilli
General things to pack:
- Swimming costume
- Hat & Sunscreen
- Basic medical kit (including plasters, aspirin, etc.)
- Washing powder (optional)
- Insect repellent (important)
- Conversion plug
- Sewing kit (in case of tears)
- Pillow case
- Torch (A MUST)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Please note: entry into some religious sites, such as cathedrals and mosques, requires clothing to cover knees, chest and shoulders.
- Money Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available all over Africa and are the safest and easiest way to access cash. We recommend that you change money in cash before departure. This will cover you for spending money until you have the chance to change more or find an ATM. The Rover crew will always be able to assist if you need assistance. Most well-known credit cards are accepted in Africa. We recommend that you bring yours along in case you see something special, which you haven’t budgeted for. Credit cards CANNOT be used to pay for optional activities. If you wish to purchase expensive souvenirs, you will need to budget for more, or use your credit cards for these purchases. Remember, this is a guideline figure and can vary greatly between individuals according to your overall personal budget and spending habits!
- Although you may not be accustomed to tipping at home. In some countries a service charge may be added to your bill, in other countries it is usual to round the bill up to the nearest currencies or to leave an additional amount of between 5% and 10%. Your Rover crew will be able to advise you further on the tipping customs in the countries you visit. Remember tipping is not compulsory and should only be given if you think you have received exemplary service. At Rover Adventures we know how much tipping can cost you, so our road crew don’t expect a thing unless you feel they deserve it. Always remember that you are on an adventure so spend your money on yourself you deserve it!
Starting your trip
- Please see the check-in details on your adventure Itinerary for where your trip starts and ends. This should contain a meeting time and place (usually the reception of the accommodation) where you can meet your Rover crew members for a welcome meeting and to find out further information on your trip. Please ensure you bring your passport and travel insurance details to this meeting.
Missed your departure or welcome meeting?
- Please be aware that the adventure may be arriving from a different city on that day. If you are at the correct accommodation on time and there is no sign of your Rover crew, the trip may have encountered bad traffic or unforeseen circumstances and the crew may be running late. In this case please check with the accommodation reception to see if your Rover crew has left a message and an estimated time of arrival for you. If you arrive late at your accommodation and miss the check-in time given in your detailed Trip Itinerary, please be aware that the crew is instructed to continue the adventure. Rover Adventures will be more than happy to help you meet us at the next destination if you have missed the start of the trip.
- On all our adventures we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are called Optional activities and are not included in the cost of your trip but as our promise to you we always include one adrenaline pumped activity. Optional activities are usually organised on group participation but can accommodate for private basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the optional activities on your trip are operated by Rover Adventures, and nor do they form part of your contract with Rover Adventures for your trip. Rover Adventures arranges optional activities as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any optional activity your contract will be with the local supplier of the activity, and their conditions will apply. We have selected all of these operators based on recommendations from past passengers and our Rover crew.
Here are some tips from your Rover Crew. We trust that this information helps you
Tip 1 from your Rover Crew
- If you have more than one credit card, separate them. Perhaps store one in your wallet and the other in your luggage. That way if you lose it you’ll still have access to spending money.
Tip 2 from your Rover Crew
- If you're planning busy days and late nights, maybe grab some vitamin supplements to keep your immune system nicely stocked!
Tip 3 from your Rover Crew
- A good book is always a great thing to have - but why not look for a novel which is based somewhere you are traveling? It adds an interesting perspective when you explore these destinations.
Tip 4 from your Rover Crew
- Try out a few local phrases in each place. Your Rover crew will supply you with a basic translation booklet at each destination. Its great fun speaking with locals in their language and making an effort wins new friends.
Tip 5 from your Rover Crew
If you’re a light sleeper or fancy catching some shut-eye on the coach, a pair of foam earplugs won’t cost much but they may become your new best friend.(Your Rover crew will have if you do require any)
Tip 6 from your Rover Crew
- For up to date exchange rates on all foreign currencies, visit www.xe.com or your countries foreign exchange rate banks and websites.
Tip 7 from your Rover Crew
- Why not hide away some notes somewhere? It might be useful in the case of a lost wallet or other emergencies.
Tip 8 from your Rover Crew
- Rover Adventures can book accommodation and transfers for you before or after your adventure. Contact your travel agent or friendly Rover crew for more information or to book.
- Have you packed everything? Make triple sure!!! Here are a few things to tick off... Passport (with visas if required!) Airline tickets (where applicable) Insurance Policy (you must bring this with you) Camera, batteries & chargers, Conversion plug, SIM card or phone (Can be supplied if need be) and last but not least your selffilled with awesomeness and excitement “I’m going on an adventure”
We trust you have found this information useful, and we sincerely hope that you have an awesome holiday with Rover Adventures! Thanks again for choosing to travel with us. From all the crew at Rover Adventures