Essential Information

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We want you to be sure you have planned and budgeted correctly for your Safari. Below are a few hints and some advice to help you plan your trip of a lifetime.

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Flights

Health Advice

Visas

Climate

Packing list

Tourist Security

Money

Travel Insurance

The Local Payment

The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in East Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash en route in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities. It will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements.

Optional Activities on your Safari

On any East African Safari there will also be optional excursions to tempt you. These allow you to choose between wildlife experiences and adventure sports to take your breath away, as well as opportunities to engage with the local community. Each listed safari details the optional extras.

Personal Spending Money

Remember as well to take spending money with you on top of your optional excursion budget. This is mainly to cover drinks, souvenir shopping, communication home and items of a personal nature. How much spending money you actually need is very individual and often depends on how much you splurge out on souvenirs and spend on drinks.

Airfares

We are happy to point you in the right direction with regards to information on flight costs and departure taxes to co-ordinate with your trip.

Insurance, Visas, Vaccinations

Insurance is essential for any Africa trip. Make sure your insurance has comprehensive cover for personal accident and medical expenses and includes repatriation home as well as cover for any adventure sports that might tempt you. Insurance should be purchased at the time you book your safari and flights. If you need assistance with insurance we are happy to help. We can also help with the relevant visa and vaccination information for your Africa trip.

Your Pre-Departure Package

Upon booking you will be given a pre-departure package including essential information, what to bring on the safari and how to join the trip.

Your Accommodation and Transfers & Before and After the Safari

All required information re transfers and accommodation for both before and after your safari is available in the pre-departure package. We are happy to reserve this accommodation for you.

Your Safari to East Africa

Our aim is to provide an exceptional safari at the most affordable price. Safaris in East Africa are always an adventure. Remember to pack a sense of humour and a sense of wonder. An Africa trip is a journey to another world, a world to be embraced with a sense of adventure and a willingness to enjoy the journey, pot holes, bumps, mud, dust and all.........................

Want to know more? Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about our Safaris.

Links

Travel Advice

Foreign Office Travel Advice - Contains a wealth of information for anyone planning a trip overseas.

Travel Clinic

Nomad Medical Travel Advice - Nomad Travel and Outdoor also can assist with all your vaccination requirements. Nomad's Health Information pages provide some useful medical information for those travelling, to help with the preparation before you go and what to do should you fall ill during your trip.

Medical Advice

Fit for Travel -'Fit for travel' is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). The website is compiled and updated by a team of experts from the Travel Medicine Division at the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH).

Flights

Skyscanner - Quickly find the most suitable flights at competitive prices for many airlines flying to East Africa.

Visas

Project Visa - An information guide detailing Visa requirements for travel in East Africa.

Insurance

Campbell Irvine - Independent experts in providing bespoke insurance for Safari Joe clients.

 

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Friends of Safari Joe

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - De-snaring, education, and conservation of elephants and rhinoceros in Nairobi and Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Their work includes an elephant orphan fostering programme and anti poaching squad.

Soft Power Education - An NGO working with communities in Uganda, linking tourism with development through volunteer opportunities.

Camps International - An award-winning expedition specialist that offers life-changing responsible travel experiences throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Diani Beachalets - Simple beachfront cottages on the stunning Diani Beach at affordable prices.

Colobus Conservation - An organisation designed to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of the endangered Black and White Colobus Monkey.

Health Advice

Always discuss with your local travel clinic or GP prior to your trip as recommendations may change according to your type of trip and length of stay.

Compulsory Vaccinations:

Yellow Fever. Please refer to your GP or Immunization Clinic

Strongly Recommended:

Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Meningitis, and Hepatitis A & B

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling
  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on safari, that you make these known to Safari Joe at the time of your booking
  • You can also visit www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk for updates

Medical Supplies:

Your safari vehicle has a well-equipped medical kit, however all passengers must bring along their own personal first aid kits. Below is a list of some recommended items: band aids/bandages, upset stomach remedy, antihistamine tablets and cream for insect bites or allergies, pain killers, rehydration sachets, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressing and insect repellent (lots).

Malaria:

Anti-malaria tablets are essential. Get professional advice from your GP or Travel Clinic about types of tablets, as resistant strains exist, the only effective prevention is to NOT get bitten. There is a risk of Malaria throughout the whole region in areas below 2500m. Between sunset and sunrise cover up with long sleeves/trousers, apply mosquito repellent (DEET) to all exposed skin and sleep under a mosquito net, tents come with inbuilt mosquito netting and do not require a further net. Safari Joe like Mosiguard as a natural yet effective repellent www.mosi-guard.com

Vaccinations advised (even if visiting for short period):

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cholera
  • Meningitis ACWY
  • Measles
There are good hospitals in the main towns/cities of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania while the rural areas have small health centres where one can get basic first aid. It is absolutely essential that all visitors carry some form of medical insurance to cater for any eventualities. There is an excellent Flying Doctor service in Kenya in the event of a medical emergency, while on safari away from the urban centres. Please drink only bottled mineral water (which is readily available). Drinking water from the tap is not encouraged.

Climate

The climate of East Africa is rather atypical of equatorial regions. Because of a combination of the region's generally high altitude and the rain shadow of the westerly monsoon winds created by the Ruwenzori Mountains and Ethiopian Highlands, East Africa is surprisingly cool and dry for its latitude.

East Africa's climate varies across the region, from the tropical humidity of the coast, the dry heat of the savannah or semi-arid areas and the cool air of the highlands. Temperatures in these areas are fairly constant year round with an average of 27°C (80°F) at the coast, 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) in the hinterland, while in Nairobi and the highlands over 5,000 ft, the daytime temperatures normally range between 19°C and 24°C (66°F to 75°F).

The annual rainfall generally increases towards the south and with altitude. Unusually, most of the rain falls in two distinct rainy seasons: the 'long rains' falling between April and June, and the 'short rains' between November and December. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short and heavy tropical downpour.

Rain may occasionally fall outside of the normal rainy seasons. Rainfall in East Africa is influenced by El N events, which tend to increase rainfall except in the northern and western parts of the Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands, where they produce drought and poor Nile floods.

In the highland areas it may get chilly at night or in the early mornings - especially June, July and August when temperatures are cooler - so it is recommended that visitors pack some items of warm clothing. At altitudes of above 2,500 m (8,202 ft), frosts are common during the dry season and maxima typically about 21 °C (70 °F) or less.

Temperatures in East Africa, except on the hot and generally humid coastal belt, are moderate, with maxima of around 25°C (77°F) and minima of 15°C (59°F) at an altitude of 1,500 m (4,921 ft).

KENYA (NAIROBI Alt. 1,660m)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Max in C

25

26

25

24

22

21

21

21

24

24

23

23

Average Min in C

12

13

14

14

13

12

11

11

11

13

13

13

Average Number of Rain days

5

6

11

16

17

9

6

7

6

8

15

11

KENYA (MOMBASA @ sea level)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Max in C

31

31

31

30

28

28

27

27

28

29

29

30

Average Min in C

24

24

25

24

24

23

22

22

22

23

24

24

Average Number of Rain days

6

3

7

15

20

15

14

16

14

10

10

9

TANZANIA (Dar Es Salaam @ sea level)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Max in C

32

32

32

31

30

29

29

29

30

31

31

32

Average Min in C

28

28

28

27

26

24

24

24

25

26

27

28

Average Number of Rain days

6

6

11

18

13

5

4

4

5

5

7

8

UGANDA (Entebbe Alt. 1,155m)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Max in C

28

28

27

26

26

25

25

26

27

27

27

27

Average Min in C

18

18

18

18

17

17

17

16

17

17

17

17

Average Number of Rain Days

7

8

13

18

17

10

7

8

7

9

12

11

RWANDA (Kigali Alt. 1,567m)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average Max in C

26

26

26

25

25

25

26

27

27

27

26

26

Average Min in C

21

21

21

20

20

20

20

22

21

21

21

21

Average Number of Rain days

10

10

13

17

14

3

1

4

9

14

15

12

Travel Insurance

Besides the many other things that you have to consider while planning your safari to East Africa, the one that should be at the very top of your list is travel insurance. This is because no matter how well the safari is planned; there are things that could go wrong. We know of a few insurers that offer coverage for citizens of all nationalities, and will share these details with you. However, we do not have any interest in these companies; we are not in position to recommend one or another, nor to guarantee the coverage and quality of their insurance products.

Campbell Irvine specialise in arranging insurance for the travel industry and individual intrepid travellers. They are also Insurance Advisors to ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association).

World Nomads travel insurance is available to people from over 150 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and specific activities.

TravelGuard is a ccessible to several nationalities, and offers special coverage for adventure travel. You can get an instant quote online.

Global Travel Insurance offers to citizens around the world a large range of specific insurance plans, including one High Risk Travel Medical Insurance specifically designed for hazardous activities.

Essential Travel Safari Insurance is one of the UK's leading independent online travel essentials providers. Travel essentials are all the little extras that make your holiday safer, cheaper and easier.

You can research providers and access reviews of different insurance products with Travel Insurance Review.

Make sure your cover includes:

  • Trip cancellation/curtailment cover in the event that you are not able to make the trip. For reasons like sudden illness or jury duty.
  • Medical emergencies cover is particularly necessary if you plan on travelling to underdeveloped countries or developing countries.
  • Medical evacuation in case you might need an ambulance or helicopter to transport you to immediate care.
  • It is also possible to obtain travel insurance that will cover non-refundable flight tickets in the event that a trip has to be cancelled for any number of reasons.
  • Baggage and personal possessions can be lost, stolen or damaged anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Personal Liability in the event of an accident involving a third party or their property.
  • Check that your insurance policy covers all the activities you are planning to do: canoeing, bush walking, game viewing, white water rafting etc.

Before departure, make sure you know what to do in the event of a problem or emergency.

During your safari, always keep your policy and the 24 hour emergency phone number with you and also share it with a third person.

If anything happens, and you anticipate having to make an insurance claim upon your return home, be sure to document as accurately as possible any accident, injury or loss. Doctor's notes and police reports will aid any claim.

Tourist Security

The East African tourist circuit tends to be very safe for tourists. This has been due to concerted efforts by stakeholders to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay without any security concerns.

Below are a few basic precautionary measures you should take:

  • Avoid walking outside your hotel/ lodge/ camp after dark
  • Keep your valuables in a safe place and when possible, out of view
  • Avoid carrying lots of money and any important documents
  • When you do book a cab, book through a licensed, reputable company
  • Within the parks, please note you are expected to take precautions regarding wildlife - be sure to take note of the guidelines

In Kenya the KTF (Kenya Tourism Federation) has created a Safety and Communication Centre operating 24hrs a day/7 days a week to monitor visitor safety. This is a countrywide communication network for tourism operatives to report for follow-up and record of any emergencies that may occur (sickness, accident, robbery etc.) and offering the following services:

  • A tourist emergency command and control centre
  • Professional staff to assist tourists with the necessary formalities in case of an incident and provide the necessary follow-up
  • A source of information on prevailing conditions (roads, weather, safety etc.) in any intended destination
  • A co-ordination Centre between the tourism industry and relevant organizations/bodies including Police, Kenya Wildlife Service, Flying Doctors/AMREF etc
  • A monitoring unit for reported and non-reported incidents involving tourism

The Safety and Communication Centre is manned by well-trained staff; who are at hand to attend to any issues of concern to tourists. Safari Joe has the numbers to contact the Safety and Communication Centre should the need arise.

Should you need to contact us 24hrs a day please use the following numbers:

Steph: + 254 726 487372 (24hrs)

Tony: + 254 726 487377 (24hrs)

Flights

It is easy to find the best airfares for your flights to East Africa. Simply click on the button below to search hundreds of airlines in an instant, bringing you the latest availability and prices. Confirming your flights online will secure you the best deal, saving you a trip to the travel agent and cutting out any extra and unnecessary fees. These are some of the carriers that fly to East Africa: Turkish, KLM, Swiss Air, Kenya Airways, British Airways, Emirates, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Qatar, Air Mauritius and Egypt Air.

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British Airways flies direct from London to Nairobi, Kenya Airways flies direct from London and Amsterdam to Nairobi and direct from London to Mombasa. KLM flies direct from Amsterdam to Nairobi and Kilimanjaro. There are no direct flights to East Africa from the USA, Canada or Australia. American flights go via Europe, Dubai or Johannesburg, Canadian flights via the USA or Europe, while flights from Australia usually fly to East Africa via the Far East or Middle East. There are also several charter airlines operating weekly flights from Europe into Mombasa.

Served by numerous international carriers and home to sophisticated world-class airports, flying into East Africa is as easy as flying to anywhere else in the world. Gateway Airports of East Africa:

Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or JKIA) Kenya's capital city is home to East Africa's unrivalled flight hub and will be your first landfall if you're planning to go anywhere in Kenya - including the Masai Mara. Visitors transfer from Jomo Kenyatta to nearby Wilson Airport for onward regional connections and charter flights.

Dar es Salaam (Julius Nyerere International Airport or JNIA) Tanzania's main flight hub is set on the coast and perfectly placed if you're heading for Zanzibar or the Selous Game Reserve. Mount Kilimanjaro and Tanzania's northern safari destinations are served by transferring from Dar es Salaam to either Kilimanjaro International Airport (also offering limited international flights) or Arusha Airport for local charter flights.

Entebbe (Entebbe International Airport) Uganda's main flight hub located only 40km from the capital of Kampala and on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Kigali (Kigali International Airport) this is Rwanda's main gateway for all destinations in the country.

Weight restrictions for luggage on international flights vary between airlines - ensure you double check before you fly. Weight restrictions on internal charter flights vary between operators but passengers are usually restricted to a single, soft-sided bag weighing a maximum of 15kg.

Visas

Visa requirements do change at times so we advise you to check the current requirements before the commencement of your safari. For current updates on visa information you can try the website www.projectvisa.com. We do not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith. Most visas are obtained as you land in the international airport upon arrival in your destination country, or as your vehicle crosses the border (excluding Rwanda). Please ensure you have US Dollars CASH post 2004 notes to pay for your visas at the borders/airport.

Please note the following are approximate prices and can vary, however this should help you with your budgeting:

For the majority of nationalities a Kenyan Visa is US$50, a Tanzanian Visa is US$50, a Ugandan Visa is US$50 and a Rwandan Visa is US$30. Please check for your individual nationalities as some countries are charged more or less. From 2010 Rwanda visas need to be applied for online in advance of arrival, but paid for on arrival. Please contact us for assistance. Visas are not included in the tour price or recommended daily spending money.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS BEFORE JOINING A SAFARI.

Kenya

Nationals of the following countries do not need visas to travel to Kenya: Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Senegal, Somali, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen

If your country is not listed above, visas can be obtained at the Airport (or any entry point) upon arrival for US$50 single entry or US$100 for multi entry. It is advisable to obtain the visa from a Kenyan Embassy/High Commission abroad prior to departure. Where applicable, visa fees are as follows: Single Entry Visa= US$50 for three months (extendable for a similar period) Multiple Journey Visa= US$100.

Uganda

Ugandan visas are issued at Missions/Embassies and also at all Entry/Exit Points. The Uganda Visa Policy uses the principle of reciprocity that is all countries that require visas for Ugandans are visa prone in Uganda. Visa Fees: Single Entry 3 months US$50
Countries Exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda: Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Tanzania

Most nationalities can get a visa valid for 3 months, on arrival at the border for a fee of US$50 to US$200.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Malta, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Sao Tome & Principe Island, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Island, Swaziland, Tuvalu, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The following nationalities cannot get a visa on arrival: Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Refugees and Stateless individuals, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Sri Lanka.

Some visa on arrival points of entries in Tanzania are:
Dar-Es-Salaam International Airport, i.e. DIA,
Kilimanjaro International Airport, i.e. KIA,
Zanzibar International Airport, i.e. ZIA, &
Namanga border crossing point, between Tanzania and Kenya.

We recommend that if possible please try to obtain a visa prior to arrival as rules and regulations for Tanzania have a tendency to change without warning. Information provided by embassies and consulates tends to have a strong focus on you obtaining a visa in your own country at a rate far higher than at the airport/border.
East African Tourist Visa

Exciting news for those who want to visit more than one country in East Africa!

From January 2014 you will be able to buy a single tourist visa that will be valid for Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. The charge of the special visa will be USD $100, giving access to the three countries for up to 90 days in any of the three countries. The visa can be purchased at the point of entry into any of these countries. For those who are interested in visiting one of the East African countries only, the fee will remain at USD $50 for Uganda and USD $50 for Kenya, and $30 for Rwanda.

As of now Burundi and Tanzania have not yet joined this arrangement, but are always able to participate in the communal tourist visa for East Africa.

Packing List

The below Packing List is a general guide on what to take on your safari. You can buy simple toiletries and basic clothing in major towns, there are some things that are scarce though for example good mosquito repellent is often hard to find. While we are in remote areas there are laundry services every few days for you to use where your clothes will be hand washed for you.

The best rule for packing is to limit your luggage to a weight limit of 15 kg. Please note that we do not recommend that clients bring suitcases they are more difficult to pack into the vehicles luggage area; a soft sided backpack or bag that is lockable is best. Remember you will need a certain amount of space when leaving Africa for souvenirs purchased along the way.

There are charging facilities in the majority of campsites/lodges so bring an English three pin adaptor.

During walks our Guides request you wear khaki/beige or muted colours to allow you to get closer to wildlife. Bright colours are acceptable for the coast and towns.

  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • 1 pair of sandals or flip-flops
  • 1 pair of sunglasses and a sun hat
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • 1 set of casual but smart clothes for evenings out (women should bring a long skirt and long sleeve top for covering up in more conservative areas)
  • 1 warm sweater/fleece and woolly hat (it does get very cold in Africa particularly between May-September, many clients underestimate how cold it can get)
  • 1 waterproof jacket with hood
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 sets of comfortable travelling clothes (light, easily washable cotton clothes are best)
  • 2 small towels (or a towel and a sarong)
  • A pouch or money belt worn inside your clothing
  • A small day pack is useful for short hikes, wandering around towns and also for keeping inside the vehicle for items used during the day
  • Alarm clock
  • Assorted sized plastic bags - protects clothing and equipment from dust and damp
  • Basic First Aid Kit and prescription medicines (incl. contraceptives, travel sickness pills etc)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with spare batteries and spare or large memory cards
  • Cash, Credit Card and/or Travellers Cheques (bring advice form and make note of numbers)
  • Clothes washing detergent and small scrubbing brush
  • Prescription glasses (with case) or contact lenses and solutions
  • Travel Documents “ Passport with visa, Yellow Fever Certificate, Travel Insurance, Airline Ticket (photocopy of all above documents)
  • Wash kit, including a small mirror, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, brush/comb, razors, feminine hygiene products
  • Good water bottle at least 1 litre
  • Head torch/flashlight with spare batteries
  • Malaria Prophylaxis
  • Nightwear
  • Pocket calculator (useful when exchanging money)
  • Pocket Knife (not in hand luggage)
  • Sleeping bag (and optional liner/sheet) and pillow (Adventure Camping safaris only)
  • Small Sewing Kit and Small Scissors (not in hand luggage)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and mosquito/insect repellent (DEET)
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Wet wipes, anti-bacterial hand gel and a roll of toilet tissue
  • Writing materials & notebook/books/magazines/journal

If you're not sure about an item call, Skype or email us we will be happy to advise you.

Money

Local Currency:

Kenya Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Uganda Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
Tanzania Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)

For latest exchange rates see Today's Exchange Rate

We recommend carrying a combination of Local Currency, United States Dollars and a Visa card.

The United States Dollar (USD) is the most widely acceptable currency for payments in East Africa, after the Local Currency. Only the new style USD bills are readily accepted, those that are dated post 2004. You also you get a better rate of exchange for the larger notes $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills. It is a good idea to bring a few small bills too as sometimes change can be a problem. Both the Euro and British Pounds are accepted at Banks/Bureau de Change to convert to Local Currency.

VISA is the most widely acceptable credit/debit card, some of the larger supermarkets, lodges and activity centres accept this as a form of payment, and you will need to show your I.D. (passport). A commission charge is normally added to any transactions using a credit card. ATM cash machines are available at major airports and in most major towns allowing cash to be drawn using an international Visa card with a P.I.N.

Travellers cheques can be changed in most banks, although there may be lengthy queues. If you are travelling with Travellers Cheques please bring the advice slip with you and also make a note of the cheque numbers and keep both of these separate from the Travellers Cheques.

Bureau de Changes and Banks typically give a better exchange rate than hotels and we recommend you change some money at a Bureau de Change or Bank upon arrival if you don't already have local currency.