- COVID-19 Update (28/05/20)
- COVID-19 Update (02/06/20)
- Job Vacancy - Administration and Sales - 4/5/2018
- WANTED - Crew: Drivers and Tour Leaders - 4/5/2018
- TNT Travel Show 2017
- Tourism levy Botswana (06/05/17)
- Visa Update (23/12/16)
- Adventure Travel Show
- TNT Travel Show (27/2/15)
- West African Ebola Update 01/09/14
- Security Update, Kenya (10/07/14)
- Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (08/08/14)
- Security update, Kenya (16/5/14)
- Christmas opening hours (24/12/13)
- London Travel Show (28/9/13)
- Yellow Fever Card for Kenya (16/7/13)
- Golden Backpack Awards - Favourite Africa Tour Operator (October 2012)
- South Africa & Zambia - Yellow fever vaccination update (01/06/11)
- Kilimanjaro NZ - Climbing for Christchurch (05/04/11)
- Zanzibar - All Visitors required to have valid Yellow Fever Certificate (02/02/11)
COVID-19 Update (28/05/20)
The unique circumstances of the corona virus pandemic are impacting peoples lives all around the globe. These are uncertain, unparalleled times.
Africa does have experience dealing with serious infectious diseases and health crises; experience that is standing it in good stead. Thankfully, African countries have had very low case numbers of the virus to date in comparison with many other parts of the world it appears. The number of hospitalisations it seems are also very low in comparison to the majority of countries around the world.
At this point in time our tours and treks have currently been stopped since the third week of March through to early July. Our vehicles are parked at different secure locations and the crew and workshop staff are in the main at home, and administrative/operations staff are working from home.
We are continuing to monitor this situation very carefully, particularly as countries start to tentatively come out of lockdown. As a British company we are watching for The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advisories to shift, which may take some time.
In the meantime this is a period for us to do a careful check up on our wonderful new itineraries, our day to day tour routines, our cleaning and sanitation regimes on the vehicles and when camping, as well as a check in with all our other exciting local operators, including our trekking teams. Being COVID-Fit is the priority.
We do all need to stay put for now, but as soon as it is safe to do so, we will be back on the road again. We can't wait...
COVID-19 Update (02/06/20)
And to make things a little easier
In light of the challenges following the impact of the corona virus pandemic we have temporarily adjusted our booking conditions for the next 6 months as follows:
1) The non refundable deposit is now 50 GBP for all bookings placed from today's date. This deposit amount does not apply for tour transfers or tours rebooked from bookings made prior to June 2020. It also does not apply to tours where a gorilla permit is included in the tour price. For tours where the gorilla permit is included in the price the deposit is 570 GBP.
2) The balance payment on all bookings for tours departing from July to December 2020 is now due 4 weeks prior to departure.
3) If you wish to transfer a booking, the usual transfer fee of 50 GBP is currently waived.
Please note these changes are effective as at 2/6/20
Job Vacancy - Administration and Sales - 4/5/2018
We are looking for a motivated, adaptable worker who enjoys getting involved in a range of administrative tasks as well as customer service.
This position can be tailored to those who wish to work at home and may prefer flexible hours. This is a 7 month contract, that may be renewed.
You would be required to work on the phone and answer emails, help with sales including social media and live chat, assist with client queries as well as general secretarial work.
A first hand knowledge and love of East and Southern Africa is essential. A working knowledge of overlanding would be of much assistance.
Email your CV and a covering letter to Absolute Africa at the earliest at here
WANTED - Crew: Drivers and Tour Leaders - 4/5/2018
Are you outgoing, motivated, adventurous and passionate about Africa? Talk to us.
We are currently on the look out for both Drivers and Tour Leaders with a positive can do attitude and strong leadership skills to confidently guide groups through East and Southern Africa on our overland trucks.
- At least 25 years of age
- An extensive working knowledge and travel history in East and/or Southern Africa
- Fantastic organisational skills
- Happy to work all hours
- Drivers must hold full, clean PSV license with sound mechanical knowledge and confidence driving in all terrains.
If this sounds like you, and you are able to commit for a minimum of 18 months, pop your CV over to us with a covering letter highlighting your previous relevant experience, where you have travelled in Africa and your availability.
Email Absolute Africa AT here
TNT Travel Show 2017
Come and see us at the TNT Travel Show on Saturday 4th March from 9.30am - 5pm...
Talk to us about your trip of a lifetime and take advantage of one-off travel show deals!!
Venue is the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Tourism levy Botswana (06/05/17)
As per the 1st June 2017 Botswana will be charging a tourism levy of U$30 for everyone entering the country. Only SADC citizens ( Southern Africa) are exempt of this.
Everyone travelling to Botswana should budget for this fee.
Payment can be made in USD cash or by card.
This is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entry.
Visa Update (23/12/16)
We have received recent information about changes in visa costs and application methods for some of the countries we travel through on our trips:
New Zealanders now need to obtain a visa for South Africa before travelling. This needs to be applied for in person at the nearest embassy, as the application process can take up to 7 working days we recommend to apply for this on time.
For Uganda everyone now needs to pre apply online before travelling. We send out instructions on how to apply to everyone who books a tour starting in Uganda about 2 months prior to departure
The Zambia/Zimbabwe Univisa for U$50 has been reintroduced, this visa can be obtained at theLusaka, Livingstone and Vic Falls airports as well as at the Kazangula and Victoria Falls borders. It is not available at the Chipata border so everyone travelling from Malawi to Zambia will still need to budget for seperate visas
Adventure Travel Show
Join us at the adventure travel show at London's Olympia on the 17 and 18th January! talk about your trip and check out exclusive travel show deals!
TNT Travel Show (27/2/15)
Join us at the TNT Travel show in the Business Design Centre, London, Saturday 1st March. Come and visit us on stand number 36 and discuss your trip plans with us and pick up some great travel show deals!
West African Ebola Update 01/09/14
There continues to be regular media updates in regards to the ebola outbreak in West Africa, and we want to assure our clients that our trips have been in no way affected.
The countries impacted are in West and Central Africa, a considerable distance from where the tours operate. The majority of reported incidences are over 5,000 km away from Kenya, and travel options apart from flying are very limited to move from West Africa through to East Africa.
Ebola is spread by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. It isn't an airborne disease making contamination possible only through direct physical contact. Whilst there may be a very few isolated incidents outside the affected areas, the incidences are regularly people who have had direct contact with an ebola sufferer. Tragically doctors, nurses and medical carers, and family members are typically those who have contracted the disease.
There are NO current reported incidences in the East or Southern African countries where we are traveling and these countries are taking extensive measures to prevent the disease, as are Western countries. The medical facilities in East and Southern African countries do have control procedures in place to cope with any concerns, and airlines are also taking preventative measures including bans on travelers arriving in from affected countries, as well as health checks at major airports
Our travellers' health and safety are always top priority and we will remain very attentive to this issue. Please feel free to call or email if you have any other queries about this or any other aspect of your tour.
Security Update, Kenya (10/07/14)
While there continues to be some incidents in Kenya, we would like to reassure travellers to East Africa that the safari and overland circuit remains unaffected. The incidents that have been in the news recently are extremely targeted away from any of the areas visited on our trips, and tourists have not been involved in these recent incidents.
Kenya is a large country, the size of France, and the FCO travel warnings relate to very specific and mainly quite isolated areas to the north and on the Coast. These incidents are part of an on-going issue dating back to 2012, and while concerning for all involved, the trips are not affected by these events. Security and safety is our upmost concern, and we will continue to monitor the situation on the ground very closely.
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (08/08/14)
Following the recent serious and upsetting outbreaks of ebola in parts of West Africa, travellers should be aware that none of our destinations have been affected.
The outbreaks are in the countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia where the World Health Organisation and other international organisations including Medecins Sans Frontiers are now operating to curb the spread of the disease.
Ebola is a rare virus that is spread by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. As this the case whilst there may be a very few isolated incidents outside the affected areas, spread through travel, this is likely to be isolated to people who have had direct contact with an ebola sufferer including doctors and family members.
The countries impacted are in West Africa, thousands of kilometres away from where tours operate in East and Southern Africa.
All countries that we operate in, including East African countries such as Kenya and Uganda are taking extensive measures to prevent the disease, as are Western countries. The medical facilities in East and Southern African countries have control procedures in place to cope with any concerns, and airlines are also taking preventative measures.
Our travellers health and safety are always top priority and do feel feel free to call or email us if you have any concerns in regards to this issue.
Security update, Kenya (16/5/14)
Following ongoing concerns in specific areas of Kenya, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has adjusted their non essential travel warning to include sections of the Kenyan Coast near Mombasa.
To put this in perspective there have been some ongoing sporadic whilst upsetting attacks on buses targeting small local bus routes particularly, as well as markets, and particularly along one stretch of road on the Kenyan coast. These incidences date back to 2012 and are linked to the Al-Shabab terrorist group who were behind the Westgate Incident.
Security in all tourism establishments within Nairobi and Mombasa remains high.
To confirm on the tours we do not travel to areas mentioned as extreme high risk. The suburb of Eastleigh where there have been particular issues is the opposite side of town from where we stay and visit in Nairobi.
Day to day all continues to operate smoothly, calmly and peacefully on all routes for the tours. All truck trips from Nairobi through the Great Rift Valley area are not affected.
Diani Beach is not affected by the change in travel advice to the Kenyan coast. Please note Ukunda Airport is now the airport to use to visit the Kenyan coast as it isn't possible to access from Mombasa Airport with the current advisory.
In line with the Foreign Office Travel Advice and reports from the ground we will continue to exercise caution as to where we travel and visit, and as well stay in close touch with our contacts in Kenya, monitoring particularly closely the section of the trips travelling through Kenya.
Christmas opening hours (24/12/13)
We are open the following hours over xmas
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 9-1pm
27th December: 9-5pm
28th December: 9-4pm
30th December: 9 - 6pm
31st December: 9 -2pm
1st January: Closed
2nd January: 9-6pm
During the festive season in case of emergency please contact
00 255 688740796 or 00 44 7973 319660
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Absolute Africa
London Travel Show (28/9/13)
Once again we're back at London's biggest free travel show. On the 28th September, at The Business Design Centre, Islington, london. Come and join us there where we will be exhibiting our Safari's, to get great discounts, heaps of information and travel advice for over-landing in Africa.
Go to www.tnttravelshow.com to register for your free tickets.
Yellow Fever Card for Kenya (16/7/13)
Flight passengers travelling to Nairobi require a yellow fever card, if you do not have one you risk being denied boarding at the airport.
Please note this only applies from infected countries within Africa and more importantly if at any point you touch South Africa in your routing from an infected country. So for example you would not need a certificate London to Nairobi or London to Lusaka, but would need one flying from Nairobi to Johannesburg (unless in transit) and then on to London at a later date.
Golden Backpack Awards - Favourite Africa Tour Operator (October 2012)
Check it out! Absolute Africa were lucky enough to win the award for favourite Africa tour operator at the TNT Golden Backpack Awards! Thanks to everyone who voted for us! www.goldenbackpackawards.co.uk/winners-2012
South Africa & Zambia - Yellow fever vaccination update (01/06/11)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. Travellers from South Africa to Zambia and travellers from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination.
In-transit passengers, irrespective of the time period in-transit, will still require proof of the vaccination. Clients going from Zimbabwe to Zambia for a day for activities will need a yellow fever certificate if they are then heading to South Africa.
The new ruling apparently comes into effect immediately, but the policy will be finalised and publicly announced by the end of this month accordingly to the South African Health Department. They have however, recommended that travelers to and from Zambia begin to get this vaccination immediately.
You will be required to have the vaccination a minimum of 10 days before arrival & the vaccination is valid for 10 years. If you will be arriving in Zambia sooner than 10 days from now, you will be able to get the vaccination in country but we recommend you having the vaccination in your home country before travelling if possible.
Vaccinations are available in Livingstone at US$80 and Victoria Falls at US$50 per person.
Kilimanjaro NZ - Climbing for Christchurch (05/04/11)
Following the Christchurch Earthquake on 22nd Feb, a team of New Zealander's (and friends) in London were feeling helpless as they watched the unbearable events unfold and wanted to do something to help.
They've decided to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa highest Mountain, in August 2011 to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Fund. They aim to raising £5895 (the height of kilimanjaro in metres) to help the Christchurch and it's people.
Absolute Africa are privileged to be a part of this fantastic event. We are working with the expedition co-ordinator Chris Flack, and our chief Guide Samson Lauwo and his team look forward to taking the group to the summit. Samson is the grandson of the famous Kinyala Mzee Lauwo who led Hans Mayer the first European to summit Kilimanjaro in 1889.
There are still a few spaces left on the expedition so if you would like to join this worthwhile challenge, or would like to offer them your support, visit kilimanjaronz.com/about/
Zanzibar - All Visitors required to have valid Yellow Fever Certificate (02/02/11)
The Ministry of Health in Zanzibar has warned that following a severe outbreak of yellow fever in Northern Uganda, ALL visitors to Zanzibar will be required to present a valid yellow fever certificate of vaccination on entry.
All clients visiting Zanzibar need to be absolutely sure that they take their valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with them.