- COVID - 19 Update ( 10/09/20)
- COVID-19 Update (28/05/20)
- COVID-19 Update (02/06/20)
- WANTED - Crew: Drivers and Tour Leaders - 4/5/2018
- West African Ebola Update 01/09/14
- 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 ( 10/09/20)
For further news and updates on the Covid 19 situation in Africa and how this is affecting our trips as well as questions you might have in regards to your booking or booking a new tour we have now dedicated a special page to this:
Do always feel free to contact us too if you need any further information or have specific questions.
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
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
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.
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.