Documents Needed when Traveling To Africa
You need a passport that valid for the next six months. The passport need to have at least 3 empty pages.
Depend on which country you come from, and which countries you are going to visit, you might need an entry Visa. Some countries, like Kenya and Tanzania, will let you pay for visa at the point of entry, but for many other countries, you will have to apply for visa well in advance.
At the entry point of some African countries, you might be asked for your return ticket. Print the electronic ticket and carry it along.
Yellow Fever Vaccination card:
The international Yellow fever vaccination card is a MUST for most of African countries. Make sure to get the injection (which is good for 10 years, you will want to visit Africa again and again) at least one month prior to departure.
Medical (Travel) insurance:
I wish you safe travel in Africa. Still, do not leave home without Medical insurance.
MY ADVISE: scan all the above and send it to your personal mail, just in case the original get lost.
If you go on organized tour, most probably that most of your expanses (Hotels, food, Transport) where paid for in advance. You will need money to buy the extras: drinks, souvenirs etc’
If you go on organized tour, most probably that most of your expanses (Hotels, food, Transport) where paid for in advance. You will need money to buy the extras: drinks, souvenirs etc’ . Still, carry some cash with you, you will need to give tips to your drivers, at restaurants etc’. Bring along a credit-card, in case of emergency.
Going on unorganized adventure is a different story. You will better have cash and bring credit card with you, which will enable you to draw money from ITM machines.
- French speaking countries (like Benin or Senegal) value the Euro better, while English speaking countries (like Kenya or Zambia) prefer the US$ better.
- Bills must be new, from 2004 onward!!
- Many African countries (Kenya, Tanzania) have a mobile-banking system, where you can keep your money in your mobile-phone (provided you bought local number) and pay for services with the phone. It reduces the risk of being robbed from your money.
Not a must, but always good to have with you two passport photos, just in case.
What NOT to carry on your trip:
Most of us have a very thick wallet, full of ‘Club membership’, ‘Bus card’, and three or more Credit cards. TRAVEL LIGHT! leave at home all the unneeded cards. Take only whats needed!