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When you travel with Awaken to Africa, you are our guest, and your safety is our first priority. We do everything possible to insure that you will be prepared for your journey and that your journey will not only be enjoyable but safe and secure.

 


 
 

 

PRE-TRIP INFORMATION

Prior to your departure with Awaken to Africa, we will send you an information packet that will help prepare you for your trip. It will contain information about what to expect while you’re on safari, health issues associated with traveling to a sub-Saharan country, passport and visa information, a suggested packing list, emergency contact numbers, and other useful information about Tanzania and local customs. You will be given every opportunity to ask questions so that you are prepared and comfortable on your trip.

CUSTOMIZED VEHICLES

You will travel in a well-maintained, specially designed Toyota Land Cruiser with custom roof hatches that provide flexibility, protection from the sun, and support, especially for photographers’ large lenses. The vehicles are outfitted so that every guest has a window seat and space for personal belongings. Our drivers are selected for their safe driving practices as well as for their safari expertise.

These vehicles are thoroughly checked before and after every safari to insure that your trip will go safely and smoothly. Each vehicle is equipped with a first aid kit. The vehicle is even washed regularly during your safari to keep dust to a minimum. Awaken to Africa vehicles are outfitted with both long-wave and short-wave radios and cell phones so that your naturalist/driver can contact lodges and camps and, in case of a medical emergency, Flying Doctors. Your driver can also call for assistance in the event there’s a problem with the vehicle.

Each vehicle is equipped with a cool box stocked with sodas and bottled water to keep you hydrated during game drives. We also provide snacks during game drives.

 
 
 
 

 
 

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Our naturalist / drivers are experienced guides and have spent years studying animal behavior. They know how to approach wildlife safely and how to position the vehicle for the best viewing and photographic light.

In the national parks, you will enjoy game drives in our vehicles. Walking is normally only allowed at the visitor centers, lodges, and camps. Still, out in the bush we are in wild country, and wild animals may frequent the lodges and camps. Guards (askaris) will escort you to and from your lodging, particularly at night. You should never walk outdoors after dark without a guard.

If you stay at a lodge or camp that is situated outside the national parks, you may elect to do game walks with an armed ranger. You may also choose a night game drive where you will be accompanied by both a guide and a tracker.

Our drivers are multi-lingual and will be happy to respond to any and all questions that you may have about animals, birds, or plant life. They also have a vast and extensive knowledge about their country, and you'll appreciate how willing they are to share it with you.

 

FOOD AND WATER

While on safari, you will eat well and enjoy a variety of nicely prepared, well balanced, tasty meals that are hygienically prepared at the lodges and camps. We choose only those properties that are very conscious of the need for safe food-handling practices.

We recommend that you drink only bottled water (not tap water) and use bottled water for tooth-brushing as well. Each lodge and camp that you visit will supply you with bottled water in your room or tent, and bottled water will be available at meals as well as in the vehicle during game drives.

 
 
 
 

EMERGENCY EVACUATION

All trips with Awaken to Africa include enrollment in Flying Doctors.

The Flying Doctors Service is part of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and was established in 1957. The Flying Doctors have been involved in many health care projects in East Africa, one of them being the Air Ambulance Services.

 
The Flying Doctors Service provides air evacuation service in medical emergencies as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. In addition, patients are repatriated to Europe, Asia and North America or medical escort is provided on commercial carriers. AMREF Flying Doctors Service operates 24hours/day, 365 days of the year through its control center located at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

Highly qualified medical staff and aircrew are on standby to respond to emergencies. AMREF has the largest medical radio network throughout East Africa with 24 hours medical advice availability, and it is the only air medical service in Africa. AMREF owns and operates a fleet of aircraft that can be converted into airborne intensive care units, using modern medical equipment.
 
 
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Awaken to Africa guests are encouraged to take out Travel Insurance that will cover you if you need to cancel your trip. This insurance can also protect you for lost or delayed baggage as well as airline delays, and it may provide you with 24 hour traveler assistance.

A comparison of all major travel insurance companies and their coverages may be seen at The Travel Insurance Comparison Site: www.insuremytrip.com.

 
 
 
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