Guide to Southern Africa by Sedunia Travel


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Southern Africa is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations for Malaysians to visit in 2014. With its outstanding natural beauty, dizzying array of flora and fauna and rich cultural heritage, it's no wonder that Africa is on the radar for well-travelled Malaysians.

We've put together our ultimate guide to holidays in southern Africa, covering:
* Top tourist attractions
* Best national parks for safari
* Overviews of Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe as well as
* Tips on what to expect for first-time safari goers

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Guide to Southern Africa by Sedunia Travel

  1. 1. Southern Africa S E D U N I A T R A V E L
  2. 2. Content Introduction About Sedunia 1 Experience Africa 2 Travel Attractions in Africa 3 - 4 The Big Five 5 - 6 The Great Migration 7 - 8 The 5 best National Parks for safari 9 - 10 Botswana 11 - 12 Kenya 13 - 14 South Africa 15 - 16 Tanzania 17 - 18 Zimbabwe 19 - 20 Suggested Itinerary 21 Highlights of Southern Africa What to Expect On A Safari 22 Visa 23 Get in Touch 24
  3. 3. Introduction About Sedunia Travel Sedunia Travel is an award-winning travel specialist based in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An IATA, PATA and MATTA member, we work closely with operators and tourism organisations from around the world. We offer flights, independent tours, group travel and incentive travel throughout Asia and globally. Travel is not just our business, it’s our way of life. Founded in 1976, Sedunia Travel has gone from strength to strength. Starting as a corporate ticketing agent, we have grown to be one of the largest travel agencies in Malaysia offering a full range of corporate, incentive and leisure services. Customer service has always been one of our guiding principles and has been one of the main reasons for our success. In the past five years we have rapidly expanded and are now known for offering worldwide holidays. Our Tailor-made Tours • Planned by an expert with in-depth knowledge of the region. • Designed to suit your specific requirements and departure date. • Private travel arrangements. • A choice of flexible accommodation options. Call us on 03-2142 0222 to see where you could travel or visit / 03-2142 0222 / 1
  4. 4. Experience Africa With its impressive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world’s second-biggest continent, Africa, captures your heart with the openness of its people, vibrant colours and stunning scenery. Wildlife Without doubt, the main reason why people visit Africa is to view the wildlife. No other continent offers the same opportunities to see such diverse wildlife running free and often in very close proximity. The best known are the “Big Five”: elephants, lions, rhino, leopards and buffalo. The continent is home to many species facing extinction, including mountain gorillas and Grevy’s zebras (the largest of the zebra family). Religion Africans believe in a wide variety of religions, but the exact numbers are hard to come by, as religion is regarded a sensitive subject amongst many governments. According to Encyclopædia Britannica, 45% of the population are Christians, 40% are Muslims and 10% follow African Traditional Religion, while a small number of Africans are Hindu, Buddhist, Confucianist, Baha’i, or have beliefs from the Judaic tradition. Scenery From the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro to the ever changing deserts of Namibia, the rich Okavango delta in Botswana to the wine country in South Africa, the scenery in southern Africa is constantly changing. That is part of the allure of the continent, with each type of landscape providing rich habitats for the local flora and fauna. Mount Kilimanjaro Culture Southern African culture is incredibly hard to pin down, being a melting pot of many civilisations over the centuries. In South Africa alone, there are over 11 official languages spoken. This means that every country in the southern Africa continent is unique, with their own quirks and customs. Hout Bay, South Africa / 03-2142 0222 / 2
  5. 5. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -Hellen Keller / 03-2142 0222 /
  6. 6. Travel Attractions in Africa Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe Table Mountain, South Africa Cape of Good Hope, South Africa This legendary waterfall is among the biggest and most awe-inspiring on the planet.The Victoria Falls generate mists that can be spotted from more than 20km away, as well as an impressive rumbling sound, so you hear them before you see them. Table Mountain is the landmark for Cape Town, a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city. A visit to the top is a must for its stunning views, with visitors choosing to use the cablecar or even hike to the top. The highest point on Table Mountain is Maclear’s Beacon at 1,086m above sea level. The Cape of Good Hope is a peninsula just outside the city of Cape Town. In the days of navigating by ship, it was a welcome sight to sailors of where the Indian Ocean met the Atlantic Ocean and marked the point where a ship would start to sail northwards back to Europe. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “table cloth” of cloud. The Cape peninsula is one of eight protected areas in the region, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the richness of its plant life. It is also rich in wildlife, particularly birds. The shore of the peninsula is home to the cape gannet, the African black oystercatcher and four species of cormorant, but the most famous feathered residents are the colony of jackass penguins at Boulders Beach. The national border between Zambia and Zimbabwe lies midstream, with national parks falling both sides of the Zambezi River. The gorges and cliffs below the falls in these parks are prime territory for raptors, including falcons and black eagles. A sunset cruise in the evening is a must, with a unique chance to spot wildlife from the boat whilst enjoying a sundowner. Best time to visit: great all year round, but for perfect photos without too much mist, visit during the dry season (winter months). If you want to witness the falls at full blast, then April is the time to go. Best time to visit: Cape Town is a perfect place to visit all year-round, and April and May, when the temperature starts to dip for autumntime, are perfect. Avoid visiting at the start of August: the cableway is scheduled for its annual maintenance and will be closed. Best time to visit: to see the penguins, go in January August, when the adults are feeding up for the breeding season. In September and October, penguins feed at sea so the number of the birds will be fewer. / 03-2142 0222 / 3
  7. 7. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Skeleton Coast, Namibia Sossusvlei, Namibia Mount Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising in isolation from the surrounding scrubland to an astounding 5,895m. The Skeleton Coast, extending from the city of Swakopmund up along Namibia’s coast to the border of Angola, is one of the most pristine coastlines in the world. Only 800 visitors are allowed to visit a year, helping to preserve the area. The haunting name comes from the number of whale and seal skeletons that are scattered along the beaches, along with the rusted frames of ships that have been swept in to the coast. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan in the Namib desert. The area is known for its stunning sand dunes that climb up to 323m high and are constantly moving with the winds. The colours of the sand add to the effect, with warm oranges and dazzling whites mingling together and ever changing with the angle of the sun. A favourite of climbers worldwide, the trek, taking from 4 days onwards depending on the route, does not necessarily need professional climbing experience. Rather, it is the altitude that prevents many climbers from reaching the peak. For those who reach the top, it is a life-affirming moment, with views stretching far over the Tanzanian and Kenyan plains. Best time to visit: January, February and September are considered to be the best times to climb the mountain, as the temperature is warm and there is the least amount of rain. One of the most intriguing spots in this raw wilderness is the “roaring dunes” - sand dunes that seem to emit low groans from the air trapped between the sands. The Portuguese sailors once called the area the “Gates of Hell”, but for those who are lucky enough to visit, the name couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite being desert, a surprising amount of wildlife thrives in the dunes, from antelopes to ostriches. Sossusvlei is popular with photographers worldwide and is a must-see for anyone visiting Namibia. Best time to visit: Try sunrise or sunset when the colours are at their most vivid. In terms of months, March to May and August to October are a good bet. Best time to visit: the Skeleton Coast is a year-round destination, with December and January being slightly less popular times to go. / 03-2142 0222 / 4
  8. 8. The Big Five Lion Leopard Rhino The African lion (Panthera Leo), king of the sub-Saharan savanna, has been admired by man for its beauty and strength for thousands of years. It’s one of the most exciting animals to see on safari. These beautiful, large cats are excellent hunters. The African leopard (Panthera Pardus) is more numerous than the African rhino in the Big 5 pantheon, but they are just as difficult to spot on safari in Africa. Leopards use trees as observation platforms and for protection, so you have to remember to look up to see this solitary, beautiful cat. Leopards are shy and nocturnal, which is strange for a cat that can climb, swim and live in a wider range of habitats than most other wild cats. There are two species of rhino in Africa, the Black rhino (Diceros Bicornis) and the White rhino (Ceratotherium Simum). Black rhinos have suffered the most drastic reduction in population in the last 20 years - there are now only about 4,000 left in the wild, despite the valiant conservation efforts to increase those numbers. The White rhino is more numerous numbering at over 17,000, and is heavily concentrated in Southern Africa. Best place to see them: Kruger National Park is considered one of the best places to spot leopards. You may also see them in Kenya’s Samburu National Park. Best place to see them: The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a good place, where you can also see grazing black rhino. Lions can reach around 14 years of age, but many males die sooner because they get injured fighting one another. Female lions synchronize the birth of their cubs and cooperate in raising them. Best place to see them: Tanzania is meant to have the continent’s highest concentration of lions, and during the annual migration, many are found in the Serengeti National Park. / 03-2142 0222 / 5
  9. 9. Elephant Cape Buffalo The African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is the largest mammal in the world. The elephant lives in woodlands, forests, deserts and savanna, spread across 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. During the 1970s and 1980s, the demand for ivory led to a dramatic decrease in elephant numbers, but a ban on all ivory trade has helped bring the population to around 600,000. Elephants are well known for living in families, and even mourning the death of loved ones. Cape Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer), or African Buffalo, are commonly found in protected wildlife areas that have plenty of water, throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These animals are not closely related to Asian water buffalo, and because of their unpredictable nature, are very dangerous to humans. Cape buffalo are large, and adults stand from 1 - 1.7m tall tall and can weigh in up to 900kg. Best place to see them: Chobe National Park, Botswana, is home to herds of hundreds of elephants. Best place to see them: Kruger National Park is great for big herds of buffalo, as is Chobe National Park in Botswana. / 03-2142 0222 / 6
  10. 10. The Great Migration Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (along with antelope) gather up their young and start their long trek of around 1,800 miles from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of food and water. This is no walk in the park: every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it. One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) from July through September. In December through March comes calving season in Tanzania, when most of the wildebeest calves are born in just a three week period, usually at the beginning of February. All these helpless calves attract predators and this is an amazing time of year to watch impressive lion kills. Watching almost half a million little wildebeest being born and running alongside their mothers is a spectacular sight. By April/May during the rains, the herds begin to migrate west and north to the grassier plains and woodland of the Serengeti’s western Corridor. By the end of May, as the rains stop, the wildebeest and zebra gradually start moving north and individual groups begin to congregate and form much larger herds, preparing for the great migration. Western Serengeti is the best place to watch the migration unfold. By July the herds reach their first big obstacle, the Grumeti River. The Grumeti River gets deep in places, especially after heavy rains. This is the first of the spectacular river crossings you can witness. The depth of the river makes drowning a distinct possibility for many wildebeest and there are plenty of crocodiles to take advantage of their distress. Camps along the river / 03-2142 0222 / 7
  11. 11. during this time make for an incredible safari experience. By late July, the herd continue northwards, but before they can arrive at the green plains of the Masai Mara, they have to cross yet another river: the Mara River, yet another falling place of wildebeest. September to November, the wildebeest graze on the Mara plains and make for very interesting viewing, for the predators alone that gather. At the end of the year, the wildebeest are on the move again. This time, they head back on their long trek to the Serengeti plains in Tanzania for the calving period. Interesting Facts • Wildebeest are also called Gnu because of the grunts they make. • Having over 400,000 wildebeest born in a three week period means that more of the calves survive. • Wildebeest are born to run. They can run alongside their mothers just minutes after they are born. • Zebra and wildebeest graze in harmony because each animal prefers a different part of the same grass. / 03-2142 0222 / 8
  12. 12. The 5 Best National Parks for Safaris Kruger National Park, South Africa Masai Mara, Kenya Chobe National Park, Botswana Perhaps one of the best known national parks in the world, Kruger National Park in South Africa lives up to its name. The park, stretching over hundreds of kilometers presents numerous opportunities for game viewing of the Big Five, as well as many other animals too. The park is made up of four regions: the central region makes up nearly half of the park’s lion population, the far north has rare birdlife, the northern region with its five rivers is home to the majority of the hippo population whilst in the southern region you’re more likely to see white rhino. The Masai Mara, technically an extension of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is witness to the annual heart stopping Great Migration of wildebeest. Probably second in fame to Kruger National Park, the park also has a dense lion population and is a fantastic place to spot predators. With the big skies and the open savannahs, the Masai Mara has a certain romance about it that makes it a firm favourite with seasoned safari goers. For the ultimate safari experience, a hot air balloon at dawn with a glass of champagne or two makes the moment unforgettable. Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park of the country and is the most diverse. Chobe National Park is widely known for its spectacular elephant population: it contains an estimated 70,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Elephants living here are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. During the dry season, the elephants can be seen cavorting in the Chobe River and Linyanti River areas. Chobe National Park is also famous for its large lion population and the African wild dog. / 03-2142 0222 / 9
  13. 13. Etosha National Park, Namibia Okavango Delta, Botswana Etosha National Park has a large salt pan at the heart of it that attracts abundant wildlife around the waterhole, with almost guaranteed sightings. The species found in the park are elephants, the endangered black rhino and even leopard. The rainy season makes the park a birder’s paradise, with more than 340 bird species. The park is a complete contrast to the open grasslands of Namibia, with the endless pan of silvery-white sand and mirages that shimmer on the horizon. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a fascinating and unique wildlife location. It is the world’s largest inland delta and attracts a great concentration of diverse animals and birds. The Okavango Delta is home to a wide variety of wildlife, such as elephants, buffalo, and giraffe, as well as aquatic animals such as the hippo and Nile crocodile. The delta is a habitat for over 400 species of birds, so is fantastic for bird lovers. One of the most unique points about going on a safari in the Okavango Delta is that you explore the area by boat too. / 03-2142 0222 / 10
  14. 14. Botswana Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa and bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The bulk of the Kalahari desert falls within Botswana’s borders and Botswana is home to most of the world’s San (bushman) population. Botswana has diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where Blue Wildebeest, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found. Wildlife is Botswana’s main draw. Wildlife parks compose nearly one-fifth of the country. In these parks you will find lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, antelope, endangered wild dogs, and hundreds of species of birds. The Chobe National Park, famous for its elephants, and Moremi Game Reserve (in the Okavango Delta) are the two most popular national parks for visitors to Botswana. The bleak salt pans of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park attract a large number and variety of birds year-round. Other great game parks include Nxai Pan National Park, Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Gemsbok National Park. Zarafa Camp, Okavango Delta Chobe National Park / 03-2142 0222 / 1 1
  15. 15. Fast Facts Capital: Gaborone Get there: Fly to Johannesburg with Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways or Singapore Airlines, then continue to Maun for Okavango Delta or Victoria Falls with South African Airways Currency: Botswana Pula Best time to visit: During the winter months from the end of May to the end of September. Okavango Delta Duba Plains Camp, Okavango Delta / 03-2142 0222 / 12
  16. 16. Kenya Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is located in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park. These national parks are home to flocks of pink flamingoes, prides of lions and the Great Migration of wildebeest from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park. The Masai Mara is also the homeland of the Masai people, now known the world over for their distinctive customs and dress, as well as their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Masai Mara tribe Wildebeest Migration from the air / 03-2142 0222 / 13
  17. 17. Fast Facts Capital: Nairobi Get there: Fly to Nairobi with Kenya Airways direct, or fly with Emirates or Qatar Airways via the Middle East. Currency: Kenyan Shilling Best time to visit: Great year-round, but June to October are the best times. Rainy season falls in April and May. Mount Kenya The Great Migration / 03-2142 0222 / 14
  18. 18. South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. To the north lie the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; and within it lies Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South African territory. One of the main reasons travelers visit South Africa is to experience the outdoors and see the wide range of wildlife. Numerous mammals are found in the bush, including lions, leopards, white rhinos, blue wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotami and giraffes. The most visited national park is Kruger National Park, famous for its lions, but there are plenty of other national parks dotted around this country, from Pilanesberg, a drive from Johannesburg, to the Hluhuwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. South Africa also offers the chance to drive along one of the greatest drives in the world: the Garden Route, or Route 62, from Cape Town along the coast and interior with stunning scenes, delicious cuisine en route and a chance to sample some of South Africa’s best wines in the winelands. Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town / 03-2142 0222 / Cape Town 15
  19. 19. Fast Facts Capital: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria Get there: Fly to Johannesburg with Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways via the Middle East, or Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Currency: South African Rand Best time to visit: May and September, during the ‘dry’ season. Boulders Beach Kruger National Park / 03-2142 0222 / 16
  20. 20. T anzania Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. Over one third of the country is made up of wildlife parks and reserves, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and the Serengeti National Park in the north and the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, and Mikumi National Park in the south. The landscape changes dramatically as you journey across savannahs, mountains, lakes and parks, giving ample opportunities to spot different species. The Serengeti National Park, from where the wildebeest begin their Great Migration, is the size of a small country alone! Tanzania also offers visitors the chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or relax on the fine white sands of the tropical island of Zanzibar just off the coast: a perfect end to a hectic safari. Ngorongoro Crater Hot Air Balloon Ride, Serengeti National Park / 03-2142 0222 / 1 7
  21. 21. Fast Facts Capital: Dar es Salaam Get there: Fly with Kenya Airways and travel via Nairobi, or with Emirates and Qatar Airways via the Middle East. Currency: Tanzanian Shilling Best time to visit: All months except April, May and November. Mount Kilimanjaro Mnemba Island / 03-2142 0222 / 18
  22. 22. Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is another landlocked country, bordering South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The country is considered to be one of the best in Africa due to their excellent guides, meaning that visitors can get the maximum out of this great value destination. One of the unique features of a Zimbabwean safari is that they can be done on foot or by canoe along the Zambezi River. The premier safari park is Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in the country and the natural habitat for lions, leopards, spotted hyena and cheetahs. Other safari parks include Lake Kariba and the Mana Pools. The ultimate Zimbabwe experience has to be of course visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls, followed by a traditional Boma dinner. Enjoy its dizzying array of barbequed meats while being entertained by traditional drummers and dancers. Mana Pools National Park / 03-2142 0222 / Victoria Falls 19
  23. 23. Fast Facts Capital: Harare Get there: Fly with Kenya Airways and travel via Nairobi, or with Emirates via the Middle East. Currency: US Dollar Best time to visit: During the winter months of July - October. Avoid the rainy season (mid December - March) Lake Kariba The Hide, Hwange National Park / 03-2142 0222 / 20
  24. 24. Suggested Itinerary This is a suggested itinerary that covers many of the highlights in this brochure. However, we specialise in tailoring your trip to your exact requirements and any element can be changed, from the accommodation stayed in to the number of days, the places visited to the activities you take part in. Contact our specialists on 03-2142 0222 to discuss your plans. Day 4 Cape Town - Oudtshoorn Transfer this morning to Oudtshoorn, along the famous Garden Route and enjoy the views. On arrival, visit the Safari Ostrich farm and relax. African Safari & Victoria Falls Day 5 Oudtshoorn - Knysna Today, explore the Cango Caves and the wildlife ranch, then travel on to the pretty town of Knysna, where you will sail along the lagoon on a cruise. Day 1 Arrive Cape Town Arrive into Cape Town airport and be met by a representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. Day 6 Knysna The morning is yours to relax in Knysna. Later, transfer to George Airport this morning and take your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, be taken to the hotel to freshen up. Day 2 Cape Town Discover Cape Town on a tour of the city: ascend Table Mountain by cable car, see the historic Malay Quarter and stop at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can grab a tasty meal or stroll along the promenade. Day 3 Cape Town This morning, see Cape Point. Start by flanking the cold Atlantic Ocean to Hout Bay, where you will board a boat to “Seal Island”. Continue alongside the Indian Ocean and stop to see the jackass penguins of Boulders Beach. See the Cape of Good Hope, called by Sir Francis Drake as the “the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe”. Finish at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and explore South African flora. Day 7 Johannesburg - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Chobe National Park (Botswana) Transfer to Johannesburg airport this morning and fly to Victoria Falls. On arrival, be transferred by road to Cresta Mowena Safari Lodge, with a drive taking you into Botswana. In the afternoon, embark on your first game drive and look out for the Big Five! Day 8 Chobe National Park Rise early to the sound of wildlife around you and head out on an early morning game drive with your experienced guide. Return to the lodge for some relaxation and late afternoon, head back out for another game drive. Day 9 Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls Take your last game drive at Chobe National Park this morning, then drive back to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you will be dropped off at your hotel there. In the afternoon, head out on a cruise along the Zambezi River and enjoy the wildlife spotting and beautiful sunset. Day 10 Victoria Falls Today is your chance to experience the thundering Victoria Falls first-hand. You will hear the falls before you see them, and wonder at their majesty. Day 11 Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park Depart from Victoria Falls today by road and transfer to The Hide Safari camp in Hwange National Park. Here. you will have the chance to experience wildlife up and close, as the camp is near to a waterhole which is frequently visited by inquisitive mammals. Day 12 Hwange National Park Enjoy a full day of game viewing activities, from morning game walks to night drives. Walking tours are especially thrilling, giving you the chance to see and hear the magic of the bush. Day 13 Hwange National Park - depart Victoria Falls Enjoy one last morning safari activity on your trip, before returning to Victoria Falls airport for your flight home. / 03-2142 0222 / 21
  25. 25. What to Expect On A Safari How long do game drives last for? Game drives take place early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is at its most active. The drives each usually last around 3.5 hours. will still be there when you return that evening. In fact, many safari lodges mix up the activities so you can have a choice of a walking safari or a 4X4, or visit different areas on a rotation to mix things up. Are safaris safe? Yes - whilst staying at safari lodges, you are usually far from human settlements and so crime virtually does not exist. You needn’t fear any danger from the animals either - safari guides are usually armed and trained to deal with any unwieldy animals you may encounter. What should I pack? Bring lots of layers of comfortable clothes, as the weather can get cold in winter and get warmer later in the day. Binoculars, closed toe shoes, sun hat, camera and neutral colours are essential. Am I guaranteed to see the Big Five? Animal sightings are not guaranteed - wild animals can be very unpredictable! However, your guides are very experienced and will try to give you the best viewing possible. As well as the Big Five, you may also see other animals, such as wild dogs and giraffes amongst many others, as well as lots of birdlife. What are the safari lodges like? Safari lodges can vary from basic to very luxurious. Typically, you might stay in a tented camp, which is far more comfortable than it sounds, with all the mod cons. These lodges are also usually located near to watering holes, meaning that you can often observe the wildlife from the lodge itself. Do I need a visa? Malaysian citizens do not need to apply for visas beforehand when visiting South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya or Tanzania. However, they do have entry requirements such as needing two blank pages in your passport - please talk to one of our consultants for the details for each country. How many days do you recommend on safari? We recommend a minimum of two nights at each safari camp you visit, giving you on average four game viewing activities. This allows for spotting different animals during the trip and maximises your chances of getting a good viewing. You can also consider combining several game lodges to get a different feel in each national park or region. How early will I have to wake up? You typically would have a morning coffee at around 05.00am before heading out on safari at 05.30am. However, there is plenty of free time when you return to the camp to relax and have a nap. If you’ve never been on a safari before, you may be anxious about what it actually entails. Here are a few questions our customers frequently ask us: How many game drives do we get a day? Usually you have two game drive or wildlife experiences a day if you are staying for a full day. If you arrive at the lodge in the afternoon, you would join an afternoon activity that day and on the day you are leaving the lodge, you would typically have a morning game drive. Do I need to have vaccinations? We advise that you check with your doctor in advance before departing for your safari to see what vaccinations they recommend. If you are not visiting Zambia, then usually you will not need a Yellow Fever certificate. Malaria can be a risk in certain locations, so allow plenty of time to discuss the risks with a qualified health practitioner. What can we do if we’re not on a game drive? Most safari lodges are well equipped with other activities, such as visiting local communities, learning more about the wildlife, taking a dip in the swimming pool and swapping your stories with other safari-goers! Will I get bored taking so many game drives? The short answer is no! Each game drive is unique, and just because you may have seen an elephant in the morning in a certain spot does not mean that they / 03-2142 0222 / Knysna Lagoon, South Africa 22
  26. 26. Visa Kenya Tanzania Visa-free Pre-travel internet registration required Visa available on arrival Visa required Namibia Botswana Zimbabwe South Africa / 03-2142 0222 / 23
  27. 27. Get In T ouch Feeling inspired to visit Africa, but not sure where to start? You can view more suggested itineraries at or speak to one of our specialists on 03-2142 0222 to start planning today. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination. - George Schaller / 03-2142 0222 / 24
  28. 28. Sedunia Travel Services Sdn. Bhd. (30240-V) KKKP0019 Level 12 & 13, Menara Genesis, 33 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Website: Tours: 03-2142 0222 Flight: 03-2148 5552 E-mail: