FAQs

Do you handle international flights?
Please consult your local travel agent with regards to how best to reach West Africa. Visas for countries to be visited should be obtained before arrival, even for countries where visas are available on entry, as the Immigration authorities can sometimes be unpleasant. Please note that it is not possible for us to book international flight for clients from here in Africa. We strongly suggest that you finalize your travel itinerary and book your international flights well in advance to ensure that you obtain confirmed seats.
IMPORTANT
Please be sure to inform us of your INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE flight details. All tour bookings are made in good faith. In most cases we will require an advance deposit in order to hold on to your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival.

What is the cancellation policy?
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative cost, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges. We also strongly advise that you have insurance cover against cancellation.

What is the climate?
West Africa has two major seasons – wet in May-August and dry in Oct-April. With temperatures between 27º and 34ºC, the wet season is cooler, cleaner, and greener, but roads may become difficult. At 30º to 44ºC, the dry season is considerably hotter and dustier, but it is also the time of most cultural life.

What are the most pressing health concerns?
Coughs, Colds and minor stomach upsets are the most common troubles on trips in West Africa. Sore throats must be well guarded against since they are very common and can often lead to long-lasting colds and coughs.
DRINK ENOUGH WATER. Do not on any account drink any water that’s sold on the street or open to you by strangers, however clean and clear it might look. You are advised to bring your own water bottles that you will fill every morning before departure. CONTINENT EXPLORER will supply bottled mineral water. Bring a supply of purification tablets or IODINE crystal solution as an extra precaution if you like. Given sufficient time this will sterilize possibly contaminated water.
We can emphasize strongly the need for comfortable well-fitting training shoes on low altitude.
IMPORTANT
In the event that you fall seriously ill or involved in an accident whilst on a trip, it may be very necessary to bring you back to the nearest capital for treatment. However, should this happen, you are required to pay for the transportation and any other subsequent charges that might incur and this must be paid before departure.

What vaccinations are required?
Check with the CDC for the latest country-specific information. Inoculations (aside from Yellow Fever) are not legally required. However, we recommend shots against Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis and Yellow Fever. Please consult your Doctor well in advance of your departure and remember to carry the certificates as proof of immunizations, should they be required. Malaria is present throughout Africa, especially in more heavily populated areas. Anti-malaria courses in tablets form are advised. Please consult your doctor.Remember to pack any daily medications in your carry-on bag for the flight. A personalized first aid kit is also recommended.

Is insurance required?
Please note that it is essential that you personally are fully insured, proof of which maybe requested on arrival.

What visas are required?
Visas are necessary for non-Africans in every country in West Africa. They should be acquired before departure from the nations’ embassies in your country.

What form of money should I bring?
Whilst credit cards are now widely accepted nearly all over the world, in West Africa, they often can only be used in some big hotels, and we suggest that you travel on some cash as well. On arrival the guide will assist you to change some money to small denominations which will be useful for tipping and also paying for little purchases. Euros tend to be preferable to US dollars in today’s economic climate.

What will happen on arrival?
On arrival you will be met by the guide after completing immigration and customs formalities. Please look for our representative holding a sign with your name or the name of the company. After your arrival, the guide or a staff member will notify you of an appointment for a pre-trip briefing, during which you may receive a map of an area containing useful information about the part of the country that we will visit. This initial briefing will assist with pre-trip orientation.

What luggage should I bring?
We recommend that the best type of luggage for this trip is a good sized, strong, cylindrical shaped duffel with a top-length zip. In addition, you will need a day pack. Your duffel bag, not a hard suitcase, containing clothes and other personal items will be carried on the truck during the day and from camp to camp or hotel.

What clothing should I bring?
Light clothing is the rule, including long pants and shirts to protect from the sun. Short dresses and shorts are not permitted at many religious sites, but might be agreeable in camp or for long drives. A warm sweater is necessary for cold desert nights. Remember that your old clothing can make a fantastic gift.

What will we eat?
Meals will be served hot at dinner when we camp or lodge in hotels. Lunch could sometimes be served cold. Your guide will provide bottled water throughout the trip, but please bring your own water bottle to be refilled. Alcoholic and soft drinks will be at clients’ own expense.

Photography rules?

Taking pictures of police, military personnel and posts, and border crossings, as well as other sensitive areas, is strictly illegal.

What can I bring for gifts and charity?
Aspirin, eye drops, tee shirts. Although begging is a way of life, you should be careful not to encourage a beggar mentality. Candy should not be given to children with no access to dentistry… it is not a kindness.

Godfried Agbezudor    +233 244 812 368    +233 246 444 834    info@continentexplorer.com