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  • We Will Be Searching for the Big 5
  • Your Rail Accommodation is Luxurious
  • Getting Ready for the Gorilla Trek
  • Curio shopping in Victoria Falls market
  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge overlooks the crater
  • Local Transportation, East Africa
  • World Heritage Church of St. George, Ethiopia
  • Egyptian Papyrus Paintings Make Great Souvenirs

EXCLUSIVITY

To maintain the exclusivity of this amazing trip we limit both the size of the group (maximum 15 guests) and offer only one departure on 28 September 2017 at this time. The small size ensures a more personalized and intimate experience. Because of the size limitation we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES

As you and your fellow travelers will originate from different cities international airfares are not included in the basic cost of the journey (Note: all in Africa airfares are included). In conjunction with GowayAir, Goway’s air ticketing division, we can arrange the best fares from your hometown on the leading airlines.

You may want to use airline points. Similarly, you may want to upgrade to Business or First Class.

ACCOMMODATION

We are using the very best accommodations at all stops along the way. Some are very iconic such as Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls and the Palace Mena House in Cairo.

Click here for detailed descriptions of the different accommodations.

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Cancellation insurance is compulsory and will not be waived. We offer special insurance to American and Canadian passport holders. If you do not purchase Goway’s insurance we will require a copy of your travel insurance policy stating clearly the company, policy number, and 24-hour medical emergency telephone number. 

PASSPORTS & VISAS

We travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Egypt. Americans and Canadian will require Visas for Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Egypt. At the time of booking, we will advise cost and assist with obtaining them. Visitors to some countries are required to have at least three blank pages in their passports to receive an entry visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months from your return date. 

HEALTH

  • Please ensure you have filled out the Reservation Form to indicate if you have any medical conditions, physical disabilities or allergies. There is a basic First Aid Kit on board the train as well as a doctor.
  • Anti-malarial precautions are recommended. Malaria areas: Swaziland, Kruger Park, Northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania. 
  • Recommended immunizations (not required): Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus, Cholera (low risk).
  • A Yellow Fever/Medical Exemption Certificate is essential for travelling to Zambia & Tanzania. Although all countries travelled through don’t require this, countries guests return to after the trip often require them
  • PLEASE CONSULT YOUR CLINIC OR DOCTOR. 
  • You should also be aware of health rules when visiting gorillas. click here.

MONEY EXCHANGE

The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash: Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

***Please note: whilst US dollars are the most acceptable form of currency for this journey, many businesses and banks in East Africa do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted***

When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Traveller's Cheques: Some people like to carry traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. They are no longer accepted in many locations in East Africa.

Visa and Mastercard: With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You should also notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries.

SUPPORTING THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

In Lusaka in Zambia on the Rail Journey Rovos provisions (food, markets, clothes and school supplies) are handed over to a contact who distributes them amongst local schools and children. You are welcome to contribute your own items knowing they will be welcomed and appreciated.

SAFETY

Safety is paramount.

Each year Goway sends thousands of travellers to Africa. Most clients travel on customized itineraries which we specially design for them based on their personal interests (and of course budget). We use time tested experienced local operators and tour guides, all of whom use the latest methods of communication . We believe it could be said the areas of Africa where we travel on our Cape to Cairo itinerary are far safer than travelling in many areas of North America.

Due to bad press over the last few years Egypt, with its magnificent antiquities, could be a deterrent to booking our Journey of a Lifetime. We visited Egypt on our Cape to Cairo journey early in 2016 and our company continues to send individuals to Egypt. We have very good/trustworthy and professional people on the ground who really care about the safety and customer service of our clients.

Should there be any likelihood of safety issues in Egypt or anywhere we send Goway Globetrotters we will immediately cease to operate there.

Safety is paramount at Goway.

Please remember we have been helping Globetrotters explore our wonderful world since 1970.

 


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