General info

General Information

Many of our tours use a Local tour payment or tour kitty, these payments are payable in cash to the tour leader or tour rep at the beginning of your tour. This is a non-refundable payment as it is part of your overall tour price.
Some tours involve camping, this is always great fun and our tours are loaded with all the first class equipment needed to make this comfortable. Campsites vary from established sites with all facilities to free camp. We use large two person tents. Don't worry if you plan to travel alone, you will be teamed up with another group member.
Most of our tours are participation essential. On tours of this nature it is expected that you join in and become part of the team. A successful and smooth tour depends very much on everyone taking part in the duties that a rise i.e. cooking, vehicle cleaning, food shopping and so on. With this in mind your Tour Leader will organize groups on a rotating roster. Experience has shown that the most successful tours are those where everyone becomes involved as much as possible. So join in! In the end the more you put in the more you get out.ome tours involve camping, this is always great fun and our tours are loaded with all the first class equipment needed to make this comfortable. Campsites vary from established sites with all facilities to free camp. We use large two person tents. Don't worry if you plan to travel alone, you will be teamed up with another group member.
When camping, cooking is usually done on a roster basis with 2 - 4 people cooking each day. This means each expedition member only takes part in cooking every 4th or 5th day. Food is bought in the local markets by the cooking teams, which is a great way to meet the local people. Charcoal, wood or gas burners are used for cooking and are supplied along with pots, baking trays, frying pans, woks, lighting, campstools and cook tent. Eating utensils are also provided.
Travelling overseas can be a bit daunting especially if it is your first time. In general travel is safe and group travel even more so. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
  • Take the same precautions you do when travelling around your own country
  • Never flash wealth around, people WILL be watching.
  • Listen to your crew's advice when entering a new area.
  • Be careful placing valuables when relaxing or in Internet cafe as this is were lots of tourist flock and so do the people who live of them.
  • In the end don't worry yourself sick be prudent and keep you valuables in safe secure places.
  • Use the safety box that is bolted into the truck to store your important documents while travelling.

Note. we take no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects.

Remember your bags security is your responsibility it is up to you to collect and check all your belongings and tour depending maybe even carry them to and from tour vehicle. It is not the job of the crew to carry or to look after your belongings they have their own rolls to play and their own things to look after including the rest of the group. So if you cannot carry it yourself you shouldn't bring it.

Below is a general packing list.

  • 1 Duffel bag or backpack preferably with an internal or removable frame
  • Day bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping sheet
  • Sleeping mat or self-inflatable mattress
  • Good torch and spare batteries
  • Pocket knife (Swiss army or Leatherman)
  • Sun glasses
  • Writing material and diary
  • Mosquito Net
  • Toiletries + contraceptives
  • Washing line & soap
  • Water bottle (max 2 litres)
We would always stress that most people tend to bring along too much clothing. Remember you will need a certain amount of spare space when leaving for souvenirs purchased along the way. 20kg/23kg is the normal limit for hold luggage on most airlines.
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket or jersey
  • Socks
  • Trousers or jeans and track pants
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Underwear
  • Cap
  • Shorts/dress
  • 1 pair Hiking boots or good quality sandshoes/trainers
  • 1 pair thongs/flip flops/jandals
  • 1 Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Smart casual attire for eating out
  •    Antiseptic cream, Betadine is good
  •     Sunscreen & lip cream
  •     Insect Repellent
  •     Cotton wool & sterile swabs
  •     Dressing pads like melanin or telfa and adhesive tape
  •     Bandages and Band-Aids
  •     Pain killers /paracetamol /Panadol
  •     Ear & eye drops
  •     Butterfly tape (steri strips)
  •     Tweezers and scissors
  •     Water purification tablets
  •     Re-hydration sachets for diarrhoea
All passengers should have a complete medical and dental check-up prior to joining any of our tours, as it is not always possible to find good health care in some African countries. A comprehensive medical kit is supplied but it is only to be used in emergencies. Each person is responsible for his or her own medical kit as listed below.
We use many forms of transport. from overland truck (developed over 14 years of overlanding).
Canoe; on foot; Bus; boat; train, you name it your tour may use it, please see the tour details to see what transport your selected tour uses.

Note: Surcharge for transport costs not specified, due to situations out of our control may be involved in all tours. See booking conditions for further information.

Our group size range from 2 - 26 on most tours, this can change depending on expeditions, eg Antarctica and specialist tours may be larger groups.
Your passport is the most important document you have when travelling. You should always keep it in a secure location, either in a safe at the hotels we stay in on the truck in the security box provided for them or in a protected and out of site money belt. Never leave your passport in your luggage. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after departure back to your country of origin and should have about one page for every country of entry. If you are one of those people with duel nationality be advised that you will find it almost impossible to change mid tour to the other passport to dodge visa costs, so the passport you start the tour on should be the passport you finish the tour on, but by all means bring your other passport in case of loss.
Pl ease remember that if you loose your passport it could take up to a week to get a replacement. This being the case it could spoil your holiday so look after your passport and other important documents.
We accept no liability for items mislaid or stolen while on tour or in safe deposit boxes in hotels. We believe the responsibility to look after your important papers and to make sure they are safe and sound belongs to you.

Some countries require that a photocopy be taken of your entry; these are to be given to hotels. If this is the case your tour leader will advise you on entry.

All Adventure Travellers must ensure they have adequate travel insurance cover before they embark on their tour. A suitable insurance policy should provide cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during their holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. (Please keep your insurance policy and emergency contact details with you at all time.) On arrival at your destination you will be required to provide your Tour Leader with a copy of your insurance policy covering your period of travel with us.

Without this information your Tour Leader will be unable to allow you to travel with the group.

FD Adventure can offer you comprehensive travel insurance cover specifically tailored to our travellers.
Note: Credit Card insurance.

Some Credit Card issuers provide insurance cover for their customers, however we are unable to accept this 'type' of insurance cover without prior viewing of said insurance, as it may not be adequate enough to cover the requirements of the adventure traveller.

Flights are not included in the tour cost or local tour payment, but are a part of your own personal expenses. If you are intending to book a return flight out of say Africa after your tour finishes please remember some airlines require you to confirm your flight 72 hours prior to departure.
You need to take with you an International Vaccination Certificate with the following vaccinations for entry into some of the countries:
  •     Yellow Fever Valid for 10 years
  •     Typhoid Valid for 3 years

The following vaccinations are recommended for travelling but are not required; please check with your GP or vaccination clinic, which are recommended for the areas you are travelling to:

  •     Hepatitis A 2 Shots 2-3 weeks apart valid for 1 year
  •     Tetanus booster
  •     Polio booster
  •     Meningitis

Your GP can arrange your vaccinations or you can go to a specialized clinic. Please ensure that you contact your clinic or GP at least a month beforehand as some vaccinations are completed in stages and can take a few weeks.

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