Cape Prosperous Tours


A trip to Africa is on a lot of bucket lists. For many people, the continent seems majestic and mysterious yet dangerous and uncharted. Much of what you know about Africa is what you see in the media, a land of lions and giraffes, war and poverty. The Africa I know and love is a land of beauty and wonder that we at Cape Prosperous have now dedicated our lifes’ sharing with travelers. Many of those we work with are planning a first trip to Africa and have a plethora of questions, from where to stay, when to go, what to pack and more.

We have chosen a list of few most frequently asked questions that we are often pressed with from those with a desire to travel to Africa. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the land and culture and strive to educate travelers on the essence of Africa.


When should I start planning for a trip to Africa?
We encourage our clients to plan their African trip as far in advance as possible; several months at a minimum to ensure a better selection of accommodation availability. This is especially important if you are planning to travel during the “high season” months


How much does it cost?
Most of the African trips organized for our clients are 100 percent customized to their individual interests, timeframe and budget. The rates for the destinations we offer cover a wide range and typically vary significantly from the “high season” (Summer season) to the “low season” (Winter season).


Is travel to Africa safe?
Africa’s biggest enemy is the international media who represent all 46 African countries as a single entity and not as unique and individual countries with their own characteristics.

It would come as a surprise to many people to find out that there are in fact areas that are worse off in more developed countries than in the “dangerous” African countries. No country can claim to be 100% safe, and so as with travel to any new or unknown destination, it is advisable to take certain standard security precautions. Visitors should take the same precautions as they would normally take in any other destination worldwide. Keep an eye on your purses, wallets, passports, money and cameras when walking in a crowd. Avoid walking in the cities at night alone and place valuables in your hotel safe. Choosing a knowledgeable operator such as Cape Prosperous as your specialist tour operator is the best move you could make.


Where in Africa should I visit? What animals will I see?
First, let’s define the regions. In terms of wildlife safaris, Southern Africa includes South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia while East Africa is essentially Kenya and Tanzania. Meanwhile, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, all destinations popular for gorilla tracking safaris, are generally considered Central Africa. Malawi and Zambia are also sometimes classified as Central Africa.

In terms of landscapes and attractions, the regions are quite different. East Africa boasts Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains/Maasai Mara ecosystem and the Ngorongoro Crater. Southern Africa includes Botswana’s Okavango Delta wetland, the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert of Namibia, the miles of coastline with diverse habitats and the Kruger National Park of South Africa, the semi-arid Kalahari Desert of Botswana and northern South Africa and the lower Zambezi River basin including Victoria Falls along the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Botswana and Zimbabwe are home to 80% of Southern Africa’s 300,000 elephants and huge herds are a common sight along their northern borders.

The major differences between East Africa and Southern Africa for safaris are the density of tourists, the safari accommodations and the safari vehicles. East Africa, in general, has earned a reputation for a high density of tourists staying in hotel-styled lodges. The most common safari vehicle in East Africa is the mini-van with its pop-up roof, whereby passengers stand up to take pictures while peering out of the roof or sit in the enclosed vans. Conversely, Southern Africa is known for its luxury tented safari camps and huge tracts of wilderness areas with very low tourist densities, making for a private safari experience. The safari vehicles used here are modified, open-air Land Rovers which also add to the intimacy of the experience.


Should I take any medical precautions before going to Africa?
As vaccination requirements change on occasion, we recommend that you check with your local doctor or health department for the latest health precautions. The most important health consideration in Southern Africa is malaria and it is strongly recommended that prophylactics (i.e., oral tablets) be taken as a preventative precaution. You are not legally required to have any vaccinations unless you are traveling from a region where yellow fever is prevalent, in which case an inoculation will be required against the disease.


Should I get traveler’s insurance?
Yes. Insurance should include coverage of cancellation or curtailment of the trip to Africa, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods.



Pre-departure Information

We are confident that you  have  chosen  one  of  the  best   tour  companies  in  Africa  and  we  will  go  out  of  our  way  to  prove  it. A  great  attitude,  an  open  mind  and  being  well-prepared  ensures  that  your  prosperous  holiday  is  a  trip  of  a  lifetime.

We  will  provide  you  with  as  much  information  about  our  tours  as  possible  but  please  feel  free  to  contact  us  directly  if  there  is anything  specific  at  all  that  you’d  like  more  information  on.  Keep  in  mind  that  you  are  in  Africa.  Standards and  services should  not  be  compared  with first  world  countries.  You  came  here  to  get away  from  all  that  –  to  experience  Africa  as  it  really  is.  The  unexpected  is  included  in  your  tour  –  free  of  charge!  Bring your cameras and capture the moments as you remember them more than the days. We  make  every  effort  to  ensure  that  this  document  is  up  to  date,  but  it  should  be  noted  that  sudden  changes  in  the  operational conditions  might  result  in  changes  to  this  information.  To  the  best  of  our  knowledge  all  of  the  information  is  as  accurate  as  possible, however  it  must  be  accepted  that  various  details  are  subject  to  change  according  to  local  conditions  of  which  you  will  be  informed  as soon  as  possible  after  Cape Prosperous Tours have  been  informed  thereof.



How much spending money you need is very individual and depends on how much you eat (excluding the meals provided), drink and shop. When deciding how much money to bring please also take into account what optional activities you anticipate doing.

The safest way of having money in foreign currency when you travel is by using a debit/credit card from your country. Please ensure that you alert your bank that you will be travelling across



Be sure to check your pre-departure documents for information regarding malaria risk areas. Consult a physician regarding appropriate precautions, depending on the time of year you will be travelling. The most important defenses against malaria are:


  • using a DEET- based mosquito repellent
  • covering your skin with long-sleeved clothing, especially around dusk
  • using mosquito nets while sleeping
  • Tabard and Peaceful Sleep are commonly used mosquito repellents and can be bought almost anywhere. Also read on malaria and mosquitoes travel topics.


Passport and Visas

Please take note, when it comes to passports and visas, we can only give guidelines. It is the responsibility of each traveller to check and confirm the exact requirements for your travels. But here are some steps to follow:


Step 1: Check that your current passport is valid.
Travellers need to check that their passports are valid for at least 90 days following their departure date from most African Countries. To play it safe – we advise that the passport needs to be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.


Step 2: Make sure your passport has a blank visa page.
It is best to have at least two pages open in your passport for potential visas during your travels.


Step 3: Confirm whether you need a transit visa for flight connections.
Check your flight details and consult with the relevant airline to see whether you need visas for any countries you may be passing through.


Step 4: Always travel with copies of your passport and relevant visas.
Make sure your documents are safe at all times. It may be a good measure to give copies of your passports and visas to your group leader for safekeeping too


Staying in touch

Most of your accommodation will have Internet access, whether via Wi-Fi or computers on site. This is not always free however, but it is a good option to stay in touch with family and friends. Travelers could also look into a sim card for their phone, although some regions may have registration requirements (including proof of residential address).


Vital Traveling tips

We believe it’s important that travellers prepare themselves mentally before they visit a new country, especially when it comes to community or environmental service during our various programmes. It is important to respect the culture and environment you visit.


Here are our three tips for ethical travel in Africa:


  1. Respect the environment

Take care to preserve the natural state and beauty of the places you visit and only leave behind your footprint – not litter!


  1. Respect the people

Learning about a culture before you travel can help you gain a deeper appreciation. By providing an outside perspective, international travellers can sometimes help a community to see greater value in its own resources. If you are going to be involved in community outreach, it will sometimes be appropriate to dress conservatively.


  1. Take part in your experience

By simply participating in another culture you are helping to create a global community. Consider yourself an ambassador of your own country and to be representing your own culture. Think about how your actions are perceived by your host community. Share parts of your culture while learning about the culture of another, and share what you have learnt once you return home. By participating in community identified service programmes, you will have a direct and positive impact on local communities and ecosystems that will continue once your program is over.



We choose our suppliers carefully to ensure a value for money experience of high quality. Depending on the budget of the group and the type of tour, we book accommodation ranging from camping, lodges, guesthouses, economy chalets to hotels. On tours where we make use of hotels, we aim to accommodate groups in twin and in some cases triple rooms, with en-suite bathrooms as far as possible. Our suppliers are also chosen based on long-term relationships, and are known for their good service and safety.



All Lodges, Guesthouses and Hotels have laundry facilities



Please ask the guide to stop if you would like to take photos at any time, as everyone’s photo requirements are different. Please remember we are guests in the countries we visit and respect local customs and feelings. Certain tribes in Southern and

Central Africa does not allow their picture taken so please ask your guides before photographing whether it is permissible or not. You

may also have to pay a nominal fee to take photos of some local people (especially Masaai).



Tap water undergoes treatment, which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants, however you are always welcome to purchase Mineral Still Water. On Tours we provide Mineral Still and Sparkling water


First Aid

There is a First Aid Kit on all our fleet, which is available in case of an emergency. The guides will not use the kit as a dispensary and we strongly recommend that you take a personal medical kit. All of our guides are qualified in First Aid.


General Safety

The guide has authority if no team leader has been assigned on tour at all times and this includes decisions regarding the safety of our guests on tour. It is important that you inform us of any medical conditions or prescription drugs that you are taking such as diabetes or asthma etc. as we are sometimes miles away from the nearest medical assistance.