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Tips on Travelling to Africa

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09 October 2018 - RPS Partnership

Travel to Africa is an experience everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. Exciting, vibrant and chaotic as well as being frustrating, noisy and addictive all in equal measure. Let us guide you in our Travel Awareness Training, which can help you avoid the pitfalls, whether you are travelling for work or pleasure. We can design courses to suit the time you have available; we design courses around your lifestyle from 1-4 days, brought to you, wherever you are in the world. Contact us on +44 (0)1225 290210 for more information and speak to Andy on +49 (0)178 2067519 for an informal chat to talk through what you are looking for.

We have recently returned from working in Nairobi, Kenya. Here we bring you top tips for travel to Nairobi:

1. Try to get off the flight quickly as soon as you touch down so you can get in the visa queue: be ready with your landing card filled in. Ensure you have £30 or $40 ready in cash.

2. Pre-book your taxi with a hotel or guest house or make sure you go with the official taxi service. Watch out for unregistered taxis. We advise not to take a bus or Uber from the airport.

3. Make sure you take mosquito repellent and sleep under nets: whatever the time of year (mosquitos lull you into a false sense of security then buzz you at night when you think they are not there!!!). If you plan to leave Nairobi then consult your doctor about whether you need malaria prophylaxis; this may depend on the time of the year and where you are planning to go.

4. Make sure you take US Dollars with you as a back up currency but UK Sterling is accepted in most hotels. Kenyan Schillings are the most used currency and you can buy these in the UK prior to travel on a reasonable exchange rate.

5. Leave yourself plenty of time to move around the capital if you are going to meetings as the traffic is out of this world. Avoid travelling during rush hours if you can as you will be stuck in jams for hours. Unless you are an experienced driver, avoid driving...leave it to the locals as it's mayhem.

6. Be careful of traffic cops (who control many of the junctions on dual carriageways and motorways) A slight traffic violation may result in aggressive behaviour from them and the request for a payment....(a bribe in any other language) to smooth things over.

7. Make sure you carry your passport with you as you travel around as police at checkpoints may request to see it and failure to produce it can result again in being asked to pay a fine - avoid giving them reason to do this.

8. Do go and see the giraffe sanctuary and the elephant orphanage - well worth scheduling an extra day even if you are working.

9. Watch out for flash thunder storms. Take a small umbrella as there is often little warning they are coming. Leave plenty of time for travel afterwards as the rain tends to wash away the roads, making the potholes worse than usual.

If you have got any further top tips to add to our list, do get in touch and let us know. We are always keen to hear from fellow travellers.

Contact us on +44 (0)1225 29021 or email info@rpspartnership.com for all your Travel Training requirements.