Lion World Travel has served clients for over 59 years, specializing in affordable luxury safaris.
Lion World Travel shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with other affiliates of The Travel Corporation USA who are required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse the advance payments of Lion World Travel customers in the unlikely event of Lion World Travel cessation of business.
Baggage restrictions depend on the airline with which you are flying. This is usually one checked bag per person not weighing more than 50 pounds. Carry-on luggage is limited to one piece per person.
If you are flying on small charter aircraft within Africa, further restrictions will apply. Please check with your Africa Specialist for more information. Baggage guidelines will also be sent to you with your final documents.
You may be able to earn frequent flyer points on some of our flights. Once you have your air tickets booked, please advise your Africa Specialist of your frequent flyer program and he/she will advise you if points are available and will assist in providing the information to the airline. Remember to keep all boarding passes and copies of your tickets in case of any issues, as these are proof that you have flown.
If air is included with your package the fares used are usually at specially contracted rates which do not allow upgrading with frequent flyer miles. If you are interested in purchasing an upgrade to business class we can offer great business class rates.
The safari vehicles are very safe as long as you take heed of your guide’s instructions – no standing in the vehicle and no loud talking or shouting.
You do not need to restrict your clothing to safari colors or earth tones, but it is suggested that you avoid very bright colors. So either the earth tones or other subdued colors would be recommended.
Many lodges and guides will have binoculars in the vehicles, but it is a good idea to bring your own if you can afford the weight in your luggage.
Many small private lodges will provide insect repellent in the rooms but some of the larger lodges in East Africa and South Africa do not. In any case it’s a good idea to bring your own especially if you have sensitive or allergic skin and know which product you can safely use.
Children under the age of 6 are rarely accepted at lodges and it is not recommended to bring young children on safari. If they are accepted, they will not be allowed to go on game drives and will have to be left at the lodge under the care of a babysitter or guardian. Some lodges will allow children 6 and over to go on game drives and other lodges only allow children over the age of 12. It is best to check with your Africa Specialist as to which lodge is the best for you to consider.
In many parts of Africa the water is perfectly safe but because this depends on location, we do suggest that you drink filtered water.
Most areas in Africa are malarial areas. Your Africa Specialist will let you know if you are visiting a non-malaria area. Otherwise, we strongly advise you to consult with your physician prior to the commencement of your holiday, for information on precautions against malaria.
Yes, you can feel secure in knowing that we arrange for a “meet and greet” for all our clients. With our local offices in Africa providing 24-hour emergency assistance and having personnel on hand to deal with any issues that may arise, our clients can feel safe and secure in traveling with us.
Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and Medical Insurance – please note that insurance for our safaris is a mandatory requirement from suppliers in Africa – proof of insurance must be provided before bookings are confirmed. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you have sufficient insurance coverage. Your Africa Specialist will be able to direct you to more information.
As long as you provide your Africa Specialist with your dietary restrictions, we will ensure that the lodges or restaurants we arrange for you will be notified in advance. When on your own for meals, you should have no problems getting food that accommodates your needs as long as you are specific in your request to your servers.
We suggest you get local currency on arrival at your first destination at the bank / exchange bureau or ATM in the airport.
Shopping varies according to destination. Generally African handicrafts such as leather goods, wooden carvings, sculptures, paintings, bead work and woven articles are popular purchases. Jewelry is an excellent purchase in South Africa.
In most cases Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted. For travel to Zambia and Zimbabwe, you may need to pay in cash for purchases at local shopping outlets.
Yes in South Africa, provided the value of each invoice purchased exceeds ZAR 50.00 and the total value of all items exceeds ZAR 250.00 You must have a valid passport, valid tax invoices and must produce the goods if requested. The invoice must stipulate that it is a VAT invoice and show the amount charged. Follow this link for more information: http://www.taxrefunds.co.za/