Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.
For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Visa and Passport Information
Malawi: Visas are required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian passport holders.
It is possible to apply for an evisa via the Malawi e-visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.mw/Index. This website is only supported on Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. You will need to print a copy of your e-visa approval letter and present this with your passport at immigration upon your arrival. The approval letter will take a minimum of 3 working days to be processed and its validity starts from the date of issue.
For UK passport holders, it is possible to apply for a single-entry visa in advance of travel for £65.00 from the Malawi High Commission. Please find more detailed information about how to do so here - http://www.malawihighcommission.co.uk/index.php/visa.
It is also possible obtain visas on arrival for UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian passport holders, which are chargeable. Currently a single-entry visa on arrival is US$75 per person on arrival.
All other nationalities, please consult your nearest Embassy for up to date advice on necessary visa requirements. Please be aware that visa information is subject to change, therefore please refer to your nearest Malawi embassy for up to date advice.
All passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity on arrival into Malawi.
Zambia: Visas are required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian passport holders. All passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity from date of return to your home country and also have two consecutive blank pages in their passports which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page).
For UK passport holders, it is possible to apply for a single-entry visa in advance of travel for £35.00 from the Zambia High Commission. Please find more detailed information about how to do so here - https://www.zambiahc.org.ukervices/visa-application-6/
It is also possible obtain visas on arrival for UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian passport holders, which are chargeable. Currently a single-entry visa on arrival is US$50 per person on arrival.
All other nationalities, please consult your nearest Embassy for up to date advice on necessary visa requirements. Please be aware that visa information is subject to change, therefore please refer to your nearest Zambia embassy for up to date advice.
Travelling with Minors via South Africa (including transits)
Regulations affecting all children aged under 18 years that are travelling to, from or via South Africa have been updated (Nov19). The law states that visa exempt children travelling for tourism purposes with one or both parents and/or an adult who is not a biological parent require to present a valid passport for each child on arrival. We strongly recommend you to refer to the South African House website for full information and to travel with a copy of these requirements.
When travelling via South Africa a machine readable passport is required. All nationalities should consult their local South African embassy or consular office for any visa requirements.
All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.
Booking a land only package with Explore
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here
Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
As part of our Responsible Tourism program, we would like to advise of the Donate a Mosquito Net Charity within Zambia. This scheme purchases mosquito nets from a local provider and donates the nets to the Mus Hospital in Dedza. The nets cost US$13.00 each and your Tour Leader will advise fully during the trip on how anyone may partake within this charitable activity if they so wish.
Ability to swim
An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.