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"Customs is very easy and smooth in most countries," says Steve Krenzen, founder of the Association of Professional Safari Guides. To sidestep hassle, hire a local tour guide to meet you at the airport. "It can be worth the extra cost in time saved," says Jennifer Lawson, who produced a TV series on Africa for National Geographic. "They can assist you in clearing Customs and help if you're not fluent in the dominant languages." Bring proof of immunizations. Carry a copy of a confirmed itinerary if you've already paid an operator or hotel. Check on visa requirements with the appropriate U.S. embassy to Africa. Prepare to pay a departure tax when leaving most countries.
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