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Africa Travel Planner Intro
North Africa
West Africa
East Africa
South and South-Central Africa
Deciding When to Go
Calculating Currency Exchange
Learning Local Languages
Determining Time Differences
Making Telephone Calls
Planning Your Safari
Taking Public Transportation
Packing Your Suitcase
Clearing Customs
Dining Out
Finding a Place to Stay
Staying Healthy
Staying Safe
Saving Money
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Africa Travel Planner

Clearing Customs

"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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Embassies worldwide, with customs information.

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