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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR VETERINARIANS

Article #66:

On Safari in Africa -

Logistics of going on a trip, part III
by Carl Palazzolo, DVM, MBA

T

he best currency exchange is when you get to your
arriving airport in Africa, not at your local bank
or at an airport in the U. S. This can change, so
compare if possible. The currency in most African countries is dramatically weaker than the U. S. dollar, so even
exchanging only $20 U. S. will give you a large wad of
cash in return to fill up your pocket.
In my last three trips, to the countries of Zambia, Namibia, and
Botswana, I did not exchange any U. S. dollars for local currency,
and never had a problem using only U. S. dollars.
Most places in Africa will not take currency bigger than a U.S.
$20 bill for general purchases. Due to a counterfeiting problem
in the recent past, if the bill is not perfect, and also dated in the
year 2006 or later, it will be politely declined. Go to your bank
several weeks ahead of your trip and get brand new 20's, 10's, 5's,
and singles. Bring those singles and fives because you will probably be given change in local currency that is useless when you
return home.
Always bring more money than you think you will need. You
are far from home, and I would rather come home with money
than be short when out of the country. ATM machines and banks
are not something you should rely upon.
Most of your trip will be prepaid, and most of the cash you will
be using will be on tipping the guides and for souvenirs. On a
ten-day trip I bring at least $1,000 cash for items like airport food,
guide tips, and alcoholic beverages (which are extra on some trips).
I don't by souvenirs anymore; I have plenty of them thank you.
This money is also for an emergency for myself or anyone in my
group that needs it. I have used some of it on rare occasion, usually
for one of the students I have brought on the trip in order to make
sure he/she has enough cash to get home if I am staying on after
the student leaves.
Travelers checks are not used any longer. Bring credit cards for
use in airports along the way and for an emergency. They might
charge up to 5% when you pay by credit card. Before you go see if
your credit card company charges for overseas transactions.
Visa and Mastercard are the credit cards of choice. American
Express is not widely used once you get past all of the international airports and on to African soil. Contact your credit card
company if you do not routinely use your credit card overseas
and let them know you might be using it out of the country. If
you don't you might not be able to use it in Africa due to their
security protocols.

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You might find it difficult to use credit cards in some local shops
and restaurants because the " credit card machine is not working
today " reason. This is an endemic problem, so bring that cash.

You are not going to find too many credit card machines
when you go to a Masai village to purchase souvenirs

It takes a crew of people, working mostly out of sight, to care for
all of your needs when you are out in a mobile tented bush camp.
They go out of their way to make sure you have a good and safe
time. Most of them are working far from home for many months
at a time, and depend on tips to send money back to their families.

These are just some of the workers at a luxury
tented bush camp in Kenya that provide your
basic services like food, water, housing, electricity,
and vehicle maintenance

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Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Cover Feature Story
21 to watch in 2021
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
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