Wilderness Expedition FAQ’s

Do you cater for special diets?

We are experienced in dealing with a myriad of diets including gluten free and vegan. Please ensure you provide details of any dietary requirements when filling in your booking and medical forms. We will do everything required to accommodate you.

What clothing and equipment will I need?

We provide a kit list with details of everything you will need to take on your trip. We will provide the basic equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, ground sheets, sleeping mats, cooking and eating utensils. You will be responsible for your personal items such as clothes, toiletries and medication.

Will I need a visa to visit South Africa?

If you have a British passport you will not need a visa to enter South Africa. This will be issued on arrival at the airport. Please visit the South Africa High Commission website for current information if you hold a non-UK passport, or contact us in the office and we can advise. You will need a passport which is valid for at least six months with at least two blank facing pages. This is essential for South African passport control.

Under 18’s travelling to South Africa without their parents will require special documentation. We will work closely with school staff to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in place.

Will I need any vaccinations to visit South Africa?

This depends on the exact destination and individual circumstances (e.g. existing health conditions). We advise trailists to visit their GP at least 6 weeks before travelling to South Africa. Health advice can also be found at www.masta-travel-health.com

Will I need travel insurance?

Yes. School groups will usually be covered by the school’s own travel insurance policy. Those travelling individually will need to ensure they have suitable insurance cover, particularly for trips to South Africa which might not be covered by standard policies (for example, an annual policy from a bank or building society). We are happy to advise further on suitable insurance cover.

What level of fitness is needed to complete a trail?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy can complete our trails. We do not recommend these trips for anyone with severe back problems, as you will be carrying a backpack for five or more days. If someone with such a condition really wanted to participate, we would ask for medical clearance.

It is worth considering that a change in climate (particularly hot weather) can affect your performance. If you have a medical condition which could be adversely affected by exercise or have any worries about your medical fitness you should consult your GP. More guidance on health will be sent to you following your registration.

Do I need to book my own flights to South Africa?

For school groups travelling together, flights will normally be booked directly by the school. Those travelling individually will need to book their own flights. We can provide assistance with arranging travel if needed.

How will you ensure my safety whilst on trail?

The safety of all participants is our main priority. Please visit our page on Safety for full details.

If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please contact us on 0300 123 3073 or by e-mail.