Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Rock My Adventure travel style like?
Rock My Adventure runs group flashpacking trips. We have an organised itinerary with tons of wonderful things included, but our trips are informal and not like a traditional tour.
At Rock My Adventure, we are laid-back adventurers and backpackers at heart, however, we do like comfort and luxury too, so our style is what you would call ‘flashpacking’ aka fancy backpacking.
After years of experience travelling through Africa, we feel that this is the BEST way to travel because you get the best of both worlds.
We want to show you the REAL Africa – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. If you’re expecting 5-star luxury this probably isn’t the trip for you (although the places we stay are usually really nice and comfortable).
But if you’re looking for an incredible adventure, to make new friends, and to get a well-rounded portrayal of the countries we visit, staying in comfort with a few luxuries thrown in, then you’ve come to the right place.
One day we might eat at a small local restaurant and the next we might go for cocktails at the nicest hotel in town. Sometimes we take public transport and but mostly we have our own private vehicle which is much more comfortable.
There are planned activities most days, although we also like to build in ‘free’ time where you can have time to yourself too away from the group (if you wish).
Occasionally we’ll have long travel days, this is unavoidable if you want to travel around Africa without flying (and all part of the experience), but we try to keep these to a minimum and make them as fun and bearable as possible.
Sometimes we’ll have quiet nights around the campfire and sometimes we’ll go out dancing in the town (we know all the best places to go)!
You will have a Group Leader who will be part of the group but who will manage the logistics on the ground (so you don’t have to), as well as lots of Local Tour Guides & Experts who will show you around and give you an insight into their wonderful countries.
Why choose Rock My Adventure?
We live and breathe Africa travel and want you to have an amazing African adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Helen started the Helen in Wonderlust blog to dispel the myths about Africa travel and help others to see the wild, wonderful and colourful Africa she loves. Taking her passion and knowledge of African travel she created the Rock My Adventure tours.
Each tour is created by Helen and completely unique, combining safari, nature, wildlife, fun activities, culture, nightlife, food, and interaction with local people.
We work with the best local suppliers and guides to provide you with the African adventure you’ve always dreamed of, whilst supporting lots of great local businesses and social enterprises.
Our aim is to literally rock your adventure and make sure you have an amazing experience on your trip to Africa by organising an epic and culturally immersive itinerary, at an affordable price but without the stress of planning and booking everything yourself. Plus you get the support of an awesome Rock My Adventure group leader and pre-departure support from Helen.
Rock My Adventure tours are fun, laid-back group trips for those who want an authentic Africa backpacking/flashpacking experience but with a group of friends built in to help you make the most of your limited and precious time. Our groups are limited to 8 – 12 people to ensure that the trips don’t feel too ‘tour’ like and it allows us to get to know each other properly and make friends as we go.
Want to hear what past participants have to say? Check out the Rock My Adventure Testimonials page.
I’ve never been flashpacking before, what can I expect?
We mix it up between backpacking and flashpacking (fancy backpacking) with occasional luxury so you get the best of both worlds but at an affordable price.
This can mean travelling on public transport (occasionally – mostly we have private transport), eating at local restaurants, meeting other travellers, staying in some ‘rustic’ accommodations, meeting locals and being out of your comfort zone every now and again.
But sometimes we’ll also stay in comfortable lodges, eat in fancy restaurants and treat ourselves!
These trips combine all the best bits of African travel. Every day will be an adventure and you will go home with the best stories to tell your friends!
I’ve never been flashpacking before, what can I expect?
We cover a lot of ground on the Rock My Adventure tours, so the trips tend to move at a relatively fast pace, as per the itinerary you signed up to.
This is so that you can see a lot of the highlights of the places we visit, within a short period of time.
This also means that we may only spend one night in some destinations, so please be prepared for that.
How many people will be in the group?
What are the accommodations like?
The accommodation will vary from trip to trip.
Sometimes we stay in more luxurious places, sometimes we stay in more ‘rustic’ places, sometimes we camp. It varies from trip to trip. This helps us to keep costs reasonable.
Each of our accommodations is chosen specifically for different reasons. It might be because they have a great atmosphere or it could be because they do great things for the community.
You will usually share a twin room with a same-sex roommate. Occasionally the room configurations may change (single, triple, quad) due to availability in the lodges/hotels.
If you are travelling in a couple, you will always have a private room and we will try to make sure that it is a double, but if no doubles are available, it will be a twin room.
Will the itinerary be the same as on the website?
We’ll be following the itinerary as stated on the website, but please be aware that this could change slightly, if any unexpected delays occur, or any unforeseen circumstances arise, meaning we must switch things around a little.
This is part of the fun and adventure of Africa travel so the more flexible and able to ‘go with the flow’ you are, the more fun you will have! If you are super rigid or easily frustrated, Africa travel might be a struggle.
However, we will always endeavor to make sure we do everything as planned and ensure that you have a fabulous trip whatever happens.
What does the Group Leader do?
They will travel with the group throughout the trip, manage the logistics on the ground and will give you day to day assistance when needed.
They are the point of contact for our Local Tour Guides.
What do the Local Tour Guides do?
The Local Tour Guides have been chosen by Helen because they are awesome and experts in their field.
We work this way because our aim is to support lots of local businesses and it gives us lots of interaction with local people from different areas of the countries we visit.
Your Group Leader will liaise with the Local Guides on the trip.
Who will be the Group Leader?
But one thing’s for sure – we’re all passionate about Africa travel and can’t wait to share our love of this continent with you!
If you are hoping to travel with a particular Group Leader, please enquire upon booking!
What type of people come of your trips?
In all seriousness, there are a real mix of ages, nationalities and personalities!
We’ve hosted people from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Croatia, Romania, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, France, South Africa, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Switzerland, Brazil, Greece, The Netherlands, Albania, Germany, Spain, Argentina, the Netherlands… so far!
Most people are solo travellers but sometimes we get couples or friends joining the group too. Everyone is welcome!
The youngest person on our trips has been 20 and the oldest, 71.
We just ask that you are open, laid-back and up for an adventure.
We have a Facebook group for those who have joined the trips so you will be able to meet, interact and ask questions before you go.
Is this trip for me?
I guess that’s up to you!
We’re sure you’ve read the above, and so you will have a good idea of what to expect.
Lots of people love Rock My Adventure tours (see the Testimonial page) and we get tons of repeaters, but they aren’t for everyone, so you need to ensure that you are comfortable with our style of travel and being in a group.
Read the itinerary carefully to get an understanding of what the trip involves and if it’s suitable.
If you’re the type of person who is easily annoyed by other people, likes ultimate luxury, wants everything their way, wants a very formal trip or likes to moan a lot/be negative, then this probably isn’t the trip for you! 🙂
If you’re laid-back, fun, a team player, and adventurous – then sign right up!!
You know yourself, so you decide!
What does TIA mean?
Travelling in Africa is in a league of its own!
TIA means ‘this is Africa’. It means that the water may go off mid-shower or be freezing cold (even in the nice hotels), the power might go out, the car may break down, and things may go wrong sometimes – but this is what also makes Africa travel so unique, challenging, and fun! It makes you grow!
Relax, be flexible, bring your sense of humour and enjoy being on Africa time. Things work differently over here and it can be frustrating at times. However, the one thing that I’ve learned, is not to stress if something is late or it doesn’t quite turn out as I expected – TIA!
Embrace it all – those moments will make the best stories and be your fondest memories. This is called ‘Type 2 Fun’!
Am I too old to come on one of your group trips?
The average age is mid-twenties to mid-forties, however the youngest has been 20 and the oldest 71, so as long as you are laid-back, in generally good health, happy with the backpacker/flashpacker style of travel and able to get along with people of different ages, then you are not too old. 🙂
What’s the minimum age for your trips?
However, I am looking to start doing some family trips in the near future.
Please feel free to contact me if you want to come with children/teenagers and we can discuss!
How fit do I have to be to go on one of your trips?
Some of the trips are more physically demanding, so you need to be able to cope with the level of physically required.
The most physically demanding trip is the Rwanda, Uganda and DRC trip and you need to be in pretty good health to come on this trip to climb Mount Nyiragongo and do the gorilla trekking.
Most other trips only need a moderate to good level of fitness. You don’ have to be an athlete (I’m not) but we do some walking and hiking on most trips and travelling in Africa can be both physically and mentally tough, with the heat, the bad roads, the crowds and the general chaos, so if you think any of those things may affect you physically or mentally, please feel free to discuss with me before you book.
Can I do my own thing sometimes?
If there are any of the activities you don’t want to do, you don’t have to! The trips are designed to be pretty flexible, so if you decide you want a day off from the group or you want to do something different or you want to stay in when others go out, that’s cool!
This is your holiday!
We also have a number of free days and evenings so that you can do what you want!
How much time will we spend driving?
Africa is a vast continent and the attractions/destinations are often quite far away from each other, so you should expect some long driving days – but we generally do a lot less driving than the overland-type tours.
Long drives are unavoidable on these types of trips, so if you don’t think you can handle the it, you might be better off booking a private trip where you fly everywhere.
Travelling overland in a group is the most economical option (aside from taking public transport) and as we have our own transport (most of the time), you will be a lot more comfortable than you would if backpacking alone, using public transport.
Plus you can take all the toilet breaks you like and we try to make the journeys as fun as possible! In fact, the driving days can often be some of the fondest memories… in hindsight! 😉
Just be aware that there isn’t always air-conditioning in the cars. Again, if you want full luxury, you are better off booking a private, luxury safari.
On safari, you will spend quite a lot of time in the car – this is the nature of the safari and cannot really be avoided.
What types of transport do you use?
Anyone who knows Africa will tell you that the journey is all part of the adventure! Why fly when you can go overland, stopping in random places and meeting local people!
Between the main destinations on the trip, we usually use private minibuses, coaches, taxis, safari vehicles or trains. But we also sometimes use public buses, ferries, boats and tuk-tuks depending on what’s available.
Please note that air conditioning isn’t always available.
Do you work with local companies?
At Rock My Adventure we are passionate about working with and supporting great local tour companies, tour guides, activity providers and social enterprises/charities to give you the highly personalised African adventure you’ve always dreamed of.
Is there much interaction with local people?
Throughout the trip we’ll interact wth lots of local people – our guides, out and about in towns and villages, with the tribes we meet and with our local friends.
Having spent a lot of time on the African continent, between us we’ve been fortunate enough to make a lot of local friends in all the places we go and they always want to come and hang out with our groups when we’re in town!
Do you help me prepare for the trip?
This includes all the information you need on:
- Health & Safety
- Money & Budgeting
- What to Pack
If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!
This is an exclusive offer to anyone who books a Rock My Adventure trip.
Do you include or book flights?
However, we can help look for flights and advise on which flights to book!
Are you ATOL protected?
We are a ground tour operator and do not provide flights so we do not need to hold an ATOL licence.
ATOL applies to companies selling air travel packages.
Is my money protected?
In the unlikely event of the Rock My Adventure going bust, Protected Trust Services provides you with complete protection against us and the suppliers we use as per the Package Travel Regulations.
So you can be assured that your money is fully protected at all times.
Do you have any independent reviews?
Alternatively, you can find feedback on Tripadvisor and on our Facebook page.
You can also join the Rock My Adventure Community on Facebook to ask questions or get feedback from previous travellers.
We don’t yet have reviews on other sites like FEEFO as they are very expensive to join, so this helps us be a little bit cheaper than most other tour companies of a similar nature. 🙂
What type of accommodation do you use?
But generally, we can stay in a mix of mid-range lodges, flackpacker hostels, hotels, eco-lodges, tented camps (glamping) and on some safaris, safari tents (usually with foldable camping beds unless stated otherwise).
We try and choose eco-friendly, unique and interesting places to stay where available!
Most rooms are ensuite, but due to the unique nature of the places we stay, occasionally there will be shared facilities.
However, there is usually an option to upgrade if this is an issue for you.
We will pair you up with a same-sex room mate and you will mostly sleep in twin rooms.
Occasionally the room split may be different, depending on the availability in the accommodation we use. If you are a couple, we will ensure you always have your own room.
You will find more information about the accommodation used on each specific trip on the itinerary.
If you have any questions or concerns about the accommodation on any particular trip, feel free to ask.
What if I want my own room?
If you are a couple, we will always ensure you have your own room.
Specific room requests may come at an extra cost.
Is there a single supplement?
The only time we will need charge a single supplement is if you specifically request your own single room.
What are the bathrooms and toilets like?
If having your own bathroom is a must, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try to accommodate your needs where physically possible. Having your own bathroom may be at additional cost.
Pretty much all of the accommodations will have the western-style toilets (you sit on them, rather than squat) that you are used to.
Occasionally they will have compost or eco-toilets, which are pretty much like western-style toilets but they are a long drop and they don’t flush. You do your business and then put some sawdust down the loo.
They’re really not bad at all.
However, on the trip you may come across other types of toilet, especially when we are on the move. The different types of toilet you usually find are:
- Western-Style: Toilets that you probably have at home.
- Flushing Squat: Ceramic squat toilet. It they aren’t the flushing type, they’ll probably have a bucket of water that you can use for flushing. Most of the service stations have these but they vary in standard!
- Hole in the Ground: This is usually a long drop squat toilet in an outhouse. The state of these vary greatly. You fusually in rural areas but sometimes in towns too, especially in petrol stations.
- Compost Toilet: A long drop toilet, but seated rather than squat. Usually found at eco-lodges.
- Bush Toilet: Find a bush, squat behind it and do your business. Usually happens on safari or on long road journeys.
Can you help me book the optional activities?
…we won’t book elephant back rides as these are damaging for the elephant and usually the elephants have been tortured into submission.
And we won’t book lion walks, as lion breeding in Africa is big business and often the lions are not going to be released back into the wild as you are told, they are being bred to be sold to hunting farms so people can shoot them – not cool.
Feel free to send us a message if you want more information.
What type of food will we eat?
We’ll mix it up to make sure everyone is catered for. Some people like more local food, some like more Western food, so on these trips we do both so that we have a good balance!
For some meals, we’ll eat very cheap and cheerful local foods, like maize porridge (ugali/nsima/nshima), goat, chapatis, rice and beans, greens, and fish. We tend to usually do this a few times per trip, but if you love African food, you can eat more of it obviously! Just ask your tour leader!
Then other times we’ll go for pizza, burgers, curries or salads or whatever else we can find. A lot of the places we eat have a mix of options (both African and non-African dishes), so you’ll usually find something you like!
Some of the meals are set meals (especially in the safari lodges), but most are a la carte, so you’ll be able to choose for yourself. Just don’t always expect the variety of food you have at home.
If there’s something you really don’t like or can’t eat, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll do our utmost to accommodate you.
Do you cater for special diets?
We’ve had vegans, vegetarians, lactose intolerants, celiacs, seafood allergies, nut allergies, chilli allergies, tomato allergies, you name it!
We always make the lodges/restaurants aware of any dietary requirements and it’s generally fine to avoid certain foods, but in some of the restaurants we go to, it is difficult to make sure your dietary requirement is met 100%. But usually you can avoid food that you can’t or don’t want to eat.
The most difficult is where people have severe food allergies, as you cannot always guarantee that your food will be kept separate from everything else. We do inform the restaurants, but the understanding of allergies in some of the smaller restaurants especially is not great.
if you are worried, we can chat this through before you book.
Do I need travel insurance?
We will ask you for your travel insurance details at the beginning of the trip and if you don’t have it you will not be able to join the trip.
Travel insurance doesn’t cost that much, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!
You can find more info on the Insurance tab of the individual tour pages.
Do I need malaria tablets for the trip?
Malaria is prevalent in some of the areas we visit on the trips, but not all, so we would advise that you speak to a licensed health professional to discuss your needs and then take the necessary action.
Do I need a Yellow Fever certificate for the trip?
For some trips, Yellow Fever certificates are mandatory (ie. Kenya & Tanzania) and others not.
We will advise in the pre-departure information and feel free to ask about the individual trip you are interested in and we can advise on the country regulations, however, we advise you to speak to a trained medical professional as well.
How do I join a trip?
A) Book via the Book Now on our website.
B) Email us to check on the availability of the trip. We will then send you the info on how to join and pay your deposit for the tour.
Once you’ve done that, we’ll send you your invoice/receipt and your pre-departure information and give you all the support you need to prepare for your trip.
How do I pay for a trip?
A) Credit or debit card via the website.
B) Direct bank transfer or by a transfer company such as Transferwise (where you can use credit/debit cards). We will email you the details.
The money you pay goes to a trust account as required by UK law. This keeps your money safe until your holiday is completed.
When is the balance due?
In that case, the full balance is required when booking or asap!
Can I pay you in installments?
As long as you have paid the balance 62 days before the start of the trip, we don’t mind how you pay. 🙂
What do I need to pack?
Can I bring sweets for the kids?
If you want to bring anything, please check with us first. Clothes, pens and charitable donations are all good, as long as they are distributed via the proper channels.
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