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What is the best safari period?

Almost all the parks have great sightings all year round. Due to different habitats of the parks and reserves an overland safari comes handy and many maintain that June to September is the best time for safaris in Kenya. Bottom line is that all year round there is plenty of wildlife to see and great birding activities. The mentioned months usually have less vegetation and wildlife can be viewed with relative ease.

How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is highly recommended to make arrangements for your safari in advance as far as possible.  4-6 months is most convenient and assures you availability especially during the months of the high season, July-mid September, Christmas-new year. This saves last minute searches which often find you compromising standards and with no guarantee of availability.

What Clothing Should I Bring?

From June-September the evenings can be quite cool. Be ready for this and pack some warm clothing for the evenings. Be ready to meet with an unexpected showers but this doesn't lower the temperatures too much. The guides know how to deal with this and it should be the least of your worries. Always have with you a wide-brim hat, insect repellant, sunscreen and sunglasses. Force yourself to drink water, lots of it, if you want to avoid headaches and lethargy from dehydration.

Is taking a family to Africa advisable?

Kenya is a great destination for families. Some of the lodges have arrangements to cater for young ones through children clubs that you can engages them a lot with games and nature activities. Many of the lodges and permanent tented camps have swimming pools that the kids can enjoy. Contact us for children arrangements and you will be informed accordingly. Some lodges do not accept children less than 7 years. If traveling with children indicate in the remarks on the reservation/inquiry form.


Do I require a VISA to enter Kenya?

The nearest consulate office will be the best to answer this question for especially for latest visa requirements.  You should have a valid passport at least 6 months extra more than the planned stay. Visa for Kenya costs $ 50. Arrange to have your visa in advance but can also be received on arrival at the airport.


What Kinds of accommodation are available?

This depends on personal taste and varies from Luxury safari lodges, hotels, bed & breakfast, Luxury tented camps and camp sites. Whatever your choice, advance booking is recommended.
What is the geographical formation like?
There are four geographical zones. The highlands, the coastal lowlands, savannah grassland, extinct volcanoes plus lakes and rivers. The Indian Ocean is shared also by Tanzania, with great beaches in Mombasa, Zanzibar among other coastal towns. The itinerary usually covers several or all of them depending on personal taste.

What are the road conditions?

In Kenya, all the major roads are tarred. Not all of them are in good condition but accessible. In the National reserves the roads are of earth and tend to be rough to blend in with the environment with which the wildlife are familiar.

What is the local time?

Kenya: GMT +3 hours

Will language be a barrier?

Language is not a problem and English is widely spoken in Kenya. In the tour industry some of the guides also have added languages learnt in the local institutes. These are colleges put up to help cater for the wide safari industry.

Is food and water always readily available?

Any special dietary requirement can be catered for. For this inform us in advance and will be organized accordingly. Avoid drinking or even brushing your teeth with tap water in your rooms. Drink only bottled water which is readily available in all areas where you will be accommodated.


Are there any medical precautions?

Travellers to East Africa should start with long term basic health protection. This means vaccinations against Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow fever and Hepatitis A. It is mandatory for Kenya and Tanzania visitors be vaccinated for Yellow fever. You have to prove this so bring your inoculation card and it will be checked at the airport.


What measures are taken to accommodate the handicapped and the unaccompanied minors and what special facilities are given?
There are facilities for the handicapped provided the carrier is made aware in advance by stating the degree and type of disability. This includes the extend of handicaptsy; type of meal plan, special health arrangements and as for the minors, the carrier arranges for escort though sometimes at a fee.

What photography advice can you give?
Souvenir photos can be taken. This requires some patience and excellent timing. The regular family camera is usually not enough for wildlife that is far. A camera with a 200-300 mm comes handy in this case. Dedicated photographers can use telephoto lens of 400-500 mm. If you have big lens bring with a light tripod stand for stability and a teleconverter (2 x) to help double the focal length. Bring with you ample films and batteries. These can also be bought in the lodges or tourist centres.

At the moment of writing this content, it is forbidden to photograph government institutions, military personnel (police, army, border police) Some cultures eg, Masai are very sensitive so be careful when you photograph and to consult the guide on the various circumstances.

What are the big five?
The leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo were the top of list of traditional fun-hunters who came to Africa. These animals constitute a wish list for many people on safari. The term is a reference from colonial trophy hunting. Hunters ranked African animals as to how dangerous they were to hunt. This is why hippo and giraffe - despite their stature - are not among this elite, sought-after group. While we cannot guarantee that you would see all big 5 on each safari, with our well though-out itineraries and chosen locations are planned to increase the likelihood of viewing them all.

Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that you take out all of the necessary Travel Insurance before commencing on your journey. However, we offer free membership with Flying Doctors' Society of Africa to all our clients while on safari with us. This will offer you, the traveller security in the knowledge that should a medical emergency arise, the Flying Doctors Service and evacuation to a reputable hospital are just a call away. This service covers only rescue.

Please Contact us with any questions not covered here.


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