When is the best time to go on safari?
Anytime of the year is safari rime. However, the most popular seasons are mid December to mid March and July to mid September. This is because of the demand for Christmas holidays and winter breaks.
Where can I stay while on safari?
We have different types of accommodation ranging from basic tents, luxury tented camps hotels, guesthouses and lodges. These are all made to suit every desire and match any budget.
How do I go on safari?
There are different means of transport while on safari and one could opt to go in a 4WD land cruiser, a safari van with an open roof or by air. When traveling to the Kenyan coast from Nairobi you could go by road in a van or a bus, by air or on a scheduled train service. Our professional travel consultants will work with you every step of the way to ensure that all your requirements are catered for.
When is the best time in the day to view game?
Wild animals prefer to move about when it is cool and the best time to view game is early morning and late evening when temperatures are lower
When and can we see the migration?
The millions of wildebeest and zebras are always somewhere, but they are not always in large herds and on the move. Their location is largely dependent on the weather, which can vary considerably from year to year. In general the herds assemble south of the Serengeti during January and February, the season in which they give birth to their young. Starting around March they begin moving North and West in search of fresh grazing through the Serengeti Park . They can move in enormously long single file lines or in huge herds. The bulk of the animals reach the Maasai Mara in Kenya , where they tend to remain during August/September/October, before starting their return trek south back through the Serengeti in November.
Are safaris suitable for children?
Yes, children love being on safari and on the beach …… paradise! Children are welcome virtually everywhere in East Africa , more so than in many other countries in the world! The people of East African are fond of children, have enormous patience with them and genuinely enjoy their company. Many lodges, camps and hotels, even in the parks, have swimming pools, which help to keep the children happy during the heat of the day! Some offer specific activities and programmes for children.
Children under 12 years of age generally pay a reduced rate if sharing a room with their parents and most hotels have rooms that can accommodate at least one extra bed, sometimes two. Early evening meals can usually be arranged for them with reasonable notice.
Only a few hotels do not permit young children to stay, notably tree hotels, where the emphasis is on night game viewing where noise could disturb the game. We can plan or adapt any itinerary to suit a family with children of any ages.
Do you cater for specific diets?
Most dietary requirements will be catered for and when making your reservation, please advice us of any specific dietary requirement that you may have.
It is generally recommended to drink only bottled mineral water which is readily available everywhere. There are no restrictions on the sale or consumption of alcoholic drinks in Kenya . A good selection of local beers and soft drinks are available everywhere, and you will find a range of imported wines, beers and spirits in many places, although these can be expensive.The quality and value of food in Kenya is generally very good. However, do eat sensibly particularly in the first few days of your visit.
Will I be safe?
Guest safety is of paramount importance and even though Africa is a safe destination, it is wise to take certain standard precautions. It is important to have a record of your passport number, airline tickets and travelers cheques and ensure that these items are kept in a safe place. Make use of your hotel safety deposit box for valuable items. Avoid transactions with by-standers unless accompanied by your tour driver/guide. Do not walk around with large sums of cash. On our beaches at the coast, beach traders can be a nuisance but they leave you alone as soon as you firmly but politely decline any trade with them.Security issues are not unique to Africa but they can usually be avoided with a bit of care and attention.
What kind of medical precautions do I need to take?
Malaria is endemic to much of East Africa . We would advice you to consult your physian or health department for the latest anti-malaria precautions.Bring plenty of mosquito repellent and wear trousers, socks and perhaps long sleeves in the evenings to avoid being bitten. Most rooms, even tents, have mosquito nets or mosquito proofing and are sprayed by hotel staff before night falls. Seafood is best eaten at the coast!Beware of sunburn even at high altitudes where the air feels cool. Bring plenty of sun creams, hats and suitable clothing.
What Insurance Should I Have?
We strongly recommend medical insurance, which includes a cover for evacuation. This can be arranged from here in Kenya or from your country of origin. Nairobi has two first-rate hospitals with excellent emergency facilities. Travel insurance covering loss of baggage, third party liability, cancellation and curtailment, etc. is also recommended.
What Money Should I Bring?
Travelers' cheques and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and, to a lesser extent, American Express) are generally accepted in Kenya . A small quantity of US dollars cash, preferably, is useful.
We recommend that visitors carry only a little cash. Only authorized dealers and banks are allowed to change currency.
It is worth changing money at the banks or forex bureaus on arrival at international airports or in the major towns, where the rate of exchange is more favorable than those offered at lodges and hotels.
What is the typical group size of the tours and safaris?
The size of the group depends on the company you are travelling with. Some companies tailor make tours to suit your needs, so you can have an exclusive and private experience. Some tours can be between 8 and 10 passengers, while overland tours and safaris generally cater for larger groups.
What is the General Fitness Level of Tours and Safaris?
Depending on what activities you would like to participate in, the general fitness levels vary. If you would like to enjoy bush walks and other sporting activities like hiking and boating, a, average to good fitness level is required. Game drives, on the other hand, require minimal fitness.
What kind of clothes should I pack for my trip to Kenya?
Kenya is quite a conservative country. In many parts of the country, shorts and short skirts are frowned upon, so always make sure that you do not flash too much skin. Due to the climate, cotton shirts, sweaters, t-shirts and slacks are great clothing items that should be brought along.
Nights are often chilly, so bring along fleece tops, a windbreaker and jacket. Socks and good walking shoes are essential. Pale colours such as tan or olive are best, but camouflage clothes are illegal in many parts of Africa, so steer clear. A sun hat with a large brim, sunglasses and a sunscreen are important. Travel light and bring along clothes that do not take hours to dry and fits easily into your bags.
Your packing list should include:
- Long sleeved shirts, pants and socks to protect from mosquito bites
- A small flashlight and batteries
- Anti malaria medication
- Adapter plugs and convertors for electrical devices
- Sun glasses, sun hat and sun screen
- Long skirts, t-shirts, sweaters, pants, tops and flip flops
- Good walking shoes
- A good camera and lots of film, batteries and a charger
- Insect repellent
- Light rain gear for summer months
- Warm clothes for the morning and evening
- Basic medical kit
- Bright colours and white are not advised for a safari
- Camouflage is illegal