is rainy season?
There are two rainy seasons - the "Long Rains"
from mid-March to June, and the "Short Rains"
from mid-November to mid-December. The Short rainy
season and is only called "short" because
of the duration not the amount of rain. Even though
they are called the rainy season, there are still
wonderful sunny days during that time. It might
open up a huge downpour for an hour or so, but
other than that you will be fine. Morning and
afternoon game drives are usually not affected.
You can usually save up to 20% on your tour by
booking during these times.
Do we need a travel
It is strongly recommended that all travelers
are individually insured. The travel insurance
should cover personal accident, medical expenses
and repatriation, trip cancellation and loss of
personal effects. Make sure your insurer is aware
of the type of travel to be undertaken.
Do I need a travel
visa and if so how can I get one?
Yes, a tourist visa is required for entry into
both Kenya and Tanzania. There are two options
for purchase: 1) In advance by applying through
your local Kenya and/or Tanzania embassy (allow
4-6 weeks). 2) Upon arrival in Kenya at the airport
(Nairobi) and Tanzania at the border. Each visa
is $50 USD and is payable in cash only (bill denominations
must be $20 USD or less). Allow 30-45 minutes
in Nairobi, and about 10-20 minutes at the Tanzania
When is the best time to view game?
In general, the best times to see game are early
morning and late afternoon. In the midday heat,
animals frequently retreat to the cool of thick
undergrowth, where they cannot be seen. Another
benefit to morning and afternoon game drives is
witnessing unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.
Why should I go to Kenya and/or Tanzania?
Hundreds of thousands of people travel to Kenya
and Tanzania every year just to see the animals.
There are lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalo,
rhino, giraffe, gazelle and wart hogs, just to
name a few, that are alive and well and walking
around in the game parks. Although you can no
longer kill them, you can get mighty close to
them to either photograph or just enjoy watching
them go about doing whatever it is they do. There
is also a huge variety of bird life. To add to
all that, the land itself is some of the most
gorgeous on the planet and extremely varied. There
are mountains, deserts, savanna's, rivers, oceans
and forests. The air is clean, the scenery fantastic
and the joys of getting that close to nature is
hard to describe. Just being there seems to do
something to many a visitors soul.
What about bugs?
There are insects of all varieties in Kenya/Tanzania
and of course there are mosquitoes, mostly on
the Coast however, but nothing worse then you
have seen anywhere else. If the sight of a gecko
sends you flying though, maybe a trip to Kenya/Tanzania
is best avoided. You will not however, walk into
huge swarms of killer bees or step across acres
of crunching bugs under your feet. Snakes do exist
of course, but are rarely seen. By anyone.
Will I have access
to the Internet while on safari? How about international
While communications in remote camps will be limited,
most major hotels and lodges offer Internet services
as well as international telephone and fax services.
Additionally, private communication centers and
cyber cafes in larger towns enable tourists to
stay connected. Some centers may close on Sundays
and public holidays. The cellular networks in
Kenya & Tanzania cover most large towns and
tourist areas. There are post offices in many
towns, and stamps are also sold in many shops
in tourist lodges and hotels.
Is the water safe
The quality of tap water can vary by destination.
It is best to drink bottled water.
What safety issues should I consider while traveling?
Basic precautions should be taken in all countries.
Tour guides are highly experienced in navigating
each destination, but visitors should always be
aware of their surroundings, especially in any
rural villages that may be wary of foreigners.
In less-developed areas where many people live
in poverty, crimes of opportunity can occur, such
as petty theft. Visitors are advised to stay alert
and use common sense. Safari guests should limit
the amount of cash they carry and lock valuables
in a hotel safe or other secure place. Lock hotel
rooms when you leave. Do not walk alone in deserted
areas at night. Take extra care of purses, bags
and wallets in crowded places.
What is the risk of
Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, which bite mainly
at dusk and at night. You can only contract malaria
if you are bitten by an infected anopheles mosquito.
It is best to use insect repellent containing
DEET (sprayed on clothing and any exposed skin),
to keep arms and legs covered as much as possible,
and to avoid the use of perfume, hairspray and
other scented products that might attract mosquitoes.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) strongly recommends that visitors to Kenya
& Tanzania take anti-malarial medication.
Consult a physician or travel clinic before your
trip so that he or she can prescribe the appropriate
drugs. Anti-malarial medications are generally
taken prior to your departure, during your trip,
and after you return home for periods determined
by your doctor. Symptoms of malaria include aches,
chills, headaches and fever, and may not appear
until after your trip. Treatment is widely available,
recovery times are fast, and with basic precautions,
the risk of infection is minimal.
What is required for
entry into Kenya?
U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport,
visa, and proof of onward passage.
Are there any health precautions I should take?
According to the World Health Organization, Malaria
risk exists throughout the year in the whole country.
There is normally little risk in the city of Nairobi
and in the highlands (above 2500 m) of Central,
Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces.
Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine. Consult your
doctor about taking additional vaccinations for
polio, typhoid, and hepatitis.
What is the currency?
The currency in Kenya is the shilling. One American
dollar equals approximately 75 shillings.
ATMs: ATMs are
everywhere in most cities.
Tipping: Add 10% to the bill in restaurants, except
where a service charge has been included. Tip
bellhops 20 KSh per bag.
What are the best items
to shop for in Kenya?
Shop for wood carvings of animals and people,
sisal baskets, Maasai and Kikuyu beadwork, hand-woven
sarong fabric, soapstone, gourds, ebony carvings,
batik wall hangings, tanzanite gemstones, and
malachite. Some of the best handcrafts of Kenya
and other countries in Africa are sent to Nairobi.
Visit artist cooperatives to buy directly from
artists. Note: There have been problems with not
receiving souvenirs shipped home, so we advise
you carry them home in your luggage.
What are the voltage
requirements in Kenya?
Voltage: 240 V;
Plug G. You will need a voltage converter, and
plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.
We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter