Welcome to our travel preparations page. Here you’ll find loads of useful info to help get you prepared before setting off your tip
Kenya is an all year travel destination, with temperatures ranging between 54°- 75°F. The rainy season varies mainly between November-May, characterized by warm days and cold nights, lots of lush and flowery landscapes, new born animals and migratory birds. The Dry Season is between June – October, much cooler and drier, animals easy to spot as there is less vegetation.
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond completion of tour. Have sufficient blank pages (at least two double pages) for stamping of entry/exit visas. Have a copy stored in the hotel safety deposit just in case of an emergency or loss.
Kenya Tourist visa may be applied online http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
East Africa Tourist Visa, multiple entry valid for 90 days allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda and is issued at local Consulates or Diplomatic Representations of the country where the Trip is scheduled to start. Online applications so far only available for trips beginning in Rwanda https://www.migration.gov.rw. All dependants must apply in their own right. Cost is about US$ 100.
We recommend consultation with the primary physician or local travel clinic for advise on the appropriate innoculations and certificates of good health. Any specific health and dietary restrictions that may affect choice of accommodation or style of travel should be advised at the time of making a booking. Malaria is endemic to this part of Africa and necessary precaution is required. For evenings, long-sleeved shirts and trousers/slacks, insect repellants advisable. The Hotels/camps will have Mosquito Nets. A course of malaria prophylactics is necessary and should be recommended by your physician.
As a safety measure, all our safaris incorporate an Evacuation Insurance Cover in case of an accident or sudden illness. This only covers for Airlifts within East Africa to the best medical providers. Please note that this is NOT a Travel Insurance.
Recommended in case of flight cancellations, baggage loss or delay, illness…
It is recommended to travel with a maximum of 2 bags soft duffel bags per person and a small day bag. Rest of the staff not needed on the safari or for the coast sector can be left in the hotel storage and a receipt of the same issued. Each should have a unique tag or markings for ease of Identification. Plastic bags are Prohibited in Kenya and Rwanda.
Personal effects such as cameras and films or binoculars, can be introduced into the country for temporary visits with no customs charge. A customs charge may apply for Professional equipment like professional video cameras and musical instruments. Weapons require a special license obtained prior to arrival. Possession of Animals trophies is illegal/strictly PROHIBITED.
Major International currencies and Credit Cards are accepted in the urban areas/ATMS and Hotels – Cards may attract a 5% service fee. US Dollars Notes dated after 2006 predominantly used in most Lodges and Hotels on the safari circuits. Travellers checks do not work well in East Africa.
Swimsuits, Mosquito repellant containing DEET, Wide brimmed hat, UV proof sunglasses, cool cotton shirts and T-Shirts, Long sleeve for night, one jacket (temperatures can drop at night), cotton slacks, comfortable walking/running shoes, cotton socks, thick soled sandals, high factor sun block, moisturizing cream, undershirt cotton pouch for valuables, cheap watch and soft bags that can be worn under the T-Shirt while walking in the urban areas….
Nairobi has been rated in the Guinness Book of Records among the cities with the best climate all year round, making it ideal for tourists, though August is considered as “Winter”. The coastal region is warm and humid with mean temperatures of about 25º Centigrades during the day. Inland may be a bit dry, hot during the day and cold in the night. Light garments are perfect for this tropical weather with one jacket for the cold mornings and nights.
All Hotels and Lodges have excellent communication networks via Internet, Wi-Fi, Emails, Landlines and Mobile Phones….All our vehicles are fitted with UHF/VHF Radio communications system that is directly in touch with the office 24 hours.
Africa is a photographer’s paradise so please bring adequate memory storage, camera charger and if possible a zoom lens and a Universal adapter that is compatible with both the UK/USA 3-plug. These are also available in the local supermarkets.
Safety of all our clients and staff is a first priority we will never compromise on any safari.
Required to be at Airport at least 3 Hours prior to departure for International Flights.