WHAT IS INCLUDE
Transport in 9 seater safari minibusses. WITH MAXIMUM OF 7 PERSONS
For Tanzania Transport in a 4×4 Vehicle Max 6. Park Entrance Fees and Camping / Accommodation Fees. All campsite equipment.
Roomy two-person tents in Masai Mara and Amboseli, Accommodation in a luxury Lodge at Samburu and Tsavo West. Hotel in
Nakuru and Mt. Kenya. Three meals a day. 1 liter of Mineral Water per person per day for Kenya Safaris
Public transport to Mombasa applicable to BCTS 2, 6, 6A 7, 11 and 10
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDE
Sleeping bag or we will provide you with a blanket (no charge).
Personal spending money for drinks and swimming.
Small suitcases or rucksacks as storage space on our buses is limited (luggage can be stored in our left luggage office, free of charge).
Sturdy safari clothes, jeans, T-shirts, jumper, or anorak for cool evenings and early mornings. Torch, Towel, Insect repellent, Insect spray.
Film and batteries for the duration of the safari.
Balloon safari- US$ 450 per person. We can book it for you at our offices.
Buy your Flight Ticket
Before departure, you will be required to buy an appropriate flight ticket to and from your tour destination. Double-check your flight departure and arrival day, time, and flight number, and ensure that we are supplied with these details well in advance. These details will be very important to facilitate your arrival meet and greet service.
GET RELIABLE HEALTH AND VACCINATION ADVICE
You need to get health advice before you depart from your country. Malaria is endemic to certain areas of Kenya, notably in the coastal region and western Kenya. However, visitors to Nairobi and the higher altitudes should also be taking prophylactic treatment. Treatment should start one week before entering the country and continue throughout the visit and for six weeks thereafter.
Anti-malaria tablets and any over-the-counter drugs can be purchased from chemists and pharmacies in major centers. Other medications should include panadol (or any other effective pain reliever as headaches can be caused by the glare of the sun and tiredness). Anti-diarrheal medication such as Imodium, throat lozenges, band-aids, insect repellent, and antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches. The appropriate tanning or sun-blocking lotion is also essential. Main towns have good hospital care and Nairobi has excellent medical facilities.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Check your airline reservation; make sure there have been no changes.
- Get vaccinations six weeks in advance if possible, a Yellow Fever certificate is necessary when visiting Tanzania ( Zanzibar ) – be sure to ask for one at the travel clinic.
- Fill personal prescriptions if necessary.
- Buy trip insurance (for international medical/dental) from an independent trip insurance agency; be sure to get trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage.
- Make sure you have flight insurance coverage (for lost luggage, delay, or cancellation) many credit card companies offer flight insurance if you purchase your ticket with the card.
- Personal effects (clothes, camera, etc) are normally covered on your renter’s or home insurance – they will not be covered by trip or flight insurance – be sure to verify that you have coverage.
- Make 2 copies of passports, visas, tickets & immunization records (hide one copy in a suitcase somewhere and leave the other copy with a friend or relative to hold in case of emergency).
- Take about one hundred dollars in cash ($20 bills or smaller) for driver, guide, and porter tips, visa fees, airport tax, and mad money.
- You may want to rent a powerful zoom lens for safari photos, 300-500mm lens is standard when taking game viewing photographs (1000mm and tripod needed for good bird pictures), also a good pair of binoculars and/or good zoom digital video camera if you wish.
-It is a common courtesy to tip your driver, guide, and porter when on safari. The following list is a guide – as always you should tip based on your satisfaction with service. All amounts per person, per day (per event):
Driver/guide: US$5-10 per day
Mount Climbing rates: When climbing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro there is at least one senior guide, a cook/junior guide, and an average of two porters per client. In a group of 8, it will be typical to have one senior guide, one cook, and 16 porters. Therefore, on a six-day ascent expect to pay $90 in tips per person – or more if you feel a particular person went above and beyond the call of duty. All amounts shared by the group, per day:
Senior guide: US$20-30 per day
Junior guide/Cook: US$10 per day
Porter: US$5 per day
PACKING: CARRYON BAG
At least one major credit card (ATM cards will work in most cities – but it’s easier if connect your VISA/MC to your bank account for use in the automatic teller machine
- Money belt, or travel pouch (make sure the pouch hangs/clips inside your pants or shirt), do NOT use a fanny pack.
- Tickets, itinerary
- Immunization records (International Travel Immunization Record required for some countries)
- Passports/visas, plus copies of everything
- List of emergency contact numbers
- Sun Hat or cap, sunglasses, clip-ons for regular glasses
- Pick up many rolls of film before even getting to the airport, the price of the film increases dramatically at the airports and overseas.
- Bird or mammal field guides, Africa travel book
- Reading material
- Blow-up travel pillow (helps for sleeping during the flight)
- Earplugs & blinders (for sleeping on overnight flights or anti-snoring during camping)
Clothing is a matter of taste, and laundry service is provided at all hotels/lodges during the safari (not on Kilimanjaro), Days are warm and nights are cool so dress accordingly. If you wish to purchase some special “safari” clothes, here is a recommended list:
– Wear tan, beige, or light sage green clothing (these colors hide dust, don’t look dirty).
-Women will want to have at least one long casual skirt (cotton/canvas/khaki or whatever is easy-care in hot weather) to wear during day-tour trips, out of respect for local culture.
-Teva sandals are all-around great footwear or tennis shoes are okay for the beach and bush, however, you just don’t want them to be brand new white.
-Use packing plastic smush bags to store sweaters/fleece, and bulky clothing (these seal out the extra air and make sweaters more compact).
-3 pairs of pants (2 for the field, 1 for evening) pants can be the kind that zipper off into shorts (such as Expeditio), or blue jeans.
-Long casual khaki button-down dress or skirt (okay for day wear & evening in the bush or lodge, can be brought instead of the 1 or 2 pairs of pants mentioned above).
-3 shirts (stone/light moss/sage-colored, not white colored) (2 for the field, 1 for evening)
-2 under T-shirts, 7 pairs of underwear, 7 pairs of khaki-color cotton socks (enough for about 1-3 weeks in the field, can wash these out).
-Shoes (brown color to match evening dress or casual khaki dress)
-Fleece jacket for early morning/sunset game drives
Bathing suit, bikini, swim goggles (white water rafting, swim at hotel/resort)
Packing: mountain climbing
-Hiking boots (required), should be waterproof and reasonably warm (Kili has snow at the summit but crampons or specialized boots are not necessary)
-Warm hat, and gloves, for freezing temperature
– Rainproof shell (top and bottom) – wear over a fleece jacket at the top of the mountain for extra warmth
-Long underwear, sock liners (4 pair)
– Sub-zero weather sleeping bag, camp pillow
-Flashlight (or headlamp)
– Playing cards
-Granola or energy bars for snacking on the trail
Remove your watch and jewelry in big cities to avoid being a target. Never wear an external money pouch or use a wallet in your pocket or have a loose backpack. Keep things inside your clothing and out of sight. Nairobi is like any major city in the world be it New York, London, or Paris. Take care of your valuables concealing jewelry and watches and hold handbags tightly when walking on streets. Gold neck chains can be snatched with ease and it’s not advisable to wear them. Keep valuables in the hotels safe. Do not leave money, passport, jewelry, or watches in the rooms or tent; you carry them with you at all times. Be careful late at night in town or whilst on a lonely beach. Africa is a wonderful place, but as in any poor economy, there are those hungry enough to steal for their dinner.
FOOD AND WATER
Standards of hygiene in hotels and lodges are high. Salads are safe at international hotels and lodges; Fruits you can peel are the safest to eat. Tap water in Nairobi is safe to drink, as it has been purified and filtered. Ice too is safe in Nairobi. However, outside Nairobi purchase mineral water or use filtered water found in carriers in most hotels and lodges. The local Kenyan beer is an ideal thirst quencher too.
SHOPPING AND BARGAINING.
Shop hours are from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Mondays to Fridays and 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays. Tourist shops usually remain open beyond these hours and through the lunch hour. Bargaining is particularly used in markets and curio shops. Requesting for the final best price is almost expected and starts off knowing you are being charged tourist prices and end up paying what you think the item is worth you. Do not purchase game skins, trophies, or elephant hair bracelets. These items are prohibited as hunting was banned in 1976.
Ask for permission before photographing local people. Your driver/guide will assist you in this and will possibly help you agree on the modeling fee. Do not take photographs of any official buildings such as airports; military installations, border posts, or roadblocks. Wildlife can easily be photographed you just ask the driver to stop and ask any questions you may have about the animals, terrain, people, and their culture. It is advisable to carry your cameras in dust-proof bags on safaris, especially in the dry season. Films are available in hotels and lodges but it is advisable to stock up in Nairobi as there is variety and are cheap.
Phones and fax facilities are available in Nairobi, Mombasa, Mount Kenya Safari Club, most lodges/Tented Camps, and major towns. E-mail services can also be found at lodges and also hotels (ask at the reception).