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.

TIPPING GUIDELINES

-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

Porters/waiters: US$1-2

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)

PACKING: CLOTHES

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

SAFETY

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

COMMUNICATIONS

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).

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Heike G
Heike G
2024-04-05
Unforgettable, beautiful, impressive safari with a knowledgeable and experienced scout. We would be happy to book again! Every day was indescribably beautiful. Lion and elephant families, buffalo, cheetahs, hippos, thanks to an experienced driver and scout… you can't get much better than that.
Barry Wong or Doris Lee
Barry Wong or Doris Lee
2024-03-28
Look no further for your next Safari! Absolutely the best Safari money can buy! We spent 21 days traveling through 9 different parks and Best Camping took care of every detail. They even helped with special birthday requests on the fly. Most accommodating in every way and kept in constant touch throughout to make sure our needs were met. The drivers they hire are excellent and did their very best to make it as smooth as possible given the condition of the roads.
jpat746
jpat746
2024-03-20
Amazing, friendly and reliable! Did a one day trip, at sheldrick, Nairobi national park and giraffe feeding and it was amazing! The team looked after us all day, with lovely transport and a fantastic guide. The business was so easy to communicate with as I was in London, so they sorted it all out prior to me coming out to Kenya and were always on hand to answer any questions! 100% would recommend to anyone and will use them again when coming back!
Jamie L
Jamie L
2024-03-09
A safari to remember forever I went on a 22 day safari tour in January 2024. I had never been to Africa before, but it had been a dream of mine to go there someday. This tour made my dream come true. My goal was to see and get close to the animals and observe them in their natural habitats, doing their natural things. I am a big cat admirer in particular and so of course I was hoping to see them ...and I did! Lions, both male and female, and cubs, in hunting mode and sleepiness, one lioness sitting in and then descending from an acacia tree. Leopards, several sightings in trees, one with its fresh kill on the limb nearby. Cheetah , again several sightings, some very close up. But I also saw and learned so much about other animals and became a great admirer and supporter of the African elephant, in particular. Our guides/drivers were so knowledgeable and were constantly relating fascinating facts while also magically finding animals (including birds and reptiles) for us to observe, and photograph of course...although to me the photography was secondary to the experience. It was so soul soothing to see the whole circle of life in such spectacular natural settings, with the acacia trees and other trees and plants, with the backdrop of gorgeous mountains, hills, valleys and lakes. I loved learning about and admiring the various species of gazelle and impala and so many others of their kin. The giraffe and zebra in their many variations were wondrous to see and watch. The rhinos and cape buffalo and wildebeest were impressive. And I loved watching the primates (monkeys and baboons), our little cousins, doing their thing. And I have a new favorite bird: the Grey Crowned Crane, also known as the national bird of neighboring Uganda. I also appreciated learning about the Kenyan nation and getting to know some of its wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable citizens. In sum, it was the best trip I have ever taken . Kenya, and Africa, will be part of me for the rest of my life.
CathJ
CathJ
2024-02-27
Great safari experience in Kenya Wonderful experience. Robert our driver and guide was perfect, cautious when driving and very knowledgeable about animals and Kenya. We got to see the Big 5 and a lot more! The lodges were beautiful and comfortable. Imraan has been so nice and reactive in organizing the trip. I can only recommend Best Camping Tours and Safaris!
Patricia D
Patricia D
2024-02-21
The trip of a lifetime I never imagined that I would love and enjoy something like this. I had the very best time and would go again in a heartbeat. The owners were wonderful, the drivers were incredible and the animals were plentiful. All of the destinations were special, the food good and the accommodations were very nice. Best Camping if you want an amazing experience!!
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Dream17297322292
2024-02-20
Tsavo 3 Day Tour The views were amazing! We saw a lot of animals. The driver was very informative. He was accommodating to our group who had an age range of 0-97 years old.
Michael
Michael
2024-02-18
In one word: Excellent! We would like to share with you our wonderful experience with Best Camping Tours. It started already at home: Planning our Safari from there, we had a quite a few open questions remaining. Within a few hours after our first written contact, we had a long initial telephone conversion with Imraan, in which we exchanged ideas (given the time constraints we had: pros and cons of visiting more/less parks, which places should we visit, what is covered in the fee etc…) From the beginning we saw that Imraan has a wealth of experience, felt that he is really listened to us to adjust the schedule wherever possible. Finally we agreed on a 6 days safari (3 days Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naiwasha). On the day prior to departure, we had another longer phone call with Imraan, in which he gave us a precise briefing on what to expect every day of the safari. Mohammed, our driver and guide, was so knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He is an excellent and careful driver. He knows so well the places where to find the animal in the parks, and could name all the birds we saw, amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the many many hours of game drive and approaching the dozens of different animals species. The team at the Masai Mara camp welcomed us with such a kind hospitality and great sense of humour. Thank you for taking so good care of us! It has been a marvellous and unforgettable journey for us. We had quite a few expectations, they were by far exceeded! We highly recommend Imraan and his team. We hope to able to come back another time and for sure, we will call nobody else than Best Camping Tours! Asante Sana!
Nooreen H
Nooreen H
2024-02-13
Fantastic reliving childhood memories Thanks Imraan and team for making this such a memorable trip for me! Nothing was too much trouble. The game drives wrre amazing and animals seen, such a great adventure! Love the staff so kind and caring. Thanks so much🙏🏼🙏🏼🇰🇪
Angelique F
Angelique F
2024-02-07
Highly recommended- superior service and experience! Best Camping handled our group of 12 with the utmost professionalism and we had an amazing time thanks to their attention to detail, hard work, amazing staff, & their checking on us during our 23 day safari adventure! Imraan was personally in contact during our trip, making sure that we were having a wonderful time & answering any questions we had. Our drivers were incredible- they were safe drivers, found every wild animal we hoped for (plus some!), & got us the best angles for viewing and photographing. We had some challenges during our trip - sickness, injury, weather, an added balloon excursion, and Best Camping was able to help us quickly with everything! They even proactively moved us from one lodge to another due to concerns others had raised, & we appreciated that they cared enough to be proactive. This was my first trip to Africa, & I’m relieved that Best Camping handled everything for us. I would book with them again in a heartbeat, & will recommend them to anyone wanting to visit Kenya.

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Madhur Rao
Madhur Rao
2023-09-30
A wonderful and memorable trip thanks to Imran and special mention of Ben our guide. Watching the migration was an amazing experience. The entire trip was so well planned and each hotel/accommodation unique in its own way. From tented rooms to the beach resort where we were spoilt for choice of food. Now we need to work on losing that extra weight! But every moment of our trip is one we will cherish. Asante sana
Anushree Shiroor
Anushree Shiroor
2023-09-25
This was our second time with Best Camping Safaris, and we had a wonderful experience yet again! From planning the itinerary, to meeting us when we landed in Kenya and briefing us regarding our impending travels with helpful guidance, being in touch regarding pick ups and drop offs and coordinating them without any problems, having a really lovely driver and guide (Ben), and ensuring extra care because we were travelling with our two young kids, to the point of final goodbyes, Imraan and his team were the absolute best. We got to see all the animals (the big five, and more!) we wanted, as well as a chance to see the wildebeest migration live! Best camping ensure you maximise your safari experience but without compromising on safety, and quality. We cannot wait to go back again on another adventure with them! Thank you for a lovely trip and amazing memories :-)
Nabs Damji
Nabs Damji
2023-09-07
We had a wonderful experience on our safari! The booking experience was seamless, and the safari itself was amazing! Lucas was an excellent driver & guide! Highly recommend!
Shibu Cyriac
Shibu Cyriac
2023-09-01
Extremely overwhelmed by the experience we had with Best Camping tours .we were well taken care of during our stay . Really appreciate Imran’s prompt responses to address our queries and concerns not only during our stay there but right from the time we decided to plan for this trip . He was always in touch with us and we were assisted at every step whenever required which made us feel ‘ a home away from home’ . Friendly and well experienced guide who was with us throughout our stay at Masai Mara camp, made us feel comfortable through his friendly and understanding behavior. All over great experience and I strongly recommend Best Camping tours to all those who are looking forward for a visit to Kenya .. Thank you Best Camps for your remarkable services !!!
Kai O'Donobhan
Kai O'Donobhan
2023-03-12
I did a 8 day safari, and could not reinstate how happy I am that I chose Best Camping Tours and Safari. I wanted to do a trip around Kenya that provided me with the most local experience, alongside being able to witness as much of the country as we could throughout our holiday. Imran was always available over call, and listened to what we wanted out of our trip and organised a personalised experience that exceeded our expectations – Imran helped us on a scale beyond the scope that we would have expected from him, including preparation for the trip. We went across Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita and Amboseli (before ending the safari and exploring Mombasa, which Imran also kindly helped with). Mo accompanied us on the trip across the 4 reserves – I was very impressed by his knowledge of each national reserve, which was clear as we drove through. His expertise in the national reserves provided us with the opportunity to see the big 5 (which is very rare), alongside breath-taking views of 5+ cheetahs. Mo’s expertise enriched our overall experience significantly. Each accommodation (including the unique experience provided at the local Masai Mara site) was fantastic, and truly made this one of the best trips of my life. I could not recommend Best Camping Tours and Safari further, if you would like a safe, reliable experience of Kenya with local coverage to make the most out of each natural reserve.
Mike Guest
Mike Guest
2022-12-03
5 stars isn't enough for the level of service that Imraan provides. Right from booking he was there for any questions, making sure we had everything worked out and even making suggestions we hadn't thought of. The tour he arranged for Masai Mara was amazing and our driver Ben was equally great! He always seemed to know where to stop for the best view and it didn't matter how long we did or didn't want to watch or take pictures. Sometimes you meet someone for business and when you're done, that's the end of it and then sometimes you're lucky enough to do business with someone you consider a friend...and that's Imraan and the rest of his crew!
baptiste pilloix
baptiste pilloix
2022-10-30
Super accueil, Imrann est attentionné, nous a beaucoup aidé pour nos premiers jours à Nairobi. Le safari s'est déroulé à merveille, avec un guide passionné, le tout pour un prix correct. Je recommande vivement !
Punita Agarwal
Punita Agarwal
2022-08-31
Just finished a 9 day tour with Best Camping tours....our experience was phenomenal. Everything was well taken care of. Our driver knew a lot about the Amborsili and Masai Mara parks and the jungle and that was a great help in spotting the animals. The owner Imraan takes personal care of all your needs and that reflects in his staff too. All in all, an unforgettable experience .
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