Here are some important travel essentials to help your journey go smoothy.
Passport and visa are required for entry in Kenya. A visa for Kenya can be purchased onsite for $50 US cash as can a Tanzania visa for the same amount.
To purchase ahead of time a single entry valid for six months will cost $52 cdn and you will require a copy of your flight literary. You must travel within 3 months of receiving the visa. We can also provide a copy of your tour booking.
All the major lodges in Kenya and Tanzania have medical personal to assist if you get sick. We also include membership to the flying doctor service so you’re never stranded.
WHO Page: http://www.who.int/countries/ken/en/
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Immunization and medical considerations
Tablets and DEET spray/cream are recommended. Several brands of tablets are available but most guests prefer the one a day variety. Please be aware you should start these several days/before entering Kenya.
This vaccine lasts ten years and once taken you will be provide with a certificate that you MUST take to Kenya. We advise making several copies along with copies of your passport you can keep in your baggage.
Hepatitis and Tetanus are worth having anytime you travel abroad
Not essential but often taken with Hepatitis A
As a precaution tablets or liquid medication
We provide bottled water on safari and at lodges, hotels and camps Do NOT drink tap water, when in Nairobi also avoid street vendor food.
If travelling from the US or Canada, we recommend http://www.passporthealthglobal.com/ for all your travel related medical requirements. Alternatively your doctor will be able to advise you.
We include membership of the Flying Doctor Service. It has never been needed but is nice to know its there. You will find all the locations have access to to doctors should you need them
The currency in Kenya is the shilling. Review the current Exchange Rate for the shilling.
Don’t forget to notify your bank that you will be travelling to Kenya. On arrival in Nairobi (after customs, within the airport) we suggest converting around $200 U.S to Kenya shillings for souvenir shopping, etc.
For those taking the Serengeti excursion you will require Tanzanian shillings for tipping, etc.
Tipping is common. Most lodges/hotels have tip box at the reception. $3-$5 per night is usual.
Over the course of your safari you will get to know our highly skilled professional guides/drivers very well. The minimum amount commonly given is $50 per person at the end of the trip we recommend $10 per day
Kenya is 240 V; Plug Type G (same as the UK) You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter if travelling from the U.S or Canada.
While in Nairobi we advise against exploring the city on your own or at night. Money belts are a great option to store some emergency cash and a copy of your passport.
In an emergency
Layering is the best way to go when on safari. Avoid bright colors. For early mornings a jacket and/or a fold up rain coat or a fleece top will keep you warm until the sun comes up. Long trousers and long shirts for evenings preferably lightweight and easy wash. Swim wear for your 10 day tour or if you arrive early in Nairobi and want to go for a quick dip.
Wide brim hats with ventilation will keep the sun off and keep you cool, frequently the vehicle will be open as we travel so a style with a tie sting is best.
Footwear – A pair of lightweight walking shoes/boots and a pair of open strap walking shoes. Also a pair of rubber slippers comes in handy for room use and as a back-up.
My trusted Clarks Safari/Dessert Boots
Mosquitos – I have found its only in Nairobi where mosquitos seam to be an issue and then its dining outside at night. All the camps have nets on the windows and beds. As it cools during the evening they tends not to be a problem. If you are concerned, repellent, long trousers and a long sleeve shirt at night are a good idea.
We provide a variety of accommodation on all our tours. This allows you to experience not only different locations but also everything from resort style rooms to luxury tents. All offer a safe and comfortable environment. Bathrooms are modern with permanent plumbing.
Food and Drink
Meals at all our locations is exceptional. Fresh produce arrives by plane or overland and many grow their own vegetable’s. Dietary requirements are catered too and there is a large selection of items from made to order dishes to buffet style all within the same restaurant. Typically they also have culinary theme days (Italian, Indian, local, etc)
For breakfast there is are lots of choices from full English to continental or fresh fruit. Often we also take a pack breakfast or lunch to enjoy in the open on safari.
- Best sunscreen you can buy
- Lip moisturizer with sunscreen
- Small torch (most rooms will have one)
- Power adapter
Our partner of choice is Nairobi based Aardwolf Africa Safaris. The provide extensive experience and are fully bonded/insured. A more detailed outline of our current tour and pricing can be found on the link below.