Travel Essentials

Here are some important travel essentials to help your journey go smoothy.

Visas are required prior to arrival and easily obtained online

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.

Your Health

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.

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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.

Yellow Fever

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

Traveler’s Diarrhea

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 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

If your family or friends need to contact you in an emergency they can use the following numbers in Kenya
 +254 722 716 977 +254 746 130 508 , +254 721 300 951
Or email:


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.

Average min and max temperatures in Masai Mara, Kenya

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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.

safari chefs
safari desert table
Lodge dinner and sunset

Other Essentials

  • Best sunscreen you can buy
  • Lip moisturizer with sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Small torch (most rooms will have one)
  • Power adapter

Trip Payment

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.

Don’t forget to review our checklist

Got questions about our tours?


How long have you been in business for?

With over three decades of expertise in the safari and photography industry, we are uniquely positioned to offer you an unparalleled safari experience, ensuring the finest photography opportunities available.

Do I have to be a professional photographer?

Our tours are open to everyone. Irrespective of your interest level or camera gear we guarantee you will improve your skills and have fun.

How often are your tours available?

Due to the rainy season and wildlife proximity, our group tours are scheduled Sept-March, June-August. Outside of these times, we create custom tours to meet individual needs.

Can I bring my non-photographer family and friends?

Our tours are designed for everyone to enjoy the safari experience. If traveling with someone you will not only save on your combined tickets but if there are three or more of you in your group you also have a dedicated vehicle and driver all to yourself.

Is it safe on safari?

The safari business has had over 100 years to perfect rules and regulations.  Drivers and companies are insured and receive formal training covering topics like how close they can get to animals, driving off-road, etc. For guests, there are restrictions concerning venturing out of vehicles and camps. Mostly it’s just common sense.

I am traveling alone on my first safari, what tour do you recommend?

We have many single guests coming on our small group tour. It will allow you space to enjoy your trip but also the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers and experience a safe, amazing adventure.

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