FAQ

Have questions about African Safari? Find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.

We know that planning a holiday can be a bit overwhelming, which is why we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions here.

What are the best international flights to book?

The main points of entry into Tanzania are Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. You can also get to Tanzania by flying through Nairobi, Kenya. From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya you can either take a flight to Tanzania or travel by road. However, your itinerary determines the flight. It’s important that you talk to your travel agent and ask for this information before booking a flight. You can also book online. For a Kenya and Tanzania combined safari, check the ‘multi-city’ option when booking online to get useful information on flights.

Can you help me get connection flights?

Our work is to help you have a smooth and comfortable safari. We will help you get connection flights. If for example your safari starts in Arusha but your flight arrives in Nairobi, we will help you get a connection flight to Arusha.

If it’s cheaper to fly in and out of Nairobi, can you make this work for me?

Absolutely! This plan however works better for some trips depending on your itinerary. It works best especially if yours is a Kenya and Tanzania combined safari. You can choose a safari that starts in Kenya. This means that you will arrive in Nairobi and explore Kenya for the first part of your safari before making your way to Tanzania for the remainder of the safari. At the end of your safari, you will travel back to Kenya and take a flight home in Nairobi. Not to worry though, if your itinerary has only a Tanzania safari, we will still make this happen for you. We will give you more information on flight costs during booking.

If I want to go on a safari, what’s the first step?

The first thing you do is visit our website at (www.kenyatanzaniasafari.com/) and check out the available safari packages under the tab ‘Custom Safaris’. Here you will get a variety of Tanzania safaris itineraries. Once you have identified an itinerary you like, reach out to us for booking. On the other hand, you can identify the places you would love to visit and then reach out to us to tailor-make an itinerary for you. From here we assign one of our representatives to attend to you until your safari materializes. All the information you need and any questions you might have will be provided and handled by this representative.

All our safaris are private. This means that you will have the safari vehicle to yourself and anyone else you might want to be on safari with. Rest assured that we will make your safari magical and better than you had envisioned it.

What kind of vehicles will be used on my safari?

All our safari vehicles are 4WD land cruisers and land rovers; extended or regular. They are spacious and have pop-up roofs to allow you watch the wildlife and take photos. They have no air conditioning since it can’t work on a safari due to the dust. However, you will have plenty cool air through the windows and the pop-up roof. The vehicles have the following features;

  • Three point seats belts for children
  • Hardtop Photographic Rooftop (to provide sun protection)
  • Seats for children of all ages
  • Binocular
  • Seat Belts
  • Coffee & tea basket
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entrance aid (on request)
  • Cooler Box (bottled water provided)
  • Radio Communication
  • Animals & Birds Handbook
  • Spare tyres
  • Inverters and power sockets

What is the best time to visit Tanzania?

Any time of the year! Yes, even during the long and the short rains, a safari will still work. Long rains season starts from April and ends in May while the short rains season is in November.  The rains are not continuous and most of the time it rains at night. This means that you will enjoy your safari during the day.  In addition, during this season there are fewer tourists in the parks and accommodation is cheaper. The only limitation during the rainy season is that you will have difficulty accessing the remote areas.

If you want to witness the wildebeest migration, the best time to visit is between December & March or around July and August. Between July and August, the wildebeests leave Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and cross over the Mara River into Kenya in search of grazing fields. Between December and March, the wildebeests leave Maasai Mara and cross over back into the Serengeti, which at this time has grazing fields. During this time you will also witness thousands of wildebeests giving birth. This is called the birthing season.

What kind of weather can I expect on safari?

Tanzania experiences what we can call convenient weather throughout the year. During the high season, which is between June and September, the weather is cooler and dry. This is the best time to spot wild animals as they search for water and grazing land.  In the shoulder season, which is between October and February the weather is hot. This is also the period when the short rains take place (November). Between March and May there are heavy rains and the landscapes are lush and green. However, it does not rain every day or throughout the day.

Can I drive myself on a safari?

Yes you can! We have come up with a new program where those wishing to drive themselves during the safari can do so. However, you need to have experience in off-road driving since African roads are a bit tough.  In addition, you will be in the company of one of our tour guides throughout the safari.

Can my children accompany me during the safari?

Of course! The most beautiful African safari experiences are had as a family. Your children will enjoy seeing the many animals they only red about in books or watch in the movies. It will be a memorable experience for them. However, you should always keep your children in sight especially when you are out in the bush or in a camping site or lodge. Some camps and lodges are not fenced and wild animals roam around freely.

Safari guides however, are always on the look out to keep you and your children safe. Kindly let us know during booking if your children will accompany you so that we can make prior arrangements to make their stay comfortable.

Can elderly folks go on safari?

A safari is a good way of family time. So, yes! The elderly folks are more than welcome to go on safari. In case they need any special care, kindly let us know so that we can make prior arrangements.

What kind of clothing should I bring with me?

For comfort throughout the safari, bring with you light casual clothes. Avoid extreme colors; not too dark (black and dark blue are a no) and not too bright. Try neutral colors.

Safari clothing tips

  • Avoid dark colors like black and dark blue. Recommended safari colors are brown, green, khaki, olive and beige.
  • Lightweight jacket or windbreaker
  • Casual, loose-fitting clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes (i.e. Sneakers, hiking shoes)
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Extra cotton socks and underwear
  • One warm sweater

Should I be in any specific shape?

Most of the exploring will be done in the comfort of the safari vehicle and in case you do game walks, our guide will be considerate of those who cannot walk too far. Hence, no you don’t have to be in any specific shape. We only need you to be in good health. However, for those wishing to go on hikes and mountain climbing, you have to be physically fit since there are 3 to 6 hours covered on each walking day.

Are there any vaccinations needed before visiting Tanzania?

For those flying directly from a non-yellow fever endemic country, the yellow fever vaccination is not a requirement. However, for those transiting from identified Yellow fever endemic countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, this vaccine is a must. If you cannot take this vaccine for health reasons, you are required to present an exemption letter from your doctor to the officers at the border.

You may also be required to take other medication and vaccinations. Visit your home clinic or talk to your doctor before travelling. It is highly recommended that all vaccinations and medications be prescribed about 3 to 4 weeks before your departure. Some of the recommended medications and vaccinations apart from Malaria and Yellow Fever are:

  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Antibiotics

Booster doses for Tetanus-diphtheria and polio vaccine

Must I have a visa to visit Tanzania?

Yes. You will definitely require a passport and a visa. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages and should be valid for a minimum of 6 months past your arrival date. This is to ensure that its validity does not expire before your safari is over.

There are 3 ways to obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania;

  1. Visit a Tanzanian embassy and apply

 On entry to Tanzania you can apply for a landing visa. For a landing visa, you need to present your passport. A visa application form and a landing cad will be provided for you to fill out. You will then be required to pay the visa fee in US dollars, which is 200 USD for Pakistani citizens, 100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for Canadians and citizens from all other countries.

Are there any luggage restrictions?

All luggage (includes hand luggage and bags) for flights within East Africa is restricted to 15Kg per person (Precision Air allows up to 20kgs. This luggage should be stored in a soft bag or duffel bag. Though some pilots may refuse to carry extra weight in the peak season, those that agree and if the plane storage allows, $3- $5 will be charged per extra Kg. You should always have expensive items with you and not on the luggage that goes to the storage compartment.

Can you store my luggage for picking at a later date?

Yes we can! We will keep your luggage in our offices at no extra cost until when you are ready to collect it.

Before you pack your bags in readiness for your African safari, It is always important to ensure you have all the paperwork is done. Here is a Pre-safari commonly asked questions to ensure you have everything in check.

Do I need a Visa/Passport?

Yes! To visit Kenya and/or Tanzania you will definitely require a passport and a visa. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages and should be valid for a a minimum of 6 months past your arrival date. This is to ensure that it’s validity does not expire before your safari is over.

 

There are 3 ways to obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania and Kenya;

  1. Visit a Tanzanian or Kenyan embassy and apply
  2. On entry to Kenya or Tanzania you can apply for a landing visa. For a landing visa, you need to present your passport. A visa application form and a landing cad will be provided for you to fill out. You will then be required to pay the visa fee in US dollars, which is 200 USD for Pakistani citizens, 100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for Canadians and citizens from all other countries.
  3. For a Visa to Kenya you can apply only by visiting http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

You most definitely need extensive travel insurance for all the days you will be on safari. Travel insurance is important in case of an accident, emergency, need for medical help, delayed or lost luggage, cancellation of a trip or postponement, evacuation or illness. Travel insurance will ensure you are covered.

What is AMREF Flying Doctor’s insurance?

AMREF Flying Doctors is an air ambulance service provider that offers evacuation services to those in need of medical attention. In case of an emergency during your safari, this insurance cover will ensure that you are airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya where you will receive medical services. We automatically enroll you to this cover once you sign up to travel with us at no extra cost.

Do I need a power adaptor?

In order to use electronic appliances you will need the 3-rectangular pin UK adapter.  The electrical sockets that are found in Tanzania and Kenya are similar to those in the UK. Your device should be capable of operating with either 220V or 120V.

Where do I charge my electronics?

You will have electricity access wherever you are during your safari. You can charge your electronics in the hotel/lodge/camp where you spend the night. All rooms are fitted with charging stations. Our safari vehicles are also fitted with sockets that allow you to charge your gadgets during the drive. For special clients with health conditions or concerns that require electricity access, we advice that you let us know when booking your safari so we can make arrangements for the same prior to your arrival.

Will I have access to the Internet?

Internet reliability and speed will vary depending on your location. In the bush, the internet may not be very strong and also a few hotels/camps/lodges might not have free Wi-Fi.

Can I use my credit card in Kenya and Tanzania?

To avoid cases of fraudulent charges, we advise our guests to avoid making any transactions using their credit cards while in Kenya or Tanzania. However, if you must use your card, great precaution should be taken.

Is it safe travelling with children?

Absolutely! The most beautiful African safari experiences are had as a family. Your children will enjoy seeing the many animals they only red about in books or watch in the movies. It will be a memorable experience for them. However, you should always keep your children in sight especially when you are out in the bush or in a camping site or lodge.

Some camps and lodges are not fenced and wild animals roam around freely. Safari guides and Maasai escorts however, are always on the look out to keep you and your children safe.

Do lodgings provide 24-hour electricity?

Due to their location in the bush, most lodges and tented camps do not have electricity throughout. Some use solar power and generators and will only have them running during the day and switch them off as soon as guests go to sleep. In case of a medical condition that requires you to have access to electricity, please inform us as you book your safari so that we can make prior arrangements for you to access electricity.

Do I need a Yellow Fever vaccination?

Yes and No.

For those flying directly from a non-yellow fever endemic country, the yellow fever vaccination is not a requirement. However, for those transiting from identified Yellow fever endemic countries like Kenya and Ethiopia, this vaccine is a must. If you cannot take this vaccine for health reasons, you are required to present an exemption letter from your doctor to the officers at the border.

Do I need other vaccinations?

Before your visit to Kenya or Tanzania, you may be required to take other medication and vaccinations. Visit your home clinic or talk to your doctor before travelling. It is highly recommended that all vaccinations and medications be prescribed about 3 to 4 weeks before your departure. Some of the recommended medications and vaccinations apart from Malaria and Yellow Fever are:

  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Booster doses for Tetanus-diphtheria and polio vaccine

Can I still travel if I use a CPAP breathing machine?

Yes you can. However, it’s important that you carry with you a rechargeable battery pack with a universal voltage of 120V to 240V. The battery pack should have a minimum runtime of 8 hours. You should charge your battery pack during the day since most camps/lodges do not have 24-hour electricity.

You have now completed planning your safari and ready to hit the road but you are not really sure of what to expect. Here, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions on what to expect on an African safari.

What do you mean by ‘Unlimited Game Drives’?

A safari is all about freedom and flexibility in exploring the wild. This is what we give our guests. We give you freedom to exclusive wildlife viewing with no restriction on fuel and mileage. As long as you are within the designated game drive area and the park’s operational hours you can drive for as long as you want.

The game drive area also has to be in accordance to your itinerary. For example, if your itinerary reads ‘explore Maasai Mara National Park’, you can drive within Maasai Mara all day but at no one point can you cross over the Mara River into The Serengeti.

Will there be wildlife roaming at the camps and lodges?

Most of the camps and lodges do not have fences to keep the wild animals away; this is the beauty of a campsite or lodge. You might see wild animals roaming around. Do not be worried though; cases of animal attacks are rare plus there game wardens to offer you protection. However, you should take caution to be on the safe side. If you have children with you, ensure they do not go out wandering on their own. Do not let them out of your sight.

What can I expect on a typical safari day?

Expect adventure and unforgettable experiences! On an African safari, no day is like the other. Every new day means new experience and a new type of adventure. The day’s programme varies depending on your itinerary. On some days you may go game drives early in the morning, come back to your designated lodge/camp for lunch before heading out for an afternoon game drive. On other days you may carry picnic lunch and spend the entire day in the wild. You can always discuss the following day’s schedule with your safari driver.

Will the safari be dusty?

On an African safari, dust is inevitable especially during the dry season, which falls between June and October. Sometimes the dust is also experienced in the green season (December to May). In case you are allergic to dust, please let your driver know in advance. However, an African safari without dust is not a safari!

What about the roads on safari?

There won’t always be smooth roads during the safari especially during game drives. We advise all our guests who might be having back problems to communicate to us during booking so that we can plan accordingly. Comfort pillows will be provided to them to keep their backs safe on bumpy roads. During a drive, you should always have your seat belt fastened and your electronic equipment safely tucked inside your bag to avoid damage on these bumpy roads. Hold on firmly when watching game through the pop-up roof.

What about snakes and insects?

You will seldom encounter snakes during your African safari despite their commonality in this part of the world. However, for safety reasons, you should wear long trousers and boots when visiting bushy areas. If your accommodation entails staying in a canvas camp, the canvas flap should always be zipped to keep away insects. Your accommodation will be sprayed before you are back to keep away insects as well.

What can I expect in the picnic boxes?

Normally, breakfast and lunch are served in your designated lodge, camp or hotel. However, on days when you decide to start your day with an early morning drive and spend the entire day in the wild, a picnic box will be provided. On such occasions you will enjoy your meals in the bush watching game and taking in the beautiful landscape. For those who require a special diet, kindly inform us during booking so that arrangements for the same can be made.

To start your day off , ‘French-press’ coffee will be served by your driver. A breakfast picnic box contains sausage or bacon, bread, pastries, a banana, hard-boiled egg and apple while a picnic lunch box contains chocolate, muffin, bread, banana, juice, apple and a piece of chicken.

For those with special dietary requirements

We advise all our guests to inform us during booking if they need a special diet or have any allergies so that we can make arrangements on the same accordingly. Kindly bring with you any special health supplements you might be using.

Is there any luggage restriction on charter flights?

All luggage (includes hand luggage and bags) for flights within East Africa is restricted to 15Kg per person. This luggage should be stored in a soft bag or duffel bag. Though some pilots may refuse to carry extra weight in the peak season, those that agree and if the plane storage allows, $3 will be charged per Kg. You should always have expensive items with you and not on the luggage that goes to the storage compartment.

In case of an injury or sickness while on safari

If the injury or sickness symptoms are not very serious you will be rushed to the nearby hospital or clinic. In case it gets serious and you need to be airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi, the AMREF Flying Doctors will come to your rescue. You are automatically enrolled to the AMREF Flying Doctors insurance cover once you book with us at no extra cost.

Is walking around the park allowed?

Unless your driver says it is safe to step out of your van and walk around or have picnic lunch, you are always advised to stay inside your safari vehicle. Guided game walks and hiking options are available. However, some parks, which are keen on conservation, do not allow long walks.

What are the park fee terms?

Your itinerary is made according to the permits paid. You will not be charged at the gate since the park fee was included in the amount you paid during booking. However, should a penalty fee come up as a result of a client’s wish to extend beyond the 24 hours limit, the client is held responsible for the extra expense to be incurred.

Are there bathrooms in the bush?

Your bathroom needs will catered for throughout the safari. There are several public bathroom facilities around picnic sites, camps, lodges ranger stations, visitor centers and museums. This being a private safari there might not be any public bathroom facilities in sight.

However, you will be given an opportunity to use bush bathrooms when no vehicle can be spotted nearby. The big safari vehicle will keep you hidden as you go about your business. Bush bathrooms are convenient and you will adapt to them.

Are there annoying tsetse flies?

Yes there are especially in the woodlands regions of the Serengeti and Tarangire. Some people may experience itchiness and swelling if bitten while others may not react to the bites. ‘Benadryl Itch Relief stick’ is recommended if one is bitten. To reduce the risk of tsetse fly bites, avoid black and dark blue colors, which the flies are greatly attracted to. The recommended safari colors are brown, green, khaki, olive and beige etc.

What should you carry on safari?

The secret is to enjoying a safari is to pack light and to dress comfortably.

Safari clothing tips

  • Avoid dark colors like black and dark blue. Recommended safari colors are brown, green, khaki, olive and beige.
  • Lightweight jacket or windbreaker
  • Casual, loose-fitting clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ie. Sneakers, hiking shoes)
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Extra cotton socks and underwear
  • One warm sweater

Other items

  • Passport, plane tickets
  • UK plug adapter
  • Contact lens solution, spare glasses and spare contact lenses. For those who wear lenses, we advise that you carry a pair of glasses in case you experience eye irritation from the dust.
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellant (DEET 30%)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or higher)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable
  • Lip balm (SPF 45)
  • Journal for recording daily observations and encounters
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Dollars (both large and small denominations) and credit cards

Personal medical kit including antibiotic ointment, prescription antibiotic effective against a broad range of bacteria including traveller’s diarrhea (i.e. Ciprofloxacin or also known as Cipro), anti-malarial pills, allergy and cold medicine, aspirin, cream for itches like Benadryl itch relief, stomachache medicine like Pepto-Bismol.

What are the tipping terms for lodges and camps?

You will find tipping boxes at the reception of your designated lodge, camp or hotel. Our recommended tipping terms are as follows;

  • 10-20 USD for each night stay
  • 2 to 3 USD for the porters

What are the tipping terms for Safari driver guides?

We leave the freedom to choose the appropriate tipping amount entirely to the client depending on how satisfied the services given. However, our tipping terms are 15-20 USD per client per day.

Others

For personal cooks while camping, our recommended tipping terms is 5 -10 USD per person per day.

*Note: All tips should be given in USD cash.

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