What is the type of clothing I should pack?
Due to our favourable climate conditions, visitors to the East African region are encouraged to travel with clothing that suits moderate temperatures. It is not hot or too cold. Our terrain is sloppy so bring comfortable shoes. Things like jewellery leave behind because it might get lost in the wilderness and will be difficult to retrieve them.
Will I get information in advance concerning the places I will visit, people to meet and the type of wildlife to watch?
Yes, upon confirmation of your trip we will send to you detailed information about the local culture, flora and fauna, our safari etiquette, etc.
Is passport part of the requirement needed to visit Kenya Tanzania safari?
Definitely, it is necessary for any traveller visiting Kenya or Tanzania. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months.
Does one require visa to enter Kenya or Tanzania?
Yes, all the US citizens must in possession of a visa before entry day to Kenya or Tanzania safari. You can visit the Kenya Embassy website or Tanzania Embassy website for more information. Generally, it is advisable for anyone who is planning a visit to a different country to have one.
How long does it cost to own a visa and how long does the process take?
The process is very simple and it will take only a few minutes. The price varies for instance, a single Kenyan entry visa will cost you $50 per head especially for the US passport holders. You can obtain it through the Kenya Embassy website or during the arrival day to Nairobi airport. Alternatively, you can obtain it from The Tanzania Embassy website and which will cost $100 per head for the US passport holders. Another option is that you can get it upon arrival in Kilimanjaro or Arusha or Namanga and Isebania gates.
Is it possible to use one visa when visiting Tanzania or Zanzibar?
Why not, you can use one visa for both places because the two are one country.
What is the mode of paying departure tax and do I have to pay?
Yes, like other international flight destination Private Guided Safaris charge an airport departure tax for all international flights. Before departure, you should confirm with your airline in order to find out if the tax of $ 20 is included or excluded in your ticket. If not, you will be required to pay in cash upon arrival at the airport. We accept either local currency or US dollars.
How do I do airline-booking reconfirmation?
We always assist our visitors with airline booking reconfirmation. What you only need to do is to inform your guide in advance. We are there to take care of our clients’ needs.
This is the most frequently asked question but our experts are there to answer all the questions you have.
How much luggage should carry on safari?
Before departures confirm with the airline the size of luggage, you should carry. The size of the luggage varies depending on the airline. Most of the airlines permit up to a limit of 50-pound bags per head with one carry on each.
For the flights between Kenyan and Tanzania, what is the luggage allowance?
With the inclusion of your handbag, the maximum allowance for each luggage is 33 pounds.
Are there any charges for leaving luggage’s at the hotel?
No, this is because every hotel has its own storage policies. You should confirm with your hotel experts but if you will return to the hotel, you will not be charged.
How is the Kenyan Tanzania climate condition?
It is a tropical climate because Kenya is at the centre of the equator while Tanzania is not far from the south. The coastal regions are hot and humid. The temperature at the inland is high because of the altitude. Northern parts are dry and hot
The annual temperature in Nairobi is 77F maximum and 56F minimum (4,980 feet altitude).
Coastal regions of Mombasa are 86F maximum 73F minimum (altitude of 50 feet).
The sunshine is in plenty throughout the year and you may need summer clothes at a certain time of the year. Mornings and nights are chilly. Most of the time long rains start from March to May while shorter ones are in November and December. February to March is the hottest months of the year while July to August is the most chilly and coldest months. Heavy rains come in the afternoons and evening.
MODE OF CURRENCY
What is the mode of currency in Kenya Tanzania?
The Kenyan currency is in shillings (KSH) while the Tanzania currency is in shillings (TSH). You can withdraw and deposit your money using ATMs or direct banking, PayPal and m-pesa, etc. We also accept and prefer gratuities in US dollars.
How do I know the exchange rate?
It is simply because of the online exchange rate calculators. A converter will be included on your booking page. It will keep you up to date on the safari.
How much money will I carry with me?
That will depend on several factors such as food, drinks, etc. it is up to you to decide the amount you want to carry. Upon arrival, you will be required to obtain an extra visa, which will cost you $50 for Kenya and Tanzania $100 and $20 airport departure tax. The driver’s gratuity is approximately $8-10 per head, which is paid at the end of each trip. You can use your credit card to pay and purchase other necessities. We love dollars so we accept them.
Are there ATM machines?
Yes, you will access ATM machines only in the big cities such as Arusha and Nairobi but rare in some game lodges.
What is the preferred currency?
US dollars are commonly accepted. We have incorporated an exchanger bureau in your program. Therefore, you can convert your US dollars to the local currency at your own preference.
Is a traveler check necessary?
50/50 cash and travelers check is what our company recommends.
Will it be a place to cash my travelers check or change my money?
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kilimanjaro Airport are the common places, which provide 24- hour money exchange services. Alternatively, you can exchange or cash your money at big banks, bureaus de change or any authorized hotels
POWER AND ELECTRICAL CHARGING
Is it possible to charge my electrical accessories while on safari?
Yes, it is possible, our major hotels provide appliances upon request such as hair dryers, irons, etc. the local power supply is about 220/240 AC, 50 HZ while plugs are 3-pint square. If you are from northern America and planning to come with your 110/120 volt accessories charges do not hesitate to bring, bring also a voltage and socket adapters.
Will I be able to use my phone while on Holiday?
Only GSM compatible phones will be able to connect to the cellular system. If your phone is duo sim it is advisable to buy a prepaid sim card converter in order to convert your phone to a local service account. It will be much cheaper than using roaming services or international rates.
Do I require any vaccinations before visiting Kenya
Immunization against typhoid, cholera, anti-malaria medication and yellow fever is recommended. Visit the centres which deal with Disease control Travelers health website for more, up to date and detailed information concerning immunization shots, health and safety advisories. Before departure, consult your medical doctor for more information.
What are the types of vaccinations needed in order to travel to Tanzania?
Anti malaria medication and yellow fever, vaccination is strongly recommended. For detailed information, visit the CDC’s yellow fever page.
How much gratuities does it cost a trip?
It ranges from $8-$10 daily per head. This is because drivers and guides incomes come from gratuities.
Do we pay guides and drivers on safari in local currency or US dollars?
We tip them in US dollars.
Do Private Guided safaris offer laundry services?
Yes, laundry services will be provided throughout the safari.
How much does it cost to do laundry on safari?
It will cost $1 to $3 depending on the size of the item. Most of our laundering policy states that not to launder expensive.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
You can bring a small gift for kids such as workbooks, pens, pencils and crayons.
Can I bring my own binoculars?
Yes, but most of our vans are furnished with a pair.
Does your company provide mosquito nets?
Yes, all the properties in the program offer mosquito nets
Do I need to bring my bottled water?
No, bottled drinking water is provided during the game drive and at your hotels and lodges for free so let it be the least of your concerns.