[ Frequently Asked Questions ]

Do I need to have any vaccination before I arrive?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Kenya and Tanzania. For the best advice we suggest to seek professional medical advice from a reliable travel health expert near you to discuss your general health and immunization needs. Furthermore, it is important to bring the vaccination record (eg. ‘medical passport’) with you when traveling.

Yellow fever vaccine should not be necessary unless you cross borders between Kenya and Tanzania/Zanzibar or have just arrived from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Malaria is still a risk in some areas of Kenya and Tanzania so malaria prophylaxis might be useful.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kenya?

We highly recommend to obtain the tourist visa in advance to allow you to tour Kenya without any delays or problems. Kenya provides an entry visa to most visitors looking to travel in the country via http://www.ecitizen.go.ke/ or by going to the Kenyan Embassy in your country.

Currently the authorities at the airport will accept payment in US Dollars, Euros and British Pounds however amounts may vary and they are less likely to have exact change. Credit cards are not accepted at the airport!

Your passport should be valid for at least six months past your departure date. Please make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

You can arrange the visa for Tanzania on arrival in Tanzania. Upon arrival at the airport you first have to queue to pay. It is convenient to have $ 50 per person cash with you (for American citizens it is 100 USD per person), changing is often a problem. Credit cards are not accepted at the airport!

You can also arrange the visa yourself in advance by going to the Tanzanian Embassy in your country.

Your passport should be valid for at least six months past your departure date. Please make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

What clothing and footwear will I need?

For game drives, you should wear pale or neutral colours. In the warmer months from December to March these should be lightweight, but take a windbreaker or light jacket for morning and evenings. For the cooler and wetter months take a jumper/sweater, fleece or warm jacket too. Trainers/sneakers are fine for safari walks.

It’s a good idea to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (to counteract the sun, wind and dry conditions in all seasons). Make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit.

What other safari essentials should I pack?

It is highly recommended to bring a camera with a zoom lens of at least 200mm for wildlife shots. Don’t forget to bring a spare camera battery. Recharging facilities are available at most of the accommodation providers we use (and in some of our safari vehicles). Always ask permission before taking photographs of people.

Another important item to bring is a pair of binoculars. It is worth buying a pair if you unable to borrow. Small compact binoculars are fine and handy to carry around however a larger (e.g. 7×50) pair will be superior in the low light conditions in the morning and evening when most game drives take place.

Whether you like it or not the wilderness contains many different species of insects, in particular the mosquito. It is always useful to have a bottle or spray of insect repellant around when the sun sets at the end of each day.

African nights are dark, especially in the bush. It is advisable to bring a good torch (flash light).

What’s the food like? Do you cater for special diets?

The accommodations we use can cater for those with special dietary needs. So just let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to have exactly what you need.

How much should I tip?

Although not mandatory, tipping is an admirable way to share your satisfaction with your guide and varied staff service you will receive while in East Africa.

The guideline for a safari guide is $20-25 per day per car. It may seem a lot, but a safari guide makes or breaks the journey. The guide speaks English, knows everything about animals and nature and more. He has a special driver’s license, is a car mechanic and he is also very social.

Generally, the hotels and safari camps and lodges have community tip jars for their staff, such as porters, food servers, cleaning staff and service staff, and the tips are shared equally. In these settings, you may tip US $3 to US $5 per person per day. For all other services feel free to give what you want.

How about cash?

The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling and for Tanzania the Tanzanian Shilling. The Shilling is readily accepted for both large and small transactions. At the main international airports and in the larger towns ATM’s are available (although they can struggle with non-Kenyan cards).

To settle for drinks, meals and extras most hotels, lodges and camps accept payment by debit card and credit cards (usually with an additional 3-8% surcharge). For small purchases – or souvenirs from the local crafts men – cash pocket money is advisable.

Plastic ban in Kenya

All plastic bags including ZipLoc are still banned in Kenya. At customs you may be asked to open your bags for random inspection. Please be polite but assertive as well. I would assume one or two zip lock bags for personal care items should not bring you in problems.