Best Time to visit Kenya?
Located on the Equator, Kenya, has no definitive seasons like the Northern and Southern hemispheres. East Africa has a pleasant climate all year round and is perfect for safaris & game viewing during any season.
We have two rainy seasons:
– The short rains which occur from late October through November
– The long rains which occur from late March to end of May
April & May are GREEN season months which are our “quiet time” where you simply get the “best deal”! Even though more rain is anticipated than usual, one experiences fantastic game viewing, mostly exclusive with very few vehicles in the vicinity as the parks are less frequented.
The famous annual Great Migration usually starts in the Southern Serengeti popularly known as Ndutu with the Wildebeest calving during end of January to March and moves onto Western / Northern Serengeti in May / June. The larger herds cross over into the Maasai Mara from July to October. This is considered to be the peak season for East Africa along with the Christmas & New Year seasons.
Both the Serengeti & Maasai Mara offer excellent game viewing all year round. A good time to travel is January to March and particularly late October / November. Rates are more reasonable too during these months than the peak season.
How do I arrange my visa and do I need vaccinations?
For on-line visas, we recommend that you fill out the forms in advance as per links provided below.
Visiting Kenya: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Visiting Tanzania: https://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/download/forms
Kenya and Tanzania require specific nationalities to hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Depending on your country of origin, additional vaccination certificates may be required.
How do I go about booking / planning a trip?
Once you send us an enquiry, we shall assign one of our experienced Tour Consultants to help design the Safari of your dreams! With our extensive knowledge we’re able to give you best advice and recommendations to suit your interest.
We are dedicated to making your trip a memorable experience in every aspect! We would need to know the number of persons traveling, if there any children in the group and their ages, the number of days you have available, travel dates if known and your budget / interest.
Which payment methods are available?
We accept payments via bank transfer, online transaction or credit card payment. Pls. note that all credit card payments incur a surcharge of 5%.
Cash payments are acceptable, however we do not encourage it.
Can I have a customized safari:
We plan / tailor most safaris to suit your needs! The itineraries outlined on our website are examples and any of these packages can be booked or simply modified to suit your interest / budget & time availability. Our packages are completely flexible and can start on ANY day as long as there is room availability (except for group tours with fixed departure dates).
Will I have the same guide throughout my trip?
When entirely on a “road safari” you will have the same guide throughout your trip. If you fly between locations, we may need to allocate different guides to you
Wi-Fi during safari & charging of devices:
Most camps & lodges offer free Wi-Fi and this can also be arranged for your safari vehicle (for road safaris only). However, when driving between reserves & parks Wi-Fi needs to be requested in advance. Costs for this service may apply. Most of our vehicles have sockets for charging your devices while on the road.
- Kenyan electrical sockets are UK type, 3 pin square – 220 volts
How much luggage can I carry?
Please ensure that your baggage is packed in soft bags and should weigh no more than 15 to a maximum of 20 kgs per person. It’s possible to store luggage during the safari either at your hotel if you are returning thereafter your trip or in our offices. Most lodges have laundry facilities at an extra charge.
On air safaris the maximum luggage allowance per person is strictly 15 kgs including hand luggage in soft bags.
Do I need to book Medical Insurance / Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend for every traveler to book a medical cover / insurance from their country of origin. We do provide an AMREF MEDICAL cover (flying Doctors Service, pls. ensure it is listed in your inclusions) which offers air evacuation only from parks / reserves to Nairobi to a local well renowned hospital with good medical care).
- Light cotton clothing during the day such as T-Shirts & shorts.
- Long sleeved shirts and long cotton trousers (or jeans), sweaters for the evening
- Windbreaker / rain jacket for the early morning and evening game drives
- Sun Hat / cap
- Swimming outfit
- Good and comfortable walking shoes (e.g. sneakers) for safari.
- Flip flops or sandals for lodge / camp and on beach
- High-factor sunscreen and after-sun lotion
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Deodorant or antiperspirant
- Medication such as Malaria prophylaxis, motion/air sickness pills, insect repellent, painkillers etc. Consult your doctor before you travel.