FAQ

Below are some of the solutions to the commonly asked questions when planning for your trip to Kenya.

When is the best time to go on a safari in Kenya Safaris are available year-round,

although the best game-viewing periods are during the dry winter months of May through August and the warmer spring months of September and October. How far in advance should i book my safari It is best to book as far in advance as possible, as some safaris sell out months ahead of their departure dates. This is especially important for those planning to travel during peak seasons (July and August) and for those adding extensions to scheduled trips. Why are safaris labeled as budget, first class, deluxe or luxury?

What is the difference?

Safaris are classified according to the quality and amenities of accommodations, and the quality and number of meals and activities included in the price of your vacation. * Budget safaris typically range from $60 to $150 per person, per day, plus airfare. * First-class safaris typically range from $150 to $250 per person, per day, plus airfare. * Deluxe safaris typically range from $200 to $500 per person, per day, plus airfare. * Luxury safaris typically range from $350 to $700 per person, per day, plus airfare.

Are children allowed on safaris in Kenya?

Most Kenya safari companies set specific age limits for children.

For safety reasons, children five and under might not be allowed on game drives in the parks and reserves, where terrain may be rough. In some cases, very young children may not be permitted on a safari, and older children and teens must be accompanied by an adult. There are a few Kenya safaris designed just for families, providing an exciting and educational experience for all. Note that at Aberdare National Park children below seven years are not allowed. How many people travel in a safari group ?We limit our safaris to six pax per vehicle and using more than one vehicle if needed so that everyone is guaranteed a window seat and good photo opportunities.

How long do safaris last?

We offer safaris that range from less than a week to a month or even longer. Is airfare included in my safari price? The prices shown on our site are for the safari only. We may show an air-inclusive price on the site, though that price is based on internal flight within operation of that tour only. Be sure to arrange for your own flight to and from Kenya.

Is there an additional charge for solo travelers on a safari in Kenya?

Safari prices are quoted based on double occupancy. Solo travelers who want their own room pay the per-person price plus the single supplement fee. A single supplement is a fee imposed by hotels, lodges and camps on individuals traveling alone who want private accommodations. We can arrange for two single travelers to share accommodations, providing they are on the same safari, of the same sex, and both persons agree to the arrangement.

What are the entry requirements for Kenya?

All safari guests must carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. All safari guests traveling to Kenya are required to carry a visa that costs approximately $50. It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance. Check with Kenya consulate to verify entry requirements.

What are some of the attractions on a safari in Kenya?

Kenya safaris may include the following attractions: Masai Mara National Reserve, Samburu Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi, Tsavo West, East National Park, Coastal Beaches, Mountaineering, Homestays and Ecotours.

What should I pack for a safari in Kenya?

Pack as lightly as possible, but be prepared for all the activities in which you are planning to participate. Pack for the destination and season you will encounter, and be mindful that climates may vary drastically from region to region. Temperatures can also vary quite a bit between the midday heat and the evening cool, so plan to dress in layers. Comfort will be a priority, but you might consider bringing a few dressy outfits for nights out in the cities. Pack neutral-colored, comfortable, lightweight clothing. White, bright or vividly patterned clothing should be avoided when game viewing on foot so that safari-goers can blend in with the natural landscape as much as possible. Bring sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, depending on the anticipated level of physical activity. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, lip protection and good quality sunscreen are essential to protect against the harsh Kenya sun. Insect repellent with DEET is also a must when on safari. Also pack a good pair of binoculars to optimize wildlife viewing. A travel kit is recommended with any basic medications you may need, such as painkillers, antihistamines, allergy medicines or remedies for an upset stomach. If you take prescription medication, bring a sufficient supply to last for the duration of your trip, as well as the generic names so that the drugs could be replaced locally if necessary. Those who wear prescription glasses or contact lenses should bring spares.

Pack prescription medicines and spare contacts or glasses in your carry-on bag, in the event that your checked luggage is delayed. Climbers and divers can hire gear locally but may wish to bring their own equipment, as well as dive certification cards. Those with digital camera or video camera battery chargers or other electrical items should bring the appropriate power converter and adapters. Securely bind all travel documents together, including tickets, passports and any visa entries, vaccination certificates and travel insurance documents. What sort of luggage should I bring? Due to space limitations aboard motorcoaches and domestic flights between safari destinations, Hirola tours may place restrictions upon the number of bags allowed per person, and upon the maximum weight of each bag. Guests also may be required to use only soft-sided luggage or duffel bags rather than hard-sided suitcases. Ask your travel counselor for more details.

What medical precautions should I take before traveling to Kenya?

It is worthwhile to protect your health and take basic precautions to ensure a smooth trip. Talk with your doctor or travel medicine specialist one to two months before your trip to discuss medical issues related to your travel destination. Travelers to Kenya must take responsibility for obtaining required or recommended vaccinations, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications or insect repellents. Proof of vaccination may be required for entry into a destination country or for return entry into your originating country. Your doctor can advise you of the latest health precautions, as vaccination requirements are subject to change. Vaccines that may be recommended for travelers to Kenya include those for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies and meningitis. Some of these vaccines may not become effective immediately, or may require more than one dose. If a disease was recently prevalent and is endemic in the destination country, many doctors may recommend the vaccination as a precaution.

Can I use my credit card for purchases made while on safari in Kenya?

Most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) and traveler's checks are widely accepted. Diners Club is not generally accepted. Most banks are equipped to advance cash on credit cards. Is tipping a common practice in Kenya? Tipping is not mandatory in Kenya. Guides, drivers, waiters and hotel staff can be tipped at your discretion. Will I have access to the Internet while on safari? How about international phone service? While communications in remote tented camps will be limited, most major hotels and lodges offer Internet services as well as international telephone and fax services. Additionally, private communication centers and cyber cafes in larger towns enable tourists to stay connected. Some centers may close on Sundays and public holidays. The cellular networks in safari destination countries, especially Kenya and South Kenya, cover most large towns and tourist areas. There are post offices in many towns, and stamps are also sold in many shops in tourist lodges and hotels.

What precautions should I take when dining in Kenya?

It is worthwhile to be selective when traveling through the tropics, as possible disease hazards can range from minor bouts of travelers' diarrhea to dysentery and more serious parasitic diseases. Food should always be thoroughly cooked and served hot. Do not feel compelled to eat anything you might be worry about, as it is better to err on the side of caution. Tour operators choose hotels and restaurants with high standards for food preparation. When dining elsewhere, it is best to avoid ice and raw produce. Avoid buying food or drink from street vendors.