Faqs

1. How to Get Kenya?

In Kenya, Nairobi has International Airports and many regional airports and bush airstrips. The roads of Kenya are a mixture of well-maintained tarred roads to bare tracks. Driving safaris are popular, especially for small groups of 4 to 6 family or friends travelling together, as it often works out cheaper than flying. The other advantage of a drive safari is that you have a private vehicle and the same guide throughout your safari. The disadvantage is that the distances between areas can be colossal and much of your time is spent travelling, whereas by air the distances are covered quite quickly and smoothly.

2. Best Time of Year to Visit Kenya

Generally the dry months, late June to October, give better wildlife sightings, but they are also the most crowded months to visit. The “green” season before and after the rains, offer a substantial difference in prices and usually coincides with the arrival of migrant birds. The game is more widely dispersed, at this time due to there being more water available, but can still offer rewarding safaris. The country has low and high seasons in different areas at different times, due to the movement of the animals and the rainfall. When booking your safari it is a good idea to ask your African Sunset Safaris Consultant the best time to visit according to what your specific needs are. On the coastal areas the climate is hot and humid, as you move inland towards the highlands the temperature becomes cooler and temperate. There are two rainy seasons, which usually occur from mid-March to early June for the long rains and from October to December for the short rains.

3. Visa

A visa is required each time you enter the Kenya. It is recommended to obtain your visa prior to travel, however visas are available at the entry ports of Kenya. Visas can be obtained from any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission.

4. Credit Cards & Money Matters

Generally, credit facilities at the camps are few and far between. It is better to check with your African Sunset Safaris consultant prior to travel if the camp you have booked accepts credit cards. If bringing US Dollars cash, please ensure that all the bills are no older than 2006, as they will not be accepted in the camps or at the bureau de change.

5. Vaccinations or Medications before coming

Before you leave for Kenya and other east Africa countries you should consult your physician, who will be able to give you the most up-to-date information. Our advice below can help to inform you before your trip but should not replace a consultation with your doctor. It is advised to take malaria prophylaxis – usually Doxycycline, Lariam or Malarone. All three are different – again, asks your doctor for more advice. Many areas of Keya have malaria; please check with your medical practitioner for the latest advice re prophylactic treatments. To avoid malaria, it is best to take precautionary steps to limit being bitten by a mosquito. Wear long sleeve tops and long pants at night. Use bug spray. The majority of lodges and safari camps have fitted mosquito nets around their beds to reduce the risk of bites. Tsetse flies, often found in heavily wooded areas. They can be a nuisance as their bites can be painful. Generally, they prefer moving targets, so the more you move about and flap at them the more they will bite. Your guide will remove you from the area if they are becoming too much of a problem, as usually the flies are found in small forest pockets during the day. As of 2016, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for ALL visitors coming to Tanzania. It is always prudent to take out travel and medical insurance before travelling to ensure that if there should be an unexpected problem, you are covered.

6.Language

The official languages are English and Swahili and most of the people that you meet on a safari can speak some English. Tanzanians, on average have a great ear for languages and can quickly learn some new phrases from the tourists that they meet. Generally much faster than visitors learn Swahili phrases. Many guides can speak more than three languages. African Sunset Safaris guides are licensed, trained, friendly, and have years of experience. Our guides speak multi lingual ie English, Spanish, Italian, French, German & Chinese.

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