Safari Travel Guide

When going for an African safari, it is important that you are well prepared for the safari so that you can have a great safari experience. It is for that reason that we are providing you with this safari travel guide so that you can be well prepared to have a great time when you go for safari to Kenya.

When to book
It is advisable that you book your safari in advance so that we have ample time to make the necessary arrangements for your safari. However, we know that to some guests, the idea of a safari is a last minute idea and for that reason, we are ready to accept bookings till one day to the actual safari taking place.

Foreign exchange
There are many foreign exchange bureaus in Kenya right from the airport to Nairobi and other major cities. In addition, it is also possible for you to exchange your foreign currency to local currency in the lodges of tented camps.

Safety when on Safari
Even though Kenya is a safe country, Safari Fellows advices all guests to take caution whenever they are on safari. Just as is the case with any other major city in the world, the following are some of the precautions:

  • When you are walking in any crowded areas, ensures that you closely watch your bags and belongings
  • Instead of carrying huge amounts of cash, it is advisable that you use your credit cards
  • Ensure that any cash you have is safely stored in your wallet and in the pocket. Never display your cash.
  • Ensure that all valuables such as smartphones and cameras are closely monitored

Electricity
Kenya voltage is 220 volts. Thus, Safari Fellows advices that you bring your adapters where necessary. In addition, please note that in some of the lodges and tented camps, the generators are usually switched off during the day and during the night. Thus, make sure that your devices (cameras, video cameras, and smartphones) are fully charged when the generators are on. In addition, you might consider bringing a power bank with you so that you can charge your cameras in case they run out of battery when you are in the wilderness viewing the game.

Phone network and internet access
In most of the parks and game reserves, you will be able to access your phone network through the roaming services. All lodges and tented camps offer free internet connections to all guest. Ask for the password to the Wireless connection from the reception.

Plastic Bags
Since the year 2017, Kenya enacted a law that banned the use of all plastic bags. Thus, you should make sure that you do not bring any plastic bags with you to the county.

Dust and sun
During the dry season which is usually the best period to go for a game viewing safari, the parks and reserves tend to be dusty due to the fact that there is less vegetation cover. Thus, it is advisable that you bring with you clothes that are of neutral colour since you do not want to bring clothes that absorb heat (black clothes) or clothes that get dusty quickly. Moreover, sunglasses, as well as a hat, would come in handy as they protect you from the sun as well as the dust.

Tipping
It is common for guests to be confused whether they should tip or not. Over the years, it has now become the norm for tourists to tip as a show of appreciation for the services rendered. Even though the amount tipped might be considered small an insignificant to guests, the staff receiving the tips are always appreciative of the tip as it shows that their work in enhancing their safari experience has been appreciated.

Safari Fellows advices that when tipping, ensure you do it moderately and as per the quality and level of the service received – If you have not been satisfied with the service offered, do not tip. It is perfectly fine to tips to be paid in Kenya Shillings or in dollars.

Visas
Tourist Visas can be applied online for a costs of $50 per application through http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html . Please take note that you will incur a further additional processing fee charged by your card insurer when you pay for visa with your card.

I need more information
Please feel free to contact our support team for additional information about your safari in Kenya and Tanzania.