Travel Information

In this page, you are going to find travel information that will be of great importance to you as you plan a safari to Kenya and Tanzania. If you have some additional information needs, please contact Safari Fellows safari experts and they will provide you with the requested information.

Price of safari
It is not possible to specifically state the price for safari since the price is determined by the type of accommodation chosen, duration of safari, and the specific parks and activities that you engage in when you are on safari. Please contact our friendly support team and inform them about your preferred safari destination so that they can be able to quote you an accurate price. For short excursions that lasts a few hours, the prices start at $50 per person while for safari that lasts a number of days and visits different parks and reserves, the prices vary from $450 to more than $1000 per person.

Type of accommodation
Safari Fellows gives you the choice to select your preferred type of accommodation when in safari.

The three levels of accommodation that you can choose from comprising of economy, standard, and luxury. In some parks, there is the option of deluxe accommodation.

The type of visa that you need
As a tourist, you will need to obtain a tourist visa in order for you to be allowed to enter the country and go for your safari. In the past, it has been possible for guests to apply for visas at the airport upon arrival. However, the government has introduced an electronic tourist visa that needs to be applied online before you fly into the country. You can also apply for a tourist visa from the Kenyan embassy in your home country. The cost for the visa is $50. When filling the visa application, your address should be the address of the safari lodge or tented camp that you will be staying in.

Transport on Safari
The transport when on safari will be mainly through the roads or through the air in case you opt for the fly-in safari. Once in the parks or the game reserves, transport will be by pop-up roof safari minivan or by a pop-up roof 4×4 Land Cruiser.

I booked my safari package but I need to amend it and add more days or visit another park
Safari Fellows always strives to ensure that the guests are provided with the best safari experience possible. For that to happen, the wishes and preferences of the customers have to be addressed. Thus, if for some reason after booking your safari you realize that you need to add a visit to another destination or you need to extend your stay in one of the destinations, we advice that you contact us immediately so that we can amend your safari package.

Do I need to pay the full price when booking
With Safari Fellows, you only pay 50% of the safari when booking and then clear the balance upon arrival at the time when the safari is about to start. Nevertheless, if you are ready to pay the whole amount when making the booking, it is still possible for you to make full payments when booking the safari.

Best time for safari
Kenya and Tanzania are naturally considered as warm countries. Thus, it is possible for you to go for a safari in any of the countries at any time of the year. However, the best time for a safari is during the dry season mainly due to the fact that there is less vegetation cover which makes it easy for you to watch the game even when in far distance. Apart from April and May when the long rains are experienced in Kenya, the other months are ideal for a safari. Normally, the high season is during January, February, and March while the peak season is during July, August, September, and October. November and December is when the short rains are experienced in Kenya and the season is considered as a shoulder season since it is when the grass starts to grow again.  If you interested in the Wildebeest migration in Masai Mara, the best time for safari is Mid July to October.

What to wear on safari  
Safari Fellows advices that you pack casual summer clothes for your safari. The clothes you choose should be easy to clean and should dry quickly. As far as color of your clothing is concerned, it is recommended that you avoid white clothes since they tend to get dusty quickly and also avoid black clothes as they usually absorb a lot of heat. You should also pack a swimsuit since in almost all the accommodations, there are swimming pools. Sunglasses and a hat would also come in handy.

Travel insurance
We strongly advice that you get your travel insurance before you go for your safari.

Good Safari Camera
The type of camera that you bring with you when on safari will be determined by your interest in safari. For example, avid photographers are going to bring advanced cameras while it is common for some guests to simply use their smart phones to take safari photos. Safari Fellows recommends that every guest has his/her own camera. For quality safari photos, the cameras should have good zoom function so that even animals that are far are brought closer for quality photos.

Power/Electricity  
In Kenya, the voltage is usually 220volts. Nevertheless, it is important you take note that plugs that are in use in Kenya are not the same with the plugs that are commonly used in Europe and North America. Thus, Safari Fellows recommends that you pack an international adapter even though the popularly used adapter has three square prongs.

Please take note that in some lodges and tented camps, the generators are at times switched off during the day (when you are out on game viewing) or during the night (when you are sleeping). Thus, at such times, there will be no electrical power. For that reason, we urge you to ensure that your cameras, phones, and other electrical gadgets are charged when the power is available. Alternatively, you might also consider bringing a power bank with you.

Tips and Gratuities
Your safari price includes all applicable service charges. However, it is custom to tip the driver guide or the waiter serving you in your hotel, lodge, or tented camp. The specific amount that you are expected  to tip is solely dependent on you.  For waiters and attendants, a tip of $1 is considered ok.

Meals on safari
All meals on safari are included in the safari price quoted by Safari Fellows. Normally, when on safari, the meals are provided in the safari lodge or tented camp that you have selected for your accommodation. When you are out on full day safari, picnic lunch will be carried from your safari lodge or tented camp.

I am already in Kenya, can I book a safari
Yes, you can. We advice that you contact us about your safari at least one day to the safari so that we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you have a great safari experience.

Health and vaccinations
There exists no mandatory vaccination requirements for guests to enter Kenya unless in situations where the guests are arriving from a country that has been infected with Yellow Fever. In such cases, the guests will be required to produce a Yellow Fever certificate at the point of entry to Kenya.

In all lodges and tented camps, there are mosquito nets that are used to ensure that you are protected from mosquitoes that usually emerge once the sun has set. It is also recommended that you wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts if you are going out after the dark. Moreover, you might also consider using insect repellant just to make sure that you are protected from insects.

Parks and animals to see when on safari
Different game reserves and parks offer different wildlife viewing opportunities. Thus, it is important that you have a clear idea of the animals that you want to spot so that our safari experts can be able to advice you on your best safari destinations. For example, if you want to experience the annual migration, your safari has to include a visit to Masai Mara since this is where the action happen. Likewise, if you are keen on bird watching, then you have to visit the Great Rift Valley lakes that are home to tens of birdlife. Contact our safari experts and they will help you make the right decision on your safari destinations.

Checking and checking out  
Check in from lodges, tented camps, or hotels is usually after 11 am while checking out has to be before 10 am. Please remember to pay any supplementary bills accrued from drinks taken from the bar or the restaurant.

SAFARI BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Deposits and balance clearance

  • For Kenya safaris, a deposit of 50% has to be paid when making the bookings. Balance will be paid on arrival prior to the safari starting.
  • For Tanzania safaris, a deposit of 65% will be paid at the time of booking with balance been paid before the safari commences.
  • If you prefer to make payments in full at once when making the bookings, it is still possible to do that.
  • Payments can be made electronically through bank transfer or by credit or debit cards at no added costs. For payments made through Wire Transfer, please remember to include bank charges.

Cancellation policy
If for some reasons you happen to want to cancel a safari you had booked in advance, Safari Fellows is going to deduct all cancellation costs related to accommodation and service charges. The following will be the amount to be deducted from the deposit paid.

 

Days % of the safari price to be deducted
Over 35 days 5% of the safari price
15 –  35 days 25% of the safari price
6 -15 days 35% of the safari price
Less than 5 days No refunds
Not Showing up No refunds

All refunds will be processed within 30 days of cancelling the safari

What is included in the safari price
The quoted encompasses all expenses in terms of safari vehicle, driver guide, meals on safari, accommodation fees, and park and game reserve entrance fees.

Transport on safari
When on safari, you will be transported with tour vehicles, pop-up top minivans, and pop-up top 4X4 land cruisers as per your itinerary. Take note that Safari Fellows will have the right to enlist the services of a similar sun-contractor when need be.

English speaking driving guide will accompany you for your safari. Upon request, we can proved French, German, Italian, Finish, and Spanish speaking driver guides.

Accommodation when on safari
Accommodation will be on your selected level of lodge or tented camp on basis of two people sharing a room. For single rooms, you will need to pay the single room supplement.  

Liabilities
Safari Fellows and its agents only act as agents of the tours and can thus not be held liable for any delays, injuries, and losses.

Safari Fellows liability to all guests carried on Safari Fellows vehicle is based on the laws in place in the country where the safari is taking place.

Safari Fellows cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of baggage.

I still need to know more about my safari
Please feel free to contact us through LIVE chat, Skype, phone, or contact us section. We will be happy to answer all the questions that you might have about our custom safari packages.