FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As well as the FAQs below, we have compiled a set of very useful information documents which are available with safari bookings, they include “wedding information”, “medical suggestions”, “what to take”, “country information”, “safari etiquette” and “further reading”.
Best time to travel?
Kenya and Tanzania are wonderful safari destinations all year round. Straddling the Equator, and with many of the wildlife conservation areas above 1500m the weather is a very pleasant average 25 C year round. Days are warm with minimal humidity and evenings are cool.
Often the most expensive times of year – August and Christmas, are only expensive because they are popular holiday times for clients from USA and Europe.
How many parks should I put into an itinerary?
We recommend that you stay in one wildlife area for not less than 3 nights, giving
you 2 full days to enjoy the area. Kenya has the most varied ecosystems and wildlilfe
species in Africa – so each area that you visit will offer you a completely different
wildlife experience, vegetation, landscape and views. You need to plan for a minimum of 6 nights on safari so that you can visit at least 2 different ecosystems, or combine safari and beach. See our sample itineraries.
Can I bring my children?
Children love safari, and even the most up-market properties in Kenya and Tanzania welcome children. The local people are very welcoming and adore having fun. Make sure you plan your safari with a good safari consultant to ensure you are visiting areas
of minimal malaria risk, and consider taking exclusive use of safari vehicle. Most
safari properties are in areas of no or minimal malaria risk and have special rates for
families. Read our section on family safaris, and also see our sample itineraries.
Exercise on safari?
Although safari means early mornings and being outside all day, it is not strenuous. Lots of fresh air means meal times are a major focus, and gamedrives are not exercise. For those of you that will miss your regular work outs, some camps & lodges offers walking safaris, and guests can chose a leisurely 40min walk to a 3 hour hike!
Can I go for walks while on safari?
Leaving the safari vehicle behind is a must to truly enjoy the African bush. You can
walk in most safari areas. For those that really want to get out and enjoy the forest
or the savannah, there are some properties that specialize in walking safaris
offers only walking and you can also consider a camel safari.
What to bring?
Internal flights have a luggage limit of 15kg per person. It doesn’t sound very much
– but you can pack quite a few shorts and T shirts within 15kg and all lodges have
laundry facilities. Don’t forget binoculars, they are an essential part of safari.
What is Nairobi like?
Nairobi is a large metropolitan modern city, and the traffic is crazy! We recommend
getting straight out on safari – however for those who are spending a night in Nairobi
to connect with flights, there are some extremely nice boutique hotels, excellent
restaurants and good shopping.
Kenya Currency, Credit Card and Bank Information
Currency: Kenya shillings (Kshs)
Approximate Exchange Rate:
- Kshs 133 to £1 GBP
- Kshs 103 to $1 US Dollar
- Kshs 116 to 1 Euro
For latest Kshs exchange rates see Today’s Exchange Rate
All the major Credit cards are widely accepted in the city hotels, city restaurants and city shops but this may not be the case in the rural areas. A commission charge is normally added to any transactions using a credit card. Travellers cheques may be cashed in a bank but this may be a somewhat lengthy process. The smaller safari lodges and camps or rural hotels may not all accept travellers cheques or credit cards and where they do they may give an unfavourable exchange rate or add a surcharge, so it is recommended that you obtain whatever local currency you may need on safari in advance by drawing cash from an ATM at a bank in Nairobi using a VISA card.
Monday to Friday: 09.00-14.00 (16.30 in the major cities). The airport banks are open until midnight every day. Banks typically give a better exchange rate than hotels and we recommend you change some money at the bank upon arrival. In Nairobi, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has a bank located in the corner of the arrivals hall. ATM cash machines are available at Nairobi airport and in most major towns allowing cash to be drawn using an international Visa card with a P.I.N.