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Information 

You might find some of this useful as you prepare for your safari:

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VISAS

Visas

Most people require a visa for Kenya which, where possible, should be applied for online at least 2 (two) weeks in advance.

Kenyan visa applications are now available online through the E-Visa portal

https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke.

The E-Visa Portal is mobile enabled and one can complete the application from a mobile phone – including taking and uploading a picture from the phone.

Currently, it is still be possible to make a manual application on arrival at the ports of entry, but this is only for a limited period.

Multiple-entry visas are not normally issued but, an extra – or transit – visa can be readily obtained locally if required. You will always be met at the airport by one of our personnel.

CURRENCY

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Currency

The currency in Kenya is the Kenya shilling, which is usually around 100 Kshs to 1 US$, though of course this varies. ATMs are available in most of the larger towns, and credit card machines cans usually be found at lodges, hotels and shops.

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CLIMATE

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Climate

The climate in East Africa varies according to the altitude, it can become cold at night (down to 32*F) while the lowland areas can be hot during the day (up to 95*F, especially during January and February). However, the climate is generally pleasant. Safaris can be undertaken throughout the year. The months of April, May or November can be wet, and some people often prefer these shoulder seasons. Rain showers are brief, normally occuring in the afternoons. Day light hours are very similar all year, (due to being on the equator).

MEDICAL & INSURANCE

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Insurance

Both you and your property MUST be comprehensively insured before the beginning of your safari. We take every possible care of you and your property, but we cannot be held responsible for any accident, injury or illness that you may incur, or for any loss or damage to property during your safari. Travel insurance is readily available in your own country. We suggest that in addition to personal injury or loss coverage that you consider trip cancellation insurance.

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WHAT TO PACK

GRATUITIES

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Gratuities

It is customary to tip your safari staff, and while no specific amount is recommended, there is a suggested range. This can be discussed with your safari guide. Some people may also wish to tip their guide but this is left to the guests’ discretion.

 

In lodges and permanent camps, a staff tip box is usually provided in the reception office. The money collected is then distributed equally among the entire staff. If in town, at a restaurant, a 10% tip is the norm.

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