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Africa Travel Q&A

  • Do I need a visa to visit Kenya?

    For more information regarding the Kenyan e-visa program, please contact Kenya Immigration in Nairobi or the Kenyan embassy in Washington, D.C. Contact information can be found at Embassy of Kenya. The fees are $50 for a single-entry visa and $100 for a multiple-entry visa for each traveler, regardless of age and whether obtained in advance or at the airport. Please see - https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/kenya.html

  • When is the best time to visit Kenya ?

    Kenya is a year-round destination and it is possible to see wildlife at all times of the year. Depending on your interests, certain times may be better than others. For instance, if you want to see the great migration, this tends to travel through Kenya between June and October. However, even this can be difficult to determine, as the movements of the wildebeest depend on rain and weather conditions. Shoulder season - Jan, Feb, and Mar. Low season - Apr, May and Jun, Peak season - Jul, Aug, and Sep. Shoulder season - Oct. High season - Nov and Dec. January: Clear, hot days and warm nights make this high season a popular time for safaris and good for diving and snorkeling. February: With the long dry season well established, the grass grazed down and wildlife gathering close to water points, this is still a good time for a safari and good water clarity makes for excellent diving conditions. March: Hot, increasingly humid weather – with good diving and snorkeling conditions at the start of the month – gives way to rains and lower rates. April: Temperatures drop soon after the rains are established and you’ll often have facilities largely to yourself in this more affordable low – or “green" – season. May: While game viewing can be trickier as vegetation runs riot, the colors and light are great for photography at this time of year. June: The rains give way to cloudy, cooler weather, making for very comfortable conditions, especially in the highlands. July : Kenya’s “cool" season sets in, with the highlands sometimes rather grey, but wildebeest, migrating from the Serengeti, start arriving in the Masai Mara. August: The Great Migration fills the Mara plains – and school’s out, so the park roads are full of tourists (ask us for advice on avoidance tactics!). September: The clearing skies signal the start of hot, dry weather with little chance of rain – and fewer visitors – making the latter part of this month a good time for a quieter safari. October: Still hot, mostly dry and not too busy, this is many people’s preferred month for a safari, and it’s also good for diving and snorkeling. November: The “short rains" usually start in the second half, so this is low season, with accordingly lower rates and visitor numbers. December: The rains usually finish by mid-month and landscapes often look their best, under clear blue skies, heralding the start of the peak tourist season.

  • What is the currency and what credit cards can I use in Kenya ?

    Currency: Kenyan shilling - KES or KSH 1USD equals 101.473 kes (AUG 2016), check with your bank for up to date conversion. Credit cards are accepted in nearly all hotels, at filling stations and many shops. You can even use the card to get cash at some banks. Bank & ATM cards usually dont work, while theres are some ATM's that dispense dollars.

  • What is the electric current in Kenya ?

    230/240 volts (US & Canada are 110/120)

  • What time zone is Kenya in?

    Local time in Kenya is GMT+3 which means it is always 6 or 7 hours ahead of us in the eastern United States depending on the time of year and daylight savings.

  • What are the tipping guidelines for a Kenya Safari ?

    Gratuities are discretionary however it is customary to tip 10% of the check at restaurants and to taxi drivers, as well as local guides and drivers. Game Ranger/ Guide 10USD per person per day. General Camp staff 5USD per person per day.

  • Do I need any vaccinations for Kenya? Is Kenya a malaria free country ?

    It is imperative that you obtain a yellow fever vaccination at least 10-days prior to arival in a yellow fever region. Failure to produce an official yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Kenya may result in you being denied entry. Additionally, other countries may deny entry or re-entry without proof of yellow fever vaccination after a visit to a yellow fever region. For more on yellow fever go to cdc.gov. Malaria: we highly recommend that you take precautions against malaria. Your physician will be able to assist you with a prescription for prophylaxis for malaria prior to your arrival in the malaria infested area.

  • Should I take out Travel Insurance before travelling to Kenya?

    Yes, it is highly recommended that you take out adequate travel insurance at the time of confirming your booking. This should cover any medical situation (such as hospitalization), as well as cancellation or curtailment of arrangements and loss of your baggage. We encourage our guest to protect themselves by purchasing travel insurance. We can assist with travel insurance through our trusted partner, World Nomads. If you would like to receive a quote for travel insurance please visit the following link: http://www.tours4fun.com/travel_insurance.html

  • What should I pack for a Safari in Kenya?

    As a general guideline, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The less you take the better as most lodges and hotels do offer laundry service if you are staying at least two days. Muted colors such as stone, khaki, beige or brown are recommended when you are on safari. Game drives in the early morning and evenings can be very cold especially in winter so you must pack accordingly. The key is to dress in layers in the early morning and strip down layer by layer as it gets warmer as the sun rises. Vice versa for evening game drives

  • What is the driving time from Nairobi to Masai Mara ?

    Nairobi Mara is a five hours drive, meaning for you to be in Masai Mara by lunch you have to depart in early morning. By air it is a 50 minutes flight time.

  • Can I combine a bush & beach holiday?

    Yes this is very possible, you just have to know how many days you want for beach and how many for bush.

  • Where does the great migration occur?

    The great migration occurs on Kenyan soil as this is where the wildebeests cross Sand River and Mara River. This phenomenon occurs from Tanzania Serengeti Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara. It occurs between the months of July and October and it’s not predictable when they will cross the Mara River

  • Will I be able to to do laundry during my Kenya trip?

    Laundry service is available at most hotels and lodges throughout Kenya. Prices will vary per hotel/lodge.

  • How safe is it to travel in Uganda?

    Uganda is generally a very safe country for travelers. Ugandans are considered among the friendliest and most welcoming people on planet earth. Feel free to meet and talk to Ugandans, as they will be most honored. Kampala is known to be one of the safest capital cities in Africa, but you should use common sense when traveling in any big city. Be responsible and cautious during your tour and use taxis when you are going out at night and always keep a close watch over your belongings.

  • How tough is it physically to do gorilla tracking?

    The ease of seeing the gorillas depends on the movements of the gorilla family on that particular day. For Uganda, some say that the Rushegura group in Buhoma is easy to spot, but we cannot guarantee this. In general you can expect the tracking to be quite tough, so we advise you to train for the gorilla tracking. Altitude averages 2000 meters, the muddy hills of Bwindi are steep. The time it takes to find the gorillas can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours. If you have a low level of fitness which limits you from walking long distances in rugged terrain, we advise that you consider tracking in Rwanda where the rangers will assign you to an easier or more difficult tracking according to your fitness level. The gorilla permits in Rwanda, however, are more expensive.

  • What chance do I have of seeing the gorillas?

    Chances of seeing the gorilla are over 95%. If you are in the very unlikely situation not to have seen them, you will be given the choice of either a 50% refund of the cost of your gorilla permit or another chance to spot them the next day (when permits are available). Please note that it is the national wildlife authority that issues the refund. Your driver/guide will be happy to assist you in the procedure.

  • During the gorilla tracking, what should l wear?

    We advise you to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt made of light-weight material. You’ll want to tuck the cuffs of your pants into tall socks to prevent safari ants from entering. It is also wise to wear a hat to prevent ticks from getting in your hair. Bring a rain jacket and rain pants in your daypack, as well as an extra t-shirt and a sweater for when the tracking gets long and the forest gets cooler. Make sure you have good hiking shoes and don’t worry about the weight of your backpack: porters are available for a US$ 20 fee which helps families from the communities around the park.

  • Which area should I choose to go gorilla tracking?

    There are an estimated 880 mountain gorillas in the forested highland area shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Habituated families can be visited in Uganda and Rwanda. By booking your Uganda tour well in advance, you will have a higher chance of securing a permit for the specific gorilla group you wish to visit.

  • Is it possible to get a visa at the border or do I have to apply in advance?

    Citizens of most countries can get a Uganda visas at the point of entry at US$50, - pp. You need only to present your yellow fever vaccination card and a valid passport. A visa for Rwanda has to be organized in advance (except for nationals of USA, Germany, South Africa, Sweden, and other East African countries)

  • Can I add or cancel day(s) before, after, or in between one of the standard tours on the website?

    Yes, you can. As you are booking a standard tour, just inform us about you additional wishes and we can "customize" the tour for you..

  • Is it possible to use a credit card during my tour?

    Credit cards are not widely accepted in Uganda, or Rwanda. Only at major hotels, up-market lodges, and a few shops can they be used.

  • How hard is it to exchange currency?

    You can change dollars, pounds and Euros at many Forex exchange bureaus around capital cities. In up-country cities, the exchange rate is less advantageous and it becomes difficult to exchange Pounds and Euros. Dollars are the most used currencies, but bear in mind that US dollars issued before 2006 are not accepted and denominations below 100 are exchanged at a lower rate.

  • Which items should l bring on my tour?

    We request that you to bring a bag or suitcase made of soft material rather than those ones with hard materials. We request that you to bring a bag or suitcase made of soft material rather than those ones with hard materials. • First aid kit • Mosquito repellent • Sun block • Hat • Passport • Vaccination records • Sunglasses • Clothes for both warm and cool weather • Camera • Chargers for camera, phone, tablet, etc. • Clothes with long sleeves • Rain jacket • Small backpack • Binoculars • Hiking boots for gorilla tracking or other hiking activities • Money belt and a separate day wallet • Multi plug, to be sure you can charge all your items

  • What is the best time of year to visit the region?

    When to Visit Uganda: Best time to go: June to August and December to February (All parks), High Season: June to September (It's rarely crowded, but you'll need to book your gorilla permits long in advance) Low Season: March, April, May, October, November (Some lodges and camps in high rainfall areas close down; roads and forest trails can be in poor condition) Best Weather: June-July and January-February (Little rainfall) Worst Weather: March, April and May (Peak of wet season)

  • There is a stretch of 200km where you mention it takes 6 hours driving. How is this possible?

    Road conditions in Uganda are extremely poor and after a rain shower the dirt roads become difficult to pass. All of our vehicles have 4-wheel-drive and our drivers are experienced in handling the difficult road conditions, but speeds are necessarily slow to make sure that you are safe and the vehicle is not damaged.

  • I have diet restrictions. Is this a problem during my tour in Uganda?

    It’s not a problem at all, since nearly everything grows in Uganda’s fertile soils and you don’t need to depend on pasta and wheat bread, etc. Please tell us in advance of your dietary restrictions and we will be happy to make appropriate arrangements.

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