Immunizations Do I Need?
The best choice of vaccines
for your trip depends on many individual factors, including your precise
travel plans. Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include
· Hepatitis A
· Hepatitis B
· Yellow fever*
* Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries
Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. Vaccine shortages also occur from time to time - particularly with yellow fever. So it is always best to seek advice on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.
What should I pack?
It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies. You will also need anti-diarrhoeal medication such as Imodium (adults only); and oral rehydration sachets such as Electrolade, especially if travelling with children. Also include first aid items such as Band-Aids, antiseptic and dressings. It may be worth asking your doctor to prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic, suitable for treating dysentery or severe infections. Take along scissors, tweezers, and thermometer, lip salve, sun block, water purification tablets or drops, as well as your preferred brands of toiletries and cosmetics. A sterile needle kit is strongly recommended. Don't rely on being able to find these items locally. If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, take spares. Also take a torch and a pocket knife.
What Do I Need to Know about Malaria?
Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitoes that bite mainly at dusk and at night: every traveler to Africa needs reliable, up to date advice on the risks at his or her own destination. Prevention consists of using effective protection against bites (see below), plus taking anti-malarial medication.
The most suitable choice of medication depends on many individual factors, and travelers need careful, professional advice about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
What are the recommended preventive drugs for travel to Africa?
Lariam: widely-used; side-effects
have received much media attention (ranging from vivid dreams to more
serious neurological reactions); those who should not take this drug include
travelers with a previous history of neurological and psychological problems.
Doxycycline: possible side-effects include a skin reaction that can be triggered by bright sunlight, as well as an increased risk in women of vaginal thrush.
Malarone: highly effective, well-tolerated, and with an extremely low rate of side-effects, but more expensive and currently only available on an unlicensed basis from specialist centres.
Chloroquine and Paludrine have little risk of side effects and were previously widely used, but are now only about 50-60 per cent effective in many parts of East, West, and Central Africa, and must be used with caution, if at all. Commercial import to neighboring Tanzania has even been stopped.
Whatever your choice, you must take an anti malarial drug if you are visiting a malarial region, and you must continue taking the drug for the necessary period after your return; you must also take precautions to reduce the number of insect bites (see below).
Visitors to malarial areas are at much greater risk than local people and long term expatriates - from malaria as from several other diseases: do not change or discontinue your malaria medication other than on skilled professional advice.
Travelers to very remote places should also consider taking stand-by malaria treatment, for use in an emergency.
Tell me about Food & Hygiene
If you eat every meal you are offered, anywhere in the tropics, you will undoubtedly become ill. (This is probably also true in the North!) Be selective. Possible disease hazards range from minor bouts of travelers' diarrhea to dysentery and more serious parasitic diseases that may ruin your trip, so precautions are worthwhile.
Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly cooked, and is served hot. Avoid buffet food, or anything that has been re-heated or left exposed to flies.
Avoid seafood. Raw fruit and vegetables tend to be very difficult to sterilize: don't eat them unless they have been carefully and thoroughly washed in clean water, or are easy to cut open or peel without contaminating the flesh. In the tropics, the easiest and safest fruits are bananas and papayas.
Do not be afraid to reject food you consider unsafe, to ask for something to be prepared specially, or to skip a meal.
What about water purification?
Only drink water that you know is safe. Don't drink tap water or brush your teeth with it, stick to bottled or canned drinks - well-known brands are safe. Have bottled mineral waters opened in your presence, and regard all ice as unsafe. Alcohol does not sterilize a drink!
If in doubt, purify water by boiling or with chlorine or iodine, or using a water purifier. (One of the safest methods is to use 2 percent tincture of iodine: add 1 drop of iodine to each cup of water, and wait 20 minutes before drinking.)
Tell me about Insect Precautions
Careful precautions reduce
the risk of insect-borne disease by a factor of ten. These diseases include:
Yellow fever, dengue fever, other viral diseases, sleeping sickness, filariasis
and of course, malaria.
At dusk, and at other times when insects are biting, cover up: wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers, socks, and pajamas at night.
Use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and on your clothing.
Use both a permethrin-impregnated mosquito net and some form of insecticide during the night - pyrethrum coils or an electric mosquito killer. Spray your hotel room each evening.
What do I do about the heat & sun
During the initial phase
of your visit, avoid heavy physical exertion, keep cool and stay in the
shade - especially during the hottest parts of the day. Increase your
salt intake by adding extra to your food, and perhaps a small quantity
to your drinking water.
Thirst is a poor guide to how much fluid you need: it is essential to drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol, coffee, or strong tea, which are diuretics and cause increased water loss). The best guide is that your body should always produce plenty of pale urine. Use plenty of high factor sunscreen, wear a hat and shady clothing, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight - especially during the hottest part of the day.
What are the best flights to Kenya?
Kenya Airways, KLM Emirates, Swiss Air, Ethiopian Airlines and British Airways are some of the most popular airlines into Nairobi. From the USA you will connect to Nairobi the Capital city through a European city such as London or Amsterdam.
Do I need to reconfirm my flight?
YES! Some airlines will drop you from the flight if you do not call to confirm.
Can Experience Africa Tours & Safaris help me book flights?
Experience Africa Tours & Safaris can help you book flights within Kenya. Although Experience Africa Tours & Safaris cannot book international airfare for you, we can help you with some websites to visit and phone numbers to call to ensure you are receiving the best airfare rates.
Can Experience Africa Tours & Safaris arrange in-country travel for me?
Experience Africa Tours
& Safaris will book all in-country travel, including flights, bus
rides and shuttles. Your tickets will be presented to you upon arrival
When to Visit When are the best and worst times to visit East Africa for safari?
We feel that the best months to visit East Africa are late May, June, and November. There are not many tourists in Kenya during these months, so your safari experience will be more private. During the high season (July, August, December, January) it is not uncommon to find a dozen safari trucks gathered around an animal. Another benefit of going on safari during these months is that there are many wildflowers blooming and the roads are not as dusty.
The least favorite time
to visit Kenya for safari is during the rainy season. The rainy season
usually starts in the middle of March and lasts through the beginning
of May. There is a brief rainy season in October also.
Food: Are vegetarian meals available?
Absolutely; just let us know in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.
Do I need to bring water filters?
You probably won't need them because we will provide boiled water for the entire trip. On safari you will have bottled water. You should bring one bottle of iodine tablets for your group just in case though.
What precautions should I take to avoid stomach problems?
Be sure to wash your hands often with soap. Before meals, wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your food. Do not eat food sold by street vendors. Wipe the mouth of soda and alcohol bottles before drinking and ensure that water bottles are sealed properly before purchasing. Also, eat fruit that can be peeled, such as bananas, and that only eat other kinds of fruit that is washed. If you unsure of any food stuffs, please don't hesitate to ask.
What is the food like on a lodge safari?
The food varies in quality depending on the type of lodge you choose. The smaller, more private lodges have much better meals than the larger lodges. Picnic lunches are very similar to those on a camping safari. We have provided a sample lodge menu below.
Eggs, prepared any style, toast, potatoes, chicken or sausage, fruit, cake, juice, coffee and tea. Lunch Chicken or vegetable sandwich, hard-boiled egg, fruit, cake or chocolate, and juice. Dinner Soup, salad, your choice of fish or meat, rice, cake, tea and cofee.
How rugged is a camping safari?
On a camping safari, guests and staff sleep in pitched tents in designated campsites in or near the national parks. Experience Africa Tours & Safaris staff setup the camp and prepare all meals while you relax, read and eat snacks. Experience Africa Tours & Safaris camps consist of tents set up around tables and chairs. When possible, Experience Africa Tours & Safaris uses more remote campsites to make your camping experience more private. During peak season, the national park campsites may hold up to one hundred people so we try to camp just outside the parks in private sites. There are toilet and shower facilities at almost all the campsites although the level of cleanliness varies. Experience Africa Tours & Safaris will heat water for your bath or shower.
On a camping safari, what equipment does Experience Africa Tours & Safaris provide?
While on a camping safari,
We will provide camping equipment including tents, sleeping mattresses,
tables and chairs. We also provide all of the cooking equipment for safari.
Please see our packing list for items you should bring with you to Kenya.
How does Experience Africa Tours & Safaris choose our lodge accommodations?
We try to match the lodge
with what kind of safari experience you would like to have. If you want
to have a more private lodge experience, we will place you in the tented
lodges that have anywhere from eight to twenty private tents. There are
both mid and high-end private lodges so we can accommodate any budget.
If you are interested in bigger lodges, we can also place you in those.
Driving : What are our safari vehicles like?
We use specially designed safari vans on all safaris. These vehicles have been modified to include comfortable sAVS and an open roof ideal for animal viewing.
What is the condition of the roads in Kenya?
Although the roads between cities and the national parks are generally well-maintained, the roads inside the national parks are very rough and dusty, and hence, often muddy. During game drives, we drive slowly for a more comfortable drive. During the dry season you will get very dusty, so bring some moist cleansing cloths to clean up before meal times.
Why does it take so long to drive the short distances between parks?
Although the distances between parks may seem short, there are no freeways in Kenya. Nearly all the roads are single-lane, making the going very slow.
Reservations and Cancellations
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes! However, they usually a 4 to 5% processing fee depending on the type of card.
What the Experience Africa Tours & Safaris cancellation policy?
Experience Africa Tours
& Safaris requires a 33% deposit to book a safari. The deposit must
be made at least three months before your safari start date to allow for
adequate preparations. If you cancel 90 days before your safari start
date, we will reimburse 75% of the deposit. For cancellations between
90 and 45 days before the start date, we will reimburse 50% of the deposit.
We will not reimburse any portion of the deposit if you cancel within
45 days of the start date, but your deposit may be applied to a new safari
date within one year of the cancellation date.
Cameras and Photography
Should I bring extra batteries for my camera or will they be available in Kenya?
Bring extra AA batteries because they are impossible to find outside of Arusha. If you do find them, chances are high that they are not good.
What extra camera equipment
should I bring to Kenya? 1. Small sand bag on which to rest your camera.
The safari vehicles shake quite a bit and sometimes you may miss a great
shot if you wait for the car to be turned off.
2. Lightweight tripod or monopod.
3. Small can of compressed air to clean the camera. Be sure to clean your camera every night as it is usually very dusty while on safari.
Will I be able to charge rechargeable batteries while in the bush?
Most lodges have outlets so you will be able to recharge batteries. However, because the lodges are run on generators, the electrical current is not as strong as traditional electrical currents. Some lodges turn off their generators at midnight. Keep in mind Kenya uses 220volt current and you will need to bring necessary converters and plug adaptors. Try to take as few electrical powered tools as possible.
Will I be able to use US currency in Kenya?
You will be able to pay tips in USD. You will need to pay for some things in Kenya shillings, such as sodas, beer, small souvenirs, etc. You will probably want to change about $100-$200 to shillings just for small purchases.
Are Tips Included?
While traveling in Kenya & Tanzania all gratuities are handled by us in advance, so that the local employees are eager to serve and you are free to relax and enjoy your trip. However, there is one exception, and that is your tips to your Safari Guide, which is at your discretion.
What is a bush walk?
A bush walk is a nature walk or walking safari inside or near a national park. We can tailor a bush walk to your interests. If you are a bird lover, we can take you on a bird walk. If you want to be near big game on foot, we can arrange a bush walk in a national park. (These walks require an armed guard.) If you want to learn about the different tribes around the area, we can take you on a history walk. A bush walk can be a leisurely stroll or strenuous hike and can range in length from half an hour to six hours. Let us know what you are interested in seeing, doing, and we will arrange the perfect walking safari for you.
Is It Safe To Travel to East Africa?
What happens in one country, even a bordering country does not necessarily affect the other. Think of it this way - if something happened in Canada, would that affect your travel plans to Florida or Mexico? There are certain inherent risks whenever one traveler, but chances of being involved in an incident are very small. It is just not wise for Born Free to send you to an area where we know there are problems. We are in constant contact with our international offices and continually monitor any situations that might occur. Many of our vehicles are equipped with emergency telephones. We have the ability to change your itinerary at last minute and would certainly cancel a trip if you would be in harms way. If you have any questions at anytime regarding destinations, do not hesitate to call. Your safety and comfort in traveling to an area is our foremost concern.
What Can Be Expected On A Safari?
A warm and friendly welcome by the local people, no humidity, comfortable temperatures, a high degree of comfort, a variety of delicious food and exhausting but exhilarating days.
An average day begins at dawn with tea and a sunrise game drive. Back to the lodge for a wonderful breakfast with fresh baked breads, local coffee, and your choice of entire. During the heat of the day when the wildlife is at rest you too may wish to relax around the pool. In the afternoon when the wildlife again comes alive go out on an afternoon game drive. In certain areas full day game drives, a bush walk, night drive or other activity may be planned.
In the evening, everyone gathers to exchange stories of the bush while enjoying beverages. Retire early, as tomorrow will bring well we just don't know but we can assure you it will be exciting!
How Are The Roads?
Roads in wildlife area are bumpy and dusty. Many of our trips feature comfortable flights. This does add to the cost of the safari but it converts wasted time on the road to quality time viewing the wildlife. In East Africa, internal flights are included in the land price.
How long have you been operating tours?
Over the Years we have continuously provided thousands of active, inquisitive travelers with researched unique destinations to create expeditions that satisfy our travelers ' desires for safe, stimulating and educational adventures.
How do our your safaris differ from others?
Our Tours are virtually unique in that they offer significant adventure variety . Adventures are low intensity; travelers can choose cultural or sightseeing excursions in place of most adventures; and we typically only use first class or deluxe accommodations. In addition, we usually offer our independent travelers a choice of educational lectures - something normally offered only to group travelers.
Who will lead my trip?
We employs the services of some of the most educated, competent, and affable naturalist guides available. On certain expeditions, you may have several local guides along the way, each of whom will provide you with personal insight into their area's natural and cultural history. If you have a particular trip focus, such as birding or botany, we will work with you to provide the established guide whose background, education, and training will best match your specific needs.
What is the profile of your typical traveler?
Our clients come from all over the world and have a wide variety of backgrounds. Most are well-educated, inquisitive, enthusiastic people who share common interests in such areas as soft adventure, natural history, cultural anthropology and geographical exploration. Over half of our participants are between the ages of 40 and 65. They travel as singles, couples, and families. Our adventure cruising travelers are generally slightly older. Above all,
What kind of accommodations can I expect?
We believe in a philosophy of "adventure by day, comfort by night". We typically use only finest game lodges camps & hotels (or deluxe tented camps) with a local flavor. Our deluxe tented camps and jungle eco-lodges all have private bathrooms with hot water and flush toilettes.
How will you help me prepare for my trip?
From recommended reading lists and destination travel guides to visa and health information, we deliver the most current pre-departure travel information possible, allowing you the opportunity to gain the most out of your travel experience.
How can I learn more about the specific trip I am interested in?
To learn more about our company, tours, safaris ,expeditions, or destinations, please e-mail us or call us. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to answer your questions and to help you create your next adventure.
The key person on your safari is your driver. He is your field guide, as well. He will drive you safely, look after you and help you to discover his country. He's experienced and well trained on safety and health issues.
Your safari will be organized by one of our directors. He is your tour leader and he will assure that the highest standards of service and safety are upheld. He will escort the groups and luxury camping safaris.
The selected camping sites are within the parks and wildlife reserves. They have been designated by park authorities. The park authorities are also very concerned with the security of their visitors, so it is very unlikely that they would admit tourists when there is a security problem.
To make your safari more interesting, we will be assisted by specialised professional guides. Guided nature walks in the parks are exclusively conducted by authorised rangers.
Finally, the participants must respect the health and safety guidelines provided by the driver and the tour leader during the safari. We care!
What about road security?
Our drivers are experienced drivers with an extensive knowledge of the country. They have been trained in defensive driving and attended a 4WD course in Low Range, High Range and Self Recovery. Security is our concern and that's why our Management Team and even our Cook with his logistic vehicle went on course!
Aren't wild animals dangerous?
Of course! While viewing wildlife, there is a degree of danger as the behaviour of wild animals cannot be guaranteed. However, most animals are frightened by the sight/smell of humans and, rather than attack, they will flee (unless cornered or provoked). Attacks on humans are rare.
At your tented camp it is not uncommon for wildlife to wander through, as the camps and lodges are not fenced off. An attack on a sleeping traveller would be highly unusual, occurring only rarely when an animal has been frightened or provoked.
Safety rules are to be respected: follow your field guide or tour leader's guidelines strictly, never venture outside your accommodations at night without your guide, and don't feed the animals, however lovely they may seem!
Can I plan a camping safari with my family?
Of course! Why settle for a standardised lodge "tour" with your family? No other travel experience can compare with a real mobile-tented African safari. For families, it's a lifetime experience that they will never forget. For children, it's the ultimate adventure. Our large igloo tents can be extended with a separate bedroom especially to accommodate families!
How many participants can we expect?
In general, we think that wildlife observation and exploration goes better with small groups. The ideal group size when on safaris for a couple of weeks is 6 to maximum 10 participants. We believe that quality should come first!
What type of vehicle is used on safari?
For the individuals, we have opted for the comfortable Toyota Landcruiser GX (4 + 1 occupants) as our standard vehicle. You will experience the difference in comfort with other four-wheel-drive vehicles. For larger groups, we will use our Toyota Station Wagon with open roof, designed in Kenya (7 + 1 persons). Both types are four-wheel-drive and equipped with air conditioning. Everything is done to assure your comfort while travelling! Special cooler boxes for cold drinks are part of our standard equipment.
What equipment is used to assure exclusive safaris comfort?
· Camping trailer: Packing is always a problem when on safari since there is never enough space for all the necessities that have to go along to assure an exclusive camping comfort. The answer is our specially designed and fully equipped 4x4 trailer. You will experience "the real African camping style": fully equipped with field kitchen, freezer, 200 lt water tank, shower and toilet facilities. Everything is there to assure you an exclusive outdoor safari that is different from anything you have probably ever known before! It's simply the experience of a lifetime!
· Tents: Our Igloo tents are inflated and installed in 5 minutes. No hassle! Your igloo tent is 3m x 3m x 1.95m and can be extended with a separate bedroom, specially equipped to accommodate families with children. For each participant, we provide a self-inflating mattress (6 cm), sleeping bag with sheet, a camping chair and a dining set with cup, plates and cutlery. All the necessary cooking and camping utensils are provided to assure your camping comfort. Your Igloo tent is mosquito protected, and we provide one tent for every two participants!
· Cooler boxes & Freezer: We carry cooler boxes with fresh drinks when on safari. And we have minus 40 °C freezers to carry our frozen food!
Our clients' interests always come first. Our experience shows that if we serve our clients well, our own success will follow.
Our assets are our people and reputation. If any of these is ever diminished, the last is the most difficult to restore. We are dedicated to complying fully with the letter and spirit of the laws, rules and ethical principles that govern us. Our continued success depends upon unswerving adherence to this standard.
We take great pride in the professional quality of our work. We have an uncompromising determination to achieve excellence in everything we undertake.
We stress integrity in everything we do. While recognizing that the old way may still be the best way, we constantly strive to find the best solution to a client's problems.
We stress teamwork in everything we do. While individual creativity is always encouraged, we have found that team effort often produces the best results. We have no room for those who put their personal interests ahead of the interests our clients.
The dedication of our people to our clients and the intense effort they give their jobs are greater than one finds in most travel agents. We think that this is an important part of our success.
We constantly strive to anticipate the changing needs of our clients and to develop new services to meet those needs. We know that the world does not stand still and that complacency can lead to extinction.
We regularly receive confidential information as part of our normal client relationships. To breach a confidence or to use confidential information improperly or carelessly would be unthinkable.
Our business is highly competitive, and we aggressively seek to expand our client relationships. However, we must always be fair competitors and must never denigrate other firms.
Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our business. We expect our people to maintain high ethical standards in everything they do, both in their work for the firm and in their personal lives.
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