General travel information

 

Currency:

Kenya money is called Kenya shillings, abbreviated as Ksh. 100cents make 1-shilling, 1-US$ is equivalent to about 80/= shillings but this may change from more to less from bank to bank and lodge to lodge depending on the percentage of the commission taken.

Most banks in Kenya open between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs. There is however bureau de change in every Urban centres and they open as early as 0800hrs and close at 17:00hrs. Hotels and lodges change currencies as well.
Have a few denominations in local currency; it is cheaper and convenient to have your money changed before the commencement of the safari.

 

Visa and Master Cards:

Most lodges, hotels and shops accept the use of Visa/Master Cards 

 

Water:

On the whole safari, it is recommended that you use only mineral water for drinking. Tap water may be used for shower and brushing of teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink it. Hotels and lodges have enough mineral water and you may also purchase this en-route when you make short breaks between the destinations.

 

Shopping:

Have enough films to avoid inconveniences; it’s also fairly cheaper over here

 

Health:

Take precautions like having some prescribed Malaria tabs. Use mosquito repellent oil/lotion.

 

Weather:

July is the coldest in Nairobi with little or no rain at all. South Eastern Kenya and Northern Tanzania would have cool evenings and a spell of Sun during the day. Temperatures would range from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius during the night and as high as 27 degrees Celsius during the day.

You will require warm clothing during the evenings i.e. Jackets, long sleeved blouses and Shirts, trousers etc. For the day, you may need casual clothing as t-shirts and shorts.

 

Photography:

Generally, photography is allowed in Kenya and Tanzania. The animals get a monthly wage for posing for the photos, so you are encouraged to take as much as you wish. However, do not take photos of strangers, police officers, military personnel, presidential motorcade, masai herdsmen and women or any other traditionally dressed persons. You may seek permission first before taking shots of strangers and masai people. Your driver will be at your service for any assistance that you may need.

 

Power voltage:

All regions in Kenya and Tanzania are supplied with 240 volts. Almost all sockets you will find on safari are those that take in the rectangular prongs plug. You may however need to carry an adaptor just in case the two bottom holes are too wide apart for the charger prongs to go in. most lodges and hotels will provide you with an adaptor if you do not have one. It will be very rare to find sockets with rounded prongs.

 

Tipping:

As a sign of appreciation, you may offer some tips to those who offer services at the hotels on the entire safari. However, tipping remains entirely on you. Should you feel like tipping for services rendered, we recommend that porters and waiters be given at least US$1.00 for the driver-guide; we recommend a tip of between US$5.00 to US$7.00 per person per day.

 

Do’s and Don’ts in the National Parks and Reserves:

  •    Do not throw litter or leave litter. There are litter bins at designated places or you may
  •    leave them in the bus.
  •    Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys, baboons etc.
  •    Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb the wildlife
  •    Do not take any plant or animals, dead or alive
  •    Do not start fires or throw cigarettes
  •    Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points
  •    Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals
  •    Do enjoy yourself to the fullest
  •    Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25 mph)
  •    When viewing wildlife, keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters
  •    Keep to the roads
  •    Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the Parks between 7.00pm- 
  •    6.00am Unless they are staying overnight. Night game driving is not allowed.
  •    Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable.

 

General Information for Marine Parks:

  • Check local weather and sea conditions before entering the Marine Park or Reserve
  • Some Maine life is dangerous; do not touch anything under water
  • Do not damage or remove the coral, it is a living organism which takes many years to form, and is host to many rare and endangered species.
  • Do not remove shells, starfish or any other Marine life, especially those deriving from turtles and whales.
  • Do not stand on the Coral, or damage it with your diving or snorkeling fins.
  • Never dispose of litter on the beach or in the sea.
  • Avoid restaurants that serve undersized crabs and lobsters as this contributes to their rapid demise.
  • Support traditional coastal livelihoods and do not give money to children on the beach, as this can encourage them to stay away from school.
  • Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya, never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.

 

General Information for Mountain Climbing:

  • Lodge Facilities: accommodation ranges from full board Standard rooms, Superior, Deluxe, Cottages, Country Homes to mountain climbers’ bunkhouse and camping. The lodge restaurant features international cuisine with friendly service and an informal atmosphere.
  • Self-service log cabins are available for parties of two to seven, ideal for families and those wishing to prepare their own meals. Cooking and dinning facilities are provided, as well as bathroom and water W.C. However, self service clients can still take their meals in the restaurant, have use of the bar and enjoy the outdoor grill. Climber’s bunkhouses are equipped with wooden bunks and mattresses, a shared cooking area, showers and W.C. The campsite located near the bunkhouses, enjoys the same facilities
  • Health and fitness requirements: anyone contemplating one of our expeditions should take regular exercise. It is recommended that you start a training programme at least one month, if not two months before your safari. Running, swimming, cycling and stair-climbing are all good ways of toning up muscles.
  • Seasons for climbing Mt. Kenya: it has been generally accepted that our climbing seasons are from mid-December to mid-March and from mid-June to the end of September. However, these traditional weather patterns seem to be the exception rather than the rule: the chances of encountering good weather on the mountain seem to be about equal throughout the year, so the timing of your safari is not as critical as once was.
  • Guide: our professional local guides provide quality service on all our safaris
  • Food: all meals for the treks are either fresh or tinned. The porters and guides are trained in cookery and service
  • Note: mountain climbing may be hazardous, always take advice from your guide. Take time to acclimatize, Eat well, Drink lots of fluids. “Pole pole” is a Swahili word meaning go slow.

 

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