FAQ

FAQ

African Safari Tours FAQs

Health & Safety

Are safaris in Kenya safe?
You bet they are. Kenya is one of Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by its friendly people and always taken care of by attentive staff. After full days of wildlife viewing, rest up at handpicked camps and lodges, which offer authentic African charm and modern-day conveniences.

Is it okay to drink the water?
We provide free bottled water at all camps and during all wildlife-viewing drives. You can also purchase bottled water at all lodges.

Are there a lot of bugs in Kenya?
There are more bugs in many places in the U.S. than you will encounter on safari! As in North America, deet-based repellents and citronelle-based products work well if you encounter mosquitoes or other small insects.
What shots should I get?
For medical advice, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Most travelers receive a vaccination for yellow fever and antimalarial pills. Keep in mind that you’ll be staying in camps and lodges designed to accommodate American and European guests.

Wildlife Viewing

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?
Northern Kenya! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world. The vast plains of Serengeti National Park also host a myriad of wildlife, especially during the wildebeest migration.
What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Kenya?
All kinds! You will see the animals you’ve always dreamed of encountering on safari—zebra, elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, warthog, wildebeest, and so much more.
When is the best time of year to go on safari in Kenya?
Kenya has the best year-round wildlife viewing, and we adjust our itineraries, departure dates, and accommodations based on wildlife migration patterns. In Kenya, any time is a wonderful time to be on safari. Of course, there are seasonal variations, but you’ll always see a lot of animals.
What is the Great Migration?
The Great Migration is a year-round phenomenon where vast herds of mammals, mainly wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, move around the Serengeti in search of food and water. The driving force of the migration is rain, making it difficult to predict.
What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?
Hakuna matata! No worries! Plenty of awe-inspiring moments present themselves whenever you travel in Kenya. Even if you don’t happen to see the Great Migration, you’ll still see an abundance of wildlife.

Clothes, Food & Weather

 

What clothes should I bring on safari?
Dress in comfortable, casual attire that you don’t mind getting dusty. We recommend wearing layers. After you’ve booked your safari, we’ll mail a detailed packing list to help you prepare.
What’s the food like?
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on our safaris. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style. The food is often prepared with western palates in mind (some local dishes are included). At the Nyumba Camps, chefs prepare fresh soups, breads, entrees, and desserts daily.
Can special diets be accommodated?
With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip.
What’s the weather like in Kenya?
Kenya’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF – 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF – 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain so we do not operate scheduled trips during that time.