Frequently Asked Questions
Are safaris in East Africa safe?
You bet they are. All these countries are among Africa’s most stable countries. You’ll be welcomed by the 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.
Where do I spend the night?
Nights are spent on different accommodations depending on the section of the safaris. Parks offer Luxury Lodges and Camps, as well as Campsites if on a camping safari or thereof. If on a camping safari, clients are provided with spacious two-man dome tents (2.1 x 2.1 m) that are equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats.
What Facilities are at the Campsites?
The communal ablution facilities can be found on all campsites and are very clean. Most of them are very basic, the showers are cold showers though in the National park campsites but some of the campsites right next to the park have hot showers a swimming pool.
What do i need to pack for the safari?
Follow this link to see what you need to pack for your safari and if you will have further questions please feel free to contact us.
What kind of vehicles do we use?
We make use of reconstructed 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Land cruisers), that have been designed to conquer the ever demanding road conditions in East Africa. All vehicles have pop-up roofs that can be opened during game drives and a window seat is guaranteed for each guest.You may also choose to store smaller valuables in the Tanzania Expeditions office.
What meals are provided and what kind of food do i expect?
The tour is run on a full-board basis and meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is also provided, whereas all other beverages (soft drinks & alcohol) are excluded and on your own account. Breakfast can include eggs, sausages or bacon and toast and jam. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also provided. Lunch-boxes are provided for lunch and are enjoyed en-route at a picnic spot. These usually contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.Dinner is freshly cooked and meals consist of meat or fish and some sort of starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes etc.) and vegetables. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our utmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification)
Do i need money while on Safari?
Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips. Please only bring USD bills that have been printed after 2006 as earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
Are tips Included in the package?
Tips are not included in the price and we recommend 15-20 USD per group per day for the guide and 10-15 USD per group per day for the cook.
Do i need sunscreen while on safari?
It is highly recommended that you bring your preferred form of sun protection while on safari. This can include SPF30 or higher sunblock, hats, sunglasses, and thin long-sleeve shirts and pants. Because East Africa lies along the equator, UV rays are strong.
Where can i store my valuables while on safari?
Safaris are typically safe and you should not be overly concerned for safety of valuables. However, continue to practice normal precautions and do not flash and leave valuables out in the open. We strongly recommend that valuables which are not necessary for your trip should be left at home. You may also choose to store smaller valuables in the accommodations’ office.
What's the weather like?
East Africa’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.
Should i bring mosquito and bugs repellent?
It is strongly recommended that you bring your preference of insect or mosquito repellent. Especially in the early morning and evenings, mosquitoes can be present. Some flies and ticks can also be a nuisance depending on the geographical location.
Would you recommend malaria medication?
Yes, because malaria is common in East Africa. We recommend you consult your local travel clinic or personal physician for the most appropriate anti malaria medication for you. We also recommend you take some insect repellent.
What immunizations or shots are required?
Currently there are no immunization shots required in order to gain entry to the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda unless prior to your arrival you travel through countries that are infected with yellow fever, cholera or other diseases. However for accurate and the most up-to-date information, please visit the embassy web site for the countries you plan to visit.