FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Kenya is located on the Eastern side of the African continent.
It is bordered by Uganda on the west, the Sudan and Ethiopia
to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east. It straddles
the Equator and is roughly a nine hour flight from London.
is the best place to go on safari in Kenya?
Kenya as a country is a tourist’s paradise endowed with
numerous parks, reserves and culture that together form the
base for exploration while on a Kenyan Safari. To begin with
Masai Mara is the best one of the best in this region. All
the big five are residents here. And the sheer volume of wildlife
sweeping across the Mara plains is a sight one cannot afford
to miss. Amboseli on the southern circuit is commonly referred
as the home of elephants. Seeing Elephants in a group of herds
is very common here, coming close to the local Masai culture
and walking right into the middle of their homestead is very
real here as the elders take you through the set up. This
park also gives one a perfect chance to see snow capped Mount
Kilimanjaro in the back drop on a clear sky without having
to cross over to Tanzania. Samburu game reserve is another
place to be visited. Samburu is unique in that it hosts some
of the unique game and flora that are only available in the
northern part of the country and can only be seen here plus
the Samburu culture. To the south again Tsavo East and West
national parks are the biggest of them all with a combined
total of 21,000 km square that like a host to a larger population
of wildlife and has some very interesting features like the
Mudanda rock ,Yatta Plateau that stretches about 6000 Km across
the horizon. Top
When is the best time of year to go on safari
There are two rainy seasons that you should probably avoid.
The short rains are in November and the long rains start at
the end of March and go through to the end of May. Although,
having said that, we will add that it is not really a big
deal, people are used to it and manage to carry on with rain
or not, and skidding on the muddy roads in a 4x4 wheel drive
can actually be a lot of fun. August and October are just
about the best times but to see the wildebeest migration in
the Maasai Mara. It’s advisable to come around July
through September. Top
What is the Migration?
This is an annual event that has repeated itself time and
again every year as thousands of wildlife embarks on their
long trek from Serengeti national park into Masai Mara which
is its extension to the south. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests
and antelopes cross over Mara as they escape from the dry
areas of Serengeti in search of green pastures on the Kenyan
side. This is a very spectacular and unique event that is
a must see. From the treks to ambush by the predators like
the cats, crocodiles lying in wait for gnus in Mara river,
thousands succumbing to nature by drowning in their attempt
to cross Mara river, young one’s born on the move and
the sheer numbers that sweep across the Mara plains is a site
to behold and one cannot afford to miss this annual occurrence.
Will I have a chance to interact
with the local people of Kenya?
Interaction with local people is inevitable from very point
of entry in to the country and to the hotels and the lodges.
Better still for those interested in raw and undiluted culture
of the local people. These can be arranged if mentioned or
requested in advance to visit the local village manyattas
of the local people and learn more about their lifestyles.
if I want a custom safari?
Yes we do custom safari and this works best when done in advance
especially during the high season period. Turn around time
is 48 hours and we will try very much to stay with proposed
itinerary. Though we reserve right to offer an alternative
accommodation in a case where the offered accommodation is
overbooked. For low season there isn’t much of a problem
with accommodation therefore chances are always open and good
in securing the offered accommodation. Top
far in advance should I book my safari?
It is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure
availability at the time you wish to travel (4-6 months),
especially during the peak seasons (July & August and
Christmas/New Years). This is especially important for those
wishing to travel on private custom made safaris and those
adding extensions to scheduled trips. Top
I take my children on safari?
Children are very welcomed to accompany their parents on safari
as most lodges do not have a problem with that. However there
are some restrictions with some high class properties that
do not take children again these you’ll have to confirm
with us before booking your safari.
I stay in tents or lodges?
We offer accommodation in both tents and lodges. But in a
case where clients prefer tents to lodges or vice verse; this
is taken in account and given priority. We can also tailor
make safaris with a combination of both tents and lodges.
All you have to do is give us your preference.
big are your safari groups?
Our safari groups can be as big as fifty to a hundred plus.
Or can be as small as two people on safari. Groups normally
are a preference for regular prebooked safaris. But we still
cater for any number of clientele that our esteemed clients
would prefer to travel in. So you don’t have to worry
whether you’re in hundreds or single we have safaris
for everybody just get in touch and find out what we have
in store for you.
clothes should I bring on safari?
It is a good idea to bring mosquito repellent, sunburn cream,
a hat, sunglasses, and malaria medication. Kenyan supermarkets
are quite well stocked, but it never hurts to come prepared
with these essentials.
However, if you are going on Safari, as you get into the highlands,
it gets cooler, and during the early morning and late evenings
you may need a sweater and trousers/jeans.
If you are in Mombasa, it is always warm so bring shorts,
short sleeves, and your swimming gear. It is also advisable
to have some smart clothes. Generally in Mombasa, you will
not be expected to wear a tie, but some restaurants still
require long trousers and shirt sleeves. Nairobi also gets
quite cold in the evenings during the rainy season, making
a sweater a welcome garment. Once again, it is advisable to
bring some smart clothes for the evening. Top
the food like on safari?
Most of the hotels and lodges serve a buffet menu served with
a desert to complete your meal. Though there are a few lodges
and hotels that serve a set menu. Food in all the facilities
are up to an international standard prepared by world class
qualified chefs. Top
special dietary requirements be accommodated?
Are foods for special dietary needs available? Yes. Special
dietary requirements are catered for throughout Africa. Please
give us advanced notice so that we can make arrangements with
the lodges and camps you are scheduled to stay at. Most restaurants
offer selections for vegetarians, depending on their forte.
Local specialties can be surprisingly good! With the exception
of a few lodges, halaal and kosher food is not available at
most camps/lodges. Top
safaris in Kenya safe?
The continent of Africa is larger than all of Europe, China,
India, Argentina, New Zealand and the United States put together.
It consists of fifty-four countries with totally unrelated
political systems over 11,700,000 square miles. 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 travels, but chances of being involved in an incident
are very small. It is just not wise for Private Safaris to
send you to an area where we know there are problems. We are
in constant contact with our government security urgencies
and Kenya Wildlife services and continually monitor any situations
that might occur or arise and advice our travel agents and
clients accordingly. Many of our vehicles are equipped with
emergency long range radio calls. 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
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.
Is it OK to drink the water?
Kenya: While water in major towns is chlorinated and relatively
safe to drink, it is safer to drink sealed bottled water,
available from most hotels and lodges. And also sold in the
locally supermarkets. Private Safaris EA limited also provides
water to its clients while on safari with a particular regard
to Road safari clients. Though on request we do offer the
same to other safaris as well. Top
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 entrée.
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! Top
What is the landscape like?
Kenya: Lies on Indian Ocean and on the equator. Four geographical
regions: arid desert, savannah grassland, fertile lowlands
(coast) and the highlands. There are extinct volcanoes as
well as lakes and rivers. Top
photography advice can you give?
A good camera will make the difference between having photos of
spectacular wildlife and having vague, little dots of animals to
show family and friends. The more common "point-and-shoot"
cameras are too small. On safari, you won't always be able to get
up close to wildlife. A SLR (single lens reflex) camera with a 200-300mm
lens is recommended. More serious photographers may choose telephoto
lenses of 400 or 500mm. Larger lenses often require a tripod, which
cannot be used on a moving vehicle. A 2x teleconverter is useful
for doubling the focal length of your lens. A zoom lens, such as
a 70 to 210 mm lens, is probably the best option for shooting a
The harsh African sun provides excellent lighting, but using
larger lenses will require faster film, especially in early
morning or late afternoon when the light is softer. In this
case, 200-400 ASA film is recommended.
Film and batteries are usually available along major tourist
routes and from lodges, but it is wise to bring your own.
A lens hood and ultra violet filter are advisable. A good
bag for your equipment including a dust cover (plastic bag)
Important Note: Not all African cultures are familiar with
cameras. Rural folk will often shy away from having their
picture taken. Please be sensitive. Some locals may ask a
fee for having their photograph taken. It is recommended you
avoid photographing anything relating to government and military
installations, including personnel (soldiers and police) and
buildings (post offices, banks, airports, border posts, railway
stations and bridges). Top