Welcome to our Travel Information Tips.
“Information is Power” and Best Adventure Safaris will inform and equip you throughout your safaris.
Airport Departure Tax
These taxes are payable on final departure from the country and applies to particularly all African countries. (the current rates is 20 US Dollars per person).
There are also domestic flight taxes (which averages to 2 US Dollars per person)
Everything depends on where you come from (your nationality, commonwealth citizens normally do not require visas for entry. Other African countries do. Please consult the appropriate Embassies and High Commissions on entry visas
Best Adventure Safaris ensure that quality and service are a large part of our organization. We closely supervise all aspect of the safari to ensure that a customer obtain maximum pleasure from their holiday / vacation. From the point of receiving clients upon arrival, to accommodation, to departure, every step of the way is carefully monitored and each individual is an esteemed customer who is our best advertisement around the world.
SAFARI DO’S AND DONT’S
On your arrival, some rest in Nairobi is advisable. Get some rest the first day in Nairobi. The elevation is 5,000 feet and you are in different time zone.
Light laundry facilities throughout your safari for your comfort is recommended. 20 kg is the limit and 30 kg for first and club class travelers in and around East Africa.
Usually safari attire is casual and comfortable. Dressing mainly for outdoor comfort with a change of informal clothes for the evening is recommended, a pair of eye glasses are better choice too.
Available in Hotels, Camps and Lodges are forex bureaus where you can change money but sometime their exchange rate is lower. There are several foreign exchange bureaux in Nairobi offering competitive rate. 1996 US Dollar Bills are exchanged at a lower rate.
Banking hours are from 0900 – 1500 Monday though Friday and 0900 – 1200 on Saturdays. Banks at Jomo Kenyatta International Air Port, Nairobi and Moi International Air Port, Mombasa remain open 24 hours a day,7 days a week.
Credit cards such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Nairobi and Mombasa Hotels and in most camps and lodges. Generally a 5% surcharge applies for payment by credit card.
Safekeeping of passport and valuables
Please keep your passport and money ON YOU at ALL times. Never leave money or valuables in your room or in your vehicle. Be careful whilst in camps and lodges and on special excursions such as boat – rides. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery (necklaces etc.).
Do not walk around Nairobi at night and apply extra caution on weekends when Nairobi is relatively deserted. Please take taxi instead. Always let a tour member know where you are going when you go off to do your own thing. Please take the same care – and common sense precautions – that you would do in any other part of the world.
You may make international telephone calls home. Do not however, expect all hotels in Kenya to be able to get through. Nairobi is the best place to make these calls. Nairobi and Mombasa hotels have telex, facsimile machines and internet services.
Please be on time when you meet at your mini – vans for game drives so that you can get maximum value for your time spent on safari..
Our equatorial sun is strong. Too much can cause dehydration, nausea, dizziness and headaches. We recommend that you wear sun screen and a hat, as well as a strong pair of dark glasses. Most of the lodges, with the exception of the tree hotels’ and some of the permanent camps, have swimming pools. When sunbathing use common sense.
In Nairobi and on safari, we recommend that you do not drink the water from the taps and even out of the thermos or flasks provided. We recommend instead, that you purchase bottled water at the lodges. Use mouthwash to brush your teeth. Ice is generally frozen from boiled water and is ok for consumption.
Food in Kenya is delicious, varied and plentiful, succulent crayfish from the Indian Ocean, smoked sailfish (Kenya’s equivalent to smoked salmon), English roast beef, Molo lamb, and much more. Kenya’s’ famed fruits abound – pineapples, pawpaw, mangoes, avocados, passion fruits, bananas, pears, and strawberries to name a few. Fresh vegetables are equally abundant.
The hotels, lodges and camps in which you stay are renowned for their high standard of cuisine. However a change of climate and traveling can, in a few instances, cause travelers’ diarrhea, a minor complaint not comparable in severity with ‘gypie tummy’, Eating in moderation avoiding cold buffet lunch tables that have been exposed to the mid-day sun, and fasting for a day (whilst drinking plenty of bottled water) should you be stricken, are sensible precautions.
Spirits, beers, wine and cigarettes
Are all available in Kenya. The price of soft drinks and beer is reasonable, whilst imported spirits, wine and cigarette tend to be on the expensive side.
Generally, unless otherwise requested, bed and breakfast is the meal provided for in Nairobi, and full board on safari. Mombasa hotels are booked on the meal plan of your choosing.
We strongly recommend that you take anti-malaria medication. Malaria is rare in most highland areas, but traveling in the hot bush and coastal areas requires precautions. If, on your return home, you develop influenza symptoms, please see your doctor immediately as you may well have contracted malaria. Please check with your doctor, pharmacy or clinic what precautions to take before your departure from home.
The larger town in Kenya have pharmacy and hospitals, but you should carry with you adequate supplies of your own medicines and toilet items as in the smaller towns these cannot be obtained. A spare pair of prescription glasses is recommended.
There are several hospitals in Nairobi and Mombasa staffed by doctors with internationally recognized degrees. Most Nairobi and Mombasa hotels have their own house doctors for emergencies, appointments can be made if a doctor is necessary.
Most hotels and lodges outside Nairobi and Mombasa generate their own electricity. However, take a small lightweight flashlight as some generators are usually only run for short periods in the early morning and again in the evening from 1830 to 2230 hrs. The voltage is 220-240 AC, suitable for appliances with the exceptions of those manufactured in USA and Canada.
DO NOT take photos of the locals without their permission. NEVER take photographs of military, military institutions, armed forces barracks, policemen, the president, Government official or airports. Always keep your camera loaded and ready for action. You never know when it is going to start. If you intend to purchase extra film, we suggest you do so in Nairobi, as often the safari lodges and camps have limited stock. You may wish to carry your equipment in a dust-proof bag as the roads can be extremely dusty.
Do please remember that our animals are wild and should never be approached on foot. Please be alert and cautious in the lodges and camps when walking from your room to the public areas.
Most people, when visiting a foreign country, like to be given some guideline regarding tipping. Bearing in mind that tipping is an extremely personal matter, the below are their guidelines. Ultimately, expectations are left to the discretion of the individual safari member. However, if in doubt, please check with either your hostess or safari guide for advice.
These guidelines are for those lunches and dinners you may enjoy on your own that are not included in your itinerary. If the menu says 10% service charge included, you do not need to tip. Otherwise, 10% is considered usual and customary provided you are happy with the services provided.
When ordering from the bar waiter, a 10% tip is fair.
Carry binoculars for added pleasure whilst game viewing.
Ever since the early day of safari-ing, driver-guide and naturalist/ tour guide in Africa have had their expert bush skills acknowledged in the form of tips. We recommend 5-10 dollars per person per day, but this entirely at your own description.
The tip for your naturalist/ tour guide is entirely discretionary. A good tip for the guide is determined by the number in the group. We recommend 10 dollars per person per day. These tips are payable on the last day of your safari program.
Get to know both your driver-guide and your safari tour guide. Their knowledge of Africa is a bottomless treasure of travel. Be friendly. Sometimes, at the outset of a safari, the driver-guides can be shy and need encouragement to open up. Ask a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to make requests of both your driver-guide and your safari tour guide.
Air ticket reconfirmation
Air tickets must be reconfirmed for all domestic and international flights. We should be delighted to assist. In order for us to do this, we must be able to personally check your tickets. We will do all possible to secure your specific seat requests but this cannot be guaranteed.
Flying Doctors Society
The flying doctor society of Africa has been evacuating patients by air since the 1950’s. In the event of a medical emergency, you will be flown back to Nairobi where an ambulance will be waiting to move you immediately to a leading Nairobi hospital. Evacuations will not be carried out if the nature of the medical complaints is minor.
The safari experience
Please look at any inconveniences with a positive attitude. Flat tyres and a few unexpected delays are all part and parcel of the safari experience.