Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do people speak English?
(a) Yes, most people you will encounter in Kenya speak English fluently.

2. What types of accommodations are available? Will I have to “rough” it?
(a) No you will not need to “rough it”. There is a variety of accommodations, ranging from the deluxe to the simple. On safari, high quality accommodations are readily available. A typical lodge features spacious dining facilities, bar and lounge area, gift shop, and often a swimming pool. Private bathrooms are provided throughout. In the luxury tented camps, you will have electricity, your own flush toilet, sink and shower with hot and cold running water. Many of the rooms are equipped with mosquito netting and even provide umbrellas for the occasional shower you may encounter. In and around the game reserves, electricity is supplied by generators, and is sometimes turned off at certain hours of the day and/or night. You will be notified when you check in. Most rooms provide you with both a candle and flashlight. You will find that the service is generally very good and the hotel staff eager to make your stay comfortable and pleasant.

3. Is the weather hot and humid?
(a) Along the coast of the Indian Ocean the weather is very hot and humid. However, our tour routes are located further inland where the elevation is higher and the climate is quite a bit cooler and drier. Because of their proximity to the equator, Kenya does not experience “summer” and “winter”. Instead, the year is divided between rainy and dry seasons. It can actually get quite chilly at the higher altitudes like Mount Kenya, and it is wise to be prepared for both warm and cool weather.

Lowest temperatures average between 11°C and 51°F; highest between 33°C and 91°F

4. Travel and Other Documents?
(a) Your passport, visa, credit card info, and other important documents should be photo-copied and the copies should be carried separately in case of loss of the originals. I suggest that you photo-copy the front page of your passport, with all of the pertinent data, and copy the page(s) on which are stamped the visas for Tanzania and Kenya. The numbers, expiry dates, etc. of your credit cards and other important personal effects (even the serial numbers of your camera equipment, binoculars, etc.) should be written or typed on a list which can also be photo-copied to give you an extra record of them.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the start of the trip.

5. How do we dress?
(a) Remember you are on a safari holiday hence it is all informal dress; bring a long some warm clothes as some of the Africa nights can be chilly.

6. Luggage?
(a) Please take note of the amount of luggage your international flight will allow you

(b) Safari scheduled flights i.e. Airkenya, Safarilink, Regional Air Services, Zanair etc. in East Africa restrict luggage to 33 pounds / 15 kilograms per passenger; any excess baggage will only be carried at the discretion of the pilot depending on the aircraft load or type. Woni Safaris will be happy to store any luggage that you will not require during the East Africa safari circuit

- Kenya Airways and other major carriers Fly540 and Precision Air have a bigger baggage allowance of one piece of 20 kilograms per passenger.
- There is more flexibility if you take privately charted flights where luggage limit is usually upgraded to up 66 pounds per person
- Either way it is strongly recommended that luggage whilst on the safari flights be in soft bags as all safari air operations are done in light aircraft.

7. What is the best time of the year to visit Kenya?
(a) This is probably the most frequently asked question; there really is no bad time to visit Kenya, with the possible exception of the long rainy season. In Kenya, the long rains usually occur from the beginning or April until the end of June; the short rains in November.

(b) Another consideration is the migration of wildebeest and zebra which takes place between Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. The migration generally moves from Tanzania into Kenya in late June, July and August, and stays in Kenya through September and October. In November, the animals begin to move back to Tanzania. During the migration you can expect to see more animals, but also more tourists. It is important to note, however, that regardless of whether or not you visit Kenya and/or Tanzania when the migration is taking place, you will see many, many animals.

8. What would happen if I were to become ill on my trip or am involved in an emergency?
(a) There are modern world class medical facilities. Your tour package includes a membership with the Flying Doctors’ Society. Should you become ill while on safari or have an emergency, this membership entitles you to free aero-medical evacuation to the nearest good hospital, accompanied by qualified paramedics. Please note, however, that this does not include the cost of any medical expenses incurred. Obtaining private medical insurance, prior to your trip is advised. You should seek the advice of your doctor before traveling to Africa. There are a number of recommended immunizations. In addition, the taking of preventative medication for malaria, before, during and after your safari is essential. Please consult your Doctor should you be unable to take these shots as there are alternative options.

9. Is it safe to drink water? What foods should I avoid?
(a) We recommend that you drink bottled water at all times and also when brushing your teeth. In many restaurants and hotels ice cubes are made from boiled water and vegetable and fruits are washed in boiled water and a disinfecting solution and as such are perfectly safe for consumption.

10. Is it safe to travel to Kenya?
(a) It is absolutely safe to travel to Kenya; just like in other cities around the world, safety in Kenya is about use of simple common sense. We advice all visitors to leave their valuables in safe storage in their hotels. Whilst going out for dinner we recommend that you take a taxi rather then walk.

11. Which is right electric travel adapter plug on my safari?
Prior to traveling to Africa for your Safari Vacation, it’s important to ensure that you have the correct travel adapter. When traveling you will be surprised how quickly the batteries of a camera will be used, and how much we rely on having access to electricity. For your Safari in Kenya you will need to use electric travel adapter G also known as the standard British 3-pin rectangular blade plug or the “13-amp plug”.

12. What to shoot and what not to while?
The power in East Africa is 50 cycle, 220 - 250 volts, A/C. If you use an electric razor or hair dryer, you may need an adapter. Power is 50 cycle, A/C, 220-250 Volts (sometimes 110 Volts). An international (multi-voltage) rechargeable battery appliance would be suitable. Be careful not to "cook" your appliance in the wrong voltage. The plugs are usually the three broad flat pronged plugs; two prongs horizontal, one vertical. Hair dryers are available in some of the lodges and tented camps.

(a)   Please seriously observe photography restrictions, ALWAYS refer to your driver guides before taking any photos or video. Some very important areas where photography is prohibited are airports, police or military personnel and their installations and the Presidential State House and vicinity or Motorcade, as well as motorcade and installation of senior government personnel. Always check with your Driver Guide before photographing any people.

(b)   On the other hand photography options are diverse in Kenya as nature, birds and wildlife is endless, free to photograph and no restriction whatsoever. What you must bring is lots of photographs space – memory cards or your laptop as you can easily take between 1,000 to 3,000 pictures.

(c)   Batteries can be recharged at the lodges if the chargers are universal voltage capable. It is a good idea to have more than one battery for your cameras. Be sure to have enough data storage cards, or some other way of saving your digital files until you return home. Some lodges and tented camps provide converters to guests.

Video cameras are a great thing to take on safari. You should have 2 or more spare batteries.  Check your charger voltage requirement. It should be universal, or compatible with the above-mentioned voltages. Eight to twelve hours of premium quality tape should be sufficient. 

13. Do I need to bring any cash and if yes how much?
(a) Yes, you can bring some cash to provide for tipping and shopping; most foreign exchange is accepted in Kenya and Tanzania BUT we recommend that you bring this in major currency i.e. US$, Euro, Japanese Yen or Sterling Pounds as these receive better rate of exchange (ROE).

(b) Do not bring in excess of US$ 5,000 as you can always obtain more cash as may be required from ATM machines or from local banks using your credit cards

14. Advise on tipping?
(a) Tipping is a gratuity and not compulsory, the custom over the years has been it is a token for a good service provided. However it is at your discretion to tip under or in excess of guidelines provided as follows;

- Porterage
US$ or Euro 1 per check-in or out

- Dining
This is included in the restaurant bill in service levy, but you can still tip if you so wish

- Driver Guide
US$ 5 or Euro 3 to US$ 10 or Euro 7 per person per day

15. Are Credit Cards Accepted?
(a) Yes, most major Credit Cards are accepted in the cities and also in most lodges and tented camps.

16. What are the visa regulations?
(a) There is no visa requirement for citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth countries with the exception of citizens from Antigua, Bermuda, Guyana, India, South Africa (for visitors staying more than 30 days), Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. Visa is also not required from citizens of Ethiopia, San Marino, Turkey, Eritrea and Uruguay. Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya Afghanistan, Somali, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, North Korea. Whereas visas can be obtained at the Airport upon arrival, it is advisable to obtain the visa from the Kenyan Embassies/High Commissions abroad prior to departure. Where applicable, visa fees are as follows: - Transit Visa = US$20 per person Single Entry Visa= US$50 for three months (extendable for a similar period) Multiple Entry Visa= US$100 – valid

(b)   If you are intending to have a multi-destination tour within East Africa, you are advised to request for the "Visitors Pass" upon arrival at the Airport. The purpose of the Visitors Pass is to allow free re-entry to Kenya if you are traveling to the other East African countries (Uganda, Tanzania/Zanzibar). You will still however require to pay visa charges for the other countries. The Visitors Pass is stamped on the passport free of charge for full visa holders.

(c)   Recently Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have introduced a single entry visa at a fee of US$.100; please consult the nearest High Commission of Kenya near your location for details on its application.

17. Where can I get a visa form?
(a) You can obtain visa forms from the Kenyan High Commission in your country, or simply download it from here

(b) Visit Immigration Kenya for updates on visa requirements.

18. About your Driver Guide?
(a) Your most important component during your visit in Kenya is not your camera or video or malaria tablets but your driver. We refer to them as Driver Guides as they do not only drive, but also guide you comprehensively from the moment you arrive at the airport up to the moment of your departure. We call them your local hosts! The success of your Kenya Safari is greatly dependent on your driver guide and for this reason we ensure that we have the best; we also call them our ambassadors.

(b) Your Driver Guide, who is totally conversant with all do’s and don’ts that you will require will undertake your safari; please feel free to engage him with all necessary questions that you may require answers during the entire trip duration.

19. Check list?

  1. Passport - current validation and 6 months before expiry, and also at least 4 blank pages.
  2. Visas - required for Kenya and Tanzania.
  3. Immunizations - Yellow Fever, Malaria Pills, etc.
  4. Health & Travel Insurance.
  5. Passport pouch or money belt.
  6. List of all credit card numbers, serial numbers, etc.
  7. Jewellery and expensive watches safely stored at home. (Do not take with you.)
  8. Take along any medications that you require and do not put it in checked in baggage.
  9. Sunglasses.
  10. Handi-wipes Anti-bacterial) and/or Hand Sanitizer.  Put in checked luggage.
  11. Bathing Suit - Most of the lodges have nice swimming pools.
  12. Running Shoes (or other light shoes) are best for safari.
  13. Alarm Clock. Some mornings are early start.
  14. Small flashlight or penlight.
  15. Binoculars. These are really important for game & bird viewing.
  16. Candies. A nice treat if we get dry or dusty.
  17. Old pillowcase or plastic bags to cover cameras, etc. (For dust protection)
  18. Lens cleaning tissue & lens brush for camera.
  19. Extra batteries (and chargers) for camera equipment.
  20. Adapters for electric razors, hair dryers, etc.  (Power is usually 240V, 50 Cycle)
  21. Bubble-wrap for protection of souvenirs (carvings) on trip home. 
  22. Notebook and pens.
  23. Patience and a good attitude: for travel and for others.

*** Note:  This is meant only to be a guideline to help you remember the things that you might want to take along to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.  You decide which of these items are applicable to your needs and plan accordingly.

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