A.    East Africa International Airports

Country

Entry Point by air

International Airport

Kenya

Nairobi

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Mombasa

Moi International Airport

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Julius Nyerere International Airport

Kilimanjaro (close to Arusha)

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar International Airport

Uganda

Entebbe

Entebbe International Airport

Rwanda

Kigali

Kigali International Airport


B.    Flight to East Africa

Kenya Airways (Kenya flag bearer) ply most routes across Europe that includes Paris, London, Zurich, Athens, Frankfurt, Rome e.t.c. For more details about Kenya Airways flight visit their website www.kenya-airways.comor your local travel agent. 

There are also a good number of Airlines operating direct flights to Nairobi from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Athens, Rome, and Zurich. These Airines include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Sabena, SAS, Lufthansa, Iberia, Aeroflot, Olympic Airways, Alitalia, and Swiss Air, Condor Airline just but mention a few.Other reliable International airlines to East Africa include Emirates Airline, Quatar Airways, Turkish Airline, Ethiopian Airlines among others

With the limited International direct flights from Europe to Tanzania & Zanzibar, most clients prefer to connect via Nairobi and this can be effectively addressed by your local travel agents.

C.    Time

Apart from Rwanda, all the other 3 East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda) have a single time zone- which is GMT+3.

D.    Climate

East Africa is a region characterized by diverse topography ranging from highlands, rainforest, lowlands to the coastal region which account for varied climate. This in turn also plays a significant role in determining the seasonal rainfall patterns.

•    Kenya: - Kenya sits on the equator a factor behind the varied climate experience both north and south the equator. The coastal region is humid with higher temperatures throughout the year. Further inland the climate change with arid and elevation with temperatures determined by the time i.e. temperatures rising during the day and cool at night. The month of February and March are the warmest while July & August are the coolest while areas high on the mountains are typically cold throughout the year in Kenya.
•    Tanzania:  -Tanzania is no exception with the climate determined by the migration of Inter-tropical convergence zone. The hot season runs from November to February with the cold season occurring between May & August.  The remainder of the seasons experience 2 distinct wet periods with the short rains occurring in October & December while long rains usually experienced in the months of March through May across the country.
•    Uganda: - Uganda experience a tropical climate characterized by rains during the months of March to May and September to November. The reminder of the moths (December to February and June to August) are characterized by two short dry seasons.
•    Rwanda: -Despite lying2 °C south of the equator, the high elevation is a reason behind the temperate climate as opposed to a typical equator hot climate. Heavy rainfall is experienced all day is in the months of February to May and September to December. Annual rainfall averages 800 mm (31.5 in) but is generally heavier in the western and northwestern mountains than in the eastern savannas.

E.    Clothing

Casual dress code that is acceptable by the local community is recommended in most situations. Depending on the season of travel one may have to keep warm during the cold season or while visiting areas that typically cold i.e. mountains. Below are tips on your dressing code: -
a.    Light, wash and wear clothes.
b.    Warm sweater or pullover
c.    A windproof / waterproof jacket
d.    Light rain coat is advisable.
e.    On safari (light casual trousers & long sleeves top can help for those sensitive to strong sun)
f.    Flat bottom walking shoes are adequate for most situations
g.    Hiking boots for trekking in mountain areas
h.    Sunglasses and sun hat

Other items to bring with you

a.    Anti-histamine for allergies and insect repellent
b.    Sunscreen, lip balm
c.    Personal camera and binoculars
d.    Flashlight and compass
e.    Mobile phone charger
f.    Anti-malarial prophylactics
g.    Cold or flu tablets
h.    Pain killers’
i.    Oral re-hydration solution for diarrhea and sunstroke.
j.    Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or Aloe Vera to ease sunburn
k.    Water purification tablets
l.    carry guidebooks
F.    Currency & Exchange


The official local currency is as below: -

•    Kenya is Kenya Shilling (Ksh or Kes) currency in notes from 50 – 1,000
•    Tanzania & Zanzibar is Tanzania Shilling (Tsh) currency in notes from 500 – 10,000
•    Uganda is Uganda Shilling (Ush) currency in notes from 1000 – 50,000
•    Rwanda Franc is Uganda Shilling (Rwf) currency in notes from 500 -5,000

  • Visitors to any of the East Africa country can acquire the local currency from banks, foreign exchange bureaus or the respective hotels with easiest foreign currencies to exchange being US Dollars, Pounds sterling and EURO. The exchange rate differ and the best place to get the best deal being the foreign exchange bureaus
  •  Widely accepted business transaction range from cash, credit cards (American Express, Diner's Club, Visa, Mastercard) and traveller’scheque by hoteliers, restaurants among other suppliers.
  •  Any guest wishing to take with him more Ksh500,000/- outside Kenya will require to seek written permission from the central bank. However, there is no limitation on the amount one can bring with to the country.
  •  Prior to departure, guests are advised to convert the unutilized local currency at a bank or foreign exchange bureau

G.    Custom & Immigration regulations

Prior to finalizing on your trip to East Africa one has to have the below in order: -

1.    Passports must be valid for at least Six (6) months

2.    Passports must have a clean and a full visa page for endorsement (applicable to Nationalities from countries that require Visa to enter any of the East Africa countries). Please contact your local travel agent for the below information

a.    If you require Visa to enter any of the East Africa countries
b.    If yes in 2a). then inquire further to know whether you can acquire Visa on arrival at the airport at the destination country
3.    Valid vaccination certificates with the below being recommended vaccines
a.    Mandatory Yellow fever vaccine recommended. Must be taken 10 days before travel date with proof of vaccination certificate at the arrival airport
b.    Malaria - East Africa is Malaria prone area transmitted though mosquito bites. Therefore, it is recommended to have your health-care provider provide antimalarial drug prescription prior to travel. However, most hotels endeavor to provide mosquito nets and mosquito repellents within the compound and in the rooms.
c.    Other important vaccinations that could be recommended if need be include typhoid, hepatitis A & B, diphtheria, tuberculosis, meningococcal meningitis, rabies

4.    Taxable and prohibited items: -

a.    Guests above 16 years can bring with them duty-free 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars of eight and three quarter ounces of tobacco, one liter of alcoholic beverage and ¼ liter of perfume.
b.    Fruits, plants, seeds or animals are prohibited.
c.    Domestic dogs or cats that are ONLY allowed on producing entry permit for the pets. The permit can be secured at the same office of visa issuance in your country of origin.
d.    Personalized items i.e. cameras for just normal photography are duty free.
e.    There are custom restrictions on sophisticated cameras for documentaries and film productions which are subjected to taxation as will be determined by the country Revenue Authority. This is also the same for electronic devised that require a refundable deposit. For more information about taxation of such equipments, please visit the nearest Tourist Office of the destination country for custom for advise.
Live animal, bird or reptile export is prohibited unless supported with legal documentation from the concerned bodies. Also prohibited from export are anatomical relics of animals in particular ivory, rhinoceros horns, game skins and trophies.

H.    Electricity

  •  Electricity in East Africa ranges from 220-240 volts. In cases where you may require an adaptor, please free to contact driver to advise you where you can acquire at the base city / town. 
  • Most city hotels are supplied with electricity and standby generators which a backup in case of power shut down.
  • This is not the case for remote lodges / camps in National Parks since most of them rely on generators and solar power. Be advised that properties using generators have them operated at specific times of day while they shut at midnight to ensure that guests enjoy a peaceful night that is free from noise.
  •  For guests especially photographers who have rechargeable devises i.e. cameras will always have their need attended to. In this case they can comfortably recharge the comfort of their room / tent which is more secure.

I.    Luggage Limit

  •  Luggage limit while on safari largely depends on the group size. However this can be addressed at the time of inquiry and booking confirmation. However, with minimal luggage we recommend a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle for any game drive. This will guarantee each guests window seat while luggage will be taken good care of in the boot.
  • There is a luggage limit of a maximum of 15kgs per passenger fordomestic and regional flights.

J.    Tipping
Tipping is a form of appreciation for service well delivered and it is accepted in East Africa. The success of your safari starts at the time you sent in your request and therefore tipping will considered from the services of the consultant in charge of planning your holiday. Upon agreeing on a program, you need the services of our professional safari guide / driver to implement the safari. The safari is not complete without the services of our other suppliers that include hotels, lodge, restaurant and domestic airline staff. Therefore, this is usually a token of appreciation.

NOTE: - Some hotels require that this is collected at a central point and distributed amongst the staffs at the end of every month inform of service charge but a personal tip is equally acceptable and recommended.

K.    Drinking water

Clients utilizing our services on safari are entitled to complimentary bottled mineral water i.e. 2 bottles of 300litre per person per day regardless of the age. Additional sealed bottled water as may be required by the guests can be purchased from recommendable outlets like major supermarkets, chemists or grocery stores.

L.    The Wildlife Code (leave nothing but only your footprint and take nothing but only photographs)

  1. The best time to view wildlife is usually early in the morning (from 0630hrs – 1000hrs) and in the late afternoon (from 1600hrs – 18000hrs). This are the coolest hour of the day when animals are active fending for food.
  2. Always remember to plan for the next day in the evening with your guide.
  3. Time is a factor. Always keep time because waste of time will affect the next activity
  4.  Wild animals are unpredictable and be extra careful to keep distance by not crowding the animals or make sudden noises or movements that will distract them in their natural habitat
  •  Do not feed the animals because they have their own diet and this is bound to lead to the animals depending on human beings for food instead of fending for themselves.
  •  Stay in your vehicle at all times except at designated picnic or walking areas
  •  Off road road / track damages the habitat and highly prohibited
  •  Do not litter or discard burning objects
  •  Make sure you dispose carefully cigarettes filters that are free from causing fire in dry seasons
  •  Respect for the local community by respecting their culture, descent dressing code, taking photos with the locals’ permission especially during local village visits
  •  Be wary of baboons, they can and do attack tourists (usually for food); they can also open tents and climb in through car windows.
  •  Do not remove anything from a national park or reserve (this also applies to the marine parks).
  •  While undertaking a guided nature walk, always never walk in front of the guide and pay attention to the instructions of your guide.
  •  In the face of danger from wildlife keep still; don't run or scream.
  •  Observe the rules: leave the park by dusk; never drive at night in a national park.

M.    Child code

We at are child friendly and comfortable offer family holidays. In making such holidays a success we carefully put into consideration the below factor
Attractions: - We carefully select attractions that apart from offering the traditional game drives also offer lots of child activity which include guided educational nature walk, local community interaction, storytelling about wildlife, conservation education i.e. tree planting sessions among others
Accommodation: - Child friendly accommodation that comprise of family rooms or interconnecting rooms are ideal for families to ensure the family spent together throughout their holiday. While on safari safari lodges are most preferred over tented camps with safety of the children being taken into consideration.

NOTE: - Different properties have different age limits something that will be sorted out at the correspondence level.