TRAVEL TIPS FOR EAST AFRICA
PASSPORT & VISAS
A valid passport is required to travel to East Africa. It is advisable to seek information from the relevant
Mission in your respective country. Visas can be obtained at the High Commission in your country of
residence or alternatively on arrival in Kenya or Tanzania at the major airports or border control points. There is an existent a joint Visa between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda should you wish to visit the three countries.
HEALTH AND IMMUNISATION
A course of anti-malarial tablets is essential, seek advice from a GP. A mosquito repellent is also
advisable. Swimming is not recommended except in hotel pools and in the ocean.
If on medication, it is best to take a supply of medicines to last the entire trip.
Yellow Fever Vaccination is now obligatory for all visitors to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Please ensure that
you have this before your arrival.
It is advisable to buy travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization or repatriation for the
Period of your stay. Temporary membership in East African Flying Doctors' Service is also recommended
for safari goers. Members who require emergency medical attention on safari are flown to the nearest
Hospital for the best medical attention available in that country.
Visitors may import, duty-free, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and one litre of spirit.
MEETING POINT ON ARRIVAL
Once you clear immigration and customs - our representatives will meet you on arrival entry outside the
Customs Hall. We will page either the name of the group, Family name or the Name for the Individual
The National grid power supply in East Africa ranges between 240v-220v. Many of our lodges/camps in
the parks and reserves get this supply from the National grid. Most of them generate their own power
supply from generators and power ranges 240v –220v.
However, a variety of plugs are usable and an adaptor is available upon request.
Auto roaming of mobile phones is available in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania with excellent network in the cities and in and around some of the national parks and reserves. This will however depend on whether there is a reciprocative agreement with your country. Otherwise, most lodges/hotels are connected to land lines. There is a cost for usage of the phones.
You may also buy a Pre-Paid line from the country you will be visiting on arrival and register it for ease of communication whilst on holiday here. This is the cheapest option.
Water in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania is chlorinated and safe to use for showering and washing of hands but should not be drank directly from the tap. We recommend that you use the mineral water provided for you at the hotel or you may buy some at the hotel bar/shops and service stations. We also stock water in our safari vehicles for all our visitors while on safari.
The temporary membership cost is US$ 20 per person and is valid for a 14 days visit in East Africa. It
entitles the subscriber to one free 'evacuation' flight from a radius of 1000 Km within East Africa. The
areas we are traveling to fall within this range of mileage.
The evacuation flight consists of, depending on the emergency, a nurse, a doctor, flight attendant and of
course the crew. The aircrafts are equipped with Blood, Oxygen, etc. So, if we had an accident or
somebody fell ill, we could call upon the Flying Doctors and within a turn-around time of a maximum of
40 minutes to one hour, they would be at the nearest airstrip to our location.
For more information kindly visit: http://www.amref.org/flying-doctors
WHAT TO CARRY...TRAVEL LIGHT!
Clients should be encouraged to carry soft duffle bags as opposed to hard or roller cases such as
Samsonite, etc. which cannot be accommodated in our mini-vans that carry a maximum of 6 (six)
persons. This also saves time during the loading and offloading of the safari vehicles.
Other Personal Items
Don't forget the camera, camcorder and spare batteries. A pair of binoculars will greatly enhance game
viewing while a torch to find your way around camp after dark is a good idea. Books, pencils, crayons
and crackers are very welcome as gifts to the children of local villages that you would pass (or visit)
whilst on safari.
WHAT TO WEAR
Summer clothing is worn throughout the year, although at times a jacket and light raincoat may be
necessary. On dawn and dusk safaris, a sweater is likely to be needed.
On safari, wear neutral colours, such as brown, beige and khaki - bright colours may alarm the animals.
Sensible walking shoes are also recommended. Since laundry is only possible where you are staying for 2
nights, try to carry quick-dry type of clothing. Casual wear is the norm during the day, a short-sleeved
shirt for men, light cotton dresses, or a skirt and top for women. In the evening, all hotels and
restaurants require long trousers for men in particular. Sunglasses and a hat for protection against the
sun are recommended and swimsuits should be packed for the swimming pool or beach. Topless
sunbathing is not permitted.
There is a big variety of souvenirs to take home. Most hotels have licensed souvenir shops and there are
a large number of such outlets in the main towns. Popular items are wood carvings, African art, African
clothing, soap stone carvings, wax batiks, tie and dyes, African jewelry, gem stones among others.
As you move along from point to point, you will come across many souvenir shops "kiosks", if you like
something, BARGAIN and BUY. As your time can be limited, don't put off your shopping till the 'last
day'. Often some of these 'kiosks' may stock items that are not available in the city. The traders accept
all major currencies in cash and some of the bigger outlets also take International Credit Cards.
VALUE ADDED TAX
Nearly everything in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania is Taxable (Value Added Tax). There is no facility for tax refund. However, you may purchase duty free items from the duty free shops located at our international airports.
COST OF LIVING
The average cost of eating out is equivalent to that of developed countries. Lunch costs around $20
per head and an "a la carte" dinner is between USD $25 and USD $50 per person. You can choose between Local, Indian, European-Continental and Asian cuisine. There are also fast food outlets and fish and-chip shops! Kenyan, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzanian beer is actually very good and costs around USD $4 for 300ml bottle.