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These are the most frequently asked questions people have asked us. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you!

Are safari’s safe?

Yes. Kenya and Tanzania are highly regarded as safe destinations for safaris and tourism. Our expert guides are trained in animal behavior and will ensure that you get the best viewing while being considerate of animal welfare. We meet and exceed all industry standards for both human and animal safety.

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What is the best time of year to see animals?

Animals live in the parks all year round, so any time of year is great time to go on safari. The most popular times are during the two dry seasons, January to March and July to October.

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Which is the best National Park?

Each of our National Parks and Game Reserves offer something unique and special. The beauty of our packages is that you can select which park or parks you want to visit.

KENYA

  • Nairobi National Park is close to the city so if you only have one day this is the park for you.
  • Amboseli is the only park that provides a great view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
  • Masai Mara is the most popular park in Kenya as it contains all of the big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard) and it is home to the great wildebeest migration.
  • Samburu National Park has several rare species including Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked generuk, Guenther’s dik-dik, and the beisa oryx.
  • Tsavo East and West National Parks provide great diversity in landscapes. The East has flat, dry plains, the Galana River, the Yatta Plateau and Luggard Falls. The West is more mountainous and wetter, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs.
  • Lake Nakuru is a bird lover’s dream. Here you will find over 400 species of birds and over 500 species of plants. In addition, the lake is a central gathering spot for more than 50 mammals.
  • Lake Naivasha is unique in that it features an extinct volcano, a thick forest, hundreds of Umbrella Acacia trees, and is home to Mt Longonot.
  • Aberdare is steeped forested ravines and open moorland that provides a rich habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, baboons, colobus monkeys, and many other wildlife.

TANZANIA

  • Lake Manyara is a ground water forest with bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae streaked hot springs that creates a beautiful setting for rich wildlife and a huge variety of birds.
  • Tarangine National Park contains hundreds of bird species and the largest diversity of African animals. This includes the famous tree climbing lions in the baobab trees.
  • Ngorongoro Crater is the only park where people and animals live side by side. Discover and interact with the local Masai tribes and learn how they live in harmony with Africa’s wildlife.
  • Serengeti National Park is most famous for its annual migration of white-bearded wildebeest and zebra. It is also home to numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.
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Is there any hunting on the safari?

No. Conservation of wildlife is critical. Some species are becoming endangered due to illegal poaching and the reduction of forests for human use.  For these reasons, hunting has been banned in Kenya since 1973. Our tours allow you to see these magnificent animals in their natural habitats and learn about how they live in the wild.

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What should I pack for a safari?

The best clothes to wear on a safari should be lightweight, breathable, and neutral colors. Clothing should be adjustable for hot and cold as the temperatures in Africa can change quickly. Hat and sunglasses can help protect you from the sun along with sunscreen. Flashy jewelry and heavy perfumes are not recommended as they can be disruptive to the natural habitat. And of course, a camera is essential.

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What is the proper etiquette for safaris?

You are expected to be respectful of the environment and speak in quiet tones so not to disturb the animals. You must remain in the vehicle unless given permission by your guide to exit and are not allowed to feed any of the animals.

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What should I pack for mountain climbing?

Your need warm clothing that can be layered and walking boots with large grips. In addition, you need to bring your own sleeping bag, flashlight, and walking pole/stick. Clothing should be adjustable for hot and cold as the temperatures in Africa can change quickly. Hat and sunglasses can help protect you from the sun along with sunscreen. And of course, a camera is essential.

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What level of difficulty is the mountain climbing?

  • Mt Longonot is easy to moderate. You must be physically fit, but no prior experience is needed.
  • The Sirimon route on Mt Kenya is moderate to difficult. It requires good physical fitness and previous experience.
  • The Machame route on Mt Kilimanjaro is difficult. It requires good physical fitness and previous experience.
  • The Machama route on Mt Kilimanjaro is difficult. It requires good physical fitness and previous experience.
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What are the accommodations like?

We offer multiple types of accommodations to fit your budget. This allows you to select the accommodation that you prefer and that best matches your budget.

  • At the low end we offer camping. The camps in Kenya are self-contained with hot showers and electricity from 6:30PM to 10:30PM and 5:30AM to 6:30AM. The camps in Tanzania are basic tents with common areas that provide bathrooms, showers and electricity.
  • Next are lodges. They offer private rooms and bathrooms with hot showers and electricity.
  • In some locations we also offer hotels ranging from budget to luxury.
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Will there be Wi-Fi access during my trip?

Wi-Fi access will be very limited. A few of the accommodations may offer some limited service and there is no service in the parks or on the mountains. It is recommended that you bring your own hot spot if you will need Wi-Fi during your trip.

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What meals and drinks are included in the tour?

On the first day we provide lunch and dinner. On full days during the trip we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the last day we provide breakfast and lunch. In addition, we provide water throughout the day.

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What if I have special dietary needs?

We can adjust for many dietary needs. Please let us know when you book what your needs are so we can work with you to meet your needs.

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Is airport pick-up and drop-off included in the tour?

Yes. Please make sure you inform us of your arrival and departure information. We will have someone to meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel or your tour meeting point.

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I am traveling with friends, how many people can you accommodate?

The maximum number of people that one safari vehicle is 8 people. We can provide as many vehicles as needed to meet the size of your group. There is no maximum number for the mountain climbing trips. Private tours can also be arranged.

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I am coming early / staying late. Is there a place in Nairobi I can stay?

Yes. We can arrange additional accommodations on either end of you trip. We also provide numerous day trips and sightseeing activities to make the most of your time in Nairobi.

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Can I customize my trip?

Absolutely! We provide services for throughout Kenya and Tanzania. Whatever it is that you are looking for, we can assist you in those arrangements and help you stay within your budget.

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What currency can I use on my trip?

In Kenya the local currency is the Kenya Shilling. In Tanzania the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling. These are both readily available at ATMs in the airport and on route to the safari parks. There are no ATMs within the parks or on the mountains. Exchanging currency can only be done at designated areas in the large cities. Very few places along the tour routes will accept credit cards; cash is the expected form of payment.

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How much should I tip and who do I tip?

Tipping is a personal decision but always appreciated by those who serve you. This may include your guides and accommodation staff.

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How can you offer such low prices?

We have strong relationships with all the accommodation providers to ensure that you are being offered the lowest possible price. As a small family business, we have a low overhead and can pass those savings on to you. Our top priority is providing you a safe trip with exceptional service.

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What methods of payment do you accept?

Reservations can be made by direct deposit to our bank, through the Pesapal link on our website, or by cash if you are already in Nairobi. The remaining balance is to be paid in cash upon arrival. Kenyan Shilling, Euro, and US Dollar are all accepted.

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What if I still have more questions?

We are here to answer any additional questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us through our contact form, email us at info@serengetiadventuresafari.com, or call us at +254723479172.

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