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Most Popular Safaris

TSTT 16 Tree tops hotel (Night)

Day 1 Drive to base hotel for lunch before conti...

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The moment you decide to take an African tour or safari, choose to travel with Tsamara safaris tours and travel you will enjoy the adventure with all your senses.

After all, the anticipation is a part of the journey and there are many excuses to begin imaging yourself in Africa’s legendary wilderness. From deciding which Safari is right for you, to choosing the clothes you’ll wear when you’re out on your first game drive, planning is all part of the fun!Yes,the thrill of the safari begins long before you set foot in Africa.

This section will provide some information to help you get prepared and excited for the adventure to come.

LANGUAGE

Kiswahili (Swahili in short) and English are the official languages in Kenya whilst Kiswahili is the official language in Tanzania.

In both countries, though, English is widely spoken specially in the urban centres and at all hotels, lodges and camps, though, this may be a heavy African accent.

CLOTHING AND TOILETRIES

For the day-casual and comfortable short sleeve shirt or blouse &  shorts or light comfortable trousers. Comfortable shoes like trainers are good(NO high heels for ladies).

For the night, long sleeve shirt or blouse, long trousers and light cotton socks are advisable to avoid the insects that might be found in the bush during certain seasons particularly during the rainy season.

There may be no restrictions on the colors you wear but subdued natural colours such as olive green,khaki  &  heige are appropriate in the game parks/reserves.

A light folding rain-coat is also a good item to carry.

EXCEPTIONS

.Mt.Kenya safari club requires smart casuals for dinner for both ladies and men.Jeans,shorts,trainers etc are not allowed in the dinning area during dinner.

If you’re proceeding to the ark or tree tops remember to pack a separate lightweight overnight carry –on that can easily be carried by yourself.

It”s important to have at least one pair of warm cardigan type of sweater or jacket for cooler areas like Mt.Kenya region,Ngorongoro crater etc and during our cooler months of April to August and also for early morning and evening game drives in all areas since the vehicle has an open top roof.

Insect repellant in plenty is advisable as particularly during the night at dinner etc, there can be insects around.In short,please do apply insect repellant to exposed skin when outdoors-most lodges spray the

bedrooms in the evening and also have mosquito nets.

Carry sun block in plenty and a pair of sun glasses as East African is in the tropics and the sun can be quite strong particularly at mid-day. A bathing costume is recommended as many lodges have an enticing swimming pool.

You may wish to carry a hat, though we provide an authentic safari hat complementary upon your arrival.

SMOKING AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL

In many major cities and urban centers in Kenya, smoking is banned in public places. The interpretation of public places by the authorities may be different to one’s personal interpretation and hence,we  strongly advice that you seek guidance from your Guide/Driver or, if in a restaurant, from the service attendants before lighting up! Smoking is not permitted in the vehicles at any time.

Please do not throw lit cigarrete butts around, particularly in areas where there is high risk of bush fire. The same rule applies to litter-always dispose of garbage in a designated garbage disposal area or litter bins provided.

WILD GAMES

FEEDING OF ANIMALS IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN-animals that you’ll see are wild and can get aggressive should you attempt to feed them too closely. Always keep your distance and be cautious of their presence.

LAUNDRY FACILITY

Most hotels, lodges and camps provide same day simple laundry facilities.

LUGGAGE

PACK LIGHT! Luggage space in the safari vehicle strictly limited and as such we recommend per person –ONE piece of SOFT SIDED BUT STURDY BAG (not bigger than 24-26 inches)and a small flight carry-on that’s comfortably carried on one’s person. Do not invest in anything that requires GENTLE-HANDLING! Where domestic flights are involved the baggage restriction is 15kg per person plus a small carry-on. Excess baggage can be stored at your city hotel usually at no cost.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo and video shoots are a lasting impression of the African experience that you will carry with you. Wildlife may sometimes pause for you to take the best shots. For best shots of wildlife you may require a camera with zoom lens and filter kit. Ensure you have adequate supply of batteries, films, video-tapes or memory card and a good quality binocular for distant game viewing. You don’t have to run out of battery, film or memory etc, for that all important photo shot!

IMPORTANT POINT TO NOTE

Do not photograph public buildings, military or other installations, airports, the national flag, people or their homesteads without seeking permission, presently, buildings in the city or some installations are not to be photographed. Please ask before you take any picture and, if in doubt don’t photograph it.The Maasai, for example, insist on being paid for any pictures that one takes and hence, it is necessary to seek their consent before photographing them.

ELECTRICITY

Our grid is based on 240volts and 3pin-soscket British style. Note that in some areas especially on safari in lodges/camps electricity supplies may be switched off after 11p.m.or midnight as these supplies are though using generators.    

(Tabby tittle=’’GSM Cell phones’’)

We have Gsm networks in most parts of Kenya and Tanzania – Please check with your local service providers if one can use their phone in East Africa on a roaming service.Sim-card are easy to obtain in East-Africa and costs around Us$ 5plus any talk time they wish to add.

    Kenya country code=+254

    Tanzania country code=+255

Costs for telephone calls from hotels worldwide are generally high so please check the rate before making any calls from your hotels/lodges.

BOTTLED WATER

We recommend that you drink bottled water only and do not drink any water from the tap. All our vehicles are well stocked with bottled water for consumption on whilst in the vehicle. Please DO NOT carry bottles of water from the vehicles to be consumed on the premises for lodges, camps, restaurants etc, as it may cause embarrassment and a possible charge being levied.

MALARIA PRECAUTION & OTHER VACCINATIONS

Please ensure you have taken the necessary precaution for malaria and any vaccination considered necessary by your doctor. Please contact your doctor for medical advice.

CURRENCY

In Kenya its Kenya shillings (K.shs)

In Tanzania its Tanzanian shillings (T.shs)

Bureaus or Banks are found in most areas and the lodges also have facility to exchange foreign to local currency.

Unused local currency can be converted to foreign currency at all major airports.

Exchange rates presently are as follows and this is only meant to be a GUIDE as currencies constantly fluctuate. No liability is accepted for any difference in rates at the time of your visit.

    KENYA: US $1=Kshs 86+ (Lodges can be as low as Kshs 82).

    TANZANIA: US $1=Tshs 1500(Lodges can be as low as Tshs 1000-3000)

NB

Keep some cash with you in local currency for small incidents or shopping etc. However, we recommend that one exchange foreign currency in bits rather than large amounts that one might not be able to account for later on.

Although British pounds and euro are accepted in most hotels and lodges, the preferred currency is US $ which is readily accepted in most shops and other places of business.

    IMPORTANT: Dollar bills issued by the US government prior to the year 2000 are NOT welcome in this part of the world so please ensure that the US dollar bills are dated 2000 and later.

CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

Visa and master-card are readily accepted in most lodges. American Express and Dines cards may NOT always be readily accepted so it is best to ensure you have the two most preferred credit-cards.

Some may levy a surcharge of up to 5% of the total cost of your bill when paying by credit card so please be prepared for this.

Travellers cheques are cashed at all banks and some hotels/lodges but these are exchanged at a lower rate of exchange. Banks and lodges may demand your Receipt of Purchase from the issuing bank so ensure you have this and your photo ID.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

This is an integral part of any travel world-wide and we strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance to protect oneself against any unforeseen events such as missed or delayed flights, lost or damaged baggage, sickness or any other event beyond one’s control.

TIPPING

Although tipping is a very personal decision, it’s customary in East Africa and we recommend the following:-

US $5.00-10.00 per person per day for your tour escort

US$5.00-Per person per day for your guide/driver

US$1.00-2.00 per bag per service for porter;

There is usually a staff gratuity box at the camps/lodges and you may leave a tip, entirely at your discretion, which is divided equally for all members of the camp or lodge.

However, in city restaurants many add 10%service charge but should this not be included it’s customary to leave 10%of the total bill.

ROADS IN KENYA AND TANZANIA

These are generally poor state of repair potholes and unpaved road surfaces are quite common in both countries. Thus, driving can be a pretty adventurous undertaking.

However, Tsamara driver/guides are well trained in safe driving skills and bush mechanics to ensure a trouble-free and memorable safari.

DISTANCE AND TRAVEL TIMES

Should you literally have distances and/or travel times between destinations and/or points of interest please be advised that these are estimates only. Travel times are dependant on road conditions at that time and may be greatly affected should weather or other factors affect the conditions of the roads and due to heavy traffic etc.

DUST PROTECTON

Please protect your spare clothes and accessories well with extra dust proof bags. If you are allergic to dust which will encounter frequently please carry a simple dust mask.

TIPS ON SAFETY IN URBAN-CENTRES

As with anywhere in the world when you are in the city please exercise caution Basic commonsense will help prevent petty thievery and other crime:-

Travel as lightly and as modestly as possible, without flashing expensive jewelry etc.DO NOT leave valuables including passport, airplane tickets, cash etc lying around in your hotel room or make a show of your expensive jewelry or cash in public.

DO NOT carry your valuables including cash, jewelry, passport and documents on your person whilst on the streets. Instead use the safety deposit box in the hotel or keep them with the hotel / camp manager in a sealed and signed envelope

We recommend that you DO NOT walk around unfamiliar streets any time of day/night whilst in any urban-Centre. Use Hotel taxis’ for travel after dusk.

DON’T hang camera bags or purses on the back of a restaurants chair as you may invite snatching.

SAFETY WHILST ON SAFARI

All parks and reserves have rules that one must adhere to your Guide/Driver will advise you on these as you proceed on safari.

However, it’s important to note that animals are WILD and DANGEROUS. Do not approach or attempt to feed them.

Follow the rules in the parks and reserves and DO NOT encourage your Guide /Driver to break such rules as off-road driving, harassment of animals etc.

Exercise caution to avoid any petty thievery.

PERSONAL TRAVEL COMPANION

Our guide-Drivers are by far the best in East Africa, not just for their knowledge and understanding of their country, the wealth of knowledge they possess on the abundant wildlife, flora and fauna and the rich and vibrant cultures of East Africa, but as affable travelling companions.

Our guide-drivers understand that in order for our guests to fully appreciate the destination they need to spend quality time with the wildlife, interact with the local people and marvel at interesting places. Thus, our guide drivers will never rush them in order to conclude the program. They will instead allow our guests ample time to fully enjoy and savour those wonderful moments and take as many photographs as one would wish and will only leave at the behest of their guests.

They are in our fulltime employment and given that they are our company’s ambassadors, we consider it extremely vital to ‘invest’ in our important human-resources .We have regular training sessions for our guide drivers and have designed a vigorous training curriculum that includes safe driving, safety and comfort of our guests, basic photographic skills to list just a few.

This guarantees our guests continue to enjoy a memorable visit to our Africa. Besides being fluent in English and Kiswahili (our local language) most of our guide drivers also speak a foreign language such as Chinese, French, German, Spanish etc.

We know we have set high standards of service in the industry and are proud that this is not only appreciated by our guests but is also acknowledgeable by the industry.