FAQs About Kenya Safari

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1. What is a Safari?
2.What is included in a Safari?
3. How much does a Safari cost?
4. How long does it take to book a Safari?
5. Is there any diseases or sickness during safari?
6. Am I guaranteed to get a safari worth my money?
7. Is it safe for me to travel with my family or my children?
8. How can I pay for my Safari?
9. What is the best time to go for a safari?
10. What should I expect while on Safari?

1.What is a Safari?
Safari is a Swahili word that means going somewhere for a reason. In the days of our ancestors, safaris were seen to be journeys made over long distances in a quest to get to know something interesting or to fulfill a dedicated purpose. A safari was also made when a father wanted to go and fetch for a beautiful girl for his first son to marry. The leader of a clan would gather his strongest men, finest donkeys & horses, gifts and enough resources to keep him moving during the time of safari. The interesting part was the exploration of new places, meeting of new people and knowing new ways of life he came across.

What made a safari a thing everyone would like to encounter one day is the stories that were narrated by old men around fires at night after safely returning home. It was a way to keep the many children of the families entertained and to teach them of the new world outside. This also prepared them for the coming future would they want to explore the outside world.

Today a safari is more or less like that of the early days, only this time round people travel to see amazing things in different parts of the world, get to learn how people live, and also take a break from their normal ways of lives. A safari is a way of travel to Africa, in an African way to see Africa.

2.What is included in a Safari?
A safari is a journey that includes all the basic requirements you will require to complete a comfortable trip to all destinations indicated on your travel program. It may include a flight ticket from your country of destination and back, hotels/camps/lodges that will be providing you with accommodations all transport costs and all entry tickets to the places you will choose to visit. A safari is like a package. Once you pay for a safari, all you have to do is to sit back and see good things unfold.

You can also add or remove what you do not want from your safari package; this is known as tailoring your safari. You pay for what you want.

Most safari packages include accommodation, transport, entry park fees and any internal flights. What is usually not included in the safari package is international flights, medical insurance etc. Note that any additional you may require can be organized by your tour operator.

3.How much does a Safari cost?
The cost of a safari varies from high cost safari to low cost safari. It is more similar to a supermarket scenario. The longer the list of goods, the more you will have to pay the cashier. The cost of a safari also depends on the kind of service you would like to get. For example, if you want to live in a hotel while on safari, the cost of safari will be higher compared to living in a lodge. On the other hand, living in a tented camp during safari will be more expensive than living in a campsite.

Flying from one place to another while you are on safari will be slightly costly compared to using a road as a way of getting from one place to another.

There is nothing like expensive safari. You can choose to go for a safari that suits your budget.

4.How long does it take to book a Safari?
Booking a safari does not consume any of your time.

The secret of choosing a safari that will suit you best is by having an idea of what you want to see and where you want to visit. This will help you narrow down your search. Tour operators have ready safari packages to choose from. You could also create your own safari program and ask a tour operator to perfect it for you.

Once you have this in mind, all you need to do is to decide what kind of accommodation you would like. If you want something comfortable in the bush, then a lodge is a better choice. If you want to feel closer to nature and wild night experience, then a tented camp is choice to pick.

Also decide whether you want to use road as a means of transport to travel from one place to another, or you prefer flying. Each of these transport modes of transport has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Flying will save you time is more comfortable for children from the age of eight years, traveling by road on the other hand always you to capture more details on camera as you drive across the country.
You can spend as little as five minutes to get your safari booked. Here is how.

i. Identify a safari package provided by a tour operator or come up with one of your choice.
ii. Contact a tour operator of your choice with details such as when you expect to start and complete your safari and how many people you wish to travel with.
iii. Provide your preferred accommodation details
iv. Get a confirmation if what you want is available.
v. Pay for your safari
vi. Get confirmation documents and receipts for all services you have paid for and will be receiving during your safari.

5.Is there any diseases or sickness during safari ?
It is advisable to take precautionary measures before you begin any safari. One of these precautions includes taking Malaria tablets before you travel to a country where malaria is common. Today, there are a hundreds ways of preventing and protecting yourself from falling or getting ill during a safari. One is by taking tablets; secondly you can use insect repellants and thirdly, is by sleeping under a treated mosquito net.

Always get enough information from your doctor in case you have any special conditions that you are not sure about.

Advance medical services and public awareness on healthy living has made it safe for many people in the country and even much safer for visitors.

6.Am I guaranteed to get a safari worth my money?
In the country you want to travel, it is advisable to check if the tour operator is a member or an associate of a reputable travel organization. This will ensure that you get a guarantee of services you have paid for.

By getting confirmation documents and receipts for services paid for is a sign that services you are receiving are creditable and one can always reclaim using these documents in case of anything.

On time payment also allows you time to reconfirm all services you have order.

Today it is possible to have one on one video conversation with the safari service provider.

7. Is it safe for me to travel with my family or my children?
Safety comes first in every safari you decide to take. It is important you mention to your tour operator that you will be traveling with children, old age or people who require special care so that additional attention can be provided.

A Safari is among the best experience you can give to your family or children. The magnificent views and gifts of nature will always remind them of good times and places.

8.How can I pay for my Safari?
When it comes to paying for a safari, there are several options.
i. You can pay through Credit Card
ii. You can pay through an Electronic Money Transfer
iii. You can pay through Western Union
iv. You can pay Cash

9. What is the best time to go for a safari?
When choosing the best time to go for a safari, it is important to consider weather conditions, events and seasons.

Weather conditions may determine the best time to go for a safari. Rainy seasons are characterized by wet conditions larger parts of the day and night. Off road tracks are difficult to maneuver although with a good off road vehicle it may turn out to be an experience of a life time.

When it comes to animal viewing, most animals will be stationed under tress trying to avoid the heavy down pour. It is also important to note that there are groups of animals that like the rainy season as they become lively once the tough period of drought ends wilderness.

Events are occurrences of animal behaviors. For example, the bird migration from the Northern Hemisphere to the Sothern Hemisphere, this is an event that bird watchers would like to embark on a safari so as to witness the magnificent birds that arrive around the equator. Arrival of the Flamingos is another event that can be your best time to go on a safari. These magnificent birds that fly only in the night arrive in alkaline lakes to feed.

The annual wildebeest migration is another event that can determine the best time for you to go on a safari. This is when millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles make their epic run from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. It is the largest migration in the world covering more than 500 miles.

Season can also determine the best time to go on a safari. High season is a period where safari prices are slightly higher compared to lower seasons. This should not be a hindering factor as your travel needs may come in either during a high season or a low season. Whatever the season, there is always a piece of cake preserved for you.

10.What should I expect while on Safari?
While on Safari, there are a lot of good things to expect. Here is a simple breakdown;

i. Nature
Nature is all around while you are on safari. For example if you like dry environments such as deserts, the northern part of Kenya is a good place to visit. Here you will experience high temperatures accompanied by rocks and the dazzling sun.

In central Kenya i.e. along Mt. Kenya, it is much cooler and greener as the region receives plenty of rainfall.

If you like earth formations due to volcanic activities, then the Rift Valley is a good spot. The Tsavo region also provides the latest landscape of magma rocks believed to have formed not long time ago.

For those who like the ocean, the coastal region of Kenya has a lot to offer.

ii. Animals
On your safari, you can expect to see a lot of animals. Kenya has a great number of National Parks and Reserves that offer some of the best sighting grounds. Most safaris are planned to view the wildlife in their natural habitats.

iii. Culture
For those who like culture, you can also expect to see how people live and what they believe in. Some people think the world is round others think the world is a box. What do you think?
There are different kind of foods you do not eat; you will be fascinated to discover that other people eat what you thought is not edible.

iv. Landscape
Beautiful landscapes are among the fascinating things that will not stop to amaze you while you are on safari. Beauty starts from breathtaking sunrise to colorful sunset, gorgeous rivers, huge galleys and high waterfalls.

v. Ocean
If you like spending your on white sandy beaches, then you should expect an endless horizon on the coastal waters of the Indian Ocean. Here you get a chance to see the changing ocean levels that expose the coral reef. There are also activities such as fishing where you can make a big catch.

vi. City
The city live is visible during a short city tour, here you get to know about historical monuments, buildings and street that date hundreds of years ago.

vii. People
The people of the country you intend to visit will be the first to meet. In Kenya, people are friendly to visitors and will always reciprocate with a warm smile. You will get to know the kind of language they speak, what motivates them who they pray.

If you have a guide, you get a chance to ask all the questions you have regarding the people you meet and in no time you will find yourself speaking their native language.

viii. Leisure
If you want to spend your time in a relaxed environment, you can expect the best time to spend your leisure. You can enjoy evening drinks during sunsets; have a bush breakfasts, bush lunch or even bush dinner. African massage is also available in camps and lodges to help soothe your stay and rejuvenate you for a more exciting day to come. The night life along the coast is good way to wide in to the late night with walks along the coastal warm water reflecting the moon light above.

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