FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

A safari in Kenya can be done any time of the year. However, July – October is popular as the Great Wildebeest Migration at the Mara happens around this period. The other popular period is January – March. These two seasons have no rains and the grass is dry with scarce vegetation making game drives easier. The months of April – May and November to mid-December are generally low season with lots of rains in most parks. Prices are lower during this season and are most preferred by clients on a budget.

Do I need a visa?

Most passport holders from Europe and North America can get a visa on arrival in Kenya or apply for it online prior to travel on the government portal – www.ecitizen.go.ke if not sure you can always check with us before travel. A tourist visa costs USD 52.00.

How far in advance should I book my safari?

It’s advisable to book early enough (5-6months in advance), especially for safaris in January-March and July-October seasons, some people book a year before. This is especially important for those wishing to do a private custom safari.

Who goes on a safari?

Generally, there are no age limits for our safaris we do however have recommendations for those with very young kids as some lodges will have age limits on who can book a stay with them. Our safaris do not require a specific kind of fitness as they are not strenuous. You will however experience off-road driving within the parks but our vehicles are well designed for this.

Do I join a group for my safari?

Most of our safaris are private and you'll be in your own safari vehicle with a dedicated driver/guide. We do not mix tour groups from individual bookings to allow flexibility, customization and selection of accommodation.

How is the accommodation?

We carefully choose accommodation facilities to ensure value for our client’s money. Most of the rooms in hotels/lodges/camps have private bathrooms and flush toilets. There is electricity and Wi-Fi in most of the hotels/lodges/camps.

How is the food?

Food at the hotels and lodges is well prepared to the best of standards. We recommend you wash or peel fresh fruits before eating.

What is a single supplement?

Tour prices are based on two persons sharing a room. A single room supplement is an excess cost charged to a person staying alone in a room designed to take two people. When one stays in a room by themselves they have to pay per person sharing price for the single room supplement.

What is a typical day like while on Safari?

A typical safari day starts with an early morning game drive, breakfast then stay at leisure within the lodge/camp. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive till evening. Dinner is served and you're free to rest or continue enjoying the lodge/camp facilities. On days when travelling between parks you start with breakfast and departure to arrive in the new park in time for lunch, relaxation then afternoon game drives till sunset.

Is my driver/guide experienced/professional?

Our drivers/guides are the best and are professionally trained. They have vast experience regarding the country, wild animals and the culture of the communities within the country. The advice of the driver guides is highly valuable to our clients.

How much cash do I take?

Since most hotels/lodges/camps and shops accept Visa and Master cards, it's therefore advisable to carry minimal amounts in cash, maybe a maximum of $500.

In most urban places there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash in local currency.

How much do I tip on Safari?

Tipping is not mandatory, however, it's highly recommended. For drivers/guides, we recommend a tip of $5 –10 per person while for the hotels/lodges/camps you can drop a tip of $2 - 5 in the tipping box per day. No maximum limit.

Who Do I contact in case of emergency?

In case of an emergency, you should contact Perminus Muturi at +254 710653965 / +254 736165729 or email – info@africamarvel.com. The emergency number in Kenya is 999.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Kenya?

Yes, there are some recommended and required vaccines for Kenya.

All eligible travellers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Not fully vaccinated against Covid-19? Check out a list of countries where you're allowed to visit.

Other recommended vaccinations include but are not limited to: 

  • Yellow fever
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal Disease: The most common type is meningitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia