Note that your final itinerary includes comprehensive documents with very relevant information in which every effort is made to cover all of the essentials. During the planning stages no question is too odd to ask….
East Africa is a massive block. There’s a lot to it too. With some very dodgy spots and conversely totally safe areas . It holds huge and fascinating cultural diversity within both modern cities and barely inhabited wild places.
It’s these wilderness areas in which we prefer to spend most of our time on safari. Where you find very few people across a wide range of habitats from arid and seemingly barren deserts, through savannas and forests, tall mountains and deep valleys. Most of these spaces are private reserves, conservation areas, National Parks and in some cases World Heritage Sites. These are protected wild spaces. Where the wildlife and local habitats are afforded the most protection – usually from humans.
So whilst any safari activity should be regarded as potentially hazardous the key to it all is the quality of the Professional Guides, scouts and rangers who’re responsible for keeping you safe and unlocking the secrets of the African bush on safari.
We constantly monitor local conditions wherever we operate in East Africa. We also abide by recommendations and guidance offered by government bodies both in our client home territories (eg FCO and State Departments) and within East Africa itself.
Our clients are expected to take their own sensible precautions whilst travelling and to follow all legal instructions given by hosts and guides whilst on safari.
We often talk about the “dry season” when games tends to concentrate near water sources. Game viewing is generally easiest. Dry weather means that remote areas are usually more accessible by road. In East Africa this is usually from June to October.
We also talk about the “wet” or “green season” when we tend to have more rain about. In southern-central Africa this is in the warm and wet summer months from November to April. In East Africa this coincides with the “short rains” in November and the “long rains” in March to May. Game is generally dispersed, game viewing often more difficult and some of our better and remoter areas are inaccessible.
East Africa Nations generally share a common “high season” in July, August and September. This coincides with traditional summer holidays for northern hemisphere guests. There’re more travellers (and tourists) about. Safari prices are generally highest.
We have a “low season”, also a “shoulder season” when fewer guests are about. Prices are reduced too.
Then we have “secret seasons“. When wildlife and other conditions are particularly good. When there’re fewer visitors about too.
Travel Insurance is a condition of carriage with us. We recommend that you take out the policy at the time of booking in order to cover you against any eventualities.
You’ll certainly have good coverage in all major cities and airports en route into our safari areas. All network providers have international roaming arrangements but you ought to check rates with your own provider in case you need to investigate better roaming charges.
Most city hotels offer complimentary WiFi.
Things change in the remoter safari areas.
Where only one parent is travelling with a minor you’ll be expected to provide legal consent for the child/children to travel almost anywhere in the world.
Formalities for travelling with children in Africa can be onerous. You must check into this detail and ensure that you have all appropriate documents.
Parents travelling with children into or out of East Africa will be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate.
Where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate) may be required.
There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.
Booking couldn’t be more simple… it’s just 3 easy steps :
Planning – one of our safari specialists will be in touch to discuss your plans – interests, destinations, timing. (This could take a few moments over the phone, and several back and forth e-mails exchange and lots of correspondence over a few weeks to complete.) You could also easily identify a package of your choice among the many advertised on our website and just book it, all processes are done online including secure payment.
Confirmations – we set plans and bookings, you pay your deposit and complete the guest information form. (Confirmations are often done up to a year in advance especially during high season in some places.)
Final preparation for travel – final payments are made, documents are issued (this usually happens up to 3 months prior to travel date).