Passport / Visas Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. In addition, each country you may be visiting generally requires at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages on entry for both visas and stamps. Should your itinerary include more than one country, excluding the country of departure and return, please ensure that you have a sufficient number of blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport. Should there be insufficient blank pages in your passport then entry into a country could be denied.
Visa Service We recommend American Passport & Visa International (APVI) as our preferred passport and visa expeditor. Visit apvi.net or call 1-866-848-2784 for free passport and visa consultation. When you contact APVI, you benefit from expedited passport and visa processing, updated information, current application forms, and expert advice regarding U.S. passports and foreign travel visas.
Health It is each passenger's responsibility to obtain required vaccinations for entry to the countries on his/her itinerary. Consult a physician at least six weeks prior to your departure and check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Climate Most days are clear and sunny. Winter months are June thru October with temperatures ranging from 50F to 75F and an average of 4 days of rain. Summer months are December thru March with temperatures ranging from 75F to 90F and an average of 6 days of rain. The "short rains" occur in November with temperatures ranging from 50F to 75F and 9 days of rain. The "long rains" occur in April and May with temperatures ranging from 60F and 15 days of rain.
Time Kenya and Tanzania operate on GMT+3 hours. When it is 9:00AM in New York (standard time), it is 5:00PM in Kenya & Tanzania.
Currency Visa and Master Card are widely accepted; American Express is less widely accepted. ATM machines are available in major cities. Foreign currency can be changed at camps and hotels for local currency. Note: U.S. dollars older than 2006 are not accepted.
Power All electrical appliances run on 220V.
Communication Most camps have internet; many have wireless. If you plan to use your mobile phone check with your provider to confirm you have international roaming connection.
Baggage Due to safety regulations strict weight restrictions (maximum 33 pounds) are in place on all flights. Only soft duffle bags will be transported. Hard suitcases and bags with wheels will not be transported.
Clothing / Laundry Temperature is cool in the morning and after sunset, and warms up midday. Pack lightweight clothing that can be layered. Wear neutral colors and pack light. For warm days: short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, long pants, shorts, swimsuit, tennis shoes or lightweight hiking boots with good ankle support. For cool nights (40-50 degrees): lightweight jacket, sweatshirt or fleece, warm pajamas/thermal underwear. Travel pants that zip off are great. Laundry is available at all camps. Note: some camps will not launder underwear.
Medications / First Aid Prescription medication should be in original containers, Malaria prophylaxis, antibiotic for traveler’s diarrhea, medication for motion sickness, Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, etc. First Aid Supplies: bandages, antibiotic cream, anti-itch cream, etc. Bring everything you think you may need. Simple medications are not readily available.