FAQs

When should we begin planning our safari?

It is highly advisable to start planning your safari at least one year in advance. The reason being is to ensure the availability of the personal guides and accommodation at the lodges/hotels that you will be staying at. During the peak seasons (Christmas-New Years & during the great migration), at times, camps/lodges get fully booked months in advance, so to avoid disappointment, it is ideal to plan in advance.

What is the best time to come on safari?

There is actually no best time to visit Africa but usually the busiest times are during the Christmas-New Year break, during the great migration (June-September) and during the school breaks.

When does the famous great migration take place?

The annual migration of wildlife from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between July and November. The migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species (Thompson’s Gazelle, Grants Gazelle, Eland and Topi) is one of nature’s greatest spectacle on earth.

Do I require a visa?

Yes, you do require a visa. The visas are available on arrival at the airport (only Tanzania) at a cost of $50 per person or at the Embassies/High commissions abroad.

How much does a visa cost?

Kenya: A visa is required upon arrival to Kenya. Visitors to Kenya will no longer be able to obtain their visas at the airport. The visa can be obtained online prior to travel and the process usualy takes about 2 weeks.

Tanzania: A visa is required and costs $50. The visa must be obtained in advance of your trip unless you live in a country that does not have a Tanzanian embassy.

Rwanda: A visa is required and costs $30. The 30 day visa can be granted upon arrival to Rwanda without prior application

What do I bring on safari?

The main aim on safari is to be as comfortable as possible and below is a list of the bare essentials that you will require:

Clothing

While on safari, it is important to carry some warm clothing such as fleeces, jumpers and jackets as it does get quite chilly during the early hours of the morning and evening. During the middle of the day, it can get very hot and light clothing is recommended. It is advisable to carry a hat/cap with you at all times to shade yourself from the heat.

Medication

It is very important to carry malaria medication with you while on safari and if you do suffer from allergies or any other medical conditions, it is advisable to carry the recommended medication prescribed by your doctor with you. Rehydration salts/tablets are also highly recommended.

Other Essentials

  • High powered torch for night times (although most camps we use provide these in all their tents).
  • Sunscreen.
  • A good DSLR camera to capture the perfect moments (for visitors using film cameras it is advised to bring plenty of film with you).
  • Spare batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • A good pair of binoculars.
  • Voltage and plug adaptors for your chargers (although most camps and lodges provide these upon request). • Camera, phone and laptop chargers.

What vaccinations should I get before my safari to Kenya?

A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria. The best choice in vaccines for your trip depends on many individual factors. Please consult your doctor on specific information regarding your health needs prior to departure.

It is highly recommended that all guests do get a Yellow Fever vaccination before travelling to Kenya, Tanzania or Rwanda.

What is the weather like in Kenya?

Temperatures rarely fall below 24 degrees centigrade during the day and around 10 degrees centigrade at night. Please note that temperatures vary from place to place. Warm clothing is recommended for evening and early mornings, both in Nairobi and on safari.

Do I need insurance?

It is highly recommended that all clients have comprehensive insurance before travel (both health & travel). The flying doctors insurance cover is available in Kenya. The flying doctor service provides air evacuation service in medical emergencies as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. It also covers first aid but not medical evacuation back to home countries.

It is also advisable to get insurance cover for your camera equipment and other valuables you might decide to bring on safari.

What is the security like?

Like many other cities in the world, security is of significant concern. Nairobi is generally safe but we advise clients not to drive or walk in 
dark alleys or unlit streets. If one has to leave the hotel at night, the hotel reception staff will be of great help to obtain a taxi for you. Do not carry a lot of money with you. Just have enough money for what you wish to buy. The rest of the money and other valuables can be kept in the hotel safe. A receipt will be obtained for the same.

Are the internal flights reliable?

The airlines used by our clients are reputable both locally and internationally and have a good track record.

What is the maximum baggage allowance on internal flights?

The maximum baggage allowance for all internal flights is 15 kgs (33 lbs), hence it is advisable to pack lightly. For baggage exceeding 15 kgs, there will be a surcharge of approximately KSHS 200 ($2-3) per kilo. It is also advised to pack lightly for safari by road to ensure maximum comfort. Excess luggage, which you may not require, can be stored at your hotel in Nairobi at no extra charge.

What are the road conditions like?

All main roads connecting the major towns of the country are well tarmacked and have relatively easy accessibility. However, some short stretches of roads leading to national parks/reserves can be fairly rough or bumpy.

What sort of vehicle will be using while on safari?

All vehicles used while on safari are entirely safari modified land rovers and land cruiser 4x4s that are custom built to deal with the harshest of terrains and also to ensure your comfort and safety. They are capable of carrying up to a maximum of 5-7 PAX, but we recommend only 5 PAX per vehicle to ensure the utmost satisfaction, easy wildlife observation and photography. All vehicles are also fully equipped with roof hatches to improve all round game viewing and offer you a 360-degree panoramic view of your surroundings.

Is water provided for while on safari and is tap water safe?

It is advisable to use bottled water for drinking. Water from taps in the rooms can however be used for brushing teeth and bathing. Bottled water is available in all lodges and Camps during safari but can be expensive, but is provided free of charge in all the Apex Photo Safaris’ vehicles.

Are laundry services provided while on safari?

Laundry services are provided at all hotels/lodges that you will be staying in. A laundry list will be provided in all rooms, indicating the various clothing types and their charges.

Are the lodges/hotels eco friendly?

Most of the hotels/camps/lodges used by Apex Photo Safaris are eco friendly.

Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Kenya?

The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 volts AC, 50HZ. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical device, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate. Major hotels usually provide hair dryers, irons and other electrical amenities upon request.

Can I use my credit card in Africa?

Most top hotels and lodges around the country accept Visa and MasterCard. In addition to credit cards, clients should bring US dollars and traveler’s checks. Diner’s Card is not generally accepted.