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AETS Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to travel to Tanzania and Kenya?

The most important document you will need is a passport that is valid for at least six months after your date of entry in Tanzania or Kenya. If you are US citizens, you will also need a visa which can be purchased in advance or obtained at the point of entry. We advise you to visit the Kenya or Tanzania embassy in your country for the current updated information.

What Immunizations/shots do I need for Tanzania or Kenya?

It’s recommended that you consult your personal physician or a travel health clinic to give you up-dated information concerning the above.
Also contact the Kenya or Tanzanian embassy for more current information. As a general rule, there is no immunization/shots needed for one to get into the country however if you are coming from a yellow fever endemic area you may be required to show proof of immunization.

How Safe is the food and water in Kenya and Tanzania?

Varying quantities of bottled water is widely available. Most food in safari lodges, campsites and tourist hotels in large cities are safe because they are prepared by professionals. To be on the safe side, fruit and vegetables should always be washed and peeled and also try to avoid salads. Water on Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya is generally safe but it’s safer to add additional purification tablets.

What Form/Amount of cash do I need to carry while in Kenya and Tanzania?

You might have a few added expenses ( like visa fees, gratuities to guides, liquor, phone calls, souvenirs, personal items ) on your safari so we suggest  you bring US dollar cash including the $50.00 that you need to pay at the airport. If arriving or departing via Nairobi, you may have additional visa, departure tax and transfer.  Most people have their departure tax included in their ticket.
You will be able to use in some tourist hotels and for tips as well. Bring some small bills too for the tips. You can use the credit card in some tourist hotels. Traveler’s checks are much less versatile than cash and an average of US $150.00 per week should be adequate. And overnight expenses.

What is the Best time to visit Kenya and Tanzania?

Kenya and Tanzania Safaris are great at any time of the year however April-May is the wettest time of the year and the great herds of wildebeest and zebra are concentrated and highly visible on the Serengeti.
November-December is the best time to see animals and migrant birds. July–October have great weather and many animals have traveled to Kenya parks, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara thus excellent for wildlife safaris. The temperature varies little throughout the year.

Which International airlines and routes do you recommended for Tanzania?

We have a privilege of KLM services offered almost daily flights to Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania and British Airways serves Nairobi daily. As for Ethiopian Air, it serves both Tanzania and Kenya. We can offer free shuttle services from Nairobi, Kenya to Tanzania with a booking of any of our safari packages.

How safe is a Traveler in Tanzania?

At African Escapes, we send our travelers to very safe and attractive destinations that we propose. Our guides will be there to guide you in the mountain climbing, during the safaris and in the cities.
We communicate constantly with our driver-guides while you are in the bush trust to ensure all is okay. 

How big is the group per vehicle during safari?

There is a maximum of 8 people per vehicle depending on vehicle type but with a guarantee window seat. All vehicles are fitted with high-frequency radio for communication within the whole of East Africa and have full roof-to-sky openings over every seat, which can be open or closed depending on the weather.

Do you offer private and customized safaris in Kenya and Tanzania?

Yes, we give you the opportunity to choose any type of safari on any day, our staff will always be quick to respond to you once you send us an inquiry. This will be done according to the nature of your inquiry.
Contact us for details and itinerary suggestions or email us with the details of your budget, type of accommodations, number of nights you want to spend at each locations, dates of travel, number of travelers in your group, any special interests and any other relevant info that you want us to consider on preparing your itinerary.

Is it allowed to hike or walk while in the park in Kenya or Tanzania?

The countries rules restrict getting out of your safari vehicle while in the except in designated points like picnic sites, however we can offer you some other options including a botanical/nature  walk around Lake Manyara with a Masai guide or on the out-skirts of the protected areas. Kindly contact us for more details

Will I get a chance to interact with local tribes or see Masai people?

You are definitely welcome to experience the culture of the Masai people and other local tribes. You can always organize with your driver/guides to take you to the Masai villages with a small fee, around $10, negotiable paid directly to Masai chiefs.  We can incorporate other cultures in your itinerary to include other tribes as well.

Are we allowed to take tribal pictures during the tribal safari?

Before you take any picture shots, please ask your guide to ask the tribal group first for their permission. Some tribal communities offer special access for organized visits of tourists. Enjoy the time to talk with village officials and crafts people, learn their local culture, traditions, arts and music.

Can we upgrade our accommodation on your suggested itinerary?

Definitely Yes! Let us know in advance if you would like to upgrade your accommodations standard either throughout your trip or for a special day or two, we will do our best to include them in your itinerary.
We offer customized luxury packages upon request so if you are planning on luxurious accommodation, you may want us to adapt the customized itinerary to allow a more leisurely pace, which would allow you to enjoy the amenities.

When is the ideal time to make my reservation?

Once you have already confirmed date of travel in your mind, we encourage you to book with us right away. This can as well give you an opportunity of enjoying special season rates depending on your time of booking, however it works much better if you can book with us at least 4 months prior to your departure date.

Why is Serengeti migration the biggest safari destination?

At the heart of the Serengeti eco-system lies an ancient phenomenon that is the largest movement of wildlife on earth. On this greatest animal show on earth you will see the wild animals on the move towards greener areas between the Tanzania Serengeti and Kenya Masai Mara.
Animals migrate because of the nature of rain and how it affects the pattern of vegetation growth. When a seasonal drought dries up grass and water supplies in one area, the grazing animals move on to the next area along the Serengeti migration route where seasonal rains are falling. This movement is spectacular and it’s been termed a wonder of the world.

I have dietary restrictions, would you still accommodate me while on safari?

Yes, we welcome people with dietary restrictions and will take good care of you when you are there. Please refer to question 1 above.