African Outback Wildlife Safaris use custom made Safari Vans and Jeeps specially designed for the African rugged terrain. For airport and hotel transfer we use 25 passanger capacity buses. Our safari vans and jeeps are always well maintained to the highest of standards to avoid breakdowns and are fitted with pop-up roof hatches for ample wildlife viewing and photography.
All our vehicles are fitted with long-range communication gadgets (Radio-Call) and cooler boxes for cold drinks while on safari. The vehicles and Aircraft that we use for Air Safaris are INSURED according to I.A.T.A. international Standards and the Laws of Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda and Rwanda.
Our Safari driver guides are well trained in all aspects of wildlife identification and behavior, general tourism and vehicle maintenance as well as defensive driving to ensure maximum comfort for our clients. They are responsible for the success of the safari and the well being of our clients while on safari.
Our staff (including our drivers / guides) speak fluent Swahili (Kenya’s national language)as well as English, French and other foreign languages to help you book and travel with us for the ultimate safari experience in East Africa.
AFRICAN OUTBACK WILDLIFE SAFARIS recommends 2-6 people per Safari Van/Safari Jeep to guarantee comfort.
We offer our clients free safari/tour information, meet and greet services, safari briefing and flight reconfirmation. We also organize Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda and Rwanda Safari/tours, Hotel, Lodge and Camp bookings at VERY COMPETITIVE rates.
Kenya Visas may be obtained on arrival.
Visas are required for all visitors to Kenya, EXCEPT for Nationals of the following countries who do NOT need a Kenya visa:
Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Cyprus, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Nationals of all other countries require a visa. Visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa, EXCEPT for citizens of the following countries who DO need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Senegal, Somalia, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, Tazikstan, North Korea.
For other nationals, visas can be obtained at the airport or Border Point upon arrival in Kenya/Tanzania, or from the Kenyan/Tanzania Embassies / High Commissions abroad prior to departure. Currently the visa fee is US$50.Please note that if you obtain the visa on arrival at the airport, payment should be made in US$ cash banknotes and the immigration officers do not accept credit cards or travelers’ cheques, so you will need to have the exact amount in cash. The visa is valid for three months, allowing return into Kenya from Tanzania or Uganda at no extra fee.
Because the weather in Africa is often unpredictable – the rains can sometimes be heavy in one season, sometimes they can fail altogether – this information is a rough guideline only
East Africa’s climate varies across the country, from the tropical humidity of the coast, the dry heat of the savannah or semi-arid areas and the cool air of the highlands. Temperatures in these areas are fairly constant year round with an average of 27°C (80°F) at the coast, 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) in the hinterland, while in Nairobi and the highlands over 5,000 ft, the daytime temperatures normally range between 19°C and 24°C (66°F to 75°F).
Most parts of the East Africa experience two rainy seasons: the ‘long rains’ falling over a ten week period between April and June, and the ‘short rains’ over a five week period between November and December. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short and heavy tropical downpour.
Rain may occasionally fall outside of the normal rainy seasons. In the highland areas north of Nairobi it may get chilly at night or in the early mornings – especially June, July, and August when temperatures are cooler – so it is recommended that visitors pack some items of warm clothing.
We strongly recommend you have travel insurance in place as at time unexpected events or accidents can leave you with cancelled plans and significant unbudgeted expenses.
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Kenya unless you are arriving from an area infected with Yellow Fever, in which case a Certificate of Inoculation against Yellow Fever is required from Travelers older than one year. Visitors coming from other countries in Africa where Yellow Fever may occur, including Tanzania and Zanzibar, require a Yellow Fever certificate.
The other recommended vaccinations are Typhoid, Hepatitis and Polio, and anti-malarial medication is essential. Advice may be obtained from a tropical medicine doctor prior to travel. Anti-malarial drugs should be taken prior to arrival and should be continued for 4 weeks after leaving Kenya. It is also advisable to try and avoid mosquito bites by using repellent and by wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.
There are good hospitals in the main towns of Kenya while the rural areas have small health centers where one can get basic first aid. It is absolutely essential that all visitors carry some form of medical insurance to cater for any eventualities. There is an excellent Flying Doctor service in Kenya in the event of a medical emergency evacuation, while on safari away from the urban centre. Hotels and lodges supply clean drinking water but whenever in doubt, please drink only bottled mineral water (which is available in hotels and safari camps or in shops and supermarkets) . Drinking water from the tap is not encouraged.
The Kenyan tourist circuit tends to be very safe for tourists. This has been due to concerted efforts by stakeholders to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay without any security concerns. There was however a period 3 to 4 years ago when insecurity on some of the circuits was of concern, but the underlying factors have since been effectively addressed.
The tourism industry in Kenya takes visitor safety very seriously and considers all aspects of the tourist’s stay in Kenya. For this reason, the industry created a Safety and Communication Centre under the auspices of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), which is operated 24hrs a day to monitor visitor safety. The Kenya Tourism Federation represents the leading tourism trade associations.
The Safety and Communication Centre is manned by well-trained KTF staffs that are at hand to attend to any issues of concern to tourists. These include security, health, road conditions, travel advisories and updates etc.
There is a 24hr TOURIST HELPLINE (020 – 604767) where one can seek assistance in case of need. Wildlife Kenya Safaris is connected to the Centre by HF radio which makes access while on safari very easy.
Soft bags (that are lockable) are preferable to large rectangular suitcases. On the Safarilink, Mombasa Air, Bluesky and Airkenya light aircraft flights the weight of luggage that can be checked in is limited to 15kgs. We will be glad to store any excess luggage (bags must be locked) at our head office at no charge.
We recommend that you bring khaki and green coloured clothing. Bright colours should be avoided while on safari (fine for the coast and Nairobi); camouflage clothes are illegal because they are worn by local security agents. Bring at least both warm and light clothing as temperatures vary from time and place.
Wear sunscreens and cover up during the hottest time of day – between 11H00 and 15H00.
Each person is recommended to have their own 35mm or 5+ mega pixel digital camera. It is best to have a variety of lenses to accompany the camera; a normal lens and a telephoto of 200mm minimum. If you prefer close ups or for the best images of birds, a 400mm or more lens is suggested, although not necessary and other lenses can also be brought, such as wide angle or macro.
Our vehicles have cigarette lighters so remember to bring lead that can link your video equipment to the car when needed. Bring plenty of batteries and charger so you don’t run out!
Cameras get dirty when out filming for a day so ensure you have the correct cleaning equipment. A blower brush and soft chamois will clean well but there is small compressed air canister to blow dust off cameras now available.
Each person needs their own pair of binoculars as they are essential to see the birds and animals in the distance. The best size is 7×42 and they don’t need to be expensive but bird watchers should bring a Spotting Scope.
If you buy a new camera for your safari, make sure you are familiar with it before departure. Practice at home to ensure you’re comfortable with all the various settings and techniques.
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