Kenya lies on the equator and shares common borders with Tanzania and Uganda, which make up the region of "East Africa". Kenya is roughly the size of Texas or Spain.
Kenya is on the equator. The climate is very pleasant and variations in altitude and terrain can create contrasts.
Generally in the Highlands the climate is cool, elsewhere the temperatures can reach approximately 35° C during the day. The coast is humid and balmy.
Over most of the country there are two rainy seasons:
• the ‘Short' rains which occur from late October through November
• the ‘Long' rains which occur from late March to early June.
It is possible to visit Kenya during the rainy season, few roads are affected, the parks are fresh and green and there are fewer people and vehicles. Rain usually falls in the late afternoon preceded by bright, sunny and fresh days.
July and August are the coolest months and are often overcast especially in the morning.
December - Mid March is the warmest time of the year.
Lodges have mobile phone which can be weak, so please do not always rely on it. Most lodges and hotels also have limited internet access in case of emergencies.
Food & Water
We recommend you drink bottled water; this is available in all lodges and camps.
Meals include full English breakfast and / or continental breakfast with fresh local fruits; lunches are either buffet or picnic lunches, and dinners are generally table d'hôte.
Visitors should respect the attitude of the local people towards photography and only use cameras if they have permission by "the models" to do so. Never try to "steal" a photo against the will of the person concerned. Let your guide help negotiate terms before you start shooting! It is a good rule never to take photographs of border posts persons in uniform, at airports and of course military installations.
Money & Exchange
The monetary unit is the Kenyan Shilling. There is no limit to the amount of currency or traveller's cheques that a client may bring into the country. Traveller's cheques are also recommended; please always carry your passports when you would like to change them. Most of the hotels, lodges and shops in Kenya will take the major credit cards. Reverting your Kenyan shillings into hard currency is easily done at the airport, hotels and banks. The rate of exchange varies between banks, foreign exchange bureau and hotels. It is recommended that visitors DO NOT change money on the black market as they are more likely to receive a lower rate of exchange or fake notes.
It is illegal to destroy Kenyan currency.
Voltage is 220-240 A.C. Most of the safari vehicles have a cigarette lighter socket operation on a 12-volt system.
Please bring sufficient batteries for photographic equipment, many lodges have limited power supply, but all are capable of re-charging your electrical goods for you. Please also bring adapter plugs (square pin, English standard).
When you are out on safari our schedule is completely flexible. Our staff and vehicles are there exclusively for your safari. You are able to spend the day exactly as you wish but we do recommend what we feel would be best. The best times for viewing animals are in the cool hours of the early morning and late afternoon. Our usual routine will be to rise early to a cup of tea or coffee before leaving camp. You will then either return for breakfast or have a ‘bush breakfast' and return to your ‘home' just before or in the heat of the day. Our guests usually have lunch in camp unless they are out for a full day's game drive, when they will have a picnic lunch. If you have stayed in camp, you are then able to go out again after tea in the afternoon. Your guide will be with you to plan your day, tell you about Kenya, our history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places; he will look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your
safety and comfort.
All our guides speak English, their tribal language and Kiswahili, the common language in Kenya; they are all proficient in bush craft, and can tell you about the animals, identify the birds and help you learn more about the world around you.
Please ensure that baggage is packed in soft bags and weighs no more than 15 kg (33 lbs.) per person. It is possible to store luggage not required during the safari either at your hotel if you are returning there after your trip or with us at our offices. Most lodges have laundry facilities. Please see our recommended packing list.