TRAVEL TIPS

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Most tourists can now obtain their visas on arrival at the international airport. Additional information can be obtained from your local consulate.

CURRENCY

Currency exchange is free, and there is no limit to the amount you can bring into the country. The safest and the most recommended places to change money are banks or Forex Bureaus; some hotels/ camps will also be able to exchange small amounts of foreign currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and hotels/ lodges. Ensure that your money and all-important documents are well kept in a safe place (in travel pouches/wallets).

INTERNET

All major towns have internet/ cyber cafes. Some lodges/ camps in the parks also have Internet connection and network coverage.

ELECTRICITY

The local voltage used is 220/240 volts AC, 50HZ. Plugs are UK-type round two-pin or flat three-pin.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

 

MALARIA

While not all parts of your places of visit are malaria prone, it is recommended that anti –malaria mediation be administered during your visit. Children's anti-malaria medication is also available.  Please contact your local physician for more information on these medications.

Precautionary measures that you can take to prevent contact with mosquitoes include making use of a mosquito repellent lotion or wearing long sleeve clothing and socks in the evenings.  A majority of the hotels and lodges provide mosquito nets or rooms/tents with mosquito proofing (remember to keep the flaps zipped at all times).

YELLOW FEVER

For all travelers coming directly from Europe to JRO (Kilimanjaro airport) e.g. on KLM flight, such that they did not cross an endemic country they will not need Yellow fever Vaccination.
For all travelers coming from Europe via or transited through an endemic country e.g. On Ethiopia Airline flight via Addis and NBO they will need Yellow fever vaccination card.
On any international flight to NBO (Nairobi) e.g. SN, BA, Swiss  KQ etc to NBO then  charter plane or KQ/PW flight to JRO they will need Yellow fever vaccination.

YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION ON ARRIVAL AT JRO

It is provided at JRO at a cost of $US 50 per person.
On arrival the passengers must first go to the health desk then to Immigration desk, no passport will be accepted at immigration desk without a stamp from Health department.

WATER

Hotels and Game Lodges supply clean water for washing and bathing, and mineral water for drinking.  While tap water is relatively safe to consume, it is best to avoid any risks and insist on mineral water.
Food in the hotels/ camps is prepared under hygienic conditions, and measures are taken to ensure clients are not at risk when consuming salads and raw vegetables.  Precaution is advised when you are exploring the local markets; do not taste any food from local stands before you properly wash it or before you are sure that it is properly cooked.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance with your local insurance company.
All Napenda Africa Safaris clients enjoy the membership to the Flying Doctor's society.

SECURITY

As with any major city, there are some precautions that we recommend you follow: Do not carry large sums of money around and keep a close watch on your personal belongings. Lock up valuable in hotel/lodge safe deposit boxes and never leave valuables on show in an unattended car or tour bus.  We also advise you NOT TO walk alone at night.
Recommended packing list:

  • Long-sleeved shirts, slacks, long skirts and socks to protect you from insect bites and sunburn. Please note that bright colors and white are NOT advised while on safari as they tend to attract bugs such as flies and mosquitoes. Camouflage clothes are often illegal.
  • Good quality sunglasses - preferably polarized. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
  • Sun hat with a brim
  • Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine)
  • Sandals or rubber flip/flops for poolside
  • Swimsuit with light cover-up garment
  • Warm winter jersey for cooler mornings or evenings
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust
  • A small flashlight with extra batteries
  • Adapter plugs & converters for electrical appliances
  • Packaged wet tissues ("Wash & Dry" "Wet Ones").
  • A tiny calculator for estimating cost while shopping
  • Plenty of film or tape for your camera + extra batteries or battery chargers
  • Waterproof/dustproof bags/cover for your cameras.
  • BINOCULARS (ESSENTIAL) and Newman's bird book if you are keen
  • Personal toiletries (basic amenities supplied by most establishments)
  • Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, off, etc.
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and Anti-histamine cream, etc.)

Most important travel tip:

Just pack a sense of wonder, adventure and humor! - I look forward to sharing a beautiful and memorable Safari experience with you.

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