1. What’s the best time of year to come to Kenya?
There is no bad time of year to visit Kenya. Even during the rainy seasons (April and August & December) it may rain for only one or two hours before the sun shines again. It rarely gets cold, but it is advisable to carry lightweight rain gear in the rainy season.
2. What international airlines access Kenya?
From Europe the major carriers are: British Airways, Brussels Airlines, and KLM, all of which fly directly to Entebe. International carriers from Europe connect with most North American airlines. Major African Airlines include: Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania and South African Airways. From the Middle East and South East Asia, Emirates is the popular choice. Check with our Ticketing Department for the best routing from your destination.
3. What kind of vehicle will I travel in?
Most safaris use 4WD minibuses (up to nine passengers) with pop-up tops and seven window seats for game viewing. Small group safaris (three or less) can be executed in 4WD station wagons. We also use 4WD long chassis land cruisers. Groups of twelve and more people who would like to travel in one vehicle are offered 25-29 seat coasters that have about 16 window seats. Overland trucks and fourteen seater minibuses are available on request. VIP visitors can request luxury 4WD station wagons, seven seat minibuses and limousines.
4. Can I fly internally?
Yes, charter flights are available to almost all safari destinations,
5. Do the drivers speak English?
Yes, all Shian Tours & Travel drivers/guides speak English and other local languages. If you require drivers or guides who speak other international languages, please advice and we can organize this for you.
6. What should I expect to see on Safari?
You’ll see a variety of animals as travel from park to park. In general a safari including two or more parks will include Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Lions, Crocodiles, Bushbucks, Waterbucks, Reedbucks, Warthogs, Hyenas, to name a few. Leopard sightings are rare, but leopard can be found in most parks in the country. Rhinos can be seen in Nakuru or at Aberdare
As part of the Albertine Rift Valley, Kenya is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and more than a thousand species of birds can be viewed, including many migrating birds. Unique species of butterflies are also found.
7. Are you going to pair me with another traveler(s)?
Yes in most cases we shall pair you with other travelers up to a maximum of seven persons. However we give consideration to families of more than 4 to travel on their own in the vehicle.
Any persons may also request for a private safari which will be granted at a supplement.
8. Can you smoke when you are on safari?
Due to a variety of factors smoking is not permitted in our safari vehicles. However, regular stops can be arranged for you to enjoy your cigarette.
9. How much luggage can I take on safari?
If your safari does not include internal flights, then you can take up to 30-40Kgs of luggage per person. Please remember the smaller the group the more luggage you can take.
If your safari includes internal flights, most local flights have luggage weight limit of 20 Kgs per traveller including a carry on luggage.
10. What kind of clothes do I need?
We recommend comfortable casual clothes. Please note that some hotels insist on formal dress during dinner. It is also important to note that even during the summer, some areas in East Africa might be cold, and therefore we recommend trousers.
11. Do you accommodate people with dietary restrictions?
Yes we do. Places you will be staying at offers different kind of food, from vegetarians to non-vegetarians. Let us know your preference in advance.
12. What immunizations / shots are required?
Currently, there are no immunizations/shots that is mandatory to have in order to get into East Africa (Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda) [unless prior to your arrival you go through countries that are infected with yellow fever/cholera or other diseases].
However for accurate and most updated info please visit the respective embassies for the countries you plan on visiting.
13. How soon do I have to book your tour?
We recommend at least 5-8 months before the day you plan on traveling. However, the earlier the better
14. Do you customize a tour?
Yes, we do! Let us know your needs and we will tailor-made it to suit your budget.
15. What is the migration?
Animal Migration refers to the movement of animals between Serengeti and Mara parks. The annual migration of nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles through Tanzania and Kenya is a spectacle unlike any other. The exact timing varies a bit each year, depending on the start and severity of the dry season throughout eastern Africa.
See the below:
The herd spends December to April in Tanzania, nursing new calves born in the spring.
Rains usually end in May (seasonal), forcing the grazing herd to move west and then north in search of food.
June and July are the best months for witnessing the Great Migration in the western and northern Serengeti of Tanzania
As the summer progresses,
Between July and August (best timings), the herd crosses the Mara River, where some are lost in surging floodwater and others are seized by waiting crocodiles.
In August or September they move into Kenya, typically reaching the abundant greenery of the Masai Mara
The animals will stay here until October or November.
Animals that complete the journey could have completed 1800 miles covering Africa vast grasslands in a clockwise direction
16. When is the wildebeests / zebras calving season?
This occurs in late January ~ mid March, with thousands of them born daily within that time frame. This happens frequently in southern Serengeti.
17. What is the whether like in East Africa?
Typical temperatures in East Africa are as follows:
Mid March -May and November: Rainy season
June -July- August: Cold weather with about 20-25 degrees Celsius during day and 17-20 degrees during night times.
The coastal region is very humid with temperatures reaching 35 degrees.
18. Do you recommend Travel Insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend travel insurance.
19. Are we supposed to give tips?
Yes it is common courtesy to tip your driver, guide and porter when on safari. Drivers are a great source of information and if you tell them in advance what you want to see they will do their best to find it however tipping is not mandatory.
20. Is the food safe?
East Africa offers an impressive range of foods and drinks to suit all visitors’ needs from vegetarian diets to full course meals. Whether in a luxury city hotel or deep in the bush, a traveler is almost guaranteed to find a mouth watering buffet with a wide variety of meats to fresh salads and drinks.
The food is relatively safe to try whilst in a hotel or lodge which caters for international tourists. Soft drinks and alcohol are also readily available, cheap and safe to drink.