Frequently asked questions

Here in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, we’ve gathered insights to address common queries. Explore this resource to find quick answers and valuable information, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your Real Africa Travel experience.

Are African Safaris Safe?

African safaris are indeed safe! Most safari-goers have a secure and delightful experience. Nevertheless, it’s important to be mindful of potential risks and take necessary precautions to safeguard your well-being.

How much does a Safari in Kenya cost?

Regardless of your budget, there is a safari option in Kenya that suits your needs. With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture, Kenya promises an unforgettable safari experience. The cost of a safari in Kenya can vary significantly depending on various factors, such as:

  • **The level of luxury:**
    • Budget safaris may start at around $125 per person per day, while luxury safaris can exceed $1,000 per person per night.
  • **The Number of Travellers:**
    • The more the number of people travelling the lower price.
  • **The duration of the safari:**
    • Shorter safaris are less expensive than longer ones.
  • **The time of year:**
    • Peak seasons like July-August and December-January tend to have higher safari costs.
  • **The type of accommodation:**
    • Camping safaris are usually the most economical, while luxury lodges are pricier.
  • **The included activities:**
    • Some safaris cover all meals and activities, while others may charge extra for experiences like hot air balloon rides or bush walks.

Below is a general overview of safari costs in Kenya:

  • **Budget safaris:**
    • $125-$300 per person per day
  • **Mid-range safaris:**
    • $300-$600 per person per day
  • **Luxury safaris:**
    • $600-$1,000+ per person per night

When is the best time to go on Safari?

Ultimately, the best time for a safari in Kenya aligns with your unique requirements and desires. Take into account your budget, interests, and weather preferences to make the most suitable choice for you. The ideal time for a safari in Kenya varies based on your preferences and priorities:

  • *Wildlife Viewing:**
  • **June to October:** This period marks the dry season, characterized by clear, sunny weather, sparse vegetation, and animals gathering around water sources, enhancing visibility. It’s also the prime time for the Great Migration, a breathtaking event where millions of wildebeests and zebras cross the Mara River. However, prices are typically at their peak during this time.
  • **January to February:** Another dry season with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, fewer crowds, and slightly lower prices compared to the peak season.
  • **March to May and November to December:** These shoulder seasons offer good wildlife viewing chances at lower prices with fewer crowds. However, there is a risk of rain, and some parks may have restricted access due to muddy roads.
  • *Budget:**
  • **March to May and November to December:** Shoulder seasons provide the best value for money.
  • **June to October:** The peak season is the most costly period for a safari.
  • *Weather:**
  • **June to October:** Hot and dry weather with clear skies.
  • **January to February:** Hot and dry, but slightly cooler than the peak season.
  • **March to May and November to December:** Warm weather with a chance of rain.
  • *Additional Considerations:**
  • **Birdwatching:** The prime time for birdwatching varies depending on the bird species of interest. Typically, the rainy season (March to May and November to December) is perfect for migratory birds, while the dry season is preferable for resident bird species.
  • **Specific Parks:** Different parks have distinct seasons for various activities. For instance, Amboseli National Park is optimal for elephant sightings during the dry season, whereas Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for flamingo watching during the rainy season.

How do I book a Safari?

Kindly reach out to us through the chat feature below, email us at info@realafricatravel.com, or text/WhatsApp on +14782274037 for booking assistance. Our response time is less than 2 hours, sometimes even within minutes. When contacting us, please provide your name, email, number of travelers, travel dates, and duration of stay. Feel free to share your budget as well, for a quicker and more detailed booking process.

What is covered in the Package Cost?

Our Safari Packages include key features such as hotel accommodations with all meals, transportation in a Custom Safari van or Jeep with experienced guides, entrance fees to the Parks, Cultural experiences, and any other agreed-upon activities. Additionally, airport transfers and extra services can be arranged.

Submitting Payments for the Safari.

You can make your payments securely online by following this link Kenya Safari Payment or by utilizing any of the payment icons on our website. Kindly wait for booking confirmation or invoice from Real Africa Travel before making the payment to ensure that all details in the itinerary and booking meet your expectations.

Please see our payment, cancellations, and refund policy page for more details.

How do I book for International and Local flights?

While our packages do not cover international flights, we are delighted to help you discover the optimal flight options based on payment, travel duration, comfort, and convenience. Feel free to utilize our flight search tool at flyingtokenya.com or flyingtoafrica.com. When purchasing tickets, we recommend buying directly from the airline listed on the search tool, or from trusted platforms like Expedia, Priceline, or Orbitz, as this approach has been reliable for our customers.

What type of hotel accommodation if offered on Safari?

Kenya provides a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences, ranging from basic campsites to luxurious lodges in the heart of the wilderness. Here’s a breakdown to assist you in making a selection:

  • *Economical Options:**
  • **Camping:**
    • The most cost-effective choice, offering an immersive experience beneath the stars. Expect shared facilities and basic amenities.
  • **Budget Lodges:**
    • These modest lodges offer cozy rooms with essential amenities such as shared bathrooms and communal dining areas.
  • *Moderate Range:**
  • **Comfort Lodges:**
    • Enhance your comfort level with en-suite bathrooms, cozy beds, and potentially on-site swimming pools or dining facilities.
  • **Tented Camps:**
    • Combine the outdoor feel with added comfort and amenities like en-suite canvas tents, comfortable furnishings, and sometimes even hot showers.
  • *Luxurious Choices:**
  • **Luxury Lodges:**
    • Indulge in luxury with spacious rooms, private balconies boasting stunning views, gourmet dining, and exceptional service.
  • **Boutique Camps:**
    • Experience a personalized and intimate stay in smaller, exclusive camps that offer exceptional service, unique settings, and often luxurious amenities like private plunge pools or spa treatments.
  • *Other Considerations:**
  • **Location:**
    • Opt for accommodation situated in your preferred national park or reserve for easy access to game drives and activities.
  • **Amenities:**
    • Choose your desired level of comfort, considering factors like en-suite bathrooms, laundry services, Wi-Fi access, and more.
  • **Activities:**
    • Some lodges provide all-inclusive packages with meals, game drives, and guided walks, while others may require separate reservations.

What type of Transportation is offered on Safari?

Exploring Kenya for your safari adventure presents various transportation options, each with its own unique benefits:

  • **4×4 Safari Jeep:**
  • The traditional safari vehicle provides excellent visibility, navigates rough terrain well and enables off-road exploration. Perfect for small groups or families.
  • **Minibus:**
  • A cost-effective choice for larger groups, offering comfortable seating and sufficient storage space for luggage.
  • **Small Plane:**
  • Enjoy breathtaking aerial views and quick access to remote areas, especially beneficial for itineraries covering multiple parks.
  • **Hot Air Balloon:**
  • Embark on an exciting and memorable adventure with sweeping views of the savanna and wildlife below. This option has limited availability and is more expensive.

*Suggestions:**

  • When choosing transportation, take into account the distances between the parks you’ve selected and your overall itinerary.
  • Be mindful of road conditions, particularly in regions that may have rough roads, especially during the rainy season.
  • Have a conversation with us about your transportation preferences to receive personalized suggestions.

What are the Visa Requirements to Visit Kenya?

Visa Waiver:

  • Effective January 1st, 2024 travelers of all nationalities are not required to obtain a visa for tourism or business visits lasting up to 90 days. Despite the visa waiver, all travelers must still complete an online ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) application before entering Kenya.

  • The ETA fee is USD 30, and processing by the government takes up to 3 business days.

  • Apply for the ETA on the official Kenyan government website: https://www.etakenya.go.ke/en

Exceptions:

  • East African Community (EAC) nationals are exempt from the ETA.

  • Children under 16 years old do not need an ETA except when traveling on an East African tourist visa.In our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, we have compiled responses to address common inquiries. Delve into this section to discover prompt solutions and valuable details, ensuring you are well-equipped for your upcoming Travel adventure.

     
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