Travel Documents: Make sure your passport is valid for the entire time while on safari, and have enough of pages for the stamps in and out of each country you plan to visit. Obtain and bring a copy of your Travelers Insurance and birth certificate (just in case). Make copies or take pictures of all important documentation, including your passport, immunization card, and Yellow Fever vaccination certificate and birth certificate.
Visas: Make sure you know what visa you will need before you travel. All East African visas may be purchased upon arrival. Visa prices for those holding a U.S passport: Kenya $50, Tanzania $100 and Uganda $50.
Vaccinations/Medication: Check with your physician about East African vaccinations. Most common vaccinations include: yellow fever (with certification card), typhoid fever and malaria tablets.
Money: Cash is the best preferred method. ATMs are found in many places in the cities, however, there may be fees involved. Check with your bank and make sure they know where and when you are traveling. You will only receive local currency when using ATMs. When bringing cash, make sure you plan your budget and bring enough of cash for souvenirs, tips and any extra drinks or snacks. Larger ($50 & $100) bills get you a better exchange rate. However, ONLY bills dated 2006 or newer are accepted in the foreign exchange bureaus. The bills should be in good condition with no markings or tears.
What to Pack:
Clothing: Be prepared for all types of weather. A good rule to follow; bring two of everything: two pairs of pants, two paris of shorts, two long sleeve shirts, two short sleeve shirts, etc. Dress in layers. Days may be warm and nights cool.
Personal Items: Towel, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, shampoo, soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, any other personal hygiene products and a small first aid kit. (We are supplied with an extensive first aid kit).
Camping safari?: Bring a warm sleeping bag and pillow (these can also be purchased in Africa prior to departure), we supply cots and sleeping mattresses.
Medications: If you are under any medication, bring enough to last the entire trip. Don't forget the Malaria medication.
Travel Documents: Passport, Visa $, Immunization card, Yellow Fever certificate, and birth certificate
Extras: Binoculars, flashlight, camera, chargers, British adapters and extra batteries.
Attitude: A good flexible attitude is very much appreciated. Be prepared to have a great time but unforeseen circumstances may occur and we may need to make minor adjustments to the safari. We will try our best to stay on schedule but you may get what we call a great African bonus.
Making a donation?: Don't forget to pack: books, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, maps, or other school supplies to donate to one of the local schools or teachers.