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Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa
Adventure Vacations East Africa

Preparing for your Safari


The current cost of a visa for most nationalities is US $50 per person. These are available at the point of entry but must be paid for in U.S. dollars cash.

Visas are also available from Kenyan Embassies and Consulates in many countries.

Departure Tax

There is a departure tax on International flights of $20.00.  This will generally have been included and already paid in the price of your international ticket.

Medical Requirements

Check with your doctor to get the current recommendations and advice.

Anti malarial tablets are strongly recommended.

Kenya requires that arriving persons carry proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination when they are arriving from an endemic area.  Yellow fever immunization and certificate are a must for Tanzania and Zanzibar. The vaccination must be administered 14 days before arrival.

Clothing and Equipment

Clothes for safari should be light and comfortable. A jacket or sweater may be needed in places of high altitudes such as Mt Kenya and the rim on the Ngorongoro Crater.  Comfortable walking shoes are an essential, as is a hat to keep off the sun.  Sunglasses and a spare pair of prescription glasses are also suggested. Don't forget a swimming costume for use at the lodge pools.

Binoculars and/or cameras and other photography equipment are essential while on safari. Almost all lodges/camps have power points to facilitate charging of digital cameras and laptops.

Most of the better hotels and lodges will spray rooms and provide mosquito nets, but do bring your own insect repellent sprays.

A flashlight is always useful.

There will be no television or radio in most places, so you might want to bring an iPod, little short-wave radio or Walkman if you want to keep up with world events or listen to some music.

Remember that safari vehicles and light aircraft have tight limits on the size and weight of luggage carried.  Depending on your itinerary, it may be possible to leave some luggage in your hotel for the duration of your safari.

For ease in loading luggage in both the safari vehicle and any light aircraft, soft sided bags are strongly suggested.  For participants in scheduled departures, soft sided bags are required.


Adventure Vacations East Africa requires that all clients arrange personal travel insurance to cover their medical, property and other personal risks for the duration of their safari.

Temporary one month membership of AMREF's Flying Doctors' Society may be purchased with your safari arrangements.  This cover provides the services of light aircraft and skilled doctors for emergency treatment and evacuation to Nairobi during incidents resulting from accident or medical emergency in Kenya and Tanzania.

This is supplementary to and not a replacement for a standard travel insurance policy.