Iconic Africa: Kenya & Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls
Before You Go
Travel will be mostly by small charter aircraft and game-drive vehicles. Game drives can be long and strenuous and over bumpy surfaces. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. Travelers on this expedition should be aware that most of the nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite, are designed to the highest standards, and are quite comfortable, with hot and cold water and shower outlets in the adjoining bathroom area. Participants will find the tents spacious with plenty of headroom. All of the safari lodges we visit have separate lounge and bar areas that often overlook scenic vistas or waterways, which adds to the excitement and ambiance of being on safari. It should be noted, however, that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all sizes are sometimes encountered within the camp boundaries.
Please pay close attention to the following sections: Passport and Visa Requirements, Health Information, and Baggage Allowance.
Activity Level & Accommodations
Travel will be mostly by small charter aircraft and game-drive vehicles. Game drives can be long and strenuous and over bumpy surfaces. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. Travelers on this expedition should be aware that most of the nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite, designed to the highest standards, and quite comfortable, with hot and cold water and shower outlets in the adjoining bathroom area. Participants will find the tents spacious with plenty of headroom. All of the safari lodges we visit have separate lounge and bar areas that often overlook scenic vistas or waterways, which adds to the excitement and ambiance of being on safari. It should be noted, however, that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all sizes are sometimes encountered within the camp boundaries.
Arrivals & Departures
Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your international flight three hours prior to departure and have access to your passport and airline E-ticket confirmation. Do not pack your passport or other travel documents in your checked luggage. Be certain that the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to your final destination, if allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates. However, if you are arriving prior to the group arrival day and have booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, a transfer from the airport to the hotel will be provided.
Airlines change flight times frequently and our air department will send you any updates for flights booked through Zegrahm as they are received from the carrier. Still, we recommend reconfirming the departure time of your flights with the airline directly within 24 hours of departure. This can be done easily online and will ensure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to board your flight.
If you are booking your own flights or accommodation, please forward a copy of your flight itinerary to Zegrahm Expeditions, as well as contact information where you can be reached prior to and after the program.
For your international flights to Nairobi, Kenya, please check for luggage weight restrictions with your airline provider or our air department if you are booking your international air arrangements through Zegrahm.
PLEASE NOTE: Most airlines strictly enforce their baggage regulations. Excess baggage charges, which can be substantial, are the personal responsibility of each participant.
Your carry-on bag should include anything you may need in transit. We recommend that you carry essential toiletries and prescription medications on board the flight, as well as a change of clothing appropriate for the initial activities of our itinerary, so that you will be more comfortable in the unlikely event that your baggage is delayed in transit or is slow to be delivered to your room upon arrival.
Internal Baggage Restrictions
Due to restrictions on the charter flights within this program, baggage is restricted to one piece of checked luggage and one carry-on; each participant is allowed 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of total weight. The maximum dimensions for luggage allow is as follows: 25 cm (10 inches) wide x 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. Only soft bags will be accepted—no wheels, frames, or rigid structures can be transported as flexibility of the bag is limited and restricts physical loading into the aircraft. If you purchase items en route, you may need to arrange to have the items shipped home in order to remain within these limits.
These restrictions are in place for your safety. The bush planes used between camps operate within a limited body and luggage weight allowance.
The weather in is generally pleasant throughout the year—warm to hot days with cool to warm nights. Be advised that we will be visiting remote areas that are prone to cooler temperatures during the evening and early mornings in addition to the destinations listed below. Please note that early morning game drives will be cold as you will be in an open jeep, so dress accordingly. Consider your own internal thermostat and personal comfort when packing as temperatures could be cooler than expected.
The following are average high/low temperatures in June for selected locations on our itinerary:
|Nairobi, Kenya||73ºF (23ºC)||55ºF (13ºC)|
|Masai Mara, Kenya||82ºF (28ºC)||54ºF (12ºC)|
|Livingstone, Zambia||79ºF (26ºC)||48ºF (9ºC)|
|Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe||84ºF (29ºC)||64ºF (18ºC)|
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) may be used at our camps; however, it will not be possible to get cash advances off any credit or debit cards at our lodge camps; you will need to have some cash available if you wish to make small purchases.
As of January 2019, the exchange rate is as follows:
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||101.77 Kenyan Shillings (KES)|
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||11.90 Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)|
*Note that the U.S. Dollar is accepted as legal tender in Zimbabwe
ATMs are a good option for obtaining local currency in some countries if you have a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card, although access to ATMs is limited, and they are unavailable in the remote destinations we will be visiting. Please carry smaller denominations as most merchants will require local currency. Also, ensure you have a four-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) for your debit or credit card if you wish to obtain currency at ATMs.
As a reminder, itinerary related expenses have been included in the price of your trip. Therefore, we recommend that you carry most of your money in smaller denominations.
You will receive your pre-departure information—including a complete packing list and gear certificate—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary, contact list, and staff biographies—will be sent approximately one month prior to departure.
The electrical currents are as follows:
- Kenya 240V/50Hz with electrical outlet type G
- Zimbabwe 240V/50Hz with electrical outlet types G & D
- Zambia 230V/50Hz with electrical outlet types C, G & D
PLEASE NOTE: Most modern electronics (cell phones, computers, and tablets) are dual voltage and don’t require a converter and adapter. Some appliances, such as video camera battery packs, require heavy-duty converters rather than the normal travel type. Please check your equipment to be sure you bring what is necessary for your personal needs.
International flights are not included in the cost of expedition; however, Zegrahm has a fully-staffed air department that can assist you with flight arrangements. You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Nairobi, Kenya and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/home city. For more detailed information, please contact our in-house air department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
A yellow fever vaccination is required for participation in this program as we are visiting a yellow fever endemic country. Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe all require proof of a yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever. Please consult with your physician before receiving the yellow fever vaccination, and refer to the following World Health Organization link for more information on yellow fever requirements: https://www.who.int/ith/en/
The yellow fever vaccination, providing lifelong protection, must be given at official centers designated by your state’s health departments. The International Certificate of Vaccination must be validated by the center that administers the vaccine and carried with you on your trip.
Malaria prophylaxis is also recommended for travelers to East and Southern Africa. Insect bites can be a problem, and we urge you to bring an adequate supply of both insect bite relief products and insect repellent containing DEET, while wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Be sure to bring a sufficient amount of your personal medications, as we will not have access to pharmacies while in the remote areas of this expedition.
We suggest that you contact your physician or local health center for current and other information concerning health precautions, immunization and vaccination recommendations, and prescriptions based on your physical condition and medical history. Your doctor may recommend a flu shot, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and other routine vaccinations. This will vary by guest and can only be advised by a medical professional.
To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids whenever you can, not just when you are thirsty as this can help prevent a range of medical problems associated with traveling. Purified drinking water will be available throughout the course of the safari. Take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun by bringing a sun hat with a wide brim or scarf, polarized sunglasses, and a high-SPF sunscreen.
In case of serious injury or illness while traveling, it is important to understand that satisfactory medical facilities may not exist nearby. Should you require emergency medical care, it may be necessary to depart the country by international medical evacuation services. The cost of our expedition includes $100,000 of emergency evacuation cover and $25,000 cover for medical expenses. If you would like to request more information about this policy, please contact our office at 206.285.4000, or you can review the pamphlet given in your final documents package.
The information herein is a guideline and is subject to change without notice. Contact your physician or local health center for current and other information concerning health precautions, immunizations, and prescriptions based on your physical condition and medical history.
Internet & Phone
To help you in the event that you must be reached during our expedition, you will be provided with a complete list of our local offices, group hotels, and camp contact information in your final departure documents.
Please keep in mind that communication can vary at times during this expedition as we will be visiting remote destinations. Some of the safari camps do not offer Wi-Fi, telephone, fax, e-mail, or radio service except in emergencies.
Following are local times that apply to this expedition when it is 7:00 a.m. on the North American west coast:
|7:00 a.m.||Seattle, WA (PDT)|
|10:00 a.m.||New York, NY (EDT)|
|4:00 p.m.||Zambia & Zimbabwe (CAT)|
|5:00 p.m.||Kenya (EAT)|
Professional cooks prepare the food on all safaris, and all safari camps feature a fully stocked bar where local drinks are included as part of the program. Premium imported brands are not included in the cost of the program.
Should you have any particular dietary needs or life-threatening allergies, please let us know on your Personal Information Form and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.
It is essential to maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight, natural fabrics are recommended. As you pack, consider your own internal thermostat and personal taste and adjust accordingly.
All of our camps have laundry service available, excluding undergarments. Dry cleaning is not available. Please remember to have any laundry cleaned one day ahead, so it will be returned in time for our group checkout.
Rugged, lightweight, comfortable, and casual clothing that can be layered is most suitable. Bring light-weight materials (denim is discouraged). A warm jacket will be needed for cooler morning and evening game drives. You may also want to consider bringing a pair of gloves. Come prepared for warm weather and strong sunshine in the afternoons. Bring adequate sun-protective clothing and gear. Wear hats and polarized sunglasses and use sun block, as we will be outside for extended periods of time.
Dress in the safari camps and in the lodges is causal and informal. Your clothes for safari should ideally be in neutral, muted colors such as tan, khaki, and bush green. Navy blue and black can attract insects and bright colors, such as white, orange, and red, should be avoided, as they alert wildlife to our presence and can cause them to shy away. Camouflage-patterned clothing is not allowed as it is associated with the military. Your hat should also be neutral-colored.
For protection against insect bites, bring long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET. Also, consider permethrin spray, which can be applied directly to your clothing before departure and lasts up to three washings, or clothing with insect-repellent already bonded to the fabric, such as Buzz Off clothing.
Comfortable walking or jogging shoes are suitable for this expedition. You may change to more casual shoes in the evenings. Thongs or sports sandals, such as Tevas, can double as slippers.
Passport & Visa Information
A valid passport is required for participation in this program. It must be valid for at least six (6) months after you return home, through December 30, 2019. If you do not have a passport, or if it is not valid for the correct length of time, you should apply for one as soon as possible. You need to have a minimum of 6 blank pages available for entry/exit stamps in your passport and secure additional pages if necessary.
As of January 1, 2016, the U.S. State Department no longer allows additional pages to be inserted into passports. If your passport is nearly full, and you have insufficient pages for this expedition, then a new passport must be obtained. We suggest that you carry extra passport photos and a photocopy of your passport’s information pagewhen you travel.
Visas are required of U.S. nationals for entry into Kenya. E-visas can be obtained before departure by visiting: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. Visitors must have a printed e-visa confirmation page with them for entry into Kenya.
Visas are required of U.S. nationals for entry into Zambia. E-visas can be obtained before departure by visiting: https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/home. Visitors must have a printed e-visa confirmation page with them for entry into Zambia.
Visas are required of U.S. nationals for entry into Zimbabwe. E-visas can be obtained before departure by visiting: https://evisa.gov.zw/#/Home. Visitors must have a printed e-visa confirmation page with them for entry into Zimbabwe.
PLEASE NOTE: Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should check with the nearest consulates for specific visa and entry requirements for their entire itinerary, including both the group arrangements and any travel prior to or after the program.
Payments & Cancellations
A deposit totaling 25% of the expedition fare will reserve a place for you on this Zegrahm program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is due at the time tickets are issued. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars and must be paid in US dollars.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by Zegrahm. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
- 180 days or more prior to departure: $750 per person
- 120 through 179 days prior to departure: 25% of expedition fare
- 1 through 119 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare
Please note, fees associated with cancelled airline tickets are in addition to this and will be clearly outlined for you on your flight itinerary.
Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to protect themselves from an unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. Information describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit for the expedition. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer insurance to guests residing outside the United States.
With Our Compliments
We are pleased to offer complimentary amenities to our explorers so they can be fully prepared before departing on one of our expeditions. A gift certificate to our Zegrahm Store will offer you the opportunity to purchase essential trip gear from our store. The certificate will be emailed to you approximately five months prior to departure. Please refer to the gift certificate for more details.