Kenya & Tanzania Under Canvas

Kenya & Tanzania Under Canvas
June 18, 2018
14 Days
Overland Adventure
12 Guests
From $15,980

Additional Departure: June 18, 2019

Before You Go

Travel will be by small charter aircraft as well as jeeps and game-drive vehicles. Participants should be aware that the game drives are often over bumpy surfaces and can sometimes be long and strenuous. The nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite and are designed to the highest standards and are quite comfortable, with hot and cold water and showers in the adjoining bathroom area. Many have separate lounge and bar areas that often overlook waterways, which add 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.

Activity Level & Accommodations

Travel will be by small charter aircraft as well as jeeps, minivans, and game-drive vehicles. Participants should be aware that the game drives are often over bumpy surfaces and can sometimes be long and strenuous. Most nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite and are designed to the highest standards and are quite comfortable, with hot and cold water and showers in the adjoining bathroom area. It should be noted that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all sizes can be encountered within the camp boundaries.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of your departure.

Arrivals & Departures

Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your flight to Nairobi, Kenya at least 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 the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to the final destination allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.

Airlines change flight times frequently. If you booked your tickets through our air department, Zegrahm Expeditions will send you an update approximately three weeks prior to departure. 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.

Please contact Zegrahm at 1.800.628.8747, 1.206.285.4000, or 1.206.219.1641 should you encounter significant delays or problems en route, and proceed to your airline’s ticket counter or flight gate for immediate assistance. Advise Zegrahm of all changes to your arrival into Nairobi, Kenya, so that we may inform our Expedition Leader.

Arrival / Departure Transfers
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates and for those who have booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, Ole Sereni.

Baggage Allowance

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 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of total weight. If you purchase items en route, you may need to arrange to have the items shipped home in order to remain within these limits. 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. 

These restrictions are in place for your safety. The bush planes used between camps operate within a limited body and luggage weight allowance.

We recommend that you carry essential toiletries on board the plane, as well as prescription medications and 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Most airlines strictly enforce their baggage regulations. Excess baggage charges, which can be substantial, are the personal responsibility of each participant.

Climate

The following are average high/low temperatures in June for selected locations on our itinerary:

LocationHighLow
Nairobi, Kenya73ºF56ºF
Nanyuki68ºF54ºF
Migori78ºF58ºF
Namiri Plains, Tanzania81ºF59ºF

Currency

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 2018, the exchange rate is as follows:

$1 US dollar (USD)103.30 Kenyan Shillings (KES)
$1 US dollar (USD)2, 245.10 Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

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 to Nairobi and Kilimanjaro, 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.

Documentation

You will receive your pre-departure documents via email—attached will be a complete packing list, reading list, and gift certificates—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary, contact list, and staff biographies—will be emailed approximately one month prior to your departure.

Electricity

All electricity runs at 230V & 240V/50Hz in Kenya and Tanzania, with three-prong outlets (Type G variety). However, as there is insufficient electricity available at the permanent tented camps to power appliances, we ask that you not take them on safari. Fortunately, there will be facilities for recharging batteries at the camps. It is advised to bring a spare battery, charging unit, converter, and adapter.

Flight Information

Flights to and from your home city are not included in the cost of the expedition; however, Zegrahm Expeditions 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 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania/home city. For more detailed information, please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.

Health Information

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for travelers to southern Africa. Malaria is widespread, but with a few basic precautions it is easily avoidable.

A yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Kenya and Tanzania if transiting within 6 days from a yellow fever endemic country. Please refer to the CDC website for a list of yellow fever infected and endemic countries.

Be sure to bring a sufficient amount of your personal medications, as pharmacies are not found in the remote areas of this expedition.

Insect bites can be a problem, and we urge you to bring an adequate supply of both insect repellent and bite relief products.

Protect yourself against the heat and the strong sun. Drink plenty of fluids whenever you can, not just when you are thirsty. By preventing dehydration, you may prevent a range of medical problems associated with traveling. Bottled water will be available throughout the course of the safari. Take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun. Bring 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 your expedition includes $100,000 in emergency evacuation and $25,000 in medical expense. Details of this policy are available online at www.travelguard.com/zegrahm.

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 with your final departure documents.

Please keep in mind that communication can be very difficult at times. Safari camps do not offer telephone, fax, e-mail, or radio service except in emergencies.

Local Time

Following are local times that apply to this expedition when it is 7:00am on the North American west coast:

7:00amSeattle, WA (PDT)
10:00amNew York, NY (EDT)
5:00pmKenya & Tanzania (EAT)

Meals

Professional cooks prepare the food on all safaris, and all safari camps feature a fully stocked bar. All beverages are included on game drives and boat trips, as well as complimentary beer and house wines at lunch and dinner. Additional beverages are not included in the cost of the program.

Should you have any dietary needs, please let us know on the Personal Information Form, and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.

Packing Suggestions

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.

Expedition Clothing
Rugged, lightweight, comfortable, and casual clothing that can be layered is most suitable. Bring light materials (denim is discouraged). A warm jacket will be needed for the mornings and evenings.

Come prepared for warm weather and strong sun. Bring adequate sun-protective clothing and gear. Wear hats and use sun block, as we will be out for extended periods of time.

Dress in the safari camps and in the lodges is casual and informal. You will not need formal clothing, such as a jacket and tie, while on safari.

Your safari clothing should be in neutral, muted colors such as tan, khaki, and bush green. Navy blue and black can attract insects, and bright colors, like 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. Remember, your hat should also be neutral-colored.

For protection against insect bites, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are useful. Additionally, bring insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET. You may 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.

Passport & Visa Requirements

Passport
A valid passport is required for participation in this program. It is recommended that your passport is valid for 6 months after you return home, through December 30, 2018. 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 three blank pages available for entry/exit stamps in your passport. As of January 1, 2016, the US State Department has eliminated the application to insert additional pages into your passport. If you require additional pages, a new passport must be obtained. We suggest that you carry extra passport photos and a photocopy of your passport’s information page when you travel.

Visas
Visas are required of US nationals for entry into Kenya. Apply for one online at: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Visas are also required of US nationals for entry into Tanzania and can be acquired upon arrival at the airport for USD $100 per person.  Visas must be paid using $50 or $100 new and undamaged notes.

PLEASE NOTE: Nationals of countries other than the US 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

Reservations
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. Airfare is due at the time tickets are issued. All prices are quoted in US 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 and 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.

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.