FREQUENTLY ASKED SAFARI QUESTIONS / SAFARI FACTS
The millions of wildebeest and zebras are always somewhere, but they are not always in large herds and on the move. Their location is largely dependent on the weather, which can vary considerably from year to year. In general the herds assemble south of the Serengeti during January and February, the season in which they give birth to their young. Starting around March they begin moving North and West in search of fresh grazing through the Serengeti Park. They can move in enormously long single file lines or in huge herds. The bulk of the animals reach the Masai Mara in Kenya, where they tend to remain during August/September/October, before starting their return trek south back through the Serengeti in November.
Yes. All safaris can be booked with the exclusive use of a vehicle for your party. A custom safari for two clients is significantly more expensive per person than seats on a similar small group safari. However, on a custom safari with an exclusive vehicle, the cost of the vehicle and driver/ guide are divided by the number of clients sharing the vehicle. Therefore, the per person cost of a custom safari reduces the more clients that are sharing the vehicle (maximum in one vehicle is 7).
If you are arranging an exclusive vehicle safari then you are free to arrange whatever itinerary you choose. Eastern Vacations Tours & Safaris presents a small selection of proven itinerary favourites in this website but you are not limited to these and we can arrange any required itinerary, subject to practical and logistical considerations. We will be pleased to develop and quote for any feasible plan.
Clothes for safari should be light, comfortable and not too brightly coloured. There is little or no requirement for anything formal. A light jacket or sweater may be needed in the evenings at higher altitudes, comfortable walking shoes are an essential, as is a hat to keep off the sun, and sunglasses. Don’t forget a swimming costume for use at the lodge pools.
Most people bring binoculars and/ or cameras and video equipment with plenty of tape or film. Zoom or telephoto lenses are likely to be useful. Film is available at the lodges.
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 a little shortwave 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 in Nairobi for the duration of your safari.
In the event that the client cancels or reduces the travel items booked, cancellation policy will apply. It depends on the travel service in question – hotels, safaris, tours, flight tickets etc.
A safari lodge in Africa is located in a remote Wildlife area and is made up of a number of cottages / chalets spread over a landscaped land .Here shall be a main building which houses a restaurant, bar, gift shop together with the reception and also administration facilities. In most cases, there may be a swimming room,
The lodge’s en-suite guestrooms are spread in smaller separate scattered cottages around the main central building.
The atmosphere is usually rustic and compliments the natural surroundings while bringing in the essence of the wild
Safari lodges vary in size, unique design, location and standards with a nice range in economy , comfort and luxury category.
The safari tented camps share some similarities with safari lodges in layout , purpose and location.
A tented camp is composed of the Main building (housing the public areas) usually thatched African style for effect .It may also be made of a large tent .The en-suite guest tents are scattered around the main building providing a private feel.
The tented camp is a composition of large en-suite walk in tents which are built on a solid floor base and are complete with private bathrooms and a small terrace or veranda.
Essentially they are rooms with the exterior being canvas rather than wood or brick.
The tented camp complex may also have a swimming pool.
Tented camps range from the comfort, superior comfort, luxury to the super luxury.