FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
When is the best time to travel for a safari?
It is possible to book for safari all year round but most travelers book for their safaris during summer and winters breaks. July – September is very popular because
When and where can I see the Great Migration?
There is a huge population of residents wildebeest and zebras in Masai Mara but the great migration from Serengeti into the Mara takes place between July and October . This is the period more than a million wildebeest cross in to Kenya from Tanzania culminating to the momentous moment of Mara River crossing where crocodiles lie in wait for a feast.
Can I have a private Vehicle?
Yes. All safaris can be booked with the exclusive use of a vehicle for your party. A custom safari with only two clients is significantly more expensive per person than a group of more people. Safari vehicle carry a maximum of 6 – 7 people and traveling in groups of such sizes makes the cost per person cheaper.
Can I have my own custom itinerary?
For custom made safaris clients have a free hand to suggest places to be included in their travel itinerary. Runners Paradise Safaris has posted some sample itineraries on the website www.runnersparadise.co.ke to give some indications of most destination covered in the safari circuits but will be happy to create and cost a feasible plans to meet client’s needs.
What type of accommodation is available while on safari?
Kenya has one of the most developed hotel industry in the region and clients are spoilt for choice when planning for their safari. Accommodation facilities are accessible for high end to budget travelers who may choose to stay in hotels, safari lodges, tented camps, guest houses, home stays or camp.
Does Runners Paradise Safaris accept bookings from single traveller?
We accept bookings from all travelers including single travelers and groups. The cost will however vary with the number of people because the transport per vehicle element is constant. Some single travelers are sometimes fortunate to join another scheduled group trips.
Can children travel on safari?
Our safaris a tailor made to meet the needs of all including families with little children though there are very few high end that do not allow children under 12 years of age.
The equator crosses the country in the middle, so there is little seasonal variation in temperature. The climate ranges between the coastal and low lying regions and the highlands and mountain regions. The long rains fall in April and May and the short rains in November. The rest of the year is classified as dry season which means more sunshine and great safari experience whether game viewing or resting on the warm sandy beaches along the Indian ocean coastline. This is no longer predictable owing to climate change phenomenon.
Currency and Exchange
Most of the towns have forex bureaus that convert or buy all major world currencies while it is also possible to withdraw cash from the many banks located in major towns. there also numerous banks with ATM money dispensing machines that accept major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa etc. Kenya shillings and cash US Dollars are largely accepted in most tourist establishments.
The power supply is based on UK/ European standard voltage of 220/240, and power sockets are the U.K. square pin type. U.S. appliances would need a voltage convertor as well as a plug convertor. Most safari lodge and tented camps particularly in the national parks and remote areas have installed generators which are turned off during parts of the day and night to reduce noise and fuel consumption.
All vehicles used by Runners Paradise Safaris are equipped h two way radios, so that drivers can communicate with their base, each other and the lodges/tented camps. Most lodges, hotels and tented camps a have WIFI but not very stable because of the range. Cellular phone networks are also affected by this in most areas making it intermittent.
Food and Drink
Clients are advised to only drink bottled water in Kenya and other East African countries.
We provide bottled water in our vehicles and hotels provide small amounts with meals and in the rooms but clients pays for extra consumption.
The client will always strive to provide reusable as a measure of curbing the plastic waste menace but we also highly recommend bringing one by our clients. Food of every type and quality is available ranging from continental to local delicacies. Clients with special dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan and kosha are also catered for appropriately.
Swahili is considered the national language widely spoken in the communities alongside the more than 44 local dialects but English is the official teaching language in all schools and widely understood by the largely literate citizenry. English is also the language used to conduct safaris which make it mandatory for all guides to be fluent. There is also a huge pool of guides who speak French, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese and can be availed for a safari on request.
There are some long distance coaches which are suitable for use by visitors, that shuttle travelers from Nairobi to majors towns in East Africa and a fast SGR train that operates between Nairobi and Mombasa. Domestic Airline companies also operate flights to all main towns and major national parks, national reserves and conservancies,
Local buses and minibus services are likely to be uncomfortable, overcrowded and
Taxis and hail a cab services such as Ubers are also available in urban areas
Self drive cars for hire services can also be arranged through “Runners Paradise Safaris” but not recommended due to poor state of roads in some rural areas and distances between places where help maybe sought makes it not
Souvenir shops and shopping malls are found in the hotels and along the safari circuit and main towns.
Most of them also accept cash US dollars, the local currency and major credit cards.
Do you need a visa?
Most foreign visitors to Kenya require a tourist visa which costs US$50 per person and can be obtained on entry (visa fees must be paid in US cash only), online or in advance from Kenya embassies abroad. A transit visa is available for a US$25 fee, but if you are returning through Kenya, you may as well obtain a full visa – make sure this is dated to include your return visit.
What taxes will I be charged?
There is a departure tax on International flights of $40- this will generally have been included and already paid in the price of your ticket. Medical Requirements
Check with your doctor to get the current recommendations and advice. Antimalarial drugs are strongly recommended.
What type of clothing and equipment is needed for my trip?
Daytime clothes while on safari should be light, decent and comfortable. There is little or no requirement for anything formal. Evening are usually cooler and a light jacket or sweater maybe necessary. Comfortable pair of walking shoes a hat to keep off the sun, sunscreen 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.
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.
Is insurance required for a safari?
Runners Paradise Safaris recommends all clients to arrange for travel insurance to covering medical, property and other personal risks for the duration of their safari.