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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 'Safari'?

The word safari means "journey" in Swahili. Originally from the Arabic (safara) meaning travel. The word is used for any type of journey, e.g. by bus from Nairobi to Mombasa. A safari therefore is an overland journey. It usually refers to a trip by tourists to Africa, traditionally for a big-game hunting and in more modern times to watch and photograph big game and other wildlife as a safari holiday.

When is the best time to go on a Safari?

All Year Round but it is generally felt that the African winter (June - August) is the best time to go on safari, as the grass is dry and vegetation sparse making game viewing easier. It is also the time when animals are on the move looking for food and water. In Kenya and Tanzania, you have the memorable opportunity of witnessing the migration of over two million animals.

Can I visit Kenya from any Country?

Yes, we receive visitors from all-over the world! We can make all arrangements in Kenya including transportation, accommodation and activities for anybody from any part of the world without any discrimination.

What are the entry requirements?

All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Nationals of certain countries do not require visas - this depends on the country you are visiting. It is advisable to check with the Consulate of the country that you intend visiting for the latest visa and entry requirements.

What should I pack for Safari?

Temperatures in winter are generally mild but can become considerably cooler in the evening, so pack multiple layers of clothing to ensure you stay comfortable on afternoon game drives and walks. It goes without saying that the standard safari gear must include a broad brim hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

How is the local food?

Great! International cuisine is available at all the hotels you will be staying. Special dietary requirements are catered for throughout Africa if you need. Please give us advanced notice so that we can make arrangements with the lodges and camps you are scheduled to stay at.

Are there any medical precautions?

Vaccination requirements change from time to time. Some countries require advance inoculations for yellow fever (and certificates thereof). Malaria is present in many parts of Africa - we will advise you if you will be visiting a malaria area. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department for information on malaria prophylactics and the latest health precautions. If you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s).

What type of safaris do you offer?

Bongo Safaris offer road safaris, lodge safaris, fly-in (air) safaris, luxury tented camps safaris, and budget camping safaris.

How far in advance should I book my Safari?

It is better to book one and a half months (or as early as you can) in advance to ensure availability at the time you wish to travel, especially during the peak seasons (July & August and Christmas/New Years). This is especially important for those wishing to travel on private custom safaris and those adding extensions to scheduled trips.

What is a lodge safari?

On a lodge safari you travel from lodge to lodge and do game drives with one of our driver/guides. The lodges we use are essentially hotels in the bush. The lodges provide most of the amenities found in a hotel (e.g., restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, etc.). This is a good choice when traveling with children or if you want certain creature comforts when you return from game viewing.

What is a luxury tented camp safari?

Luxury tented camp safaris are done either by vehicle or light aircraft. In the case of a fly-in (air) safari you will fly from one reserve to the next. This reduces the amount of travel time considerably and maximizes game viewing opportunities. Permanent tented camps provide accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Most consist of large walk-in tents on elevated wooden platforms, with beds, chairs, furniture and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flushing toilets. Permanent camps accommodate a smaller size group (20-30 people) than lodges allowing a more personal interaction with the natural habitat.

What is a budget camping safari?

This is a limited participation camping safari that requires that you put up and take down your tent. The accommodation is in 2-person igloo style tents with a foam mattress. All camping equipment and slleeping bags are provided with the exception of sleeping bags. All meals are included while camping. The safari leaders are full-time employees and trained professional guides. Detailed information on the history of the area, fauna and flora is given to the participants during the safari. A camp assistant helps with general camp chores and duties.

How many people do you take on a safari?

We believe "Less is more!" Small group travel allows for flexibility and informality, which is why our journeys operate with a maximum of 6 travelers. Because groups are small, we’re able to accommodate the interests of our travelers while allowing plenty of opportunities for independent exploration. We offer the ease and flexibility of independent travel without the hassles. Some of our safaris have guaranteed departures with a minimum of two people and are limited to a maximum of 6 people (if more than 7 people are on a safari, we use two vehicles). Other safaris especially the tailor-made can depart on a day of your choice. As a rule, each person has a window seat guarantee.

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