Peace is the first thing that comes to mind when traveling with Expeditions Perfect World Safaris. When planning an Kenya or Tanzania safari tour with us, it is our goal to prepare you for a seamless journey. We provide you with everything you need to know before setting foot in your destination. All travel questions and concerns will be addressed by your private safari consultant. But for now, here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions to address when planning a safari tour in Kenya and Tanzania:
Who we are and our safari arrangements?
We’re Kenyan based tour company representing East Africa destinations where we have knowledge, passion & professionalism. We offer reliable, holiday services. We sort through the vast holiday options to find the best value for your safari holiday needs. We offer more than just a safari; We offer value for money, interested guided experiences for all our clients regardless of age and budget. We make all safari arrangements including hotel/lodges reservations Across East Africa. We have our own fleet and though our clients are from all other the world we do not arrange international flights.
Do you arrange group or sharing safari tours?
Almost all safari tours operated by Expeditions Perfect World Safaris are private per booking and are operated in own pop up top 4×4 jeep or Van with a dedicated tour driver / guide.
Guests booking with Expeditions Perfect World Safaris can however form private groups to travel together as families or friends.
What safari vehicle types do you use on your tours?
Our standard safari travel & game viewing drive vehicle is a custom designed 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep or Safari Minivan with pop up top for ease of photography during game viewing drives and sightseeing. The vehicle sits a maximum of 6 persons for guarantee window seats and access to the pop up top.
How many people do you need for a safari to take off?
Our safaris are guaranteed to commence with a minimum of 2 people (However we still offer safaris for single travelers on their own when requested). All our vehicles are 7-seaters. For safaris with more than 7 people we use 2 vehicles. Each person is assured a window seat.
I’m travelling alone, will this be a problem?
We welcome single travelers and assure you that whether you are travelling on a tailor-made itinerary or as part of one of our group tours, we will make sure that you have a fantastic time and experience the magical adventures we strive to deliver. Our driver guides are very highly trained, with years of experience in the industry, and are therefore very aware of single travelers who may feel apprehensive and nervous. Rest assured that African hospitality will make you feel as though you are among friends from the very beginning of the tour, and within hours you will be.
Can You Work Within a Certain Budget?
Yes, we work within any and all realistic budgets, and an honest sharing of ideas and goals helps us immensely when making recommendations and suggested edits to travel plans.
Is there WiFi at the safari lodges & tented camps on safari?
Almost all safari lodges / tented camps accommodations during your safari do provide free Wifi . These is in the three accommodation levels of economy , comfort and luxury.
Wifi is provided in the public areas of the safari lodges / tented camps including the reception, dining areas and lounge . It is not provided in the individual rooms/ tents.
Are mosquito nets provided in safari lodge rooms / tents ?
We fully understand the need for your protection against Mosquito and other insect bites.
All rooms / tents during your safari are fitted with mosquito nets or are insect proofed to protect you against bites.
You are also advised to carry / use insect repellent to further protect yourself especially in the outdoors during evenings.
Do you have a maximum number of persons allowed to sleep in one safari room / tent?
The maximum number of persons allowed in one room / tent are 3 , these can be accommodated in a double bed and a single bed or in 3 single beds.
Where 4 persons or more are travelling together and prefer stay in one room / tent , we may book them in 2 rooms with interconnections.
All safari rooms / tents are private with own bathroom / toilet
Do you provide airport hotel transfers when we arrive in Nairobi or Mombasa in Kenya?
Expeditions Perfect World Safaris offer free transfer from the airport in Nairobi if you book 3 days and above.
Do you book or can you recommend a Nairobi hotel for our pre or post safari stay?
Our listed safari tours do not include Nairobi hotel stay
In case you are arriving in Nairobi earlier than your safari starting date or are intending to stay a few days more after safari finish ,you require a Nairobi hotel.
Nairobi has a wide range of hotels in economy ,comfort and luxury categories suitable for your 1 night or extended stay.
As part of your safari tour we shall pick you up and drop you off at your respective hotel in Nairobi and Mombasa.
We suggest that you look up and book online your favorite Nairobi hotel .In case you do require advise, suggestions or booking assistance for your Nairobi hotel ,we shall be happy to assist.
What is the difference between Safari lodge and tented camp?
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.
Is the Nairobi to Mombasa SGR train safe for both passengers and luggage?
The SGR train travel between Mombasa and Nairobi and now being extended to Near Lake Naivasha is the most recent and safest way to travel in Kenya.
It is also the most exotic means of travel between the Kenya interior and Kenya coast.
The train coaches are air conditioned and with wide windows for best scenic views.
From Nairobi to Mombasa and vise versa , the train meanders through the Tsavo East.
It is absolutely safe for both passengers and luggage. .
What are your safari tipping guidelines for safari tour guests?
Tipping in Kenya although not mandatory is expected after a good service.
It is however customary to tip your safari driver / guide at the end of the safari tour. The amount is dependent on your evaluation of the quality of the service rendered. An average of $ 10 per guest per day or 5-10% of your (safari only cost ) is suggested . The amount is however at your discretion, you are welcome to provide additional compensation to any staff who have provided special services.
You may tip in Kenya shillings, USD or in Euro at the end of your safari / tour and preferably in an envelope.
What are the visa requirements for tourist travelers to Kenya ?
Tourists visiting Kenya must have a valid visa. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival in the country.
Effective Jan 1, 2021, all passengers travelling to Kenya from countries that require visas to enter Kenya shall be required to apply and obtain E-visa before boarding an aircraft as no visas shall be issued on arrival.
Electronic visa application for Kenya:
The visa application process involves uploading your passport picture along with your passport photograph. Your visa shall be issued approximately five days after you register. You shall be required to print a copy of your electronic visa, bring it with you for presentation along with your passport on arrival in Kenya. If you have any problems or enquiries related to applying for an electronic visa, please contact the Kenyan Embassy in your country / region or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the best time to go to Kenya?
During the hot months of January to March conditions can often be dry and dusty and the animals may congregate near water-holes so that there is excellent wildlife viewing. Just after the rainy seasons, in June or again in December, many of the animals have their young to co-incide with the better grazing from new grass following the rains. The wildebeest migration moves into the Mara between July and September and this is when many visitors come to Kenya and the parks can get more crowded with tourist vehicles.
To sum up – January to March: usually hot and dry and great for wildlife viewing, April-May: can be wet and muddy, June: green and lush after the rains, Jul-August: cooler but good for the migration in the Mara, September-October: good weather and good wildlife viewing, November-December: the short rains.
Ensure you bring some additional warm clothing for chilly early morning or evening game drives (fleece, sweater). Although Kenya is on the equator, you may be surprised at how VERY cold it can get at night and in the early morning, especially in the higher locations!
Do I need Travel Insurance?
It is always advisable to have travel insurance while visiting East Africa just like any other parts of the world. It comes in handy incase of evacuation from remote National Parks. An element of personal risk that is of hazardous nature is involved in all the expeditions. Although these can be purchased in Kenya it much better to take comprehensive travel insurance cover in your own countries to cover any flight irregularities, baggage loss or delays, as well as your travel during your entire holiday in Kenya.
How far in advance should I book my safari?
It is highly recommended to make arrangements for your safari in advance as far as possible. 4-6 months is most convenient and assures you availability especially during the months of the high season, July-mid September, Christmas-new year. This saves last minute searches which often find you compromising standards and with no guarantee of availability.