Do I need a visa / visa to visit these countries?
For almost all East African countries, you must apply for a tourist visa prior to your visit. You can do this online via the embassy or consulate of the country to be visited. In addition, there are also online mediation agencies that can process visa applications for you.
They are a bit more expensive but do everything for you. You only have to fill in the requested papers and send your passport. You will then receive your passport with visa by return. Certain countries such as Tanzania allow you to purchase a visa at the airport upon arrival.
With 50 USD per person to pay CASH, this is the cheapest and fastest way to do it on the spot.
What medical precautions should I take?
When you go on JADORE SAFARI you normally need vaccinations. We recommend that you arrange an appointment with your doctor, but you can also just go to the pharmacy. In any case, make sure that you get advice on time (6 weeks or longer).
In some countries this is even mandatory (the yellow book).
Do I need travel insurance?
JADORE SAFARIS requires travelers to have proper travel and cancellation insurance (see our travel conditions for more information).
How much and who should I tip?
Usually the guide is tipped. With a satisfied service, the starting point for a correct tip is around USD 10 per person per day.
An example: a family of 4 satisfied with the service tips the guide for a 3-day safari 120 USD (10 p.p. x 4 pers x 3 days).
Individual tipping to porters or at a restaurant is also part of African culture and with exceptional service, this is certainly the possibilities.
Is there telephone coverage? Can I use my mobile phone?
A number of safari areas are so remote that they have no telephone coverage.
Especially around land border areas or in very open areas (such as Serengeti). All accommodations that do not have WIFI are always in possession of a satellite telephone or another internet connection for emergencies
Is there WiFi or internet available?
WIFI is offered at almost all accommodations (this is also clearly stated by us).
There are a number of safari camps that consciously do not offer WiFi or internet. The reason for this is that for a growing group of people it is a blessing to enjoy the bush undisturbed and really 'disconnect'.
Is there a baggage limit?
It is better that your suitcase / bag is made of soft material and therefore does not have a hard body. This is especially important if your travel group consists of more than 4 people. When transporting to and from the various safari camps by plane, this is done with small Cessna aircraft. As a result, there are strict restrictions on luggage.
The maximum number of kg including hand luggage differs, but you can take 12 kg as a starting point.
What clothes should I wear?
In the rainy season from April to June it can be quite cold in some places in Eastern Africa ... or better chilly, especially in the early morning and in the evening / night. It is therefore wise to bring a warm fleece and scarf and to dress warmly in the morning and slowly undress layer by layer during the day.
We recommend bringing neutral colors such as sand, camel or dark green. Especially during a game walk, animals are alert to bright colors and white. That is why it is important to wear soft earth colors. Also flies and insects are more likely to come to bright, blue or dark colors (black), although you cannot prevent them from coming towards you, regardless of the color you wear.
What is the best time to travel?
The best travel time depends a lot on your interests. Don't forget that bird watching, for example, is slightly better in the low season.
This period also attracts the migrating birds
As a rule of thumb, the easiest time to observe big game is the dry season. The vegetation is less thick, animals congregate near water and it is often less warm. On the other hand, this time attracts more visitors and the costs are higher.
The greener rainy season brings lush colors, more scattered animals and many young animals.
In addition, it is a lot quieter and you travel at lower costs.
What happens on a game drive or safari?
Game drives are an important part of the safari. You go out in a 4 x 4 accompanied by a professional guide to observe what nature has to offer. We at JADORE SAFARIS handle a maximum of 6 people in a car so that each person has an unobstructed view.
The morning game drives are usually longer at 3 to 4 hours than those in the afternoon 2 to 3 hours. In between there is always a stop for lunch (picnic?) Or a late breakfast. The afternoon drive usually starts after 4PM and in most cases you will be back at the safari camp before dark. During this ride, there is normally a stop for the sundowner, which is an extremely relaxing time of the day.
Depending on the location, there is also an evening game drive.
In this case, wildlife is searched for 1 to sometimes 2 hours (or longer) together with a ranger (with a spotlight) in the dark. In Tsavo (Kenya), Lake Manyara and Ruaha (Tanzania) you can even decide on the spot to do this as an extra excursion.
What is included in a tailor-made JADORE SAFARI?
If you book a custom JADORE SAFARI with us or receive a quote for this, everything will be clearly stated, but these are generally the things that are included (on the website you will also see some example trips where everything is clearly stated):
- all overnight stays
- all local rides (or flights) to and from the accommodations
- all transfers to and from the airports
- all park entrance fees, concession and conservation fees and taxes
- all meals during your stay (this certainly applies during the safari, but for some beach lodges or city hotels other arrangements may apply such as bed / breakfast or half board. (but you will be clearly informed of this)
- chilled drinking water during the safari
- internet (WIFI) use during your stay in the guest rooms (this is available in 90% of the cases)
Erwin VDP: "You send an email with questions or an app, it takes max. 2 hours and you have an answer, you can decide for yourself what and where you want to see something, Koen arranges everything, and if I say "everything", then you can really take it literally."