Safari Basics


Arrival

Guests will be met at the airport upon landing by our local East African staff. Following a safari/trip briefing by our staff, guests will be introduced to their driver-guide.

Vehicles

There are 2 options. Either a safari minibus (pictured left) or a 4×4 safari vehicle (pictured right). Both feature a pop-open roof for 360 degree game viewing. In Tanzania, almost all safaris are in 4×4 vehicles.

Cameras

For photography enthusiasts, the following are general guidelines for safari photography:

A camera with Image Stabilization

  • Telephoto lens – 300mm
  • Bring Storage – Extra memory cards
  • Bring backup batteries
  • Polarizer filters – help combat the sun
  • Bring a bean-bag to stabilize your camera
  • Bring a laptop or hard-drive to backup your photos each night

Clothing

Guests will want to bring layers of clothing. Temperatures can fall in the early morning and at night, while during the day it can get very hot. Bright colors can sometimes frighten the animals so Earth-tones (khaki, brown, dark green) are recommended.

Lodging

Camps consist of tents that are spaced apart from one another. Lodges consist of concrete structures, either apart or together, with one or more rooms inside. Please consult Travel Wild regarding the availability of Wifi, swimming pools, etc for specific camps/lodges.

Dining

Full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is provided at lodges and camps on safari. Drinks are usually separate except at the higher-end properties.
*Special dietary requirements can be met provided advance notice is given.

The Roads

The roads leading to the parks can provide quite a bumpy ride. The 4×4 vehicles provide a smoother ride. Sitting in the front seat (next to the driver) also helps alleviate back pain.

Luggage

A maximum of 15kgs (33lbs) is allowed on domestic flights in Kenya. Soft-shelled luggage is recommended to help conserve space in the safari vehicle.

Power Voltage:

220-240 Volts (U.S. and Canada are 110-120 Volts). Primary Socket Type: British BS-1363. Some camps/lodges limit the hours that power is available inside the rooms.

Laundry

For camps/lodges that do not include laundry, guests can pay directly for laundry services.

Tipping

General guidelines for tipping while on safari:

  • Drivers – $5-10 per day (pay at the end of the safari)
  • Porters – $1 per piece of luggage
  • Waiters/Waitresses – 5-10%
  • Hotel Staff (personal service or attend specifically to your room) – $5 per day