Yes, children love being on safari and on the beach… paradise!
Children are welcome virtually everywhere in East Africa, more so than in many other countries in the world! The people of East African are fond of children, have enormous patience with them and genuinely enjoy their company. Many lodges, camps and hotels, even in the parks, have swimming pools, which helps to keep the children happy during the heat of the day! Some offer specific activities and programs for children.
Children under 12 years of age generally pay a reduced rate if sharing a room with their parents and most hotels have rooms that can accommodate at least one extra bed, sometimes two. Early evening meals can usually be arranged with reasonable notice. Only a few hotels do not permit young children to stay, notably tree hotels, where the emphasis is on night game viewing where noise could disturb the game. We can plan or adapt any itinerary to suit a family with children of any ages.
It may be more suitable not join a group tour (with strangers), but to arrange a family holiday where you have more flexibility in your itinerary, particularly with reducing long days of traveling, choosing family friendly lodges and hotels, perhaps with swimming pools etc.
We strongly recommend medical insurance, which includes a cover for evacuation, and advise you to source this in your country of origin.
In addition to your medical insurance, we recommend joining the Flying Doctor’s Society which, for a small membership fee, will provide an airlift free of charge from anywhere within Kenya accessible by, air to Nairobi. Nairobi has two first-rate hospitals with excellent emergency facilities. Travel insurance covering loss of baggage, third party liability, cancellation and curtailment, etc. is also recommended.
- Malaria is endemic to much of East Africa, but there are safe prophylactics that you, and your family can take please consult your doctor.
- Bring plenty of mosquito repellent and wear trousers, socks and perhaps long sleeves in the evenings to avoid being bitten.
- Most rooms, even tents, have mosquito nets or mosquito proofing and are sprayed by hotel staff before night falls.
- Always drink bottled water which is easily available everywhere and avoid ice.
- Be a little wary of salads and wash fruit before eating.
- Seafood is best eaten at the coast!
- Beware of sunburn even at high altitudes where the air feels cool. Bring plenty of sun creams, hats and suitable clothing.
Travelers’ cheques and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and, to a lesser extent, American Express) are generally accepted in Kenya but the latter are not so readily accepted in other regional countries where travelers cheques would prove a safer bet. A small quantity of US dollars cash, preferably, is useful.
We recommend that visitors carry only a little cash. Only authorized dealers and banks are allowed to change currency. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency which can be imported but visitors are generally not permitted to depart with much local currency in their pockets so spend your local money prior to departure or convert it at a bank or bureau.
Please note that it is an offence to destroy or deface local currencies in any way. It is worth changing money at the banks on arrival at international airports, or at banks in the major towns, where the rate of exchange is more favorable than those offered at lodges and hotels.
We recommend the drier months for safaris, particularly camping and walking safaris for obvious reasons! Mountain climbing is better between December and March when it is dry and the views are clear. It is best to avoid June and November on Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro.
Cancellation should be made in writing (email is acceptable). The deposit is refundable and a cancellation will also incur the following charges:-
- More than 56 days before start date – deposit.
- 29 to 56 days before start date – 50%
- 15 to 28 days before start date – 75%
- 14 days or less – total cost of tour.