Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to travel?

Africa is truly a year-round destination for luxury safari travel. No matter when you are planning to travel, you will find a place in Africa that is perfect for that time of year. Generally, though, dry season is the best time for game-viewing—and this takes place at slightly different times in different parts of Africa. For East Africa, the dry season is generally from July through October, while in Southern Africa it is a little longer: April through October. Please keep in mind that these are the peak seasons, so it is essential that you book well in advance during these months.

How do the itineraries differ from each other?

Our itineraries vary in length, distance covered, and focus. Some (such as in East Africa and Botswana) are more wildlife-intensive, some have more balanced view of African cities, wildlife and landscapes (such as in South Africa). Rest assured, every 'Places in Africa Safaris' safari is amazing, and each puts you in touch with the true spirit of the region you are visiting. If you have questions or aren’t sure which tour to choose, feel free to contact us—we will be happy to help you find (or even create) the safari that’s right for you.

Do I need a visa ?

Visas are required for entry into Kenya and Tanzania. Visas for entry into Zimbabwe and Zambia can be obtained upon arrival. For U.S. passport holders, visas are not required for travel to South Africa, Botswana, and shorter stays in Zanzibar. Information on how to obtain your visas as well as a “visa kit” will be sent to you in plenty of time to obtain your visas before your departure. We will work with travelers who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens to obtain visa information specific to your citizenship.

What immunizations are required?

In many cases, you won’t need any immunizations at all! For example, no immunizations are required to enter Kenya if arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. We will address topics such as immunizations and general health considerations prior to your safari, however, please consult your local immunization clinic before you travel. It is always wise to carefully assess your health requirements before travelling abroad. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a malaria prophylactic (just to be on the safe side—contracting malaria is highly unlikely). You may also wish to review the CDC guidelines on their website. We recommend contacting your physician well in advance of your departure to discuss these suggestions.

What sort of food can I expect?

Lets Say : Exquisite. From the moment you arrive, your meals are included and each is a delight. Our lodges offer continental cuisine, in addition to local specialties to appeal to a wide range of palates. Nairobi boasts a variety of mouth-watering regional specialties, in addition to exceptional French cuisine, Indian curries and the ever-abundant fresh fish and game. South African specialties are derived from Indonesian cuisine with mildly spicy Malay dishes popular around Cape Town. In the bush, the quality of the cuisine in lodges and camps is superb. Meats, vegetables and fruits are delivered daily, fresh from the surrounding area’s rich farmlands. And of course, all food served is of the highest quality. At your request we can go an extra mile of providing something fully African.

What is the minimum age for children?

Our family safaris are made for children, and other safaris can usually be tailored to accommodate any age. Depending on which country you wish to visit, situations can vary—so please call us to discuss which safari is right for you.

How is the weather?

East and Southern Africa enjoy glorious climates and both can accurately be called year-round destinations. In Kenya and Tanzania, a nice 70 degrees Fahrenheit greets the day and rarely does the temperature vary throughout the year. The elevated altitudes keep temperatures comfortable, even calling for sweaters and jackets every evening and morning. Temperature variance is determined more by region than by season: upcountry areas such as Mount Kenya and the Aberdares at 7,000 feet can be cool, while the drier bush country is warmer and the sea level regions of Mombasa and Zanzibar quite tropical. Generally, you should count on early mornings and evenings on safari to be chillier than expected throughout Africa—especially if traveling during May, June, July and August when you’ll be quite happy to have packed a heavy fleece or lined jacket.

How long have you been in business?

Jek Tours & Safaris is a new travel outfit but with directorship that boasts experience that spans over 25 years spiced with personal driver guides who bring in fresh ideas and pump life into the safaris in our packages.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Upon booking your safari, you’ll receive documents that include a complete packing list. Suffice it to say, though, that your clothing should be comfortable and casual. Khaki, olive, brown and tan clothing increases your chances of seeing wildlife and offers the added benefit of concealing dirt. And since laundry service will be available in many of the places we visit, you should avoid the temptation to over-pack.

Will someone meet me at the airport?

Absolutely. As our valued guests, it is our pleasure to welcome you to our homeland with a big smile. After passing through customs at your arrival airport, you will be greeted by a Places In Africa Safaris staff member who will drive you as swiftly as possible to the comfort of your hotel.

When is the Great Migration?

The timing of the Great Migration can vary because it is heavily dependant upon the weather—specifically rain that brings the new grasses upon which wildebeest graze. If you want to witness this natural marvel, it’s best to talk to a 'Places In Africa Safaris' specialist regarding the best time to plan your trip. In general, though: The herds can be found amidst the short grasses of Serengeti National Park from November to May. From January onward, wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle alternate between the woodlands and plains depending on the weather. In May, as the grasses become dry, the herds begin the roughly 500-mile Migration. They move north, and by June they are in the more lush plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. This is where they generally stay until October. Anticipating the short rains—and the promise of mineral-rich grasslands that this entails—the herds begin their trek down to the Serengeti along an eastern route. In November and December, they arrive to intensely green savannahs and woodlands where they stay until the cycle begins again… Your Places in JEKTours and Safaris can help you maximize your opportunity to see this remarkable natural phenomenon.

Is there internet access at the lodges and camps?

It is rare to find a lodge or camp in the bush that offers a computer for guest use (or perhaps any computer at all). Computers with internet are available in most hotels in Nairobi and internet cafes are available in various cities. In any event, travellers should not count on keeping touch with home via email.

Can I use my cell phone while on safari?

If you have a newer phone, it may work in parts of Africa, depending upon your service provider. U.S. cell phones using AT&T and T-Mobile will generally work in urban areas such as Nairobi among many other ares, remarkably, there is even cell service in many remote areas of the bush of East Africa! Cell phones are also available for rent at the major airports-rates are reasonable, and you pay for calls made.

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