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?
What sort of food can I expect?
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?
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?
When is the Great Migration?
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.
What if I have a question that is not listed here ?
No problem ! Feel free to click here to send us a question, and we will get back with you within 24 to 48 hours.
For a french version of the FAQ, click here.