Before You Travel

Currency
All prices quoted on our website are in US Dollars. Please use a currency converter to work out prices in other currencies:
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Whilst ATM's are available throughout Africa (although a lot rarer in Ethiopia), we recommend that you bring US$ to exchange. Please make sure that these are clean bills, dated no earlier than 2006.

Weather
Kenya's climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate inland to arid in the north and northeast parts of the country. It is usually cool at night and early in the morning inland at higher elevations. The ‘long rain’ season occurs from March/April to May/June. The ‘short rain’ season occurs from October to November/December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The temperature remains high throughout these months of tropical rain. The hottest period is February and March, leading into the season of the long rains, and the coldest is in July and August.

Best time to travel

Kenya and Tanzania
JAN-MAR and JUL-OCT: This is the dry season so animals tend to be easier to spot with less vegetation and watering holes are visited frequently. 
APR, MAY and NOV: This is the low season and offers the best for value money, whilst still offering opportunities to spot flora and fauna. 
JUL-OCT: High Season - The annual migration crosses the Masai Mara.
OCT-NOV: Great months for birds, especially at the lakes.

Rwanda
JAN-MAR and SEP-OCT: This is the wet season, so rains and mosquitos are frequent. However, this is the best time for photographers as the air is generally clearer and better suited for photos.
JUN-SEP and DEC-FEB: Dry season, though light rains are common all year round due to the tropical climate. 

Ethiopia
OCT-MAY: This is the dry season and is recommended as the best time to visit.
JUN-SEP: The rainy season can vary from a light drizzle to heavy tropical downpours, especially in July and August.

List of recommended things to bring
  • Flashlight
  • Enviro-friendly water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket 
  • Good walking shoes 
  • Full sized travel towel
  • Binoculars

We supply
  • Tents
  • Mattresses
  • Small camping pillows
  • Insulated coffee cups
  • Small dry bags for personal items
  • Limited electronic charging facilities, while truck is moving
  • Meals provided where specified on the itinerary 

Tips
Africa does have a tipping culture. A gratuity of 10% should be added to your bill at the end of a meal in restaurants. If you feel that your local guides and crew did a great job, and you would like to show your appreciation, we recommend approximately US$5pp per day as a guideline.