Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel in Africa?
There are certain inherent risks whenever one travels, but chances of
being involved in an incident are very small. AWS is in constant
contact with our international offices and continually monitor any
situations that might occur in the area that you are traveling. The
continent of Africa is larger than all of Europe, China, India,
Argentina, New Zealand and the United States put together. It
consists of fifty-four countries with totally unrelated political
systems over 11,700,000 square miles.
What happens in one country, even a
bordering country does not necessarily affect the other. We have the
ability to change your itinerary at last minute and would certainly
cancel a trip if you would be in harms way. If you have any
questions at anytime regarding destinations, do not hesitate to
call. Your safety and comfort in traveling to an area is our
How far in advance should I book my Flight?
Kenya and Tanzania flights are limited and we find that there can be
problems getting seats on British Airways or KLM if you
try to schedule less than two months ahead of time. Peak
seasons also book up as far as nine months ahead of
time. In Kenya the wildebeest migration into Maasai Mara
makes it difficult to get lodging and airplane flights
during July and August, if they are not purchased far
ahead of time. Mid to late December is also a busy time
in both Kenya and Tanzania. Outside of peak seasons, you
should have no trouble booking if you schedule your
safari at least four months in advance.
What is included in the safari?
• Hotel, lodge and camp accommodations as indicated in
• Meals as detailed in the itinerary
• Transportation, transfers, sightseeing and game
viewing as detailed in the itinerary
• All park fees, service charges and hotel taxes
• Informative and helpful drivers and guides
• Domestic flights as detailed in the itinerary
What is NOT included in the safari?
• International flight from the United States to East
• Any international or domestic departure tax
• All tips and gratuities including tips to drivers,
guides , hotel porters and waiters
• Any expenses incurred in conjunction with this trip
while in United States or Africa
• Passport and visas
• Items of a personal nature such as snacks, gifts,
beverages (i.e. Alcohol and bottled water), laundry
phone calls, etc.
• Renting equipment at hotels ( i.e. racket ball
equipment, horse back riding, snorkeling equipment,
balloon rides, golf, guided bird watching)
Will there be any inconveniences?
Everything takes longer in East Africa than it does in the United States,
it is part of the charm of the culture. The bank and
post office takes a couple minutes in the US while in
East Africa it can take up to an hour to do a
transaction. People take time out to be social and say
hello to everyone and people are rarely in rush and on
time constraint. Things often do not run as smoothly in
East Africa and flat tires are common. “Hakuna matata”
“No problems” or “Hakuna haraka” “ no rush” is a common
saying in east Africa. So as we begin our travels to
East Africa we must also be patient and open minded.
Bring a good book and travel games to help pass the time
in those situations that we might have to wait a longer.
How are the roads?
Roads in East Africa are bumpy and dusty. The distance it would take to
travel an hour in the US will take about 3 hours in East
Africa. Get your seat ready for a bumpy ride!
What type of clothing do I need to bring?
There are no special items that you need to purchase for your safari.
Casual wash and wear clothing is the most appropriate.
During the day, the best clothing is shorts or safari
pants. Lightweight cotton or nylon tops and cotton or
nylon shirts are the norm. While on safari, it is
helpful to wear neutral colors such as khaki, Grey, tan,
or olive because of the dust on the game drives. Women
might feel more comfortable in town wearing a skirt or
dress and men wearing pants. When you book your trip
with us we will provide you a packing list that many of
our guests find helpful.
What is the weather like in Kenya and Tanzania?
The rainy season in East Africa is November, April and May and it can be
difficult to get around in the remote places that our
trips explore. A good time to travel to Kenya is during
the mass migration of wildebeest into Kenya in July,
August, and early to mid-September. The same migration
moves into the Serengeti in Tanzania in December,
January, February, and March. That can be a spectacular
time to travel in Tanzania.
This doesn't mean that there isn't great game viewing at other times.
Off-peak season can be a very relaxing time. The lodges
are less crowded and the game reserves not involved in
the migratory pathways have as much game as normal. It's
all a matter of what you want so let us know when you
want to travel and we can help you plan for the best
possible game viewing experiences.
Most of East Africa is Savannah, comparable to the high plateau,
semi-desert areas of Colorado or New Mexico. Altitude
ranges from 3,000 to 7,000 feet (915-2130 meters).
Obviously Kilimanjaro climbers will experience much
higher altitudes. Temperatures during the day range from
75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Nights are cool with
temperatures dipping as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit in
some areas like in Ngorongoro Crater. Even though you
will be traveling near the equator, please take our
packing recommendations seriously and take along a light
jacket or sweatshirt, sweater, and a fleece pullover.
Additionally, bring something warm to sleep in at night.
Humidity is low. If you don't travel near the rainy
season, it usually doesn't rain. The coastal part of
East Africa is beach weather so bring your bathing suits
and sun hats because it can be tremendously hot and
Can I contact someone who has been on trip with AWS?
Because of the specialized nature of our business and the personal nature
of our safaris many of our guests have volunteered to
speak with potential travelers. Please just let us know
if you would like the telephone number of a past guest.
What type of medical condition do I need to be before going on safari?
Before you leave for an international destination you should consult your
physician. The materials you will receive from AWS
include detailed information about vaccinations and
other health related matters that should also be
discussed with your physician. You will also need to
decide on a malaria prevention medication.
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