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Gyan Expedition

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Passports & Visas

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date. Please ensure your passport has at least two blank double pages for any visas required and for entry/departure stamps. You will also require a return air ticket. Visas can be purchased at the respective African airports.

Security

Safety and security is a matter of common sense. Therefore, take the same precautions while traveling, that you would in any major city at home. Do not carry large sums of cash with you, keep a close watch on handbags, purses, wallets etc. when walking in crowded areas, avoid walking alone at night, lock up valuables in hotel safe deposit boxes and never leave valuables in view in an unattended car or tour bus.

General recommendations:

Always take precautions against the persistent overhead sun. Proximity to the equator makes the African sun particularly strong so ensure you use the proper level of protection. In the winter months, the big game areas can be dusty. Contact lens wearers may be advised to bring eye drops. Wrap-around sunglasses provide the best protection from dust and other eye irritants. Sun protective chapstick, sunscreens, moisturizing creams and insect repellents are recommended.

Packing For Your Trip

The most important consideration is to remember to dress comfortably while on safari. We strongly recommend that luggage be kept to a minimum; and on some safari tours, luggage is restricted to a flexible lightweight bag and one carry on per person. Please note that your bags are likely to get dusty and dirty en route so we advise against taking your best, smart new suitcase.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST - CLOTHING

  • Sweat
  • suitSlacks
  • Jeans
  • Skirts
  • Walking Shorts
  • Shoes
  • Sneakers
  • T - Shirts
  • Shirt Warm Sweater

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST - OTHER ESSENTIALS

  • Camera
  • Bag
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Ziplock/Plasticbags
  • WetOnes/Tissues
  • Electrical converter & plug adapter
  • Lock for Baggage
  • Binoculars 
  • Eye Glasses

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST - TOILETRIES

  • Shampooand Brush/Comb
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen/Sun tan Lotion
  • Insect Repellent
  • Cold Tablets/Aspirin
  • Razor/Shaving Cream
  • Band Aids

Luggage -

Do not pack valuable items in any checked luggage. This includes jewelry, cell phones, PDAs, cameras, IPODs, medication and anything else you cannot live without.

Communications

Communications in Africa : The safari camps and lodges you may be visiting are likely to be located in remote parts of Africa and often do not have telephones or cell phone reception. Therefore, telephone, 
e mail and Internet services are not generally available on safari. Communication is by radio link only. 

Money

In most African countries there are stringent exchange control regulations regarding local currency, making it illegal to enter or leave the country with anything other than nominal amounts of local currency. We recommend taking sufficient cash or travelers' checks in small denominations to cover incidental expenses. Many establishments accept international credit cards and we recommend using credit cards as a method of payment wherever possible; however, do not rely on this method of payment outside of the major cities. Please be advised that there may be a surcharge for credit card use. In addition.

TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES NO LONGER ACCEPTED IN MANY LOCATIONS IN KENYA, TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR

Tipping

The traditional gratuity to safari guides or camp staff is not included in the price of your tour but is completely discretionary. Our general recommendation is to tip moderately – in accordance with the level and quality of service provided. The following guidelines are generally accepted practice:

Respecting Wildlife & Safety When Staying At Safari Camps/Lodges

  • The wild animals you will encounter on safari are not like those found in theme parks – they aren't tame.
  • Most of the safari camps are unfenced and dangerous animals can (and do!) wander through the camps. Many of the animals and reptiles you will see are potentially dangerous. Attacks by wild animals are rare. However, there are no guarantees that such incidents will not occur. Neither ET African Journeys nor the safari operators can be held liable for any injuries caused during an incident involving the behavior of wild animals.
  • Please listen to the camp staff and guides. The safety precautions need to be taken seriously, and strictly adhered to.
  • Don't go wandering off on your own without a guide. After retiring to your rooms at night, it is not recommended to leave.
  • Observe animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives can frighten the animals away.
  • Never attempt to attract an animal's attention. Don't imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound the vehicle or throw objects.
  • Please respect your driver-guide's judgment about proximity to lions, cheetahs and leopards. Don't insist that he take the vehicle closer so you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt or cause animals to abandon a hard-earned meal.
  • Litter tossed on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds and is unsightly.
  • Never attempt to feed or approach any wild animal on foot. This is especially important near lodges or in campsites where animals may have become accustomed to human visitors.
  • Refrain from smoking on game drives. The dry African bush ignites very easily, and a flash fire can kill animals.

Climate


KENYA WEATHER
Kenya has a definite rainy season that occurs from March to May. It is known as the long rains and it is common that travelers will see sunny morning weather and downpours later in the day. The rains are short and not problematic.
Seasons in Kenya: Spring: September - November / Summer: December - March / Autumn: April - June / Winter: July - August

TANZANIA WEATHER
Tanzania has an interesting geography which contributes to its differing climatic conditions. The islands off of Tanzania have a hot, humid climate. Tanzania can be cool at night because of a high plateau. The north east enjoys temperate climates.
Seasons in Tanzania: Spring: June - November / Summer: December - February / Autumn: March - April / Winter: April – May

Food

Food is generally Continental with the added luxury of tropical fruits and excellent local specialties. Please make us aware of any specific dietary preferences or restrictions. meals included are served in a family or buffet style.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in the major cities and in many safari areas, but bottled water is also readily available..

Electric Current

Electricity in Africa is generally at 220 volts AC, therefore, for most 110 appliances you will need both an adapter for the proper plug configuration and a converter for the correct current.

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