FAQs: Flying Safari - into the Heart of Africa

What sets this trip apart?
We take you off the beaten path to where few others go:
No other operator offers this combination of diverse and unusual activities:

Why is this called a Flying Safari?

Travelling between our main destinations by mini van would be time consuming and tiring. So we connect the dots with scheduled flights in small planes. Rather than spending days on dusty and possibly dangerous roads, we enjoy Kenya from a bird’s–eye view.

What about safety on this trip?
Our experienced and trusted guides will be with you throughout the safari, from the time you arrive in Nairobi Airport to when you depart. They will do all they can to ensure your safety and comfort and give you the best Africa experience possible.
Where does the trip start and end?

Nairobi.

How do I get to Nairobi?

Nairobi is one of Africa’s biggest hubs with many flight connections to Europe. You can get direct flights with major carriers from London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

Most activities on this trip are considered easy. We will have some walking safaris: two to three hours over uneven ground. We recommend a walking pole for these treks.

What are the activities for children?

We tailor these to the ages of the children, but they include: finding and identifying animal prints with our Masai guides and taking plaster casts as keepsakes; making traditional bows and arrows; visiting a Masai school and village; helping Masai children herd goats and collect firewood; playing football with Masai children and learning about traditional Masai games.

What is the food like?

We happen to be foodies so this is always an important consideration when we design trips. Three of the places we stay are camps in the remote savannah, but despite this the cuisine is surprisingly good. Mostly it is Western in style.

I’m a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on what you can’t eat.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. You can either apply for one ahead of the trip through a visa agency or the nearest Kenyan embassy. Alternatively, you can get one on arrival at Nairobi airport, although this can involve a long wait.

Do I need any special insurance?

Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Do I need vaccinations?

Your routine vaccinations (Tetanus–Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella) should be up to date. In addition, for travel in Africa yellow fever and hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended.

What about malaria?

Malaria is endemic throughout East Africa, however our safaris are at relatively dry times when the risk is low. Despite this, it’s recommended to take prophylactic medication. Please consult with your travel clinic.

What does the Land Cost cover?

Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip, all guiding, game drives, trekking, National Park Fees, Conservation Fees in Laikipia and Naboisho all accommodation (based on double occupancy) meals as shown on the itinerary, and house wines and beers in Naboisho.

What does the Land Cost not cover?

International and internal flights, airport transfers not on the first or last days of the trip, beverages, alcoholic drinks (apart from house wines and beers in Naboisho), personal insurance and gratuities.

How can I access cash when I’m on the trip?

It’s best to bring some cash (Kenyan shillings) and get extra at Nairobi Airport — there are several ATMs in the arrivals area — as after that we will be far away from banks. In some of the lodges you can pay your drinks bill by credit card and tips can be in US dollars.

What clothes and equipment will I need?

No special equipment is required. When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.

I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with new–found friends. On this particular trip we stay in exclusive, small lodges and single accommodation can be limited, so you may have to share accommodation with another guest in some locations.

How does this trip benefit the environment and local communities?
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Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 4Y9
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