We have developed these FAQs to help answer some of the most common questions we are asked. You will find additional information on pages such as ‘About Kenya’, ‘Preparing for your trip’ and ‘Riding Safety Brief’. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.
What medical issues should I be concerned about?
Ordinarily Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Polio and Typhoid vaccinations are recommended for all of East Africa. Yellow Fever is explicitly required if crossing between certain countries in Africa – you may be asked to present your certification on arrival at the airport. Please consult your doctor to find out exactly what vaccinations you should get, this should be done a few months prior to departure as some vaccines require multiple injections.
Malaria is common in certain areas of Kenya, though not in Laikipia. There are a number of prophylaxis available and guests should consult their doctors with respect to taking the best preventive anti-malaria measures suitable for their specific circumstances. You should carry anti-insect sprays/creams for the evenings and consider wearing long sleeves and full length trousers after sunset. There are doctors available in Nanyuki and the Flying Doctor facility is also available to fly guests to Nairobi in case of any medical emergency. Nairobi has excellent, European standard hospitals. Should evacuation be necessary, excellent medical care is a short flight away.
It is advisable to only drink bottled water whilst in Kenya. As it can get hot during the days and you may spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun it is recommended that you keep well hydrated. The most common cause of stomach upsets and diarrhoea is dehydration; increasing your fluid intake should prevent this illness. Some people may also have some stomach trouble due to different foods etc. If you suffer from a sensitive stomach then one option is to take travel probiotics during your trip – these build up the good bacteria in your stomach and can help fight bouts of ‘tummy trouble’. Stomach problems can generally be cured by antibiotics within 24 hours. This mild form of stomach upset is most commonly caught from hand to mouth contact with people. If you have shaken hands (harmless) with children or people in the bush, please wash your hands afterwards before you accidentally brush your mouth and transfer the germs.
Of course, we provide safely filtered water on the farm and on safari.
How much baggage can I bring?
When travelling on safari, baggage should be kept to a minimum. Charter flights and vehicle transfers do not allow a large amount of baggage. Soft duffel bags should be used rather than suitcases, as frequently the air plane baggage lockers cannot fit a large suitcase.
Laundry service is provided for stays at the farm of two days or more.
What clothes should I bring?
A good pair of walking shoes or boots is advisable when out on safari. Neutral colours, such as gray, khaki, brown or green, are most suitable; bright colours (including white) and patterns, can spook animals and birds. Long-sleeved tops and full-length trousers, are appropriate for early mornings and late afternoons. Later on, after the sun goes down temperatures drop quite dramatically and shoes, socks and a warm fleece/jacket is often required. Shorts and t-shirts are suitable for the hotter days. A lightweight rain jacket can be useful and a wide-brimmed hat is vital.
What other essential items should I pack?
- All camera equipment, including spare batteries and film
- Binoculars (if you have them)
- High factor (over 30) sunscreen
- Small torch (flashlight)
- Insect repellent (over 50% DEET)
- Wet Wipes
Suggested medicines include:
- Packets of rehydration salts (such as Gatorade or Diorlyte)
- Anti-diarrhoea tablets
- Generic antibiotics (e.g. Ciproflaxin)
- Aspirin (or other pain killers)
- Anti-histamine tablets
- Plasters (band-aids)
If you are taking any prescribed medicines, please ensure you have an adequate supply for the duration of your trip. If wearing contact lenses, please remember that it will be dusty and you will need extra cleaning fluid, and glasses may be a preferred option.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is a condition of accepting the services offered by GoWild Africa that all clients (whether individuals or corporate or other forms of legal entities) take out their own adequate comprehensive travel, medical and other insurance (before their departure from their home country) against all risks that are associated with an African safari holiday vacation. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers you for safaris and any other hazardous activities you may want to take part in during your trip. Prior to any booking being finalised all trip members will be required to sign a waiver and provide details of their insurance.
Do I need to get a visa to travel to Kenya?
Visas are required for most nationals, and may be purchased at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon arrival. A 90 day single entry visa typically costs USD $50 per person. A visa can be purchased in USD, Euro or Swiss Francs. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after arrival. Please check with your travel agent or local Kenyan Consulate for up to date information.
What about my personal safety?
Visitors to Kenya should take care as they would travelling anywhere else. Look after your belongings, don’t walk around late at night in towns/cities and keep important items in the safe.
When out on safari you will be accompanied by a very experienced guide. Before any horse-back safari, you will be given a detailed safety briefing, and we ask that all guests stay in the vehicles whilst out on 4X4 safaris.
Are children welcome?
Yes. We welcome children of all ages. Parents must be aware, however, that we are located on an active and modestly fenced riverfront frequented by wild animals. As such, while we strive to provide the best of accommodation, cuisine, and security in this unique environment, safari holidays are not always ideally suitable for very small children. The camp does not regularly provide child care during game drives, so children must be of an age and maturity suitable enough to partake in game drives without disturbing other guests, without becoming terrified of the wildlife, and without likewise terrifying the wildlife. If a child wants to participate in a horse riding safari he/she will have to be assessed by the guide to ensure he/she has enough competence. We reserve the right to not allow an unsuitable rider.
Is smoking permissible?
Yes and no. Due to our bush location and for fire-safety reasons, we do not allow smoking directly inside of the guest rooms. You may however, smoke on the privacy of your balcony veranda, provided that you responsibly extinguish your cigarette in an ashtray and dispose of your cigarette butt in one of the provided bins.
Is there Wifi or other internet access?
Yes there is access to internet at the lodge, and there should also be reliable phone signal.
We are a fully solar-powered operation on the farm.
What animals should I expect to see?
The Laikipia region has a wealth of wildlife and you should see a wide range of game. We cannot guarantee that you will see any specific animals but it is likely you will see plenty of elephants, giraffees, zebra, impala, kongoni. You will certainly hear hyenas at night and may be lucky enough to see one. Many people are very keen to see cats and there is a good possibility that lions or cheetahs may be seen; leopards tend to be more elusive and stay hidden during the day but can often be seen or heard at night time. For more information have a look at our Kenyan Wildlife page.
What is the best time of year to come?
There is really no winter or summer here as we are located so close to the equator. However we do have rainy seasons which make it harder to get around. The long rains come from around late March – May and short rains in November – early December. The hottest months are late December – March, and then also September – October. But you are always welcome!