Map of Africa

LUGGAGE: Luggage on safari should be kept to a minimum. Space on vehicles and on light aircraft services is limited. Luggage should preferable be in soft canvas bags. Nairobi hotels have storage facilities for baggage.

CLIMATE: East Africa -Temperatures in the highlands are very pleasant, and reach a maximum of 29-30 C (daytime) during the hottest months of DEC to APR period. Nights can be cold in the higher altitudes particularly during our winter of June-October.

Seychelles - The rainy season runs from mid December to February. Seychelles is outside the cyclone belt.

CLOTHING: The emphasis is on informality, and comfort. Cotton slacks, jeans, and shirts, are ideal. Most lodges/hotels have a swimming pool, so bring your swimwear, sunglasses and a hat. Pack a warm pullover for chilly nights up-country.

HEALTH: (Medical details from AMREF doctors). Malaria is endemic in certain areas of East Africa, particularly at low altitudes, such as the coast. To avoid being bitten, we suggest using insect repellants spray on arms and legs. Sleep under a mosquito net. If you wish to take prophylactics, we suggest Proguanil (Paludrine), as it is safe also for children & expectant mothers. Avoid Mefloquine (Lariam) as it can cause disturbed sleep. (Kenya's strain of Malaria is resistant to Chloroquin). Water; drink bottled water, not tap water. There is a variety of bottled water you can buy in shops and restaurants.

*Before taking pictures of the local people, ask permission and agree on the price. The driver-guide will assist you.

SECURITY: Common sense should prevail and precautions should be taken as in any major city. Take care of your valuables by locking them up in the hotel safe. Carry only small amounts of cash. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery when walking in towns, villages.