Q : How much money should I bring?

A : The majority of the costs on your trip are included in your package.

You should bring U.S dollars in both large and small denominations to pay for any additional expenses. Change for large denominations may be difficult. We recommend bringing enough US dollars plus an additional cushion amount to cover all additional expenses just to be on the safe side.

Please make sure to bring crisp, new vintage bills dated 2006 and later as many shops, hotels and banks will not accept older bills due to counterfeiting problems.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most lodges and larger shops (The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling and in Kenya it’s the Kenyan Schilling. You may convert your currency at hotels, although the US dollar is readily acceptable in most locations.)

Tourist Visas are required in both Tanzania and Kenya.

  • A tourist entry visa to Tanzania is $100 USD.
  • A tourist visa to Kenya is $50 USD.

These fees must be paid in cash when you arrive in each respective country unless you’ve purchased prior to the trip. (We recommend purchasing when you arrive.) These can be obtained at the airport or border crossing without any problems. There may be a small delay because you won’t be the only one obtaining a visa on that day.

We recommend you bring extra one- and five-dollar bills in a separate accessible envelope. Extras on your safari, including drinks, are not included. (Typically $2 – $3 per bottled water or soft drinks, and $3 – $8 per bottle/glass of beer, wine or spirit). Bottled water at meals served from the lodge or camp is considered a bar item and not included at those lodges and camps that do not include all drinks. Other extra items are laundry ($2 -$3 per item are not included), souvenirs (many under $5 but can be much more) and miscellaneous tips (individually under $5). At your discretion, tipping your guide drivers can range from $15 – $25/day per person. It is also customary to tip the lodge $10 – $20/day per person.

Q : What type of Insurance do I need?

A : Your upcoming trip is a significant investment, which involves risks. For this reason, we urge you to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance plan valid for the entire duration of your trip. This insurance should cover you for events such as trip cancellation, delay or interruption, lost or delayed baggage, emergency accident, illness evacuation, 24 – hr medical assistance and traveler’s assistance.

Membership to the AMREF Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuations is included in your tour package price. The AMREF’s Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Program ONLY covers the cost to evacuate casualties from emergency site to the nearest hospital by air or ground ambulance but does not cover further costs.

Your personal medical insurance policy may not cover you while overseas. Additional coverage may be needed and is suggested.

Deposits are non-refundable and cancellations can happen.  Be prepared! Here are links to companies that offer supplemental travel insurance policies.

Travel Guard Insurance

Travelex Insurance

AirMed Insurance

Geo Blue Travel Insurance

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance

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