Contact

Big Safari Services
Caxton House 3rd Floor, Opposite GPO
P.O. Box 26117 - 00200
Nairobi - Kenya

Office Tel:
+254 20 2225047
+254 20 2370315

Cell:
+254 722 364443
+254 722 483229
+254 775 483229

Email: info(at)bigsafariservices.com
bigsfaris(at)swiftkenya.com
URL: http://www.bigsafariservices.com/

Travel Tips

Accommodation

Across East Africa and in the National Parks, hotels and inns are generally available, but quality of service and quantity of rooms vary greatly. We take care in booking the best accommodation available for your safaris. All of our prepared itineraries start from the cities. Reservations should be made in advance.

Airports

Most guests to East Africa arrive by air, landing at the Entebbe, Jomo Kenyatta or even Kilimanjaro International Airports; approximately 45 minutes drive from or to the cities. Transfers to and from the airports are available for any size group. Your Departure tax is incorporated in your tickets.

Alcohol

Several brand of local beer are available, including Bell, Club and Nile Special. Most spirits and wines are imported and are readily available at slightly elevated prices. There are no longer limitations on the drinking of alcohol in Uganda.

Climate

East Africa enjoys ideal weather conditions ranging from the warmth of the lowlands to the coolness of the highlands. Mean temperatures are between 21C and 31 C all the year around. Wet seasons are March - May and October - November. 

Clothing

Light summer clothing supplemented by a sweater or jacket should be sufficient all year round. Usually dressing is informal. Cotton slacks and flats-heeled comfortable walking shoes are recommended on safari. Don't forget to bring a hat for sun protection and a swimsuit. Request additional details at the time of booking. 

Credit Cards

AMEX, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at some establishments in East Africa cities and some lodges.  

Drinking Water

We recommend that you do not drink tap water. Most hotels and restaurants provide previously boiled drinking water. Mineral water is also available. 

Food

Fresh tropical fruits and vegetables are plentiful throughout the country. A wide range of dishes, both traditional and international, is served in the hotels and restaurants. 

Health Requirements

Certificates are required for vaccination against yellow fever. Check current medical advice on typhoid, cholera and hepatitis. Malarial risk is general and prophylactics should be taken. It is advisable to start anti-malaria medications 10 days prior to arrival and continue with the same until 14 days after leaving East Africa. 

Photography

Though some types of film are available in many of the lodges, it is advisable to bring films and batteries with you or to purchase them in Kampala. A pair of binoculars will prove extremely useful for the keen game viewer. There is no charge for photography cameras but there may be a charge for video cameras in some places. Clients are directly responsible for any such fees. 

Sports Facilities

There are a variety of sports available in the East Africa cities - squash, golf, tennis, etc. Fishing, on Lake Victoria or the Nile River, and White Water Rafting from Bujagali Falls is also popular. Arrangements can be made for these activities depending on individual's interests. 

Transport

The roads are generally in good condition. Four-wheel drive vehicles may be required for up-country use, especially in the national park during the rainy seasons. We maintain a fleet of saloon cars, mini-buses and four wheels drive vehicles, available on either a self-drive or chauffeur driven basis.

Our Final Word

Things in Africa may not work in the same way as home; some times there are inexplicable delays. We appreciate your patience. Sit back and enjoy your safari. Everything will work out in the end.