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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQsr="#990000" face="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif" size="2">East Africa comprises of three beautiful countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

1. Weather pattern in East Africa.
East Africa experiences varied weather conditions in the year. Most of the Parks and Reserves and their environs experience predominantly dry, warm to hot conditions, with the exception of high-altitude mountaineous areas.

Generally, the climate is warm and humid in coastal areas, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and eastern parts. These variations are attributed to differences in topography across the country.

The coastal areas are tropical, but tempered by monsoon winds. The lowlands are mainly hot and dry, while the highlands are more temperate. Nairobi has a very pleasant climate throughout the year due to its high altitude. To the west near Lake Victoria, temperatures are much higher and rainfall can be heavy.

2. Time Zone GMT + 3

3. Health Precautions to observe before or during a visit to East Africa

Visitors to East Africa require vaccination against cholera and yellow fever. Other Vaccinations recommended are against typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis. Some vaccination may need a course of injections; we advise that you allow sufficient time for this.

As a precaution against Malaria, prophylactics should be taken before, during and after a visit to Kenya. Malaria-prevention consists of use of effective protection against bites, including insect repellants and mosquito nets.

4. Passport
A passport valid for three months from date of entry is a requirement in all three East African countries.

5. Visas:
Entry visas to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda can be acquired well in advance at their representatives offices in your country. They are also readily available at the airport and borders on arrival; this process is short. Please visit the East Africa missions in your country for information on your visa requirements.

6. Business Hours
Official working hours are usually from 0800hrs - 1700hrs from Monday to Friday, and from 0900hrs - 1100hrs on Saturdays.

7. Banks & Bureaux de change
National and international banks have branches in both major and small towns in East Africa. Most banks and bureaux de change at the international airports open 24 hours every day.

8. Currency
The Kenya Shilling (KSh.) is used in Kenya, Uganda Shilling (USh.) in Uganda and Tanzania shilling (TSh.) in Tanzania.

9. Credit Cards
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are all widely accepted. Please check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services.

10. Travelers Cheques
These are very convinient and can be changed at local banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to carry travellers cheques in US Dollars or Sterling Pounds.

11. Language
Swahili is widely spoken in the three East African countries. English is the official language.

12. Telephone
IDD service is available in the major cities. International calls can often be made directly or through operator-assistance. Public telephones require coins or phone cards; these may be purchased from post offices or from international call services in major towns. Major hotels also offer phone services, which may charge up to 100 per cent more.

13. Electricity
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type two-pin or flat three-pin squared type. Bayonet-type light sockets are used in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

14. Food & Drink
You will find plenty of local foods in hotel menus in East Africa. The local beef, chicken, lamb and pork, as well as the wide variety of tropical fruits, are all outstandingly great! Sea foods such as local trout, Nile perch and lobster, shrimps and Mombasa oysters are included on menus in season. Indian and Middle Eastern food is also available in most areas. Some game-park lodges serve game, including buffalo steaks marinated in local liqueurs and berries, often garnished with wild honey and cream. There is a wide range of restaurants in the three countries. Locally brewed beer (such as Tusker in Kenya) and bottled sodas are available.

15. Clothing
Lightweight cottons and linens with rainwear are advised for the coast and lakeside and in the highlands for much of the year. Warmer clothing is needed in the cold season of June and July and for the cooler mornings. Rainwear is advisable between March and June and October and December. Basic recommended clothing include loose-fitting long trousers, shirts and T-shirts, lace up shoes, a hat and sunglasses to protect against the sun. It is advisable to bring natural, earthly-colored or Khaki wear. Locally-made safari outfits are available in a number of shops.

16. Shopping
Local khanga, kitenge and kikoi cloths and souvenirs may be bought in the city markets or along the way as you proceed to the national parks. Wood carvings are sold throughout East Africa, particularly in Kenya. Please note that the sale of souvenirs made of wildlife skins, including reptiles and shells, is forbidden.

17. Tipping
Tipping is commonly practised. Tips may be given to the driver and guides, hotel assistants and others after the completion of the safari. Please note that this is not compulsory but entirely at the visitor's discretion.

18. Etiquitte
Western European habits prevail throughout East Africa as a result of British influences in these countries. The people are generally quite friendly. Dressing is both formal and informal.

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P. O. Box 8205 - 00200 Nairobi City Square
Tel: 254-20-2148047 Kenya, Mob: 0722836956

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