faqs

What are the big five animals?

These are Lion, Leopard, Elephants, Rhino and the Buffalo

When is the Wildebeest Migration?

The wildebeest migration from Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya has been acclaimed by the world community as a modern wonder of the world. It occurs during the period July to October. During the migration the wildebeests cross the Mara river which is home to crocodiles and hippopotamus. During this period game lodges and camp sites in Maasai Mara are always fully booked and clients are advised to book early to avoid disappointments.

What will I see while on Safari?

The beauty of Africa encompasses not only birds and animals of all shapes and sizes, but also the many different tribal peoples, and the exotic features from mountains to broad savannas, forests to rivers, ocean and deserts. When we are planning a safari we will carefully plan, to include a wide variety of sights and activities. However the wild animals are not a guarantee since the jangle and change of animal trends and rotes are unpredictable but our drivers are very experienced and aware of the destination which gives you a better chance.

How close should I get to the wild animals?

Many of the animals have no fear as long as you are in a vehicle. You can get surprisingly close, especially when lions are busy feeding on prey, or at rest. A safe distance should be kept from Rhinos buffalos, and Elephants. Monkeys and baboons may study you as closely as you study them. But natural behavior will only continue if you give the animals some space and are quiet. If you go too close, or talk too loudly, the animals may just leave.

Is a safari dangerous?

No, not if you stay within the marked boundaries of your lodge/camp site or in your vehicle. Your tour guide and driver will advice you on safety in every circumstance. Incidents involving animals are rare in East Africa and are, almost without fail, the result of someone doing what they have been advised not to do. Nairobi is a big bustling city. Avoid wearing flashy jewelry, hold onto your purse and camera bag, be aware of clever conmen and don’t walk in the city at night without a guide.

How is the accommodation?

Bunmark Safaris visits all hotels, lodges, campsite, and resorts prior to sending our dear clients to ensure security and quality. Hotels in Nairobi are deluxe, with quality shops, restaurants, and amenities. The game lodges and campsite are imaginatively built with marvelous gardens and terraces. Lodges have bungalows spread across the grounds, a large central reception area, dining room shops and an attractive outdoor swimming pool can be found. Beach resorts and cottages are the common types of accommodation in the coastal region.

How do I approach the local people?

Many young people will be anxious to practice their English with you, or help you with your Swahili. At some roadside stops, locals can be competitive in attempts to sell you jewelry or baskets. Bargain if you like what you see. Otherwise, firmly say, “No, thank you,” or “Sitaki, Asante Sana,” and move on. Never photograph locals without asking their permission first. This may require a fee, which your guide can help you negotiate. Giving away Polaroid photos will help you get pictures that would not otherwise be possible. Please DO NOT hand out candy, ballpoint pens, or trinkets to children.

Which language do East African people speak?

We have many tribal languages but the official language is English, national language is Kiswahili and French in Rwanda.

How do I dress?

Light clothing is generally recommended in Kenya. The highlands are however low in temperate and you need a sweater and jacket year round. This is necessary for the evenings and early mornings apart from the coast. If you plan to climb Mount Kenya, be ready with special clothing for the climb and to protect yourself from sub zero temperatures. .
On safari, bright coloured clothing are discouraged for they may get you in trouble with the wild animals. Colours of the earth are generally favoured, thus brown, beige jungle green and khaki clothing. Short sleeve shirts/T-shirts, shorts and trousers/pants for men are sufficient. For ladies, short sleeve blouses/T-shirts and shorts and trousers/pants are ideal in the
national parks and touristy places. This is except at the predominantly Muslim coastal areas, where more conservative dressing is called for. But even at the coast, swimwear is perfectly acceptable at beaches and hotel premises.
one should cover most of his/her skin to avoid drawing to much attention or provoking those around him/her especially white skinned Visitors avoid walking in towns or public areas in your swim-wear as this is against African culture and it offends a large section of the community. Nude bathing is not allowed. Kenyans appreciate decent behavior devoid of immoral tendencies. Visitors are therefore advised to show respect to the local people, their culture and traditions.

How is security?

Like in most cities of the world; take precautions. Deposit your passport, excess money and other valuables at reception desks or room safes before going out. Do not walk alone on deserted or dark streets.

How is the Climate and weather?

East Africa has such diverse geography, that, temperatures, rainfall and humidity vary widely. The country can be divided into four main regions: the arid north, the savanna lands in the south, the central highlands and the lowlands along the coast and the Lake Victoria region. The coastal areas are hot and humid though tempered by some much welcome sea breezes. Average temperatures vary little year round and range from 22°C minimum to 33°C maximum.
The central highlands and rift valley enjoy a pleasant temperate climate. Average temperatures vary from a minimum of 10 to 14°C to a maximum of 22 to 26°C. The Lake Victoria lowlands are hot and dry and temperatures can reach 34°C. Rainfall is also heavy. The semi arid north experiences the most extreme variations in temperatures. This ranges from a maximum of 40°C in the day to 20°C at night. There are two rainy seasons: March to May ("long rains") and October to December ("short rains"). But the weather patterns are changing and some variance will be experienced.
The weather is great all year round Because of the high elevation (3000 to 8000 feet above sea level), and proximity to the equator, there is a pleasant weather throughout the year. The “dry” season is July through October, and December through March. The dirt roads may be dusty, but should not prove to be a major discomfort.
The relatively “rainy” season includes the month of April, May and November. During this time the landscape is beautifully green, and there are fewer tourists. The weather patterns are changing in the world and east Africa is not exceptional.

How is the electric supply?

240 Volts AC. Some lodges may have independent power generators. While at the lodges you are advised to check the voltage situation.




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