Laikipia & Samburu

Journey north of the Maasai Mara and up through the Great Rift Valley to discover flamingo-covered lakes, dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures.

Getting There

Kenya’s vast northern region is easily accessible by plane from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Whether at the start or end of your safari there are many daily scheduled flights available as well as the option to travel via private flight. There is a good network of scheduled flights between Northern Kenya and the Maasai Mara which allows for onward connectivity.

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Entry Requirements

To enter Kenya you will need:

A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)

Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US

Visas can be applied for at the point of entry or online at the new eCitizen portal

Single entry visas are valid for three months from issue, and cost US$ 50; multiple-entry visas cost US$ 110 – these fees can also be paid in Pounds

Sterling & Euro, but must be in cash

East African Tourist Visas valid for travel to all of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are also available

Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, please see the website of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC

Baggage Allowances

Please note that all scheduled internal flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.

Packing Recommendations

Comfortable cotton clothing

Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers

Comfortable walking shoes

Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm

Bathing suit

A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude

An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)

City Hotels

Angama Safaris can assist with all your city hotel arrangements in Nairobi and has a close relationship with a network of properties, including Giraffe Manor, Hemingways, Kempinski Villa Rosa and various others. Our in-country team conducts regular site inspections to stay up to date with new hotels and upgrades at existing partner properties.

Safety

We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.

Responsible Travelling

We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation. While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children. In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.

Plastic Bags

In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.

Vaccinations

Kenya is one of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya. Although Angama Mara is located in an area that is generally regarded low-risk, malaria is prevalent across Kenya, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling. Please note that all guests at Angama Mara are covered for Emergency Medical Evacuation by air to a Nairobi hospital – from there onwards all medical costs are for the traveller’s own expense. Anti-mosquito repellant is provided at Angama Mara and at most lodges in the region, please confirm for your specific itinerary.

Money & Gratuities

The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) and the current rate of exchange is approximately KES 100 / US$1. To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com. The Shilling is often referred to in shorthand as KSh, or quoted simply with “/-“ after the number; notes are available in denominations of up to 1,000. US$ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches US$ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs. We recommend travelling with some US$ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations. Many local restaurants will accept US$, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies. All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc. Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country. However as we are frequently asked for advice, herewith a guideline (per couple):

Restaurant waiters: 10 – 15% (often asked for in cash and not included on the bill)

City drivers: US$10 – $15

City guides: $30 per day

Porters: $5

Lodge safari guides: $40 per day

Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 – $20 per day

Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $15

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