Traveling with Fact Safaris

Accommodation

The rooms / tents in your safari lodge / tented camp will allow you experience comfort and luxury while giving you a personalized wilderness experience.

Some of the lodges / camps have electric fences around the establishments though the small animals could wonder near the lodge / camp. Otherwise, most of the lodges / camps are NOT fenced and are located inside conservations areas where wild animals could wonder near the establishments.

Please listen to your guides’ instructions and take note of the warning signs in the lodges / camps to ensure that you are safe.

If you are camping, keep your tent door / flap closed and do not wonder away from the camp without a guard.

Some establishments offer flash lights though it is advisable to bring your own. Use them!

Campsites

For those who want to immerse themselves in the wild, we have selected excellent campsites throughout our destinations. A night under canvas remains one of the greatest and memorable adventure experiences.

Pitching a tent in the wild and listening to the sounds of the African night outside is a real experience

All our overnight accommodations are eco friendly and have been certified by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Eco Tourism Society of Kenya.

They are all committed to conducting their business in compliance with the environment laws. The use of solar energy for heating water for the shower or baths, minimal firewood is used for the camp fires. The eco rating system for accommodation establishments has further enhanced this policy and it is bearing fruits.

We at Fact Safaris are committed in working with establishments that comply with the environmental laws.

The lodges / camps in the reserves / national parks have no access to Electric power since they are located far from the main power supply. However, some have power generators on site which are strategically situated and are as silent as possible or have solar panels. The electricity generated is used to power ice machines, deep freezers, charging batteries for video or cameras e.t.c.

The campsites have no electricity and lighting is by paraffin lamps and camp fires the traditional African way.

Airstrips

Almost all our destinations are served by an airstrip. Guests who choose to fly are met by the camp / lodge vehicle and driver / guide and transported to the camp / lodge with a game drive enroute where necessary. This will ensure that no activity is missed out.

Lodge staff and our own

Since we do not own any camps / lodges, we share the same ideals and visions with the establishments that we use for the overnight stops.

You will find experienced & dedicated staff in your night stops who together with our staff will make each safari a memorable experience.

Our safari / driver guides have long years of working experience in this ever changing dynamic industry. We ensure that our driver guides undergo periodic training in all aspects of guiding. Our main objective for you our GUEST is to ensure you experience a wonderful safari.

Our professionalism has attracted guides who are serious about a career in wildlife and are well experienced in their areas of operation. They are excellent naturalists and keen conservationists. Our professionalism and there’s have earned us our reputation over the years.

Meal Plans

The meal plan in the lodges / camps is usually Full board i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

At the coast, the meal plan is usually half board i.e. breakfast and dinner though the small boutique hotels could offer an all inclusive meal plan. In Nairobi, the meal plan is usually bed & breakfast basis. Almost all town hotels have restaurants from where you could have your meals.

Meals come in a wide variety ranging from traditional cuisine, game meat, sea food and exciting fusions blending the old and the new.

Vegetarian and special diet clients are well taken care of but please warn us while confirming your booking so that we can make prior arrangements

Meals times while on safari are normally at 0900 Hours after your morning game drive though breakfast starts from 0630 Hours, lunch is from1230 to 1430 Hours and 1900 - 2100 Hours for dinner. It is our policy that our driver guides eat together with our guests while on safari as they discuss the days’ events at the same time acquainting with each other for the smooth running of the safari. However, this is also subject to your discretion.

Safari vehicles

We exclusively use safari equipped Toyota Land cruisers for all our safaris. The vehicles are either 8 seater or 6 seaters and they all come fitted with a first aid box, long range HF radio for long range communication and the basic tools for recovery in case of a breakdown or when you get stuck.

We guarantee window seats in all our safaris and thus we restrict the maximum number of persons in the safari vehicle to 7 if using the 8 seater and 5 clients if using the 6 seater vehicle.

Our safaris are sold on exclusive use basis and thus all our safaris are based on sole use of the vehicle.

However, if going on a flight package, you will be required to share the lodge / camp vehicle with other clients who have booked the ground package with the camp / lodge on the particular day.

Since we use the same safari vehicles to get to the destinations, we do not have open vehicles for the game drives at the destination.

However, this aspect will not deter you from the best shots and best views of the wildlife since the vehicles we use have either a pop up roof or roof hatch.

Departures

All our safaris have a guaranteed departure as long as you have made full payments before the safari commences.

Traveling Companion

Majority of our safaris are sold on exclusive use basis. This offers you the flexibility of when to go for the game drives or just relax and enjoy the lodge / camp facilities. Normally, the game drives are conducted in the morning and late afternoon. This is the best time to chance for superb game viewing opportunities during the cool of the day. However, we offer you the allowance of doing a full or half day game drive with picnic breakfast or lunch if you prefer.

We run very few Join-in packages during specific periods in the year. These packages are highlighted in our OFFERS and subject to the minimum number of persons required.

Age Issues

Most of the lodges & tented camps welcome guests of all ages except some tree lodges where children below the age of 7 are not allowed.

However, the Tree Lodges have specific dates during the course of the year when children are given the opportunity to sample the experience.

Families with children can be booked in adjacent rooms or the parents / adults can share their room with their children. Most of the lodges / camps / Hotels will only allow ONE extra bed in the room / tent.

Some of the lodges / tented camps have 1 or 2 family tents / rooms which are most suitable for families.

Children below the age of 2 years are considered as infants and DO NOT pay for the accommodation. In other properties, children up to the age of 5 years are taken in free of charge.

Some lodges / tents offer children programmes on environmental education and recreation. We always consider this aspect for all our family safaris.

We do not have an upper age limit in our safaris and we assure you that we will tailor the most suitable package for your trip.

Smoking Policy

We have a NO smoking policy in our vehicles. We do have ‘smoke breaks’ in between the drives from one destination to the other but not in the parks / reserves. The lodges / tented camps also have a NO smoking policy with a few exemptions which reserve areas for smokers.

Health

Kenya is a relatively healthy destination to live and travel. Please do not go overboard with the information put by some of the disease control centers abroad.

Often, guests arrive having had every injection available and taking every pill imaginable. Guests sometimes travel in totally healthy areas but are petrified to touch the local salads or fruits.

As a result, they do not enjoy the region as much as they could. Kenya however is generally safe, so DO NOT over react to the detriment of your own enjoyment. Our advise is to be careful but not over cautious. If in doubt of any issues, ask your driver guide for advice.

Please refer to our pre safari information for health issues.

Pre Safari Information

After booking your safaris, we will forward our pre safari information pack detailing information regarding your safari and the local conditions. This pack contains essential reading which will ensure that your safari flows smoothly. The pack also contains a list of what to bring for your safari and not to bring.

Please read the pack before your safari and do not hesitate to contact us incase of any queries or concerns.

Pre Safaris Reading

Visitors to Africa are able to get a lot more from their safari if they have done a bit of reading before they leave home.

Kenya has a wide range of good books on the region’s history, its flora & fauna in addition to other topics of interest. We recommend that you refer to your nearest book store for your pre safari materials.

Most commendable would be natural history publishers for literature about Africa or a specific field of your interest. This will help you understand more about the country side you will be traveling through or what to expect in your safari.