TRAVELLING WITH FACT SAFARIS
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 can wander near the lodge / camp. Otherwise, most of the lodges / camps are not fenced and are located inside conservation areas where wild animals can wander near the establishments.
Please listen to your guide’s 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 wander away from the camp without a guard.
Some establishments offer flash lights though it is advisable to bring your own. We encourage you to use them!
For those who wish to immerse themselves in the wild, we have selected excellent campsites throughout our destinations. A night under canvas remains one of the most 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 ecofriendly 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, and minimal firewood is used for the camp fires. The eco rating system for accommodation establishments has further enhanced this policy and it is bearing fruit.
We at Fact Safaris are committed to working with establishments that comply with 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 etc.
The campsites have no electricity – lighting is by paraffin lamps, and camp fires in the traditional African way.
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 possible to ensure that no opportunity for viewing game is missed.
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 and dedicated staff in your night stops who together with our staff will make each safari a memorable experience.
Our safari /driver guides have many years of experience working in this ever changing dynamic industry. We ensure that our driver guides undergo regular 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 our conservation approach to the wildlife, and are well experienced in their areas of operation. They are excellent naturalists and keen conservationists. Our collective professionalism has earned us a respected reputation over the years.
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 can offer an all-inclusive meal plan.
In Nairobi, the meal plan is usually on a bed & breakfast basis. Almost all town hotels have restaurants where you can have your meals at an extra cost.
Meals come in a wide variety ranging from traditional cuisine, game meat, sea food and an exciting fusion of blending the old with the new.
Vegetarian and special diets are well catered for, but please advise us when confirming your booking so that we can make the necessary prior arrangements.
Meal times while on safari are normally at 0900 Hours after your morning game drive, though breakfast starts from 0630 Hours. Lunch is from 1230 to 1430 Hours, and dinner is from 1900 – 2100 Hours. It is our policy that our driver guides eat together with our guests while on safari as they discuss the day’s events at the same time acquainting themselves with each person to allow for ease in the smooth running of the safari. However, this is always at your discretion.
We exclusively use customized Toyota Land cruisers model HZJ 79 Green in color. The vehicles have a capacity of 7 passengers and thus a guaranteed window seat. They all come fitted with an updated first Aid kit; VHF radio for long range communication; and the basic tools for recovery in case of any eventuality.
Other features of the vehicle include a pop up roof for game viewing, cool box for drinks storage while on travel, checklists and guide books, shared binoculars (we encourage clients to have a personal pair of binoculars), infant car seat for family travels, Masai ‘shukas’ to keep warm early morning and late evening in addition to a picnic bag.
The vehicles are fully licensed by the National Transport & Safety Authority and comprehensively covered by the insurance.
Our safaris are sold for your 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 that particular day.
Since we use the same vehicles that take us 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 a roof hatch.
All our safaris have a guaranteed departure as long as you have made full payments before the safari commences.
Our safari are unique and tailored to your needs. This offers you the flexibility of when to go for the game drives, or to simply relax and enjoy the lodge /camp facilities. Normally, the game drives are conducted in the morning and late afternoon. This offers the best time for superb game viewing opportunities during the cool of the day. However, we also offer you the opportunity of doing a full or half day game drive with a picnic breakfast or lunch if you prefer.
We have a few exemptions when we run join in trips in commemoration of national and international environmental & cultural events.
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 one or two family tents /rooms which are most suitable for families.
Children below the age of 2 years are considered as infants and their accommodation is at no cost. In other properties, children up to the age of 5 years are taken in free of charge.
Some lodges / camps offer children’s 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 to accommodate all age groups.
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 exceptions with reserved areas for smokers.
Kenya is a relatively healthy destination to live and travel in. 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 taken every pill imaginable. Guests usually travel in totally healthy areas but are concerned to eat the local raw salads or fruits.
As a result, they do not enjoy the region as much as they could. Kenya however is generally safe. Our advice is to be careful but not be overly cautious. If in doubt, please 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 in case of any queries or concerns.
PRE SAFARI READINGS
Visitors to Africa will get the most out of their safari if they do 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 or library for your pre safari materials about the region.
Most recommended are the, natural history publishers for literature about Africa or in your specific field of interest. This will help you understand more about the countryside you will be traveling through and what to expect on your safari.