Travel may be local, regional, national (domestic) or international. In some countries, non-local internal travel may require an internal passport, while international travel typically requires a passport and visa. A trip may also be part of a round-trip, which is a particular type of travel whereby a person moves from one location to another and returns.
We at AOS make it our business to remain current with the technical side of the travel industry and to keep watch of emerging social/political situations in the region.
FAQS and T&Cs
How many tribes are in the region ?
There are about 3,000+ different Ethnic communities in Africa each with different culture and own language.
Which languages are spoken ?
In East Africa each Ethnic community speaks its own language but with English as the official language and Swahili as the national one.
Is the water fit for consumption ?
Good to drink water in some places but we advise you use bottled water all the time while in the country including Nairobi.
Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight
Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight
Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
Some tips for shopping
Kenya is a shoppers’ paradise for many things including curios and weaved things among many other things. We advise you bargain before paying the asking price.
How can I keep in touch with the world while on safari ?
Auto roaming of mobile phones is available in all East African
Countries with excellent network in the cities and in and around some of the national parks and
reserves. This will however depend on whether there is a reciprocated agreement with your
country. That said, most of the accommodations we use have internet connection that can be accessed through Wi-Fi.
There is a cost for usage of the phones.
You may also buy a Pre-Paid line from the various mobile operators with easy switch over from
Kenya to Tanzania to Rwanda and or to Uganda whilst on holiday here. This is the cheapest option.
Is the road network robust ?
No freeways here yet, Africa is a developing continent and despite major road constructions going on in the countries we visit, we still have some roads that you will use that needs repairs.
How is the food ?
Food is nice and of very high quality in Kenya. However watch out when you eat fruits on the roads if not washed or can be peeled, watch out when eating salads with raw vegetables.
Health and immunization
Anti-malarial tablets are essential; recommended but not a must.
Please seek advice from a GP.
Yellow Fever Vaccination is now obligatory for all visitors to Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya.
For visitors from Asia and India, yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for re-entry purpose to their
Swimming is not recommended except in hotel pools and in the ocean.
If on medication, it is best to take a supply of medicines to last the entire trip and more.
Find out about the insect repellents from your doctor and purchase, which you must bring with you
for use while on safari.
Tipping and Currencies
The Kenyan Shilling (KSH or KES) is denominated in notes of 1000, 500,200,100, 50 and coins of 40, 20, 10, 5 and 1.
The Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) is denominated in notes of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, and coins of 200,100 and 50.
The Rwandese Franc (RWF) is denominated in notes of RWF 5000, 2000, 1000, and 500, while coins are RWF 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.
The Ugandan Shilling (UGS) is denominated in notes of 50000, 20000, 10000, 2000, 1000 Shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 500, 200 and 100 shillings.
The Ethiopian birr (ETB) is denominated in notes of 1, 10, 50, 100 birr. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 santim; 1 Birr.
US Dollars, Sterling Pounds and Euros are acceptable everywhere. However we advise you to have a certain amount of local currency at all times.‘Bureau de change’ are available at all airports and in the cities. A commission is levied for changing of the foreign currency.However, most of the Banks and establishments including African Oasis Safaris will not accept US Dollar bills printed prior the year 2006. ATM’s are also popular and seen in most areas (you may only draw in the local currency)
Exchange Rates check with XC.COM – note that actual rates may vary. Unless on an all-inclusive basis. Tips are not included. We encourage tipping. However no set amounts for tipping though we can advise on minimum sky the maximum limit.There is no facility for tax refund except in Tanzania which has introduced this for passengers exiting at their International Airports.Duty free items can be purchased from the duty free shops located at our international airports.
Are there any prohibitations ?
DO NOT BRING PLASTIC BAGS TO EAST AFRICA. The government of Kenya has
taken an exemplary step to aid in sustainability by banning the use, manufacture, and importation
of plastic bags. The ban applies to carrier bags with handles & with or without gussets and flat bags
without handles & without gussets.
There may be checks at international airports and within Kenya and the fines for being caught
with a plastic bag are quite severe.
NO DRONES: Please be advised that the uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are not allowed in
any of the countries we take you on safari and beach stay.
In addition to a valid passport, a visa is required. In Some countries, for example the United
States, a passport should be valid up to six months beyond the date that you plan to return home
following a safari.
It is highly advised to seek information from the consulate in your respective country.
Kenya: Both manual visa on arrival and E-visa are modes of acquiring a visa.
Uganda and Rwanda: online visas available
Tanzania: visa application is on arrival
Ethiopia: E-visas are available. Visas on arrival are also available for tourists at Addis Ababa (Bole)
Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda charges US$ 50.- per passport while Uganda bag: US$ 100.- per passport
(In Kenya, VISA for Persons below the age of 16 years is free of charge) Ethiopia is at a cost of
approximately $US50 for 1 month and $US75 for 3 months. Transit visas are available for shorter
than 24hrs stay. For combined Kenya/Tanzania safari, one visa is all you need.
East African Community single visas are available for Kenya-Uganda-Rwanda, at the port of entry
for US$ 100.
Porter fees apply and are subject to country of visit.
African Oasis will so advise and suggest that travelers contact https://visacentral.com, which will
assist in acquiring all of the necessary visas required for any East Africa country.
Please be aware that visa fees are an added expense and are not included as part of the tour
Once you clear immigration and customs – An African Oasis representative will
meet you on arrival entry outside the Arrival Halls.
The common name on the MEETING board will read the name of the Family, Individual or Group.
Our National grid power supply ranges between 240v-220v. Many of the
lodges/camps in the parks and reserves get this supply from the National grid. Most of them
generate their own power supply from generators and power ranges 240v –220v.
However, a variety of plugs are usable and an adaptor is available upon request.
For stress-free travel, we recommend you carry a universal adaptor.
All our travelers are covered by the flying doctors evacuation services.
It entitles the subscriber to one free Air Ambulance flight from a radius of 1000 kilometers within East Africa. The areas we are traveling to fall within this range of mileage.The Air Ambulance consists of, depending on the emergency, a nurse, a doctor, flight attendant and of course the crew. The aircrafts are equipped with Blood, Oxygen, etc. Check them out
Hiking Boots or Trail Shoes
Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
Gloves, gardening or similar Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, to keep items dry
Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
First Aid Kit
Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)