Some Frequently Asked Questions
Which airlines offer access?
East African’s Airport has the following airlines: Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, South African Airways, Fast Jet, Fly Dubai, RwandAir, South Supreme Airways and Fly-SAX.
Can I fly internally?
If you are on safari in East Africa, you can fly internally. Some safari destinations are connected by scheduled flights, while others are reached by charter flights. Feel free to tell us if you prefer a flight over a car trip or a mix of both.
How does the road network look like?
Primary roads in East Africa are tarmacked, but secondary roads are of varying quality. Be prepared for long, bumpy rides.
Do you provide Travel Insurance ?
We do not offer travel insurance to our clients. It is the client’s responsibility. Clients should have adequate travel insurance that includes evacuation coverage during the tour.
Is it necessary for me to carry medication?
Please bring all necessary personal medications. Medical services and facilities are basic. It is recommended that you take malaria ‘prophylactics’ (prevention medication) as well as carry a mosquito repellent. Make use of the mosquito nets that are offered at your lodging. For more information, see your doctor before traveling.
Adventure sports like as mountaineering and hiking, gorilla trekking and chimp tracking, white-water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking may bring significant dangers and should be conducted with care and caution.
Is it necessary to get vaccinated before going on a safari?
A number of vaccinations are recommended and/or required. As of 2016, most East African countries required confirmation of yellow fever immunization. Immunizations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio), as well as Hepatitis A, meningitis, tetanus, and typhoid. Consult your own country for information on vaccination and immunization requirements.
Is it safe to drink tap water?
Drink bottled water, which is available in safari cars and accommodations. Don’t use tap water.
Is a visa required to enter any East African country?
Before entering any East African country, you must obtain a visa. Single entry tourist visas (typically three months) are available on arrival at airports and cost between USD $50 and $100 at land crossings – please mention explicitly that you require three months or else you will be given two weeks but you must apply online before your trip.
Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda now have a single East African visa that costs $100. Your passport must still be valid for at least six months. For more information, contact the airline or your travel agent.
The majority of East African countries adhere to a policy of reciprocity (if your Country requires a Visa for Ugandans to enter, Uganda will impose the same). You will be notified of any changes in Visa restrictions.
Can I use my debit or credit card?
You can withdraw money from ATMs and use Visa credit cards in any East African country, although there is a daily withdrawal restriction. Banks are available in major towns, although it may be difficult to find one once you begin your safari. You should notify your bank before using your card abroad to avoid having it blocked.
Some places may not accept credit cards for payment, and in those circumstances when they do, there may be a 5 – 10% surcharge.
East African countries no longer accept traveler’s checks.
Can Master Card be used?
Master Card is accepted in very few places in East Africa. Consider carrying cash that you can exchange when you arrive. Cash will be exchanged in banks and Forex bureaus. Please keep in mind that US dollar bills issued prior to 1999 are NOT recognized in Uganda. Bills issued prior to 2006, as well as small denomination dollar bills (anything less than a USD 50 bill), are subject to a lower exchange rate.
Does East Africa appear to be safe?
Most East African countries are generally safe, but like with any other country, occasional security difficulties may develop, therefore basic measures should be taken. Do not leave bags or money unattended, and do not wear expensive jewelry.
How far in advance should I book my safari?
If your safari involves gorilla and chimp trekking, book as far in advance as possible – 3 months is recommended. The permits for gorillas and chimps are booked and paid for at the same time.
What is the best way for me to pay for my safari?
The majority of our customers pay via wire transfers or credit cards. Bank information is accessible upon request. After approval, credit card payments can be made, however there will be a 5-8 percent surcharge.
Please keep in mind that the availability of accommodation and permits is not assured until Sight View Safaris officially confirms the safari. Reservations for lodging, permits, and activities will be made as soon as money is received on our account. Please keep in mind that any bank fees are the client’s responsibility.
What kind of safari vehicles does Sight View Safaris use?
Sight View Safaris provides 4WD safari vehicles with a ‘pop-up canopy’ for wildlife viewing. The 4WD vehicles are either minibuses or Land Cruisers, and we make certain that everyone gets a window seat to experience the greatest views. We limit the number of passengers in the minibus to seven, while the number of passengers in the land cruiser varies based on size, with seven, five, and three being the most common. This allows for ample of legroom and luggage storage. Groups of twelve or more who want to travel in a single vehicle use the 25-29 seat Coaster buses, which feature around 16 window seats.
Do you cater to those with unique dietary needs?
We take care of your dietary preferences as far as the hotels comply, which is typically good if you let us know ahead of time so that we can make the required arrangements with the various lodges on your itinerary. When your driver-guide arrives at the lodge, make sure he or she contacts reception.
How can I contact with my family while on safari?
Most regions in east Africa have international phone service, and local SIM cards can be acquired. There is international roaming available.
Internet cafés provide a wide range of internet services, albeit the quality and speed of the connection vary. Wi-Fi is available in some resorts.
All of our drivers/guides have cell phones and stay in touch with the office throughout safaris.
Free service – no credit card required