Your Health and Safety
1. Consult your doctor for advice on the current vaccination and malaria prevention recommendations.
2. Take out comprehensive travel insurance on a policy that includes medical repatriation.
Consult your doctor at least 6 weeks before your departure date. Some vaccines are administered as a course of inoculations at specified intervals over several weeks. By allowing a period of 6 weeks before your safari there will be sufficient time for your inoculations and for the medication to become fully effective.
You will almost certainly require immunity from Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria. You may also be advised to be inoculated against Yellow Fever and Rabies. From time to time the regulations and recommendations may vary so it is essential to check the current medical requirements.
We strongly advise you to discuss any personal health issues with your doctor. If you have any health concerns whatsoever you must seek medical advice in advance of your safari.
In areas where malaria is prevalent the safari lodges and camps will provide mosquito netting around your bed. Please use the nets and make sure they are properly closed. Use a good quality insect repellant during the daytime on exposed skin.
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a magnificent tusker
enjoying a bumpy drive is part
of the safari experience
Muscular / skeletal issues
If you have spinal problems or any other medical condition that might be aggravated by being jolted and jarred, it may be best to avoid the safari experience.
The major highways in East Africa have been extended and greatly improved in recent years. However, other roads are often in poor condition. Safari trails in the National Parks and Reserves are non-surfaced and are frequently impassable to all but four-wheel drive vehicles.
Consequently, it is inevitable that from time to time during your safari you will travel over very rough ground. Your Safari Guide will do his utmost to avoid the worst potholes and ruts, but you will almost certainly experience some jolting and jarring.
Throughout your RASABI SAFARI KENYA your Safari Guide will supply you with free bottled water on request. Lodges, camps and hotels also provide complimentary bottled water in the rooms. If for any reason you obtain bottles from other sources please make sure that the seals are unbroken. Please do not drink tap water.
You will be delighted with the variety and the excellent quality of the cuisine at all the accommodation we take you to. You will be presented with a choice of ethnic food as well as a selection of international dishes. Vegetarian menus are always available.
If you have special dietary requirements you must inform us at the time you book your safari. We can then ensure that appropriate arrangements are made in advance of your arrival.
Food preparation, such as salad washing and ice making, is always done with clean, safe water. The milk is pasteurised and all dairy products are perfectly safe.
We advise you not to accept food or drink from any unlicensed sources including street vendors.
an infant olive baboon (Papio anubis)
teacher at an orphanage near Isiolo
Advice from your Safari Guide
Your RASABI SAFARI KENYA Guide has a wealth of information which he will share with you to enhance all aspects of your safari. He will be available to you 24/7 throughout your stay in Kenya. Your health and safety is his first priority.
While in the safari vehicle please pay attention to any advice he may offer. For example; whilst on a game-drive you may well be standing up and taking full advantage of the view through the open roof. If your safari guide asks you to sit down and hold tight, please do so without delay. It will be because he knows there is very rough terrain just around the next corner. You will never be asked to do anything that is not in your own best interest.
Always listen carefully to the advice given by your Safari Guide. Your safety is his first priority and your willing co-operation will ensure your well-being.
Your RASABI SAFARI KENYA Guide will welcome your questions on any subject and he will do his utmost to answer your queries. So please make full use of this valuable resource. We all have plenty to teach each other.
Comfort breaks on journeys
Facilities at the safari lodges and camps are all first-class. However, on journeys between points on your itinerary, facilities are not of the same high-standard. Your Safari Guide knows which ones are best avoided.
If you feel the need for a comfort break, please tell your Safari Guide as soon as possible. He will then stop at the next acceptable place. The toilets are basic. Toilet tissues and hand towels are rarely provided. Therefore, please ask your Safari Guide for the tissues that are kept for the purpose in your safari vehicle. The vehicle also carries antiseptic hand lotion for your use.
Most of these facilities are associated with local craft and souvenir shops. Usually the washrooms are situated at the back of these premises and are accessed via the shops and you will walk through a treasure trove of tempting artefacts all aimed at encouraging impulse purchases. If you wish to buy a souvenir, it is customary to haggle to obtain the best price.
female lion (Panthera leo) throttling a burchells zebra (Equus quagga burchellii)