Food
We employ experienced safari chefs for the duration of your visit to do the cooking and washing up, so you will not have to worry about that. If you have any dietary preferences then this needs to be known beforehand – it is not possible to just pop to the shops if we don’t have what you need.

Guides and Askaris
We carefully select your drivers and guides for both their knowledge of the area and their experience in leading safaris and we have worked with them for a number of years. During the course of your safari they will not only keep you safe, but also impart some of the knowledge they have gained through a lifetime of working and living in the bush. At night askaris (guards) make sure any dangerous animals don’t stray into camp to interrupt your night’s sleep.

Tipping
Tipping is expected on every safari and you should budget accordingly. Tips should be given at the completion of your trip and should be done in front of all the staff by one member from your party, who should collect together all the tips from the group to make a single presentation. As a rough guide each member of your group should expect to tip around 2-300 Kenyan Shillings at the end of your stay at Lebentera and at Riverside. 

Weather
There is little temperature variation, in the Mara, from one month to the other as it is so close to the equator. The biggest factors affecting the weather are the long rains (March - May) and the short rains (October - November). The hottest time of the year tends to be from December to March when temperatures range from 28ºC to 32ºC.  July through to September is slightly cooler and, because of the altitude, nights can be chilly at all times of the year and late afternoon rain storms can also occur at any time. In the early mornings and evenings it is often cool enough to warrant a fleece top, sweatshirt or jumper.

Essentials
Binoculars are invaluable for animal and bird watching when on safari and the photographic opportunities will be endless so you will take more pictures than you can possibly imagine. There is no power available at Riverside and you need to make sure you bring enough memory cards and batteries to last the 3 days.

A small torch will also be very useful.  Many people favour head torches however, in our experience, whilst convenient in that they leave both hands free, they have the disadvantage of attracting flying insects to your face.

You will need a sleeping bag and towel for the safari. Mattresses and pillows can be hired for the safari for £8 per person or you can bring your own.

Snakes, Spiders and Creepy Crawlies
Many people assume that because they are in Africa they will be constantly bumping into snakes and spiders and pestered by swarms of biting insects. The reality is quite different. The majority of Kenya's snakes are non-venomous and rarely seen, preferring to get out of the way long before you arrive. None of the spiders are deadly and the bigger, hairy ones tend to hide away in holes in the ground. Scorpions are uncommon around the Mara, tending to be found in the drier parts of Kenya and even here are shy, secretive and hard to find. If you see any of these things you should count yourself lucky.