Visas
If you haven’t already obtained a visa you will need to buy one at the airport on arrival. In Kenya this costs US$50 or £30 in cash and in Tanzania US$50. Application forms are sometimes available on the plane, if not then you can get them at the immigration desks when you arrive. If your ultimate destination is Tanzania and you are flying into Nairobi and flying directly on to Tanzania you do not need a Kenyan Visa. Often people fly into Nairobi and are transferred to Tanzania by road in which case they do need to buy a Kenyan Visa as well.

Kenyan visas should now be obtained prior to arrival in Kenya. The procedure is quite tortuous and is done online via https://www.ecitizen.go.ke. Send us an email to request full instructions on how the process works.

Travel Insurance
This is your responsibility and should be in place as soon as you know you are going. Please make sure that you take a photocopy of the relevant documentation with you. In the event of a claim, you will need to contact the insurers and the whole process is made much easier if you have the paperwork with you. It is also worth carrying a photocopy of your passport.

Willetts is registered with AMREF, the Flying Doctor Service, so you can take out additional emergency cover with them for 10 US$. This is in addition to and dependant upon normal travel insurance being in place. For further details check http://www.amref.org/.

Gifts
If you are visiting schools or clinics then it is normal to take small gifts for your local counterparts. These could be things like books about localities e.g. local town/city/cathedral, postcards, football shirts, plate depicting local scenes etc. Don’t load yourself up with too much but these are much-appreciated items. Presentations of these gifts are formal events.

Packing
What you need to take with you will largely depend on whether or not you are camping or going on a walking safari. The best advice about clothing is that you will need far less than you think. If you can’t fit your clothing into an airline’s cabin baggage allowance then you are probably bringing too much.

If you are camping then most of the camp kit is normally provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel.

Binoculars are invaluable for animal and bird watching both when walking and when on safari. The photographic opportunities will be endless and you will take more pictures than you can possibly imagine. Given you will often have no access to power make sure you bring enough memory cards and batteries.

A small torch will also be invaluable. 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.

Clothing
East Africans can be quite conservative in their dress code and in some areas quite sensitive about it. In most of the main tourist centres this is less of an issue but in some, remoter areas women in particular should ensure they are suitably covered up.

Evenings
Long trousers/skirts, socks and shoes for evening wear are extra precautions against mosquito bites. It can get quite chilly in the evenings and you are likely to need a fleece or jumper.

Safari
Shorts and T-shirts are fine when on safari and take a good sun hat. Cotton is probably the best fabric for comfort.

Laundry
Most hotels offer a laundry service. Small packets of soap powder can be bought for a few pence if you want to do any washing yourself.