Let Us Help You Plan Your Safari

Yes! We shall help you plan the best safari experience tour within your budget while seriously considering safety and security factors. 
Among all African nations, Kenya remains the most adventurous historical home of the East African safari, a land of sweeping savannah grasslands inhabited by charismatic mega-fauna, including Big Cats, the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino) and just about everything in between. Elsewhere, landscapes here stir the soul with deserts in the north, dense forests in the west, Rift Valley lakes in the center and tropical coast out east. This result for those on safari is an experienced safari industry ready to show you a seemingly endless parade of wildlife against one of the most beautiful backdrops in Africa. Apart from the Masai Mara, Tsavo East, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi National parks, there are so many other beautiful places in Kenya to explore. SP Safari Tours Company have put together the best Kenyan safari packages so that you can find one that suits you. There are three day excursions to choose from if you want to see the best parts in a smaller time frame, or take your time with a longer tour.
Susan and I (Patrick) were born and raised in Kenya even though we now leave in America. We still have many relatives and great friends as well as partners back in Africa on our team to help you get the best experience during your Safari. We wish to introduce you to Africa by helping you set up a safari of your choice while we suggest the best ones within your budget. 
Before we offer MORE important information you need to know, we would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the eight main factors you need to be aware of that could affect the cost of your safari; Here are some questions we may ask you to so we may help you plan your trip better.

How many days do you want to do a safari

We hardly need to state that the length of time you spend on an African safari has a direct impact on how much it’s going to cost you. And the more days you spend on safari (with the same company), the less you’re going to end up paying on a per day basis.

When do you want to go?

Visiting much of Africa during the school holidays costs more than going outside the holidays, but other local factors can also impact the cost of your safari. The majority of African national parks have periods when the wildlife spotting is better than other times. If you want to keep costs down, try visiting during a park’s off season. While this can mean less visible wildlife and, if it’s the Wet season, occasionally washed out roads, it does bring significantly lower prices, less tourists, and gorgeously lush countryside.

Where do you want to go?

Many people are surprised to discover that much of southern Africa, where park infrastructure is often better and self-drive and camping safaris easier, offers a cheaper safari experience than East Africa.

What level of accommodation are you comfortable with?

As with any holiday, accommodation is going to eat up the lion’s share of your budget. Starting at the very top are the highly exclusive, tented camps often found in private or community conservancies. Deliciously romantic they might be, but there’s no getting away from the fact that these places cost a fortune. In high season many come in at a cool $2,000 per night for two people.

What location of the accommodation do you prefer? inside park or outside?

One good way of saving money is by staying outside of the parks. The problem with doing this is that you’ll normally miss the first dawn light or the glow of dusk. Both of which are the prime animal spotting times.

How do you want to get around (on a safari van or Land cruiser)?

Most camps and lodges offer morning and evening safari drives. At the very top-end places these will be conducted in custom-made luxury safari jeeps. At the opposite end of the spectrum come the pop-top minibuses used by many budget safari companies. Be careful with these. Some companies make sure that every seat in the vehicle has someone sat on it and if you get a middle seat you won’t see much.

How luxurious would like your experience to be?

Head to big name parks such Masai Mara or include helicopter safaris and you’ll find higher prices. Other safari types to hike your prices includes Gorilla trekking but the experiences are phenomenal.  

Are you requesting a specific requirements due to interests or hobbies?

National park boards are fully aware that people are willing to pay more to see a cheetah than a hornbill (a type of bird). Visiting a park with an abundance of large and visible mammals will invariably cost you more than visiting a small, low-key park where the wildlife attractions are more specialized. If keeping costs down is important then limit your time in big-name parks and instead get excited by the birds and the bees in the smaller, lesser known protected areas.

Game Drive Safaris: 
The big five animals to spot on safari in Africa are the lions, buffalos, leopards, elephants and giraffe, SP Safari Tours  have curated some great big five Africa safari packages so that you can see as many animals and birds as possible, guided by our very own choice of experts who will ensure to point out any interesting views or wildlife. Make sure to bring your binoculars for some spectacular wildlife spots.
If there is a perfect climate in the world, surely it is in East Africa. Although it can be hot and sticky by the sea, inland the air is dry and even at midday, the temperatures are equitable. Due to the proximity to the equator, sunrise occurs daily between 06.00hrs and 06.30hrs while sunset takes place 12 hours later. It can get quite chilly in the early morning and evening hence visitors should pack a sweater. Each time of year has its special attractions. There are two main rainy seasons - usually mid-April to the end of May and November to mid-December. Even during the rains, the weather can be pleasant with rain occurring in the early morning and late in the afternoon or evening.
Visa and health regulations
Visitors must be in possession of valid visa and health documentation on arrival. The regulations vary dependent on nationality and country of origin and should be checked with the nearest tourist office or diplomatic mission. Inoculation centers in the country of origin will provide updated information and advice on health regulations and recommendations (Yellow fever certificate are not mandatory for Travel into Tanzania or Kenya unless a visitor is coming from an area where this is endemic. Anti-malaria medication is however recommended for a visit to either country. Please consult your doctor for this.
Customs and exit regulations
Personal items including film and cameras may be imported temporarily free of duty. However professional video equipment, tape recorders, radios, musical instruments and souvenirs from other countries may require a customs bond to ensure re-exportation. Firearms need a special permit which must be obtained in advance. Baggage is normally inspected by customs officials on arrival and departure. Please strictly adhere to baggage limitations as advised by the airline as excess baggage charges can be quite expensive.
Airport and departure taxes
International Airport departure tax equivalent to US $30 per person is payable on departure from Tanzania whilst the one for Kenya is US $20 and it is normally included on the ticket. Zanzibar departure tax is US $25 per person, payable direct. A local airport service charge is also payable on departure for domestic. As this varies from country to country, please check with us on the prevailing amounts payable prior to your flight departure.
Currency and exchange
There is no restriction to the amount of foreign currency a visitor may import provided that it is exchanged through authorized dealers only. Well known credit cards are widely accepted in Kenya, but to a lesser extent in Tanzania. U.S. dollars and travelers cheques are the most widely accepted form of payment. It is a legal offense to deface local currency.

Banking hours
Banks in Nairobi and other large towns open from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9am-11am on the first and last Saturday of each month.
24 hours access to your account can be facilitated by the 70 ATMs countrywide. Barclays Bank has over forty `Barclay cash` ATMs located within the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa; and other major towns. Banks in Mombasa and the coastal areas open and close half an hour earlier. Some banks at the international airports open round the clock every day as do the new foreign exchange bureaux.

Normal precautions as in any other destination worldwide should be taken. Keep a close watch on handbags, wallets and cameras when walking in crowded places and avoid walking at night (take a taxi). Place all valuables in safety deposit boxes at hotels and lodges and only carry small amounts of cash. Wear as little jewelry as possible, if any, and never leave valuables on show in an unattended car or tour bus. Taking photographs at airports, near military installations, of policemen, the President, the national flag, the State House, state lodges, soldiers, prisons and prisoners etc., is prohibited. Before photographing local people, permission should be obtained and a fixed price agreed. Seek the assistance of your driver/guide in this matter.
Hotel check in / Check out
The standard check-out time is 10.00 hrs hence rooms may not normally be ready for occupancy until 12.00 hrs. Should an early arrival be anticipated, please reserve rooms from the preceding night. Day rooms up to 18.00 hrs are usually available.
Hotel's bill payment 
Most hotels expect visitors to pay in convertible foreign currency, such as US dollars. However, in some establishments, visitors may have the option to pay in Kenya shillings in Kenya or credit card if this method is preferred.
Clothing / dress code
Safari clothing should be casual and comfortable. Cotton slacks and shirts, with skirts and culottes for ladies and a light sweater or jacket, during the day. Evening wear in game lodges and safari camps can be very casual. In the more sophisticated clubs and hotels gentlemen will be required to wear a jacket and possibly a tie, while ladies should dress rather more formally. At high altitudes, where early mornings and evenings can be very chilly, warm sweaters, socks and comfortable shoes are recommended. Pack some lotion, swimwear (to be reserved for the beach and pool only), a small first aid kit, a flashlight and an alarm clock. Local customs and modesty should be respected.
Most hotels, game lodges and safari camps offer a 24-hour inexpensive laundry service.
Telephone services
Telkom Kenya provides advanced telecommunication services that include voice data, internet, and multimedia, whilst cellular mobile services are provided by safaricom and kencell communications. Faxes, telexes and emails can be sent from your hotel via the operator. international calls can sometimes be dialed direct or operator assisted by dialing 0195 or 0916. Telkom Kenya also run a few international public assisted call offices in selected areas in major towns.

Public pay phones are fully automated. Simply pick up the handset and follow the digitalized prompts on the screen to make your call. Card and coin phones are available. Phone cards of different denominations may be bought from post offices or international call offices in major towns. You can also make use of hotel phones but the charges are usually 100% more. Local dialed calls cost a minimum of KSH 5.00, so have plenty of change.