* When to go
* Budget
* Number of Travelers
* Travel Times
* Accommodations
* Meals
* Vehicles
* Custom Safaris
* Security

Below you will find a FAQ with answers to frequent safari planning questions. And if you don't find the answer to your question there, just ask us at

When to Go and Other Important Dates

How many days would you recommend for a safari?

It largely depends on budget and available travel time. The shortest programs we arrange are three days / three nights. Anything shorter is a blur. Our most popular programs are seven or eight days. They include

When is the best time of year to go on safari?

Kenya and Tanzania are great year-round destinations. July through August and the month of December are the busiest times in Kenya and Tanzania. Lodges and parks can be crowded with tourists and reservations often must be made six, eight, even nine months in advance. July and August also happen to be the best time to catch the wildebeest in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Read more: Planning Your Safari
  • How to Book
  • Deposits, Due Dates, Special Rates
  • Cancellations
  • Air Travel
  • Travel Insurance

So, you have settled on a few destinations, and you have decided on a safari to take you there Now what?

How to Book your safari

After we have made a decision, what are the next steps in formalizing our booking or confirming our trip?

Deposits, Balance Due Dates, Special Rates

How much is required to reserve my safari?
Upon confirmation, a deposit of 40% of the total is required. However, full payment is required if your safari is less than 90 days away.

Your contract for arrangements for services will become binding on receiving 40% deposit after which we shall issue a confirmation invoice. The balance must be received 30 days before the commencement of the safari. Payment in full is required where bookings are made less than 15 days before the safari begins.

Read more: Booking Your Safari

You have booked your safari, made airline arrangements, and your departure date is fast approaching. There are just a few more things to take care of.

Packing Lists and Visas and Departure Taxes

What should I pack?

When you book with Joyland Safaris, we will provide a detailed list of what to bring and what to leave behind. Briefly, do bring comfortable, mild temperature clothing (it is not as hot in East Africa as many people imagine) and comfortable shoes. Do not bring jewelry or anything else you would really miss if lost.

Will Joyland Safaris provide information about the people, places, and wildlife I'm likely to meet?

We certainly will. After your trip is confirmed, we will forward information on local customs, safari etiquette, the local flora and fauna, and more.

Do I require a passport to enter Kenya or Tanzania?

Yes, all travelers to Kenya or Tanzania must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the re-entry date into the USA.

Read more: Getting ready to go
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