In private safaris, game drive hours are reasonably flexible. However, statutory restrictions on park entry/exit times(6:00 AM to 6:00 PM), daily accommodation locations, regulations on game drive durations(6 hours for Ngorongoro crater) etc, mean that game drives are possible within certain timings every day.
There will be some early starts required on some of the days, either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
Your driver guide can drive for about 9-10 hours a day. It includes both game drives and non game drive times. It can be extended by an hour on some of the days. But driver guides cannot be expected to drive for over 11-12 hours everyday as this puts too much strain on the driver, risking the safety of everyone in the vehicle.
While on game drives, restrictions that apply for game drives in each park/reserve/conservancy will be strictly adhered to.
Off Road driving is not allowed in several of the popular parks including Masai Mara, Nakuru, Amboseli, Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara & Ngorongoro.
For clients interested in doing off road driving, we suggest private conservancies around Masai Mara and other locations in Kenya.
While we try to maintain the same guide throughout the itinerary in a country, it's possible that in some itineraries(that includes flights in the middle of safari) or under some special circumstances your guide might be changed in the middle of your safari.
Safaris do not need any high fitness levels, but a general level of physical movement is required. You need to judge yourself physically fit enough to handle.
Please pay attention to the driving (transfer) times mentioned in your itinerary. These are rough estimates. Due to weather/road conditions there may be times when we have to take an alternative route which will mean longer travel times.
If transfer times are not mentioned to you, please request your sales consultant for the same.
If you have any problems or confusion with guide about game drives schedule please let your briefing manager know at the earliest so that they can discuss with guide and resolve
Last updated on August 21, 2019.