Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
There are a lot of questions that come with planning an African Safari. Here are a few that are presented the most to Flyga Twiga. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions which are not answered below. Happy Day! Safe Safari!
How much money does a Safari cost?
This is by far the first and most often asked question. That said, it only produces more questions! The answer is simple - it depends on what you want to see, what time of year you wish to travel, how long you wish to travel, how many are traveling with you and in what types of camps or lodges you wish to stay.
This is actually a fun and exciting part of the Safari. Ask yourself, what is your dream Safari? Have you longed for seeing the “Great Migration” since you were a child and saw it for the first time on TV or in an adventure magazine? Did you See Gorillas in the Mist, and determine to see the few and elusive Mountain Gorillas?
What preparations are necessary for a Safari and what should I pack?
There are many preparations which need to be made in advance of a Safari. I have a detailed section of my website dedicated to this, you can click here for a suggested list. Please note, your individual travel needs may vary from this list.
How safe is a Safari?
One of the reasons our motto is “Happy Day! Safe Safari!” is that all of the Flyga Twiga partners have been selected for their dedication to safety and security of clients on Safari. Click here for a more detailed overview of Flyga Twiga’s security and safety standards.
What are the high and low seasons?
Each country has its own “High and Low Seasons” which are dependent on weather, the movement of animals, and tourist vacation time preferences. Why this is important information is that, as might be expected, the seasons offer different rates for Safari.
As with all aspects of a great journey:
Planning + knowledge = an awesome Safari!
July 1st through October 31st and December 1st through March 31st
April 1st through June 30th and November 1st through November 30th
Kenya has clear, distinct high and low seasons, based primarily on “The Great Migration” as well as vacation season preferences of Europeans, Asians and the Kenyan Citizens themselves.
What does this mean for you and your Kenyan Safari? The Low Season offers exceptional bargains in Kenya. Without an intense “Monsoon” or rainy season, Kenyan Safaris, as well as other outdoor activities, such as golfing and fishing, can be enjoyed year round.
December 1st through March 31st and June 1st through October 31st
All of November
All of April and May
Much like Kenya, Tanzania has its high season partly during “The Great Migration.” If you look closely at the two country’s dates, you can see how the migration moves from one country to the other, shifting the High Season dates.
In Tanzania, the weather plays a key role in tourism and Safaris. The rains make roads muddy and boggy. If you are interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, the low season is extremely uncomfortable for climbing.
Uganda & Rwanda:
January through February, and all the months of June, July, August, September and October
The entire months of March, April, May, October, November and December as low seasons for both Uganda and Rwanda.
South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere. And as such, the seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere.
When planning a Safari in South Africa, everyone has a favorite season. For example, some find Safaris during the Southern African Winter provide better opportunities for close-up, black and white photography. Others prefer Summer when animals are more on the move.
South African "Seasons" revolve around School & Public Holidays, with November & December filling-up quickly.
SA School Terms
Province Holiday starts Holiday ends
All 2017-12-07 2018-01-16
All 2018-03-29 2018-04-09
All 2018-06-23 2018-07-16
All 2018-09-29 2018-10-08
All 2018-12-13 2019-01-08
SA Public Holidays
2018-01-01: New Year's Day
2018-03-21: Human Rights Day
2018-03-30: Good Friday
2018-04-02: Family Day
2018-04-27: Freedom Day
2018-04-30: School Holiday
2018-05-01: Labour Day
2018-06-16: Youth Day
2018-08-09: National Women's Day
2018-08-10: School Holiday
2018-09-24: Heritage Day
2018-12-16: Day Of Reconciliation
2018-12-17: Public Holiday
2018-12-25: Christmas Day
2018-12-26: Day Of Goodwill
*Please note for all of East and Southern Africa, the Lodges and Parks fill well in advance for Christmas Holidays and the following New Year’s Celebrations.