BEST TIME FOR SAFARI

Jan-March, June-Oct, Dec

CLIMATE

Sub-tropical

TIME ZONE

ET +3 Hours

FLIGHTS

Arusha (JRO), Dar-es-Salaam (DAR)

Inkawu African Expeditions is dedicated to providing one of the best wilderness experiences in Africa.
What makes us truly outstanding is our highly personalised service and dedicated guides that leave a positive lasting impression; it is our passion to help you create your safari experience of a lifetime.

We are a close group of individuals with a deep love of the African bush and a dedication to sharing it with others. We have a superb team of safari guides, many of whom have over 15 years of experience. Their knowledge and dedication is a major part of what Inkawu African Expeditions is about.
Your Inkawu African Expeditions safari is not complete without that extra, something…
the unexpected experience which makes it unique and unforgettable.
At Inkawu African Expeditions we specialize in creating one-of-a-kind adventures. We know that no safari is complete without a truly special or unexpected experience to make your trip unique and unforgettable.
All our safaris are tailor made to your needs and group size.
Choose from our sample safaris; from the Unesco Heritage sites to the yearly Migration of the Wildebeest; from Chimp tracking to unspoiled bush; from The Roof of Africa to the pure delights of Zanzibar Island or we can help you to create your own Luxury Private Island experience.

LET US CREATE YOUR SAFARI DREAM

THE TEAM  At Inkawu African Expeditions we take pride in creating some of the most unforgettable wilderness experiences in Africa.
Our personal service and outstanding guidance leaves a lasting impression.

INKAWU GUIDES

Your guide is the single most important component of a safari experience. They protect and keep you from harm’s way. Our guides provide extensive knowledge and experience; they are able to understand, anticipate and explain animal behavior, while showing you the rhythms of the bush.
SAFARI VEHICLES
TRAVEL INFORMATION

INKAWU SAFARI VEHICLES

We have vehicles that are specifically configured for wildlife photography. Our 4x4 Land Cruisers with fully opening side windows enable photographers to capture scenes from every angle. All vehicles have pop-up roofs or opening roof-hatches so that photographers can stand and shoot from the top when needed. We supply bean bag chairs so guests do not have to bring their own seating, unless they prefer to do so.

OUR SAFARI VEHICLES PROVIDE EXCELLENT GAME VIEWING

- Modified 4x4 Land Cruisers and other 4x4 open vehicles that allow for optimal game viewing
- All vehicles are designed and modified for extra comfort, featuring high-backed, cushioned seats, armrests and map pockets
- Extra large windows, pop-up roof, built-in fridge
- Wide-range radio system with power sockets, binoculars picnic basket meals, and table and chairs for eating
- Animal and bird books, various maps of the National Parks

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN AN INKAWU AFRICAN EXPEDITION SAFARI?

A safari with Inkawu African Expedition offers visitors the opportunity to visit a number of camps in prime locations of the East African bush, discover insights into the environment with a highly professional local guide, as well as an unparalleled viewing of African wildlife, including the Great Wildebeest Migration and the famed Big 5. In addition, daily game drives are included, as well as your selection of the many optional activities offered by the camp you stay at. All meals are provided during your safari but we ask that you supply your own beverages.

TYPES OF SAFARIS

A safari with Inkawu African Expedition is not a one-size-fits-all experience. A safari experience will be created to suit you depending on your interests and desires, and the time of year you wish to visit. We can accommodate small or large groups, and can cater the experience to your desire, whether you are seeking a romantic and intimate safari, or a more adventurous experience. For families, some of our camps cater specifically to creating a magical experience for all ages. In addition, Inkawu African Expedition also offers guests the opportunity to combine an authentic bush safari with an idyllic island escape on Zanzibar Island.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO ON SAFARI?

Inkawu African Expedition’s Chaka Camps are ideally situated for access to the incredible wildlife of East Africa, as well as the beauty and serenity of the landscapes. Our safari holidays offer unparalleled and unforgettable wildlife experiences, such as the Great Migration, the Big 5, birding and more. In addition to daily game drives, we can also guide you through some of the best that East Africa has to offer such as, climbing Kilimanjaro, hot-air ballooning, walking safaris, meaningful cultural experiences and relaxing on the beach, just to name a few.

IS IT SAFE TO GO ON SAFARI?

It is absolutely safe to go on safari with the right guides. Inkawu African Expedition has operated camps in East Africa for many years and has maintained an exemplary safety record over this time. Our safety practices and procedures are not only effective in managing emergencies but also in preventing any unsafe situations from occurring both within the camps and outside in the bush.It is absolutely safe to go on safari with the right guides. Inkawu African Expedition has operated camps in East Africa for many years and has maintained an exemplary safety record over this time. Our safety practices and procedures are not only effective in managing emergencies but also in preventing any unsafe situations from occurring both within the camps and outside in the bush.
Our guests are safeguarded by 24-hour Askaari security who keeps a lookout for animals, escorts guests when necessary, and through their presence, helps to keep the animals away from the camp area.Our guests are safeguarded by 24-hour Askaari security who keeps a lookout for animals, escorts guests when necessary, and through their presence, helps to keep the animals away from the camp area.
Additionally, our camps maintain strict operational safety protocols, which all guests are briefed on upon arrival. In the unlikely event that a medical situation does occur, we have 24-hour medical backup available with offices in all our operating countries to help ensure our guests safety in case of an emergency.

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN ALONG ON SAFARI?

Without question, you may bring your children on safari! Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural experiences, memorable wildlife sightings, and the opportunity to learn more about nature.Without question, you may bring your children on safari! Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural experiences, memorable wildlife sightings, and the opportunity to learn more about nature.
It is worth noting that unfortunately, some of our camps cannot accommodate children under the age of 5. Feel free to get in touch with us to confirm which camps are suitable for smaller children.

WHAT HAPPENS ON A GAME DRIVE?

Game drives are an integral part of any safari. You will head out into the wilderness with your trained and knowledgeable guide in one of our specialized vehicles. We have both closed and open-sided vehicles and try to have no more than six guests in one vehicle, so everyone is guaranteed a window seat for the best view of the action. Our vehicles also have the added benefit of charging stations to ensure your gadgetry is never at a loss, and a cooler to ensure you will have a cold beverage or two along the way.

CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO

GUIDES AND PORTERS

We partner with many highly trained professionals for the best possible experience. Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals about 150 people, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides and cooks began their careers with us as porters and have been part of our team since we started in 2004.We partner with many highly trained professionals for the best possible experience. Our passionate and highly trained mountain crew totals about 150 people, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters. Many of our guides and cooks began their careers with us as porters and have been part of our team since we started in 2004.Our mountain guides each have a minimum seven years’ experience hiking Kilimanjaro, while most of our porters, assistant guides, and cooks have been climbing for at least five years. Inkawu's chief guides and most assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder certified. Many of our cooks and porters have first aid training.Our mountain guides each have a minimum seven years’ experience hiking Kilimanjaro, while most of our porters, assistant guides, and cooks have been climbing for at least five years. Inkawu's chief guides and most assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder certified. Many of our cooks and porters have first aid training.During a Kilimanjaro climb, clients hike with at least one head guide, an assistant guide, a cook and several porters.

Partner Requirements:
In order to qualify as a partner, Inkawu must adhere to the following porter treatment guidelines on Kilimanjaro:

• Wages - 15,000 Tanzanian shillings (Tsh) per day.
• Inkawu’s porter wage is 16,500 Tsh per day for all routes. Some porters performing extra duties receive a supplement on top of this wage.
• Loads should not exceed 20 kilos.
• Porters receive the full amount of tip intended for them – we employ a transparent tipping procedure in which each crew-member receives their tip directly.
• Porters receive three adequate meals per day.
• Porters have proper shelter and sleeping equipment - each porter is required to have a sleeping bag and adequate space in sleeping quarters.
• Number of crew should stay consistent throughout the trip - porters should not be overloaded in order to send other crew down early.
• Sick or injured porters are properly cared for - an ailing porter should receive the same treatment provided for a sick climber.

GETTING READY TO CLIMB - PACKING LIST

Suggested detailed Packing List: Clothing, Gear, and Personal Items
• Waterproof hiking boots - 1
• Tennis shoes or light hikers - 1
• Wool or polypro socks - medium/heavyweight - 5
• Polypro shirt, sock liners - 2 of each
• Polypro long underwear (top & bottom) 2
• Hiking shorts – 2
• Hiking pants/fleece pants - 1 of each
• Wool or fleece sweater/pull-over - 3
• Water/wind-proof (Goretex) shell jacket - 1
• Insulated rain/wind (Goretex) climbing pants - 1
• Wool or fleece gloves - medium weight - 1
• Wind/waterproof gloves - heavy weight - 1
• Wool or synthetic stocking cap - windproof - 1
• Sun hat - 1 balaclava - 1
• Gaiters - 1 sunglasses - 1
• Walking stick - 1 pair
• Expedition pack or duffel bag - 1
• Daypack - 1
• Sleeping bag (rated to 0 F) - 1
• Headlamp & spare bulb - 1
• Camp towel - 1
• Pocket knife - 1
• 1 litre water bottle - 4
• Sunblock (30+SPF), sunblock lip balm & hand cream - 1
• Large plastic garbage bags and ziploc storage bags of various sizes - 1
• Lightweight toilet articles - toothbrush & paste, floss, hand and face cleansers - 1
• Extra batteries - 6
• Travel wallet - 1
• Camera - 1
• Energy bars, electrolyte powder & snacks (energy gel/gu is best for summit day) 2 per day

WHAT SHOULD BE IN MY FIRST AID KIT

• Cipro (GI, general antibiotic) - 1 dose
• Diamox (altitude) - doses headache medicine (Ibuprofen) - as needed
• Imodium (diarrhea medicine) - as needed
• Pepto or Antacid (Rolaids) rolls (stomach acid medicine) - as needed
• Flu/sinus medicine - as needed? Neosporin (cuts) - as needed
• Band-Aids - as needed
• Moleskin for blisters - at least 3 sheets
  
Note:
Please note that you may need to alter the quantity of items listed on the packing list based on the length of your trip.Please note that you may need to alter the quantity of items listed on the packing list based on the length of your trip. As Kilimanjaro, can be rainy, please carry waterproof jacket and pants in your daypack. Good waterproof hiking shoes are necessary for each day of hiking and, most importantly, the final summit day.As Kilimanjaro, can be rainy, please carry waterproof jacket and pants in your daypack. Good waterproof hiking shoes are necessary for each day of hiking and, most importantly, the final summit day. We place your gear bag in a waterproof bag after you arrive at the gate. We recommend packing your sleeping bag and clothing inside plastic bags in case of heavy downpours.We place your gear bag in a waterproof bag after you arrive at the gate. We recommend packing your sleeping bag and clothing inside plastic bags in case of heavy downpours.Porters will walk ahead of you on the trail. The same porter will carry your bag each day and will place it in your tent's vestibule. Your tents will already be set up when you arrive at camp, but you will unpack your own gear bag. For Mount Meru, you will receive your gear bag when you arrive at the rest station. In addition to your gear bag, please pack a daypack to carry during the hike each day. We recommend carrying the following items in your daypack:
• Rain gear
• 2-4 liters of water
• Camera
• Lunch
• Extra fleece jacket
• Passport and money
 
If you usually drink a lot of water while hiking, we recommend carrying 4 liters in your daypack. You will not have access to the luggage carried by the porter until you reach the camp/hut each evening. Be sure your daypack has a waist strap and good back and shoulder support.

ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN TANZANIA?

All prices are for the duration of the climb. Mountaineering sleeping tents, mattresses and pillows are included in the price of your climb – dining tent as well as tables and chairs are also provided.
• 0 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag: $35 each
• Insulated jacket or Shell/insulated layer combination: $30 each
• Walking stick (pair): $35 each
• Jackets and pants: $15 each item
• Hats, gloves, gaiters and balaclava: $10 each item

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

Inkawu uses high-end mountaineering equipment to ensure that you are comfortable and warm during your Kilimanjaro climb. Tents are rated for use in harsh environments with sub-zero temperatures and strong winds. 
 Tents and Sleeping Equipment
• Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1
• North Face Summit Series tents including VE25, Mountain 25 and Mountain and Him 35
• Cold weather sleeping mattresses (foam)
• Marmot Lair 8 and North Face Dome 5 & 8 Mountaineering Mess Tents
• Hot water bottles for your tent at night
• Toilet tent
• Shower tent available for an additional fee 
(Note: We use three man tents for every two guests.)
 
Camp Equipment
•Tables and chairs with backs
•Toilet tent
•First Need water filters
•Staff tents
•All kitchen items necessary for the climb
 
In addition to the items above which are included on the climb, it is also possible to rent a shower tent for USD 350 per group.  Our equipment is carefully checked and cleaned after every climb and replaced regularly.  During the climb, Inkawu porters will transport your gear as well as the food and equipment from camp to camp. We use large waterproof bags to store your personal gear and our equipment to protect it from the rainy weather on the mountain. It is not necessary for you to purchase an expedition pack for the climb; a soft sided duffel bag without wheels is sufficient.

SAFETY & RESCUE

Inkawu takes safety seriously, all our staff are highly trained. We employ Wilderness First Responder Certified guides, and first aid certified porters.

Our guides have a wealth of experience on the mountain and are equipped with:
• First aid kit 
• Pulse oximeter 
• Two way radios 
• Portable altitude chamber on Crater Camp ascents
Although Inkawu's head guides carry first aid kits, we recommend carrying your own first aid kit with essential items such as topical antibiotic, bandages, moleskin and prescription medicines.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET

Tanzania uses 220V and if you are bringing 110V appliances you will need an adapter as well as the proper plug configuration. Most Tanzanian outlets accommodate three prong UK style plugs.Tanzania uses 220V and if you are bringing 110V appliances you will need an adapter as well as the proper plug configuration. Most Tanzanian outlets accommodate three prong UK style plugs. Most calls in Tanzania are made using mobile phones. Calls outside Tanzania cost around USD 0.50 per minute. There is limited cell phone coverage in the national parks.Most calls in Tanzania are made using mobile phones. Calls outside Tanzania cost around USD 0.50 per minute. There is limited cell phone coverage in the national parks.
The Internet can be accessed from any city in Tanzania. The connections are relatively fast and cheap ($1.00 per hour), and there are many internet cafes. You will not have access to the internet while on Kilimanjaro although you can get cell phone reception in some areas. WIFI is available at some safari lodges.

LUGGAGE AND CLOTHING

We recommend bringing soft-bags to Tanzania. Domestic flights departing from the national parks allow only 15kg of baggage per person and the bag must be soft and relatively compact. Roller duffels are okay. For Kilimanjaro, please bring a large backpack or duffel (no wheels) in which to pack your gear for the porter to carry. We put all bags inside larger rainproof bags so it is not necessary to buy a large backpack - a duffel is perfectly fine.We recommend bringing clothing that is easy to hand wash and air dry. Most camps and lodges in Tanzania hand-wash and then line-dry clothing. Although the sun is hot, and even heavy items dry quickly, it is important to pack clothes that can withstand sometimes rough hand washing. We recommend washing clothes when you have at least two consecutive nights in one location.

WHAT ARE MEALS LIKE ON SAFARI?

Meals on safari feature wholesome homemade dishes with a hint of local flavour. We take great pride in growing our own fresh, organic produce wherever possible and supporting local communities.Meals on safari feature wholesome homemade dishes with a hint of local flavour. We take great pride in growing our own fresh, organic produce wherever possible and supporting local communities. Our camp chefs are able to cater to any dietary requirements with advance notice, including preparing gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and halaal meals.Lunch is usually a buffet featuring fresh salads and meaty mains, while dinner is a 3-course meal served beneath the stars. Dishes feature beef, chicken or fish, and wholesome organic produce with a hint of local spices and flavours.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

CAN I STILL GO ON SAFARI IF I HAVE SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS?

A safari can be suitable for a wide range of ages and physical conditions. With advanced notice, our guides are trained in first aid/rescue and camps are capable of catering to certain special requirements, so it’s best to advise your travel specialist early on in your booking process.

ARE SAFARIS SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS?

Some of our camps are accessible by wheelchair. It’s best to chat with your consultant as they will be able to advise which  accommodations are most suitable.

MONEY ISSUES

TIPPING SAFARI

Gratuities in the Tanzanian tourism industry generally follow the North American system. Tourists are expected to tip their safari staff and staff working at most restaurants and hotels. The following information provides a guide to tipping while on safari. The information is a collection of tipping recommendations from guidebooks as well as our company’s experience with tipping in Tanzania.
Please remember that all Inkawu African Expedition staff members are paid and no one relies on tips as a substitute for wages. As with any tipping situation, if you enjoy your experience, give a generous tip. If you do not enjoy your experience, adjust the tip accordingly.

RECOMMENDED SAFARI STAFF TIPS

Driver/Guide: US $8 – US $25 per day per guide 
Chef: US $8 – US $25 per day per chef (adventure camping safari only)
Please tip equally between Inkawu African Expedition staff members.

Please note that the tip is per guide per day, not per traveler per day. For example, if you are in a group of four travelers that would like to tip the driver $20/day, each traveler would contribute $5/day to the tip kitty. The guide’s total tip at the end of a seven-day safari would be US $140. It is best to tip at the end of the safari.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS

Tips are expected at high-end luxury hotels and lodges. While tips are also expected at moderately priced safari lodges, not all patrons tip. Tips are not expected at restaurants and hotels frequented by locals. Most tourist lodges and hotels will have tip boxes at the reception desk. You can tip hotel staff individually, place a tip for all hotel staff in the tip box, or do both. Tips can be made in local currency, USD, Euros, or Sterling.

RECOMMENDED MOUNTAIN STAFF TIPS

Generally, you should budget between 10% and 15% of your total climb cost for tips. If you are traveling in a small group, you should contribute more per person to the tip kitty. We provide a list of your crew as well as jobs performed on the day you begin your climb. Please use this list to allocate tips. Tips are generally distributed at the last camp or hut on Kilimanjaro and Meru. We recommend giving each staff person their own tip. If you are part of a large group, you may also call a few people at a time to distribute tips.
Head Guide: US $15 – US $30 per day per guide
Assistant Guide: US $10 – US $20 per day per guide 
Cook: US $8 – US $12 per day per cook
Porter: US $4 – US $10 per day per porter
Some porters perform extra jobs such as toilet cleaner, camp crew and waiting. Please tip these porters a bit more than porters who do not have additional jobs.
Please note that the tip amounts listed for safari and Kilimanjaro are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on safari, they should each contribute $5/day if they want to tip the driver $20/day.

ATM AND CREDIT CARDS IN TANZANIA

You can withdraw Tanzanian shillings using a Visa/MasterCard in Arusha. Upscale hotels and safari lodges generally accept credit cards but charge a commission to do so. Please call your credit card company before you depart to Tanzania to notify them of your travel plans. Some companies will put a block on your card if you try to use it at a Tanzanian ATM. Please note that you usually need to have a four digit PIN to use your ATM/credit card at a Tanzanian ATM.

PAYING IN LOCAL OR FOREIGN CURRENCY

We recommend changing some money to shillings for small purchases during your trip. Local stores and restaurants charge in shillings, and if you pay in dollars you will pay a higher rate. At souvenir stores in Arusha town, we recommend paying in shillings as the price is usually lower. Any shillings that you have leftover can be used to tip staff during your trip. Be sure to carry small notes in whatever currency you choose to use as sometimes it is difficult to get change on safari.

TRAVELERS CHECKS

We do not recommend bringing travelers checks to Tanzania as few banks accept them and the rate is lower than the rate for cash. We recommend bringing some USD cash and using an ATM/credit card to withdraw shillings. ATMs are available in all major Tanzanian cities.

OLD USD NOTES

Your USD notes will need to be year 2002 or newer for mainland Tanzania and we recommend year 2006 or newer for Zanzibar.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

GETTING TO TANZANIA BY PLANE

If traveling from North America or Europe, we recommend flying KLM to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Although KLM is more expensive than other airlines, it is the most direct way to get to Northern Tanzania. Other airlines that now fly to Kilimanjaro include Ethiopian, Swiss Air and Qatar Airways. Other airlines are planning to add Kilimanjaro to their flight plans so check with your travel agent or online for other options.Those flying from Asia or Australia usually fly Emirates or Qatar to Kilimanjaro, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam.Those flying from Asia or Australia usually fly Emirates or Qatar to Kilimanjaro, Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. Most international carriers fly to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam for cheaper fares than airlines landing at Kilimanjaro. Nairobi is a 1-hour flight or 5-hour drive from Arusha/Kilimanjaro. Dar es Salaam is a 1.5-hour flight or 10-hour drive from Arusha.Kilimanjaro Airport is a 1-hour drive from Arusha. If planning a visit to Zanzibar or other coastal destinations in Tanzania, consider flying roundtrip to Dar es Salaam and then flying to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airports for your safari and climb. Precision Air flies many domestic routes (including Nairobi) and their flights can now be booked online at Precision Air.

WE CAN HELP

Inkawu African Expeditions books East Africa travel including flights and shuttles between Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Tickets will be e-mailed to you; or we will give you an e-ticket number with which to collect your tickets at the airport. We find that the cheapest fares for international flights are usually found online. Airport taxes are included in the price of most internal Tanzania flights.

GETTING TO ZANZIBAR?

If going to Zanzibar after your safari, we recommend flying from the Serengeti to Zanzibar. Although this flight is more expensive than the Arusha to Zanzibar flight, you avoid twelve hours of driving over rough terrain by flying directly from the Serengeti. It is also a great way to see this vast ecosystem from the air. If visiting Zanzibar after a Kilimanjaro trek, we recommend flying from either Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airports. Inkawu African Expeditions can arrange domestic flights.

PURCHASING A VISA

Most nationalities can purchase a tourist visa at the port of entry. If you plan to purchase Tanzanian visas at the airport or border, please bring USD 50/person (USD 100/person for US and Irish citizens). A short arrival form is completed when entering the country, but no passport photos or documentation other than your passport and Yellow Fever card are necessary to purchase a visa.Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Also, you will need at least one blank page in your passport (the back page does not count). Please check with your local Tanzanian embassy to make sure you can obtain a visa on arrival.

TRAVELING ALONE

If you would like to travel solo, we post open trips on the itinerary page of our website. Group rates are applied to individuals who join open safaris.

HEALTH & IMMUNIZATION

HEALTH INSURANCE & IMMUNIZATIONS

We provide Flying Doctors (AMREF) emergency evacuation insurance for our clients. You will be evacuated from Tanzania to Nairobi in case of emergency. You will need a separate insurance policy to cover medical costs once in Nairobi.
For current immunization recommendations and requirements for travel to Tanzania, please check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site.
Please refer to our Altitude Sickness information page for climbing Kilimanjaro and Meru.
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