19 Tips to Choose the Best Kenyan Tour Package

On Safaribookings website alone, there are over 1,000 safari packages offered by hundreds or registered tour operators. When I went through the list, I was surprised at how Safarigoers are able to distinguish between the various packages.

First, what’s a safari package?

It’s a combination of services that can include accommodation, transportation to and from the park, meals, drinks, guided tours, ranger fees, and activities. A package, therefore, gives you an all-inclusive fee that covers all of these services.

An all-inclusive package is preferable as it helps travelers plan for a hassle-free vacation while also giving you discounts where you would otherwise pay for each service separately.

Types of packages available in Kenya:

• A family-friendly safari package

• Couples’ romantic getaway packages

• Budget-friendly backpacking trips

• Luxury or mid-range glamping experiences

• Adventure and extreme sports activities

• Wildlife photography safaris

19 Tips to Consider when choosing the best safari package in Kenya:

  1. Research and Decide on the experience you want: It’s important to decide on the type of experience you want. Do you want an adventure-filled safari? A romantic getaway? A luxury camping experience? Research what different parks and tour operators have to offer before choosing a package.
  2. Choose an experienced Operator: Choosing an experienced operator works in your favor as they are more likely to provide good quality services. Check their reviews online or ask friends and family who have had a good experience with the particular operator you’re considering.
  3. Check what’s included: Before choosing, check what’s included in the package. Does it include ranger fees? Drinks? Transportation? Accommodation? Knowing exactly what is covered in each package can be helpful in choosing the best safari package for you.
  4. Check on the duration: Most packages have a minimum number of days, but some may be longer than others. Decide how long you want your trip to be before making a decision.
  5. Compare prices: Compare prices of different packages offered by different tour operators before settling on one that fits your budget.
  6. Read reviews: Reading reviews from other travelers is a great way of finding out what past customers think of the package you’re considering.
  7. Check the type of accommodation: Depending on your budget, you can choose to stay in luxury lodges or mid-range tented camps. Be sure to read up on ratings and reviews given by previous guests to ensure that you get the best experience.
  8. Check the meals: Some packages include all meals while others don’t; it’s important to check what type of meals are included and whether vegetarians or vegans will get enough options.
  9. Compare flight rates: Depending on where you’re flying from, compare different airlines for the best flight rates before booking your package.
  10. Research destinations: Choose your destination carefully. Do you want to explore a national park or a game reserve? Are there any activities that you’d like to do while on safari? Research the different parks and reserves before making a decision.
  11. Check for inclusions: Check what other inclusions come with your package such as guided tours, night game drives, and bush walks etc.
  12. Check what the operator offers for free: Items such as binoculars, bottled water and snacks are usually offered for free. Check what the operator provides so you can budget accordingly.
  13. Check whether the operator offers optional extras: Some operators may offer additional services such as balloon rides or hot air balloon safaris. If these activities are within your budget range, check if they offer these services in the package you’re considering. Check if there are any discounts or freebies that you can avail of.
  14. Check if the time is right: Depending on the season, some parks may be more crowded than others. Check when it’s best to visit each park before settling on a package.
  15. Check for any special offers: Many operators offer discounts and special offers during certain times of the year. Research online or contact the operator directly to see if any such offers exist.
  16. Check for cancellation policy: Before booking, check for the operator’s cancellation policy in case you have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
  17. Check if they allow custom requests: Some operators may allow you to customize your package to suit your needs. This could include activities such as hot air balloon rides or special meals etc.
  18. Do they allow kids?: Some operators may not allow children under a certain age on their tours. Be sure to check the policy before booking. Check if they are insured: Check to see if the operator is insured in case of any accidents or mishaps during your trip.
  19. Insurance Policy: Make sure you take out travel insurance before your trip. This will cover any medical expenses that may arise during your trip.

Following these tips and guidelines will help you to choose the best safari package in Kenya for an unforgettable holiday experience!

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