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Disclaimer

For any clients participating on our treks and expeditions, it is essential that a copy of our Disclaimer form is read and signed. You will find our Disclaimer here. Please print it out, read it, sign it prior to departure and bring it with you. Our guide will request a signed copy before setting out.

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Equipment

Wanderingnomads will provide all the relevant group equipment for the holiday. Trekkers are required to bring minimal personal equipment only. Most international airlines impose a 20kg baggage allowance (+ hand luggage of 6kg). We recommend that luggage is packed in a durable soft holdall or rucksack – rigid suitcases are especially awkward for the donkeys to carry. It will be possible to leave any items which are not required on the trek in safe storage in Nairobi.

The following is a recommended kit list:

Clothing

  • Walking sandles…must be good quality with leather or suede upper sole
  • Light weight walking boots…..again must be good quality
  • Light weight socks to suit the above
  • Trainers
  • 3no. t-shirts/base layers + 1no. outer soft shell
  • 2no. long sleeved shirts (polypropylene/cotton)
  • 1no. pair of lightweight trousers (and skirt/sarong)
  • 2no. pairs of shorts
  • Warm fleece for the evenings on the trek
  • Waterproof Jacket (light weight)
  • Sun hat or baseball cap/bandana (must provide the neck with cover)


Sleeping

  • Two season sleeping bag + ‘Thermarest’ air mattress……(Wanderingnomads can supply on request)
  • (Tents, freestanding mosquito nets and standard sleeping mats are provided by Wanderingnomads)


Other essential equipment:

  • Good quality UVA protection sunglasses
  • Head torch with spare battery/bulb (Petzl Zoom or similar)
  • Watch/Clock with alarm
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Small pocket knife e.g. Swiss Army
  • Trekking poles (entirely optional
  • Small towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal first aid kit (see guidance notes below)

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Medical information

A first aid kit will be carried by our guide at all times. This kit can be used for treating any minor injuries and illness. To cover the event of an emergency, all clients are recommended to take out a ‘Flying Doctors of East Africa’ emergency evacuation policy for the duration of the trek. In addition, a regular international worldwide travel insurance policy to cover all medical expenses and if necessary, repatriation to their home country.

We do however encourage clients to bring their own small first aid kits including the following items:

  • any glasses and/or contact lenses, solutions and spares
  • any prescription medicines, including anti-malarial drugs
  • paracetamol or aspirin and ibuprofen for a headache, fever, pain etc
  • antidiarrhoeals e.g. Imodium
  • antihistamine tablets for treating of hay fever, other allergies and itching
  • high factor sunscreen and lip salve
  • after sun/skin moisturiser
  • insect repellent (DEET or natural based)
  • a supply of antiseptic wipes and plasters
  • a general purpose course of antibiotics for treating traveller’s diarrhoea e.g. ciprofloxacin
  • any other medicines used for the treatment of particular allergies


Clients should consult with their doctor or local travel clinic regarding necessary immunisations and anti-malarial drugs for Kenya. The trek for the most part will take place in non-malarial areas, however as malaria zones will be travelled through enroute to and from the trek start and finish stages we recommend that anti-malarials are taken for the full duration. Exactly which type of malarial drug should be a decision made in consultation with a doctor or travel clinic, as some are known to have side effects for certain individuals.

Clients may have the necessary immunisations from previous holidays to remote areas and again, advice should be taken from a doctor or travel clinic as to which immunisations are necessary. Clients should consult their doctor or travel clinic at least 2 months prior to the holiday as it is far better to spread any vaccinations over a period of a few weeks.

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Travel & medical insurance

It is essential that clients are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We recommend the following insurance company: Worldwide Travel Insurances Ltd. The level of cover: “Worldwide – Super” category.

If clients choose not to take out this policy, they must ensure that the policy they do take provides an equivalent level of protection. In the event of any queries regarding the policy, please contact ourselves or the insurers directly. We will require site of the insurance policy and contact numbers before embarking on any trek, safari or expedition. Flying Doctors of East Africa emergency evacuation cover is a mandatory requirement for all our treks due to the remote areas we operate in. This policy will cover evacuation from anywhere in Kenya by plane or helicopter and will allow air evacuation as far as Nairobi, from where the Worldwide policy will be sufficient to cover further international repatriation and all additional medical and other expenses.

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Visa/Passport Information

UK , Republic of Ireland, European, Australian, New Zealand and U.S. citizens all require a tourist visa for Kenya, valid for up to 3 months. The cost is GBP 35 or Euros 50 (2006 / 2007). Other citizens should consult their nearest Kenya embassy or consulate.

There are 2 possible ways of obtaining a visa:

1) Visas may be purchased on arrival at the airport in Nairobi with cash Euros, US dollars or GBP Sterling. This is reasonably quick and easy.

2) Clients may obtain a visa by contacting the Kenya High Commission in London). This involves the following procedure:

Visas are obtained from the Kenya High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W12 4AS. The phone number is +44 (0)20 76362371 or alternatively, read the instructions and download an application form from www.kenyahighcommission.com.

We recommend that clients take photocopies of their passports and visas and other valuable documents with them while on the trek. A copy should also be left at home with a relative or friend. In the event that any documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

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Time

Kenya is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

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Currency

The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KSh) which is made up of 100 cents. Notes in circulation are KSh 1000, 500, 200, 50 and 20. US dollars, Kenya shillings and increasingly now Euros, are the most useful form of currency in Kenya. Dollars / Euros are accepted in towns and cities, however in rural areas shillings are the only method of currency. Dollars can be changed to local currency at foreign exchange bureaus and banks. There are a small selection of ATMs in Kenya and credit cards are accepted at certain places throughout the country. However, there are occasional problems with data links to Europe and certain credit cards may not work.

In respect of spending money we suggest that the equivalent of 300 Euros will be sufficient to pay for any gratuities, tips, drinks, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature. Due to the remote nature of the areas being travelled through, the only likely opportunities to change money while in Kenya will be on stop-overs in Maralal, beyond that there is nothing.

We recommend that spending money is carried in a combination of Kenya shillings cash and Euros cash which should be arranged with a bank prior to departure. A credit card is useful for emergencies and for purchasing special presents.

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Resources

The following books, maps and websites are all recommended for learning more about the region.

Guidebooks:

Lonely Planet – East Africa; Kenya; Trekking in East Africa; Watching Wildlife East Africa; Swahili Phrasebook

Travel:

  • Journey to the Jade Sea – John Hillaby
  • Where Giants Trod – Monty Brown
  • My Kenya Days – Wilfred Thesiger
  • Turkana – Nigel Pavitt
  • Samburu – Nigel Pavitt
  • Africa’s Great Rift Valley – Nigel Pavitt
  • Cradle of Mankind – Mohammed Amin
  • Wind, Sand & Silence – Victor Englebert
  • The Jade Sea – Claudio Tomatis
  • Quest for the Jade Sea – Pascal James Imperato


  • Internet Resources:

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