What are the steps to booking a safari at Red Rhino Adventures?
STEP 1: Fill out and send the RRA Contact Information Form
STEP 2: Make the $500 per person deposit (completely refundable up to 120 days before the safari)
STEP 3: Fill out the Registration Form and Terms and Conditions Contract Forms.
STEP 4: We’ll do the rest to help keep the stress away from you and making this the greatest travel experience possible from start to finish!
What is different about Red Rhino Adventures from other safari companies?
At the core of Red Rhino Adventures is our commitment to making your safari experience an adventure of a lifetime. Great care goes into the planning of your adventure so that your experience on safari is free from the stress you are leaving behind in your world. As experienced travelers to Africa ourselves, and having sent hundreds of people on safari, we know that going to Africa is a lifelong dream for our clients and we take this seriously making sure we meet expectations. We offer exceptional and personalized service from start to finish and treat you to a level of care that truly stands out in the industry–ask any of our clients!
Our itineraries are varied and arranged to enable you to experience the “real” Africa. We offer you a personal encounter while putting a high emphasis on safety and comfort. We can provide upon your request a list of previous Red Rhino clients who will be happy to communicate with you about what travel to Africa was like with us. We believe that travel to Africa is not just an adventure but a life-changing experience.
What are the accommodations like?
Red Rhino Adventures uses only the finest accommodations available. Our safaris cater to people who want total comfort combined with all of the romanticism of Africa in spectacular luxury lodge and deluxe tented lodge settings. We can even offer a mixture of luxury lodge and deluxe tented lodge accommodations in all of the amazing game parks of East Africa. The lodges are imaginatively built with marvelous gardens and terraces. A typical Luxury Lodge has bungalows spread across the grounds, a large central reception area, dining room, shops and an outdoor swimming pool. Each room has twin beads and private bathroom with western flush toilet and shower/bath. Our “Exclusive Safaris” are ultra-luxurious and there is an additional emphasis on privacy.
What is the food like?
The food you will be eating is delicious and nutritious; the cuisine is first-rate and varied. You will eat fresh European style meals as well as offerings in South Asian and local dishes. Even children who are ‘picky’ find plenty of options to choose from. Breakfasts typically have omelets/eggs and pancakes to order, fresh fruits, cereals, and many other options. Lunches are varied and can include pasta made to order at the grill, fresh fish, rice and fresh vegetables, cheeses, and so much more. Dinner can be buffet style with a great variety of options or sit down with a set menu. Whatever the case may be, it’s hard to find better food than when you are on safari and the service and hospitality are second to none. The food is fresh, delicious, and plentiful!
Is it safe in East Africa for the western traveler?
It is a fact that traveling on safari is safer than traveling in most US cities. Of course one must be prudent but we look after you so well that you won’t have to worry about things your normally have to back at home. Parents traveling with children are surprised how safe they feel and often comment that they ‘would never let their kids run around like that at home.’ The chances of something happening is very unlikely if you follow some basic guidelines and common sense just like you do in your own home town. The areas where our safaris take place are safe and free of political strife. The people of the region are known for their friendliness, their welfare depends greatly on tourism, and the government patrols the game parks — their most treasured resource-for the safety and benefit of all.
Do I have to make my own flight arrangements?
Yes, you must locate and book your own international flight to/from Africa. Normally you will be flying through a European Transfer City (why not layover for a few days in Europe en route or on the way back from Africa since you will be landing there anyway!). For flights to Kenya and Tanzania, Amsterdam and London are the most commonly used. However, there are also flights you can connect with our of Zurich, Paris, and other European capitals. A popular alternative route is to fly to the Dubai, U.A.E., before flying on to Africa. It is very important that you make sure your air itinerary is in line with the RRA land itinerary
. For clients with air miles wanting to upgrade and fly business or first class, and have some degree of flexibility as far as the time frame and transfer destination choices, we recommend communicating with our good friends at: www.BookMyAward.com
What happens after I pay my deposit ensuring a spot on the trip?
As soon as we receive your deposit we will send you your confirmation letter and receipt. We also send you the Red Rhino Pre-Trip Information Packet which includes a list of recommended things to bring, medical precautions inventory, passport/visa requirements, and our list of other practical tips and suggestions to help ensure a successful trip. Your $500 per person deposit is fully refundable up to 120 days before the trip.
What is included in Red Rhino Adventures safari plans?
Almost all ground expenses are covered including meals, transfers, safari vehicles, internal flights, park entry fees, and luxury accommodation. The exceptions are the customary tipping of the guides, snacks and beverages, gifts, laundry and items of personal nature. International airfare is not included. With all of our programs comes our expertize, attention to detail, and great care before, during, and after every RRA tour.
What type of programs does Red Rhino offer?
Typically our clients choose from one of our Feature Tours
; however, we also have specialty safaris
(e.g., educator-led safaris, honeymoons in the wild, birding safaris, etc.) for your small or large group that tailors to your schedule and requests. We have designed our tours to present you with the very best East Africa can offer: wildlife safaris to the greatest National Parks and Reserves in Kenya and Tanzania with accommodations in some of the most picturesque and romantic Luxury Lodges and Deluxe Tented Camps of the region. We pick the right lodge or deluxe tented camp (also known as deluxe tented lodges) for the group dynamic and park you will be staying in. We are always willing to explore, with enough notice, personal interests you might have to include in your safari program.
What does it mean to be “on safari?”
The word “safari” means “journey” in Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa. The Safari is a wonderful adventure combining the amazing sights of nature with the total comfort of luxury lodges and deluxe tented camps. The typical day on safari begins with a game drive after an early breakfast. On some days you will be out for the entire day viewing wild game; on others, you will return to your lodge or tented camp before noon. After lunch you’ll then have time to relax poolside, take a nap, read, and explore the surroundings. Usually between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. you will go on another game drive lasting until dusk. In all programs we offer early sunrise drives (when most people are just getting up for breakfast) which is a unique feature of Red Rhino Adventures. On the days that you travel to new game parks, you will generally leave right after breakfast, arriving at the next lodge in time for a refreshing drink, lunch, and an afternoon game drive. Being on safari also has a rugged side: the roads in the parks are dirt tracks and the ride can be very bumpy at times and the dust seems to get into everything. All told, this is a side of the experience that brings that sense of adventure that allows for great memories, personal growth, and appreciation of the comforts back at the lodge! If ‘roughing it’ a little in the bush is not something you enjoy, or if you have any severe health issues, perhaps going on safari is not for you.
What kind of animals will I see?
Nothing in nature can ever be guaranteed; however, you are sure to see most all of the animals listed in our itinerary plus many, many more. You will see animals in abundance as you’ve never seen them before– in their natural setting and roaming free, just as they have for millions of years. On top of everyone’s list is the “Big Five”: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Cape buffalo and Leopard. You will encounter Wildebeest, Zebra, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelle, Giraffe, Baboon, Hippo, Warthog, and the list goes on… The bird life is fantastic. You will witness the greatest profusion of animal, bird, and plant life on earth. With the demographic pressures on ecosystems and habitats, and with poaching an ever present and growing problem, there is no time like the present to see the animals in their natural environments.
What is the “Great Migration” and when does it take place?
The “Great Wildebeest Migration” is the awe-inspiring movement of millions of wildebeest and zebra across Tanzania’s Serengeti plains into the Masai Mara Game Reserve of Kenya, from late June through early October. Tanzania’s annual migration occurs March through May and October through November. In Tanzania, one can expect to see the herd in the southern Serengeti during December – April and in the northern Serengeti during June. Whether you witness the actual migration or not, the animals on the Serengeti Plains in both Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve are prolific throughout the year.
Is there some kind of age limit to this kind of adventure?
There is not an age limit except that some of the lodges require that children be at least eight years old (although if you have younger kids we will pick the appropriate lodge). We ask that you are young in spirit. You do need to be open-minded, flexible, and adaptable to new experiences–no matter what your age is. Although we plan each safari to limit the overland driving between destinations, it is impossible to get away from rough and rugged roads. Like so many other things in life, attitude is everything.
What are the chances that I will get sick on the trip?
There is an inherent health risk when traveling in the developing world. Please carefully read our terms and conditions policy. There are certain things you can do to minimize your chances of getting ill by following some common sense guidelines. Faithfully taking your malaria pills, drinking only bottled water (provided on all safaris), and following our health-tip guidelines will all give you a better chance of remaining healthy. Check with your physician to ensure you are healthy and able to make the journey–no matter what the long flights to Africa and back can be difficult on the body. Traveler’s Health Insurance is strongly recommended.
What inoculations do I need?
Anti-malaria medication is strongly advised, and should be taken for those going on safari. A yellow fever inoculation may be required if you travel between African countries and we suggest contacting your physician for professional advice on all vaccinations/inoculations you might need and to ensure you are in optimal health while you are on the trip.
Will there be internet and cell phone service while on safari?
At all of the lodges and deluxe tented camps we use there is either WiFi or at least internet service. A cell phone is provided for unlimited calls home and will be with your party at all times. Cell phone reception is generally very good even in the parks and reserves.
What if I have a special request for something I really want to experience/buy in Africa?
We cater to your special interests. Previous clients have gone to local schools, explored untouristed villages, taken bush walks with Masai warriors, and have had a host of other adventures. We also provide assisted shopping, packaging, and shipping of the goods you will find in the shops and colorful markets of Kenya and Tanzania.
What is the weather like in East Africa?
The temperature in East Africa is fairly moderate year round. The temperature ranges between 49 degrees and 80 degrees. The humidity is low and the mornings and evenings are refreshingly cool. Along the coast the humidity is high and thus it is much warmer than the interior. There are two rainy seasons in East Africa: the ‘long rains’ can come in April and May and the ‘short’ rains occur during and around the month of November. The coolest months are June and July when the sky is mostly overcast and nights are cool.
What is the Red Rhino Orphanage Project and can I visit or volunteer there?
The Red Rhino Orphanage Project (RROP) was founded by RRA owners Greg and Susan Traverso in 2005 and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Stockton, California. The RROP mission is to house and educate orphaned children on a long-term permanent basis at the Red Rhino Children’s Center (RRCC) we built outside of Nairobi, Kenya. We currently house, care for, and educate over twenty wonderful children who are thriving at the RRCC. At this time we do not have a formal volunteer program; however, we do on occasion accept volunteers depending on the skills they have and our needs at the time. It is possible to visit RRCC and we can arrange for a tour of the facility to see the site and learn of the history of the project firsthand. Regardless if you go to Africa or not, we need and appreciate your support. Please visit our website to learn more about the project and ways you can help! www.rrop.org