Frequently asked questions
How do we get to the Maasai Mara?
If you are pondering upon the best way to move from one national park to the other, do not worry at all. We have you covered. The holiday destinations within Kenya they can be easily accessed by road or by scheduled flights that land at different airstrips. Losokwan tented camp is easily accessible by road or regular scheduled flights that lands at Mara North airstrip or Ngerende airstrip from other parts of Kenya (both airstrips are equidistant from the camp via a short game drive).
The flight from Nairobi direct to Maasai Mara takes about 45 minutes. If you arrive into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will get your flight to Maasai mara from the nearby Wilson airport (about 40 minutes drive away). There are up to 10 flights a day with more than 5 regional airlines. Our guides will be there to meet you and transfer you to the camp. This will be your first game drive of your stay, the herds roaming freely across the land here. In fact, your pilot may even have to do a fly-by to clear milling wildlife from the airstrip.
We have 4-wheel drive Mini Vans which we use to drive the guests around from one National park to the other or within Nairobi. The mini Vans are very comfortable and air conditioned. Some roads can be pretty bad, however, where the roads are quite rough we advise/use 4 x 4 land cruisers as they are better suited for such road conditions. Driving from Nairobi to Losokwan Camp takes about 5.5 to 6 hours and you will pass through some of Kenya’s most breathtaking landscapes including the Great Rift Valley and the Mount Suswa Conservancy. GPS Coordinates are: 1°08'24.0"S 35°12'15.0"E).
We are happy to make all the transport arrangements for you!
What are the Passport and Visa requirements?
Visas are now required for most visitors to Kenya EXCEPT for Nationals of the following countries: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Cyprus, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
You may choose to get your visa arranged beforehand at Kenyan embassies, by applying online, or pay on arrival. We advise that you attain beforehand at Kenyan embassies or online as payment on arrival may be slow long process.
How do I apply for a Visa online?
As of 1st of September, 2015 Evisas can be easily obtained in three easy steps below using the new online portal; http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
1. Create an account - A single account is all you need for all your future evisa applications
2. Apply and Pay - Fill the application form and pay securely using visa or mastercard. The cost is US$50.00
3. Download - Download the evisa PDF from your evisa visitor account. Print the evisa and present it to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
Please Note: Your passport must have six months’ validity when you arrive in Kenya. The visa application may take 2 working days before approval so it is always advisable to do it in advance.
The visa is valid for three months, allowing return into Kenya from Tanzania and Uganda at no extra cost.
What is the medical advice for traveling to Kenya?
Malaria is present throughout Kenya; the Centres for disease control and prevention recommends that prophylaxis and preventative measures to be taken while travelling within the country.
However, Losokwan Camp is located in a low risk malaria area and as one of the preventative measures the tents at Losokwan Camp are designed to be mosquito proof. The tents are also equipped with mosquito and insect’s repellents.
We encourage guests to wear mosquito repellents or clothes that cover arms and legs. Regarding the yellow fever, government of Kenya requires Certificate of Inoculation as a proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever (Refer to this link for countries with yellow fever; https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow- fever#5291)
We recommend that before travelling to Kenya you consult a travel clinic or specialist travel physician for more advice. You can also visit these websites for more information; TravelHealthPro website, WHO website.
Medical evacuation and emergency
Guests travelling to Losokwan camp or booked their safari with Losokwan camp are advised to get the AMREF flying doctor’s insurance policy cover for any medical emergency evacuation by air ambulance.
Amref flying doctor’s insurance policy provide well trained/qualified physicians traveling throughout East Africa to provide medical emergencies and treatment as well as airlifting guests with their air ambulance to reliable hospitals in the major towns.
The camp staff are trained on basic first aid skills and the camp and all vehicles are equipped with first aid boxes.
Do I need a travel insurance?
We encourage our guests to travel with a copy of their valid travel insurance documents. This is a sensible precaution to cover for any unexpected medical problems, luggage any loss etc during your holiday.
Safety & Security
Guest safety is of paramount importance at Losokwan Camp. The camp is located in an area where the large predators and other dangerous animals call home. The camp is unfenced and therefore the wildlife easily roams within and around the camp.
To ensure safety and great experience to the guests the security at Losokwan camp work around the clock patrolling within and around the camp during the day and at night to monitor the movements of the animals within and around the camp premises. Guests will be briefed upon check in about security and safety.
Attacks by wild animals are very rare, however guests are urged to take utmost care and to adhere to the camp regulations/instructions. Guests are accompanied by the Askari (Maasai warrior) to and from their rooms. All guests are advised to stay in their rooms after dark and incase they need to visit the common areas there are radios in every rooms that they can use 24 hours to communicate with camp management or security who will respond immediately. There are also flash lights to use while walking around the camp during and after dark.
To ensure your safety during game drives, bush walks and bush meals, the driver guide will brief all guests on the do’s and don’ts just before the start of every activity. Adhering and complying to the instructions will ensure a safe and fun safari holiday.
Currency & Payment
The Kenyan currency is Kenya Shillings (Ksh). Approximate Exchange Rate: Kshs 136 to £1 GBP Kshs 102 to $1 US Dollar but please use XE.com for up-to-date rates.
At Losokwan camp we accept cash (in either USD, Kenya Shilling, British sterling pounds, Euros) and all major credit cards including Visa, master card, American Express and more. It is advisable to have a little bit of cash for other activities and for shopping for souvenirs during the Maasai market day or tipping of staff. Accessing an ATM machine in the Mara means travelling longer distance.
Foreign currency (mostly preferred are USD, GBP, EUR) can be easily exchanged at the major banks and Forex Bureau in major towns and cities within the country. Normal bank operation hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays and 08:30 AM to 12:30 PM on weekends.
How is the weather in Kenya?
Africa is commonly known for warm or rather hot weather. However, people often get surprised by how chilly Kenya can be more especially in the mornings and evenings. The wind can be a bit nippy during the morning and afternoon game drives. Maasai mara is in a high-altitude area which makes it a little bit colder than what most people expect more especially during the month of July – August.
Temperatures can drop to as low at 10’C at night. A pair of good closed comfortable shoes and a warm sweater/jacket will not be a bad idea to pack. However, during the day it is very warm and temperatures ranges from 20’C to 28’C.
There are two seasonal rains every year which are mainly influenced by the monsoon winds from the Indian ocean; the short rains and the long rains. The long heavy rains usually come in March/April/May. This is the time when the parks are less crowded and the prices are reasonably low. If you prefer to avoid the crowds this will be the perfect time to visits. The long rains do not really mean it is a heavy non-stop down pour, the rains normally come as a torrential downpour that can last for 20 minutes – 40 minutes before the sun comes up to dry the wet land.
Short rains are between October/November/December. June/July/August/September is dry and this coincides with the famous annual migration of wildebeest which come to enjoy the lush green grass accompanied by Zebras and other wildlife.
What to pack?
Having read the above information about the weather, I assume you now have an idea of what to pack. It is advisable to pack less for both warm and cold temperatures. Think something comfortable, less bright so that you can blend in as much as possible (we recommend safari colours; Khaki, green). White clothes are not advisable since the savannah can be a bit dusty.
Most of the airlines flying to Maasai Mara and other Nationalparks allow 15kgs of luggage in a soft bag, do not let this weight limit worry you at all. At Losokwan Camp we offer laundry services that you can make good use of.
Basically, the recommended list of what you should pack is;
- Comfortable walking shoes (especially for walking safari)
- A pair of sandals
- Light comfortable clothes
- A warm Jacket or Cardigan or Fleece
- Scarf, sunhat, sunglasses
- Personal toiletry, insect repellent, sunscreen or any allergy medicine
- Binoculars, Camera, Passport, airline tickets
- A good book to read (though we have a library at Losokwan Camp)
Food & Drink advice
There are many different restaurants and hotels in Nairobi that prepare professional and taste cuisines using Kenya’s abundant fresh produce. You can either go to a fast food restaurant or eat from the hotel.
At Losokwan Camp, it is not just about the meals but rather dining perfection. Our chefs showcase their talents by combining the abundance of Kenya’s fresh produce with the elements from our organic garden to accentuate the flavours and give you different hearty cuisines.
Our dishes range from European, Asian, African and can be enjoyed in the dining area or served outside in a lovely conversation friendly setting. The meals are complemented by a wide variety of fine wines or Kenyan rich coffee that can be served in the lounge area as you enjoy the spectacular views of Lemek plains.
We advise that you only drink bottled water whilst in Kenya. We will provide you with plenty of bottled water in your tent and whilst on safari to keep you hydrated.
Power, Lightning & plug standards
Losokwan Camp is fully solar powered with a generator only used as a back-up. Cameras, phones, and other personal appliances can be charged in guests’ rooms, common areas as well as on game drive safari vehicles.
The voltage power in Kenya is 220 – 240V running at 5oHz and the plug type G which is the plug that has 3 rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. We have a step-down voltage converter to 110v /120v for guests upon request in the camp. We also provide power adaptors upon request but guests may want to bring their own to ensure availability.
Can we bring children to the camp?
Losokwan Camp warmly welcomes families with children to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Masai Mara, and offer one of our luxury tents as a family option. You can read more about the configuration and facilities here.
Children will delight in the adventures and wilderness available, but parents should be aware that the camp in unfenced and wild animals often enter. We therefore recommend that children be supervised at all times.
Meals can be tailored to individual tastes and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can also be organized for those that require it and payments settled directly with the local nannies.
Are there park fees?
Park fees and conservation fees are charged in different National parks in Kenya and prices vary depending on the destination. At Losokwan Camp, Lemek conservancy fee is part of our package rates if not mentioned otherwise. Please note there are additional park fees charged per 24 hours for any visits to the game reserve or Mara Triangle area.
What is the Best time to Visit the Masai Mara to see the Great Migration?
The Great Migration is one of the most astounding natural spectacles on the planet, and at Losokwan we have a front row seat. The best time to witness the migration, where more than a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles thunder from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, is between July and September.
Pinpointing the exact date can be difficult, as rainfall can dictate the best grazing plains, and the migration is spontaneous. However, our deep-rooted connections with local communities who know these lands intimately, are one of our most vital tools in predicting when the animals might move.
We can guarantee guests arriving during July and September will be treated to an unforgettable wildlife experience, with tens of thousands of animals grazing the plains.
Can I see the Big Five in the Masai Mara?
The Big 5 – an old hunting term used to refer to the hardest and most dangerous five animals to hunt in Africa – is today thankfully used very differently. African elephants, lions, leopards, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros all live within the Masai Mara and are viewed regularly on our safaris. Seeing the Big 5 is a bucket-list activity for many people coming to Kenya, but don’t forget about the hundreds of other species we have thriving in this vital ecosystem.
What Steps does Losokwan take to be eco-friendly and sustainable?
We work hard to ensure that Losokwan Camp doesn’t just leave a minimal footprint on the environment, but gives back to the wildlife and local communities. You can read all about our conservation efforts here, and how you can help.