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Get a Kenyan Visa for a Safari in Masai Mara

April 22nd, 2011

If you’re in Kenya looking for wildlife, you have a lot of national parks and reserves to choose from.  However, Masai Mara National Park is quite possibly the best place to go. The reserve is huge in and of itself, with 938 square miles of protected area. It’s also contiguous with the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania, giving the animals even more space and allowing for a diverse population of wildlife.

The “Big Five “– lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants — get top billing, but you can also see a staggering number of smaller but equally interesting creatures, including wildebeest, baboons, giraffe, zebra, hyena and many different types of antelopes.  Plus, there are multitudes of birds including ostriches, cranes and hornbills.

The park is well-developed for tourism, with options ranging from lodges to tent camping. Camping, naturally, is the most economical way to go. Another way to cut costs is to avoid the park during the Great Migration, which happens from July to September. You’ll still see plenty of wildlife, though the chances of rain are higher in the off-season.

To get to Masai Mara National Park, you will need a Kenyan visa. You can get a visa at the airport, but expect delays if you do. You’ll get through immigration more quickly if you get a visa in advance, before you leave the US. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Kenyan visa application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your travel itinerary

When you apply in advance for a Kenyan visa, the information on the form is required to be typed. You’ll need to go to Kenyan Embassy’s website online, fill out the form, then print it.

RushMyTravelVisa makes it easy to get the visas you need for your trip. We’ll go over your itinerary and research it, making sure you have all the documents you need before you leave. Then, we’ll walk you through the application process and expedite your paperwork to get it processed as quickly as possible.

Ready to go on safari? Apply for your Kenyan visa today!

Get a Kenyan Visa to Visit Meru National Park

March 12th, 2011

Decades ago, Meru National Park in Kenya was a virtual wasteland, haunted by poachers who decimated the wildlife population. However, after a 5 year restoration period that began in 2000, the poachers are out and the animals have returned. If you’re lucky, you could see lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, antelopes and even rhinos.

This park is also the final resting place of Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the book and movie Born Free. Meru is the park where she was eventually released. Although Elsa went on to start a family of her own in the park, she later became ill and died. Her cubs, too young to fend for themselves successfully, began preying on local livestock and had to be moved to a different park for their own protection.

For a long time, Meru simply wasn’t worth visiting, but it’s definitely well-worth spending some time there now. The animals have returned, but the park has dropped off of most tourists’ radars. Frommer’s recently named it one of the best parks in Kenya, but warned that “Such alluring potential solitude is unlikely to last, though, so make this a priority if you’d like to get a pre-development glimpse of African wilderness.”

To visit Meru, you’ll need a passport, valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to enter Kenya, and a Kenyan visa. You can get a Kenyan visa at airport if you’re a US citizen, but don’t expect the process to be quick. It’s best to get one ahead of time, as waiting around is the last thing you’ll want to be doing after your long journey.

Here are the required documents for a Kenyan tourist visa:

  • 1 Kenyan visa application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your travel itinerary

Kenyan visa application forms are required to be typed. No matter how neat your handwriting is, you still need to go the Kenyan Embassy’s website, fill out the form online and print it.

RushMyTravelVisa makes getting a Kenyan visa easy. We’ll walk you through the paperwork, make sure you have everything you need and drop your visa application off at the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.

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Get a Kenyan Visa to Visit Lake Turkana

February 12th, 2011

This week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest permanent desert lake in the world. Lake Turkana is located in Kenya along the border with Ethiopia. Sometimes called the Jade Sea, this salt lake surrounds an active volcano on Central Island.

Lake Turkana is a salt lake, but it’s not nearly as salty as the Dead Sea, and animals like fish, crocodiles and birds thrive there. In addition to the crocs, large numbers of scorpions and poisonous snakes make it a dangerous place for tourists to travel unguided. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go, only that you this park is best visited as part of an organized tour with a reputable tour group.

The Lake Turkana World Heritage Site consists of 3 protected national parks: Sibiloi National Park, Central Island National Park and South Island National Park. It was added to UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. UNESCO says, “The Lake Turkana ecosystem with its diverse bird life and desert environment offers an exceptional laboratory for studies of plant and animal communities.”

For non-scientists, that translates to excellent wildlife watching. In addition to the crocodiles that live in the lake and the migratory birds that make it a temporary home, herds of zebras, giraffe and antelopes roam the shore, hunted by prides of lion and by cheetahs.

When visiting this particular World Heritage Site, do be careful! The State Department released a travel warning regarding Kenya in December 2010 – read the full text here so that you know what the hazards are and how to protect yourself.

Despite the risks, Lake Turkana is a sight worth seeing. If you want to go, you’ll need a passport and a Kenyan visa. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Visas for the Tour d’Afrique

February 9th, 2011

The Tour de France? That’s nothing! Try riding across the entire African continent on a bicycle! Since 2003, a hardy bunch of cyclists has been doing just that, as part of the Tour d’Afrique. The Tour d’Afrique crosses the entire African continent, from Egypt to South Africa, approximately 7,500 miles. While some participants are there to race, many others are just there for the experience and travel at their own pace, so people of all ages are welcome as long as you are in good shape and like to ride.

The Tour d’Afrique takes a good four months to complete, and like most epic-level travel experiences, it’s not cheap. The full tour will set you back €8,900, not including your bike, supplies for your bike, food on rest days, flights or visas. Fortunately, you can also sign on to just do a specific part of the tour.

As far as travel visas are concerned, the requirements vary depending on which country you’re looking at. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Egypt: If you’re flying in, you can get a 30-day tourist visa when you arrive at the airport, or apply in advance if you’d like. If you’re entering by land, you’ll need one in advance.
  • Sudan: US citizens should apply for a visa in advance at a Sudanese embassy or consulate.
  • Ethiopia: If you’re riding in, you’ll definitely need to apply for your visa in advance. Theoretically, if you’re flying in, you can get a visa on arrival, but the US Department of State recommends against it as airport officials sometimes refuse to issue them. So, be a good Boy/Girl Scout and “be prepared!” See Ethiopian Visa Requirements for Tourists for more details.
  • Kenya: US citizens need to apply in advance to enter by land. If flying in, you should be able to get a visa on arrival but be prepared to wait for the privilege. See Kenyan Visa Requirements for Tourists for details.

Kenyan Visa Requirements for an African Safari

October 7th, 2010

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting Africa, Frommer’s just posted a great travel deal on a Kenyan safari. The trip, which is hosted by 2Afrika, Inc. and called “Make Tracks with Sarova in Kenya,” starts out at a surprisingly affordable price of $1,599.00, though when you factor in flight and other costs, you’ll likely pay at least twice that amount.

However, you’ll get a 6-day trip that includes time in Nairobi, Shaba National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Per Frommer’s, the itinerary will give you a plethora of opportunities to spot wildlife:

“Along the way, you’ll see the likes of giraffe, herds of elephants, prides of lions, cheetah, zebra, buffalo, hyena, fox, mongoose — the list is seemingly endless. Bird lovers will also have plenty of reasons to keep the binoculars handy throughout the trip.”

American citizens do need a Kenyan visa to go on this safari. As long as you’re a US citizen, you can obtain a visa on arrival, but be forewarned: the US Department of State advises that visitors who don’t obtain a visa ahead of time “should expect delays upon arrival.”

At any rate, it’s good to be prepared and know what you’ll need ahead of time. If you’re traveling as a tourist, here are the documents you’ll need to apply for your Kenyan visa:

  • 1 Kenyan visa application form
  • Your US passport, which should have an expiration date no less than 6 months in the future and enough blank pages to accommodate your visas.
  • 1 passport-sized photo
  • A copy of your travel itinerary
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be requested at the airport, so make sure you get your shots!

Kenya also likes their visa applications to be typed. So, fill out your Kenyan visa application online from the Kenyan Embassy’s website, and print it out. The only handwritten item on the application will be your signature.

RushMyTravelVisa can help you obtain a Kenyan visa in advance, as well as any other visas needed for your expedition. We’ll double-check your itinerary to make sure you know exactly what you need to travel. Then, we’ll walk you through the application step-by-step, and expedite your application for the fastest possible processing.

Apply for your Kenyan visa today!