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REGULAR TOURS
| AIR SERVICES | TAILOR-MADE | CAR HIRE | INCENTIVE |
SPECIAL INTEREST
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CLIENT MEET AND GREET SERVICES AND PRE-SAFARI BRIEFINGS

Southern Cross Safaris’ staff meets each and every client arriving at both Nairobi and Mombasa airports. Our travel professionals are on hand to facilitate seamless arrival and departure formalities as well as to ensure that onward flight reservations are reconfirmed.

After a short transfer and on arrival at their respective hotel, a representative from Southern Cross Safaris briefs all our clients. The briefing covers useful facts about local customs, currency and general advice regarding their safari itinerary. Our Staff are also available to assist with any additional requirements that our clients may have or simply to give advice on shopping and eating out. Naturally, emergency contact with our staff is always available, 24 hours a day in both Kenya and Tanzania, should our clients find it necessary to reach us after normal office hours.

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SAFARI VEHICLES

Our clients visiting East Africa are ensured that they will always be travelling in up-to-date and immaculately kept vehicles appropriate for the territory and itinerary at hand. Our extensive fleet of vehicles consists of custom-built and specially modified 9-seat safari microbuses and custom-built four-wheel drive safari Land Cruiser and Land Rovers on all escorted programmes in Kenya and Tanzania.
Our vehicles have sliding windows; roof hatches and high ground clearance to optimise all round visibility for game viewing and photography. For maximum comfort and optimum enjoyment of the safari, it is recommended that all our clients be offered a window seat, which means a maximum of seven passengers per vehicle. For the convenience of all our clients, a cool box, a pair of binoculars and wildlife reference books are standard equipment in all vehicles. In addition, each vehicle is equipped with an HF radio set, giving countrywide communication with our radio room that is manned 24 hours a day. Southern Cross Safaris adheres to a strict self-imposed policy, of high maintenance standards and a solid reliable service delivery for all transportation at all times.

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OUR SAFARI DRIVER/GUIDES

The success of any safari tour in Africa largely depends upon the calibre of your Safari driver/guide. In this respect the greatest care is taken in selecting responsible, qualified people who are capable of providing a cheerful, caring and attentive service to our clients. To this end, all our Safari driver guides at Southern Cross Safaris are qualified to KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) Bronze level. This is a minimum requirement before we will consider hiring in this field. All of our guides have undertaken rigorous training and refresher courses and are experts in their chosen fields. Some of our guides are bi-lingual, and all have an indepth knowledge of routes, conditions, local attractions and practical mechanics. In addition, their ability as game spotters is outstanding and they are highly proficient in the identification of the animals and birds of Kenya and Tanzania.


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Regular Tours

Our regular departure tours do appeal to a wide range of nationalities and budgets. These safaris offer an ideal opportunity to experience the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania without incurring the expense of an exclusive private safari. Southern Cross Safaris has designed a selection of tours by road and air, featuring all of the major

game parks and reserves throughout the region. These tours range from a one-night stay at a "tree lodge" to a comprehensive fifteen-day safari incorporating the very best of both Kenya and Tanzania. With a wide selection of tours operating throughout the week, it is easy to plan a safari according to preference and time available. Southern Cross Safaris operates "seat-in-bus" safari tours using safari microbuses with guaranteed window seats for all participants. Certain safari itineraries can involve transportation in vehicles operated by camps/lodges. The seat configurations in these can and will vary. Full details of our tours, including itineraries and prices are included in this Southern Cross Safaris Tariff.

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Air Services

Regular departures by air are by far the more popular type of safari on offer. East Africa has a comprehensive and reliable network of internally scheduled flight services operating between all major towns, cities and National Parks and Reserves. These services are offered on a per seat basis and operated in either single, twin or quadruple engine aircraft. These range from the larger DH Dash 7 & DH6 Twin Otter, to the smaller single turbine engine C208 Cessna Grand Caravan. For the ultimate of convenience, a wide range of aircraft are available for private charter. Your own personal aircraft offers accessibility to those airstrips not serviced by scheduled flights, with total flexibility as to timing and

routing and the ultimate in relaxed travel. Many of the smaller camps, lodges and boutique hotels that we offer to our tailor-made clients are so 'off the beaten track' that it is only practically possible to fly in. For itineraries such as these, we only use the very best pilots and the very best aircraft.

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Tailormade

Kenya and Tanzania offer a wealth of Tailor-made safari opportunities. A Southern Cross Safaris tailor-made safari allows our visitors the chance to explore these opportunities to the full. The choice is yours, from the familiar National Parks and Reserves to the more obscure and undiscovered wilderness areas. From popular game lodges to exclusive and well off the beaten track game ranches, private charters to camelback safaris. Truly there is something for everyone! The Southern Cross Safaris team have an extensive and first hand knowledge of the product, offering reliable, accurate and unbiased travel advice in tailor-making tours to meet individual requirements and budgets. Hard work goes in to ensure that all expectations are fulfilled and that each safari leaves a special memory and a lasting impression.

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Car Hire

Officially all you need to drive in Kenya is a valid international driving license. Vehicles available for hire, range from 5-door Nissan Sunny's to the larger and more robust four wheel drive Land Rover Defender and the popular and versatile Suzuki Sierra 4x4. All are maintained to the highest of standards and offer the opportunity and freedom to move around the cities and towns, or even embark on an intrepid self planned safari.

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Incentive

More and more incentive travel managers are discovering the appeal of an African safari. Aword that evokes the mystery and excitement of Africa. Incentive travel planners have also come to recognise that in East Africa they have a well-developed infrastructure. Fine hotels and safari lodges, excellent catering, good international flight connections, friendly and experienced ground staff and a range of facilities to enable them to select the ingredients to meet a particular budget. Southern Cross Safaris fully appreciate the specialised and complex nature of incentive group travel. Prudent advice in the planning stages is vital and our dedicated team of professionals are able to present a programme best suited to your requirements. Our operations department, in tune with the meticulous and detailed demands of the corporate client, always ensure an impeccable service, fundamental to the success of any incentive award.

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Special Interest

East Africa lends itself admirably to the special interest market and offers unlimited opportunities for the specialist to practice their particular hobby or pursue their own field of study. Southern Cross Safaris has operated specialised tours for a wide range of interests, from agricultural, archaeological, medical and ornithological tours to sporting tours such as golfing, deep-sea fishing and rugby. Southern Cross Safaris is always willing to research any particular requirements with a view to presenting a balanced and detailed plan whatever the group may require.

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Meet & Greet

Southern Cross Safaris' staff meets each and every client arriving at both Nairobi and Mombasa airports. Our travel professionals are on hand to facilitate seamless arrival and departure formalities as well as to ensure that onward flight reservations are reconfirmed. After a short transfer and on arrival at their respective hotel, a representative from Southern Cross Safaris briefs all our clients. The briefing covers useful facts about local customs, currency and general advice regarding their safari itinerary. Our Staff are also available to assist with any additional requirements that our clients may have or simply to give advice on shopping and eating out. Naturally, emergency contact with our staff is always available, 24 hours a day in both Kenya and Tanzania, should our clients find it necessary to reach us after normal office hours.

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Driver Guides

The success of any safari tour in Africa largely depends upon the calibre of your Safari driver/guide. In this respect the greatest care is taken in selecting responsible, qualified people who are capable of providing a cheerful, caring and attentive service to our clients. To this end, all our Safari driver guides at Southern Cross Safaris are qualified to KPSGA(Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) Bronze level. This is a minimum requirement before we will consider hiring in this field. All of our guides have undertaken rigorous training and refresher courses and are experts in their chosen fields. Some of our guides are bi-lingual, and all have an in- depth knowledge of routes, conditions, local attractions and practical mechanics. In addition, their ability as game spotters is outstanding and they are highly proficient in the identification of the animals and birds of Kenya and Tanzania.

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Safari Guides

Certainly an invaluable asset to any tour, private safari guides invariably turn a visit to East Africa into a visit of a lifetime! Their life spent in Africa has equipped them with immense knowledge of local conditions, customs and people. They are naturalists who really know and love the country and the wildlife. Above all, they are ardent conservationists, each with a particular discipline such as zoology, ornithology, entomology or anthropology. Their benefit to the client in terms of enjoyment and an intensified personal experience of their African journey far outweighs the additional monetary cost.

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