Common Questions

Please take some time to read through these common questions. If you still have questions about traveling with Metamo, deciding on your itinerary, or Africa in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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What makes Metamo unique?
We believe there are four main reasons traveling in Africa with Metamo is unique:

  1. We’re not selling a product. We’re selling an experience. And as your guide on this adventure, we’re here to support you when necessary — but it’s our goal to stay on the sidelines. You are the hero of your great story. Not us.
  2. Our itineraries are designed from our own experiences traveling through Africa. And they’re designed with you in mind, giving you endless opportunities for adventure, romance, and transformation.
  3. Our dedication to giving back. We care deeply about Africa and its people and cultures. We’ve spent 15 years caring for orphaned children, placing a strong focus on education in that time. And for every person who travels with Metamo, we are able to put a Kenyan child through school for an entire year.
  4. We treat our employees like family. And they, in turn, treat every client the same. That respect, that care, is what makes every Metamo safari a memorable experience.
What can a Metamo journey do for me?
Simply put: A Metamo journey will leave you feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and inspired. You’ll leave the stresses of everyday life behind. Free of worry. Free of obligations. Free to spend time with the people who matter most. Free to simply let the magic of Africa completely transform you.
What is your COVID-19 plan?

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all to one degree or another. At Metamo, our clients’ safety — as well as that of our staff — is our number one priority. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that extra protocols take place. Please visit our Covid-19 Safety Protocols page to learn all of the ways we are working to keep you safe on your great journey. If you have any further concerns, please reach out to Greg Traverso directly.

What are your favorite things about traveling to Africa?
Simply breathing African air tops the list. Sharing safari stories with other travelers around a campfire. The moment you spot your first giraffe. Or your first elephant. Or your first lion. The moment a monkey steals a banana out of your backpack. The warm, glowing golden light bouncing off the land. The list goes on, and on, and on…
What if there’s too much time between safaris?
As exciting as safaris can be, downtime is just as important in Africa. After all, you need that time to process — and share — everything you see! That’s why we’ve chosen the best lodging possible, to give you the ultimate relaxation.
What is the food like?
The food is fresh, delicious, plentiful, varied, and healthy. Even picky eaters find plenty of options. Breakfasts typically include omelets/eggs, pancakes, fresh fruits, cereals, and more. Lunches are varied and can include pasta, fresh fish, rice, vegetables, cheese, and more. Dinners are off the menu and sometimes include buffets.
What are the accommodations like?
Believe us — after an eventful safari, there’s nothing like the reprieve of a luxurious tented camp or lodge. That’s why we’ve chosen the best Africa has to offer. Sitting on your private veranda in old-world luxury with your journal or book offers the kind of relaxation you simply won’t find at home. The eco-friendly lodges we choose are romantic and offer impeccable service.
Are there any age restrictions?
Some of the lodges we choose do have age restrictions. But rest assured, if your travel party includes young children, we will find the right accommodations for everyone.
What medications or immunizations do I need?
Many travelers worry about malaria. And while contracting malaria is highly unlikely, if you are visiting the coast (Zanzibar, Lamu Island, or the Mombasa Coast), we especially recommend you take anti-malarials. A yellow fever inoculation is required if you are traveling between African countries — but not if you are only traveling to Kenya from the USA, Canada, or Europe. We suggest you contact your personal physician for professional advice on all vaccinations and immunizations, as well as other medications you personally might need to ensure optimal health while traveling.
Who greets me upon my arrival?
Once you clear customs at the airport, your Metamo Client Care Representative will be there to give you a warm welcome and transfer to your hotel.
What do you recommend for my first safari?

We recommend a luxury safari because you will have nothing to worry about. Simply relax and enjoy viewing abundant wildlife, otherworldly sights, luxurious tented camps and lodges — all in spectacular, romantic settings.

As far as which destinations and journeys are best for you, we recommend choosing the country/countries you’d like to visit and the amount of time you’d like to spend in Africa. Start by exploring our Destinations and our Journeys — then contact a Metamo Travel Expert.

How long has Metamo been in business?
Our first group tour commenced in 1997 and we have been designing safaris and leading groups of all sizes ever since.
How many people do you take on your Classic Journeys?
The maximum group size is 18. The minimum is two. Vehicles will never be crowded, as the maximum number of people allowed per vehicle is six, ensuring everyone gets a window seat.
What kind of aircrafts do you use on your flights between safari parks?
We strategically place flights throughout the journey to save the group from long overland trips. Aircraft sizes depend on the number of travelers — many of whom consider these flights to be a great part of their adventure.
Will I have access to the internet and phone service while on safari?
Most establishments have wifi — or at least internet service. That said, service can be sporadic, as most locations are very remote. It can be very liberating to be free of the devices that overrun our daily lives back home.
What if I have a special request for something I want to experience in Africa?
We offer tailor-made safaris that cater to your every whim. We’ve trekked to remote villages, taken long bush walks with Maasai warriors, run with Kenyans on the highlands, taken helicopter rides over the Okavango, and more.
Do you own your own hotels, lodges, camps, or resorts?
We do not hold ownership in any lodging establishment in order to bring you the very best Africa has to offer. We also are not beholden to any one lodge for commission “kick-backs.” We’ve built relationships with those we find honorable and likeminded, but we are not in the business of “filling rooms.” We want you to get the most out of your adventure. Whatever — and wherever — that may be.
What should I pack?

We’re here to help. Some things are easily overlooked when packing, so please view our Pre-Journey Checklist for a guide to everything essential — and otherwise.

Nini Kuva?

In Swahili, that means, “what do I wear?” We’ve put together a plan for your outfits in our Pre-Journey Checklist. It’s not a dress code by any means, but more of a guide. Bright colors aren’t great on safari, so we recommend khakis, olives, and browns. We also offer a guide to what to bring on your journey as well as a schedule for laundering services so you can pack — and stress — less.

What kind of itinerary should I choose?

That’s a tough one to answer, simply because it’s such a subjective question. What interests you? What type of activities are you most looking forward to? The best way to truly answer this question is to first read through our Journeys. If something stands out to you, great! If you still have questions, we’re here to help. We strongly encourage you to get in touch and talk through all of the options with a Metamo Travel Expert. If there’s something missing from our Journeys that you want to experience, we’re happy to work with you to design a custom adventure.

What is African culture like?
Again, tough question to answer, as it varies throughout the continent — and often, from village to village. We’ve created a Culture Packet as part of your pre-journey documents. It acts as a guide to the languages and cultures you’ll encounter on your adventure. You’ll learn basic greetings and faux pas to avoid.
Who will be joining me on my safari?
Depending on the journey you choose, you and your traveling companions will be joined by our Metamo Operations Specialist and a driver-guide.
What are the best parts about going on an adventure of this kind?

Leaving our busy lives behind to recharge and gain a fresh perspective on life. Spending such uninterrupted quality time with family and friends, meeting personal challenges, and coming back having gone through such a transformational experience is life-changing. As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”

Do I have to make my own international flight arrangements?

Yes, you’ll have to book your own international flights to and from Africa. Most flights from the US are routed through Europe. A popular alternative is to fly through Dubai.

The most important thing when booking is to ensure that your international itinerary lines up with the Metamo safari itinerary. Extra charges apply for arrivals and departures that don’t align with your itinerary’s schedule.

What is the Red Rhino Orphanage Project and can I visit or volunteer my time?

The Red Rhino Orphanage Project (RROP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in California. It was founded by Metamo owners Greg and Susan Traverso in 2005 with a mission to empower some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in Kenya through education.

We do not have a formal volunteer program. In terms of support, every person who travels with Metamo lets us put one child through school for an entire year. And we’re always open to financial support — whether or not you travel with us to Africa. Please visit to learn more.

What kind of animals will I see?

On your safari, you’ll have a very good chance of seeing the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Nothing in life is guaranteed, however, so keep that in mind. That said, Africa is rich with wildlife, so spotting unique creatures in their natural habitat is all but assured. You’ll see wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, giraffes, baboons, warthogs, an abundance of birds, and so much more.

What is the Great Migration — and when does it take place?
The Great Migration is the awe-inspiring movement of over 1.5 million wildebeests — as well as zebras, gazelles, and predators — from the Serengeti in Tanzania through croc-infested waters to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It’s a yearly cycle as the wildlife migrate in search of greener grass. There’s no telling exactly when it will take place, as factors like rain and drought are unpredictable. With that in mind, we are constantly in touch with our guides on the ground and, if the migration is a top priority of yours, we will recommend the best possible time of year and itinerary to place you in an ideal position with the greatest potential to see the migration. As a general rule of thumb, the migratory animals are in Maasai Mara (Kenya) August through October. For the rest of year they migrate in a tremendous clockwise circle of sorts through the Serengeti (Tanzania). Of course the migration never starts or ends – it is a continuous migratory pattern of life in the Serengeti Ecosystem. Whether or not you witness the migration itself, the animals of the Serengeti Plains are plentiful year-round, so you’ll be sure to spot them on your safari.

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