This safari endeavours to combine the highlights of both Kenya and Tanzania. We concentrate on the internationally acclaimed Game Parks that are known to be “the home of the Discovery Channel”. We will also visit lesser-known areas and will enjoy interaction with the local tribes, including the renowned Masai.
Weather and road conditions will influence the route chosen on each safari and clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with an open mind and spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of the region.
DAY 1: NAIROBI
Arrive in Nairobi and meet at our Hotel in the heart of this bustling city. For clients arriving early, there are a variety of optional tours and excursions on offer – these can be arranged on arrival at the Hotel. At 18h00 we conduct a pre-tour briefing before enjoying an own expense dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2: GREAT RIFT VALLEY
Leaving the city behind us, we travel north, climbing continually to the lip of the escarpment from where we will enjoy a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley. We then descend into the Valley and spend time taking in the breath taking view of the plains and the bird life that gather here around the lakes. We camp the night. B L D
DAY 3: LAKE NAIVASHA
A short drive today, we head for our camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha. After setting up camp amongst the Fever Trees we have some time to relax, watch the Hippo’s and take in the spectacular scenery. This afternoon we visit Elsamere, the former home of Joy and George Adamson, for an afternoon tea and to gain some insight into their fascinating lives. Return to camp. B L D
DAY 4: MASAI MARA
Today we traverse through some of Kenya’s finest wilderness, using lesser known roads, we will pass numerous Masai villages on the way. We will spend the next two nights in a Lodge next to the renowned Mara River. B L D
DAY 5: MASAI MARA
Early this morning we depart on a full day of extensive game driving and/or walk. The Masai Mara is well known for its large herds and ever-present predators. Lunch today will be a picnic on the banks of the Mara River, known for its huge crocodiles and hippo population. B L D
DAY 6: LAKE VICTORIA
Leaving the Masai Mara behind us, today we enter Tanzania and then descend toward the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. This Lake forms part of the Great Rift Valley and provides a livelihood for the many locals that fish its waters. We will spend some time here before we enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant. Camp the night at the waters edge. B L
DAY 7: SERENGETI
Today we enter what is arguably the world’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary, the Serengeti National Park. This Park with its huge concentrations of plains game, numerous predators and prolific birdlife all resident on the seemingly endless grass and acacia covered plains epitomizes Africa’s game parks. We will traverse the Park west to east doing extensive game drives, and will spend a night at the active Seronera campsite. B L D
DAY 8: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
After an extensive morning game drive we leave the Serengeti and enter the Ngorongoro Conservation area where we witness the spectacle of the Masai tribal people herding their cattle amongst the wildlife, still living their customary lifestyle as they have for centuries. Tonight we will camp at the renowned Simba camp on the edge of the magnificent Ngorongoro crater. The views from the camp are spectacular. B L D
DAY 9: NGORONGORO – MASAI
At first light we make the daring descent into the crater in our smaller 4×4 safari vehicles and here we explore this marvel of nature with its sheer walls and fertile plains. With the possibility to view almost all of Africa’s mammals, including the rare Black Rhino at close range in open plains, this has to be the finest game viewing available. Returning to Simba camp, we will enjoy lunch before exiting the park and descending the escarpment to our camp. Here we will camp for two nights, literally amongst the Masai people. B L D
DAY 10: MASAI VILLAGE
Today we will explore the village and its surrounds on foot, we will spend time absorbing the unique culture hoping to experience the Masai dancing and will barter in the markets – all the time witnessing the traditional way of life. Camp the night. B L D
DAY 11: ARUSHA
After an early start we make our way toward Arusha, the town at the foothill of the beautiful Mount Meru. Here we will spend the afternoon exploring this lively town and its local markets. Tonight we will enjoy an own expense meal at a local restaurant. B
DAY 12: TRANSFER TO NAIROBI
After breakfast we set off to complete the circle back to Nairobi. ( On occasion we may use the shuttle bus to transfer clients.) This road travels through some spectacular scenery and on a clear day offers stunning views of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. En-route to Nairobi city, the transfer will pass via the airport to facilitate clients who are flying out today. Clients staying on in Nairobi or continuing their travels will be taken into the city centre. B
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
The 12 Day Kenya / Tanzania Tour starts and ends in the bustling Capital of Nairobi. Comfortable accommodation can be booked for your stay before or after the tour. Please contact Drifters or your agent for more information.
|Optional Activities Lake Naivasha, Kenya|
|Boat Trip – 2.5 hours|
|Optional Activities Masai Mara, Kenya|
|Primitive Cultural Village Tour|
|Hot Air Balloon Trip|
|Optional Activities Mto Wa Mbo, Tanzania|
|Lake Manyara Cycling – 2 hours|
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependant
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 12 DAY KENYA / TANZANIA TOUR
To best enjoy this tour it should be approached with an open and flexible mentality. Road, weather, or other unforeseen conditions may necessitate changes to the itinerary and clients should be prepared for this. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Visas for both Kenya and Tanzania are required by most nationalities, these are the client’s own responsibility and you are advised to pre-arrange these with the respective authorities. Seasonal precautions against Malaria are advisable. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar and notes in small denominations should be brought along for expenses not included. A small daypack is advisable. Our price includes transport – Nairobi to Nairobi, accommodation, entry fees, Park fees, permits, group equipment, professional guides, and most meals. Drinks, bottled water, curios, tips, taxes, visas, and optional excursions are for the client’s own expense.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Your tour will depart from
– HOTEL La MADA, Nairobi. Guests are to meet their guide at 18h00 on the evening before departure at the hotel.
– Hotel La Mada (+254-20) 600 5328
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Please note that linen will be provided at Hotel La Mada, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on: Pre night in Nairobi
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Nairobi Airport, Day 6
Limited Laundry facilities: Hotel La Mada (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Locally in Nairobi.
Please use a taxi from the airport rather than the airport bus, as petty theft is common. The cost of a taxi is approximately USD$ 25.
The Nairobi to Nairobi overland is an arduous journey that is only suitable for people of ages 55 – 18 and requires a certain level of fitness. On certain days of this safari long distances are travelled on poor roads, so be prepared to spend time in the vehicle on these days. This tour requires participation in all aspects of the tour. This entails assisting with the preparation of food, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp. Participation is an essential ingredient of this safari; all participants will be expected to assist with chores around the campsite.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari. We are travelling in developing countries, please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan; however, we do endeavour to run according to itineraries as best as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries, (Kenya – Double entry and Tanzania,) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a Kenyan- passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your tour.
High Commission of Tanzania in Pretoria is: +27 (0) 12 342 4393
High Commission of Kenya in Pretoria is: +27 (0) 12 362 2249
Or visit: Kenya Tourism at www.tourism.go.ke
Tanzania Tourism at www.tanzaniatouristboard.com
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Your money should be taken in a combination of cash and travellers cheques in US Dollars. Major credit cards can be used for expenses such as restaurant meals, etc. Please do not rely on credit cards, as most of the places we visit on this tour will not have the facilities to deal with them. Please ensure that you have a certain amount of cash in a major currency in small denominations. Counterfeit currency is a problem and high denomination notes are often treated with suspicion. The US$ cash has to be printed after 2004 (big heads).
Although Travelers Cheques are a safe way to transport money there are only limited opportunities to exchange your Travelers Cheques for cash.
Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory and you will need to present proof at border posts. Strongly recommended additional vaccinations are Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Meningitis and Hepatitis A.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in all the countries we will visit and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Malaria is a very common ailment in Africa; however adequate preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
Please note that East Africa weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C – although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Please note that the wet season is during the months of February to May.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Swimming Costume & Towel
Passport/Visas (if applicable)
Mosquito Net (Optional)
***Refreshments (alcohol, coke etc)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Camera, Binoculars (Film)
Books (Birds, Mammals etc.)
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
***Refreshments can be purchased en- route on the first day of your tour and at regular intervals on the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; obviously there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days. Drinking water will be available on the truck, please note that this is not bottled water.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, snacks, sundry goods purchased – such as batteries, suntan cream etc., all bottled water, alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips. In Africa it is common courtesy to tip casual help for services rendered. In the case of your guide, if you were happy with his or her services, an amount of R50 per day per person would constitute a reasonable tip. By not tipping for services you are expressing displeasure.