30 days – East Africa Encounter

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30 days
Camping Group Tour
Nairobi - Nairobi
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 28 (currently max 14)
Tour Details

This camping tour starts and finishes in Nairobi. A tour that packs in game drives on the plains of the world famous Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara, journeys in 4 X 4’s into Ngorongoro Crater and Nakuru National Park, with the option for a guided evening game drive in the Grumeti. Staying by the White Nile – white water raft, kayak, bungee, quad biking and more. Visiting local schools and orphanages, with time to cycle through Hells Gate and for a hippo cruise on Lake Naivasha, and of course the highlight of the tour a guided trek to see the mountain gorillas!

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Highlights

Mto Wa Mbu markets • Ngorongoro CraterSerengeti National Park • Grumeti Reserve • Lake Victoria • Batwa (pygmy) village • Orphanage visit • Dian Fossey’s Grave • Golden monkey trek • Mountain gorilla trek (optional) • Genocide Memorial and Museum Park • Drum Markets • Volunteer in a village school • Kayaking • Whitewater Rafting on the White Nile • Bwindi Inpenetrable ForestLake MutandaQueen Elizabeth National Park •  Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary •  Jinja • Nakuru National ParkLake NaivashaHells Gate National Park • Crater Lake Sanctuary • Masai Mara for two nights.

Please Note

Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. If you start your trip in Nairobi or South Africa you can buy camping gear at the local department stores. All campsites have good ablution facilities & bars, and some have restaurants, shops and internet facilities. About half the campsites have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.

Restrictions

Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!

Extras/Upgrades

Please check the Tour Dossier for a list of optional extras.

Hotel Pickup

This safari departs from the Heron Portico Hotel, Milimani Road, Nariobi at 7.30 am and at 08:00 a.m. from Wildebeest Camp in Nairobi on the departure date. We can reserve accommodation for you prior to departure in Nairobi at the Heron Hotel, Milimani Road or Wildebeest Eco Camp, Mokoyeti Road West which is about an hour from the Heron Hotel, depending on traffic

Departure & Return Location

Nairobi – Nairobi

Departure Time

This tour leaves Nairobi at 07h30 AM on day of departure.

Price Includes

  • Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
  • Some pre-prepared barbecues
  • Contribution to final group meal
  • Camping whilst travelling on the truck
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
  • Services of tour crew
  • Ongoing advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid
  • Entrance of • The Serengeti • Ngorongoro Crater • Queen Elizabeth National Park • Maasai village visit incl. bush walk • The Grumeti Reserve • Lake Naivasha • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary • Lake Victoria • Genocide Memorial • Hippo Cruise • Free time in Kigali and Jinja
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$800. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
  • Visa
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (available on request)
  • Optional extra's
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Alcoholic- and soft drinks
  • Pre- and post tour accommodation
  • Vaccinations and anti malarials as required
Itinerary

Day 1KENYA - TANZANIA

Nairobi, Arusha

Day 2 - 4TANZANIA

Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Game drive in the Crater. Morning drive through the Conservation Area. Enter Serengeti at Naabi Gate. Afternoon and morning game drive in The Serengeti. The Grumeti. Bunda.

Optional: Masai Village. Ballooning in the Serengeti.

Day 5 - 7TANZANIA

Mwanza, Lake Victoria. Nyakhanazi

Day 8 - 9RWANDA

Kigali, Genocide Memorial and Museum

Day 10 - 12RWANDA - UGANDA

Musanze, Kisoro

Optionals: banana beer making, basket weaving, visit to Dian Fossey’s grave. Coffee tour or Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or Lake Mutande. Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek or orphanage visit.

Day 13 - 14UGANDA

Kabale, Kalinzu forest

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek, golden monkeys trek, orphanage visit, Lake Mutande, coffee tour, visit to Batwa (Pygmy) village

Day 15 - 17UGANDA

Queen Elizabeth NP game drive and game cruise, Equator stop, local craft markets, Kampala, Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
Optionals: Chimpanzee trek, rhino trek, boat ride

Day 18 - 20UGANDA

Jinja and the While Nile and Lake Bujagali.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, visit a local school, quad biking, horse riding, sunset cruise on Lake Victoria.

Day 21 - 23UGANDA - KENYA

Eldoret, Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 24 - 26KENYA

Orphanage visit, Lake Naivasha, Loita Hills Masai village

Optionals: Cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, Elsamere for afternoon tea, balloon safari,

Day 27 - 30KENYA

game drives Masai Mara, Nairobi

Optional: Night out in a Nairobi restaurant, giraffe centre, elephant orphanage

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature, the unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Why choose this tour
We have chosen this overland tour because this local partner has been active in the overland industry for over 35 years. They only use qualified and passionate tour leaders with a big love for Africa and they love their job. They use good materials (truck, tents and cooking equipment), they are a small-scale company with attention for personal contact and satisfaction. They are based in Arusha.

What is different to other tours
-They do not have personal lockers in the truck
-You need to bring your own cutlery
-This trip is made up of components and quite often during the safari you will probably meet clients doing shorter and longer sections of your trip depending on the booking patterns for the months you are travelling. This makes it very dynamic.
-Most lunches are not included.
-There are quit a few optional activities. -This way you can design and control your budget more

African Travels, specialist in group tours to Africa
The founders of African Travels (born and raised in Africa) have worked on overland tours through the whole of Africa. With a background as tour leaders on African overland tours we give honest and independent travel advice. It matters to us that you are travelling with like-minded people. A small group tour is more popular with the 40 crowd and a camping tour with 22 passengers is generally more popular with travellers aged 20-30, keen for a party. We only work together with our personal network which we built over the last 30 years.

We offer a price beat guarantee. Have you seen the same tour somewhere else cheaper? Let us know at the time of booking your tour and we give you the same rate. Only applicable at the time of confirmation. Due to the ever-changing exchange rates we cannot adjust all our prices on a daily basis.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

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Melanie

Couple Traveller

My husband and are did the 23 day safari around lake Victoria and absolutely loved it. Definitely best value and liked that we were in charge of what we ate instead of being given premade meals like some other tours. Wycliffe, our tour guide, and our driver, Hezron, were both the nicest, most considerate people you could find. We both were comfortable with the camping, tents were really good quality and because we were lucky with a small group, got to stack the mats up 2 high which made it very comfortable.

November 30, -0001