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 the 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: MOUNT LONGONOT
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. After a short stop to enjoy the views we make our way down the Rift Valley escarpment to visit a volcano. We will have time for a hike in Mount Longonot National Park where we have an incredible view over the whole escarpment, with the chance of viewing some wildlife along the way. A packed lunch will be provided for the hike.After enjoying the majestic scenery the Rift Valley has to offer, we take a short drive to our campsite situated on the shore of Lake Naivasha to set up camp, relax and enjoy dinner around the camp fire.
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DAY 3: HELLS GATE NATIONAL PARK
We enjoy breakfast in camp before starting a day filled with activities. We start by travelling the short distance to the famous Hells Gate National Park where we have the opportunity to explore the high basaltic cliffs of the park with the chance of seeing zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other species of antelope found in the park.
After our trip down into the gorge we make our way back to camp for lunch followed by a boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to find hippo and the numerous bird species that inhabit the area.
We finish the day with a relaxed drive to Elsamere, the former home of George and Joy Adamson for afternoon tea and to gain some insight into their fascinating lives. In the late afternoon we return to camp for a sumptuous braai.
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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. Our camp for the next two nights is adjacent to the renowned Masai Mara National Park.
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DAY 5: MASAI MARA
Early this morning we depart on a full day of extensive game driving. The Masai Mara is well known for its large herds and ever-present predators and we will follow seasonal migrations when possible.
Lunch today will be a picnic on the banks of the Mara River, known for its huge crocodiles and hippo population. We return to the camp for the night.
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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. Here we will spend some time before we enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant. Camp the night at the water’s edge.
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.
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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 among 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.
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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, among the Masai people.
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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. We Camp the night.
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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.
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 center.
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.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries – ( Kenya and Tanzania) – That you will visit.
Please note that clients will now require an E-Visa to enter Kenya. This e-visa needs to be purchased on-line prior to travelling to Kenya.
All travellers need to produce a printed copy of the e-visa at check-in. E-visas can be applied for via http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html (Mobile-friendly website)
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) 12 342 4393
High Commission of Kenya in Pretoria is: (+27) 12 362 2249
Kenya Tourism at www.tourism.go.ke
Tanzania Tourism at www.tanzaniatouristboard.com
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets and visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour: Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.
The preferred currencies are as follows:
• US Dollar – in small Denominations ($10,20 or 50) and dated 2009 or later
• Euro – In small Denominations (€5, 10 or 20)
Credit cards are not favored in most parts of East Africa so please ensure you will have enough cash to buy good and possible gratuities.
The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern and East Africa is against Malaria (Kenya and Tanzania). Adequate chemo-prophylaxis are essential. Prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. 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 bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.
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:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Smaller day pack
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Passport / Visas (if applicable)
Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s. Each Drifters Traveller have their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrelbags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Inn upon arrival.
*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of your tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; 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.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.
• Great Rift Valley
• Mount Longonot
• Hells Gate
• Guided Walks
• Lake Naivasha
• Masai Mara
• Lake Victoria
• Serengeti National Park
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Masai Village
PRE and POST tour accommodation can be arranged at the Hotel la Mada in Nairobi, through Drifters or your travel representative. The Hotel la Mada is located within close proximity to Nairobi’s city center in a secure, serene and conducive environment; they offer fully serviced en suite bedrooms. Amenities include a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry, gift shop, etc.
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION KENYA / TANZANIA 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, curio’s, 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.
The 12 Day Kenya / Tanzania Tour starts from the Hotel La Mada at 18h00 on the first day and ends back at the city centre or Hotel La Mada in the afternoon, at around 15h00. Please confirm should you need pre or post tour accommodation at the Hotel La Mada.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
Hotel La Mada
Thika Road, Nairobi.
Tel (+254-20) 856 1041 or 856 1598.
Please note that clients are advised to bring their own sleeping bags as we do not hire them out.
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 pre tour departure and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
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
All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore 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 endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.
Rate: € 1845.00 + Surcharge per person
Start – End
21/01/2017 – 01/02/2017
04/02/2017 – 15/02/2017
18/02/2017 – 01/03/2017
04/03/2017 – 15/03/2017
18/03/2017 – 29/03/2017
01/04/2017 – 12/04/2017
15/04/2017 – 26/04/2017
29/04/2017 – 10/05/2017
13/05/2017 – 24/05/2017
27/05/2017 – 07/06/2017
10/06/2017 – 21/06/2017
24/06/2017 – 05/07/2017
08/07/2017 – 19/07/2017
22/07/2017 – 02/08/2017
05/08/2017 – 16/08/2017
19/08/2017 – 30/08/2017
02/09/2017 – 13/09/2017
16/09/2017 – 27/09/2017
30/09/2017 – 11/10/2017
14/10/2017 – 25/10/2017
28/10/2017 – 08/11/2017
11/11/2017 – 22/11/2017
25/11/2017 – 06/12/2017
09/12/2017 – 20/12/2017
23/12/2017 – 03/01/2018
Optional activities available on the East Africa tour:
Masai Village: USD 25 pp
Primitive Cultural Village Tour: USD 10 pp
Hot air balloon flight Masai Mara: USD 450 pp
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 dependent