Travelling overland Africa and camping from Nairobi to Arusha should be on everyone’s bucket list – check it off your list early. Over 13 days, you’ll get a view of Africa that you’ve never imagined – all the wildlife and exotic animals that you’ve seen on TV, of course, but also visits with the Masai tribe in Kenya and friendly locals in rural villages. You’ll come home with a bunch of new friends, a ton of photos to spread across the internet, and memories for a lifetime.
Snap frame-worthy photos on safari, track wildlife on wildlife safari drives in multiple parks and reserves in two countries, marvel at the vastness of the African plains, share campfire laughs with like-minded younger travellers
Days : 13
Price : From AED 9,801*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2 - Light
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Travel north from Nairobi through the Great Rift Valley stopping at Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a vast variety of birdlife. Camp outside of Nakuru town and within the Lake Nakuru NP, the area’s principal highlight and best natural attraction. Included Activities: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (4.00 hour(s), 156km)
Travel to beautiful Lake Naivasha for an included hippo-spotting boat ride before lunch. Continue to the lands of the Masai people and be welcomed into a community by our local Masai guide and his villagers. Our camp site allows us not to infringe upon the village, while still allowing for meaningful interaction with these proud people and their territory. Included Activities: Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (9.00 hour(s), 250km)
With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara. Spend time wildlife viewing in our overland adventure vehicle (OAV), with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino. Marvel at gazelles, impala, and ostrich from wonderful vistas along the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment. Included Activities: Masai Village Visit Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (2.00 hour(s), 80km)
Enjoy wildlife safari drives in the overland adventure vehicle (OAV) in search of the Big Five. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive, then travel through the land of the Masai people to Nairobi. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 250km)
Travel south and cross the border into Tanzania. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania) Transport: Shuttle (7.00-8.00 hours, 290km)
Visit Mto wa Mbu village to enjoy a local lunch and cultural experience with the town's villagers. After lunch, continue on to visit a Masai village to learn about the Masai people and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project. Meet the local women engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities. Included Activities: Clean Cookstove Project Visit Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
Enjoy a wildlife safari drive en route to the central Serengeti. Spend the night at a basic bush camp and enjoy the starry African skies. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (190km)
Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the safari vehicle. Opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation of when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above! Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari
Set off on a wildlife safari drive on the way out of the Serengeti. Camp on the Ngorongoro Crater's rim. Additional Notes: Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Wildlife safari drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, then return to Arusha. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Nairobi -Always leave your passport (It’s better to carry a photocopy of it instead), traveller’s cheques, flight tickets and money that you won’t be using in the safe deposit in your hotel room/reception. This is free of charge to G Adventures Adventure clients. -Remember that like in any other city, you should never leave your bags unattended, nor flaunt jewellery, cameras etc -Please don’t wander through the city at night. Stick to the main streets only during the day, and after sundown, please take a taxi. Taxis can be organised from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you. -People are generally friendly, but don’t let people take advantage of you, especially the sales people! -Beware of people approaching you on the street with an apparent interest of where you are from, and want to sit down and have a chat with you. These people are most likely con men and try to get money from you in one way or another -People on the street who ask you if you want a safari and have a brochure are often con men, best to avoid these folk. Besides, you’re already on safari! Photography Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration are border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated.
You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, no larger than 30cm(height) x 30cm(width) x 60cm(length), maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced, and due to limited vehicle capacity, the cost of transporting any luggage beyond these restrictions is the responsibility of the client. Please note, if you are travelling with a large amount of luggage and will be returning to Nairobi later in your trip, you may leave a portion of it at the start hotel, this is indeed possible as storage facilities are available. For our camping style tours you will need to provide your own sleeping bag, small pillow and sleeping sheet (if you would like). We provide the tent and the sleeping pads. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a warm jacket for early morning wildlife safari drives. Light, quick-drying, practical clothes are advisable for this safari trip. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable for your time in Nairobi and Arusha.
Camping in East Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, we stay at designated campsites in national parks and outside towns. Campsite facilities in eastern Africa are generally good, but can be basic in certain places. There are generally small restaurants and/or bars, washing facilities and occasionally telephones available. The camps have flush toilets, and showers at some camps are outdoors, having simple reed enclosures for privacy. Additionally, warm water is available at most sites, but it is not guaranteed to always be warm when you take your shower; the warm water may be used up others who also use the camp. We usually set-up camp within close proximity to the toilet facilities, though occasionally to reach them you may to walk a short distance. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person safari canvas tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, though most travellers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point where seepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors. We travel with our own portable camp chairs with a comfortable back-rest, and we utilize our own cooking equipment to provide the group good quality camp meals. In camping within the national parks and conservation areas, some camp sites are enclosed for keeping the resident wildlife out. Other camps are open to the natural environment – care must be taken, especially at night, when a torch/flashlight is recommended when walking around the camp area.
As mentioned above, most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and test the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Your CEO will do all the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water will be at your own expense.
We use a large, 24-seat overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to criss-cross through Kenya. The overland adventure vehicle (OAV) allows the entire group to travel together, and because of its height, is great for wildlife viewing and for enjoying the scenic landscape. Road conditions can run the full gamut from new to being in very poor condition. This style of travel is by no means luxury as we are traveling in a truck, but it does allow us the flexibility of making stops when needed, and reaching some out-of-the way parts of Africa where the traditional safari crowd would not dare to go. Here’s a quick look at the well-equipped G Adventures overland adventure vehicle (OAV): - Storage for main luggage in a compartment under the seating area (accessed from the outside of the truck). Day packs can be stored at your feet (there is plenty of room). - Onboard safety box(es) for valuables. - Front view windows - Large sliding windows, great for wildlife viewing - Fully equipped retractable kitchen - Intercom between seating area and driver - A cd-player with an input for mp3s - Our overland vehicles are equipped with outlets for your charging convenience. Depending on the vehicle, it will have either South African or East African outlets. We suggest bringing a universal adapter so you are prepared for both Please note that our trucks do not have on-board bathrooms. Nor do they have seats that recline as often reclining seats will break, and thus you will have some seats that recline and some that don't. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor quality, bumpy roads. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. The transfer between Nairobi and Arusha will be using a shared shuttle, and some non-G Adventures travellers may be on board.
On this journey, you will be accompanied on your trip by 2 crew members - a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and a driver. The Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will be the group manager and leader. He/she organizes the trip, and will be there to assist you when needed. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. All of our CEOs in East Africa are experienced group leaders, with a broad knowledge base of the region’s history, cultures, and wildlife. Most of our leaders in the region are from East Africa, though it may be possible that you’ll have a leader from the southern African region. All of our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) drivers are experienced in the routes travelled, and highly skilled in dealing with different terrains. All of our cooks will organize and lead the meal preparation, and have experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. In the Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater to round out the team, along with your CEO, you will be accompanied by a local expert driver/guide, and extra camp cook. Your driver/guide is skilled and experienced driver and a certified safari guide, and is an integral part of the team. As well, your cook will prepare the camp meals to add some further local flavour to the trip. We also use local guides for some included activities where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
-Documents -Passport -Insurance info -Flight info -Cash, credit and debit cards -Vouchers and pre-departure information -Required visas or vaccination certificates -Yellow Fever certificate -Weather-appropriate clothing -Fleece or wool jumper/jacket -Windproof/waterproof jacket -Small towel and swimwear -4 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable -Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings -1 pair of shorts -2 pairs of long trousers -1 pair hiking pants/track pants -Comfortable shoes -Sport sandals -Sun hat, Bandana -Sunblock -Sunglasses -Watch or alarm clock -First-aid kit (should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofin , Malaria pills, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) -Toiletries (biodegradable) -Toilet paper -Day pack -Camera with extra memory cards and batteries -Personal Entertainment -Binoculars -Waterproof backpack cover -Flashlight/Torch -Outlet adapter -Insect Repellent -Moneybelt -Antibacterial wipes/gel -Reusable water bottle -Pocketknife -Water purification tablets or filter (optional)
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights