Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari

Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari bull elephantThe Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari endeavors 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.

ROUTE : Nairobi to Nairobi
DEPARTURES : Every Second Saturday
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 12 Days (1 night Hotel, 10 nights camping)

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Nairobi
• Great Rift Valley
• Mount Longonot
• Hells Gate
• Guided Walks
• Lake Naivasha
• Masai Mara Conservancy
• Lake Victoria
• Serengeti National Park
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Masai Village
• Arusha

Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: NAIROBI

Our tour of East Africa starts in the capital city of Nairobi. Guests arrive 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.

Meals: Dinner Own Expense

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 the Mount Longonot Volcano. This afternoon we 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 campfire.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Great Rift Valley
– Mount Longonot
– Hike in National Park

DAY 3: HELLS GATE NATIONAL PARK

Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari Hells Gate National ParkWe enjoy breakfast in camp before starting a day filled with activities. We start by traveling 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. Guests have the option to explore the park on bicycle.

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.

Meals: B L D

 

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Guided Hike in Hells Gate National Park
– Lake Naivasha Boat Cruise

DAY 4: MASAI MARA

Kenya and Tanzania Camping SafariToday we traverse through some of Kenya’s finest wilderness, using lesser known roads, we will pass numerous Masai villages on the way. We spend the next two nights in comfortable accommodation along the banks of the Mara River on a private concession adjacent to the renowned Masai Mara National Park. We conduct extended game viewing trips in this area.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Masai Mara Conservancy
– Game drives and/or walks

DAY 5: MASAI MARA

Early this morning, we depart on a full day of extensive game driving. The 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 our Lodge for the night and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding us.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Masai Mara Conservancy
– Mara River
– Full Day game viewing experience

DAY 6: LAKE VICTORIA

Leaving the Masai Mara behind us, we cross the border and enter Tanzania. Once across the border we 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. We camp the night at the water’s edge.

Meals: B L (Dinner Own Expense)

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Lake Victoria
– Tanzania

DAY 7: SERENGETI

Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari Today we enter what is arguably the world’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary, the Serengeti National Park. National Geographic magazine’s most featured national park, the Serengeti with its huge concentrations of plains game, numerous predators and prolific bird life 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 spend the night at the active Seronera campsite.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Serengeti National Park
– Extensive Game Viewing Experience

DAY 8: SERENGETI

Rising with the African sun, we prepare for a full day of exploring the park. We spend as much time as possible game viewing in the park and our guide will take time to explain the behavior and habits of the animals we encounter. With regular comfort breaks and a picnic lunch we make this most out of our day in this fascinating park. Tonight we set up camp in the park and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the guide.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Serengeti National Park
– Full Day Game Drive

DAY 9: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO

Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari Ngorongoro CraterAfter 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.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Masai Tribal People
– Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 10: 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 enjoy lunch before exiting the park and descending the escarpment to our camp. Here we camp for the night among the Masai people in an established village.

Meals: B L D

Included Highlights/Activity:
– 4×4 Safari inside the Ngorongoro crater
– Masai Encounter

DAY 11: ARUSHA

We wake up to the bustling noise of village live and after breakfast 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.

Meals: B (Lunch and Dinner own expense)

Included Highlights/Activity:
– Arusha
– Local Markets

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. On 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.

Meals: B (Lunch own expense)

The Kenya and Tanzania Camping Safari 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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 traveling to Kenya. All travelers need to produce a printed copy of the e-visa at check-in.  Visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html (Mobile-friendly website) to apply for E-visas online.

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.
1) PORT OF EXIT FROM KENIA AND ENTRY INTO TANZANIA – ISIBANIA BORDER ON DAY 6
2) PORT OF EXIT FROM TANZANIA AND ENTRY INTO KENYA – NAMANGA BORDER ON DAY 12

Telephone numbers:
High Commission of Tanzania in Pretoria is: (+27) 12 342 4393
High Commission of Kenya in Pretoria is: (+27) 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 and visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.

For more info with regards to Yellow Fever please visit the following link https://www.iamat.org/risks/yellow-fever?gclid=CLaGk5H8_9ECFVcz0wodXhQBbg

PLEASE NOTE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (VISAS AND VALID PASSPORTS) FOR EACH AND EVERY COUNTRY YOU WILL BE VISITING ON YOUR TOUR.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

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.

While on tour 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 have enough cash to buy good and possible gratuities.

INSURANCE

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 your tour departure.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern and East Africa is against Malaria and Yellow Fever (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.

Personal medication

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.