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Highlights
  • Encounter the wildlife of the famous masai mara
  • Camp in the great outdoors
  • Learn traditional ways at a masai settlement in the loita hills
  • Photograph wildlife at lake nakuru national park
  • Do it all in less than a week

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, this 6-day adventure offers up wild Kenya on a budget. Track the Big Five across the legendary plains of Masai Mara and spot wildlife at Lake Naivasha—you'll take wildlife safari drives at both locations. You'll travel in our unique overland adventure vehicle (OAV) and camp under the stars.You'll always be in the heart of Africa's stunning wilderness. Make sure your camera’s charged because you're going to need it.

Trip Description
Kenya Overland Adventure
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Kenya Overland Adventure

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I love to travel with G, always amazing - great people, great places, a bit away from "classic" travelling March 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
sometimes I had love to have more time to enjoy the environment - instead of fast going back to camp

Operator G Adventures

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you simply need a guided tour in Africa and I had only good experiences with the staff of this tour January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our group was really lucky and got to see EVERYTHING (White Rhino, Black Rhino, Zebras, Buffalos, all kinds of Gazelles, all kinds of birds, Giraffes, Hippos, Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Jakals, a Cheetah, Vultures, Crocodiles; we saw everything but a Leopard ;) ). Groups are not always that lucky, but the CEOs really know where to look for the animal and you won't believe what they see from a distance and to what amazing places they take you!
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Operator G Adventures

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I have had consistently good experiences with g October 2015

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  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Our guides made a massive effort to get the group to gel and to make sure we saw every animal that we could. Overall a fantastic experience, which I would highly recommend to anyone

Operator G Adventures

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The trip was brilliant and Jose king the guide was great to be around and we saw the bug 5, brilliant August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The guide was brilliant, the facilities we unreal, from van to guides to chef to accommodation everything went beyond my expectations

Operator G Adventures

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I have been on several trips with G Adventures as well as other companies and I have found G Adventures to be the best value for money. The tours are always conducted in a professional and organized manner with lots of variation. April 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As with all of my G Adventures travels, everything was perfect!

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Nairobi/Lake Nakuru National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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)

Day 3 Lake Nakuru National Park/Loita Hills (1B, 1L, 1D)

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)

Day 4 Loita Hills/Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

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)

Day 5 Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy wildlife safari drives in the overland adventure vehicle (OAV) in search of the Big Five. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 6 Masai Mara/Nairobi (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a final morning wildlife safari drive, then travel through the land of the Masai people to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival in the early evening. Additional Notes: The tour ends upon arrival to the Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi in the early evening. There is no included accommodation for this night in Nairobi. You may choose to pre-reserve post-tour accommodation through G Adventures. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Overland adventure vehicle (OAV)

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,149

Price Per Day:

$ 192 per person
 
USD30, usually included in most international air tickets.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai settlement visit and cultural walk
  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportOverland adventure vehicle (OAV)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 - Inverter for battery charging (*plugs vary - please see note below) - 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. 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.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 22
Max 22, avg 20

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Participation camping (4 nts), simple hotel (1 nt)
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.
Start City
Nairobi
End City
Nairobi
Guides 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local Masai warrior guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

• Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. • An essential part of your safari is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. • Sleeping bags are not available for rent and difficult to purchase locally. • Migration – Tanzania and Kenya The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the National Park and extend into the western Ngorongoro Conservation Area, form the main ungulate calving grounds of the Serengeti. The wildebeest typically disperse into the Seronera plains during the short rains, which fall in late November or early December, before calving in January, and staying put until the end of the long rains from January to early May. Towards the end of April the wildebeest start to congregate on the southern plains in the preparation for the 800km northward migration. The major obstacle faced by the wildebeest on this migration is the crossing for the Grumeti River through the western corridor, which typically occurs from June into early July. From July to October, the ungulates disperse again, with about half of them crossing the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and the remainder spreading out through the northern and western Serengeti. By late October the animals have generally started to plod back southward to the Seronera Plains, to arrive there in late November when the cycle starts all over again. • LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Nairobi does not arrive, especially with, but not exclusive to, major airlines out of London-Heathrow or Schiphol (Amsterdam). Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centres, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Nairobi, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Kenya. You may find that your tour will begin, and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Kenya are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour, and hire someone locally to persist with the your airline to retrieve your luggage. Your CEO or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement. • Flying through London-Heathrow to East Africa? Please note that regardless of the rules in other centres, travellers flying from, or connecting in, London-Heathrow are currently only permitted one carry-on piece of luggage and one small personal bag (purse, laptop-size bag, briefcase) on board on flights to Nairobi. If you arrive to the security gate with 2 pieces, you will be forced to check-in one of them, which may result in complications noted above. This policy is in place as of the time of writing, though local rules and regulations may indeed change. It is thus advisable to contact your airline directly for the most up-to-date information. • The power supply in Kenya and Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.

Meals

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.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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