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Highlights
  • Snap frame-worthy photos on safari
  • Track wildlife on wildlife safari drives in many parks and reserves in two countries
  • Marvel at the vastness of the african plains
  • Share campfire laughs with like-minded younger travellers

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.

Trip Description
Kenya & Tanzania Overland Express (Nairobi Loop)
 

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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 & Tanzania Overland Express (Nairobi Loop)

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Everything in the Kenia-tour was perfect! Perfect Guide, nice campsites, beautiful landscape, lots to learn about culture! The campsites in Tanzania were ok, in Snake Park it was too loud at night, but all in all: also perfect guide, beautiful landscape! August 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
All in all: a recommendable tour with lots of experiances to make and lots of amazing things to see. Also perfect to learn lots about culture, wildlife and landscape. Awesome tour!

Operator G Adventures

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I had a wonderful experience with G Adventures, they really took my trip "to the next level" with a lot of intangible personal touches. December 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
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  • Transportation 5.0
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Climbing Kilimanjaro has been something I have wanted to do for... well, almost as along as I can remember. G Adventures made reaching my goal a reality. The cost for this trip was reasonable, the ability of customer service reps to answer my questions prior to departure was terrific. Once in Tanzania, we were met by a fabulous team. Our entire crew was amazing, treating us like family and contributing to us successfully reaching the Summit.
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Operator G Adventures

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All the CEOs had an incredible attention to detail and really cared for all of us on the trip. The standard they provided was much higher than I had expected! December 2015

5.0
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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I cannot recommend G Adventures highly enough for this trip! All the CEOs (Israel, Samson, Joseph, G Man, Aboo, Emmanuel) were enthusiastic, professional, friendly and really seemed to care about us. The quality of the food and accommodation they provided up the mountain was incredible and the G Fighters were always so cheery. I would particularly like to thank Aboo who looked after me so well when I was ill with the altitude as without him I definitely would not have made it to the top or enjoyed my trip so much!
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Very professional Group, looked after needs of group December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic experience. Very well looked after by our Guides. Knew everybody's strengths and weaknesses. Were a tower of strength on summit night.

Operator G Adventures

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Everything was well organised, CEO was great! November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Was great for chilling, expecially after exhausting Kilimajaro!

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 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)

Day 7 Nairobi/Arusha (1B, 1D)

Travel south and cross the border into Tanzania. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania) Transport: Shuttle

Day 8 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 9 Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 10 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 11 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 13 Arusha/Nairobi (1B)

Hop on a transfer back to Nairobi, Kenya. Trip finishes upon arrival in the evening. Additional Notes: We'll arrange the shuttle transfer; all you have to do is hop on. The shuttle will drop you off at Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi. This is an unaccompanied transfer; no G staff will be present. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya) Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Shuttle

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,699

Price Per Day:

$ 208 per person
 
USD30, usually included in most international airfare.
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit
  • Mto wa Mbu G Adventures for Good: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch
  • Mto wa Mbu
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Masai settlement visit and cultural walk
  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha
  • Visit to G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project
  • Guided walk and lunch in a local community
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportOverland adventure vehicle (OAV), minivan, shared shuttle, 4x4 safari vehicle.We use a large 24-seat overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to criss-cross through Kenya and Tanzania. 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 transfers between Nairobi and Arusha will be using a shared shuttle, and some non-G Adventures travellers may be on board.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 22
Max 20, Avg 16

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 (10 nts), simple hotel (2 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 guides. 1 CEO only on transfers between Nairobi to Arusha.

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. • According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 15th and June 14th, 2018. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. In Zanzibar and other Muslim areas in Africa, it is important to note that there may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan. Generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan, particularly in Zanzibar. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time. • 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. • This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in both Kenya and Tanzania. A safari is about travelling to see animals, so we cover long distances crossing the country to visit different wildlife parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing wildlife while driving in the parks. This translates to a lot of driving. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience. • Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask your Sales CEO.

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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