Project Description

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TOUR : 12 Day Kenya / Tanzania Tour
ROUTE : Nairobi to Nairobi
DEPARTURES : Saturdays (2021) or Sundays (2022)
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
STAFF : Two Crew onboard
DURATION : 12 Days (1 night Hotel, 8 nights camping, 2 nights lodge)

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 come prepared with an open mind and spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of the region.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Your insurance should include all the countries and territories that your tour will pass through. You must ensure that you have sufficient cover for medical and evacuation costs, and should base this on advice from your insurer. A minimum benefit of USD 60 000.00 is recommended for evacuation from any area in which Drifters operates in Africa to South Africa, with further benefits for medical costs in South Africa, and for possible repatriation to your home country. Please note that you will be required to furnish details of your travel insurance to Drifters before you will be allowed to travel with us. Please ensure that these details are completely and accurately recorded in order to facilitate a claim should this be necessary.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

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
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
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
Shorts
Waterproof Windbreaker
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Personal toiletries
Insect Repellent

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Refreshments
Pen
Passport / Visas (if applicable)

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 20kg’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.

*** 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.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

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.

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

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.

DEPARTURE POINT

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.
Nairobi Town
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

ON SAFARI

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.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

Departs selected Sundays
Max 17 Guests per tour
Minimum 4 clients to confirm departure

Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 565

Departure Date Tour Ends
02-Jan-22 13-Jan-22
16-Jan-22 27-Jan-22
30-Jan-22 10-Feb-22
13-Feb-22 24-Feb-22
27-Feb-22 10-Mar-22
13-Mar-22 24-Mar-22
27-Mar-22 07-Apr-22
10-Apr-22 21-Apr-22
24-Apr-22 05-May-22
08-May-22 19-May-22
22-May-22 02-Jun-22
05-Jun-22 16-Jun-22
19-Jun-22 30-Jun-22
03-Jul-22 14-Jul-22
17-Jul-22 28-Jul-22
31-Jul-22 11-Aug-22
14-Aug-22 25-Aug-22
28-Aug-22 08-Sep-22
11-Sep-22 22-Sep-22
25-Sep-22 06-Oct-22
09-Oct-22 20-Oct-22
23-Oct-22 03-Nov-22
06-Nov-22 17-Nov-22
20-Nov-22 01-Dec-22
04-Dec-22 15-Dec-22
18-Dec-22 29-Dec-22

Tour Departure: 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2023

Tour Rate p/p:  From € 2 695

Departure Date Tour Ends
1-Jan-23 12-Jan-23
15-Jan-23 26-Jan-23
29-Jan-23 9-Feb-23
12-Feb-23 23-Feb-23
26-Feb-23 9-Mar-23
12-Mar-23 23-Mar-23
26-Mar-23 6-Apr-23
9-Apr-23 20-Apr-23
23-Apr-23 4-May-23
7-May-23 18-May-23
21-May-23 1-Jun-23
4-Jun-23 15-Jun-23
18-Jun-23 29-Jun-23
2-Jul-23 13-Jul-23
16-Jul-23 27-Jul-23
30-Jul-23 10-Aug-23
13-Aug-23 24-Aug-23
27-Aug-23 7-Sep-23
10-Sep-23 21-Sep-23
24-Sep-23 5-Oct-23
8-Oct-23 19-Oct-23
22-Oct-23 2-Nov-23
5-Nov-23 16-Nov-23
19-Nov-23 30-Nov-23
3-Dec-23 14-Dec-23
17-Dec-23 28-Dec-23
31-Dec-23 11-Jan-24

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

Please Note:
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

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18 Day South Africa, 10 December 2019, Desiree Dietz
“I’ve been to South Africa 3 times and my first time was with drifters two times with other companies drifters wins hands down.”
5 Day Kruger , 4 Jan 2019, Frogg Vidler
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