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Savannahs & Sands Tour

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Savannahs & Sands OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

10 days

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

From $1960.00

$1765 (p/p)

Country(ies): Kenya , Tanzania

Tour type: Overland

Group size: Min: 4 | Max: 20

Accommodation: 2 to 4-star hotels, lodges or camping

Meals:

Transport: Overland expedition vehicle & ferry

Highlights: Incredible wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater, Endless savannahs of the Serengeti National Park, Coral reefs and beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, Stone Town

A perfect mix of wildlife and relaxation, this tour combines the amazing wildlife of the Serengeti National Park with the relaxing tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island, and offers a great introduction to Tanzania. This is an overland tour, travelling in a fully equipped comfortable expedition truck, with two options available for your accommodation each night, either staying in hotels and lodges or mainly camping. 

Arriving in Nairobi we head south across the border to Arusha, gateway to the wildlife heart of Tanzania. From here there is an optional 3 night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park, making stops at the Ngorongoro crater, home to an unrivalled density of wildlife, and Olduvai Gorge, birth place of man. Alternatively you can remain with the group and be based outside the park with a full day excursion inside the Ngorongoro Crater and a hike to Elephant Cave included plus free time for additional activities available locally. From 2021 we will be removing the camping excursion option and including a night in a permanent camp in the Serengeti and adding a full day's game drive through the park.

After our wildlife experience we head towards Zanzibar and the coast. We spend the last three days of our tour relaxing on the tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island. There is plenty to do including the historic World Heritage Site of Stone Town, bustling markets, spice tours, swimming, snorkelling or just a bit of sunbathing. We finish with a transfer back to Dar es Salaam where the tour comes to an end.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Nairobi to Arusha

We start our tour today by leaving the bustling city of Nairobi and driving towards the Tanzanian border. Once we have completed all of our formal border checks, we cross over and head towards the buzzing hub of Arusha. Here, we will stop over for the night and those who purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package will be briefed by our local guide. The guide will provide you with all the information you need to prepare for the coming days.

Route: Nairobi to Arusha
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

OVERNIGHT:

Ndoro Lodge or similar

MEALS:

Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 2 Karatu

We spend most of our day travelling to Karatu, close to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Once we arrive in Karatu, our experienced local guide will provide you with a full briefing on the exciting full day excursion into the Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow. Karatu also provides guests with the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of optional activities to choose from. Additionally, the guests who pre-purchased the Serengeti excursion will be picked up early today and separated from the group for the upcoming 4 days.

Route: Arusha to Karatu
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

OVERNIGHT:

Kudu Camp or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Serengeti camping excursion - 2020 only


Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We’ll be picked up early from the camp this morning and transported to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4x4 safari vehicles. We will spend most of today along the crater floor exploring the diverse range of wildlife that frequent the plains. This is one of the world’s most famous wildlife hotspots and we’re sure to see a huge variety of big game animals, birds and other species. Arriving back in Karatu in the afternoon after an eventful day, guests are free to relax and reflect on the events of the day.

Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return
Included Highlight: Full day 4x4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

Note: From 2021 our itinerary will change to retain a full day safari in the Ngorongoro Crater but finish at a permanent camp inside the Serengeti.

OVERNIGHT:

Kudu Camp or similar (2021 Seronera Camp)

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Serengeti camping excursion - 2020 only


Day 4 Elephant Caves hike and optional activities (2021 Serengeti game drive)

This morning we take a hike through untouched forests full of wildlife to Elephant Caves. You are then welcome to spend the rest of the day as you choose. Relax around the camp or choose to participate in the numerous optional activities that Karatu has to offer. (Guests will be able to book any optional activities with the accommodation upon arrival)

Included Highlight: Elephant Caves Hike
Optional Activities: Local Brewery Tour, Iraqw Market, Coffee Plantation tour
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

Note: From 2021 our itinerary will change to include a full day's game safari through the Serengeti before returning to Karatu for the night.

OVERNIGHT:

Kudu Camp

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Serengeti camping excursion - 2020 only


Day 5 Arusha

As we bid farewell to the Ngorongoro Crater, we board our truck and head back to Arusha with unforgettable memories. Our fellow travellers who departed for the Serengeti Excursion are reunited with the group upon arrival in Arusha.

Route: Karatu to Arusha
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

OVERNIGHT:

Ndoro Lodge or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 To the coastal town of Bagamoyo

Off to an early start, we begin our journey to our overnight accommodation on the sunny coast towards the town of Bagamoyo. The town of Bagamoyo lies north of the port of Dar es Salaam and was formerly known as the epicentre of the East African slave trade. The atmosphere of African travel envelopes us as we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Taking in the buzzing markets and rural villages, we are able to take a glimpse into the window of African rural life. Our evening shall be spent relaxing and preparing for our exciting Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow.

Route: Arusha to Bagamoyo
Facilities - Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions

OVERNIGHT:

Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Ferry to Zanzibar and visit Stone Town

Today, we step out early and begin our journey towards Dar es Salaam for a leisurely ferry ride to Zanzibar Island. Upon arrival, we make our way to the hotel and get a first-hand experience of all of the fragrant smells and sounds of Zanzibar. The beautiful town of Stone Town offers numerous excursions and activities, all of which can be arranged with assistance from your local guide. Famous for being the centre point of the Slave and Spice routes, this bustling port is rich with history and culture.

Route: Bagamoyo to Stone Town (Zanzibar)
Included Highlight: Zanzibar Excursion
Facilities - Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Ocean View Hotel or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 8 Spice Tour and free time

This morning we take a spice tour with a local guide, learning more about the island's important role in the historic spice trade. You are then free to spend the rest of the day enjoying the numerous attractions and activities that Stone Town has to offer. In the mood to explore? Rent a scooter and visit some of Stone Town’s most famous attractions. There is also a variety of water sports, such as: fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving as well as a range of ocean safari options. Take the opportunity to create some unforgettable island memories, soaking up the beautiful weather.

Included Highlight: Spice Tour
Local options: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more
Facilities - Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Ocean View Hotel or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

Options available while on tour (KEOVSS)


Day 9 Jozani Forest, free time or optional activities

We spend our final day on the island, starting with a tour of the beautiful Jozani Forest and then having a free time to explore Stone Town more or take some more optional activities

Included Highlight: Jozani Forest
Facilities - Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities - Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom

OVERNIGHT:

Ocean View Hotel or similar

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 Tour ends in Dar es Salaam

With some free time to explore, we spend our morning soaking up the rich history and culture of Stone Town. Taking in the bustling markets and enveloping fragrances, we enjoy our final few hours exploring this island paradise. We then board the ferry back to the port of Dar es Salaam where our tour comes to an end.

Route: Stone Town to Dar es Salaam

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Dar es Salaam - post-tour
Departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam


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Included:
  • 9 nights accommodation camping or in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • 3 nights in Serengeti campsites if choosing the optional excursion
  • All transport using in a fully equipped 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visas
  • Serengeti excursion package and locally available options
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Notes:

This tour forms part of our longer East African Odyssey tour which starts in Victoria Falls and travels through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi before connecting up with this tour in Arusha.

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Dates and Prices

This tour departs Nairobi early in the morning on Day 1 so please plan to add at least 1 extra day to your travels before & after the tour dates below. Extra hotel nights and airport transfers are available on request.

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Amaan Bungalows

Amaan Bungalows

Zanzibar


Offering an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness centre, Amaan Bungalows is located in Nungwi. Free WiFi access is available. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath or shower and free toiletries.

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 Amaan Bungalows Amaan Bungalows

Offering an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness centre, Amaan Bungalows is located in Nungwi. Free WiFi access is available.

Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath or shower and free toiletries. Extras include a safety deposit box, bed linen and a fan.

At Amaan Bungalows you will find a restaurant. Other facilities offered at the property include water sports facilities, a tour desk and luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing, diving and windsurfing. The property offers free parking.

Kisauni Airport is 34.2 miles away.

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel

Nairobi


Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located in Nairobi. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. The Kenyatta International Conference Centre is 1.9 miles away.

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 Sentrim Boulevard Hotel Sentrim Boulevard Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located in Nairobi. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. The Kenyatta International Conference Centre is 1.9 miles away.

Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, a fan and a balcony offering views of the pool and garden. There is also a refrigerator. The private bathroom has a bath or shower, with free toiletries. Extras include a desk and a safety deposit box.

At Sentrim Boulevard Hotel you will find a tennis court. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk and luggage storage.

The hotel is 2.5 miles from Railway Museum and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is 11.8 miles away.

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement accommodated (KEOVSS)

Single room supplement accommodated

Min numbers: 1


This option books a single room in of the accommodation throughout the tour apart from the Zanzibar section which is based on same-sex sharing. If you are single traveller then you will need to add this option to your booking.

*Price from
$335
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option books a single room in most of the accommodation throughout the tour. The hotels on Zanzibar are on a same-sex sharing basis. If you are a single traveller you will need to add this option onto your booking.

 

Extra day in Dar es Salaam - post-tour

Extra day in Dar es Salaam - post-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
$40
per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Nairobi - pre-tour

Extra day in Nairobi - pre-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
$100
per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Airport transfers are not included, but are available as an additional option. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Options available while on tour (KEOVSS)

Options available while on tour

Min numbers: 1


These options are available from local activity providers while you are on the tour.

*Price from
On Request
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

These options are availabile while you are on the tour from local activity providers who your booking will be with. Prices are given as a guide and are subject to change.

Country Area Activity Price Range
Tanzania Karatu Lake Eyasi & Tindiga Experience $140 to $270
Tanzania Karatu Iraqw walking or biking tour $20 to $40
Tanzania Zanzibar  Scuba Diving - Per Dive $60 to $80
Tanzania Zanzibar  Swimming with Dolphins Full day (Min 2 x clients) $40 to $160
Serengeti camping excursion - 2020 only

Serengeti camping excursion - 2020 only

Min numbers: 1


This 3-night camping based excursion takes you into the heart of the southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater for some excellent and more extensive wildlife viewing opportunities than included on the standard tour.

*Price from
$1235
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This 3-night excursion takes you into the heart of the southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater for some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Your accommodation is camping based, staying in some of the Tanzanian National Parks board campsites with all facilities provided (a rented sleeping bag is included but we recommend bringing a travel pillow). The park authorities do struggle to maintain these camps sometimes and the toilets and washing facilities are not always as clean as we would like. Please bring your own wet wipes and toilet paper.

The price shown is based on a minimum of 4 guests booking and is subject to increase if there is only 1 person participating in this activity. In order to ensure availability, please pre-book and pay for this option together with your tour purchase. The tour single supplements do not cover this option so please expect to share with a fellow traveller for these nights.

Daily itinerary:

Day 1 - Serengeti National Park (Day 2 of the main tour itinerary)
The Serengeti is most famous for the annual migration when over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, then swirling west and north after the longs rains in April, May and June. While the migration is heavily dependent on the rains and viewing of the spectacle cannot be guaranteed, we will make the most of our time in the Serengeti in search of the various animal species that frequent the plains. After a short briefing at the accommodation in Arusha,we depart in 4x4 safari vehicles and set off for the Serengeti National Park, enjoy our first game drive as we enter in the afternoon and make our way to our camp.
Accommodation - Campsite with shared facilities: Seronera Campsite or similar.

Day 2 - Serengeti National Park
Our route today depends on the movement of the game and sightings, but the full day will be spent game driving through the Serengeti. Apart from the annual migration, the Serengeti is also home to the “big five“, and it is claimed that the Serengeti is home to the highest population of lions anywhere in Africa.
Accommodation - Campsite with shared facilities: Seronera Campsite or similar.

Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.
Accommodation - Campsite with shared facilities: Simba Campsite or similar.

Day 4 - Return to Arusha (Day 5 of the main tour itinerary)
We pack up early and leave our camp to enjoy our final game drive in the Ngorongoro area as we make our way to the park exit. We should reach Arusha early evening where we will reunite with our truck, crew and fellow travellers. Accommodation - Ndoro Lodge or similar

Departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam

Departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam

Min numbers: 1


This option adds a departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam to your Overland tour with us (going to Dar Es Salaam iairport).

*Price from
$50
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s


This option adds a departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of post-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Arrival airport transfer in Nairobi

Arrival airport transfer in Nairobi

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Nairobi to your Overland tour with us (arriving at Nairobi airport).

*Price from
$55
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option adds an arrival airport transfer in Nairobi to your Overland tour with us. You will need to also book at least one night of pre-tour hotel accommodation with us in order to book this transfer.
Note: We subcontract our airport transfers, so your transfer representative will not have any information about your tour with us, or be able to assist you beyond the transfer itself.

Single room supplement camping (KEOVSS)

Single room supplement camping (KEOVSS)

Min numbers: 1


This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

*Price from
$135
per person/s

*Price based on 1 person/s

This option provides single travellers with a single room in the hotels/guesthouses used during the tour as well as a private single tent. Single travellers happy to share a same-sex twin room and tent do not need to pay the supplement.

 

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. International Flights and Airport Transfers

International Flights: We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people living in different places and with varying travel plans, except on some Escorted Tours and package promotions, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to suggest flights to go with the tour. Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from.

The vast majority of our tours are designed such that you can arrive and depart at any time on the first and last days of the set tour itinerary, with your arrival and departure airport transfers included in the tour price. However, on our Overland tours, you should not arrange your onward international flights or other travel for the day the tour is due to end (unless the final day does not involve any travelling and finishes after breakfast). Similarly, many of our Overland tours depart their first port of call on the first morning, and you will therefore need to plan for any flights to arrive at least one day beforehand.

Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure airport transfers are included on Small Group, Shoestring and Tailor-made tours but available as extra options on all our African Overland tours, as long as you have accommodation booked with us on that day. If you add extra accommodation before and/or after the tour that you do not book with us, then you will also need to arrange your own airport transfers.

Departure Taxes: Various countries may require that you pay an Airport Departure Tax when departing on an international flight. Please note that all departure taxes must be paid in hard cash currency and US Dollars are normally the best currency to use for this. Departure taxes can vary from US$10 - US$60 depending on the departure point. 


  2. Health and Vaccinations

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area.
Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan.
Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
If you are travelling on an Overland tour or your trip includes wildlife safaris then please bear in mind that you may be travelling on bumpy roads and/or rough ground for several hours at a time. This can be very uncomfortable or painful if you have a bad back, and make such conditions worse. Please contact us if you have any concerns.


  3. Passports and Visas

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. Encounters Travel will not be held responsible if travellers are denied entry because they are not in possession of the relevant visas. We therefore recommend you re-check requirements with the relevant embassy/consulate around 4 weeks before travel.

You should also be in possession of a valid onward or return flight ticket, or proof of other means of transport enabling you to leave the country that your tour passes through or finishes in. In addition you should carry proof of sufficient funds to cover you during your time in the country (eg. credit card).

Should your tour be re-entering a country, please ensure that you have a multiple entry visa that allows this. Some countries have a visa on arrival service which can be more convenient and cheaper. However, for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Encounters Travel advises that you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.


  4. What to take

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES: Most international airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 23kg per person of luggage to go in the hold of the plane. Domestic flights often have smaller allowances around 15kg. As airline rules vary we recommend that you take no more than 20kg of luggage if your tour just includes international flights, and no more than 15kg if there are any domestic flights included in your itinerary. Please ask us for details if you are unsure about luggage allowances on your tour. Any excess baggage fees will be your responsibility to cover. Most airlines allow between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage so we suggest that you take no more than 5kg unless you have confirmed that your airline(s) will allow more than this.

OVERLAND AND SAFARI TOURS: Please keep in mind that these are adventure tours in an adventure vehicle (truck or 4x4) and luggage should not include any solid Samsonite style suitcases. On our accommodated overland tours most of our trucks have lockers for the luggage (locker sizes: 37,5 cm high, 32 cm wide, 80 cm deep). Only a soft bag will fit in these lockers. A suitcase is far more difficult to store and make secure in our vehicle and this is part of the reason we ask for a backpack or tote bag to be used as your luggage. The other reason is that you need to walk from the truck to the accommodation and often over sand or uneven terrain.  Your luggage on our Overland tours is limited to ONE backpack and ONE daypack weighing no more than 20kg. As a general rule, if you cannot lift your own luggage - you’ve got too much stuff! Most people make the mistake of bringing too many clothes. A quick reminder - suitcases are not suitable on our overland tours – especially huge Samsonite-style cases! Small wheeled cases are OK for safari tours.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Kit for all weather conditions including: • 2/3 shorts/skirts • 1 jacket/anorak • Tracksuit/pullover • 2 pairs of long pants/jeans • 2 pairs of walking shoes/boots/trainers • 1 pair of sandals • 3 or 4 T-shirts/short sleeve shirts or sundresses • 2/3 Long Sleeve Shirts • Smart casual change of clothes • Swimwear • Underwear & socks • Sun Hat – preferably that covers the back of your neck. • Raincoat • Kikoi/sarong

Your clothing should be easy to wash and dry and should preferably not need ironing. Avoid synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Many people underestimate how cold Africa can be – remember that jersey/jacket! There are also nights that are warm but you must still wear clothes that cover arms and legs from mosquitoes. Take a set of casual but smart clothes for the occasional evening out in a restaurant or club. If you wear glasses (or contacts) it is also advisable to bring a spare pair.

While on wildlife safaris it is important to wear dull coloured clothing - olive, mushroom, brown, khaki, stone are ideal.
You should avoid white (stands out too much), black or blue (attracts tsetse flies), and camouflage (illegal in many countries for civilians)

Additional Items: • Towel & facecloth • Baby wipes/ Wet Wipes • Personal toiletries • Sleeping bag • Torch & enough spare batteries • Camera & spare batteries and memory cards • Water bottle. (A 2-litre Coke bottle works well...) • Penknife • Insect and Mosquito repellent • Suntan lotion, sun block & after sun lotion • Sunglasses • Watch • Biodegradable laundry detergent • Passport (plus a copy of your passport & visas) • Extra passport photos • Vaccination certificate • Money • Travel plug • Neck pillow • Small sewing kit • Plastic bags • Clothes line and pegs • Small scrubbing brush • a small padlock for your luggage locker in the truck • Small basic First Aid kit (painkillers, band aids, after-sun lotion, eye drops, anti-diarrhoea tablets etc.)

DAY PACKS: Please check the itinerary for your specific tour if you will need a little daypack. For example on our Cape Town to Vic Falls overland tour you will need a smaller bag, big enough to bring basic equipment (toiletries and clothes) for 2 nights. The daypack is for your Okavango Delta Excursion, where you cannot bring your entire luggage.


  5. Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer, or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.


  6. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.
Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.


  7. Financial Security

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
Financial failure insurance is also provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of your tour.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  8. Responsible Tourism

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don't prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn't make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don't expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don't worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don't waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don't litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you're travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It's important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).


  9. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/encounterstravel
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')


  10. Before you travel

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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