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11 Days Camping - Best of Kenya and Tanzania - Nairobi to Nairobi [NNN]

Route:

Nairobi - Kenya - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds - Nairobi - Tanzania - Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Best of Kenya & Tanzania - Camping

Highlights:
Lake Naivasha, Serengeti National Park, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater

Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania


DETAILS:
Trip Code: NNN

Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Min / Max People: 2 / 18
Vehicle: Adventure Truck / Safari Vehicle

Departure Point

Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Sentrim Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 315680 www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi

End Point
Sentrim Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 315680 www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi


*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, the maximum number of participants is 20.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Nairobi - Arusha
A shuttle service will drive us from Nairobi to our overnight accommodation, located approximately 60km outside Arusha, located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mt Meru & Mount Kilimanjaro.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Hot Showers, Bar, Shop & Shared Ablutions 
Route: Nairobi to Arusha ±295 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Day 2 Arusha
The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. As you have the day at leisure, an option is to take a taxi into the town of Arusha and explore.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop

Day 3 - Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.


What you should take along:
• Daypack with one change of clothes • Binoculars, cameras & film • Some warm clothes, as it is always cold on the rim of the crater • Lots of insect repellent • A few dollars (small notes) for tips, curios etc • Snacks, cold drinks, cigarettes etc. for the excursion • Sleeping bag

Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Route: Arusha to Serengeti NP ±260km
Travel time: ± 2-3 hours
Activity package: Serengeti camping excursion

Day 4 - Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html  
Facilities: Water Not Drinkable, Shared Ablutions & Cold Showers

Day 5 - Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
Today we explore some 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. The itinerary of the Serengeti Excursion is flexible to ensure the best game viewing experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.
Facilities: Water Not Drinkable, Shared Ablutions & Cold Showers

Day 6 Arusha
Today we exit the Ngorongoro Crater and make our way back to Ndoro Lodge. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Serengeti NP to Arusha ± 250 km
Travel time: ± 4-5 hours
Included highlight: Visit to local Masai Mara museum

Day 7 Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

Optional Activities: Dinner out Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Sentrim:
Facilities: Route: Arusha to Nairobi ±295 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours

Day 8 Masai Mara National Reserve
We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions. Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masai people completes our experience.

*The Masai Mara Reserve excursion & game drive will be operated in safari type vehicles, please ensure that you pack a small overnight bag to take into the Mara. You will need your towel, sleeping bag as well as clothes, toiletries and your camping essentials.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Masai Mara Camp: www.keniatours.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs

Day 9 Lake Naivasha
After an early morning game drive in the Mara, we depart towards Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle. An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamsson, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free.

Optional Activities: High Tea at Elsamere.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Fish Eagle Camp: www.fisheagleinn.com/index.php#content
Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Laundry & Shared Ablutions
Route: Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha ±245 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs
Activity Package: Masai Village visit

Day 10 Lake Nakuru
Today we will travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake, with excellent photographic opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:Camp: Lake Nakuru Flamingo Lodge http://http://www.lakenakuruflamingolodge.com/
Facilities: Hot Showers, Bar & Shared Ablutions
Route: Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru ±110 km
Travel time: ±2-3hrs
Included Activities: Hells Gate National Park, Game drive in Lake Nakuru NP

Day 11 Nairobi
Returning to our final destination Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. 

Optional Activities: Dinner out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.
Route: Lake Nakuru to Nairobi ±170 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs

Tour Ends
This tour ends today at the Sentrim Hotel Boulevard www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi. If you want to book an additional night here, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

Activity & Price
-Masai Village Visit R250
-Serengeti camping excursion R7700
TOTAL: R7950

This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

 

Extra information

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout the tour.

Health:
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 disability that you may have.

Insurance(Compulsory):
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for further information.

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries. Most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border or at the airport. We strongly recommend that you organize your visa before the tour. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Climate:
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking:
USD (United States Dollars) cash is the best currency for East Africa. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Vaccinations:
A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
You can join this tour to the Zanzibar Excursion or the Kilimanjaro Trek.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

Arrival:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any problems such as forgotten luggage, misplaced bags or any unpredictable problems such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.

Departure:
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, the maximum number of participants is 20.

Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at nomad@nomadtours.co.za and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 1st Floor, Leadership House, 40 Shortmarket St, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town to collect one. You can also download from our website at www.nomadtours.co.za. After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.

Tour Ends:
This tour ends today at the L’Oasis Lodge www.loasislodge.com. If you want to book an additional night here, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.

TIPPING ON TOUR:
East Africa:
In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides. It is expected to tip Porters and Car-guards etc. Ask your guides how much is appropriate in local currency.

The recommended amount for Serengeti/Masai Mara Guides is around USD15 per person, per day, per guide. If you also have a cook the recommended amount to tip is about USD10 per person, per day, per cook/assistant.
The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. So if you have 2-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 2 envelopes are used and each crewmembers name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them.

THE NOMAD AFRICAN TRUST:
www.nomadafricantrust.co.za
At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust.
By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries.

GREEN SEATS - TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN AFRICA:
Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption.
Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more
information on our “Green Seats”, please visit
www.nomadtours.co.za/nomad_greenseats.html

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH NOMAD:
At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on ops@nomadtours.co.za. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards.