Arrive in Nairobi and meet at our Hotel in the heart of this bustling city. For clients arriving early, there are a variety
of optional tours and excursions on offer – these can be arranged on arrival at the Hotel. At 18h00 we conduct a pre-tour briefing before enjoying an own expense dinner at a local restaurant.
Leaving the city behind us, we travel north, climbing continually to the lip of the escarpment from where we will enjoy a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley. After a short stop to enjoy the views we make our way down the Rift Valley escarpment to visit an extinct volcano. We will have time for a hike in Mount Longonot National Park where we have an incredible view over the whole escarpment, with the chance of viewing some wildlife along the way. A packed lunch will be provided for the hike. After enjoying the majestic scenery the Rift Valley has to offer, we take a short drive to our campsite situated on the shore of Lake Naivasha to set up camp, relax and enjoy dinner around the camp fire. B L D
Lake NaivashaWe enjoy breakfast in camp before starting a day filled with activities. We start by travelling the short distance to the famous Hells Gate National Park where we have the opportunity to explore the high basaltic cliffs of the park with the chance of seeing zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other species of antelope found in the park.
After our trip down into the gorge we make our way back to camp for lunch followed by a boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to find hippo and the numerous bird species that inhabit the area. We finish the day with a relaxed drive to , the former home of George and Joy Adamson for afternoon tea and to gain some insight into their fascinating lives. In the late afternoon we return to camp for a sumptuous braai. B L D
Today we traverse through some of Kenya’s finest wilderness, using lesser known roads, we will pass numerous Masai villages on the way. Our camp for the next two nights is adjacent to the renowned Masai Mara National Park. B L D
Masai Mara landscapeEarly this morning we depart on a full day of extensive game driving. The Masai Mara is well known for its large herds and ever-present predators and we will follow seasonal migrations when possible.
Lunch today will be a picnic on the banks of the Mara River, known for its huge crocodiles and hippo population. We return to the camp for the night. B L D
Leaving the Masai Mara behind us, today we enter Tanzania and then descend toward the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. This Lake forms part of the Great Rift Valley and provides a livelihood for the many locals that fish its waters. Leaving the Masai Mara behind us, today we enter Tanzania and then descend toward the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. This lake forms part of the Great Rift Valley and provides a livelihood for the many locals that fish its waters. Here we will spend some time before we enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant. Camp the night at the waters edge. B L
Today we enter what is arguably the world’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary, the Serengeti National Park. This Park with its huge concentrations of plains game, numerous predators and prolific birdlife all resident on the seemingly endless grass and acacia covered plains epitomizes Africa’s game parks. We will traverse the Park west to east doing extensive game drives, and will spend a night at the active Seronera campsite.
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After an extensive morning game drive we leave the Serengeti and enter the Ngorongoro Conservation area where we witness the spectacle of the Masai tribal people herding their cattle amongst the wildlife, still living their customary lifestyle as they have for centuries. Tonight we will camp at the renowned Simba camp on the edge of the magnificent Ngorongoro crater. The views from the camp are spectacular. B L D
At first light we make the daring descent into the crater in our smaller 4×4 safari vehicles and here we explore this marvel of nature with its sheer walls and fertile plains. With the possibility to view almost all of Africa’s mammals, including the rare Black Rhino at close range in open plains, this has to be the finest game viewing available. Returning to Simba camp, we will enjoy lunch before exiting the park and descending the escarpment to our camp. Here we will camp for two nights, among the Masai people.
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Today we will explore the village and its surrounds on foot, we will spend time absorbing the unique culture hoping to experience the Masai dancing and will barter in the markets – all the time witnessing the traditional way of life. Camp the night.
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After an early start we make our way toward Arusha, the town at the foothill of the beautiful Mount Meru. Here we will spend the afternoon exploring this lively town and its local markets. Tonight we will enjoy an own expense meal at a local restaurant. B
After breakfast we set off to complete the circle back to Nairobi. ( On occasion we may use the shuttle bus to transfer clients.) This road travels through some spectacular scenery and on a clear day offers stunning views of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. En-route to Nairobi city, the transfer will pass via the airport to facilitate clients who are flying out today. Clients staying on in Nairobi or continuing their travels will be taken into the city center. B
Accommodation in this 12 days Kenya and Tanzania overland trip is 1 Night Hotel, 10 Nights Camping
Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, it is highlighted in the tour itinerary.
An overland expedition vehicle is used for this tour.
As the name suggests Overland Camping safari involves travelling by overland truck through Africa, and camping under the African Stars along the way.
Camping is usually done in the various rest camps along the route, but can also involve “bush camping” if there are no rest camps in a specific area. This all adds to the camping experience.
The tents used on our African overland camping safari are mostly walk in canvas two man dome tents, that are comfortable and well ventilated. Full participation is required when camping, and you will be expected to help out with meal preparation on a roster basis, as well as putting your tent up and taking it down.
The participation within the group environment cements the relationships you develop within your group and provides you with a temporary family away from home.
The average age bracket that chooses the camping option is 18 to 30-year-olds, however this is the norm rather than the rule. As long as you have a sense of adventure, and do not mind getting involved with your fellow travelers this form of travel can be great fun even if you’re 60!