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East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

east africa: the works!

Book from € 2,299.-
GROUP SIZE: 6-20 | 21 DAYS

Welcome

Travel through magnificent green highlands with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, caustic soda lakes full of flamingos and enormous savannas roamed by zebras, giraffes and antelopes. Visit famous national parks, meet tribes who still follow their traditional way of life and relax of the heavenly beaches of Zanzibar.

Travel documents

You are responsible for making sure that your travel documents are in order. You need to have at least 6 months validity beyond your return date from this trip.

Kenya and Tanzania (including Zanzibar) require most nationalities to have a (single entry) visa to gain entry. At the time of writing, it is possible to purchase the visa for Kenya and for Tanzania on arrival into each country. We suggest that you organise both visas in advance of travel to save time when arriving. Please check with your nearest embassies for both Kenya and Tanzania or with a visa agency such as CIBT
To check current requirements (as they are always subject to change) please check a site such as this one.  

Update: It is now possible to purchase an online e-Visa for Kenya, in advance of travel. Please visit the following (official) website: www.ecitizen.go.ke

Follow the instructions on this website and do not forget to print out the e-visa before travelling. This must be shown at immigration, upon arrival in Kenya.

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Disclaimer

Pocket money

Allowance: The allowance recommended by us is a minimum for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees and gratuities. The amount you actually spend will depend a great deal upon your own habits and therefore souvenirs are also not included is this estimation.

Meals are not included in the price. In some places you can go out to eat (Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar). The tour leader will also be your cook and they will prepare the meals. It is the intention that a few people will help when cutting vegetables and washing up. The tour leader, at the beginning of the journey collects an amount for the purchase of the food for the common meals plus associated costs I.e cooking gas. These details are held in an account book that is available to everyone. The amount collected will depend upon the size of the group. It is always cheaper to buy in larger quantities, therefore smaller groups will contribute slightly more per person.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
The transportation of the group will be by safari truck in groups that have 9 participants and above. For groups with 8 or fewer participants we use a minibus. The Ngorongoro Crater and Nakuru N. P. will be visited with land cruisers, four-wheel drive vehicles that can accommodate 5 to 6 participants. Some excursions are made ​​by boat.

Accommodation
During this tour we stay in double tents of a good standard. In Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar you sleep in a simple hotel. Travellers who book alone will be sharing a tent or room with someone of the same sex. Booking a single tent is not possible. You would then need to bring your own tent.
A single room is available in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. You must specify this when booking and a supplement will be charged.

Use of the tent:
On our travels through East Africa, we use an A-frame or dome tent. All tents have mosquito nets, so you need not take one with you. However, you must provide a sleeping bag yourself. There are also mattresses provided for each participant.
The first night you camp in nature, you might start to feel a bit insecure in your new environment. However, we can assure you that almost all animals (except kleptomaniac monkeys) are afraid of, or are not interested in people and so rarely approach.

Everyone decides at the beginning of the trip with whom he/she wants to share the tent. During the entire trip you are jointly responsible for this tent. The tent will be put up yourself, broken down yourself and kept clean yourself. Here are some tips for setting up and dismantling of the tent:
* When setting up the tent you should try to choose a flat piece of ground and not place the tent in a valley. (One heavy downpour and your tent is underwater). Remove sharp stones and thorns etc. to prevent damage to the groundsheet and the inner tent.
* Try not to place the tent under the trees, some trees have a sticky resin which is bad for the canvas.
* Always keep the zips closed when setting up. This will prevent anything from getting inside unnoticed.
* Make sure the outer tent is not pressed against the inner tent. This prevents leakage into the tent.
* Do not place objects against the tent wall. This can also lead to leakage and damage to the material.
* Make sure you close the zip of your tent at night to safeguard against pests.

Be careful with the tents and other camping equipment, because others will use it once you have finished.

We would like to point out that water is scarce in almost all of Africa. Consider these shortages by not spending excessive time taking a shower every day. If you take a shower, turn off the water as you're soaping up. Do not leave the tap open unnecessarily when you brush your teeth and flush the toilet only if this is really necessary. That way you quickly save a few litres of water.

Guidance

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Difficulty

This holiday is classified as Category C

The difficulty of our trips varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

The Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar travels are in Category C. Take into account that you’re travelling in developing countries with a distinctly lower living standard than what you are used to at home. Some journeys are long. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. Camping is quite popular in Kenya, particularly in the wildlife parks. It can be very exciting; all kinds of wild animals will often walk among the tents at night. This sounds more dangerous than it really is. You will probably be bothered most by obtrusive monkeys. Especially in the wildlife preserves camping facilities are very basic. There are often hardly any water and sanitation facilities, or none at all. The lavatory is a hole in the ground, the so-called ‘pit latrine’. You are also expected to lend a hand with household tasks like washing up and preparing meals. When you book this holiday you should realise that it is demanding. As well as a good physical condition it is important to have a flexible and positive attitude.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

Country information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Kenya

Frequently asked questions about Tanzania

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