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Kenya & Tanzania

safari around the equator - Trip for singles

Book From   € 2,199,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-20 | 15 DAYS

Kenya & Tanzania

During the game drives through East Africa you'll see so many wild animals that your camera will be working overtime! Thousands of animals live in the vast savannah: giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, zebras and lions to name but a few. The bird lover will also get his or her money's worth! You'll visit famous game parks like the Masai Mara, Naivasha, Nakuru, Serengeti and of course, the Ngorongoro Crater. You will travel through Kenya and Tanzania with a fully equipped safari truck and go camping in the wild. This way you get to realise the real Africa!

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.

Additional costs and 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. The tour leader doubles as 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
During this trip you will travel in an overland truck specially hired for the group with comfortable seats and/or benches. There are storage facilities for luggage and food. You seating position is elevated enough to have a fantastic view, a great advantage - particularly in the game parks. All trucks are equipped with simple stools, lighting, cooking and eating utensils. The Ngorongoro crater and (possibly) the Nakuru NP can be visited with land cruisers, four-wheel drive vehicles that can accommodate 5 to 6 participants. Some excursions are made ​​by boat. It is possible that in Nakuru N. P. we make use of our own truck. The tour leader will inform the group about this.
Of course, the local situation gives rise to changes. If flooding or impassable roads make a trip impossible, the tour leader will arrange an alternative.

Accommodation
During this tour we stay in tents for 2-persons and of good condition. Travellers who book alone will share a tent with someone of the same sex. Booking a single tent is possible, subject to availability. If you wish to have a single tent then you should indicate this when booking (in the remarks field) and a single 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.

Tour leader

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).

Trip rating

This tour 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 journey through Kenya and Tanzania falls into the category C. Keep in mind that you travel in a developing country that has much lower standards of living than those you are used to. Also, it is possible that some roads cannot be used due to the weather or lack of maintenance; in which case we will have to change the route slightly. Camping in East Africa, especially in the wildlife parks, is quite popular. It can be an exciting affair. At night, game runs regularly between the various tents. This sounds more dangerous than it is. The most trouble you'll probably have is from intrusive monkeys. Especially in the game parks, the facilities at the camping sites are minimal. Water and sanitation often have little or no presence. The toilet is a hole in the ground, the so-called 'pit latrine'. Moreover, you are expected to help with household tasks like washing dishes and helping prepare the food. Participants who register for this trip must realize that this is being asked of you. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a general physical fitness level.

Nature of the Trip
The Rift Valley runs through both Kenya and Tanzania and gives a huge diversity of landscape to both countries. The endless views, the crater-lakes and the mountain ranges will command your full attention. The array of wildlife which you will encounter face-to-face is one of the main reasons to come to Africa. The National Parks are not easily forgotten. You may see a lion on a rock, a herd of elephants or a group of Thomson gazelles. However, whatever wildlife you encounter, it is always advisable to keep your eyes and ears open.

During the trip through Kenya and Tanzania, we will encounter many other cultures and often poverty stricken standards of living. Exposure to these ways of life can make the day exciting, but can also lead to embarrassing situations. Visitors often unwittingly trespass on someone’s land due to the lack of fences, or take photos of folk unwilling to be photographed. However, you will be welcomed as soon as the locals recognise that you are taking an interest in their way of life, and this will be noticed with or without the restrictions of the language barrier. When you reach this stage, it is not uncommon that you forget to take photographs altogether! We attempt to run the trip in such a way as to remain within the comfort boundaries of our native hosts.

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).

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