Last Updated: October 19, 2011East Africa Overland - DUEA21 days: Uganda - TanzaniaWhats IncludedEntrances and game drives in Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Serengeti National Parks, and in Ngorongoro Crater, Guided MountainGorilla Trek with permits, Spice Plantation entrance and guided tour, 4 Day Zanzibar excursion.The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject tochange, and does not form part of the contract between the client and G Adventures. The itinerary featured is correct at time ofprinting. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem frompast travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary.Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the mostrewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from theprevious brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in casethere have been changes that affect your plans.VALIDITY: Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2012.Trip styleOverland: For hands-on adventure, climb aboard! Our overland trucks open up Africa’s seldom-visited villages, remote vistas andamazing wildlife. Help set up camp, pitch in at mealtime and work together to cross rivers, plains and passes. With no food kitty, ouroverland trips offer great value and a truly authentic backcountry experience.Service levelBasic: Our Basic service level offers excellent value for those who prefer flexibility along with the security and convenience of smallgroup travel. Our basic, accommodation is clean and well kept. When it comes to getting around, public transport is often the best andmost colourful way to go. Alternatively, travel is by private van or coach. Ideal for travellers looking to combine the convenience ofsmall group travel at a competitive price.Physical grading4: May include high altitude hiking of up to 8 hours/day or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.Itinerary
Day 1-2 Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park (B,2L,2D)Approximate Distance: 431 kmEstimated Travel Time: 9 hrsThe journey begins early in the morning (6am) as we travel west towards Lake Edward to this famous park, with Ugandas largestwildlife populations. Here, enjoy a short nature hike around the area of our camp, and on Day 2, embark on both morning andafternoon game drives, with hopes of catching glimpses of buffalo, hippo, elephant, lion, and the elusive leopard. For a differentperspective, you may also opt for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.The 1,978 sq. km Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George,the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura GameReserve.Day 3-6 Gorillas/Lake Bunyonyi (4B,4L,4D)Approximate Distance: 201 kmEstimated Travel Time: 6 hrsWe travel south through gorgeous countryside to Lake Bunyonyi, our base for several days in the area. Our time in this lush,magical, mountainous region of Uganda is spent between enjoying the area of Lake Bunyonyi and many activities that it has to offer,and an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest-sloped volcanoes for a wild encounter of a family of mountain gorillas (GorillaPermits Included). Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountaingorillas, the worlds most endangered ape. One of Africas major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simplybreathtaking.Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure and currently permit only a maximum of 8 people per day to visit agiven gorilla family. As such, the group will be split into different sub-groups for the trek, and depending on the amount of travellersthere are total, different sub-groups may do their trek on different days. In the morning of your trek, you will drive in smaller vehiclesto park office and meet with your local mountain guides and porters, who can carry your personal items and assist you during thetrek. The guides will brief you on the etiquette of gorilla trekking, after which, you set off into the forest. The trek can take from one tosix hours and can exceed altitudes of 2500m. The terrain is rough and at times muddy and slippery. It is very important to bring alongplenty of water. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential along with protective bags for your cameraand film.Approximately 98% of the gorilla treks are successful but there is no guarantee that you will see the gorillas as they are constantly onthe move.For the rest of your time in the area, you will have the chance to go swimming, fishing, or canoeing on the lake; visit the localcommunity; or rent a mountain bike to explore the area, among other activities offered by the camp where we stay. The area of LakeBunyonyi is extremely peaceful and is a nature lovers paradise.Day 7 Lake Mburo National Park (B,L,D)Approximate Distance: 230 kmEstimated Travel Time: 5.30 hrsA scenic journey takes us to Lake Mburo National park, to continue our nature and wildlife encounters in one of Ugandas mostprecious locations. After arriving to the park and having lunch, we continue for a game drive passing through the acacia woodland insearch of the diverse resident wildlife. If time allows, you can even go for a nature walk or take a boat trip on one of the lakes, withhopes of spotting hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of waterbirds. We finish the day camping on the shores of the lake listening to thesounds of the African wilderness.Lake Mburo National Park is a nature lovers paradise, as the park consists of open plains, forested woodland, and five lakes. It isthe best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope and has about 68 different species of mammals. The common onesare zebra, impala, buffalo, topi, not to leave out the rare sightings of roan antelope, as well as sitatunga antelope and red, black andyellow papyrus gonalek. Leopard, hyenas and jackals are all predators of this region.The lake is rich with a diversity of animal and plant species which can only be viewed clearly if you take a boat trip. The crocodiles,hippopotamuses and birds like Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, cormorant, fish eagle, you may also sight the rare Shoebill Stork and all
these will furnish your visit with pride.Day 8-9 Jinja (2B,2L,2D)Approximate Distance: 283 kmEstimated Travel Time: 7 hrsHead south to the shores of Lake Victoria and renowned as the “Source of the Nile”, Jinja is fast becoming the thrill-seekers capitalof Africa. Spend a full day rafting or kayaking down the Nile River, mountain biking in the Mabira Forest, volunteering with a localproject, or just enjoying the relaxed vibe of Jinja.Jinja, the second largest commercial centre in Uganda, was established in 1901. Lying in the south east of Uganda, 87 km north eastof Kampala, it is located on the shores of Lake Victoria near to the source of the White Nile. The city is the chief town of Jinja District,and is considered the capital of the Kingdom of Busoga.The resident population of Jinja is approximately 106,000 with the majority being Bantu in origin. Lusoga and Luganda are the mainlocal languages.North of Jinja is Bujagali Falls, which is located downriver from Owen Falls Dam. Bujagali Falls is a world-class spot for kayaking andwhite water rafting, and also a popular weekend picnic area for local Ugandans. However, the falls are under threat from theconstruction of a proposed new 250 MW hydroelectric facility.Day 10-11 Eldoret/Nairobi (2B,2L,2D)Day 10 - Approximate Distance: 281 km; Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrsDay 11 - Approximate Distance: 310 km; Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrsCross over into Kenya and continue through the Rift Valley and on towards Nairobi.The name Nairobi is derived from the Masai word for cool waters, which the Masai people gave to a water hole known as EwasoNyirobi. In modern times, the sprawling, cosmopolitan city of Nairobi combines the first-world glamour of reflecting-glass skyscraperbuildings with abject developing-world poverty. It originated in 1899 from a handful of shacks that marked the end of the railheadduring the building of the Uganda railway. Due to big game hunting bringing tourists from Britain, the city expanded dramatically inthe early 1900’s. A large number of British nationals settled in the area, prompting more growth and this angered both the Masai andKikuyu people, as they were losing hunting ground due to the expansion of the city limits. The friction increased and, eventually ledto the Mau Mau uprising, which saw Jomo Kenyatta, the future president jailed. Kenya was granted independence from Britain in1963, with Nairobi as the capital.Apart from being Kenya’s capital and the main centre of government and commerce, Nairobi is the most significant city in East Africaand an important player on the pan-African stage. It is the diplomatic base for many counties in Africa, with its broad spectrum ofinternational embassies and headquarters for the United Nations, multi-national companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)and press correspondents. It’s also the center of the growing safari business of East Africa.Day 12 Arusha (B,L,D)Approximate Distance: 286 kmEstimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (depending on border crossing)The journey begins early in the morning (8am) as we travel south from Nairobi through the Masai lands into Tanzania, to our campoutside of the town of Arusha. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, before settling down at our campsite forthe night.Arusha, also known as Tanzania’s “safari capital”, is undoubtedly the most important center in northen Tanzania. With manyprotected national parks, reserves, and mountains nearby (on a clear day, you can see Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance), Arusha is amodern town, and with its markets, services, and fine location, it is a great base for your safari trip.Arusha officially became a city on the 1st of July 2006. The primary industry of the region is agriculture with large vegetableproducers sending high-quality produce to Europe. The city and its environs are also spotted with large coffee plantations, adding tothe area’s charm. Though in recent years, due to the coffee crisis, many local farmers have been badly hit, and now subsistencefarming is the most common source of livelihood.
Arusha, who owes its name from the local Wa-arusha people who resided here for hundreds of years, is historically and politicallysignificant city within East Africa. In 1961 the official documents ceding independence to Tanzania were signed by the UnitedKingdom in Arusha. Six years later the Arusha Declaration of Self Reliance in Tanzania was signed. On the 4th of August 1993 theArusha Accords were signed by representatives of competing factions in the civil war in neighbouring Rwanda. After the Rwandangenocide, the UN Security Council decided by its Resolution 955 of 8 November 1994 that Arusha should host the InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The establishment of the tribunal with its employees has influenced the local economy of Arusha.Day 13 Serengeti National Park (B,L,D)Approximate Distance: 320 kmEstimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including game drive into Serengeti)After breakfast, we begin our 2 night/3 day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’spremier wildlife areas. Changing to specialized 4WD 7-seater safari vehicles, we are met by experienced safari driver/guides, whowill ensure us wonderful wildlife encounters. Our safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for gameviewing. They are smaller than our overland truck, and will allow us to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles aresmaller than our overland truck, our group will split up among several vehicles,.The Serengeti is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya, though with an area of 14,763 sq km, it is actuallyover 7 times as large! The area where you will be staying and game viewing is in the central Serengeti Seronera area, which lies inthe southeast of the National Park. Because of the sheer size of the National Park other areas will not be accessible during yourstay.As we drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to the Serengeti National Park, en route you will begin to experiencethe sheer vastness of this territory, and you will marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through thisacacia-spotted savannah. The next day, we continue your search for the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - whiletaking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains with a game drives through out the day.Day 14 Ngorongoro Crater (B,L,D)Approximate Distance 160 kmEstimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including game drive out of Serengeti)Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning game drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse ofgrassland savannah. You will return and break camp, and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africas bestgame viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due tothe permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.The 8,300 km² Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intactvolcanic caldera, and arguably its most spectacular natural arena. Ngorongoro Crater has often been described as one of thewonders of the world, not only because of its inherent geological significance, but also because it serves a quite extraordinary naturalsanctuary for some of Africa’s most dense population of large mammals. The Ngorongoro was part of the original Serengeti NationalPark proclaimed in 1951, but it was made a separate conservation area in 1956 so that the Masai could graze their cattle there. TheNgorongoro Crater became a World Heritage Site in 1978.Land in the conservation area is unique to Tanzania as it provides protection for the wildlife whilst allowing human habitation. Thelandscape is made up of a blend of volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests, where the wildlife is extensive. Thesouthern and eastern boundaries are approximately defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley, which also prevents animal migrationin these directions. The annual ungulate migration passes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with wildebeest and zebramoving south into the area in December and moving north in June. The area has healthy resident populations of most species ofwildlife.Day 15 Arusha (B,L,D)Approximate Distance 200 kmEstimated Travel Time: 5 hrs (including game drive in the Crater)After breakfast we embark on a half-day crater tour. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a residentpopulation of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined by the crater walls, and can leave freely; they stay
because conditions are favourable. Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals predominate: zebra, gazelles, buffalo,eland, and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzanias last remaining black rhinos,giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. All these animals in turn support largepredators such as lion and leopard, and scavengers such as hyena and jackals.After this fabulous experience within the crater, we have to leave the wildlife behind us and start heading back to Arusha, where wewill set up camp for the night.Day 16 Dar Es Salaam (B,L,D)Approximate Distance: 680 kmEstimated Travel Time: 11 hrsDepart Arusha, passing the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Africas highest mountain, and head towards the capital, Dar Es Salaam. Thecity started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.Dar Es Salaam - Arabic for “Abode of Peace” (a word closely related to the familiar “Yer u-salem” in Israel) - is the largest city inTanzania. With a population estimated around 2,500,000, it is also the country’s richest city and an important economic centre.Life in Dar es Salaam revolves around the huge harbour, with the business district fanning out from here in a series of fascinatingside and main streets. The cruise liners, cargo ships, and traditional dhows dot the habour while the bustling fish market of KivukoniFront comes alive in the morning as the dhows offload the night’s catch.Day 17-20 Zanzibar (4B)Day 17 - Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs (ferry ride)Day 18 - Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs (including 2hr Spice Tour)Day 20 - Estimated Travel Time: 2 hrsAfter arriving on Zanzibar, spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze ofnarrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. The best way to see the Stone Town is, literally, to get lost. You can spendhours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying sweetmeats from scores oftiny cafes. At this point you may be joined other G Adventures travellers who are continuing their tour here on Zanzibar. A groupmeeting with your tour leader is scheduled for the early evening.Zanzibar Island, the spice island, has an extremely interesting history and culture as it was the centre of the slave and spice trade inthe 1800s. Zanzibar is one of the most fascinating places in East Africa, despite a heavy increase in tourism since the early 1990s.Thanks to an ambitious and far-reaching preservation programme funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan, many famous oldbuildings have been restored, or are in the process of being renovated.The following morning we head north to Nungwi for two days/ two nights at one of Zanzibars major highlights. Here you can eitherrelax on the idyllic white-sandy beaches, take an optional diving/snorkeling excursion, or take a wander through the village ofNungwi.No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations - an activity that is included on our way north to Nungwion Day 18. Your senses will be aroused as you will receive a detailed description on the assortment of spices (black pepper,cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla, lemon grass) and their various uses. It was the wonderful spiceplantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade dating back to the 1840’s.On our fourth day on the island, we head back south to Stone Town, for our final night on this enchanting island. Its your last chanceto shop and/or enjoy all that Stone Town has to offer, and to spend one last night with your fellow travellers before your tour ends thenext day.Remember that Zanzibar is a Muslim society, and immodestly dressed women, or men in shorts, will get harassed and cause greatoffence in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but passengers are encouraged to be respectful of the islandsculture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission. The polite way to ask is“Tafadhali (pronounced tougher-thaarli) naomba ruhusu kwa kupiga picha yako.” Many guidebooks say the correct phrase is “natakakupiga picha yako”, but this is incredibly rude, the equivalent of saying “give me your picture”.Day 21 Depart Zanzibar (B)
Depart Stone Town at anytime.StartFinishKampala to Zanzibar.CombinationThis tour combines our Kampala to Nairobi Overland DUKN and Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure DKT.Whats IncludedEntrances and game drives in Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Serengeti National Parks, and in Ngorongoro Crater, Guided MountainGorilla Trek with permits, Spice Plantation entrance and guided tour, 4 Day Zanzibar excursion.Dossier DisclaimerThe information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject tochange, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing.It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from pasttravellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary.Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the mostrewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from theprevious brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in casethere have been changes that affect your plans.Itinerary DisclaimerWhile it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and onoccasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey willtake us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guideto the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited orencountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.Important Notes1. This tour departs early on day 1 from Kampala. Though this tour does not include accommodation in Kampala, you may choose topre-reserve a room through G Adventures at our joining hotel.2. An essential part of your safari is participation - from putting up your tent or packing away it in the mornings while camping, tohelping with clean up and dishes after meals - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will runsmoothly. We have a cook and staff who will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Teamspirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tentsand assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses arealso available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.3. Sleeping bags can not be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips4. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the ruleas opposed to the exception in both Kenya and Uganda. This overland camping trip is about travelling to see what the region is like,and see some animals in game parks, to trek to see the mountain gorillas, along and some other sights in between. As such, wecover long distances and have long, bumpy travel days to to get to some of these amazing locations. Despite this, the diversity andscenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.5. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Kampala (direct or via Nairobi)
does not arrive, especially with, but not exclusive to, major airlines out of London-Heathrow or Schiphol (Amsterdam). Please beaware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centres, are flying with different airlines with aconnection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be preparedand keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your handluggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensationfrom your airline. The arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlinestechnically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, or to your hotel. You may find that your tour will begin, and you stillhave not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in East Africa are different from home, and that wefind that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that youpurchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour, and hire someone locally to persist with the your airline to retrieve yourluggage. Your tour leader or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it shouldbe able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval orsending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You shouldalways keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement.6. Flying through London-Heathrow to East Africa?Please note that regardless of the rules in other centres, travellers flying from, or connecting in, London-Heathrow are currently onlypermitted one carry-on piece of luggage and one small personal bag (purse, laptop-size bag, briefcase) on board on flights to EastAfrica. If you arrive to the security gate with 2 pieces, you will be forced to check-in one of them, which may result in complicationsnoted above. This policy is in place as of the time of writing, though local rules and regulations may indeed change. It is thusadvisable to contact your airline directly for the most up-to-date information.7. Because of the migratory nature of the gorillas, G Adventures can not guarantee that you will be able to see the gorillas on yourday trek.8. Visitors to Uganda should be in excellent physical condition, without any heart problems and prepared to spend strenuous days inhumid rain forests, steep terrain and high altitude trekking for chimpanzee and gorillas, as well as other primates. Waterproof hikingboots, trousers and long sleeved closed shirts, garden gloves, waterproof clothing and poncho are essential. A pouch for your cameraequipment is also highly recommended. As it is very dark in the jungle; only high speed film (ISO 400 or higher) will give good results.Those preferring to remain at base camp in Bwindi may do so, however, there is no price reduction.9. The power supply in East Africa is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduledpower cuts of varying duration can be expected.10. Please note that the price of this tour includes all national park and permit fees for the Gorilla tracking experience in Uganda. Assuch, you will not be expected to pay any other fees in order to take part in this amazing experience on this tour - we include all feesof this activity within the selling price.11. As of January 26th 2011 the Director General of the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism declared a valid Yellow Fever Certificate isrequired at all points of entry into Zanzibar. This includes the airport, seaport and other points of entry. Failure to provide the correctcertification may result in an on the spot vaccination or $50 fine. Please check with your health expert for advice on Yellow Fever andother inoculations required for this area.Group Leader DescriptionOn this journey, you will be accompanied on your trip by up to 3 crew members - a Chief Experience Officer (CEO), a driver, and acamp cook (Kampala to Nairobi); or you will be accompanied by two Chief Experience Officers (Nairobi to Zanzibar).The Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will be the group manager and leader. He/she organizes the trip, and will be there to assist youwhen needed. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. All of our CEOs insouthern and East Africa are experienced group leaders, with a broad knowledge base of the region’s history, cultures, and wildlife.Your leader will be from either southern or East Africa depending on which part of the tour you are on.All of our overland truck drivers are experienced in the routes travelled, and highly skilled in dealing with different terrains. All of ourcooks will organize and lead the meal preparation, and have experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for largegroups.In Uganda, during the actual gorilla trek we use an experienced and certified local mountain guide, expert gorilla trackers, and armed
guards to accompany you for your safety.In the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to round out the team, along with your CEO, you will be accompanied by a local safari crewconsisting of an expert driver/guide and camp cook. Your driver/guide is skilled and experienced driver and a certified safari guide,and is an integral part of the team. As well, your cook will prepare the camp meals to add some further local flavour to the trip.We also use local guides for some included activities where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the placeswe are visiting.Group Size NotesMax 22, Avg 21Your Fellow TravellersAs you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Yourfellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to beunderstanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for thebenefit of everyones travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at aplace at a certain time, ensure that you dont keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very besttrips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.Meals Included20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 15 Dinners.MealsAs mentioned above, most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. Your tour leader will be able to suggest some goodlocal restaurants or options for you to choose from when meals are not included.All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the tripdeparts, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip fromsupermarkets, local shops and markets. Please note that even though our cooks will try their utmost to provide you with a varied andinteresting meals, the choices might be somewhat limited, based on what is available on the local market.Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will beprovided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals,and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes.Our cook will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotatingparticipation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties.Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water will be atyour own expense.Meal BudgetAllow USD125-165 for meals and drinks (including bottled water) not included.TransportOverland vehicle, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibuses, ferry, walking.About our TransportationThis trip is done a combination of vehicles - a larger 24 seat overland vehicle for most of the trip, and in private 6-7 seat safarivehicles for the safari section in Tanzania. Both styles of vehicles have their advantages - the overland truck allows the entire group totravel together, and sits higher, great for game viewing and to enjoy the scenic landscape.The smaller safari vehicles will be used when the group is in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. With sliding windows and a largepop-up roofs, an open 360-degree view of area, great for game viewing. If there is a large group, 2-3 vehicles will be used, and the
group will be split up. This style of travel is by no means luxurious, but the seats are comfortable and having our own private vehiclesallow us the flexibility of making stops when needed, and to stay and watch that crouching lion prepare for an attack.For your time in Zanzibar, please note that the overland truck will stay in Dar es Salaam, on the mainland. We use a large public ferrywith in indoor seating area to cross to the island, and while there, our transportation will be in minibuses.Road conditions can run the full gamut from new to being in very poor condition. This style of travel is by no means luxury, but it doesallow us the flexibility of making stops when needed, and reaching some out-of-the way parts of Africa where the traditional safaricrowd would not dare to go.Here’s a quick look at the well-equipped G Adventures overland truck:- Storage for main luggage in a compartment under the seating area (accessed from the outside of the truck). Day packs can bestored at your feet (there is plenty of room).- Onboard safety box(es) for valuables.- Front view windows- Large sliding windows, great for game viewing- Fully equipped retractable kitchen- Intercom between seating area and driver- Inverter for battery charging (South African plug - 220-240V)- A cd-player with an input for mp3sPlease note that our trucks do not have on-board bathrooms. Nor do they have seats that recline as often reclining seats will break,and thus you will have some seats that recline and some that dont.In addition to the overland truck, in Uganda for the gorilla trek, we split the group into smaller vans in order to arrive in a more timelymanner to the trail heads of the park.This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times.Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor quality, bumpy roads.Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience.Single TravellersWe believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and donot involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone ofthe same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on theseitineraries must pay the single trip price.AccommodationParticipation camping (13 nts), full service camping (2 nts), simple hotel (5 nts).My Own RoomNot available on this tour.About AccommodationCamping in East Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautifulwilderness and nature. We stay at designated campsites inside of and nearby the national parks. These campsites generally are verybasic, and we carry tents to pitch at the public campsites.The campsites in East Africa are generally good, but basic. Luxury here will mean electricity for charging, warm showers, flush toilets,shelter for eating. Rustic camps have no electricity, simple or no bathing facilities, and squatting long-drop latrines. Expect to see bothextremes, though most fall somewhere within that spectrum.All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warmand comfortable. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable,industry-standard 2-person safari canvas tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, thoughmost travellers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly
treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point whereseepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors.We travel with our own portable camp chairs with a comfortable back-rest, and we utilize our own cooking equipment to provide thegroup good quality camp meals.In camping within the national parks and conservation areas, some camp sites are enclosed for keeping the resident wildlife out.Other camps are open to the natural environment – care must be taken, especially at night, when a torch/flashlight is recommendedwhen walking around the camp area.The campsite in Serengeti National Park is extremely basic, with no electricity, simple bathing faciilties (no showers), and squattoilets. While camping at the Ngorongoro Crater rim, there is very limited electricity, occasionally warm showers, and both seated andsquat flushing toilets.Despite the challenge that “roughing it” may pose to some, the experience of being that close to nature, camping under the Africanstars, and seeing incredible wildlife at your tent door-step is not just gratifying but ultimately an experience of a lifetime.Joining HotelRed Chili HideawayPlot 17. Gangaram Road, Mbuya, KampalaP.O. Box 40288, Nakawa, Kampala+256 772 509 150+256 414 22 39 03http://www.redchillihideaway.com/Joining InstructionsThis tour begins at 8:00am on the morning of Day 1 at the joining hotel above. Please be on time to meet your driver/guide at the frontentrance of the hotel.The Entebbe International Airport is just outside Entebbe, the former Ugandan capital, and is the international hub that servesKampala, the current capital and starting point for our trip. Upon arrival by air, an arrival transfer is not included. You can eitherpre-arrange an airport pick-up with us, or you can make your way to the joining hotel. Entebbe International Airport is about 40 kmfrom Kampala and your hotel.There are a couple of ways to get to Kampala from the airport. Public transport is available at the airport to the town of Entebbe,where you can transfer to a vehicle that goes to Kampala. This would take about 1 hour in total, and costs a total of US$2, betterpayed in local currency. We recommend an airport taxi, which takes about 40 minutes and costs US$25. Look out for yellow-bandcars, and each vehicle has an identification number and inscription "AIRPORT TAXI" in black letters. These are available on theground level in the arrivals area.You will be camping for 10 nights while on tour. However, you may choose to pre-reserve a room at our joining hotel in Kampalathrough G Adventures.The tour departs Kampala in the morning of day 1.Arrival ComplicationsWe dont expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soonas possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip leader (if you arenot on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with yourleader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with ourrepresentative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the StartingPoint hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if thisoccurs.Emergency Contact
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local G Adventures representative. Iffor any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they mayreturn your call and assist you as soon as possible.Open 5 days a week, 9am to 6pm local time (GMT +3).Tel: +254 (0)20 892 217 (during office hours)Mobile: +254 (0)721 717 769Your second option should be contacting our G Adventures Emergency Mobile Phone for our Local Office in Nairobi, Kenya: +254727 208 832. Locally, from Kenya, dial 0727 208 832.Beyond that, you may try our Operations department in Canada:Toll-free, North America only: 1 800 465 5600.Calls from UK: 0844 410 1030Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999What to TakeYou will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted toone soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, no larger than 30cm(height) x 30cm(width) x 60cm(length), maximum 15kg, plusa daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced, and due to limited vehicle capacity, the cost of transporting any luggagebeyond these restrictions is the responsibility of the client.On this trip you may experience all several types of weather. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as wellas a warm jacket for early morning game drives. Light, quick-drying, practical clothes are advisable for this trip. A set of smart casualclothes is also advisable for your time in Nairobi.We suggest you take something warm eg tracksuit, fleece or pullover for the mountainous areas i.e. Bwindi National Park. It is at ahigher altitude and will therefore be cooler in the evenings - a jersey, anorak/wind jacket and tracksuit pants would be suggested. Itwill also be necessary to take some wet weather gear as it does rain in the mountainous areas of Uganda on a regular basis. Wesuggest lightweight rain gear for the walk to see the gorillas.While gorilla trekking you will need a comfortable, hard wearing, pair of walking shoes or boots. Conditions are generally verymuddy/slippery. There are uphill sections which may be quite steep and strenuous. It is also advisable to wear a long sleeve cottonshirt and lightweight long pants to protect yourself from the undergrowth, stinging nettles and biting ants. (Tracksuit pants often getcaught on bushes, thorns, etc and jeans can get very heavy when wet). Gloves are also highly recommended – just cheap gardeninggloves will do. Tuck your long pants into your socks/boots to avoid biting insects. Also take a water bottle, and a day pack for cameragear and to carry your jacket if it’s too warm.Your clothes will in all likelihood get very muddy and may not recover to their original state - therefore take old clothing for the gorillatrekking. Hard wearing clothes, no bright colours, or no army camouflage clothing should be worn. Greens, khaki and similar neutralclothes are recommended.Checklist-Fleece or wool jumper/jacket-Windproof/waterproof jacket and/or pants-Garnering gloves-Small towel and swimwear-4 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable-Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings-1 pair of shorts-2 pairs of long trousers-1 pair hiking pants/track pants-Comfortable shoes-Sleeping bag-Sport sandals-Sun hat, Bandana
-Sunblock-Sunglasses-Watch or alarm clock-Water bottle-Purification tablets or filter (bottled water is also available for purchase)-Pocketknife-Flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)-Money belt-First-aid kit (should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofin , Malaria pills, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamine,Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugsyou may be taking)-Toiletries (biodegradable)-Hand sanitizer gel/Sanitizer wipes-Toilet paper-Camera and extra memory card/film-Extra batteries (recommended)-Electricity Plug AdapterFor donation: notebooks, pens, pencils, pins, flags, pictures, postcards from your country for local villagers or childrenOptional Items: reading/writing material, binoculars, cover for backpacks, Maps, guidebooksDocuments:-Passport (with photocopies)-Travel insurance (with photocopies)-Yellow fever certificate-Airline tickets (with photocopies)-USD cash and travellers cheques-Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)-G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier-Any entry visas or vaccination certificates requiredLaundryHand washing of clothes can be done at most of the campsites. We recommend you bring a non polluting/biodegradable soap, aswell as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, itmay not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your start/end hotel in Nairobi also has a laundry service for a fee.VisasAll countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 1 year validity).Please note that upon arrival by air to Entebbe, Uganda, you can obtain a visa for US$50 (valid for those who would be permitted aUganda visa while still in their own country). This visa is normally valid for up to 3 months with multiple entries/exits permitted toKenya and Tanzania only.A visa for Kenya can be obtained when entering the country by land with the group, for US$25, or sometimes 20 GBP or 20 EUR or30 SWF (valid for those who would be permitted a Kenyan visa while still in their own country). This visa is normally valid for up to 3months with multiple entries/exits permitted to Uganda and Tanzania only. Please note that Kenya is now strictly enforcing a "blankpages, condition of entry". All those requiring a visa on arrival must have at least two blank pages available in their passports. Failureto meet this requirement could mean that entry will be refused.Please note that upon arrival to Tanzania by land, most nationals can obtain a visa for US$50 in $US cash, though the current cost forU.S nationals is $100, and this is valid for those who would be permitted a Tanzania visa while still in their own country. This visa isvalid for up to 3 months with multiple entries/exits permitted to Kenya and Uganda only. On the final day of the tour, if you are notstaying in Kenya for more than 24 hours, you may be able to purchase a transit visa, and these are usually $US10, and valid for 24hours. Alternatively, you may purchase a normal visa US$25 (most nationals), which is valid for up to 3 months.This information is accurate at the time of writing. Though as fees and policies can change, we highly recommend that you contact
your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to havethe correct travel documentation.Destination GuideFor practical information on weather, typical costs, visa information, special events and much more, our Destination Travel Guide isthe place to visit! This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about everywhere we go! Head tohttp://www.gadventures.com/travel-guide for detailed information on the countries and cities we visit.Detailed Trip NotesREGIONAL INFORMATIONUGANDA - Official StatisticsArea: 235,796sq km (32nd in Africa)Population: 26,219,000Capital City: KampalaOfficial language: EnglishOther languages: KiSwahili (widely spoken, but not indigenous), Luganda, RunyoroHead of state: President Yoweri MuseveniLife expectancy: 52 yearsLiteracy: 70%Per Capita Income: US$220Main industry: TourismMajor Cultures: Bantu, Batembuzi, Baganda, Asian (Indian)Relgion: Christian, ZCC and Muslim.Uganda enjoys ideal equatorial weather conditions, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas and lakeshores to the coolness ofthe highlands. The altitude on a Uganda safari varies from 1,000 metres to 2,400 metres above sea level. The days are a pleasant 75to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nights are a moderate 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit with January being the warmest month. At higheraltitudes it can be cooler, especially at Bwindi. The long rainy season is between March and May and the short rains are from Octoberto November, but it can rain at any time of the year. The rainy season can sometimes make travel difficult but the views are clearer. Itcan be cool in the evenings, especially in the hilly and mountainous areas. Despite the high temperatures and rainfall, due to altitude,the humidity is low, making for one of the most pleasant and comfortable climates in the world.KENYA - Official StatisticsFull country name: Republic of Kenya (Jamhuri Ya Kenya)Area: 580,367 km2Population: 34,256,000-July 2005 est. (31,138,735- 2002 Census)Capital city: NairobiPeople: 22% Kikuyu, 14% Luhya, 13% Luo, 12% Kalenjin, 11% Kamba, 6% Kisii, 6% Meru, 16% otherLanguages: English, Swahili, indigenous.Religion: 35% Protestant, 30% Roman Catholic, 30% Muslim, 5% AnimistGovernment: Republic (multiparty state)President: Mwai KibakiMajor industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, beer, batteries, textiles, flour), agricultural processing, oil refining,chemicals, cement, tourism.Major trading partners: Uganda, Tanzania, UK, Germany, UAE, South AfricaKENYA - Interesting Facts• At 580,367 km2 the country is two and a half times the size of Britain.• The population is over 30 million and has one of the world’s fastest growth rates.• Kenya gained independence in 1963 after 80 years of British rule. • Most Kenyans are subsistence farmers.• Coffee and tea are grown commercially and tourism is also a huge income for the country. The country is still in huge debt thoughand has few mineral resources and corruption is again a problem.• The country lies on the equator and has good national parks and Mount Kenya the second highest peak in Africa. It also has goodbeaches and colourful people. Nairobi is the capital and Mombassa the countries port city.TANZANIA - Official StatisticsFull country name: United Republic of Tanzania (Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania)
Area: 945,087 km2Population: 38,329,000-July 2005 est (34,443,603-2002 census)Capital city: DodomaPeople: 99% native African (over 100 tribes), 1% Asian, European and ArabicLanguages Swahili, English, indigenous.Religion: 40% Christian, 33% Muslim, 20% indigenous beliefsGovernment: Republic (multi-party state)President: Benjamin William MkapaMajor industries: Tobacco, sugar, sisal, diamond and gold mining, oil refining, cement, tourismMajor trading partners: India, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Rwanda, the Netherlands, South Africa, Kenya, U.K., Saudi Arabia, ChinaCurrency: Tanzanian shillingTANZANIA - Interesting Facts• The name is name made up from an amalgamation of TANganyika and ZANzibar.• Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa (although not in Africa as a whole, the Sudan is 3 times larger); it’s landmass coveringan area of just over 945,087 sq. km (including Zanzibar).- This makes Tanzania about the size of France, Germany and Switzerland combined; 3 times the size of the entire British Isles orone-tenth the size of the whole of the USA.- Tanzania’s population at the last official census was 31.3 million, with approximately one third being classified as “urban”.- Agriculture forms roughly half of GDP and agriproducts (e.g.: coffee, tea, tobacco, cashew nut, sisal, cotton) some 75% of exportearnings. • Dodoma, in central Tanzania, is the political capital of the country although Dar es Salaam is the effective trading andbusiness capital, with its safe harbour (""Dar es Salaam” means “Haven of Peace”), international airport and population of some1.75million.Spending MoneyEvery traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others whileother travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing fordrinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.Money ExchangeEach of the countries you visit have their own currency, and all can be obtained locally by changing foreign currency. The easiestforeign currency to exchange for locally for any of the local currencies is the $US; however the British Pound and Euro may also beexchanged as well. $US notes that are older than year 2002 are not accepted everywhere and can be difficult to change. In addition,$US notes prior to 2000 are worthless in some areas of Africa, as they are rarely accepted and impossible to exchange. Werecommend $US 50 notes, and $US 100 notes can be difficult to change in some places.If you plan to rely on cash, please bring foreign currency (Euro, Pound, USD) with you, as it is often expensive to buy thesecurrencies locally. And in more rural areas, it is often not likely. Please note that South African Rand is widely accepted in throughoutsouthern Africa, and you may use this as you “foreign currency” while travelling in other countries in the region.Travelers’ cheques are not recommended in Africa. They are difficult if not impossible to exchange in many places. Where they areexcepted, you often need the receipt of the purchase of the cheques, and the process of changes cheques where possible isextremely time consuming. Please no not expect to rely on traveller’s cheques for access to cash in Africa.Debit cards are very useful for cash advances, but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machinesonly accept a 4-digit PIN). The Visa/Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards; it is harder to find machines MasterCard/Cirrus cards. While there are many ATMs in the major centres, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards willactually work in Africa. Check with your bank.Credit cards can be used in major cities and towns ONLY but please do not rely on them as a method of payment because they aregenerally not widely accepted. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usuallyapplies. Credit cards, especially Visa cards, ARE INDEED USEFUL, HOWEVER, for taking cash advanced in ATMsPlease note that in many areas there may be occasional power-outages, where there will be no electricity for hours at a time. Inaddition, ATMs outside of larger centers often run out of cash or can be out of order unexpectedly. These factors could affect yourability to access money from ATMs. As such, please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money.
A combination of foreign currency and debit/credit cards for cash advances is best, with travellers cheques being a distant thirdoption. Always take more rather than less, as you dont want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. Experience hasshown that it is better upon arrival at the airport/starting city, to draw a large amount of money from the ATM’s in the local currency.Your Tour Leader can advise you on the approximate amounts of money you will need for each country of your tour.As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com.Emergency FundPlease also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an emergency fund, to be used whencircumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!Departure TaxUSD30 departure tax is charged at zanzibar airport after you check in. This is to be paid in $US cash, at the desk behind the check-incounter.TippingTipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the personswho have assisted you on your tour. It is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the EastAfrican community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of youduring your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formalthank you, and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is toplan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contributeanonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group as a whole should gather to present the giftto the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for afriendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s).You may use the following as a guideline, all given in a per client format: Restaurant/Café servers: 10% of cost of bill, especially whenin a large group (no envelope required); Driver / Camp Cook / Tour Leader US$1.50 each, per day worked.Optional ActivitiesOptional activity prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the high/low season and the number of people on aspecific excursion. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season, or weather conditions. As generally not a lot of timeis spent in start/end cities, you may want to arrange to arrive early, or stay longer after the trip in order to allow sufficient time toparticipate in optional activities there.All prices are in US dollar amounts, per person but will generally be paid in local currency.UGANDAQueen Elizabeth National ParkKazinga Channel Launch Trip $15ppBunyonyiBird Watching $5Nature Walk $5Canoeing $5 per canoeTraditional Dance Show $20Fishing $5Boat Tour of Lake $20/15 mins, $25/1 hr.KENYANairobiBomas of Kenya $9Giraffe Centre $11Karen Blixen Museum $12Nairobi National Park $60Nairobi Safari Walk, Animal Orphanage and Impala Sanctuary $20
National Archives F.O.C.National Museum $10Railway Museum $5The Carnivore Restaurant $35 set mealHells Gate Bike hire $12Hells Gate Entrance $25Boat Trip $50 per hour, seating 12Elsamer Conservation Centre $10TANZANIAMto wa Mbu cultural village $8Ngaramtoni markets-Thursday & Sunday (Bus 250Tsh and Walking Tour $10)Serengeti balloon safari $500ZanzibarCity Walking Tour (3 hrs) $30 Single supplement $10Spice Tour (3 hrs) $30 Single supplement $10Half-day Jozani Forest $55 Single supplement $10Half-day Prison Tour $35 Single supplement $10Snorkelling $50Scuba Diving $60 (one dive)North Coast Tour $75 Single supplement $10Sailing Trip $75 Single supplement $10Safari Blue adventure $85 Single supplement $25Game fishing $300 Single supplement $200Full-day Dolphin Trip - (G Adventures does not condone this activity as it disrupts the feeding patterns of the dolphins.)All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.HealthPlease note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up todate medical travel information well before departure.We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least onemonth before departure.Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor for travel in East Africa. Be aware that Kenya and Ugandahave many regions where malaria is present. We thus recommend that you take malaria medication; your doctor should be able torecommend the necessary prophylactics. Travellers should also carry a basic travel first-aid kit as medical facilities are basicthroughout these countries. An important item to include is a liquid or gel hand sanitizer and/or alcoholic/sanitary wipes, as they willaid in personal cleanliness and hygiene throughout the trip. The local tap water should not be consumed, so any water treatmenttablets (ex. iodine), drops, etc, would help, but good, clean, and inexpensive bottled water is widely available throughout the entiretrip. If you have any pre-existing medical condition, you must inform G Adventures prior to the purchase of the tour, and upon arrival,to the tour leader so he/she can be prepared to help you.East African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness): This is a serious parasitic disease that is always fatal without treatment. Thedisease is spread by the bite of tsetse flies, found only in parts of Eastern and Central Africa, including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.There is no vaccine or drug to prevent African trypanosomiasis.Sand flies and Mosquitos: Are found in the areas visited. Mosquitos are more prevalent in areas that receive more rainfall, and sandflies, though generally found on the coast, can also be found in dry & dusty conditions inland. Both tend to come out in the earlyevening and early mornings. Malaria: This infectious disease is transmitted by mosquitos carrying the parasite. These mosquitos arefound at altitudes of under 1,800m, and thus can be found in most areas that we visit on this tour. You must have prophylactics whichyou can obtain from your local doctor at or health clinic.Precautions against insect bites:* Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and pants at all times.
* Wear khaki or olive-colored clothing. Tsetse flies are attracted to bright and dark colors.* Use bed nets.* Inspect vehicles for tsetse flies before entering.* Avoid bushes. Tsetse flies are less active during the hottest part of the day; they rest in bushes and will bite if disturbed.* Use insect repellent. Although repellents have not proven effective in preventing tsetse fly bites, they are effective in preventingother insects from biting and causing illness.Sun:It is very important that you wear sun block, even on a cloudy day when it feels cool as we are near the equator and the sun is verystrong. A sunburn can turn a pleasant trip into a painful trip.HydrationEven when days are cool please be sure to drink a minimum of two litres of water and refrain from drinking to many diuretics, as whilewhen travelling outdoors the breeze can dehydrate you quickly as well as the heat.Diarrhoea:It is normal for people travelling overseas to get an upset stomach due to a change of climate and food. Please make sure that youwash your hands and stay away from street food.Safety and SecurityMany national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. Werecommend that you check your governments advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend theuse of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers cheques, cash andother valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you wont need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use havesafety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it isdeemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will havesome free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you withoptions available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offerno representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgmentwhen selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks towandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and fromrestaurants, or during night time excursions.Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent withno warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur atany time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photoopportunity and leave the area immediately.Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water basedactivities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any waterbased activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not toallow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/Trip Specific SafetyNairobi and Kampala-Always leave your passport (It’s better to carry a photocopy of it instead), traveller’s cheques, flight tickets and money that you won’tbe using in the safe deposit in your hotel room/reception. This is free of charge to G Adventures Adventure clients.-Remember that like in any other city, you should never leave your bags unattended, nor flaunt jewellery, cameras etc-Please don’t wander through the city at night. Stick to the main streets only during the day, and after sundown, please take a taxi.
Taxis can be organised from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you.-People are generally friendly, but don’t let people take advantage of you, especially the sales people!-Beware of people approaching you on the street with an apparent interest of where you are from, and want to sit down and have achat with you. These people are most likely con men and try to get money from you in one way or another-People on the street who ask you if you want a safari and have a brochure are often con men, best to avoid these folk. Besides,you’re already on safari!PhotographyPlease refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration are border crossings, army barracks andpersonnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated.Medical FormOur small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average levelof fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of anotherperson, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with apre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. Thisis to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs workhard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete thedays activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire.The medical questionnaire can be found online at:www.gadventures.com/medical-form.A Couple of RulesIllegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts therest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for ourtravellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make theworld the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expelany member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.Travel InsuranceTravel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you willnot be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of yourinsurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and thatwe require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy alsocovers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance werequire proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for detailsof their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.Responsible TravelBeing a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what G Adventures is all about. From the start, G Adventures has been committedto offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. While our sustainable tourism policies are constantly evolving, ourcommitment to socially conscious, grassroots style travel has never changed. We work with local communities, businesses andindividuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental andcultural impacts.We would like to give you a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many placesthat we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeables are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bringany used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sittingon your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also notappreciated.
For more information about our commitment to responsible travel, please visit the Sustainable Tourism section of the G Adventureswebsite: www.gadventures.comPlaneterra-The G Adventures FoundationThrough our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated tomaking a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, localorganizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and paysall administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For moreinformation about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.orgPlaneterra Dollar-A-Day ProgramOur Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our toursby donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Dayprogram, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will becharged in the currency of your booking)FeedbackAfter your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that youll receive a special discountcode for free online prints and well give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-linewithin 30 days of finishing your trip. Please visit http://www.gadventures.com/evaluationsNewsletterOur adventure travel e-newsletter is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories and contests. To avoid missing out onspecial offers and updates from G Adventures, subscribe at www.gadventures.com/newsletter_signupStay current on all things green by signing up to "The Village" e-newsletter. Check out Planeterras exciting line up of voluntours,stories from the field, fun contests and upcoming events. Subscribe at - www.planeterra.orgTravel Forum - The Watering HoleBe sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If youre interested in meeting others booked on your upcomingtrip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share sometravel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located atwateringhole.gadventures.com.Keeping in TouchIf you need to be contacted while travelling we recommend that you set up an email address that can be accessed on the road, ratherthan relying on postal mail. Email cafes are becoming increasingly commonplace and cheap throughout the regions we visit, and havequickly become the preferred way for our CEOs and travellers to stay in touch. If someone wishes to contact you in an emergencywhile you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact your local booking agent, or refer to our Emergency Contact. Werecommend that family and friends dont try to contact you through phoning hotels en route, as our hotels are subject to change, andour hotel receptions often dont have English speaking staff.FIT Dossier DisclaimerThe information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject tochange, and does not form part of the contract between the client and G Adventures. The itinerary featured is correct at time ofprinting. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem frompast travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary.Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the mostrewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from theprevious brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in casethere have been changes that affect your plans.
FIT Itinerary DisclaimerWhile it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion itmay be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us.Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit travel with G Adventures can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is ageneral guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will bevisited or encountered.FIT Arrival ComplicationsWe dont expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soonas possible please contact the emergency local contact details provided in this dossier. If an arrival airport transfer is included in yourtour and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommendthat you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on yourreturn for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.FIT Safety and SecurityMany national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. Werecommend that you check your governments advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend theuse of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers cheques, cash andother valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you wont need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use havesafety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.Please note that local representatives/offices have the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemednecessary due to safety concerns. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy orexplore at your leisure. While our local representatives/offices will assist you with options available in a given location please note thatany optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity orthe standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time.Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city atnight. It is our recommendation to stay together and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.FIT A Couple of RulesIllegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts ourlocal staff and others at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptablefor G Adventures Adventure travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particularthe local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy.Our local representatives / offices have the right to refuse service to anyone if drugs are found in their possession or they useprostitutes.FIT InsuranceTravel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips - it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they have thecorrect coverage. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expensesincluding emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment andloss of luggage and personal effects. Contact your Insurance company / bank for details of their participating insurer, the level ofcoverage and emergency contact telephone number.RecommendationSee even more of Africa by continuing on to Victoria Falls - add our Zanzibar to Vic Falls Overland DTZV.HighlightsTracking the Big 5 in three different ecosystems, meeting mountain gorillas, tempting fate with adrenaline-inducing activities, viewingwildlife in our 4x4 safari vehicles in Tanzania, discovering Zanzibars spice plantations and crystal-clear waters.