Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

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WYK
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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–18

Excellent game viewing, spectacular scenery and exotic Zanzibar.

Kenya and Tanzania are home to some of the most prolific game-viewing locations not just in Africa, but the world. This itinerary takes in a number of the national parks in and around the Great Rift Valley, giving the opportunity to observe some of the best wildlife and scenery Africa has to offer and finishing on the spice island of Zanzibar, a tropical paradise with white sand beaches.

Highlights

  • Enjoy game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and the famous Masai Mara
  • See wildlife in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the exotic spice island of Zanzibar

Key information

  • 9 nights full-service camping with shared facilities and 4 nights comfortable hotels all en suite.(Land Only clients have an extra night in a hotel in Nairobi)
  • Travel in specialist overland vehicle and flight to Zanzibar
  • Some drives on rough roads

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    Arrive Nairobi; to Kembu Farm.

    After the arrival of the group flights in the early morning, we travel west into the Great African Rift Valley to Kembu, stopping in Nakuru en route to do some shopping and look around this typical African town. We stay on a farm tonight and have an opportunity to do a farm walk this afternoon.
    Accommodation: Kembu Farm or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Full day of game drives in Lake Nakuru N.P.

    This morning we drive to Lake Nakuru National Park where we enjoy a superb game drive. Although this is a small park it is home to an amazing variety of animals and birdlife. The park contains a soda lake, which is sometimes home to thousands of flamingos. We hope to see the endangered White and Black rhinos, lion and if we are very lucky the elusive leopard. There is a stunning view from baboon cliffs above the lake, and here we may see the small furry Rock hyrax, which is related to the elephant! Tonight we camp just outside the park in a campsite with good showers and flush toilets.

    Accommodation: Nderit Campsite or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Masai Mara; late afternoon game drive.

    Today we travel into the Masai Mara, one of the most famous ecosystems in the world. This vast grassland is teeming with life; plains game including wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra and buffalo abound in the rolling savannah, and never far away lay the predators: cheetah, lion and hyena. Between mid-August to late October one of the greatest spectacles on Earth takes place in the Mara - the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra trampling their way across the long grass. Nothing is guaranteed on safari, but with the help of our brilliant guides you should see and learn a huge amount about the Masai Mara's resident wildlife as we game drive through the park this afternoon. Stay in a campsite just outside the reserve for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Full day of game drives in the Masai Mara.

    A full day game drive in the Masai Mara to increase our chances of encountering many of the wildlife species found in the reserve. We find a quiet spot inside the park to enjoy lunch by our vehicle, looking out across the plains. There are also several optional excursions that you can enjoy today in addition to the game drive. Get up early for a sunrise Hot Air Balloon Safari (including champagne and breakfast) or visit a traditional Masaai village to meet the locals.

    Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Lake Victoria.

    Our long drive today is up through the Western highlands and allows plenty of time to appreciate the superb scenery. The road begins to descend and we leave behind the neatly ordered rows of tea bushes as we cross the border into Tanzania at Isebania. We camp in a pleasant spot at Musoma on the shore of Lake Victoria.

    Accommodation: Tembo Beach or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Two days of game drives in Serengeti N.P.

    Today, we turn east and enter the vast Serengeti Plain, one of the largest parks in Africa. There is a choice of routes into the Serengeti, depending on the weather: if it is dry, the 130km of the Western Corridor, usually well stocked with all the plains game, is open. If it is wet, however, this road, which is built on black cotton soil, turns to glue, and we have to enter the park from the north, at Ikoma gate. We spend two nights in the park so we will have plenty of time to enjoy the vast open spaces and the variety of game. We camp at Seronera where there are various camping areas, all of them in open bush, with no fences to prevent the animals from visiting during the night. We'll get a real taste of wild Africa!

    Accommodation: Serengeti Public Campsite or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Morning game drive; to Ngorongoro Crater.

    We leave early and it is often possible to watch elephants and other animals browsing close to the campsite. The morning is spent game driving in the eastern part of the park, where it is unusual not to spot a pride of lions, in their favourite place - under a big, shady tree. After crossing the vast grasslands we come to the Ngorongoro entry gate at Naabi Hill. The truck bumps its way up towards the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the wide-open plains below stretching as far as the eye can see. Finally reaching the top, the Ngorongoro Crater opens up in front of us, a huge, natural caldera, one of the great sights of Africa. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano between 16 and 19 km across and with steep walls up to 600m high. It acts like a natural zoo, and over 100,000 animals co-exist here with a population of Masai herdsmen and their cattle. Our campsite here is very basic indeed and can be very cold at night so please come prepared.

    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Ngiri Campsite or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Explore the Ngorongoro Crater; drive along the Rift Valley to Arusha.

    We descend to the crater floor in 4WD vehicles and spend the morning watching large numbers of plains game, and the ever-present predators around them. We'll search for hippos in the murky pools, and try to protect our food at lunchtime from the fearless Brown kites, as they swoop and snatch anything that appears to be edible; please take care.

    After a fantastic morning we continue our journey through beautiful country to the edge of the Rift Valley, where there is a great view over Lake Manyara (often tinted pink around the edges from large numbers of flamingos) and on to Arusha.

    Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park or similar
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Flight to Zanzibar; afternoon in Stone Town.

    Today we say goodbye to the truck. We take a morning flight over to the island of Zanzibar, 35km from the mainland. First visited by Arab traders in the 8th century, and countless travellers in the following centuries, the island is most famous for its spices, and infamous for being the centre of the East African slave trade. We spend our first night in Stone Town and then three nights by the beach. Stone Town is a myriad of small alleys and markets. We recommend a spice tour, around the island's plantations, with chances to taste and buy.

    Accommodation: Abuso Inn or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 12-14

    Free days for optional activities.

    After a free morning in Stone Town we transfer to our hotel by the beach. There is plenty to occupy your days here. You can visit Prison Island, where difficult slaves were kept and relax on the eastern and northern beaches, with excellent snorkelling, sailing in a dhow and plenty of fresh seafood. The local buses are efficient and enable you to travel all over the island, although hiring a jeep for a day or two is a more exciting way of getting about and not expensive. It's a fascinating mixture of culture, history and wonderful beaches.

    Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Depart Zanzibar.

    Our adventure ends after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Stone Town for their flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

Essential Info

Visas

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.From September 2015 it will no longer be possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Instead you must arrange for an eVisa. For information about the application process please visit Kenya Visa applications (you can apply via the button at the foot of the page). Please ensure that you have at least one blank page free of immigration stamps in your passport to enter Kenya.

Tanzania

Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. The visa is available at the border and the cost for British and most other European Nationals is USD50 cash, whilst for US citizens it is USD100 cash.

Vaccinations

Kenya

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Tanzania

Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included except lunch and dinner on Zanzibar; you should allow a further US$200 for these.

Weather

Although this part of East Africa lies in the tropics, the temperature depends more on altitude than on season. Kenya and Northern Tanzania have temperatures ranging from 18-21ºC in March and dropping to 15ºC in August, or perhaps a little lower, which can feel cold. The long rains, during which we do not operate these tours, occur in April and May, and there are intermittent 'short rains' between November and January, though these normally have no great effect on the safari. Near to the coast it is much warmer, usually in the low 30sºC, and very humid but there is often a cooling breeze.

Is this trip for you?

This is an excellent trip for wildlife, scenery and a taste of life in East Africa, with a few days of relaxation at the end.
To pack so much into a short time there are some long drives, and although the distances are not great, some of the roads are quite poor and bumpy especially after the rainy seasons.
We include breaks for toilet facilities, shopping, photos and meals. The spectacular scenery and glimpses of village life when travelling make the journeys more enjoyable but come prepared with a sense of adventure and a sense of humour for a holiday of a lifetime.
We offer a full service camping safari therefore tents will be erected and meals will be prepared for you unless you wish to help! We have our own cook who shops, prepares and cooks all camping meals.

Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

On most nights we will be camping in two person tents. There are 9 nights camping and 4 nights in hotels.

The camping is full service so the tents will be erected for you. Campsites in East Africa usually offer only very basic facilities. You should not expect hot showers, flushing toilets and western standards of cleanliness at some of the places we stay. Some toilets may be long drops. Please come prepared.

All camping equipment (including mattresses) is provided except sleeping bags.

Occasionally upgrades are possible at some of the campsites to a room or banda. This can only be arranged locally.

The single supplement guarantees single accommodation throughout the trip (including single tents). This supplement is subject to availability and should be requested at the time of booking.

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  • Reviewed March 2017
    Jacqueline Edge

    Fantastic trip and crew!

    The four crew members, Erellah, Albert, Boniface and Amos were fantastic. Erellah is an excellent tourguide - very patient, funny, helpful: a delight and any group can consider themselves lucky to be in his care. Albert is a brilliant cook and made delicious vegan food for me: not easy to do in East Africa. He was fun and creative and all mealtimes were a pleasure. Boniface is by far the very best driver I've ever encountered: very patient, extremely skilled and was able to take us safely along very poor roads, while also taking care of the truck itself. Amos is very friendly and helpful and worked very hard to support the crew. I'm sure he will be a fantastic tourguide soon. All of the crew were fun to talk to and made us feel very welcome. The trip itself was spectacular - we were very lucky and managed to see many beautiful animals, including elephants, black rhino, white rhino, lions, cheetah and a leopard. I was lucky enough to spot a serval from the truck, but it slipped away into the grass before anyone else could see it. The pace of the trip was good - we covered a huge distance, but spent enough time in each place to get good wildlife spotting. The last few days on Zanzibar were a welcome treat too and really rounded everything off nicely. I will always have fond memories of the group and the trip. The group members were all great: friendly, interesting people I enjoyed meeting and hope to keep in touch with.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a leopard in a tree.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Erellah is a star! He's very bright, knowledgeable, extremely helpful and fun to talk to. He really made the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beware of the African sun - it is vicious. This time of year was very good, because it's low season, fairly dry and all the animals have had their babies, which is lovely to see.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be great if it could be possible to request a specific crew for trips in the same area. I would love to assemble this crew again for other trips to Africa, such as the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    David Woodhams

    Kenya - Tanzania & Zanzibar

    A truly memorable experience with some long journeys along some very bumpy and dusty roads but the rewards of close encounters with so much of East Africa's wildlife made it all worth while. Our group was 17 strong with 4 crew who worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to enjoy our trip to the full and the truck had plenty of room for all of us to be able to enjoy the wildlife and catch some magic moments on camera. Camping is a great way to enjoy and experience the wildlife and although some of the camp sites are very basic the location more than makes up for it together with the fact that often we were the only campers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Camping in the serengetti and on leaving our camp for the early morning game drive coming across a pride of 8 lions just 300 metres from camp. The early morning sunlight shining on the old male lion with a beautiful golden hew was just magic. Seeing more than 24 lions in one day with cubs of varying ages and managing to see 'the big five' although the leopard sighting was difficult as it was high in a tree shrouded by foliage, but at least we saw it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lelei was a fantastic guide/group leader who together with our driver 'Bonnie' really made our trip. At one stage in the Mara our truck developed a leaky radiator, but Bonnie kept topping it up so that we could continue our journey and together with Lelei managed to get a replacement shipped out which Bonnie fitted in camp. Lelei imparted much local knowledge and was a good game spotter and together with Bonnie was able to put us in the right place at the right time to see so much wildlife without putting pressure on any of the animals and respecting the rules of the parks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are only thinking about this trip, stop thinking and go and do it, you will enjoy it. Take heed of the advice regarding the temperature at Ngorongoro crater as it DOES get cold at night! Make sure you take a good torch as many of the camps are unlit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes are accurate and there are some long journeys which are along unmade roads and the camping is basic but the rewards are worth every bit of it.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Ivan Pinto

    Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

    A great introduction to the wildlife of East Africa, there is nothing quite like the excitement of animal/bird spotting that is an integral part of this tour. Camping allowed one to feel close to nature and was even better as few had other campers close by. Kip and his team were superb hosts keeping us informed of local life, both human and animal, while ensuring we were well fed. On the cultural side we visited a Masai village in the Serengeti and had guided tour of a typical local market in Musoma.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were very lucky to witness the wildebeest and zebra migration crossing of the Mara River. The sheer number of wildebeest in the area was almost biblical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There was a real rapport between Kip and his team and they could not have done more to ensure everyone had a good time. They set up camp as soon as we arrived and the meals were varied, wholesome and most importantly tasty (thanks Albert)! Everything seemed to work like clockwork, a sign of the hard work that goes on in the background.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some early starts and the odd long drive, but it's all worth it. On occasion the poor road surface could result in an 'African massage'! In terms of camping the mattress provided was very comfy (~2in thick foam). The occasional campsite does not have hot water, however, a cold shower after a hot dusty day was refreshing! Ngorongoro was cold (we travelled in July) so warm clothing is a must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When buying craftworks be prepared to haggle, it is expected and part of the fun.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Tony Rivers

    Kenya and Tanzania adventure

    Fantastic holiday ,saw big 5 at least twice , weather was great no rain .brilliant fellow travellers we got on so well even there was 16 off us .well lead by kips and his team .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    saw 4 lions take a buffalo right in front of us .. There are two many of inspirational to write memorable holiday .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kips was absolutely brilliant , we didn't have a single complaint .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for Zanzibar .,it is extremely hot ,90d and not much cooler at night .
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Catherine Morrow

    Kenya Tanzania adventure

    This is an amazing journey around Kenya and Tanzania with some long journeys on the truck but it ended up feeling like our second home!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing every animal we set out to see (some in our camp) and meeting so many people who had very little but always had time to wave smile and greet us especially in Kenya where they were as interested in us as we were in them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter Kiptoo (Kip) was such an inspirational guy - the logistics of this trip were huge but everything ran to plan (most of the time but this is Africa!!) and this was down to Kip and the team who worked tirelessly to pitch the tents, cook our meals and whilst we were all tired and tucked up in bed they were still working and were up hours before us cooking breakfast and setting up for the day ahead! Their work ethic was superb and they did their country proud!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't pack too much as you are on the move almost everyday. Buy a pillow on day 1 in the supermarket - really helps to get a good nights sleep and give away at the end! Take gear you don't mind giving away - in Zanzibar particularly the poverty was heartbreaking and many people had no shoes and were so grateful for shoes t shirts etc. Bought pens for the children and wish I had taken many more as they loved them. Don't expect air con in the hotels - it gets very very hot! Take 1 dollar bills for tipping - they average wage is a dollar a day so tipping what to us is such a small amount is really significant to the people of Kenya and Tanzania! You need some Kenyan shilings which u can buy in uk but in Tanzania you can use dollars everywhere although you tend to get better deals if you buy Tanzania shillings when you get into Tanzania

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Days are long and can be quite tiring but so worth it - just come prepared for this and you won't go wrong!
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Allan Pearson

    Kenya & Tanzania: A Great Adventure For Sure

    What a trip, greatly exceeded my expectations. We saw thousands of animals of every variety.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many, but for me it was the sight of lions on the prowl in the Ngorongoro Crater - with nervous antelopes, buffalo, wildebeest and other animals maneuvering to avoid being the next victims! An intact, diverse, fluid ecosystem right in front of us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Victor was just amazing, give that man a medal. His ability to see and identify animals far in the distance was legendary, and he knew pretty much everything about them as well. Generally, everything ran smoothly and even when it didn't he always had an excellent Plan B.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect the normal camping discomforts and long road trips over bumpy roads, but so worth it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An added day at Lake Victoria, with the possibility to getting out onto the water, would make a an excellent addition to this trip. The short side trip to Olduvai to see the museum and the landscape where early human species roamed should be part of the formal trip itinerary - it is so close to the route anyway.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Robyn Vilhjalmsson

    Kenya and Tanzania Adventure

    An excellent time we had; I hadn´t expected to see so many animals. What a great crew, thankyou.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say...that first impala or a lion sleeping in a tree, or giraffes drinking or thirteen lions out for a stoll!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Victor was the best, no question; smart, funny, organized and I would go again with him, no question.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do bring warm clothes, a head torch, a padlock...do read the notes and listen to the leader.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great trip. Highly recommended.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Adam Ward

    Trip of a lifetime

    This adventure was amazing from start to finish. The food served was delicious and different each day and no one got ill which to be honest everyone expected to be at some point. There was plenty of action but also plenty of time to rest and the campsites had beautiful scenery. We hoped to see a certain amount of animals but we got way more than we ever dreamed of which was thanks to the efforts of the guide and drivers. The campsites were fine and all had flushing toilets and showers (although not all hot). Camping made you feel even more with nature than camping in a fancy lodge as you hear the animal noises in the night and sometimes even have them come visit in the night.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting into the perfect position to see the elusive leopard walk out from the long grass along the riverbank. Or on the optional tour, seeing the male hippo on the bank and subsequently rush into the water to come and get us!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guide (Jacob) and team (Emmanuel, Ben and Alex) were really friendly and worked constantly to make everything run smoothly. Jacob was such a big part of the trip that it wouldn't have been the same without him. He gave us his professional suggestions on ways to improve the trip and we get along with him, and were not disappointed. He's so knowledgeable and his passion to help us get the most of our trip shone through. He balanced everyone's wishes and likes to make sure everyone got to see what they wanted.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be open minded and willing to adapt because plans do change sometimes. The standard of living is totally different to what we're used to and there are some long bumpy drives but it's an amazing experience so don't let that put you off- it's all fine but you need to be prepared. If you love luxury and hate camping this isn't the option for you but if you are up for an adventure the camping really isn't bad at all.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We would like to thank Jacob (get in touch!!) and the team so much for their hard work in making the trip amazing and the group feel so at ease and passing on your knowledge. We didn't have to lift a finger and we couldn't have dreamed of such a great holiday. Of course, there is a lot of luck involved with regards to seeing the animals but the guides/drivers do their utmost to find them.
  • Reviewed November 2014
    Anonymous

    Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

    This was my holiday of a lifetime and Exodus exceeded all my expectations. It was so well organised and despite camping accomodation we were treated to fantastic meals, so hygenic and well prepared. My principle aim was to see and photograph as many animal & birds as possible and I was not disappointed. Our leader was priceless in his knowledge of wildlife and his ability to support everyone in the group. The whole team (Issa - cook & Bonface - driver) were excellent and I have no hesitation to promote Exodus to friends and family.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First and foremost the wildlife was both accessible and so relaxed when getting super closeup shots, we were spoilt for choice. Our group was small and this added a certain freedom within the truck and made for great companionship. Seeing the local communities and businesses, whether this was local markets or town centres, we were free to find our own way if we wanted, as well as the well organised optional trips. Zanzibar provided a wonderful contrast to the game reserves and camping, truly relaxing it formed the perfect finale to our trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Exceptional! Makori provided a constant source of information, answers and advice whenever we asked. He maintained a relaxed atmosphere and together with his team, ensured a well organised holiday. On one occasion our vehicle slide sideways when it lost traction on a muddy track in Serengeti. The team took control of the situation and with some help from other jeeps, we were soon on our way to appreciative cheers from us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes as they provide important information, prior to departure. A soft holdall and a padlock for the locker is invaluable. As said in a previous review (Sept 2014), make sure you have exchanged sufficient money for local currency spending at the beach resort, otherwise the exchange rate (and charges) at the hotel make it very expensive. On our trip, sterling provided a better rate than did the dollar, so something to bear in mind. You could buy items in either Dollars or Tanzanian Shillings but the latter was a better price.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As I react badly to insect bites, I took an adequate supply of mosquito repellent (Deet) and it proved very effective when out and about after dark outside of our very protective tents. Not all sites who "claim" to have WiFi access can fulfill the demand. Some phones needed a different Sim card when crossing borders and remember to take your charger. The concerns in Sept 2014 review, re times of return flight from Zanzibar, didn't exist on our holiday with Kenyan Airlines, we had only a minimal wait in afternoon for flight to Nairobi and then onward night flight to UK.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Angela Mather

    Kenya, Tanzania, zanibar

    Very well organised and enjoyable trip. The cook was amazing, everything was kept so clean and hygienic. The driver always made you feel safe and the leader was one of the best I have travelled with.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A cheetah looking out over the Serengeti plains crying out for his missing mate - how could anyone still have a dry eye!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jacob was very good and knowledgable. Everything ran smoothly and you always felt he was in control and had everything in hand. We had an accident with the truck in the Serengeti. An overloaded land rover came around a corner at very high speed and in avoiding us turned over into a dry river bed. The driver of our truck was amazing to avoid us being hit or tipping over as we were just coming off a narrow bridge that also had a big hole in the road. The driver and leader then showed brilliant skill in helping get the land rover pulled back onto the road. They were calm through out and really made you feel safe in their hands. The incident could have been really bad and it was only their skill that kept us safe. The land rover was a government vehicle and has accepted responsibility for the incident. No one from our group was hurt.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have sufficient use changed into local currency before arriving at the beach resort where there are no cash machines and the exchange rate offered is poor.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didn't see that spending the time in Kenya really added any value. It's my second time on a trip to else's mere and I don't think it is a good use of precious time. Lake Navshia is beautiful but we seemed to travel for a long way past it to stay at a farm to then have to drive back the next day. The farm was fine as a location the first night but second night they were hosting a big conference so we were not welcome in any area other than directly around our tents and had to put up with all of their noise and shouting until 3am - I think this was very poor and not what I expected from an exodus camping trip. It would have been much better to stay nearer the lake, I think when I visited before we camped in the park and that would have been amazing as there looked to be facilities to do this. Maybe it can be reconsidered as there looked to be a new toilet block if that was the issue before. For the return trip to the airport we were upset that for a 3am flight we were going to be taken back to Stone town at midday and then get a later pick up to the airport. We were told this is what normally happened but we much preferred to stay at the beach resort and this is in line with what I understood from my questions to exodus before the trip. The guide sorted this out and we had the late pick up straight to the airport so everything was ok in the end but it was quite awkward having to ask for this and cause the person who was not on the group flight to pay for their own transfer. I think this should be clearer upfront for future trips.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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