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  • Lake Nakuru National Park and its lake. Meet the local children at the East African Mission Organisation.
  • The Masai Mara, one of Kenya's finest wildlife reserves and the Masai tribal lands
  • The Great Rift Valley Escarpment
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's oldest and most famous park
The East Africa Encompassed - 16 days tour starts in Nairobi and ends in Dar Es Salaam. The East Africa Encompassed - 16 days is an Explorer tour that takes 16 days taking you from Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam and through other destinations in Africa.

Take a journey from Kenya's capital to the beaches of Zanzibar, exploring National Parks and beautiful lakes along the way.
Monday. Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Kenya Comfort Hotel. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.
Nairobi - Masai Mara. After breakfast we continue on to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state, so be prepared for a rough ride! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.
Meals
  • Lunch, Dinner
Masai Mara. We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home. After our game drive, we have the option to visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we sit around the camp fire, and watch the sun set over this “Garden of Eden”.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru. We overnight EAMO East Africa Mission Organisation where we will have the opportunity to interact with the local children as well as learning more about this wonderful organisation. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lake Nakuru NP. This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park. The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. After our game drive, we head back to EAMO, arriving in the late afternoon.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lake Nakuru - Kisii/Kericho Area. After breakfast we leave the Masai Mara and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate. We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
OverNight
  • Kisii/Kericho Area
Kisii/Kericho - Musoma. We depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
OverNight
  • Musoma
Musoma - Serengeti. Today we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater. After an early start we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park in search of the resident wildlife and head to the southern part of the park where we have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below - we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha. The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel. The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game. After spending the morning game driving in The Crater we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Arusha - Pangani. This morning we continue our journey towards Dar es Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
OverNight
  • Pangani
Pangani - Dar es Salaam. Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the warm Indian Ocean. Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. A ferry from Dar Es Salaam takes us to ‘Spice Island’, where we have the option to spend the next three nights.* Zanzibar is steeped in history and offers a wealth of experiences. Wander the streets of Stone Town, take an excursion around a spice plantation or simply laze on one of the pristine white sandy beaches, the choice is yours!
Meals
  • Breakfast
OverNight
  • Zanzibar
Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening, when our adventure comes to an end.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel, 11 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided
  • All camping fees and appropriate equipment
  • 3 night Zanzibar Excursion including ferry transfer, accommodation, Spice Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise
Meals
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
Transport
  • Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport
  • A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
  • All road taxes and tolls
Guide
  • Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
Others
  • Park entry and game drives - Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro NP and Serengeti NP
what’s excluded
  • International flights and visas
  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own
  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
  • Optional activities
  • Local payment - $1590pp, paid in USD.
Tour details
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 30 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/ Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
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A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 59 days before departure. For any departures within 14 August 2019 full payment is required.

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The East Africa Encompassed - 16 days tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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