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  • Meet the Rangers who work on the frontline in the area between Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park & Kilimanjaro Park.
  • Help support wildlife Rangers of Kenya with a $500 (AUD) donation included in the price of the trip through The Intrepid Foundation and The Thin Green Line https://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/the-thin-green-line-foundation
  • Explore Nairobi National Park with local Rangers. Learn about the unique challenges of Human-Wildlife conflict in a park that's not completely fenced.
  • Visit Rangers at an outstation post and experience Africa from a different perspective, by accompanying the Rangers on foot patrol within the rhino sector of Chyulu Hills National Park.
The Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition tour starts and ends in Nairobi. The Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition is an Adventure tour that takes 8 days taking you from Nairobi, Kenya and through other destinations in Africa.

This unique expedition takes you into the world of Kenya's inspiring rangers – the men and women on the frontline of wildlife conservation. Intrepid has partnered with The Thin Green Line Foundation, who protect nature's protectors, to give travellers an insight into the work – and risk – that goes into protecting wildlife and wild places. Beginning and ending in Nairobi, the expedition takes you behind the scenes of what it's like to be a Ranger. You will go on game drives and foot patrols with the Rangers working in the area between Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Kilimanjaro national parks. You'll also spend time at the Ranger training academy learning what it takes to become a Ranger, and hear the true stories of what it takes to protect wildlife in this part of the world.
Jambo! Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya's capital. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, but feel free to arrive early and check out the sites. You'll meet an experienced Ranger from the program with Big Life Foundation. The Ranger will accompany the group for the duration of the trip to provide more information on the specifics of their work. Hear about the great work these foundations are doing and how your donations and involvement will help, then perhaps join your new travel buds for an optional group dinner in town with your leader. 

Please ask the hotel reception where the evening meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you may attend and if you are going to be late, please inform reception. We'll be collecting your insurance and next of kin details at the meeting, so please ensure you have these on hand to give to your leader.

For more information on the optional Urban Adventures check out https://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/nairobi-tours
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Nairobi - From Farm to Feast Urban Adventure - USD 75
  • Nairobi - Nairobi Experience Urban Adventure - USD 48
  • Nairobi - Hell's Gate National Park Urban Adventure - USD 170
  • Nairobi - A Day with the Maasai Urban Adventure - USD 140
  • Nairobi - Giraffes & Elephants in Nairobi Urban Adventure - USD 62
  • Nairobi - Nairobi by Night Urban Adventure - USD 64
This morning you'll visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust after breakfast for a chance to see orphaned elephants and rhinos up close. Get to know these beautiful, endangered animals and their plight in the modern world, and how The Thin Green Line Foundation supports the trust by providing Ranger support when re-releasing elephants into the wild. From here, travel to Nairobi National Park, just 7 km south of Nairobi, and meet some of the Rangers who work there. Learn about the the unique challenges faced not only by the wild animals living so close to a developing city, but also the Rangers working in a park that's not completely fenced. Visit the famous ivory burn site, where Kenyan president Aniel arap Moi set fire to 11 tonnes of ivory in 1989 to prove it had no value. In 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered 100 tonnes of ivory to be burnt at the same site, continuing to build Kenya's already strong  reputation when it comes to conservation. 

Rangers will also touch on the human cost of wildlife protection. Over 1000 Rangers worldwide have lost their lives in the past decade, and The Thin Green Line Foundation is dedicated to not only training and protecting Rangers, but also providing for their families should the worst happen. Return to your hotel in the evening, perhaps heading out for dinner with the group. Your leader will be on hand to suggest the best local places to eat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Depart Nairobi early and travel to Kimana Sanctuary (approx. five hours), a protected private area right in the middle of the Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Kilimanjaro national parks. Stop en route at the Ranger headquarters for The Big Life Foundation, where you'll meet the head Rangers, take a tour around the facilities and receive a short presentation on the importance of the area and how its run in conjunction with the community. Continue to your camp at Kimana Sanctuary (approx. one hour) then set up camp and get to know your surroundings. Later, the group will take an overland vehicle for a game drive around the sanctuary capped off with a few relaxed sunset drinks.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities)
Drive back past the headquarters and out to a Ranger station in the rolling green hills of Chyulu Hills National Park (approx. two hours). Here you'll receive a demonstration of control techniques, and learn about the day-to-day activities performed by the Rangers and general life at the station. Get to know the Rangers as you accompany them on a foot patrol of the area, then head back to your sanctuary camp after a truly memorable day. Here you can help out with prepping some food and talk about the day. Later sit around the campfire and listen to stories of animal protection from our experienced Ranger – 'war stories' is a pretty apt description.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities)
Wake up early to be greeted by a convoy of 4x4 safari vehicles and their drivers. They're here to take you on a game drive through the elephant sector of Kimana Sanctuary before returning to camp for a leisurely hot brunch and some free time. The sanctuary provides a corridor for the Amboseli elephants, ensuring they can roam between the Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West National Park. With waterways, swamps and Kilimanjaro providing a backdrop, the sanctuary is a stunning, critical piece of land for a large variety of animals. After eating, head to the nearby Ranger training academy where you'll camp for the evening. This is a chance to gain another perspective on life as a Ranger, and though we won't interrupt their daily activities, we do share facilities with the Rangers-in-training and can take an opportunity to learn more about their lives while helping with cooking and cleaning duties.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities)
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day then take a short drive to Amboseli National Park, located close to the Tanzanian border. Settle into camp and spend some free time readying yourself for an afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicles. Amboseli was designated as a national park in 1974 and declared a UNESCO site in 1991, and is known for its opportunities to get up close to its elephant population. Keep an eye out for the Big 5 and other wildlife, and take a chance to reflect on the incredibly important work being done by the Rangers you've met over the past few days. Without them, opportunities to see these beautiful animals would be diminishing at an even more alarming rate.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities)
Rise early once more for a final game drive through Amboseli National Park, searching for elephants, buffalo, impala, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes and zebras. Return to your camp for a hot brunch, then pack up before beginning a long travel day back to Nairobi. Stop in at the Ranger headquarters on the way to say goodbye and thank them for their time, then visit the Imbirikani Maasai village where you'll meet the village elders and spend some time learning about the unique way of life of the Maasai. On arriving in Nairobi, settle into your hotel then perhaps join the group for an optional farewell dinner, where you can recount the amazing sights and stories you've seen and heard.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
This adventure comes to an end after breakfast and there are no further activities planned for the day.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals
  • 7 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinner
Transport
  • Overland vehicle , 4x4 safari vehicle
Included Activities
  • $500 (AUD) Donation to The Thin Green Line
  • Nairobi National Park - Ivory Burn Site visit
  • Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Nairobi National Park - Game Drive (overland vehicle)
  • Nairobi National Park - Ranger Introduction
  • Kimana Sanctuary - Game Drive (overland vehicle)
  • Greater Amboseli - Conservation Academy visit
  • Chyulu Hills National Park - Rhino Foot Patrol
  • Chyulu Hills National Park - Ranger Station visit
  • Kimana Sanctuary - Elephant Sector 4x4 Game Drive
  • Greater Amboseli - Ranger Training Academy visit
  • Amboseli National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Amboseli National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
  • Imbirikani Maasai Village - Village Visit
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Nairobi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Nairobi/ Nairobi
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Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 15 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition 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.

Visa

For this Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Last modified (date)

    17 Jun 2019

  • Trip title

    Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition

  • Trip code

    YGSK

  • Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

  • Introduction

    This unique expedition takes you into the world of Kenya's inspiring rangers – the men and women on the frontline of wildlife conservation. Intrepid has partnered with The Thin Green Line Foundation, who protect nature's protectors, to give travellers an insight into the work – and risk – that goes into protecting wildlife and wild places. Beginning and ending in Nairobi, the expedition takes you behind the scenes of what it's like to be a Ranger. You will go on game drives and foot patrols with the Rangers working in the area between Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Kilimanjaro national parks. You'll also spend time at the Ranger training academy learning what it takes to become a Ranger, and hear the true stories of what it takes to protect wildlife in this part of the world.

  • Style

    Basix

  • Transport

    Overland vehicle,4x4 safari vehicle

  • Physical Rating

    2

  • Physical preparation

    You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day. Please also note that the roads, particularly in Kenya, are in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.

  • Joining point description

    The Heron Portico is a charming 3-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Nairobi. Local tourist attractions such as Uhuru Park, Central Park and Kenyatta Mausoleum are not far from the hotel. Also easily within reach are the National Assembly Building and the Parliament Building.

    The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, coffee shop and cafe, WiFi (at a surcharge), a gift shop and a 24 hour front desk. Guest room facilities include TV with satellite channels, in room safe, tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel is located 18kms from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

  • Joining point instructions

    A private arrival transfer is available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Please speak to your booking agent for more information. If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer, please ensure you have provided Intrepid with your arrival flight details at least 15 days before the departure of your Intrepid trip. On arrival, please look out for our representative holding a board with your name at the arrival terminal.

    If you fail to see our representative, please walk to the Grand Voyage Travel Agency Desk which is located at the left side of the arrival terminal and request your transfer.

    Grand Voyage Travel Agency:
    Tel: +254 722-717336 / +254 722-260627
    Or +254 733 523 813

    If you are making your own way to the hotel, there is a taxi stand outside the airport building. A taxi should cost approximately USD$50 to USD$70, and must be paid in Kenyan Shillings.

  • Finish point instructions

    Private departure transfers are available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Please speak to your booking agent for more information. If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please ensure you have provided Intrepid with your departure flight details at least 15 days before the departure of your Intrepid trip.

    It is also possible to book a taxi to the airport via the Heron Portico - please inquire at the reception. The price will be approximately USD$50 to USD$70 and must be paid in Kenyan Shillings.

  • Group leader

    On this trip you will be accompanied by three Intrepid crew members - Group Leader, Cook and Driver who will usually be Kenyan.

    You will also be accompanied by an experienced Ranger from the program with Big Life Foundation to provide more information on the specifics of their work.

    If you choose to travel on our 27 July 2019 departure you will also travel with a representative from our foundation partners the Thin Green Line Foundation, who will accompany you for your entire expedition.

    Your Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, coordinating a tipping kitty and will form work groups to take turns cooking and cleaning.

    Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Intrepid trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment.

    While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people.

    Your Cook is responsible for the cooking and will help to coordinate the work groups for preparing the meals and washing up! Cooks are also responsible for organizing food shopping (they are always happy to have you on board) and most importantly, they make sure high hygiene standards are kept at all times while camping.

    Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way.

    Everyone is expected participate and carry their share of the workload/duties, making camp chores easier. The duties Rota system is adopted where all members share in general camp duties – cooking, shopping, washing up etc. If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun.

  • Is this trip right for you

    Just as a heads up before you book: this is an expedition trip and is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

    Our purpose-built overland vehicles allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with large sliding windows. They have no air-conditioning, however, so they can get dusty and hot at times.

    The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land!

    This is a participatory camping trip – everyone will embrace the team spirit by helping with camp setup, food preparation and cleaning.

    There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

  • Health

    All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

    YELLOW FEVER:
    A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

    It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.


    DRINKING WATER:
    As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Many hotels and lodges provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. Water consumption should be about two litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.


    TSETSE FLY:
    It is best to avoid dark coloured clothes such as blue and black while on safari. These colours can attract the biting tsetse fly.

  • Food and dietary requirements

    By travelling on an Overland trip you have chosen a participation camping tour. This means that you will be helping your cook prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping.

    Your cook will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with group of 5 or 6 people (depending on group size) having a different camp job each day.

    If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking, and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.

    A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal, something hot such as eggs or pancakes, as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich with healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes with fruit to follow. There may be a chance on occasion to buy your lunch. Dinner might be a BBQ, rice dish or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some African food such as ugali and stew.

    Your overland truck has a tank of treated water that is safe to drink. Your crew will use this to cook and provide cordial at meal times. Please do not hesitate to use this water to minimise the consumption of plastic water bottles. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not part of included meals.

    One thing is sure - you definitely won't go hungry or lose weight on your safari! When you aren't camping you will have the freedom to decide where, what and with whom you eat.

  • Money matters

    When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

    Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
    Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.


    MEALS NOT INCLUDED
    Breakfast, dinner and most lunches are included while camping on our overland safaris.
    For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

    For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.
    These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.


    TIPPING
    Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Usually the equivalent of around USD7 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine.

    TIPPING KITTY
    Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.


    TIPPING GUIDE
    To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.
    - Your Crew (including Leaders, Drivers and Cooks) - You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD3 to USD4 per staff member, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. It is best to then divide these amounts into separate envelopes for each crew member. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    - Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for local guides.
    - Basic restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.


    EMERGENCY FUNDS
    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.


    CREDIT CARDS, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE:
    Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

    With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.

    PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially East Africa, do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. If you are bringing USD, we strongly recommend large bills in good condition, 2006 series onwards only. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted.

  • A couple of rules

    Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

    Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

    The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

    By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.

    If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

  • Accommodation notes

    Accommodation on this trip is mainly in two-person canvas dome tents with camping mattresses supplied.

    The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hotels. In Africa it's not usually practical to camp when staying in towns and cities so we use hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants.

    There may be the occasional night stop, when we stay in the grounds of a hotel or at a campsite which may also have rooms/cabins available. In this case there may be a choice of camping or upgrading to a room. Rooms cost approximately USD60-120 per room per night for a twin room and cannot be pre-booked. Standards of these rooms vary greatly and we recommend viewing the room before purchasing the nights accommodation. The day by day itinerary advises when upgrades may be possible (subject to availability).

    Keep in mind that if we are staying in dormitory accommodation, you may have to share with other passengers or be split into same sex rooms.

    Campsites do have facilities but they usually aren't to the same standard you would find in western countries. For example the bathroom facilities can be very basic. There is rarely toilet paper provided and shower facilities can be as simple as a hose pipe spurting out cold water. Wild camps have no facilities at all.

  • Transport notes

    Our trucks are purpose-built, self contained safari vehicles. Our fleet of vehicles varies depending on your group size, trip route and style. Your vehicle type may differ from those listed above. It is also important to note that our overland vehicles are not air-conditioned, but all vehicles have windows that can be opened to allow for fresh air. Each seat will have access to a power socket to charge your devices. This outlet will use a UK/Kenyan 3 pronged outlet.

    There are many early starts with long hours spent driving on rough roads on all African itineraries. While most people love the chance to watch the changing landscape and daily village life, feedback shows that long periods of inactivity does not appeal to all clients. We provide the approximate distance covered each day and how many hours this normally takes to drive so that you can choose the safari experience that is right for you.

    African conditions are extremely tough on vehicles. While we fastidiously maintain our vehicles at our workshops, you should not expect Africa to be your traditional touring experience. While it's certainly our aim to avoid them, it's important that you set off on your trip knowing that the occasional breakdown can happen and are best treated as part of the African adventure. Due to wet weather there may be times when we have to take an alternative route which will mean longer travel times.

  • Your fellow travellers

    As 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. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

    SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

  • Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES:
    Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist.

    Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

    ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA:
    Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

    DRIVE TIMES:
    The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (3 nights),Camping (with facilities) (3 nights),Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

  • Themes

    Expedition,Overland

  • Important information

    1. This is an expedition trip and requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the trip is guaranteed to depart.
    2. A single supplement is available on all nights of this trip, subject to availability.

  • Emergency contact

    GENERAL ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

    For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's Kenya Office can be reached on their 24 hour number +254 733 523 813

    In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below:


    PEAK East Africa: +254-736-213-383 or +254 788-585-065

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