Kenya & Tanzania Adventure Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Destinations:
Kenya, Tanzania
Programmes:
Wildlife Encounters
Trip Code:
WYK
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
16 Min age

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

Trip 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

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.

Group

There will be a local leader, driver and cook and local guides where needed.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
18

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Nairobi.

    There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive Nairobi at any time.

    Accommodation: Heron Court Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    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'll 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 full of plains game, is open. If it is wet, however, this road, which is built on black cotton soil, is impassible, and we have to enter the park from the north, at Ikoma gate. We spend two nights in the park so we 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. 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. We travel 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 crater opens up in front of us, a huge, natural caldera, one of the great sights of Africa.

    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera, formed when its volcano top erupted leaving fertile plains in its place. Before this happened, it was actually the highest mountain in Africa, towering over nearby Kilimanjaro. The crater is essentially made up of grassy plains, lush forest and a soda lake which houses flamingos and an array of birdlife. From the rim, at an altitude of 2400m, the cliff plunges down some 600m to the crater floor with a whole host of extinct volcanoes ringing the valley. 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!

    After a fantastic morning we continue our journey 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.

    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, or 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

    End 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

Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

There are 9 nights camping  in two person tents 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.

Single supplement from 254,00 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

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

All included meals will be prepared for you by our chef and crew.

They are adept at catering for large groups of hungry travellers! Breakfasts will usually include cereal, toast and hot food such as porridge or eggs. Lunches tend to feature a range of sandwich options as well as a selection of fruit. Dinners usually feature soup, main (a mix of local and international cuisine) and dessert. All cooking equipment is loaded onto the overland vehicle and so our crew are ready to prepare food wherever we stop - don’t worry about going hungry on this trip! You will have time to stock up on snacks and drinks along the journey.

Transportation

Transport is in a specialist overland vehicle. These are ideal vehicles for seeing Africa, being robust enough to cope with some of the inevitable bad roads and having good visibility for the excellent scenery and game parks. The truck carries all the necessary camping equipment, and is equipped with a large drinking water tank.
We travel in 4WD vehicles in Ngorongoro Crater.
The driving distances are as follows.  Approximate driving time including stops in is brackets:
Nairobi – Kembu Farm: 182km (approx. 5.5 hrs)
Nakuru – Masai Mara: 227km (approx. 9 hrs)
Masai Mara – Lake Victoria: 310 km (approx. 10 hrs or more, depending on the border crossing)
Lake Victoria – Serengeti:  190km (approx. 9 hrs)
Serengeti - Ngorongoro: 135 km (approx. 8 hrs)
Ngorongoro – Arusha: 159 km (approx. 8 hrs)

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

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.

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Kenya Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 15 days starting in Nairobi and ending in Zanzibar

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Nairobi in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £20 should you decide to make your way independently.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival transfers on any flight for this trip, so no matter which flight you choose to arrive on you will be met and transferred to your hotel. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfer must provide full arrival flight details in advance; unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge; transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.

Departure transfers are provided for clients travelling on group flights only.  Clients who have booked their flights independently of Exodus or who are travelling on different flights to the group flights will need to make their own way from the end point of the tour.

Location start:
Nairobi
Location end:
Zanzibar

What to Take

Essential Equipment

This trip encounters a range of temperatures so come prepared. Most of the time light cotton clothing will be most comfortable, but you should bring a sweater and a warm windproof jacket as it can get cold at night, in the mornings and in the back of the truck. Avoid bright colours when on safari.
Daypack or small bag
Water bottle
Head torch and spare batteries
Mosquito repellent
Sun hat, suncream and sunglasses
Sleeping bag and liner: a three-season bag is required as it can be cold at night
Travel pillow: We do not provide pillows in the 2-man tents so if you would like a travel pillow, please bring your own.
Rucksack or holdall: please do not bring a suitcase or hard-bottomed bag on these trips. We advise you to bring a soft holdall/rucksack and a day pack. Everyone has a large locker (30 inches deep, 19 inches long and 10 inches high) to store his or her belongings and personal items in. We recommend you also take a combination padlock to lock the locker. Shoes and sleeping bags can be stored separately at the back of the vehicle.
Please note that on the internal flight to Zanzibar, you are allowed to take hand luggage weighing up to 5kgs in addition to the 20kgs checked baggage.

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we have decided to include drinking water in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be available throughout which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

If you are interested in animal photography then take a camera with a good optical zoom.
Binoculars
Wet wipes
Travel towel
Hand gel wash
Toilet roll


Laundry:
Laundry facilities are limited outside the major cities but it will be possible to do some hand washing at the campsites or using water from rivers or lakes. You should bring a small supply of washing powder with you for this purpose. We ask you to be careful when washing clothes in rivers and lakes as this water may well be the main supply for villages further along. Always use a washing bowl and discard used water away from the river or lake. Take environmentally friendly detergents and shampoos for hand and hair washing, and use as little as possible. This will help to keep valuable fresh water supplies, rivers, streams and the sea free from pollution.

Practical Information

Passport

Kenya

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Tanzania

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.  At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government are planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.  
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – if the website still says coming soon please check with the Kenyan High Commission) (https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=7)
You will need to first register to the ecitizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying.
For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This  visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from 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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Tanzania's Timezone:
Africa/Dar_es_Salaam EAT (GMT +03:00)
Kenya's Timezone:
Africa/Nairobi EAT (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Tanzania's Electricity:

230V, 50Hz. They use three flat pronged sockets.

Kenya's Electricity:

240 Volts. Plug types G; establishments take the same plugs as the UK.

There is a 240 volt invertor on the truck that can recharge camera/cellphone/laptop batteries when it is being driven. We recommend that you bring your standard charger, with a UK plug (either 3 pin or 2 pin) for this purpose. There are often recharging facilities at campsites but you may be charged for this service and we recommend taking extra batteries and charging them at every opportunity due to the unreliable electricity supply in some areas.

Money

Tanzania's Currency

The national currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 2675 to the UK£ and 2188 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

We recommend that you take most of your money in US dollars issued from 2009 or newer with the big head design.


Tanzanian shillings may not be imported or exported. There is no restriction on the import of foreign currency provided it is declared on arrival. On leaving Tanzania you may convert any amount of TZS into hard currency provided that you have a currency exchange receipt.

Kenya's Currency

The national currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 136 to the GBP, 103 to the USD, 85 to the CAD, 123 to the EUR, 83 to the AUD and 75 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Visa, Access/MasterCard and American Express cards are sometimes accepted in hotels and for expensive souvenirs but you should NOT rely solely on your credit card, particularly for obtaining cash advances.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Airport departure tax US$50 paid in cash at Zanzibar airport.

We recommend that you take most of your money in either Sterling or US dollars. Any US dollars cash should be clean, unmarked notes and should be dated no earlier than 2004. It is advisable to bring a mix of denominations including some small notes.

There is a great variety of souvenirs on sale. We encourage buying items which benefit the local economy, and avoiding expensive shopping malls where most of the money may go abroad or to large businesses. Amongst the local handicrafts look out for Makonde woodcarvings, permitted leather goods, native jewellery, local textiles, batik, soap-stone carvings, precious and semi-precious stones.

Optional Excursions:

Nairobi:
(only possible if clients have extra time in Nairobi before or after the trip)
For the excursions in Nairobi, these must be booked through our local partners on the ground. Please call +254 733 523 813 at any time to organize these activities.
Karen Blixen Museum - US$14 per person
Giraffe Centre- US$12 per person
NNP Animal orphanage - US$25 per person (Entry only)
Safari walk - US$25 per person
Carnivore Restaurant- US$30-35 per person
Bomas - US$10 per person
National Museum - US$14 per person
Transfers to/from all of these excursions - price will vary depending on the type of vehicle and the number of clients and may include waiting charges
Masai Mara
Sunrise Balloon Safari in Masai Mara - can be booked locally at a price of US$495 upwards.  Includes champagne and a full English breakfast in the bush.
Masai village visit - US$ 20
Serengeti
Sunrise Balloon Safari in Serengeti - can be booked locally at a price of US$540 upwards. Includes champagne and a full English breakfast in the bush.
Zanzibar
Snorkelling day trip - US$35
Snorkelling half day trip - US$20
Scuba dive- US$80
Dhow trip - US$40
Prison Island tour - US$25
Spice tour US$25 (half day including lunch)
Entrance to historical sites US$5

Tipping

If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. 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.

If you feel that your leader and crew have performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a guide we suggest that you budget:

Approximately US$40-$50 for your tour leader.

Approximately US$20-$25 for each of the other 3 crew members on this trip.

It is also courtesy to tip any extra guides/ drivers you may have over the course of the trip, though certainly not compulsory. Shortly after arrival the leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of approx. 25 GBP per person towards a kitty. This money is then used for tipping local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc and will be distributed by the leader. Any money left at the end of the trip will be refunded to the group on equal basis.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.