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East Africa Wildlife Explorer

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Duration

16 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

Dutch, English, German

Overview

Known as the “Animal Planet” of Africa!

This wildlife tour is a not to be missed to experience all the sights and attractions these countries have to offer.  This wildlife tour includes the most famous wildlife reserves of both Tanzania and Kenya. Starting and ending in Arusha we have time to explore this wonderful city and enjoy the wonderful views of Mount Meru, the 5th Highest in Africa. The following day we head out to the wilderness and our first safari.

We will travel the wide open plains of the Masai Mara, we will take the daring trip down into Ngorongoro Crater.

We will search for the big herds and big tuskers in Amboseli National Park.

This is an all inclusive tour with beautiful locations and accommodations en-route.

You will be accompanied by experienced local guides and drivers. They have been specifically selected and trained for the areas.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Views
  • • Tarangire National Park
  • • Ngorongoro Crater
  • • Masai Mara Conservation area
  • • Amboseli National Park
  • • Serengeti National Park
  • • Lake Victoria
  • • Lake Manyara National Park
  • • Masaai Visits

Itinerary

Tour Program
Tour Program

Day to day itinerary
Day 1- Arusha
On arrival at the airport, you will be collected and transferred to your overnight accommodation.Our accommodation is situated in the lush forests of the outskirts of the town, Arusha.If your arrival is early, you will have time to explore the surrounding forests in search of the many birds found in the area. Or you can relax in the warm African sun, next to the blue sparkling pool, or partake in one of the many activities that are offered.In the evening we have a welcome meeting with the group and enjoy dinner at the lodge.Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Naura Springs Hotel or similar
Day 2- Manyara National Park
After a scrumptious breakfast we head into the wilderness. We make one last stop in town to stock upon last minute supplies. We head to a magnificent reserve situated to the west of the town. This beautiful park is home to huge flocks of flamingos, special tree-climbing lions and many other species.
We do a safari in search of the wonders of this park, before we check in to our accommodation.
Dinner tonight is included
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Manyara Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similarhttp://riftvalleylodge.co.tz/
Day 3- Manyara National Park
After breakfast we set off to explore some of the cultural practices that the indigenous people still practice after centuries.We see how they live and also how they produce the local beer made from all the bananas found in the area. Lunch today will be a local cultural experience.In the afternoon we make yet another safari in the park, to spot some more of the animals from the plains of the park.
Dinner tonight is included at our accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similarhttp://riftvalleylodge.co.tz/
Day 4- Tarangire National Park
After breakfast its time for a full day of safari. Today we head for the Tarangire National Park. This is truly one gem of a park. It is home to huge herds of elephants, and many other species. Its also home to some beautiful Baobab trees. Situated against the Masai Mere Mountains, it offers some beautiful scenery. We also stop at the spectacular Tarangire. In the late afternoon we check into our accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Rift valley Photographic Lodge or Similarhttp://riftvalleylodge.co.tz/
Day 5- Serengeti National Park
Off to an early start! This morning we make a safari into the Ngorongoro Crater. The drive down from the rim down into the crater is an experience on its own. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to all of the“BIG 5” as well as a population of highly endangered black rhino. For many this safari is one of the highlights of the trip. After lunch we head for the famous Serengeti National Parks. We drive through some spectacular scenery with miles on miles of rolling grass plains, interrupted only b y the odd tree or some very strangely shaped rock formations.We arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon
Tonight we have a traditional African Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Safari Lodge or Similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerhttps://sopalodges.com/serengeti-sopa-lodge/the-lodge
Day 6 Serengeti National Park
We will be spending a full day in the open grass plains of the Serengeti Park. We will concentrate on the area along the Seronera River. This area is specifically good for all the pains game. Following the massive herds are the predators. The area is renowned for special sightings of cheetah, and if your are lucky you may even spot the most elusive of all, the leopard. Game viewing in this area is good all year round.We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.
Tonight we share our sightings and experiences around the fire.Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerhttps://sopalodges.com/serengeti-sopa-lodge/the-lodge
Day 7 Lake Victoria
Today we head for one of the largest lakes in Africa, Lake Victoria. W pass numerous villages, where the age old traditional life is still practiced. We arrive at our accommodation in the afternoon. Here you can take a stroll next to the massive lake. You can also participate in one of the activities offered at the lodge (Own Expense)
Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge or similar
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner http://www.spekebay.com/spekebay.com/default.htm
Day 8
Masai Mara This morning we wake up to spectacular views of the Lake Victoria. We enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before we head North. Today we bid farewell to beautiful Tanzania. We cross into Kenya today. We will spend time in a beautiful landscape lined with trees, rivers and endless plains.We arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon.
Dinner included at the lodge.
Accommodation: Mara River Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerhttps://www.mararivercamp.co.ke/Day 9 Masai Mara National Reserve
We head off early for another full day of safari within this great area. The area is home to a huge variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi,gazelle, impala and elephant. Sightings of hippos and crocodiles are also common.We arrive back at camp in the late afternoon.
Dinner at the camp
Accommodation: Mara River Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
https://www.mararivercamp.co.ke/
Day 10 Masai Mara National Reserve
We set off early to go find the herds. We will concentrate along the river, where we hope to see the big herds of animals that call this home. We also search for the predators following them.We have a full day of safari
We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.We share our memories around the campfire tonight.
Accommodation: Mara Rive Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
https://www.mararivercamp.co.ke/
Day 11 Nairobi
Today we bid farewell to the wilderness. We head to the Capital of Kenya, Nairobi. We have the afternoon at leisure. Nairobi is a lively cosmopolitan town. You can go explore the town, or simply relax and unwind at the sparkling pool at our hotel. We have dinner at the hotel
Accommodation: Eka Hotel or Similar
http://www.ekahotel.com/
Day 12 Nairobi
After breakfast we head to the historical and well preserved Karen Blixen Museum, here Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931. Thereafter, we head to the Giraffe Center and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage. At these centers we experience these species from close up, and learn about the conservation efforts that makes this area so successful. Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Eka Hotel or Similar
http://www.ekahotel.com/
Day 13 Amboseli National Park
A relaxed start. After breakfast we drive to the Amboseli National Park where we will spend 2 nights. This is a beauty of a park. It offers splendid views of animals and the Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Lodge Amboseli or Similar
https://kibosafaricamp.com/
Day 14 Amboseli National Park
After breakfast we head for a full day of safari within the boundaries of the park. This park is famous for its views on the often “Snow Capped” Mt Kilimanjaro as well as its elephant bulls with their massive tusks. If you are lucky you might get the ultimate picture with the 2 African Giants on one photo.We return to our lodge for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Lodge Amboseli or Similar
https://kibosafaricamp.com/
Day 15 Arusha
We bid farewell to Kenya and its animals. We leave for the border and cross back into Tanzania.We arrive at our lodge close to the airport. We have some leisure time in the afternoon, before we have our farewell dinner, that goes with some traditional dancing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Arusha Impala Hotel or Similar
Day 16 Airport
Our lovely tour finishes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight,together with a lifetime of memories from Africa that you can forever cherish

Included/Excluded

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals as stipulated
  • All park entry fees
  • All safaris
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Professional Driver
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Inoculations
  • Personal expenses
  • Health and travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities

Languages

Dutch
English
German

Tour's Location

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Terms and Conditions
2. Payments 2.1.A deposit of 30% from each Client is required when submitting the application form to confirm a booking, unless otherwise agreed in the Agent Contract.2.2.The full amount due by the Client to the Company, shall be payable not less than 30 days prior to the date of departure/start of services (unless otherwise specified in the Agent’s Contract or direct form the Company). No Client will be permitted to commence any itinerary without payment in full being received by the Company. If the full amount is not received, the Company shall be entitled in its discretion to treat the reservation as canceled, and consequently to forfeit such partof the advance payment as determined solely by the Company. Late applicants may join the tour based on accommodation availability and prior arrangement with the Company' 2.3.Invoices in foreign currencies shall be paid by no later than the date specified on the footer of the original invoice. If payment is not made within this stipulated time period, the Client is obligated to request a new invoice as the due amount is subject to currency fluctuations. 2.4.If a new invoice is not requested and the currency exchange rate has changed to 'Sidewinding Travels’ disadvantage, a new invoice will be issued charging the difference to the Client/Agent. 2.5.If the company accepts payment by Credit Card from an Agent or Client, a3 % surcharge will be added for Visa and Master Cards. 2.6.Payments can also be done via Electronic Funds Transfer (The bank account details will be sent directly to the client) 2.7.Please note: Sidewinding Travels reserves the right to alter the pricedue to external factors
3. Cancellations 3.1.Any cancellation of a booking by a Client or Agent, must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by the Company. The date on which the Company receives the correspondence or a company recognized Agent, will determine the cancellation charge, if any.3.1.1.Cancellation charges will be incurred as follows: 3.2.1. 46 days or more prior to departure: 10% of the total rate 3.2.2. 21days to 45 days prior to departure: 30% of the total rate3.2.3. 14 days to 20 days prior to departure: 50% of the total rate 3.2.4. 8 days to 13 days prior to departure 80% of the total rate 3.2.5. less than 8 days prior to departure: 100% of the total rate 3.3. Special cancellation fees may apply for 3rd party bookings 4. Changes and Alterations4.1.“Force Majeure” means, in relation to the Company, any circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Company (including, but not limited to, acts ofGod, explosion, flood, fire, war or threat of war, sabotage, civil disturbance, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions or other unexpected occurrences).4.2.The Company shall not be deemed to be in breach of these terms and conditions or otherwise be liable to the Client, by reason of delay in performance, or by non- performance, of any of its obligations hereunder to the extent that any
such delay or non- performance is due to any Force Majeure. 4.3.If the Company is affected by Force Majeure it shall be entitled to, and may in its sole and absolute discretion, vary or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour or safari. 4.4.No refunds are given for circumstances arising beyond the Company’s control, necessitating alternative arrangements being made to ensure the safety and/or further participation and enjoyment of the tour or safari. 4.5.In the unlikely event of a vehicle breakdown that is beyond the Company’scontrol and immediate repair, the Company will arrange to have the spare part sentto the current location in the fastest possible time. The Company reserves the right to alter the itinerary accordingly in order to make up any time lost due to any unforeseen circumstances. 4.6.The company reserves the right to cancel the tour without prior notificationand in such an event only agrees to refund all monies already paid and received from the Client. 5. Insurance 5.1.Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every Client. All insuranceis solely the responsibility of the Client. In order for a Client to join a tour or before commencement of any tour, the Client must have his/her full travel insurance, and must provide this information to the company. The insurance of the Client must be able to cover including but not limited to, personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic equipment, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage. If a Client falls ill, all hospital expenses, medical expenses, doctor’s fees,
repatriation costs and in case where transport is needed, are the Client’s responsibility and the Company shall not be liable for any refund of the tour rate whatsoever. The Company shall not carry any deceased bodies in our vehicles. 5.2.The Company shall accept no responsibility whatsoever of the carriage and storage of baggage on any of our tours, lodges, camps, hotels and guesthouses. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that they have comprehensive travel insurance of the correct value for the baggage 6. Liability The Client hereby acknowledges, confirms and records that he/she understands the risk inherent in adventure travel in African destinations and associated activities. The Client is accepted onto the tour and undertakes to do the tour, travel or activity at his/her own risk. The client agrees and concedes that the Company, itsrepresentatives and employees shall not be responsible for loss or damage to possessions, or injury or illness to the client or loss of life or consequential damages which might occur from any cause whatsoever, unless directly caused by the Company’s negligence. 7. Health and Age Restrictions Before the commencement of the tour or safari, the Client will ensure that He/She is medically fit for the duration of the tour/safari and all the activities done on the tour. The Client will also ensure that HE/She is in good mental health and is able to embark on the tour/safari. If the Client have any Medical conditions, it should be made available to the Company on the Booking form sent out from the Company tothe Client before the tour/safari. Any failure to declare these conditions to the Company will result in the cancellation of his/her tour. Every client above the age of65 is required to submit a medical certificate or a self-declaration form to the
Company, where they declare that they are medically, physically and mentally suited for the tour/safari. For all camping safaris there is an age limit of 70 years, and for all lodge safaris there is an age limit of 8 years. 8. Claims and Complaints In the highly unlikely event when the client has a complaint of any sort, it is compulsory for the Client to let the Company know immediately. This will provide anopportunity for the Company to investigate the situation and provide the correct action needed againstthis complaint. If there are further complaints from the Client, it must be send in writing to the Company no ore than 30 days after the tour has ended. If these are not followed, the Company will not further continue on the investigation of such complaints. 9. Company Responsibility and Rights All information related to the company, its tours and services offered, printed in brochures, shared on social media and the internet, as well as on our website is done and given in good faith by the Company and is based on the latest updated information available to the company. The itineraries printed, distributed and mailedto the Client serves as a guideline only. The Company reserves the right to change or alter facilities of accommodation, itineraries, facilities, transport described in any publication without being held liable for any compensation or refund. 10. The Company Authority
The tour guide, a representative of the Company has the authority to make any final decisions whilst on tour, and should let the Company know at the soonest about this decision. The guide will have the authority to make such a decision in theevent of danger to the group, arising from factors such as weather, political reasons, war, and if the tour guide is not able to reach the company. The company shall not be responsible or liable for any client who commits an illegal or unlawful act in any country visited, or the consequences of such an illegal act. The client may in such circumstances be excluded from the tour without a refund, at the sole discretion of the Company or Company representative. If the Company considers aclient unsuitable for a tour (due to mental or physical illness or implied danger to any other Client or Company representative) it may at its sole discretion decline to carry the Client further. If a Client causes severe inconvenience or annoyance to other Clients, the Company may decline to carry the client further, without any refund whatsoever. This will only occur after extensive intervention by the tour guide or Company representative. 11. Client Responsibility 11.1.Before the commencement of any tour or safari it is the responsibility ofthe Client to ensure that their passports, visas, travel permits and inoculations required for the countries visited are obtained well in advance and are following thelaws and regulations of these countries visited. The Client will carry all extra costs incurred, if the Client fail to obtain the above mentioned documents. The cost will be for the Client, should they arise on tour. The costs that are also on the Company;'s behalf due to the Client not adhering to the laws and regulations, will also be for the Client's account. The Company may not be held liable for any failure on the part of a client to be in possession of the correct travel documentation. 11.2.The onus is on the Client concerned to fully acquaint themselves with the Terms and Conditions set herein and all matters such as visas, required
documentation, payment schedules and cancellation policies.11.3.It is the Client’s responsibility to check the latest FCO advice (foreign & commonwealth office) for the countries they will be traveling to. 12. Luggage Allowance Heavy and overloaded vehicles are unsafe, and against the laws of the countries the Company will travel in. Baggage is strictly limited to one large bag, weighing a maximum of 15 kg. Also allowed will be a smaller hand-luggage bag or camera bagper Client. It is up to the client to ensure that the weights and size of the luggage is adhered to at all times. The client will also ensure that no dangerous items, such asdrugs, explosives, weapons, and any other material considered dangerous is not carried in their luggage. If found in possession of these the Client will be dismissed from the tour and handed over to the local authorities. 13. Booking on scheduled departures 13.1. Group Size Our group size usually varies between 4 and 20 maximum depending on the type of tour and safari as well as the destinations to e visited. By traveling in small groups, the advantages are that campsites and/or lodges are not invaded and time is not wasted in trying to assemble and control large groups of people, and allows the Client to receive the best personal service from the Company. Our safaris and tours are usually made up of individuals, couples and sometimes groups of friends aged between 18 and 65 years. With the mere physical and youthful mentality which prevails on these tours, they are generally not suited to anybody over the age of 65 years. There is no upper age limit on any tour or safari, but for any Client
over the age of 66, the Company requires a medical certificate, signed off by a medical doctor to confirm physical ability for the chosen tour. Indemnity forms must be completed by a parent or guardian of 21 years or older, for children wishing to participate who are between the ages of 12 and 18. 13.2. Transport Sidewinding Travels will be utilizing many vehicles from Overland Trucks, Buses, Toyota Minibuses. The vehicles offers comfort, safety, large windows (For game viewing) and music and microphone systems. Many of these vehicles are hired from sub-contractors. The Company will ensure that these vehicles used will have all the necessary licenses and permits, be safe for the Client and also be suited for the terrain traveled The Company reserves the right to change any of the vehicles should the situation arise. All luggage are carried on the roof or in the trailer or inside the vehicle to ensure maximum comfort inside the vehicle. 13.3. Participation The Company offers two types of participation safaris: Non participation, where clients do not need to participate in safari duties The Clients will assist in the day-to-day running of the safari. These include assisting with cooking, washing up, preparing meals, preparing the camp and putting up their own tents. Each Client's satisfaction depends on the attitude and willingness of the Client. ; Semi- Participation where the clients have to put their own tents up, help with food preparation, dish-washing and help with the packing and unpacking of the vehicle. A degree of flexibility is essential because of the mere nature of the parameters in which we have to operate. The level of participation on the tours will be indicated in the tour information.

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