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African Sky - Absolute Africa
African Sky - Absolute Africa
Excellent
2 reviews
Starts
Nairobi
Destinations
+8
Ends
Kigali
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Highlights

  • See the endangered mountain gorilla
  • Take a game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Go on a hippo cruise
  • Mingle with giraffes and elephants
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
28
Transportation
Overland Truck
Start in Nairobi and end in Kigali! With the overland truck tour African Sky, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Nairobi to Kigali and through Nairobi, Kenya and 8 other destinations in Africa. African Sky includes accommodation as well as meals, transport and more.

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  • M
    Written on December 11, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    The two of us (my wife and I age 32) were quite happy with the trip. The wildlife spotting was excellent and the people throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda were amazing. As with any tour like this, the people you're with make a huge difference. We were lucky to have a really good group overall, but as always there will be some people you won't enjoy being around. Here are our tips or things we wish we had known ahead of time: 1) There will be very long days in the truck. Even though it's 7 hours to the destination, you might spend 4 hours in the truck leaving the park/wildlife spotting before your journey starts. So you're usually in the truck between 7 - 12 hours each day. 2) Find out what special excursion options are available before you leave as best you can because you'll need to organize it with the driver and guide in advance. Some may be helpful and anticipate it, but make sure they know what you want to do. 3) ATMs are few and far between, so make sure you get enough cash. Tanzania was more expensive than we expected relative to Kenya and Rwanda. 4) Our biggest disappointment in the trip was the gorilla trek from Kisoro. It was our most anticipated part of the trip, but unfortunately our tour guide 'checked out' and let the manager at the accommodation organize everything. We were looking forward to a 3-4 hour hike through the Bwindi forest to locate the gorillas but were never informed about how the day would go, what to expect or asked anything about fitness or expectations prior to getting into the transport at 6am the day of the trek. On the way there, the driver asked if we wanted a long or short trek in a very conversational way and each person in transport responded with their preference (3 long and 1 short). We had no idea how this would affect our day or that our responses were being used to plan our day. We felt it was him simply being curious. When we arrived at the meeting point, the drivers ended up organizing the groups from multiple accommodations and our driver put all 4 of us in the shortest trek of the day. We requested multiple times to join a couple that we had been traveling and planning our gorilla adventure with that was in the other transport vehicle from the accommodation, but they told us that it had all been decided and we could not change. The driver then spoke to the rangers and updated us with information saying that our two groups had about the same distance to walk (1-2 hours). We were satisfied with that and stopped trying to join the other group. After walking down an open dirt path for about 15 minutes outside the boundary of the forest, we found our gorilla group 10 meters into the forest. The gorillas were amazing and we really enjoyed our time with them. But for us, a major part of the adventure involved tracking the gorillas through the Bwindi forest. When we got back to our vehicle, we asked our driver if he could take the 3 of us that wanted a longer walk on a trail in the forest and he requested an additional $125 / person for a 45-minute walk. As it turned out, the other group went on a 4 hours trek. At that point, we realized that our driver simply told us what we wanted to hear so that we would shut up. For the most expensive and for most people the highlight of the trip, I really felt that the guide (and Absolute) did not take any responsibility or make any effort to ensure the Gorilla trek was the highlight most people want it to be.
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour overall and particularly the wonderful wildlife for which Africa is so famous. The tips you have given are useful points and these we specifically outline in our pre-departure material to help clients prepare well for their tour. Our tour leaders are on hand throughout the tour to assist with suggestions of how much money will be required through each country and they are also always available to discuss any optional activity on offer en route. Estimated drive times are also detailed in our pre-departure information and we always aim to break up the necessary long drive days to cover the vast distances between the big highlights with shorter drive days and breaks in the itinerary, such as the drives in Rwanda and the few days spent in Kisoro. The African Sky is a concise programme which packs arguably all the key highlights of East Africa - the Masai Mara in Kenya, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and the gorillas in Bwindi, Uganda - into a 15 day itinerary. Whilst this does require long drives, particularly from Tanzania into Rwanda, this does suit the majority of our clients who may often be time-poor and wish to see all these parks in a short space of time and at a very competitive price. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with how your gorilla trek was organised. We have a partner in Kisoro who does assist in organising the gorilla trekking as this is his particular area of expertise and we haven’t previously had issue with this arrangement. We fully appreciate that the gorilla trek is the top highlight for most of our passengers travelling in this region. We are committed to providing a positive experience on each trek and have very rarely had any negative feedback. Where only 8 people are allowed to trek one gorilla group at a time, it is quite a task for the staff at the park to ensure that everyone is in a group matching their specific expectations and, as the gorilla groups are constantly on the move as they please, trek timing is always variable too and cannot be guaranteed. Usually the main point of concern is that a group may not be found at all after hours of trekking. Where there are any issues though at all on a tour, it is usually best to notify the tour leader as well as the office at the earliest possibility so that we may look into the issue and assist where possible. We appreciate this would have been after the event, as the tour leader will not routinely go on the treks themselves. As a result of your comments though we will talk to our tour leaders to ensure that they are all aware of the need to brief the group prior to the trek day and provide more clarity around the nature of the treks. Thank you again for your review.
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  • African Sky reviewer 2
    Written on January 18, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1 : KENYA
  2. Day 2: KENYA
  3. Day 3 : KENYA
  4. Day 4: KENYA
  5. Days 5: TANZANIA
  6. Day 6: TANZANIA
  7. Day 7: TANZANIA
  8. Day 8 : TANZANIA
  9. Day 9: TANZANIA
  10. Day 10: TANZANIA
  11. Day 11: RWANDA
  12. Day 12: RWANDA - UGANDA
  13. Days 13 - 14: UGANDA
  14. Days 15 : UGANDA - RWANDA

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • February 1, 2017

      What do you need to bring as far as camping supplies?

      We provide tents, sleeping mats and cooking equipment. The main items we ask you to bring is a sleeping bag, plate, cup, bowl and utensils.

    • February 1, 2017

      Does this tour accept travelers over 60 years of age?

      Age usually isn’t an issue as long as the style of travel is clear. Typically we find that, as long as everyone is happy and "up for" the day to day routines and activities, and you are at ease travelling with different ages and eager to get involved with the day to day arrangements, there is no issue at all with senior travellers joining. Most older clients have a ball and really enjoy it all. The groups tend to be quite like minded regardless of age with the prime objective usually being to really get the most out of the wildlife parks and cultural experiences day to day

      Just note that the age range on our tours tends to be between mid twenties through to late thirties, whilst trip to trip the window is regularly very much wider and on every other trip there are travellers in their fifties on the trucks, and at times sixties, as well as the occasional teenager.

    • February 19, 2016

      When is the best time to view the migration?

      The prime time to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania is usually regarded as being from late November through to March when the big herds of wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and zebra head on to the southern plains of the Serengeti.

      To get the best viewing on the other hand in Kenya's Masai Mara July through to September are usually regarded as the best months.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Meningococcal meningitis
    Recommended for Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Recommended for Kenya. Required for entrance into the country for Rwanda. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Uganda. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Nairobi is the starting point and Kigali is the endpoint.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Absolute Africa booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 June 2018 the full payment of $1,600 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1600 for African Sky, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,438 km.
    • Nairobi (Kenya)
    • 98 km
    • Masai Mara (Kenya)
    • 207 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 153 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 55 km
    • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
    • 294 km
    • Lake Victoria (Tanzania)
    • 139 km
    • Mwanza (Tanzania)
    • 322 km
    • Kigali (Rwanda)
    • 85 km
    • Kisoro (Uganda)
    • 85 km
    • Kigali (Rwanda)

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