East Africa Overland

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East Africa Overland - G Adventures
East Africa Overland - G Adventures
3 reviews


Start in Kampala and end in Zanzibar! With the overland truck tour East Africa Overland, you have a 20 day tour package taking you through Kampala, Uganda and 12 other destinations in Africa. East Africa Overland is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Local Transport, Plane, Mini-coach
Physical Rating
Travel style
Overland truck

3 Reviews

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  • AP
    Written on November 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Traveling with G is having to do no planning... I know ahead that I will have lots of activities and going to the right places... simple acommodations, new bunch of friends... a few for life... brand new experiences every day and see local living...
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  • T
    Written on September 1, 2016
    1.5 - Rather poor

    I recently returned from a G Adventures tours in eastern and southern Africa. When booking the trip, I was unable to find much information online at the time so I wrote this letter to my past self. Dear Past Self, You’re thinking about doing an overland tour of Africa? That sounds great. You’ll get to see plenty of animals, beautiful scenery, and maybe meet some locals. You could travel independently, choose a handful of places and fly between them, or you could do an overland tour. Both will probably end up being the same price. But the overland tour means you’ll get to travel with other people and see more of the scenery, even if it’s mostly through a bus window. Overlanding also means camping and very basic camp food (think tomato sauce pasta). There are plenty of overlanding tour companies. Options include Intrepid, Africa Travel Company, Nomads and of course G. They are all quite similar, the itineraries are basically the same, and the buses follow each other. Though remember that G has only 2 guides when most others have 3, meaning your guide is often too busy to actually guide you. You’re probably going to choose G, but here are some other things you probably would have liked to have known: (1) Don’t expect your tour to reflect the G web site itinerary. Just because a place is listed doesn’t mean you’ll actually get to see it. Most of the time you’ll be camping on the edge of town with no transport to the town. Oh, and on average, double the number of hours of travel per day compared to what is provided in the itinerary (the drivers will even say that the times listed in the itinerary are misleading). Also: the itinerary for the ‘Zanzibar Upgrade’ (on Serengeti – Zanzibar or vice-versa) is exceptionally misleading: you only get an extra evening in Stone Town, not an extra full day, plus plenty of waiting around for the group to arrive the next morning (and, in reality, that bus driving day is not the longest travel day on that tour). (2) Your trip experience will depend on your group and tour guide. Obviously you have no control over the group: though with G on YOLO expect younger people since there is an age limit. (Nomads is older.) The tour guide will make or break the trip. Most of the G guides in Africa will do things their own way. Some won’t provide meals which are meant to be provided, or will just provide a few dollars for you to buy snacks instead of meals. (On the Serengeti, expect 2 meals per day.) Other guides are improperly trained around group dynamics or health issues. Many will say they will do things, but won’t, and few will take feedback on board. Good luck with that. (3) The G bus called the Lando is very comfortable. But don’t expect all the bells and whistles advertised. For most of the current tours, the USB charging points, wi-fi, cooler boxes and a/c will not work. You won’t meet a group that has a fully working Lando. Even with that in mind, you’ll find that it is the most comfortable tour bus on the road in Africa. (4) Budget a lot of extra money for optional activities. A walk or village tour is around US$50. An extra game drive is around $150. If you don’t do optional activities, you’ll be sitting around in the camp site for a few days, often on your own. With all that time on the bus and at isolated camp sites, the trip feels very sedentary. Much less is included in the tour price than you might think (for example, at Victoria Falls entry to see the Falls is not included: you’ll have to pay yourself!) (5) Don’t expect to be personally accommodated for by your guides. If you’re vegetarian or gluten-free, your guide won’t take you seriously, and it’s likely you’ll be fed animal products or gluten mixed into dishes. Vegetarians will get lots of vegetables and not much else. If you want to book anything in advance, like a hard-to-get-on-to optional tour such as shark diving, your tour guide won’t make that extra effort. You’ll find the G guides do the absolute minimum in Africa. (6) Finally, G won’t genuinely respond to your feedback. Mentioning things to your guide only goes so far: expect a response like ‘This is Africa’ (TIA), the common excuse from international tour companies when their products on the ground don’t reflect what is promised online. After the tour, from G itself, you’ll get a pro-forma reply (think ‘XXX’ in place of your name). G doesn’t take feedback on board to improve its Africa trips. Taking an overland tour in Africa is expensive and once you’re on tour it is difficult to leave (though you may hear stories of people leaving G tours early). So how you do your Africa trip is a difficult decision to make. Whichever tour company you choose, you’ll find that Africa is an incredible continent, well worth visiting. However, you’re probably better off trying another company because G Africa is quite lousy. Regards Future Self
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  • East Africa Overland reviewer 3
    Written on January 2, 2016
    3.5 - Good

    ThIs was such an amazing tour. Through the course of the trip we have three different CEOs and two different drivers. Each were unique in their own way, but theit priority was ALWAYS that we have as much fun as possible. They took care of us in every way. For example our first CEO Justus, chased after a man who had been verbally aggressive to us at one of the border crossings. We also had Pesh who looked after us like a friend. The food that they prepared with us was fantastic. With Justus, we would often to have two course dinners, with delicious soups using fresh vegetables. As east African food can be particularly carb-heavy (potatoes, ugali, plantain, chapati), buy we had a great mix of African and European foods. Each meal was delicious (except one night where we had a mediocre meal at a local restaurant in Uganda). The CEOs were flexible and accommodating, always offering a vegetarian option. Even a few times I was craving traditional food from home such as pancakes and a big fry up, and I woke up the next morning to find these for breakfast! Transportation was an issue during the Serengeti part of our trip. Unfortunately our truck was really bad quality and broke down several times, in the Serengeti! It was quite ridiculous and we were all frustrated and angry. G adventures need to ensure that their trucks are fit for the hard roads of Africa. To blame it on the roads itself is unacceptable. I have videos and photos of various different technical issues that we had, such as the exhaust pump falling off only a few metres away from some resting lions. The is my only complaint about the trip. And I feel that there should be a compensation for this. However, hot air balloon ride is well worth the add on.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1 Kampala (1D)
  2. Day 2 Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
  3. Day 3 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  4. Day 4 Gorilla Trek (1B, 1L, 1D)
  5. Day 5 Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  6. Day 6 Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala (1B, 1L, 1D)
  7. Day 7 Kampala/Jinja (1B, 1L, 1D)
  8. Day 8 Jinja
  9. Day 9 Jinja/Eldoret (1B)
  10. Day 10 Eldoret/Nairobi (1B)
  11. Day 11 Nairobi/Arusha (1B, 1D)
  12. Day 12 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu (1B, 1D)
  13. Day 13 Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  14. Day 14 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  15. Day 15 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater (1B, 1L, 1D)
  16. Day 16 Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)
  17. Day 17 Arusha/Stone Town (1B)
  18. Day 18 Stone Town/Nungwi (1B)
  19. Day 19 Nungwi (1B)
  20. Day 20 Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)

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Uganda , Kenya and Tanzania

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Recommended for Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Meningococcal meningitis
Recommended for Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Uganda. Recommended for Kenya. Ideally 10 days before travel.


Kampala is the starting point and Zanzibar is the endpoint.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4319 for East Africa Overland, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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Covering a total distance of approx 2,494 km.
  • Kampala (Uganda)
  • 347 km
  • Lake Bunyonyi (Uganda)
  • 347 km
  • Kampala (Uganda)
  • 74 km
  • Jinja (Uganda)
  • 229 km
  • Eldoret (Kenya)
  • 137 km
  • Lake Nakuru (Kenya)
  • 56 km
  • Lake Naivasha (Kenya)
  • 66 km
  • Nairobi (Kenya)
  • 235 km
  • Arusha (Tanzania)
  • 208 km
  • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
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