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Wildlife Encounter - Absolute Africa
Wildlife Encounter - Absolute Africa
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2 reviews
Starts
Kigali
+5 Destinations
Northern Circuit Tanzania
Ends
Arusha
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Highlights

Start in Kigali and end in Arusha! With the overland truck tour Wildlife Encounter, you have a 10 day tour package taking you from Kigali to Arusha and through Kigali, Rwanda and 5 other destinations in Africa. Wildlife Encounter includes accommodation as well as meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping
Max Group Size
28
Transportation
Overland Truck

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  • E
    Written on June 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had a great experience on this tour! Guide & Driver: Ali was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Her patience and positive attitude didn't falter. Could not have asked for a better guide. She was always so approachable and helpful and really went over and above to make sure we had a great experience. Her maturity and leadership were also amazing in handling a group with a lot of bit personalities. Patrick our driver was also outstanding. Very helpful and made it a priority to always look out for our safety which was invaluable. His knowledge of some pretty precarious roads was beyond impressive and he truely was a gentleman to all of us on the tour. The mix of a Western guide and local driver was also great and really helped to cover all bases. Emily (trainee) had a great attitude and was generally pretty approachable. However there were a few instances where it felt as though she was a part of the tour group as opposed to a leader (for example, at times talking negatively about others on the tour) and also some times where leadership was required (e.g. roof of bus beginning to break), where she was preoccupied with socialising with the group as opposed to prioritising this potential hazard. However, totally appreciate that this was her first tour and it is a very steep learning curve, just think a little more time and experience may be required. :) General structure: I thought this tour was run really well! It is most definitely an overland tour so you need to be prepared for camping, going with the flow and working as a team. I have done other overland tours of similar style (with G adventures) and have to say, the Absolute Africa tour was definitely comparable, if not better (particularly as the price of Absolute Africa is a lot better than some of the other companies - definitely value for money). Jobs were shared evenly around camp, tents were really good quality and sleeping matts very comfortable. The facilities at the camp site were definitely better than I expected (most were well maintained with adequate bathroom facilities). The food on the tour was also a lot better than I though! Had some really delicious meals (to the point where I was asking for recipes...). The only complaint would be that some of the optional activities mentioned in the pre departure information were not mentioned at all on the tour, so a little communication around these would be great (e.g. golden monkey trek, grave visit etc).
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you for leaving a review of your tour - we are really happy to hear you had a great time and were pleasantly surprised by the facilities and food! We very much appreciate your feedback on all areas of the tour and we will pass on your comments to Aly and Patrick. Do think of us if you wish to return to see a bit more of this fantastic continent :)
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  • A
    Written on January 8, 2015
    3.5 - Good

    Very nice experience!
    Absolute Africa commented on this review
    Thank you, we're pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself!
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: RWANDA - UGANDA
  2. Days 2 -3: UGANDA - RWANDA
  3. Day 4: RWANDA
  4. Days 5 - 7: TANZANIA
  5. Days 8 - 10: TANZANIA

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Questions & Answers

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

    • August 1, 2016

      If I am dropped off at the last stop in Tanzania, how do I get to Zanzibar?

      There are several ways to get to Zanzibar from Arusha, you can take a taxi and a ferry or take a flight. We can definitely check with the tour operator if they have any private means of transportation to get you to Zanzibar.

    • 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.

    • February 15, 2016

      How much will this tour really cost me?

      The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

      Safari price
      Optional excursions
      Personal spending money
      Visas

      We are always very transparent about what a tour will cost and are happy to go through personal, tailored budgets to give you a very realistic idea of what you will spend on your tour - whether you are an adrenaline junkie, souvenir-shopaholic or travelling on a shoestring…

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    About the countries

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Meningococcal meningitis
    Recommended for Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    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
    Kigali is the starting point and Arusha is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    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 21 July 2018 the full payment of $2,076 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 $2076 for Wildlife Encounter, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Absolute Africa will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 929 km.
    • Kigali (Rwanda)
    • 85 km
    • Kisoro (Uganda)
    • 85 km
    • Kigali (Rwanda)
    • 322 km
    • Mwanza (Tanzania)
    • 228 km
    • Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
    • 55 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 153 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)

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