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Ultimate East Africa - G Adventures
Ultimate East Africa - G Adventures
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Starts
Nairobi
Destinations
+14
Ends
Zanzibar
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Highlights

Start in Nairobi and end in Zanzibar! With the overland truck tour Ultimate East Africa, you have a 24 day tour package taking you from Nairobi to Zanzibar and through Nairobi, Kenya and 12 other destinations in Africa. Ultimate East Africa includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
22
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Local Transport, Plane, Mini-coach
Physical Rating
Active

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    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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  • Ultimate East Africa reviewer 2
    Written on May 25, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic tour with awesome leaders and an amazing bunch of people. Mind was sufficiently blown on so many occasions! Check out www.inspireimages.wordpress.com to see some of my photos of the trip :)
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1 Nairobi
  • Day 2 Nairobi/Lake Naivasha (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 3 Lake Naivasha/Eldoret (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 4 Eldoret/Kampala (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 5 Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 6 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 7 Gorilla Trek (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 9 Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 10 Kampala/Jinja (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 11 Jinja (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 12 Jinja/Eldoret (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 13 Eldoret/Lake Nakuru National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 14 Lake Nakuru National Park/Nairobi (1B, 1L)
  • Day 15 Nairobi/Arusha (1B, 1D)
  • Day 16 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 17 Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 18 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 19 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 20 Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 21 Arusha/Stone Town (1B)
  • Day 22 Stone Town/Nungwi (1B)
  • Day 23 Nungwi (1B)
  • Day 24 Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)

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  • Guide

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Rather poor by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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    About the countries

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    Kenya , Uganda and Tanzania

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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 Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Meningococcal meningitis
    Recommended for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Recommended for Kenya. 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 Zanzibar is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 27 December 2017 the full payment of $4,079 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    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 $4079 for Ultimate East Africa, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,087 km.
    • Nairobi (Kenya)
    • 122 km
    • Lake Nakuru (Kenya)
    • 137 km
    • Eldoret (Kenya)
    • 301 km
    • Kampala (Uganda)
    • 290 km
    • Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
    • 126 km
    • Lake Bunyonyi (Uganda)
    • 145 km
    • Lake Mburo National Park (Uganda)
    • 274 km
    • Jinja (Uganda)
    • 229 km
    • Eldoret (Kenya)
    • 259 km
    • Nairobi (Kenya)
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