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Seychelles

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km² in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands.

Mombasa

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

 

Mombasa has undoubtedly one of the best white sandy beaches in Africa. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean cater to all types of tourists: those looking for a quiet swim, a place for kids to play, deep-sea fishing, and water sports activities such as scuba diving and sailing. When coupled with its large selection of beachfront hotels, Mombasa becomes an ideal place for a vacation.

Malindi & Watamu Tour

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

 Malindi & Watamu Tour

 

The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches Further south, the sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by wide white beaches. This tranquil haven is home to several well established resorts, and many private guesthouses scattered through the forest along the deserted shore. At Watamu a Marine National Park has been established, an ideal day trip for divers and snorkelers alike.

Laikipia & Borana

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands of Kenya - it covers almost 2 million acres and runs from Mt Kenya in the East to the Rift Valley in the west. Laikipia lies outside the jurisdiction of National Parks, and is somewhere to get out of a vehicle and embrace the numerous safari activities that Kenya has to offer.

Riftvalley

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

 

The Rift Valley is home to thirty active and semi-active volcanoes and countless hot springs along its length. This string of alkaline lakes and boiling springs northwest of Nairobi includes Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Magadi in the south. These lakes are unique because their water is highly concentrated sodium carbonate.

Nairobi

Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Nairobi

 

The entire town has a boundless energy, and is a thriving place where all of human life can be found. This is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character. From the wildlife to the nightlife, Nairobi is a city unlike any other. With a fantastic music scene, excellent international restaurants and an endless and colourful array of shops and markets, there is plenty on offer for the visitor.

 

Tarangire

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Tarangire National Park caters for a high density in elephant population anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Located a few hours’ drive from Arusha Town, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. 

 

Uganda Gorilla Tracking

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Package Details

 

THE GORILLA SAFARI.

5 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

 

Day 1:  Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.  To be met on arrival by our representative.  Overnight Sheraton Kampala Hotel

 

Day 2:  Depart from Kampala after breakfast (8 a.m.) and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south western part of Uganda via Mbarara and Kabale.  This is a long 10 hrs. drive.  Lunch en route at the Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara.

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3:  After an early breakfast, start gorilla tracking at 8:00 a.m. in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  We recommend that you wear good walking shoes and carry a rain jacket and a flask of water.  Tracking can be tough and we trust you are in reasonably fit condition. You will carry a picnic lunch into the forest with you.  You will be thrilled to have seen these rare primates (no guarantee) and the return journey will be easier.

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4:  Early breakfast at the Lodge before beginning the return drive to Entebbe.

Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel Entebbe. (B, L)

 

Day 5:  Day of departure.  Transfer to airport with the Hotel shuttle. (B)

          

COST OF SAFARI INCLUDES

 Bed & Breakfast accommodation at the Sheraton & Laico Lake Victoria Hotel

Full board accommodation. Exclusive of beverages at Buhoma Lodge.

Lunch at the Lake View Resort Hotel Mbarara.

One gorilla Permit per person. (subject to availability).

Private internal transportation in a 4x4 vehicle, inclusive of driver, driver’s allowance, fuel, mileage and taxes.

 

COST OF SAFARI DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 Any costs of personal  nature, e.g. drinks, laundry, tips etc

 

Tanzania Safari

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Day 1 Arusha / Ngorongoro

You will be picked up from your Hotel and driven to Ngorongoro Crater,

Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (L, D).

 

Day 2 Ngorongoro / Serengeti

Early breakfast and start your descend into the 270sq km crater for a game drive. Lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon, proceed to Serengeti Park.

Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 3 Serengeti

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the Lodge. Then proceed for another morning game drive to the famous Park with chances to see all the big five. Lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon game drives extending till late evening

Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 4 Serengeti / Manyara

After breakfast, depart for Manyara, arriving for lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon, game drive through the Lake Manyara National Park.

Dinner and Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (L, D).

 

Day 5 Manyara / Arusha

After breakfast, return to Arusha, in time for lunch. (B)

 

01st Jan – 29th Feb 2017 & 27th May – 31st Oct 2017 & 21st Dec – 31st Dec 2016

USD 4,070 per Solo traveler

USD 2,910 per person  sharing(Min 2 pax)

USD 2,640  per person sharing(Min 3 pax)

USD 2,330 per person sharing (Min 4 pax)

USD 2,215 per person sharing(Min 5 pax)

USD 2,135 per person sharing(Min 6 pax)

 

Christmas & New year supplement : USD 45 per person per day.

 

01st Mar – 31st Mar  2017 & 01st Nov – 20th Dec 2017

USD 3,780 per Solo traveler

USD 2,615 per person  sharing(Min 2 pax)

USD 2,230  per person sharing(Min 3 pax)

USD 2,035per person sharing (Min 4 pax)

USD 1,118 per person sharing(Min 5 pax)

USD 1,840 per person sharing(Min 6 pax)

 

01st Apr – 26th May 2017

USD 3,400 per Solo traveler

USD 2,245 per person  sharing(Min 2 pax)

USD 1,858  per person sharing(Min 3 pax)

USD 1,665 per person sharing (Min 4 pax)

USD 1,550 per person sharing(Min 5 pax)

USD 1,470 per person sharing(Min 6 pax)

 

Included in the safari tour costs are the following:

  • Accommodation as stipulated in the Itinerary.
  • Transportation in a 4x4 Vehicle with pop up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide, game viewing drives and park entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 5 or 7 pax guaranteed window seat in each vehicle.
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle: First-aid kits, wildlife books, cool box and fire extinguisher.

 

Not included in the safari are the following:

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Gratuities and Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Driver/Guide(s).
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Any local or international flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Flights - National or International - (Local flights - Subject to your programme)
  • Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport or Namanga:

 

o Rates are US$ 50.00 Per Vehicle from Kilimanjaro Airport and US$ 150.00 Per Vehicle from Namanga Border

  • Concession fees (In case of any new fees introduce by parks without our knowledge.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
  • Visa fees (currently US$ 50.00 per passport holder except USA Passport holder). USA Passport holder $ 100.00 per passport holder. Visas are available on arrival at all Entry point/s
  • Flying doctors coverage: Optional @ US$ 50.00 per person.

 

o Covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient o We highly recommended you to have your personal insurance.

 

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Package Details

6 Day - Itinerary for the Marangu route

For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatisation day at Horombo hut - day 3 on the itinerary below.

Day 1 – Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport / Moshi

You are met at the Airport or in Arusha City, drive to Moshi.

Overnight: Hotel in Moshi.

Day 2 – Moshi Town / Mandara Hut

Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5h

Distance: Approximately 12kms

Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either after 1.5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

Overnight – Mandara Hut

Day 3 – Mandara Hut / Horombo Hut

Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 15kms

Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel(Senecia Kilimanjaro), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal.

Day 4 –Horombo Hut – Acclimatization Day

Horombo hut (3720m) .

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's rest

Overnight: Horombo Hut.

 

Day 5 – Horombo Hut / Kibo Hut

Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 15kms

Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

Overnight: Kibo Hut.

Day 6 –Kibo Hut = Uhuru Peak / Horombo Hut

(Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru, 6h to get to Horombo

Distance: Approximately 6kms ascent, 21kms descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Overnight: Horombo Hut.

Day 7– Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6hDistance: Approximately 27kms

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for

more info on tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at the hotel in Moshi.

Day 8 –Moshi /Arusha City or Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight or to Arusha to start your safari.

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