If you’re looking for adventure, an opportunity to travel with like-minded travellers and to get off the beaten track then this type of trip is for you! We will sometimes be covering long distances over a period of a few days but will then most often be camped up for a few days with opportunities for adventure activities, visiting local communities, time in a town or city to chill out or wildlife viewing experiences. The roads are sometimes bumpy and you need to expect the unexpected! This type of travel is through regions where things can change and experiences are more important than luxury – borders sometimes close and there may not always be hot water in the showers! You will generally be camping out under the stars, sometimes out in the bush, but generally more on campsites. (Our South America and Central Asia trips also use small locally-run hostels and guest houses). The trips are fully participative so you will be involved shopping for food in local markets, cooking for your group (on a rota system), collecting water and setting up camp. If you’re not confident about doing any of these things beforehand, don’t worry our crew are there to help you and you’ll be good at it by the time you finish!
You will be travelling on one of our own purpose built overlanding vehicles with up to 24 travellers, many of whom will be travelling on their own. It is a great way for solo travellers to travel. We have lost count of the number of travellers who have met their future spouse on one of our trips! Our vehicles are fully equipped with tents and cooking equipment and are designed for great all-round viewing and a sociable seating plan. You will be accompanied on your trip by a Driver and Tour Leader and, depending on your trip, we often use local guides at sites of specific interest for more detailed information.
This type of travel will provide you with a plethora of memories and stories to tell, new-found travelling companions and friends and a well-exercised spirit of adventure!
Responsible tourism: Kenya to Harare overland tour
Water: Before travelling on any of our trips all of our travellers are supplied with detailed pre-departure information which includes information on travelling responsibly. Water conservation is one of the key elements of this. We encourage our travellers to bring a reusable water bottle from home and to fill it using purified water supplied on our expedition vehicle, rather than purchase plastic water bottles. The water we carry with us in jerry cans is used for drinking, cooking and washing (on occasions). The jerry cans have to be filled on route and we find that filling and carrying them helps focus the mind on the importance of water conservation!
Wildlife: There is plenty of opportunity on this trip for wildlife viewing-from the open plains of the Serengeti, the unique Ngorongoro Crater habitat and Lake Manyara National Park. We ensure that all our travellers adhere to National Parks guidelines on responsible game viewing-for example not encouraging guides to get too close to the wildlife, not making loud noises, or disposing of food and litter inappropriately etc. In Nairobi, we sponsor an orphaned elephant, Kamboyo, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We also sponsor a lowland gorilla Rambo Chella in Cameroon. Our office staff have also taken part in the Great Gorilla Run in London to help raise funds for the 800 or so mountain gorillas left in the wild. Part of the money paid for many of the wildlife viewing experiences on this trip goes towards the conservation/ protection of the animals and their habitat. This trip does travel through a variety of natural habitats and we are very aware that we need to respect these.
Volunteering and Charity: In Zimbabwe we have been supporting the Hupenyu Hutsva Children's Home for a number of years. In the past we have funded seeds, gardening equipment, a borehole to enable the Home to be more sufficient in growing their own food, educational and sporting equipment and a variety of other items. Probably our most popular form of support however is the day trip we take all the children out on each year. Many of them rarely leave the compound they live on so it is a big event for them. We use our expedition vehicles and crew to take them out to a local attraction. We pay all entrance fees, provide lunch and other treats-this year (2014) it was a bouncy castle; water slide and candy floss and we buy some more serious items as well-note books and colouring pencils and food for the Home. The Home tells that this event is a highlight of the year for many children and our crew love it as well!
Local Crafts and Culture: We visit a number of local artisan/craft markets during this tour and encourage our travellers to support these. In our detailed pre-departure information we also provide information on bargaining responsibly and paying what you think the item is worth, rather than trying to bargain as low as possible. The difference of a pound or two to us is minimal but for a local artisan it could mean the difference between their family eating or not that night. There is also the option to visit a number of cultural attractions en route, including a Maasai village and cultural centre. Local villagers act as guides and also use the opportunity to produce local crafts to sell.
Reviews of Kenya to Harare overland tour
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 10 Feb 2016 by Stephanie Foster
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The Serengeti and Zanzibar. The animals in the wild life reserves were in abundance and Zanzibar is an interesting place with such a chequered history. The beaches in the north are lovely and the snorkeling near Prison Island fantastic.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take enough DET and new US dollars and don't expect to have much internet access. Also take a comfortable bed - either a thickish air matress or a camp bed as it's not that comfortable sleeping so close to the ground for that long.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We didn't see that side of the trip. There wasn't a huge amount of eating out when we were in villages - which would have supported the locals more. however the tour guide did buy a lot of fruit and vegetables from the road side rather than at super markets.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. The trip was a variety of elements and it was great.