Nairobi to Dar es Salaam overland tour

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2020: 24 Apr, 29 May, 3 Jul, 31 Jul, 28 Aug, 2 Oct, 14 Nov, 18 Dec
2021: 23 Jan, 6 Mar, 16 Apr, 22 May, 26 Jun, 30 Jul
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Overland

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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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, to the unique Ngorongoro Crater. 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, and disposing of food and litter inappropriately etc. In Nairobi, we sponsor an orphaned elephant, Kamboyo, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Volunteering and Charity: As a company we recognise that we are very fortunate to visit the destinations that we do and to be able to introduce these destinations to our travellers. Although we try to spend as much of the trip costs locally as possible and choose to support small suppliers on the way-small locally run campsites, restaurants and suppliers rather than big multi-national chains we know that some local people will rarely benefit from tourist income. To this end, we have a number of charities that we support across our area of operation. In Arusha, for example, we stay at the Meserani Snake Park and Camp site. This campsite has set up a health clinic and school for the local community which it funds from it's income from travellers.

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.

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