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Tour Code: AA
Africa Overland Tour Dossier
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: All meals whilst camping.
Transport: Bukima overland tour vehicle – Land Rover – House Boat -
On foot – Dug Out Canoe
Staff x 2: Overland Tour Leader and Driver + Local Guides
Maximum Group Size: 21
Duration: 50 days
Start Point: Nairobi
Finish Point: Victoria Falls
Countries Visited: Kenya – Uganda – Tanzania -
Malawi – Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana
Local Payment: US $1095

Bukima has been running tours in Africa for over ten years. With our knowledge and understanding of the industry we can
deliver a service second to none when it comes to this vast and diverse continent. Most people only have one opportunity to
visit Africa so it is important we deliver the best product possible. Our tours have smaller group sizes, more inclusions, and
NO hidden costs and most importantly an awesome adventure delivered with enthusiasm!

Any Questions: Please feel free to contact our Operations Department

City Guides: Our Bukima city guides have been produced to help you enjoy your pre and post departure points to the max!
With information about places to stay, highlights, activities, airport transfers, and things to be careful about so you can fully
enjoy your whole trip, even before you join the tour. Request the Bukima Guide to Nairobi, Victoria Falls and Cape Town.

Country Guides: If you would like to check out what we do in each country request a Bukima Country Guide. Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa will be available from August 2005 to be downloaded from the
web. Packed with information about the countries we visit including details of activities available, cities visited, campsite
descriptions, plus the history, economy and culture of the region.

Kenya: Nairobi - Rift Valley - Lake Nakuru National Park – Eldoret – Lake Naivasha – Elsamere Conservation Centre – Crater
Lake Walking Safari* – Hells Gate National Park* - Kembu Farm.
Uganda: Jinja „Source of the Nile‟ – White Water Rafting the Nile* - Lake Victoria – The Equator - Lake Bunyonyi – Kisoro –
Mountain Gorilla Trek* - Kampala – Ngama Island Chimpanzee Reserve* - Soft Power Educational Project*.
Tanzania: Arusha - Serengeti National Park – Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti* - Ngorongoro Crater – Masai Village Visit* -
Snake park – Masai Museum - Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar* - Stone Town – Spice Tour/Diving/North/South Beaches* transit
through Mikumi National Park.
Malawi: Lake Malawi –Village Visit/Water sport‟s/Horse Ride* - Lilongwe
Zambia: Lusaka - Lake Kariba - House Boat - Livingstone - Rhino walk.
Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls – Adrenalin activities such as Rafting/Microlight/Bunjy/Lion walk/ Elephant walk*
Botswana: Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Drive, Chobe Sunset Cruise, Maun, 3 day Okavango Delta Safari,
Okavango Delta Sunset Game Flight*
    *Optional Excursion‟s

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Day 1: We depart the Indaba Campsite at 9am. From Nairobi, Kenya's modern capital, we head out to the Rift Valley, a 7000-
kilometre cut in the Earth‟s surface and one of Earth‟s few landmarks visible from space. A spectacular view of the Masai
Plains below awaits us. We arrive at Lake Nakuru, a shallow soda lake and a beautiful national park. Lake Nakuru is known for
“the greatest ornithological spectacle on earth”, a congregation point of up to 1 million flamingos, and 450 different species of
bird including the Great White Pelican, Goliath Heron and African Fish Eagle. Lake Nakuru has a large black and white rhino
population and associated breeding programme, plus many species of plains game such as gazelle, buffalo and giraffe. If we are
lucky on our game drives we may find Lion or Leopard as well as Rhino. Tonight after our game drive we camp inside the
National Park and listen to the wildlife as we huddle around the campfire.

Day 2, 3: Leaving Lake Nakuru after our morning game drive, we climb up the Eldama Ravine to the fertile Highlands of Kenya.
Today we pass a tapestry of small holdings farming sheep, tea, pyrethrum (used for making insect repellent) and mushrooms!
We overnight at Naiberi Falls one of the most famous overland stops in Africa. Bring something warm it can get cold up here!
We cross into Uganda, a country that has suffered more than its fare share of tragedies in the past. Two decades of corrupt
dictators such as Idi Amin ruling this land saw an estimated 500,000 people murdered between 1966 and 1986 during a time of
civil war and military coups. Since 1986, when Museveni took over, the country has progressed rapidly and is now regarded as
politically stable. Uganda is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries in Africa, The people are friendly, the weather is
great and the beer cold, Welcome to paradise! For the next few days we stay at Jinja, the Source of the Nile as it leaves Lake
Victoria, discovered by one of the early explorers, John Speke in 1862. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, the second
biggest expanse of freshwater in the world and the starting point for the Nile‟s 6,500-kilometre journey to the

Day 4, 5: We camp at Bujagali Falls overlooking the Nile. Here we have the opportunity to spend two day‟s, enjoying the
spectacular rapids and scenery with a number of different activities to suit your tastes. During the day perhaps try White
Water Rafting on the mighty Nile, starting on the easier grade two and three rapids to gain confidence and then on to the
grade 4 and fives for a adrenalin rush, what an awesome day with spectacular scenery as you float down the Nile between
rapids. After rafting why not take a sunset quad bike tour of the area followed by dinner in a local village. While in Jinja we
highly recommend visiting the Soft Power Project! This is an educational charity rehabilitating primary and secondary schools
in Uganda, and provides a pre school for orphans in the Jinja area. Supported by travellers such as yourself you can donate an
afternoon of your time, to paint classrooms, prepare lessons, dig drains, build classrooms or just make lunches for the kids,
everyone can help and you will be well rewarded by the smiles of children and community and the feeling of putting something
back in to Africa. If you still have time on your hands there are guided village walks to learn about culture and living
conditions in the area, river boarding, a professional Kayak school, Bunjy jumping, a tour of the local brewery or just relax by
the pool and unwind. If you would like to upgrade to a fully equipped ensuite safari tent overlooking the Nile for three nights
while staying in Jinja please email us at (ref: Nile Porch) and we will send you more information.

Day 6, 7: Today we transit through the beautiful country side of Uganda; we stop on the equator for some photos and the
famous „water experiment”. Does water flow in different directions on different sides of the equator? From here we start to
climb the hills in to the Switzerland of Africa to altitudes of over 2000 metres. We wind out way up the mountain passes to
arrive at our base camp – Lake Bunyonyi a beautiful fresh water lake at altitude. Tonight there is an opportunity to upgrade
to chalets for a small fee. We pay the camping part and you add the balance. An en-suite chalet will cost you around $8 p.p.
From Lake Bunyonyi we take a spectacular drive on to Kisoro or Rhuengeri depending on where our gorilla permits are located.
Fantastic views of Volcanoes draped in tropical rainforest and mist, mountains scalloped out in a patchwork of crops with the
Ugandan ladies in their bright sarongs hard at work. Amongst all this deep blue and green jewelled lakes nestle in the valley
floors make this one of the most magnificent drives on tour. Be warned today you will spend all of your day waving! We travel
to Kisoro and past the Travellers Rest famous for giving Dianne Fossey refuge as she studied the Mountain Gorilla. This
evening we have a chance to explore the area and perhaps have a few drinks in a local bar. Try Primus is the local beer up here
- preserved with formaldehyde! In 2005 Gorilla trek permits are being allocated for Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC parks but
they are very limited in numbers and there is huge pressure for places. Currently there are less than 700 Mountain Gorillas
left on the planet and only a few gorilla families have been habituated to allow visitors. The Habituation of the gorilla group
can take from 4-6 years. These permits are extremely hard to obtain and we would appreciate your deposit and confirmation
that you want to track as soon as possible so we can confirm your trekking spot.

Day 8: Trekking Day! Up at 5.30 am we are off. With the help of local guides, armed with pangas to cut through the vines we
walk through the dense equatorial rain forest in search of Mountain Gorillas. The trek to find them generally takes between
two and four hours (but sometimes more). Once found we are able to sit quietly and watch them from only an arm's distance
away. It is an exhilarating sight - from the huge silverback weighing up to 200 kg, to the tiniest baby. This will be one of the
most unforgettable sights in your life!

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The gorilla visit is restricted to one hour only, this is to protect the gorillas and ensure that we do not disturb their daily
routine. Currently the gorilla trek costs $350-400 us dollars (includes transport and Visa‟s, June 2005). This money is then
used for the protection and conservation of the Mountain Gorilla as well as the local communities around the parks.

Day 9: Today we return to Lake Bunyonyi where we spend the afternoon relaxing and trading gorilla stories. You can swim in
the lake, take out a dug out canoe, climb the surrounding mountains, or take a walk down to the local village project. Don‟t
forget to try some of the fresh water crayfish.

Day 10 & 11: We leave the lake and travel to Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Here you have the option of exploring the
town and thriving market areas, or if time permits take a trip out on Lake Victoria to Ngamba Island where Chimpanzees are
being rehabilitated from the illegal trade back in to the wild. Here the Chimpanzees can be viewed from very close range
during specified feeding times. Tonight why not sample the nightlife of an African Capital City!

Day 12 & 13: A change of pace we leave Kampala for Kenya and head to Kembu farm on the outskirts of Nakuru. Here you
have the opportunity to tour a commercial farm in Africa, before visiting another of Kenya‟s lakes – Lake Naivasha, locally
known by the Masai as E-na-iposha (heaving waters). This is one of only two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley that is
populated with Hippo as well as hundreds of species of bird. At night you will hear the hippo grazing on the edge of the
lakeshore. Here we visit Elsamere, former home of Joy Adamson of Born Free fame. You also have the option of walking or
cycling in Hells Gate National Park, taking a guided walking safari in the Crater Lake Reserve, or take a boat trip to Crescent
Island Wildlife Reserve.

Day 14: After a morning of activities we drive back out of the Rift Valley, The truck should arrive back in Nairobi between
3.30 and 5.30 pm when your tour ends. Time for you to clean up at your hotel and then join us at Carnivore for a final meal.
As many people fly out this evening dinner is not included in the Local Payment. A full Buffet meal at the Carnivore costs
approximately $20 and is a great experience. The famous Carnivores Restaurant, will satisfy any meat eaters desire, try
crocodile, or various game meats (farmed of course), but don‟t worry there is also an excellent vegetarian menu.

Day 15: Leaving Nairobi we cross the border into Tanzania and travel towards the foothills of Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro, On
the way we will see the Masai, a tribe previously thought of as “noble savages” both feared and admired by the early colonial s.
This tribe is committed to their traditional ways, valuing their nomadic way of life, free of possessions, governed only by the
change of seasons. Masai wealth is measured by the number of wives and sons they have and cattle owned. They have for
decades turned their back on the lure of western society. We have the opportunity to visit with the Masai and gain some
understanding of their complex and traditional way of life. We Stay in Arusha, the gateway to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Day 16, 17 & 18: We move on to what the Masai call “Siringet”, meaning endless plains or more commonly known to us as the
Serengeti National Park. This park is home to over 2 million migratory animals. We drive across the vast plains in search of
lion, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, etc. Tonight we camp inside the Serengeti and if lucky will hear the Lion prides calling to start
the hunt. Leaving the Serengeti behind we drive past Olduvai Gorge, which was made famous by the Leakey‟s in their quest for
the origin of mankind. Fragments of a skull were unearthed in 1959 dated at 1.8 million years old and later in 1979 the Laeto li
footprints were discovered dating back 3.5 million years. These findings made major world headline news as it showed
evolution was centred in Africa and not Asia as most theories previously stated. We have now reached Ngorongoro Crater
considered by many to be the „eighth wonder of the world‟. The crater is no more than 20 km in diameter, but it boasts more
than 30,000 head of game. We use Land Rovers to travel from the rim down, 700 metres, to the floor of the crater and view
the wildlife. Dependent on the season the lime lake is carpeted with pink flamingos. You will also encounter other crater
residents - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra and gazelle to mention a few.

Day 19: We take a day off after our busy game viewing experience and stay near the dusty safari town of Arusha where you
can try out your trading skills in the colourful ebony markets. A Visit to the local Snake Park and Masai Museum is included in
your tour.

Day 20 & 21: A day‟s drive south, passing beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, is Dar es Salaam the Capital of Tanzania and the
beckoning shores of the Indian Ocean. The East Coast of this vast continent is our set off point for a few days on Zanzibar
Island. Dr Livingstone and others began their journeys through Africa here.

Day 22, 23, 24 & 25: Zanzibar was for many years the slave capital of Africa until the British abolished slavery in the late
1800‟s. It is now a Spice Island and Mecca for people that love white sandy beaches, seafood and crystal clear waters. Many
hours can be spent wandering around the narrow winding alleyways and markets of the Old Stone Town. Spice tours can be
organised to see the plantations and sample the spices and tropical fruits, which the island is so famous for. Try the seafood
market at night for fresh prawns, crayfish and the famous Zanzibar pizza.

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Offshore is Changu/Prison Island; boat trips can be arranged to go snorkelling/diving or to see the giant tortoises. Northern
beaches are best for swimming, snorkelling and diving. You will have four free days on Zanzibar to discover the Island. Our
guide will take the group over to the island, organise your activities and accommodation and give you plenty of information
about the islands highlights. We also have an agent in Stone Town to look after your bookings and questions while you are on
the island. Stay with a group of fellow passengers or set off on your own to explore! This free time gives you the opportunity
to decide your own particular mix of beaches, diving, snorkelling, culture and shopping. Some of our couples take this free
time together for a romantic break. There are many exquisite paradise beaches to discover. Take a tour, local bus or hire a
Suzuki Jeep for a few days. Local payment is suspended whilst you are on the island and resumes on your arrival back in Dar
es Salaam. This allows you to discover Zanzibar in your own fashion whether it be Luxury or Budget. Bukima also offers a
number of ready made packages for your time in Zanzibar but do feel free to just explore! Our Guides and Agent on the island
will give you all the information that you need to fully enjoy the Spice Island.
We have a number of Zanzibar packages available to Bukima Clients. Please request our Zanzibar guide for further details (ref: Zanzibar Guide)

Day 26 & 27: After returning from Zanzibar, we leave the Indian ocean and drive south-west passing through largely
untouched and rich countryside, featuring the stunning baobab - the upside down tree of African legend. We travel through a
combination of interesting market towns, Mikumi National Park with its dwarf elephant, stunning mountain ranges, marshy
swampland, forestry reserves, and Sisal plantations and of course, the many rural villages dotted amongst the tea, coffee and
banana plantations. We overnight at the „Old Farmhouse‟ one of the original European settler plantations in the area.

Day 28, 29, 30, & 31: The warm heart of Africa - Malawi beckons. We'll make our way down the shoreline of Lake Malawi,
beach hopping along the way. Malawians are a very proud people and the intricate ebony carvings they produce are of an
excellent standard. Don't miss out on the Malawi chairs. Seeing them carve out the wood, creating the story told by each chair
makes them that much more special. They are also some of the friendliest people you will meet and a visit to some of the local
villages is a must. One of our first major stops here is the secluded Kande Beach Resort; the white sands stretch for miles
along the lake edge and provide one of the best places for swimming in Africa. There is a professional PADI diving instructor
for those interested in scuba diving - qualified or not. Or just take time out to snorkel around Kande Island with over 240
known species of tropical fish in warm clear waters - you won‟t be disappointed! For those wanting to escape the beach there is
the opportunity to go with a local guide through the village to the local school and hospital, taking this opportunity to satisfy
your curiosity about local traditions and culture. Another highlight is the horse ride through local villages and a swim with the
horses in Lake Malawi, this is an awesome experience. Some of our clients take the time to go out in wooden dugout‟s canoes
with the local fishermen. During the time at Kande Beach there is the opportunity to upgrade in to Beach Chalets if you would
like a break from camping. We then leave the white sandy beaches and head to the capital – Lilongwe.

Day 32, 33 & 34: We transit through the contrasting scenery of Zambia - through areas of thick bush, opening to savannah
and the sparsely populated hilly north, stopping to replenish our supplies at the markets in the Capital city of Lusaka before
arriving at Lake Kariba.

Day 35, 36 & 37: Nearly thirty years ago the construction of a dam at the Kariba Township transformed the middle Zambezi
River into the third largest man made lake in the world. The lake is abundant with vast numbers of crocodile and birds. The
islands and lake shore boast many other species, including elephant, warthog, baboon, and antelope.

Here we board a luxury houseboat for a 3-day tour through Lake Kariba. The House Boat comes complete with tender boats
for those who wish to try their hand at tiger fishing, or perhaps you would rather use it for viewing game closer to the shore.
Magnificent sunsets, behind the dead Mopane trees are breathtaking and sleeping in cabins or on the deck beneath one of the
most amazing star-studded skies will be a memory that will remain with you long after your return home. There is a plunge
pool and sun deck for those who just want to relax as we pass from island to island. You will have the opportunity to visit o ne
of the largest commercial crocodile farms in the world and take a game walk on one of the islands. The House Boat trip is
constantly marked as a major highlight by our passengers. Come cruise with us!

Day 38 & 39: From Kariba we travel to Livingstone, the Zambian side of the famous Mosi-oa-tunya, "The Smoke that
Thunders", the local name of Victoria Falls. The Zambezi River plunges headlong into a sheer-sided chasm, 100 metres deep, at
a rate of 45 million litres per minute. The view moved Dr Livingstone to say, "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by
angels in their flight". Here we go on a rhino walk in the Zambezi National Park (included) getting as close as five metres to
white Rhino, before the option of a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi River.

Day 40, 41 & 42: Crossing the border into Zimbabwe we arrive at the Victoria Falls Township. Here we have the chance to
take in some of the many adventure sports on offer. The best way to get the overall view of the falls is the "Flight of Angels",
an aerial tour over the chasm by light aircraft, ultra lite, micro light or helicopter.

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Local conditions permitting, we will have the opportunity for an exhilarating ride down the Zambezi rapids, white water
rafting. Other optional activities include bungy jumping, canoeing, game walks/drives, elephant ride, jet boating, gorge swing or
perhaps a visit to one of the local characters, a n‟anga (fortune-teller). In 2005 we have a new optional activity the „Walk with
Lions‟ a chance to take for a walk through the bush three hand reared lion. This brings new meaning to „Touch the Wild!‟ There
are plenty of activities here to suit everyone. In addition to those listed as optional highlights, here are a few other thin gs in
and around Victoria Falls Township. Pushbikes and mopeds can be hired and ridden through game areas), there‟s a crocodile
farm, craft markets, even afternoon tea at the delightfully posh Victoria Falls Hotel or gambling at The Kingdom! But don‟t
forget to go and experience the amazing falls themselves.

Day 43: After lunch we transfer by road to Botswana where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River. Botswana is a huge
country, about the size of France, but virtually dead flat and home to only one million people. Over the past fifty years it has
gone from being an unwanted poor relation to the rest of the continent, to becoming one of Africa‟s most wealthy and stable

Day 44: This morning, we enjoy your included game drive safari in Chobe National Park followed by an afternoon sunset cruise
on the Chobe River. During the heat of the day you are able to relax by the pool. Wildlife is plentiful in Chobe particularly
elephant, lion, buffalo, plains game, hippo and crocodile. The birdlife, which can be seen and photographed on our boat cruis e,
is also spectacular.

Day 45: Our Scenic drive today takes us across the flat salt pans to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Keep your
eyes open for the chance to spot the elusive „wild dog' famous in this area.

Day 46, 47, 48: This morning we depart Maun on our four wheel drive vehicles for the Okavango Delta. The delta is
essentially a depression in the Earth's surface covered in desert sand, where a huge river pours in, fans out and eventually
ceases to flow. A giant marshland has been created at this inland delta, which is scattered with palm trees, islands, papyrus-
lined channels and a wealth of flora and fauna. We travel by Mokoro „traditional wooden dugout canoe' and camp on an island
taking time out to simply relax and enjoy being amongst nature. Photographers should take plenty of film. Birdlife here is
exceptional; there are literally hundreds of different species. Look out for the electric blue plumage of the lilac breasted
roller, bright crimson of the carmine bee-eaters, the tiny jewel-like malachite kingfisher and the African jacana, who stalk
about on the lily-pads, as they feed on insects. You also might even spot some elephants on one of your game walks. After 2
nights in the Delta we pack up camp and take the dugouts back to town.

Day 49, 50: We leave Maun to track back through the Makgadikgadi salt pans to Nata. After an overnight stop here we head
back to Victoria Falls arriving after lunch.

Please note: Due to the allocation of Gorilla Trekking Permits by the Parks Department’s, the daily itinerary may have
to be shuffled around to fit in with the gorilla trek.


All Bukima tours are flexible. We do our utmost to take you to the best places we possibly can. Our expeditions can
sometimes be effected by local climatic conditions, politics or anything else unexpected so please treat this information as a
guideline only. “Africa Wins Again” is a phrase which comes in handy to help someone see the big picture when the gas station
has run out of diesel, a main bridge is out, the phone/fax/e-mail is down, or a baboon steals their knickers off the tent etc.
The leader will devise the best possible route for the particular season, conditions and access to Gorilla permits. Please no te
that while we pace the tour with plenty of active days Africa is not a small continent and there will occasionally be long drive
days to get to the next point of interest.

Optional Gorilla Visit: Gorilla tracking permits are oversubscribed and at times very difficult to obtain. These areas are also
volatile and very occasionally a decision may have to be made not to enter the area. Your security is our first priority. We
would like you to understand our staff will do their utmost to ensure you visit the gorillas but this excursion cannot be
guaranteed. However to give you a bit of perspective, all of our tour groups have successfully visited the gorillas in the past
four years.

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    WHATS INCLUDED                                                        WHATS NOT INCLUDED
      All transport including road taxes and                              International flight transfers and taxes.
       tolls                                                               Pre and Post tour Accommodation (arrange at
      Use of comprehensive cooking and                                     time of booking mark-up free)
       camping equipment                                                   Items listed in „Optional activities‟ section.
      Services of two professional crew                                   Items of a personal nature & spending money.
      The main sites listed in the trip brochure                          Travel Insurance and Visas
                                                                           Local Tour Payment


African Adventure Local Payment: US $1095 payable in cash to your Tour Leader

Getting the most for your money is what Bukima is all about. We tell you up front what is included and not included, so there
are no hidden surprises along the way. As experienced guides there is nothing worse than asking passengers for more and more
money for food, parks and entrances, so we have designed a fully inclusive Local Payment System.

This payment allows us to keep our cost low, reduce expensive international bank transfers and pass the savings onto you. The
Local Payment covers three meals a day and all of your camping costs whilst on tour. The only exception is if your tour visits
Zanzibar where the Local Payment is suspended for four days while you explore the island. Your Local payment also covers the
cost of all core game parks, reserves and entrances as described in the itinerary. For example Lake Nakuru National Park,
and the Elsamere Conservation Centre.

Food on tour ranges from simple barbeques to spit roasts, traditional meals, and buffets. There is no shortage of fresh fruits
and vegetables all purified and ready to snack on during the day. Breakfasts are generally tea, coffee, toast, muesli/cereals
and fresh fruit, while lunches a range of filled rolls, salads and fruit. You will be amazed on what we can achieve on the
barbeque! You will eat incredibly well, and we can cater for all special dietary needs.

Once in a while there will be an opportunity to go out for a restaurant meal while on tour. If you participate in these
excursions you may need to contribute no more than $5-10 to the cost of your meal and local payment will also contribute. If
you wish to stay and eat at the truck your food will of course be covered by the Local Payment System. This gives our clients
the flexibility to go out and treat themselves occasionally while keeping our Local Payments as cost effective as possible.


Here at Bukima we cater for everyone. The majority of our passengers are aged 18 - 55, travelling with a partner, by
themselves or in a group of friends. They originate from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe, and are in
good health and of like minded character and looking for an adventure of a life time. Are you? If you are you will go away with
great memories and newly formed friendships that will last a lifetime. If you are not sure about how you will cope, or have
special requests or health issues why not talk to one of our staff who can advise you, email us at


Bukima uses a wide range of vehicles custom built for the tour you choose and continent travelled. All our Expedition vehicles
are purpose built by the Bukima team. We use MAN and Mercedes Benz trucks with either canvas roll up sides, or hard roofs
with sliding windows. There is plenty of room onboard for your entire luggage, as well as a fridge/cooler box, water tanks,
stereo radio and cooking equipment. The trucks have inward and forward facing seats, spacious tents for camping trips and
built in safe deposit boxes to keep all your valuables locked away.


Camping is always great fun and our vehicles are loaded with all the equipment needed. Campsites vary from established sites
with all facilities to the occasional free camp. We use large two person tents. Don‟t worry if you plan to travel alone, we‟ll team
you up with another group member.

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We always stay at the best possible campsite in the area, 95% of all campsites we use have Shower facilities, not necessarily
all hot (but many are). These days most African campsites have a full range of facilities including bar/restaurants, toilets ,
showers, and laundry facilities. Some of the better camps have internet and swimming pools amongst their facilities. Some of
the more basic camps may be in places of spectacular beauty or in the National Parks. Here generally facilities may be limited
but if you have a chance to hear lion roar in the night it‟s worth it. Whilst on tour there will occasionally be the opportunity to
upgrade to chalets, if you would like a break from camping. These range from and additional $5 - $20 per night and usually
come up once or twice a week. The local payment contributes your camping portion and you add the rest if you would like to
upgrade from camping. The upgrades are usually simple chalets or fully furnished tents, some en-suite and some not. Some of
our clients regularly upgrade and some camp 100% of the trip. Your tour leader will inform you of the upgrade options along
the way.

Participation is essential. A successful and smooth tour depends very much on everyone taking part in the duties that arise i.e.
cooking, vehicle cleaning, food shopping and security. With this in mind your Tour Leader will organize groups on a rotating
roster. The most successful tours are those where everyone becomes involved as much as possible. These are not luxury tours,
so join in! In the end the more you put in the more you get out.

When camping, cooking is usually done on a roster basis with 2 - 4 people cooking each day. This means each expedition
member only takes part in cooking every 4th or 5th day. Food is bought in the local markets which is a great way to meet the
local people. Charcoal, wood or gas burners are used for cooking and are supplied along with pots, baking trays, frying pans,
woks, lighting, campstools ect. Eating utensils are also provided. Don‟t worry; the tour leader will help in the planning and
preparing of meals to keep standards high.

Group Size
Our group size is usually around the 7- 16 people but at the high times of the year we run trips with a maximum of 21. Even
though this sounds like a lot we still find that we have enough room to move with heaps of leg space, we don‟t want to turn your
trip into a sardine tin experience. People that will accompany you are from all over the world and either single or come with
others but in the end they have come to do the same as you making mixing easy.

Keeping in touch has become more and more important. In general there is internet access at least once a week whilst on tour.


Nairobi our meeting point is the Indaba Backpackers, just outside Nairobi near Karen; this is where our Overland trucks are
parked. Accommodation at Indaba costs US$15-30 B/B depending on the style of room - Airport transfers can be arranged
for US$20. From here excursions can be organised to the Animal Orphanage which is hand rearing baby elephant and rhino,
Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixens original home in Karen. Request our guide to Nairobi for more

Indaba Campsite
16 Muiri Lane (off Langatta Road)
Next road past the turnoff to the „Bomas of Kenya‟
Karen, Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 892 217
Mobile: 072 171 7769

Nairobi Hotel option is the Sliver Springs Hotel, which offer accommodation at around US$65 single and US$94 for a double.
Please contact Bukima or your Travel agent for details.
Silver Springs Hotel
Valley Road, opposite Nairobi Hospital,
On Argwings Kodhek Road,
Ph +254 (20) 272 2451 Fx +254 (20) 272 0545,

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You can pre book your airport transfers and city tour‟s with “Smiley” Nelson. He has been providing taxi services for our
clients for years. An airport transfer will cost you $20 or 1500 Kenya Shillings, other services include a city tour for $25
(not including entrance fees to the various places eg Giraffe Manor, Karen Blixens and animal orphanages) or a Nairobi
National Park tour $65 which is inclusive of all park fees. Request our guide to Nairobi for more information. Email Smiley at with your flight details and he will send you a confirmation.
Smiley Nelson – Nairobi mobile number is 0733913109

Venture Africa is also reputable transfer firm which has a desk at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. This office is situated in a small
round booth opposite the Barclays Bank, as you come out in the arrival hall. An airport transfer to the city will cost you
approximately US$20-$25.


8 AM:   Indaba Campsite, 16 Muiri Lane, Off Langatta Road, Karen, Nairobi, Ph +254 (20) 892 217


Missed departure - Don‟t panic! We will sort you out and get you on board the vehicle as soon as possible. Check for messages
at reception at the Indaba campsite. The Tour Leader will have left a message on how to catch the tour and his/her cell
phone details. Please also call the Bukima Head office on +448707572231 so we can coordinate your arrival.
If you are going to be late please email your flight details to so we can make a plan to transfer you to
the vehicle. You will need to cover the cost of this transfer and claim it back on your travel insurance.

Lost Luggage – Please call our tour leader at the Indaba Campsite ph +254 (20) 272 2451 (just ask for the Bukima Crew) so
they can assist you in planning to reunite you with your luggage. Do this as soon as you arrive at your hotel so we can make
sure the luggage gets to you as soon as possible. Do not wait until departure.


Would you like to climb Kilimanjaro before or after your tour? You will need to have 7 days free in your itinerary. We are
able to help you with transfers to and from Nairobi to Arusha/Moshi, and climbing packages with reputable operators.

Contact us at (ref: Kilimanjaro)


Between 3.30-5.30 pm
Tokkie Lodge
224 Reynard Road Victoria Falls
+263 13 43306


If you would like to book extra accommodation with us just email
Tokkie Lodge     Small friendly Lodge. Twin rooms with share bathroom facilities. Satellite TV         224    Reynard     Road
                 Lounge, Pool. This is the Pre departure and Joining point for your tour. Bed          Victoria Falls
                 only rates.                                                                           +263 13 43306
                 Twin room US$30
                 Single room US$20
                 USD Cash only, No Credit Cards or TC‟s please.
Hotel Mecure 3 star hotel in central Victoria Falls. Ensuite rooms, Aircon, Satellite TV in all        Hotel Mecure Rainbow
Rainbow          rooms, In room safe, large pool. Bed and Breakfast rates.                             278 Parkway Drive
                 Single room US$95                                                                     Victoria Falls
                 Double/Twin Room US$128                                                               +263 13 44583
Request our Victoria Falls Travel guide

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We can organize transfers to and from Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airport‟s.
Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe side) to/from town $20
Livingstone Airport (Zambia side) to/from Victoria Falls town $25
Just email your name, flight details and arrival airport to We will send you confirmation of
your transfer. (ref: Victoria Falls Airport Transfer).


Here is a list of optional activities available for your information. Please remember that this is a GUIDELINE only. Bukima is
not responsible for price changes or unavailable excursions on your tour. All optional activities are completed at your own risk
and are not necessary endorsed by Bukima, Before Participating in these activities you should check carefully if you are
covered by your medical insurance.

                           Lake Naivasha Boat Trip                           US$24
                           Crater Lake Walking Safari                        US $15
                           Hells Gate National Park                          US$15
                           Mountain Biking                                   US$26
                           Carnivore Buffet Dinner                           US$20

                           Gorilla Trek                                      US$400
                           White Water Rafting                               US$90
                           Quad Biking                                       US$50
                           Soft Power Educational Project                    US$15
                           Village Tour                                      US$10
                           Kayak School                                      US$60
                           Bungy                                             US $60
                           Kampala Night Out                                 US $10
                           Chimpanzee Rescue Centre (time permitting)        US $30-50

                           Masai Village Visit                               US $10
                           Zanzibar Ferry                                    US $60
                           Hot Air Balloon Flight Serengeti                  US $400
                           Spice Tour Zanzibar                               US $20
                           Diving/Snorkelling Zanzibar                       US $30
                           Dolphin Tour Zanzibar                             US $30
                           Food and Accommodation Zanzibar                   US $100-150

                           Kande Beach Village Visit                         $4
                           Kande Horse Ride                                  $30
                           Lake Malawi Dive                                  $30
                           Lake Malawi Water Sports                          $15

                           Crocodile Farm                                    $10
                           Game Walk                                         $10
                           Sunset Cruise                                     $30
                           White Water Rafting/River Boarding                $110/135
                           Tiger Moth Flight                                 $115

                           Victoria Falls                                    $20
                           Walk with Lions                                   $95
                           Tandem Sky Dive                                   $250
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                           Flight of the Angels                               $70-150
                           Bunji Jump or Gorge Swing Day                      $75-90
                           Elephant Ride                                      $90
                           Airport Transfer                                   $20-25

                           Okavango Delta Game Flight                         $65-$100


We recommend an average of US$15-20 spending money per day. This should cover all your snacks, drinks and refreshments,
laundry, postage, fax & e-mail, museum entrances and some souvenirs. This does not include money for optional excursions,
visas and the more expensive souvenirs that you are likely to buy. You should take at least 50% of your spending money in
US dollars cash and 50% in sterling or US traveller’s cheques Credit Cards are useful to pay for the optional highlights at
Jinja, Victoria Falls, Maun and Swakopmund.

We highly recommend that you complete a budget table such as the one below so you can make your choices, maximise yo ur
enjoyment of your holiday and have a realistic expectation of what cash you need to bring, or if on a tight budget know what
you can afford. Remember the optional excursions are optional and you do not have to do them all, they are extras and not
core to the enjoyment of your holiday. At times you may have to choose between activities. At Bukima we like to tell you what
to expect up front and not hide costs.

     You need to bring enough US dollars cash with you to cover the Local Tour Payment, Visas and Options. Reliance on
      Credit cards may be a problem that will dog you for the whole time you are in Africa.
      Please do not rely on your Credit Card for local currency withdrawals except in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia or South
      Africa. Visa and Master Card are the most useful of the credit cards. American Express is rarely accepted in Africa
      while Cirrus cards can only be used in Kenya, Namibia and South Africa.
     We usually have a traveller‟s cheque stop once a week; but cash is the only real answer.
     Bring a mixture of denominations of US dollars, both large and small notes. For some smaller notes you may get lower
      exchange rates, however at some places they will not accept $100 notes so bring a range.
     Do not bring pre year 2000 US$ notes (those with small faces on them). This is due to counterfeit notes flooding
      the area which has led to many ForX, banks and businesses rejecting these notes as they are easier to counterfeit.
     Do bring your sales advice slip for your traveller‟s cheques or at least a copy. Most banks in Africa require to this
      advice slip before changing your cheques. This is again a response to counterfeit traveller‟s cheques in the market.
     You will not have to carry hard currency around with you once you join our expedition, the safe we have provided on
      the truck is used for this purpose and you will only need to carry on your person enough local currency for daily use.

British Nationals. In many places you can change pounds at good rates so we suggest that you bring a mixture of pounds and
UD dollars cash. Please note that all visas and gorilla permits must be paid in US so bring the majority in US cash. Euro. The
Euro is slowly making its way to Africa but the exchange rates are still not as favourable as the dollar or the pound so it would
pay to change your money to dollars. Kiwis and Aussies. I‟m sad to say the Kiwi and Aussie dollar is pretty nonexistent here
so we recommend you bring US dollars, or if you are working in the UK a combination of pounds and US dollars.

                                            Budget Table African Adventure
      Item                                                      Cost                                       My Budget
      Personal Spending money on Tour                          $15-20 per day
      Personal Spending money Pre and Post Tour
      Local payment                                            $
      Airport Transfers                                        $20 -25 each way
      Hotel Nairobi pre tour
      Accommodation Post Tour
      Kenya Visa                                                     $50
      Tanzania Visa                                                  $50
      Uganda                                                         $30

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Rwanda                                                     $0-$60 depending on nationality
Malawi Visa                                                Free for most nationals
Zambia Visa                                                Exemption
Zimbabwe Visa                                              $30-$60
Botswana Visa                                              Free for most nationals
Quad bike                                                  $50
Rafting                                                    $90
Soft Power                                                 $15
Bungy                                                      $60
Gorilla trek and transport                                 Up to $400
Village Tour                                               $10
Kayak School                                               $60
Kampala Night Out                                          $10
Chimpanzee rescue centre (time permitting)                 $30-50
Lake Naivasha Boat Trip                                    $24
Crater Lake Walking Safari                                 $15
Hells Gate National Park                                   $15
Mountain Bike Hire                                         $20
Carnivore Buffet Dinner                                    $20
Masai Village Visit                                        US $10
Zanzibar Ferry                                             US $60
Hot Air Balloon Flight Serengeti                           US $400
Spice Tour Zanzibar                                        US $20
Diving/Snorkelling Zanzibar                                US $30
Dolphin Tour Zanzibar                                      US $30
Food and Accommodation Zanzibar                            US $100-150
Kande Beach Village Visit                                  $4
Kande Horse Ride                                           $30
Lake Malawi Dive                                           $30
Lake Malawi Water Sports                                   $15
Crocodile Farm                                             $10
Game Walk                                                  $10
Sunset Cruise                                              $30
White Water Rafting/River Boarding                         $110/135
Tiger Moth Flight                                          $115
Victoria Falls                                             $20
Walk with Lions                                            $95
Tandem Sky Dive                                            $250
Flight of the Angels                                       $70-150
Bunji Jump or Gorge Swing Day                              $75-90
Elephant Ride                                              $90
Airport Transfer                                           $20-25
Do I want the occasional upgrade from tents to chalets?    $10-20 per night in a chalet
Okavango Delta Game Flight                                 $65-100
Will I buy lots of Souvenirs                               Yes/No should I add extra cash

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How much money should I change in to Kenya Shillings to start the tour with?

On arrival in Kenya we suggest you change $10 us dollars at the airport to Kenya Shillings to bring on tour with you. Remember
you will also need Kenya Shillings for pre tour expenses.
There is a Visa/MasterCard/Cirrus cash machine at the Barclays Bank in the arrivals hall at the airport which generally works
but we recommend not relying on this. Barclays bank at the airport is open until late. On arrival in Tanzania on day one the
truck will make a foreign exchange stop for Tanzania Shillings.


Visas are not included in the tour price or recommended daily spending money. Below is a list of visa requirements that was
correct at the time of printing. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the correct visas for your
tour. Visa requirements do change at times so we advise you to check the current requirements before the commencement of
your tour. Most visas must be used within 3 months (or less) from the date of issue so make sure you don‟t apply for them too
early. If you are doing a longer tour make sure your visa will be valid for the time when you are due to enter that country .
Most African Visa‟s are easily available and cheaper to buy on the border on arrival.

Important Note: You will require a double entry visa for Zimbabwe on this tour. This can be purchased on entry.
Otherwise you will have to pay the full visa cost twice. Visa prices are correct as of 1 April 2005. Please note Visa
prices and change constantly please check with your Bukima agent for the current Visa Price and Requirement.

Please note. Visas are available to purchase at all the borders for the following Nationalities, Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, USA, British, German, Dutch, South Africa, Irish, and Danish. It is much cheaper for these nationals to get
their visas here in Africa and takes no longer than processing a normal entry to a country. If you are not sure about
what visas to buy or not buy in advance send your questions to

For information on the location of your nearest embassy or consulate we recommend the following website:
For current updates on visa information you can try the website

AFRICA VISA COSTS IN US$ 2005 (Guide only!) Visa Costs are constantly changing)

                Kenyan      Uganda      Tanzania    Malawi   Zimbabwe       Zambia       Botswana   Rwanda   South    Namibia
                  Visa        Visa        Visa       Visa      Visa           Visa         Visa      Visa    Africa

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                         $30 single    Exemption
 Australian                               $50        Free                                  Free      $60     Free      Free
                   #           #                               $45 ^        or $25

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                                      Exemption or
New Zealand                               $50        Free        -                         Free      $60     Free      Free
                   #           #                                              $25

   South                   $30 or $15
                   -                      $50        Free      Free          Free          Free      Free    Free      Free
  African                      #

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                         $30 single   Exemption or
  Canadian                                $50        Free                                  Free      $60     Free      Free
                   #           #                               $45 ^         $100

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                         $30 single   Exemption or
 American                                 $50        Free                                  Free      Free    Free      Free
                   #           #                               $45 ^         $100

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                         $55 single    Exemption
   British                                $50        Free                                  Free      Free    Free      Free
                   #           #                               $70 ^          $60

               $50 or $20 $30 or $15                         $55 single   Exemption or
  German                                  $50        Free                                  Free      $60     Free      Free
                   #           #                               $70 ^          $25

                 $50 or    $30 or $15                        $30 single   Exemption or
   Dutch                                  $50        Free                                  Free      $60     Free      Free
                 $20#          #                               $45 ^          $25

                                                             $55 single
    Irish         Free       Free        Free        Free                    Free          Free      Free    Free      Free
                                                               $70 ^

# Transit        ^ Double entry

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Travelling overseas can be a bit daunting especially if it is your first time. In general travel is safe and group travel even more
so. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
        Take the same precautions you do when travelling around your own country
        Never flash wealth around, people WILL be watching. Take off your earrings, watches and
        Listen to your crew‟s advice when entering a new area.
        Be careful placing valuables when relaxing or in Internet café as this is were lots of tourist
         flock and so do the people who live of them.
        In the end don‟t worry yourself sick be prudent and keep you valuables in safe secure places.
        Use the safety box that is bolted into the truck to store your important documents while travelling.
        Note. Bukima takes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects.


Remember your bags are your responsibility it is up to you to collect all your belongings and carry them to and from the tour
vehicle. It is not the job of the crew to carry or to look after your belongings they have their own rolls to play and their own
things to look after including the rest of the group. So if you cannot carry it yourself you shouldn‟t bring it.
1 Duffel bag or backpack preferably with an internal or removable frame
Day bag
Sleeping bag, sleeping sheet
Sleeping mat or self-inflatable mattress
Good torch and spare batteries
Pocket knife (Swiss army)
Sun glasses
Writing material and diary
Mosquito Net
Toiletries + contraceptives
Washing line & soap
Water bottle (max 2 litres)
Drivers Licence/Diving Certificate/Yellow Fever Certificate/Passport/Photocopy of Passport/Travellers cheque advice form
and copy
Spare Glasses or Contact lenses and solutions


Waterproof jacket                                                     1 pair thongs/flip flops/jandals
Socks                                                                 1 Towel/Sarong
Trousers or jeans and track pants                                     Swimsuit
T-shirts/shirts                                                       Smart casual attire for eating out
Underwear                                                             Warm jacket or jersey it does get
Cap                                                                   very cold in Africa particularly in
Shorts/skirt/dress                                                    May-September
1 pair sandshoes/trainers

We would always stress that most people tend to bring along too much clothing. Remember you will need a certain amount of
spare space when leaving Africa for souvenirs purchased along the way. 20kg/23kg is the normal limit for hold luggage on most


Many passengers comment they wish they had bring more things for the schools and hospitals we visit enroute. While
we discourage handing our pens and gifts to children on the road as we dont want to encourage children to beg. When
we visit schools and hospitals in the region it is wonderful to be able to give something back in a responsible manner.

If you have any ot the following materials that you can squeeze in to your luggage they will be most appreciated at the
Schools we visit. Pens, pencils, chalk, school books, colouring books, posters, and sports or small musical equipment
such as recorders. Dont go overboard though and If you cant fit anything remember the most important gift you can
give is your time.

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Antiseptic cream, Betadine is good                                    Tweezers and scissors
Sunscreen & lip cream                                                 Water purification tablets
Insect Repellent                                                      Rehydration sachets for diarrhoea
Cotton wool & sterile swabs                                           Antibiotics for infected cuts and tropical
Dressing pads like melonin or telfa and adhesive tape                 ulcers
Bandages and Band-Aids                                                Broad-spectrum antibiotics (amoxicillin
Pain killers - paracetamol/Panadol                                    or Augmentin)
Ear & eye drops
Butterfly tape (steri strips)


All passengers should have a complete medical and dental check-up prior to joining any of our tours, as it is not always possible
to find good health care in some African countries. A comprehensive medical kit is supplied but it is only to be used in
emergencies. Each person is responsible for his or her own medical kit as listed below.
Anyone travelling in East Africa should have a test for Bilharzia after you return home.


In Africa you will be required to take malarial prophylactics for the duration of your tour. As the recommended prophylactics
change from time to time we suggest that you consult your doctor or vaccination clinic. If you are feeling unwell while on to ur
immediately notify your crew. The best way to treat malaria is still prevention, covering up at sunset and using repellent every
3-4 hours. There is also available on the market a treatment for mosquito nets and clothing called „Permethrin‟ which is quite


NO Illegal Drugs are allowed on or near our tours. In these countries that you are travelling through the law is very harsh on
drug related sentences, so with this in mind as the crew have been given the authorization to remove passengers from tours
without hesitation or refund for such offences. If you have a prescription drug you must carry that prescription with you.


In Africa we obtain water from known „safe water‟ supplies although occasionally it may be necessary to purify the water. The
most effective method is still hard-boiling the water for 10 minutes. Chlorine „T‟ can be used but it does not kill amoebae,
Iodine is also an alternative but some people are allergic to it rendering it unfeasible in a group situation. Diarrhoea is usually
caused by changes in diet and/or changes in water supply that you are normally used to. You have two choices: 1. Get
accustomed to it and take rehydration sachets should you get diarrhoea. 2. Drink only bottled water or use purification tablets
and eat no raw food unless it can be peeled i.e. bananas. Use of drugs such as Imodium is not recommended.


A camera is an important part of your equipment whether it is an instamatic, SLR or these days a digital camera. A camera
case or bag is necessary to prevent damage by vibration or dust. Zoom and wide-angle lenses are valuable accessories;
combination lenses are a good idea for example 28mm - 70mm & 70mm - 200mm. Spare batteries for camera and flash are also
advisable as well lens cleaning equipment. As a guideline, one roll of 36 exposures per week is average. Use different types of
film depending on the conditions you are photographing in i.e. 400asa is good for photographing in low light or dense foliage
and black and white film can make great portrait shots.
 In some places it is forbidden to take photographs –
    Borders, government buildings, police and army personnel are to name but a few.
    The result is likely to be loss of the film in your camera, if not your camera.


Your passport is the most important document you have when travelling. Always keep it in a secure location, either in a safe at
the hotels we stay in or the trucks safe. Never leave your passport in your luggage. Your passport needs to be valid for at
least six months after departure back to your country of origin and should have about one page for every country of entry.

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 If you are one of those people with duel nationality you will find it almost impossible to change mid tour to the other passport
 to dodge visa costs, so the passport you start the tour on should be the passport you finish the tour on, but by all means bring
 your other passport in case of loss.

 Please remember that if you loose your passport it could take over a week to get a replacement. Bukima accepts no liability
 for items mislaid or stolen while on tour or in safe deposit boxes in hotels. In the end it is your responsibility to look after
 your important papers and to make sure they are safe and sound. It is advisable to bring a few photocopies of your passport
 with you.


 You need to take with you an International Vaccination Certificate with the following vaccinations for entry into some African
 Yellow Fever                              Valid for 10 years
 Typhoid                                   Valid for 3 years
 The following vaccinations are recommended for travelling in Africa but are not required; please check with your GP or
 vaccination clinic, which are recommended for the areas you are travelling to:
 Hepatitis A                               2 Shots 2-3 weeks apart valid for 1 year
 Tetanus booster
 Polio booster
 Your GP can arrange your vaccinations or you can go to a specialized clinic. Please ensure that you contact your clinic or GP at
 least a month beforehand as some vaccinations are completed in stages and can take a few weeks.


 East Africa is best visited during the dry seasons, July
 through to October and December through till March.
 Just prior to the wet season is usually the best time for
 game viewing, as it is that time of year that the grass is
 lowest and wildlife doesn‟t wander too far from permanent
 water holes. Malaria is also at its lowest level just prior to
 the rains. The rainy seasons move northbound in a band
 across continental Africa so travelling in a southbound
 direction means you will only be within the rain band for
 little more than a week. The rainy season usually means a
 Downpour every day in the late afternoon that you could
 just about set your watch to.
 Southern Africa is best visited from April through to
 October for the same reasons as East Africa. You will get
 some fairly cool temperatures during mid-winter. Evening
 temperatures do drop in all other areas during winter but
 will only require a jersey or jacket at most.


Max/Min in oC
 COUNTRY            JAN       FEB       MAR      APR       MAY     JUN     JUL      AUG      SEP      OCT      NOV      DEC
 BOTSWANA           32/19     31/19     31/18    31/15     28/10   25/06   25/06    29/09    32/14    35/19    34/19    32/19
 KENYA              25/12     26/13     25/14    24/14     22/13   21/12   21/11    21/11    24/11    24/13    23/13    23/13
 MALAWI             27/17     27/17     27/16    27/15     25/11   23/06   23/07    25/09    27/12    30/15    29/17    28/18
 NAMIBIA            29/17     28/16     29/12    25/13     22/09   20/07   20/06    23/08    25/12    29/15    29/15    30/17
 STH AFRICA         26/16     26/16     25/13    22/12     19/09   18/08   17/07    18/08    18/09    21/11    23/13    24/14
 TANZANIA           28/13     28/14     27/15    25/16     23/15   22/12   22/12    23/12    25/13    27/14    27/14    27/14
 UGANDA             24/09     24/11     23/11    23/11     23/11   23/08   23/09    23/09    23/11    24/10    23/11    23/10
 ZAMBIA             26/17     26/17     26/17    26/17     25/12   23/10   23/09    25/12    29/15    31/18    29/18    27/17
 ZIMBABWE           26/16     26/16     26/14    26/13     23/09   21/07   21/07    23/08    26/12    28/15    27/16    26/16

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A requirement for all overland travel is that you have valid
insurance cover for the duration of our tour. It must cover you
against personal accident, medical, cancellation, curtailment and
repatriation expenses, you should also make sure you are covered
for hiking and other expedition activities or optional excursions
that you intend to do. Your travel agent can advise you on the best
cover for you and your specific holiday. You should purchase your
travel insurance policy at the same time as you book your tour.
Take care with backpacker‟s policies, as some do not cover you
against organised ground travel. Please remember to bring your
policy with you.

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