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Meet the Rellies - Reverse

Trip Length

Trip Code

25 days GAGZR

Maximum Passengers

22 people

Countries Visited

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Start City

End City

Dar es Salaam Kigali
Meet the Rellies - Reverse

Swahili 101:

-          Mambo vipi – how's things?

-          Poa - things are cool.

-          Asante sana – cheers, thanks a lot.

-          Kale kakuku kadogo ka kaka kako wapi kaka? - where are your chickens, brother?

(Was Gorillas, Safari & Zanzibar - Reverse)

Meet the Rellies - Reverse


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Dar es Salaam

Grab a kanga (colourful sarong) at the Kariakoo market in Dar. You'll probably never wear it but they make a great tablecloth.

Day 2-4: Zanzibar

Meals included: 3 breakfasts

Freddie Mercury was born in the capital, Stone Town. Back then he was known as the decidedly less catchy Farouk Balsara. Hit up Mercury's Restaurant for cocktails, where we can heartily recommend the Fat Bottomed Girl.

Day 2 (Approximate ferry sailing time: 1½ hours)

Days 3-4 (Approximate driving time: 1 hour)

Day 5-6: Dar es Salaam - Arusha

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Set up camp, then practice your hippo crawl and crocodile roll (aka the doggy paddle and the butterfly) in the pool. When you're suitably exhausted it's time to pull up a stool at the beach bar.

Day 5 (Approximate driving time: 1 hour. Approximate ferry time: 1½ hours)

Day 6 (Approximate driving time: 12 hours)

Day 7-9: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

Visit the School of St Jude, which was founded by an Aussie, Gemma Sisia, and educates over 1500 of Arusha's poorest kids.. You’ll probably knock the Big Five (lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant) off your list after a trip to the Serengeti (if you haven't already). Grab some handmade Masai bits and bobs at Mto Wa Mbu.

Please note: National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 10-11: Arusha - Nairobi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Drive, wildlife, wildlife, wildlife, sleep, wildlife, wildlife, wildlife, drive. That's pretty much it for the next couple of days. Yeah, it's going to be awesome.

Day 10 (Approximate driving time: 6 hours)

Day 11 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Please note: For those of you who will be saying goodbye, your tour finishes upon arrival at our downtown hotel in Nairobi in the early evening. Flights out of Nairobi tonight should not be booked before 9.00pm. Transfers to Nairobi Airport and/or post-tour accommodation is available at an additional cost.

For those of you who are continuing on to Kigali, another pre-departure meeting will be held at 6pm this evening where we take the opportunity to meet new clients joining the tour.

Day 12-13: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 7 hours on day 12; game drive times variable)

Depending on the time of year we might run into the world's biggest traffic jam - the wildebeest migration. Despite no horns, traffic lights or pedestrian crossings they're a surprisingly organised bunch. 

Day 14-15: Lake Naivasha - East Africa Mission Orphanage

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Day 14: Approximate driving time: 6 hours)

Get your hippo fix at Lake Naivasha. Personal space goes out the window at EAMO, and within minutes of arriving you'll have a kid hanging off every limb. Eat dinner, watch a movie, play soccer, share their lo-fi toys (think bucket lid with a bit of wire) and chat with the founders.

Day 15 (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

Day 16: Lake Nakuru National Park

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Game drive times variable)

This is the best place to see rhinos, but there are also baboons and flamingos everywhere. Head back to EAMO for a soccer match with the kids. NB: you don't stand a chance - even Van Persie would struggle to get one past these guys.

Day 17: EAMO - Kericho

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

Spend the morning with the kids, sit in on some lessons and see how this place ticks. Then it's back in the truck to Kericho, home to some of the world's best tea. Wherever you go, a fresh cuppa is never far away. Pinkies out!

Day 18-19: Jinja

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Go bungee jumping, whitewater rafting and kayaking near our camp on the banks of the Nile. Up until 2004, Jinja was though to be the source of the Nile, but then it was discovered that the source was actually a little stream in Rwanda. Jinja remains on the hunt for another claim to fame.

Day 20: Entebbe - Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

It started out as an animal orphanage in 1952, then it was a regular zoo and in 1994 became a place where you can go to learn about animals and stuff.

Day 21-22: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

From Entebbe we journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a stunning reserve that covers almost 2000 square kilometres and includes an array of habitats. 

Day 23: Ruhengeri

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 7 hours)

Heads up - you'll probably be so excited for tomorrow's gorilla trek that you won't be able to sleep. Try counting the geckos on the wall; you'll drop off in no time. 

Day 24: Parc National des Volcans

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

The trek can be tough (between 1-4 hours) but once you spot your first gorilla it will seem like a distant memory. Don't forget tissues if you're the emotional sort, and be sure to grab one of the free walking sticks at the start of the trek.

Day 25: Kigali

Meals included: 1 breakfast

(Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

You'll feel shocked, angry and sad during your time at the genocide memorial but it puts your time in Africa into perspective. It's a sombre note to end the trip on, but will make sure Africa stays firmly in your heart when your backpack is gathering dust under your bed.

Please note: Accommodation for tonight is not included, but can be booked separately. If you are flying out of Kigali today, you should not book your flight to depart prior to 1.45pm. It is also vital to re confirm any flights out of Rwanda. These schedules change regularly and often by more than a few hours. These must be checked to save any problems with your departure. Transfers to Kigali Airport are also available at additional cost.


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

• Geckos experienced English-speaking local safari leader, professional driver, and camp cook who will prepare all included meals.

• Geckos specialist English-speaking local site guide in the Ngorongoro Crater, Mto Wa Mbu and on Gorilla trek.

• Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with large opening windows for unrestricted game viewing (maximum of just 22 clients).

• 17 nights camping in dome tents, with mosquito netting and a foam mattress provided. Camp sites include: in the shadow of the volcanoes that are home to mountain gorillas; on the edge of the Kazinga Channel; at Bujagali Falls; on a tea plantation; at a 'bush camp' on the farmland of the East Africa Mission Orphanage; and on the bank of Lake Naivasha.

• 2 nights in a tented bush camp located on Masai Mara park boundary and 5 nights in basic hotel

• 3 days in Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park, 1 day in Parc National des Volcans, 2 days in the Masai Mara National Reserve and 2 days in Queen Elizabeth National Park (including all park entrance fees, where applicable).

• Gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans, including one pre-purchased gorilla trekking permit.

• Game drives in the Sernegti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

• Free time to explore Lake Naivasha.

 

• Visit to the School of St Jude which is 'Fighting Poverty through Eductaion'. Guided tour of the school, visiting the children in class and joining them for morning tea.


• Dinner and time in the classroom with the children of the East Africa Mission Orphanage.

• Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, kitty, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, pillow, all optional tours during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips, laundry, items of a personal nature and flights (unless specified).

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Important Information

Gorilla Permits - Geckos Adventures pre-purchase gorilla permits. Your gorilla permit MUST be pre-paid for and will be confirmed in your name once your trip deposit and gorilla permit money has been received and the trip is guaranteed to depart. This is the only way permits can be guaranteed. Once purchased the permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 July 2014


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