Gorillas to Cape

What's Included Trip Notes Introduction

Dossier Last Updated: 19-05-2017

Tour Code: BXAGC

Duration: 52 nights / 53 days

Joining City: Nairobi

Departure City: Cape Town

Nearest Joining International Airport: Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport (NBO)

Nearest Departing International Airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Price From: US$2,057

Please check this document just before departing in case of last minute changes to your tour.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Stop at the equator
  • Masai Cultural Museum and Reptile Park
  • 4-days on Zanzibar Island including Stone Town + North Beach
  • Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.
  • Game drive through Mahango Game Reserve
  • Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck
  • Stop off at Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Dune 45
  • Fish River Canyon National Park

Accommodation

39 night(s) camping, 2 night(s) in tented camps, 2 night(s) assisted camping, 9 night(s) in hostels

Transportation

Overland Truck, Ferry

Meals

52 breakfast, 40 lunch, 40 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Nairobi

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Many travellers use Nairobi as a stop off point on their way to other parts of Eastern Africa, but there are many activities in the city that may appeal such as visiting orphaned baby elephants or the giraffe centre where endangered Rothschild giraffes are protected and bred.

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Dinner

Day 2 to 2 - Naivasha

Today we head to Lake Naivasha where we will spend one night. Here you will have a free afternoon to explore the area and chose from many of the optional activities on offer.

Naivasha is the second largest lake in the Great Rift Valley and is a great place to enjoy a boat cruise or guided bush walk to the green crater lake. With patience and a set of binoculars you can see many different species of birdlife found in the thick papyrus and forests of acacia trees fringing the lakeshore. You may also see colobus monkeys and giraffes near the lake.

You can also choose to explore the nearby Hell's Gate National Park on foot or by bicycle on a half day tour. With no predators present this is one of the few parks in Africa where you can enter on foot and walk beside wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, gazelle and warthogs to mention a few while taking in the amazing scenery that surrounds you. Don’t miss a walk through the beautiful and impressive Hell’s Gate Gorge and see why it inspired the stampede scene in Disney’s Lion King. Alternatively you might want to visit Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy Adamson, who became famous for her relationship with the lioness Elsa in the film Born Free.

Approximate Travel Time:Three hours to Naivasha

Optional Excursions

• Lake Naivasha boat trip – KES6000 (price dependent on number of passengers) • Elsamere visit – US$10 (transport not included) • Green crater lake hike half day – US$45 • Hells Gate National Park bicycle tour– US$55. The national park has no animals dangerous to man, making it a safe place to go hiking, rock climbing and cycling.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 to 3 - Eldoret

You may awake to some unusual sound effects this morning; from our campsite in Navaisha it is often possible to hear hippos wallowing in the lake’s fresh water. We set off, driving through the wilds of western Kenya until we reach Eldoret. The scenery as we pass varies from mountainous scrubland to tangled jungle ravines and fertile high tea country. The city of Eldoret is located on the Uasin Gishu Plateau west of the Great Rift Valley and was originally known as '64', because it was located 64 miles from the newly built Uganda Railway railhead at Kibigori. It is also famous for producing some of Kenya’s top athletes.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 to 6 - Jinja

Making our way towards the source of the mighty Nile, we cross the border into Uganda stopping at the adventure sports hub of Jinja. Jinja is known for being the adventure sports hub of Uganda and offers world-class white water rafting on the Nile River as well as quad biking and mountain biking. There is plenty to entertain in this buzzing town!!

For the slightly less adrenaline fuelled people amongst us you will have the opportunity to relax in tranquil surroundings, go for a refreshing swim in the Nile, or perhaps take a walk through the local villages or visit the markets depending on the day of the week.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours depending on the border

Optional Excursions

White water rafting grade 3 & 5 Half day/full day – from US$115 • Kayaking from US$85 • Tandem kayaking – US$140 • River boarding – US$140 • Mountain Biking hire – from US$15 • Guided tours – from US$30 • Sunrise and sunset yoga by the River Nile – US$5 • Fishing - from US$80

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 to 9 - Lake Bunyonyi (Gorilla Trek)

The next three days are based in Lake Bunyonyi, our start point for an optional excursion to see endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are believed to be less than 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world, and about half of that population live in this forest. To watch them in their natural habitat is a heart-stirring experience. The permit is included, and if you choose to take part in this excursion you will be part of the privileged few but you must book before departure.

You’ll be picked up early in the morning and taken to the national park’s office and then transferred by 4WD truck to the trek point. Specialist guides will track gorilla spoor and look for signs of the gorillas' last movements. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable and the distance can vary as gorillas may move very little or travel some distance while foraging for food. Trekking can be physically demanding at times and the weather can be very changeable, but the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing these magnificent animals in the wild is entirely worth the effort. It is possible that you may be lucky enough to come within arm's length of these beautiful creatures if they approach you, but you are required to maintain a distance of seven metres from the animals at all times. Your time with the gorillas is restricted to one hour to safeguard the families from excessive human contact.

Back at Lake Bunyonyi, you have the option to visit we will visit the Batwa pygmy village and local school. The school was set up by an ex tour leader with the assistance of two passengers to help the local community and pygmy children integrate into Ugandan society. The cost of this excursion goes directly to the school and donations of school supplies are always welcome. You can also enjoy a cruise on the lake, perhaps take a swim or relax on the shore. Meaning 'place of many little birds', Lake Bunyonyi is about 29 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, dotted by 29 islands. Look out for Uganda's national bird, the crested crane, among the 200 other bird species in the area.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours to Lake Bunyonyi

Optional Excursions

Gorilla Trek with trekking permit included (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel) – From US$739 • Batwa pygmy village and Lake Bunyonyi excursion- – US$35 • Dugout canoe hire on the lake – US$5 • Mountain biking – US$5 • Half day Pygmy Village tour – US$35

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 to 10 - Kampala

After experiencing the beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife and welcoming local communities of Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, passing townships and local markets on the way.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours to Kampala

Included Excursions

Stop at the equator

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 to 12 - Nakuru

Today we make our way back into Kenya where we will spend two nights in the town of Nakuru. You have one full day in Nakuru and can choose to visit Lake Nakuru National Park for a game drive, where you can often catch a glimpse of the many pink flamingos that line the shores of the lake. This is also a great place to spot the critically endangered Rhino’s and look out for leopards, lions, cheetahs, zebras, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes and water birds including terns, stilts, ducks, herons, pelicans, kingfishers and cormorants.

You may instead opt to spend the day at a local school in the slums. This is a non-profit charity providing a safe haven to over 500 destitute children living in the local slum areas. In addition to running their feeding programme this project also provides a free education. A visit to the project will give you a true insight in to the lives of many African children. Your presence here is greatly received and you are encouraged to get involved with playing sports with the children, help with repair works or put your skills to use in the classroom.

Approximate Travel Time: Full day drive to Nakuru

Optional Excursions

Melon Mission – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 to 14 - Masai Mara National Reserve

This morning we drive to Mai Mahiu Junction where you will transfer into 4WD safari vehicles and head to the Masai Mara Nature Reserve. This is a pre-bookable optional excursion and must be booked in advance . Passengers who decide not to visit the Masai Mara will return to Nairobi where they can enjoy free time.

The Masai Mara is one the world's most famous and expansive wildlife reserves. Covering over 1,500 square kilometres and providing habitat for thousands of animals, and is regarded as one of Kenya’s most popular safari spots. Animals present in the reserve include the Big Five (lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros), various grazing mammals which attract carnivores such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals, as well as over 500 recorded species of birds. We stay just outside the park in permanent tents, enjoying a buffet dinner in the evening.

The following morning we leave camp early for a second game drive, visiting the mighty Mara River en route. During the annual Great Migration, this is the setting for the thunderous display of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river while canny crocodiles lie in wait. At any time of year, the river is vitally important to the ecosystem and a good spot to view animals. We’ll also visit a local Masai village, learning about the vibrant, semi-nomadic herders’ way of life and join them in a local dance.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Optional Excursions

2 night Excursion to the Masai Mara (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel)- US$549 •Hot air balloon over the Masai Mara National Reserve – US$450 per person, • Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding. • Carnivores Restaurant- US$40

Accommodation

2 night(s) in tented camps. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 to 16 - Nairobi

For passengers who opted to go to the Masai Mara, today you will return to Nairobi today to re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle. You spend two nights back in Nairobi, so still have time to make the most of the optional activities available.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours to Nairobi

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 17 to 17 - Arusha

Crossing the border into Tanzania, we make our way to Arusha. Our campsite for the evening runs a free clinic on-site offering snake anti-venom to the local people. They treat snake bites and provide free medical care to the nearly 1000 patients a month that come to them for help. There is also a snake and reptile park, Masai museum and craft market. It is here that we will prepare to enter the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Masai Cultural Museum and Reptile Park

Optional Excursions

Reptile Park- FREE • Masai Cultural Museum – FREE but tips welcome

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 18 to 19 - Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

If you have opted to visit the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater on our pre-bookable optional excursion you will depart camp early in 4WD safari vehicles. Passengers who have not opted to do this excursion will remain in Arusha where they will have free time to relax or explore the local area.

A place that needs no introduction, the Serengeti National Park, is one of the most famous safari destinations in Africa. We will spend the morning driving to the National Park where we will make a stop to take in the incredible views the overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater - the largest unbroken, un-flooded caldera in the world. The vast 300 square kilometre crater stretches out in front of you in a kaleidoscope of blues and greens and it’s not until you spot the barely discernible grey speck of an elephant that you truly grasp its scale. Continuing on we pass through Serengeti Gate and across the expansive Serengeti plains spotting wildlife before reaching our campsite, located inside the national park.

Every safari is unique and you will never know what’s in store for you until you arrive. Among the hundreds of species in the park, you may encounter zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, hippopotamus, hyena, elephant, vulture, monkey, warthog, gazelle and impala. Each season offers a different highlight.

Our second day in the park is a full day of game driving, trying to spot the more elusive members of the animal kingdom before heading to our campsite on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Optional Excursions

2 night Excursion to Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel)- US$889 • Olduuvai Gorge – 27,000TS or US$12 • Masai Village (in the Serengeti National Park)- US$10

Accommodation

2 night(s) assisted camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 20 to 20 - Arusha

For passengers who opted to go on Safari you will depart from your camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater for a final morning game drive inside crater itself - a good place to spot black rhinoceros, elephant and lions. You will then return to Arusha for one more night where you will re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 21 to 21 - Dar es Salaam

Today we spend the day driving through Tanzania to reach Dar es Salaam, a bustling port on the Indian Ocean and our gateway to the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 22 to 24 - Zanzibar

Today we are bound for the enigmatic, intoxicating Isles of Zanzibar. Departing our accommodation early we make for the ferry terminal and transfer to paradise. We are met in Stone Town and taken on a guided tour of a nearby spice plantation discovering the many plants that flourish in this verdant, tropical environment. You can sample spices picked straight from the plant including fresh cloves and cinnamon bark before stopping for lunch at a local home.

The UNESCO-listed Stone Town has changed little over the past 200 years. It boasts a labyrinth of walled streets, winding alleys, bustling markets and grand crumbling architecture. You can spend many idle hours simply wandering the streets, shopping at the bazaars and admiring the intriguingly decorated elephant-proof doors before sitting down to watch the sunset with a cold beer and a sumptuous seafood feast. If food is your thing, make sure you check out the excellent night market on the promenade which serves traditional local fare.

Our time in Zanzibar is divided between Stone Town and relaxing on the powder white sands of North Beach. The most beautiful, isolated beaches in Zanzibar lie to the north and east of the island. With sparkling turquoise water and silvery sand fringed with palm trees, these beaches are nothing short of paradise. There are plenty of options available here. Relax and take it easy, indulge with a massage or go diving and snorkelling.

Included Excursions

4-days on Zanzibar Island including Stone Town + North Beach,Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.

Optional Excursions

Dhow sunset cruise – US$25 (depending on numbers) • Snorkelling – From US$45 • Scuba diving – From US$60

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 25 to 25 - Dar es Salaam

This afternoon we take a ferry back to the mainland, making the most of our last few hours on Zanzibar Island before we depart. We return to our accommodation in Dar es Salaam, reuniting with our overland truck.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 26 to 26 - Iringa

Still enjoying the effects of our relaxing island getaway, we take to the open road on our way to Iringa. On the way, we drive through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and antelope from the road.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 27 to 27 - Chitimba

Today we cross the border into Malawi. Often referred to as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi’s charm and simplicity of life is rejuvenating and refreshing. We enter the country at the head of Lake Malawi, travelling along the shoreline to our lakeside camp at Chitimba. Lake Malawi covers roughly a quarter of Malawi’s total land area and is an integral part of the local life.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 28 to 30 - Kande Beach

Departing early we drive south, stopping in the city of Mzuzu where we visit the local market so that you can pick up supplies to create your dress up costume for our party at Kande Beach. In contrast to our previous night’s stay, Kande Beach is a buzzing hive of activity. Its beautiful beach and lakeside bar has a lively atmosphere and as one of the big overland havens. Here you are likely to be in for a party or two!

With two full days you can choose to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi with a cocktail, take a village tour learning about the local way of life, farming techniques, and how the village runs, or go scuba diving or horse riding!

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 31 to 31 - Chipata

We bid farewell to Malawi and cross the border into Zambia, stopping off in Chipata along the way. This busy little town features colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community

Approximate Travel Time: 10 hours depending on the border

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 32 to 32 - Lusaka

Continuing our journey through Zambia we pass through the country's hottest point, Crooks Corner where temperatures average at approximately 50 degrees. We arrive at Lusaka, Zambia's bustling capital and largest city where we spend the night just outside the city. Our campsite this evening has giraffe and zebra wandering freely among the thatch roofed bungalows and surrounding bush – a truly serene setting.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 33 to 35 - Livingstone

Welcome to Livingstone! As well as a gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls, the town, named after the great 19th century Scottish explorer David Livingstone, is also a haven for adrenalin-pumping, heart-stopping adventure activities.

Packed with optional excursions, your time in Livingstone allows time to try out some of the many activities on offer. All the excursions can be booked from our hotel and you can even cross in to Zimbabwe for the day.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Optional Excursions

Half/full day white water rafting – US$160-170 (Zambezi rafting is generally possible between June and January and is closed throughout the rest of the year) • Victoria Falls Bungee jumping – US$160 • Abseiling – US$55 • Gorge swing – US$95 • Microlight ride - 15 mins – US$155 • Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls (15 mins) – US$165 • Canoeing - full day – US$145 • Jet boat – US$120

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 36 to 36 - Chobe Area

We stay near Chobe National Park, home to the most diverse wildlife in Botswana. 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness, flood plains, forests and swamps supports all manner of animal and birdlife. To gain a different perspective on the park and to see the diversity of this incredible place, in the afternoon we have the option to board a boat for a cruise up the Chobe River to see the wildlife from a different viewpoint as the sun goes down. Game is common along the water’s edge; as we glide by you may see elephants, buffalos, kudu, bushback, hippo, giraffe and sable.

Located in north west Botswana, Chobe is a diverse area spanning from the border at the Chobe River, to the now dry Savute Channel and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area, the Savuti Marsh, the Linyanti Swamps and the dry hinterland and it is famous for having one of the largest game concentrations in the African continent.

The next day you will have the option to get up early to go out on a morning game drive. The park has a huge amount of game and our guides will ensure we track them so we can get up close and personal!

Please note: From the 1st of June 2017, you will be required to pay a Tourism Levy of U$30 when entering Botswana. This is payable by cash or credit card.

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours depending on border

Optional Excursions

Sunset game cruise -US$35-40

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 37 to 37 - Maun

Driving across the top edge of the Kalahari Desert we reach the town of Maun, where we will prepare for our optional excursion into the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest freshwater wetland.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 38 to 38 - Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a huge area of very slow flowing water fed by the Kavango River. The water fans out from the river into a labyrinth of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands before evaporating over the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

If you have chosen to pre book the optional excursion to the Okavango Delta then you will depart camp early and head to the polling station where you will board a hand-crafted mokoro (small boats with shallow drafts similar to canoes) and glide silently along the reed-fringed waterways, steered by stealthy polers who earn their living transporting travellers along the delta. If you have not booked to go to the Okavango Delta then you can enjoy free time around Maun.

We spend the night camping on small islands in the bush, with our exact camp spot determined by the water level and local conditions at the time. This campsite has no facilities and the polers will dig a communal toilet a safe distance from the camp. You will have a chance to swim in the delta, paddle the mokoros yourself and take walking safaris through the bush and you will share a delicious meal under the stars and around the campfire. The following morning, after another walking safari you will return to the mokoro station and from here you will have the opportunity to fly over the Delta if you choose to do so.

Optional Excursions

Bush camp in the Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride & walking safaris- US$189

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 39 to 39 - Maun

From the Delta you will then return to Maun for one more night where you will re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 40 to 40 - Divundu

Departing Maun we drive through Botswana towards Namibia and cross the border through a narrow strip of land known as the Caprivi Strip. Keep your eyes peeled as we drive through Mahango Game Reserve as you may be lucky enough to spot zebra, giraffe, gazelle and elephants among other wildlife

Please note: A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving to Namibia from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country. Please make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you for inspection by Namibian customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Game drive through Mahango Game Reserve

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 41 to 42 - Etosha National Park

We will spend two nights camping in or around Etosha National Park. Where possible we try to stay at the rest-camps inside the park for one or more nights. The campsites inside Etosha National Park have floodlit water holes, meaning that when park law restrictions limit us to our campsite in the evenings, it is still possible to view game at all hours -you can stay up all night if you wish, glimpsing wild animals coming down for a drink at the water's edge. All the campsites inside or outside of the park are very well equipped with great facilities providing us with a great base to explore the park on our full day game drive. Etosha National Park is one of the most memorable places you will visit on this trip.

Etosha National Park is one of the best places in Africa to spot cheetah and the endangered black rhino. Keep your camera lens ready for rare antelope species, the Burchell's zebra and black-faced impalas which roam the wild savannah. You may spot the odd giraffe or two chewing through thorny acacia trees in the woodland areas. Etosha National Park is a bird watcher's paradise with some 340 species inhabiting the park at different times of the year. For a short period after seasonal rains Etosha's vast salt pan is covered by a layer of water which attracts massive flocks of pelicans, flamingoes and other wading birds. While the pan is dry it is notable for the way it dramatically changes colour during the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Approximate Travel Time: Full day in the truck including Game Drive

Included Excursions

Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 43 to 43 - Kamanjab

This morning we leave the Etosha area and make our way towards Kamanjab where we stay for the night at the famous Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. You have the option to to get close to these beautiful creatures which have been rescued, on an optional tour around the reserve. In Kamanjab you also have the opportunity visit a local Himba Tribe where orphaned children are looked after by the village. Himba children are the only children in Namibia culturally excused from attending school and they are raised traditionally by the elders of the village. Donations to the community are accepted and must be given to your guide.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours stopping along the way

Optional Excursions

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park - $N70 (Namibian Dollars) • Himba Tribe visit

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 44 to 44 - Windhoek

Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. At an elevation of 1650 metres, Windhoek lies in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. This is the only city in Namibia and is home to a population over 250,000 inhabitants.

You will notice the strong German influence here. German is still widely spoken and it is common to find traditional breads, sausage, and other delicacies, they even hold annual beer festivals! 

No tourists visit to Windhoek is complete without paying a visit to Joe’s Beerhouse, a bar and restaurant providing a mix of warm Namibian and German hospitality. This place is full of old relics from ‘Joe’s’ travels and creates a great atmosphere for socialising and reminiscing about your journey so far. Here you can also opt to sample some delicious game meats or try out one of the many craft beers on offer.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 45 to 47 - Swakopmund

We will then head to Swakopmund, a historic German colonial town surrounded by desert situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast. It is Namibia's most popular holiday destination. Once in Swakopmund, we have two full days to fuel your thirst for an adrenaline rush with a range of optional excursions available. The town has a selection of good bars and restaurants, and you can spend the evening watching videos of activities you did during the day over a cold locally brewed beer or two. It's a great place for a few nights and a lot of fun.

Approximate Travel Time: Day 11 is a full day stopping along the way

Included Excursions

Stop off at Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn

Optional Excursions

Sunset Boat Cruise – From US$15 • Quad Bike Tour – From US$35 • Camel Ride – From US$20pp • Sandboarding – From US$30 • Tandem Skydiving- US$210

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 48 to 48 - Sesriem

Today we have a scenic drive through some beautiful mountainous areas and through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, famous for its giant sand dunes, on our way to Sesriem. We drive towards the tropic of Capricorn where we make a stop so that you can get that obligatory picture with the sign before having our lunch stop at Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of Central Namibia. Once we've at Sesriem arrived, you can go on a walk through the Sesriem Canyon in the late afternoon. An amazing variety of wildlife has adapted to the harsh conditions here and you may see rock pigeon, crow, starling and owl, along with various species of lizard.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight Hours

Included Excursions

Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 49 to 49 - Fish River Canyon

This morning we wake up early in Sesriem to reach Dune 45 before sunrise and hike to the top of the dune to watch the sun rise over them. The copper in the sand dunes creates a beautiful red glow unlike any sunrise seen before. We have time to explore Sossussvlei and Deadvlei where the dark camel thorn trees against the white floor make for superb photos

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours

Included Excursions

Dune 45,Fish River Canyon National Park

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 50 to 50 - Orange River

We continue south to Orange River, known locally as Gariep, which runs along the border of Namibia and South Africa. On the way we visit Fish River Canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the world's largest canyons and it is quite breathtaking in its immensity and is rivaled only by the Grand Canyon in North America for sheer grandeur. We will park at the viewpoint overlooking the canyon and from there you can take several short easy walks around the top, stopping along the way for photos.

The Fish River running through the bottom of the canyon is one of Namibia's few permanent rivers and while the flow is seasonal, beautiful turquoise pools can be seen in the distance during the dry season. As you walk and enjoy the colours of the strata and rugged scenery, you may be lucky enough to spot hardy mountain animals in the distance, as well as numerous bird species. Weather depending we will have lunch at the viewpoint.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 51 to 51 - Cederberg

On our way to Cape Town we will travel via the Cederberg Wilderness Area with its rugged landscape crisscrossed by streams, waterfalls, cool pools and amazing natural rock sculptures. Here you have the option to do a wine tasting tour as we spend a night on a local vineyard.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Optional Excursions

Wine tasting – 100 ZAR

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 52 to 52 - Cape Town

Situated on the south western tip of Africa and set between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

There are dozens of amazing sightseeing opportunities to enjoy in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. You can tackle a trek up Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for spectacular views of the city. If you have a good head for heights you can enjoy the scenery looking over Camps Bay then rather than taking the cable car, abseil 112 metres down again, but obviously this option is not one for the faint hearted!

The V&A Waterfront is the very epitome of African chic and offers a unique shopping and entertainment environment where you can soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Be sure to sample some of South Africa's famous wines with dinner and sit back with a hot cup of rooibos herbal tea afterwards.

From Cape Town, you can visit Robben Island where former South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was incarcerated among other political prisoners. Once a blight on the nation's history, the island is now seen as a national symbol of triumph over adversity and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you want to arrange this activity, it is advised that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Just 60 kilometres away from the centre of Cape Town you can visit Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The peninsula is a largely unspoilt wilderness and home to several species of antelope, including the eland, as well as many beautiful plants species. There are two lighthouses on Cape Point which can be reached by a funicular known affectionately as the Flying Dutchman.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Optional Excursions

Table Mountain – From US$20 • Wine Tasting Tour – From US$60 • Robben Island (Weather dependent) – US$30

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 53 to 53 - Depart Cape Town

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

About this tour

This tour is specifically for people aged 20 to 40. You will be travelling on board our overland truck and staying in a mixture of camping, hotels and hostels. This tour is of a participatory nature and requires travellers to participate in the shopping, cooking of meals and setting up the tents whilst at campsites.

Group Size

There is a maximum of 34 travellers with an average group size of 15-24. For more information about our Adventures for 20s & 30s please click here.

Local Payment

The Local Payment helps us to keep your tour price as low as possible. It is a non-refundable, fixed amount which is paid to your Tour Leader in US dollars on the first day of your tour and goes towards its smooth running. The money is put straight back into the local economy, often to small suppliers in remote locations without banking facilities. Having this flexibility means we can stay in out-of-the-way places which benefit you as well as the local community.

The local payment amount is found on the tour price page and will be printed on your invoice and tour voucher. You are required to pay the local payment that is current at the time of your tour’s departure. This amount may change throughout the year and we advise clients to check your specific tour page on our website for the current amount if you are unsure about this. It can be very difficult to obtain US$ in some South American and African countries and virtually impossible in others, so we recommend organising your local payment before you arrive for your tour.

Please note: The local payment must be paid in high denomination notes only (100s, 50s, 20s). The notes must be crisp with no tears or markings and should be no older than 2005.

Joining your tour

Your joining location is:

Karen Camp
Marula Lane (off Karen Road)
Karen
Nairobi

Tel: (+254) 723314053
booking@karencamp.com
www.karencamp.com

If you book pre-tour accommodation, you will be staying in cabins or rooms. From day one of your tour you will be staying in tented accommodation.

Karen Camp serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant/ bar (breakfast is not included) or you can take a taxi (or wander) up the road to Karen where there are several restaurants and coffee shops, please ask at the bar for details. You should remember when in the city to always keep your camera concealed when not in use and carry daypacks on your front for extra safety.

Arriving in Nairobi

Ensure you have your onward flight ticket, tour voucher and travel itinerary on your person when arriving at immigration. We recommend that you obtain some Kenyan Shillings at Nairobi International Airport. There is a Barclays bank and ATM on your left hand side as you exit the arrivals area. The ATM is available 24 hours and Barclays are open 6am-10pm. There is also the Taipan FX bureau which gives a better rate if you are changing cash or travellers cheques; they are open 8am-5pm daily. At both Barclays and the Taipan you will need your purchase receipt if you are changing traveller’s cheques.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are not included in the tour price and must be booked separately in advance through Tucan Travel. If you have booked an airport/hotel transfer with us, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, Tucan Travel, or both after exiting the customs hall.

If you have booked an arrival transfer with us and you are going to be delayed by more than two hours, you must advise us of the delay at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense. Please contact us on the emergency contact address below if you are likely to be delayed.

Contact your arrival transfer - arranged through Karen Camp Phone: +254733913109
Any other emergencies +254720980554
Contact: Smiley

Making your own way

If you would prefer to make your own way to and from the joining camp, you can book transport though them and they will provide a transfer for between US$25 and US$30 for up to four people. The joining camp is situated quite a distance from the airport and can be a little difficult to find, so if you do not book a transfer then please research the camp's location before arriving. Airport taxis in Nairobi can work out to be expensive.

Emergency Contact Details

In the unlikely event of an emergency you can contact the number below. Please bear in mind that your tour leader or other crew members should be your first port of call.

Africa Destination Manager: +44 (0)7775 532808

Keeping in Touch

Wifi may be available at some hotels, but the quality of internet in Africa is of varying quality and is often unreliable. If someone needs to contact you urgently during your tour, the best method is to contact our office who can pass a message on to the tour leader.

Optional Accommodation Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades at campsites and room upgrades at hostels are often available during your tour, subject to availability. Upgrade prices vary usually between - US$5-$35 per person and can only be booked locally with the assistance of your tour leader. Upgrades are optional so please consider them in advance as part of your budget.

Money

Your spending money should cover some meals, optional excursions, souvenirs, drinks, laundry, border and airport taxes and any visas obtained locally. We provide guideline prices for optional excursions in the itinerary to help you budget, but ultimately the amount you will need to budget for your trip very much depends on your individual requirements. We recommend bringing extra money to cover emergencies or unexpected situations.

It can be difficult to obtain US dollars in Africa, so please ensure you obtain enough cash to cover your visas and optional excursions before you travel. Local operators do not accept any notes that are marked, torn or older than the year 2002 and you may have difficulty exchanging these notes elsewhere in Africa, so please check your cash carefully at the point of purchase. While bank cards provide a very good way to access funds overall, it is not recommended to rely on them as your sole source of funds as cash machines do not always work and may not be available in remote locations. Carry a mix of cards and cash with you, including notes in small denominations.

Tipping

While tipping is part of the culture in Africa, you should not feel obliged or pressured to tip. A gratuity of 10% of the total bill is recommended in restaurants. Gratuities are usually expected for local guides on included and optional excursions. Tips are also appreciated by Tucan Travel tour leaders at the end of your tour and we recommend an average of $2-$4 per person per day for the duration of your tour. This is only if you feel that their service was up to standard and is completely at your own discretion.

Packing List

The best advice when packing is to travel light and leave space for souvenirs in your bag.

Luggage

We recommend a frameless backpack or a sports type shoulder bag as they are less bulky and easier to handle than rigid suitcases or framed backpacks. Hardcase/Hardshell suitcases are not suitable for our tours and are not recommended. Generally your luggage is kept in the overland truck or your tent, but in some major cities and towns you will be staying in hotels and hostels and you will need to be able to carry your bag some distance. Tucan Travel takes no responsibility for damage to your luggage while on tour.

In addition to your main bag, you will need a small daypack for your everyday excursions. Try to keep this bag as light as possible and make sure that all main sections of your bags can be padlocked. This daypack should have enough room to carry food and snacks for long hikes and treks and space to carry belongings for overnight excursions.

Please note: For tours where internal flights are included, luggage regulations are subject to the local airline. Luggage restrictions may be a maximum of 15kg. You will have to pay for any luggage charges above 20kg.

Sleeping Bags and Mats

Sleeping bags and sleeping mats are essential on all Africa Adventures for 20s & 30s. A sleeping bag liner is also a good idea to keep your sleeping bag clean and use as a sheet when the weather is hot. The weather in Africa can be varied and is not always as warm as you may think, especially in areas that are at higher altitude, so a warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) is recommended.

Therm-a-rest self inflating mattresses are comfortable and provide protection against the cold ground, while foam roll mats are compact, inexpensive and have similar features. Avoid air mattresses as these can be bulky and puncture easily.

Clothes and Footwear

We recommend packing lightweight and durable clothes. Nights can be cold at higher altitude (Serengeti National Park, parts of Kenya and the Drakensberg region) and in southern Africa in winter, so it is a good idea to bring at least one pair of warm trousers plus several thinner sweaters / fleeces which you can layer. Please avoid military or camouflage-patterned clothing as it can cause problems and in some countries may be illegal.

Good, comfortable walking shoes are essential. These do not need to be expensive boots, but they should have good ankle support and grip, be worn in and ideally waterproof.

When on safari, wear neutral colours to increase your chances of watching animals in their natural environment. Avoid blue or black clothing - these colours attract tsetse flies which deliver a painful sting. White clothes often do not stay that way for long and clothing will likely get dirty, so it is best to bring clothes that are easy to wash and that you won’t mind getting ruined.

Essential items:

  • A lightweight water/windproof jacket with hood
  • East to pack wide-brimmed hat of cap
  • Towel - you will need a towel for most overnight excursions and while camping
  • Swimwear
  • Sandals or thongs/jandals/flip flops

Suggested items:

  • Money belt
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch or flashlight
  • Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
  • Wet wipes
  • Plenty of spare memory cards for your camera
  • Travel games, cards and a couple of paperbacks
  • Toilet paper (best to carry a roll with you at all times and/or tissues)
  • Small medical kit with diarrhoea remedy, rehydration salts, antiseptic cream, sterile dressings, plasters, bandages, pain-killers, safety pins etc.
  • Plastic bags for waterproofing
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Binoculars
  • Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
  • Insect repellent (DEET 35% min) and bite cream
  • Antibactarial hand clensing gel
  • Ear plugs and sleep mask
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Hard drive or USB stick to back up your photos
  • As gifts for local children - pens, coloured pencils, small notepads. To discourage a begging mentality we recommend that you try to give these gifts at schools or childcare centres rather than on the street.

Laundry

Most campsites and towns have laundry and drying facilities, but these are often basic with laundry done by hand and hung outside on a line. For this reason drying clothes can be tricky in the wet season. Many hotels have laundry service but they are generally expensive, so it is best to do most of your laundry whilst at campsites. Hotels generally do not allow guests to wash and dry clothing in their rooms.

Electricity supply

The power supply in Africa is approx. 240 volts; electricity is often provided by a generator and can be erratic. In Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi electricity is 240 volts and the sockets are the three pin rectangular British-style. In Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, sockets are either two or three pin, and round or flat. We recommend bringing a universal plug adaptor with you. You can also charge your iPods, MP3 players, laptops, cameras, etc using power boards aboard the overland truck, while travelling.

Health, Fitness & Safety

Altitude Sickness

Some of our tours in Africa reach dizzying heights and sometimes people can be affected by altitude sickness. For more information please read our High Altitude guide as well as consulting your doctor if you are worried you may be affected.

Vaccinations

It is important to consult your doctor or travel clinic in good time before your tour departs to determine what vaccinations you require. You may need several vaccinations and/or malaria tablets and you should be aware that some inoculations require more than one visit and can take several weeks to administer. Always carry your International Certificate of Vaccination with your passport.

For areas with malaria, make sure you pack sufficient prophylactics for the duration of your tour and the incubation period after. Some countries prevent entry for travellers without a valid Yellow Fever certificate. This must be acquired before departure and takes ten days for your body to build up a resistance. This certificate must be taken with you on your tour with a photocopy stored somewhere safe.

Pack a Medical Kit

A medical kit is handy for minor wounds and ailments. In areas with limited or dubious medical facilities, an emergency medical kit containing sterile syringes is also advisable. By law our staff are not allowed to administer first aid or give drugs to travellers, so please be prepared with your own supplies.

If you are taking medication, please ensure you bring an adequate supply and a letter from your doctor to avoid potential issues at border crossings.

Fitness & Suitability

This is a participatory tour involving camping with basic facilities at times. Disruptions are likely, and while your tour leader will make every effort to ensure your trip runs smoothly, patience, a sense of humour and willingness to get involved are essential ingredients for a successful and happy overland group.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions please let us know at the time you book or as early before departure as possible. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be asked to produce a medical certificate from your doctor approving your participation in this tour. While this would only happen in very exceptional circumstances, if we consider you incapable completing this tour or you have concealed an existing medical condition which is affecting your ability to participate in the tour of Tucan Travel reserve the right to turn you away without reimbursement.

Safety & Security

Africa is generally very safe, even more so in a group. Reasonable precaution is advised; do not bring valuable jewellery or watches (even fakes can catch the eye of a thief), do not walk by yourself at night, heed your tour leader’s advice and always keep an eye and a hand on your camera and bags in public places. Tucan Travel cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left in safe deposits in hotels or in our vehicles.

Bathrooms

In some countries it is customary to leave a gratuity of 20-50 cents when using public conveniences. An attendant may collect this or a dish/box will be left out. Our vehicles do not have toilets on board for hygiene and logistical reasons. This may mean roadside toilet stops on travel days and our crew always try and stop in isolated areas with as much privacy as possible if this is necessary.

 

Documents

Passport

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after you have finished your tour with sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps. Photocopy your passport, leaving one copy at home and taking one with you on tour. If you lose your passport while on tour, you will be responsible for any expenses incurred such as extra accommodation and transport while replacing your passport and will not be entitled to a refund of any unused portion of your tour.

Tour Documents

Before you depart you will be issued with some travel documents for your tour and separate travel documents for any extra services such as airport transfers and pre/post tour accommodation. Please print these out and bring them with you. These Tour Notes are updated regularly, so we recommend checking our website for the latest version just prior to the start of your tour.

Final Balance

The balance for your tour is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of your tour and no tour documents will be issued until this is received. In addition please send the following details at least 60 days before you depart:

  • Passport number, date of issue, date of expiry, nationality and place of issue
  • Your full name and date of birth
  • Flight arrival details in your starting city
  • Special requirements, e.g. special dietary requirements or allergies

Please let us know if you are travelling with another person on the tour but have made separate bookings and we will endeavour to make suitable rooming arrangements.

Visas

All countries have visa requirements that are subject to change at short notice. A general guideline for visa requirements is available here: http://www.tucantravel.com/before-you-go/visa-guide, but you must check with your local embassy or consulate for the very latest visa requirement information based on your nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all necessary visas for your tour. If you would like help applying for visas, we have recommended visa agencies on our visa page that we work with regularly.

Important things to check when applying for visas:

  • Does the validity of the visa cover the duration of your time spent in the country?
  • Do you require a single or multiple entry visa(s) for your tour?
  • Are you required to show additional documentation when you arrive in a country? (Examples include proof of onward travel and travel itinerary)

Some visas are only valid for entry within three months of the date of issue which means. If you are spending extensive time in a country before or after your tour, you must obtain the relevant visa during your tour. If it is necessary for you to obtain any visas en-route, please contact Tucan Travel or your Adventure Specialist and inform your tour leader at the start of the tour. If you do not have the appropriate visas, Tucan Travel will not reimburse any expenses incurred in acquiring visas or any unused portion of the tour.

It is best to apply for visas in your home country if possible. If applying for visas by post, please allow plenty of time before departure and send your application by registered mail. Postal applications tend to be given a lower priority than in person applications and can take longer to process.

Special Note: If you have dual nationality it is advised not to obtain different visas in different passports. Although this may sometimes be cheaper, you may encounter problems at border crossings if your exit stamps from one country are not the same as your visa for the next.

Travel Insurance Policy

Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours. You must be adequately insured for medical, hospital, baggage and personal expenses, any necessary extra travel (rejoining tour or repatriation) as well as curtailment and cancellation.

We strongly recommend that all clients carry a copy of their full policy document with them at all times, together with any certificate showing the policy number and emergency contact details. Your tour leader will also ask for a photocopy of your insurance document, so please take this to the pre-departure meeting at the start of your tour. You will not be able to commence your tour unless you can provide proof of insurance to your tour leader.

Document Checklist

  • Tour Documents & Documents for extra services
  • Passport (with photocopies of information pages and visas)
  • Tour Notes
  • Cash & credit/debit cards (best to take a mixture and more than one card in case one does not work)
  • Travel Insurance Certificate and photocopy for tour leader
  • Travel consultant's phone number and email address
  • Proof of onward travel, ie airline ticket

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are not operated by Tucan Travel and while every effort is made prices may not be up-to-date and are intended as a general guide to help you budget for your trip. Prices for vehicle-based excursions such as game drives are approximate based on the number of participants and the actual price may vary depending on group size.

Sufficient safety equipment such as protective helmets and life jackets are sometimes not available or the standard may vary between destinations. Tucan Travel is unable to provide this equipment. This is particularly the case for activities such as horse-riding, caving, white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, canyoning and other similar optional excursions. If you intend to participate in an optional excursion you may like to consider bringing your own safety gear.

Excursions are run by a local operator or third party with both Tucan Travel and the Tour Leader acting as a booking agent only. Optional activities are not part of the tour and Tucan Travel’s booking conditions do not apply to them. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance for the excursions you intend to take part in and Tucan Travel is not liable for any injuries incurred.

Responsible Travel

We work hard to ensure our tours are sustainably and ethically run. You can read our responsible travel policy and advice on how you can travel responsibly here: http://www.tucantravel.com/about-us/responsible-travel.

Meet Up

Our free Meet Up app, available on Facebook,  is an opportunity to chat with others passengers before you depart or keep in touch when you arrive back from tour. Information on the app is available here: http://www.tucantravel.com/before-you-go/meet-up

Extras Services

On many of our Group Tours, we spend one night in our arrival and departure cities. If you want to explore these cities more we can extra accommodation for you and airport transfers to ensure you catch your flight in time. We also have a Tailor-made Team who can design trips specifically for you, should you want something slightly different. See here: https://www.tucantravel.com/travel-styles/tailor-made-tours

Illegal Drugs

The possession or use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our tours. When overseas you are subject to local laws and the penalties for breaking these laws can be harsh. In order to safeguard the interests of the group as a whole, our tour leaders have been instructed to insist that any person found with illegal drugs leave the tour immediately – without refund. The tour leader’s decision on this matter is final. If you need to carry certain drugs with you for purposes of medication, please inform your tour leader and ensure that you carry a copy of your prescription or letter from your doctor.