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      • Hotels: Camping and Hotels

      • 06/26/2024 - 07/04/2024

      • Max Participants: 14

      • 9 Days / 8 Nights


      From dramatic savannas to the Great Rift Valley, experience Kenya. Travel the vast open plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour the wilderness for Africa’s Big Five. Full-service camping under the big African sky will bring you closer to the wildlife and get you off the beaten path so you can really experience the region's unique wildlife, landscapes, and cultures. Our small safari vans minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on Earth.

      proceeds north to Samburu and then southwest to Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. While returning to Nairobi to end the tour, there is a G for Good stop (the Café Ubuntu Farm-to-Table Lunch).

      Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival must take a COVID-19 antigen test. Travelers who test COVID-19 positive must take a COVID-19 PCR test at their own cost. Travelers must wear masks on personal service vehicles, aircraft, and in health centers, offices, supermarkets, markets, and places of worship.

      What's Included:
      • Samburu village visit and wildlife safari drives
      • Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park
      • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
      • Café Ubuntu Farm-to-Table Lunch, Maai Mahiu
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, certified safari driver/guide, camp crew
      • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners – allow $60-80 USD for meals not included
      • Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), permanent tented camps (2 nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by 7-seat 4x4 safari van
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Arrival and departure airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Nairobi at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Africa at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Nairobi before and/or after the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another.

      Depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people, passing Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest mountain (17,000+ ft). Just outside the national reserve, meet the locals in a traditional village in the Samburu area and learn more about their way of life. The Samburu people are related to but culturally distinct from the Masai. Like the Masai, the Samburu are semi-nomadic and herd cattle, goats, and occasionally camels. The men often have multiple wives who each live in separate huts within a family compound. See how the beautiful colors of bead necklaces and bracelets, the red clay braids of the warriors, and their bright clothing contrast with the colors of the African savanna. Watch traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The walk within the village is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community. Continue to Samburu National Reserve, a wildlife haven for many species rarely found anywhere else. Enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in search of African elephants, big cats, and some more unique wildlife found only in this northern region of Kenya. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by safari vehicle

      Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in search of animals such as the beisa (East African oryx), Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, the majestic reticulated giraffe, and the long-necked gerenuk, a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes.

      Travel to Nakuru, meaning “dusty place” in the Maasai language. It is a cheerful and vibrant agricultural town with a variety of colorful local markets. Camp outside the town at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, the area’s main natural attraction. Time and weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to visit a local tea farm and see how the tea is grown, picked, and produced. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by safari vehicle

      Search for, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on a wildlife safari drive in the renowned Lake Nakuru National Park. Head to the shores of the lake to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white-winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

      Depart for the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at the permanent tented camp, our base for exploring the Mara. Head into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and animal noises. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to this reserve. Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats—cheetahs, leopards, and lions—as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebras that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs by safari vehicle

      Go for a morning wildlife safari during the best time to spot animals, and crisscross the rolling hills of the African savanna. With a full day to explore the area, we can cover a lot of ground. If time allows, visit the Mara River area. Opt to rise before dawn and go for an hour-long balloon safari for a new perspective over the beautiful landscape. Fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara, and then toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast when you land. If you pre-book the balloon safari, you will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have spectacular views from above.

      Enjoy one last opportunity to spot the Big Five, and then travel back to Nairobi. Along the way, visit the Ubuntu Café for lunch in the rural settlement of Maai Mahiu. A true social enterprise in the heart of Kenya, this initiative empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supporting pediatric health and education programs in the region. Enjoy a delicious, organic farm-to-table lunch of quality coffee, breakfast tacos, soup, salad, freshly made pizzas, curry dishes, and burritos. Once you arrive in Nairobi, there will be some time to buy local handicrafts or check out a bit of the city. Approximate travel time: 5.5-6.5 hrs by safari vehicle

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Nairobi at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Nairobi, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.


      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Kenya
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. CAMPING SERVICE: The thought of camping in Africa can be a daunting. If you are not accustomed to "roughing it" for a few days, know that we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served, and the washing up is done by G Adventures staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be worried about the challenges that a trip like this one can entail. When camping, we are exposed to the elements, and while there are times when the weather is fine and temperatures are pleasant, there may be days when it is foggy, rainy and cool. In certain locations, there may also be a number of insects. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience that will allow you to get up close to the wildlife and natural landscapes. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply canvas dome tents with built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses are also available and are approximately 4cm thick, warm, and comfortable. Please note that drinking water, ice, and fire wood are not provided but can be bought locally with the assistance of the tour leader.
      2. SLEEPING BAGS: Sleeping bags cannot be rented on any of our Africa safari trips
      3. MIGRATION: The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the Serengeti National Park and extend into the western Ngorongoro Conservation Area, form the main ungulate calving grounds of the Serengeti. The wildebeest typically disperse into the Seronera plains during the short rains, which fall in late November or early December, before calving in January, and staying put until the end of the long rains from January to early May. Towards the end of April the wildebeest start to congregate on the southern plains in the preparation for the 800km northward migration. The major obstacle faced by the wildebeest on this migration is the crossing for the Grumeti River through the western corridor, which typically occurs from June into early July. From July to October, the ungulates disperse again, with about half of them crossing the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve and the remainder spreading out through the northern and western Serengeti. By late October the animals have generally started to plod back southward to the Seronera Plains, to arrive there in late November when the cycle starts all over again.
      4. TRAVEL DAYS: This is not a physically demanding journey; however, traveling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in Kenya. A safari is about traveling to see animals, so we cover long distances to visit different wildlife parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing wildlife while driving in the parks. This translates to a lot of driving. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture, and the abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.
      5. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Nairobi does not arrive, especially with, but not exclusive to, major airlines out of London-Heathrow or Schiphol (Amsterdam). Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centers, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Nairobi, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Kenya. You may find that your tour will begin, and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Kenya are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour, and hire someone locally to persist with the your airline to retrieve your luggage. Your CEO or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement.
      6. FLYING THROUGH LONDON-HEATHROW TO EAST AFRICA: Please note that regardless of the rules in other centrer, travelers flying from, or connecting in, London-Heathrow are currently only permitted one carry-on piece of luggage and one small personal bag (purse, laptop-size bag, briefcase) on board on flights to Nairobi. If you arrive to the security gate with 2 pieces, you will be forced to check-in one of them, which may result in complications noted above. This policy is in place as of the time of writing, though local rules and regulations may indeed change. It is thus advisable to contact your airline directly for the most up-to-date information.
      7. ELECTRICITY: The power supply in Kenya is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.
      8. GOING TO TANZANIA TOO?: Our Kenya program lines up perfectly with our Tanzania program if you want to go on both. There are direct flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro International with Precision Air that take about one hour. A seat on a public shuttle bus (leaves daily at 8 am) can be pre-booked through GEEO/G Adventures and takes about 6 hours.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). To round out the team, you will be joined by an expert driver/guide and a camp cook. The CEO will be the group manager and leader who organizes the trip and will be there to assist you when needed. Your leader may be from East Africa or another country outside of the region and will have a general knowledge base of the region and wildlife. He/she will take care of the small things so you can concentrate on enjoying your adventure. Your driver/guide is a skilled and experienced driver and a certified safari guide and is an integral part of the team. In addition, your cook will prepare the camp meals to add some more local flavor to the trip.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and other activities that require an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy. You can opt out of the longer walks if you aren’t feeling up for them.
      When an evening meal is not included, your hotel will have a restaurant or you will be advised of a good local establishment. All camp meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. Shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, fresh vegetables and fruit will be bought along the route from supermarkets, local shops, and markets. Breakfasts will generally be cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches or salads. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Meals will be prepared by the crew with assistance from you if you would like to help cook, this is not compulsory. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water will be at your own expense.
      About our Transportation
      This trip is done in a private 7 seat 4×4 safari van. With sliding windows and a large pop-up roofs, these vans are designed for wildlife viewing. If there is a large group, 2 vehicles will be used, and the group will be split up. Speed governors set to 80 kph are used on all vehicles to ensure a safe driving speed. Please note for your own safety it is mandatory to wear your seat belt at all times when in a vehicle. All G Adventure vehicles are regularly serviced and follow a strict maintenance schedule. However given the long travel days and rough conditions of many of the roads in Africa, vehicles can and do breakdown on occasion. If such situations occur all drivers are trained mechanics and any vehicle issues are rectified as quickly as possible so as to not disrupt your trip. Your patience is requested if the vehicle you are traveling in happens to encounter a mechanical fault. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, traveling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor-quality, bumpy roads. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture, and wildlife are all well worth the experience.
      About Accommodation
      Camping in Kenya is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get an up-close experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, we stay at designated campsites inside of or nearby the national reserves and parks. These campsites are generally very basic, and we carry tents to pitch at the public campsites. The campsite in Samburu is a basic public camp run by the local council. There will be no electricity, with only gas lanterns in the evening and access to shared bathrooms with long drop toilets and cold showers. These first four nights will be spent in dome tents. At the Masai Mara, we will stay in a simple permanent tented camp. These are walk-in safari tents with single beds and mattresses. There is no electricity for lights or charging batteries. The facilities are basic, though there are flushing toilets and hot water (when the boiler is working). The thought of camping in Africa can be a daunting. If you are not accustomed to "roughing it" for a few days, know that we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served, and the washing up is done by G Adventures staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be worried about the challenges that a trip like this one can entail.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! An arrival transfer from the airport is not included for this program. Uber is available, and there are taxis at the airport to transfer you to the starting hotel for approximately $25-40 USD each way. If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer with us, look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign in the arrivals hall. The sign will not have your name on it – instead our driver will ask for your name as confirmation of your transfer with us. Enjoy your ride to Nairobi! The tour departs Nairobi in the morning of day 2, so we recommend that you plan to arrive in East Africa a day early in case you experience flight delays/cancellations.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS: G Adventures Local Office (Nairobi, Kenya) From outside Kenya: +254 727 208 832 From within Kenya: 0727 208 832 G Adventures Local Representative (Tanzania) During office hours, 9 am-5 pm local time: From outside Tanzania: +255 754 400 141 From within Tanzania: 0754 400 141 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999 AIRPORT TRANSFER: If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please call the local emergency contact numbers listed below for more information. For any issues relating to pre-booked transfers for Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, including delays or missed transfers, please contact our airport transfer operator: Phelix: +254 729 692 653 (from outside of Kenya) Phelix: 0729 692 653(from within Kenya)
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least three)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid test/antigen tests (at least 3 per week of travel)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Sleeping bag (it tends to be in the 50s F at night.)
      • Warm layers for the evening, early mornings (it gets cold at night!)
      • Light windproof/waterproof rain jacket
      • Sun hat
      • Personal clothing for weather in the 50’s to the 80’s – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you don't have to do laundry
      • At least one pair of long pants
      • Daypack (you will need one large enough to carry your possessions when camping—a collapsable duffel bag can be used instead)
      • Sturdy walking shoes (closed-toe suggested)
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Camp towel (important!)
      • Small flashlight or headlamp (important!)
      • Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Lightweight silk sleeping bag liner
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Water bottle
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags for wet clothing
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Hand washing of clothes can be done at campsites, as most have simple facilities for this purpose. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of string to use as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive at your overnight stop in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to dry completely. Your start/end hotel also has laundry service for a fee.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens need a visa to travel to Kenya. You must apply for an eVisa online prior to your departure for Kenya, as visas are not issued upon arrival. The single-entry eVisa costs $51 USD, and you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months. The processing time is usually only a few days, and the visa is only valid for travel within 3 months from the date of issue, so please be careful not to apply too early. Find more information here. IMPORTANT NOTE It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country. Please check in with your local consulate and health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (K or Ksh). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Your tour leader will inform you where you can exchange money throughout the tour and approximately how much cash you will need. Please note that due to past problems with forgery, USD notes that were issued prior to 2006 are not accepted in Africa. Large note (e.g, $50 or $100) can be difficult to change in some places but will provide the best exchange rate. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently. Credit cards can be used in major cities and towns, but please do not rely on them as a primary method of payment, because they are generally not widely accepted. Visa/Plus cards are the most widely accepted by businesses in East Africa; it can be more difficult to locate ATMs and businesses that accept Mastercard/Cirrus cards. If you normally use a Mastercard, we highly recommend that you also obtain a Visa card prior to departure. You should also be aware that when purchasing products or services on a credit card, a fee of 3%-10% often applies. Please note that in many areas, there may be occasional power-outages when there will be no electricity for hours at a time. In addition, ATMs outside of larger centers often run out of cash or can be out of order unexpectedly. These factors could affect your ability to access money from ATMs. As such, please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of foreign currency and debit/credit cards for cash advances is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
      Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Tipping is also one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the East African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal “thank you,” and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone who has served your entire group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope, which the tour can present to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). You may use the following as a guideline: CEO: $5 USD per day Driver: $5 USD per day Supply crew: $2-5 USD per day Local guides: $1 USD per couple of hours Restaurant/café servers: 10% of the cost of the bill
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (, which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins and ends in Nairobi. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Antananarivo, which usually means departing the U.S. 1-2 days prior. You may want to arrive in East Africa one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Nairobi any time on the final day of the program.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. Kenya uses Type G plugs, and their voltage is 230 Volts. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. The hotels on this trip can be pretty basic, and most nights are spent camping.
      • Your luggage must not exceed the dimensions we list in our packing list, so do not over-pack.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      In early summer in Kenya, the high temperatures are around 70-80°F – pleasantly warm but not suffocating. The evenings tend to get chilly, dropping to about 55°F.


      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $250-700 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,000-1,800 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      Roughly $100
      Airport transfers
      $30-80 USD
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $60-80 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Bomas of Kenya Tour: $26-65 USD per person This tour gives you a glimpse into the life of 42 different tribes of the country that make up Kenya's rich culture. Get a better understanding of village life by visiting homesteads and enjoy a display and sounds of folk dances performed. Entrance fee and hotel pick-up are included. Karen Blixen Museum: $34-73 USD per person Converted from the former home of pioneer coffee farmer and acclaimed writer Karen Blixen, this museum provides visitors insight into the life of a Danish settler in pre-Independence Kenya. Take a walk through the home, and magnificent gardens that provide a stunning view of the Ngong hills. Hotel pick-up and entrance fees are included. National Museum: $21-33 USD per person Take a stroll through this museum to get a better understanding of Kenya's rich heritage through a range of cultural and natural-history exhibits. Learn more about the region's bird population at the Birds of East Africa exhibit, a huge gallery of at least 900 stuffed specimens. Get a refreshing take on Kenyan history counterpoint to colonial historiographies at the Historia Ya Kenya display. Entrance fee and hotel pick-up are included. The Carnivore Restaurant: $51-82 USD per person Feast on a range of familiar and exotic meats roasted over an open-flame barbecue pit. Ever wanted to try ostrich or crocodile? Here's your chance to do so (at a world-renowned restaurant, at that). Price includes the price of a meal (without a beverage) and hotel pick-up. David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit: $26-65 USD per person Established in memory of the founder of Kenya's giant Tsavo East National Park, David Sheldrick, this organization strives to help save the lives of orphaned elephants before they are released back into the wild. Entrance fees assist in feeding and nurturing the animals. Railway Museum: $6 USD per person Adjacent to the Nairobi railway station, this museum contains exhibits from the East African Railways opened in 1971.
      Masai Mara
      Balloon Safari: $450 USD per person (you can pre-book this activity with us) The adventure begins just before dawn and lasts an hour in the sky. Fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara. Toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Please note that while single passengers can book this activity, the balloon will require a minimum of two passengers to take flight. In the rare case that this minimum is not reached by the time of your flight, passengers will be refunded for this activity. If you pre-book the Balloon Safari, your flight will be in the morning, and you will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have spectacular views from above.