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Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari

15 Days, Nairobi to Arusha
Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari

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Led by a certified safari guide, this 15-day tour will bring you to the famous wildlife habitats of both Tanzania and Kenya. Descend into the Great Rift Valley and the Ng read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (Simple hotels (4 nts), full-service camping (8 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts).
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (private minibus/shuttle, 7-seat 4x4 safari van, 7-seat 4x4 safari land cruiser).
  • Samburu entrance, game drives, and village visit
  • Lake Nakuru game drive
  • Masai Mara game drives
  • Mto wa Mbu guided village tour with local lunch
  • Masai village visit and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project
  • Serengeti game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater game drive
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 90-105 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Nairobi
Day 2 Nairobi/Samburu Game Reserve
Day 3 Samburu Game Reserve
Day 4 Samburu Game Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 6 Lake Nakuru National Park/Masai Mara
Day 7 Masai Mara
Day 8 Masai Mara/Nairobi
Day 9 Nairobi/Arusha
Day 10 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu
Day 11 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park
Day 12 Serengeti National Park
Day 13 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro
Day 14 Ngorongoro/Arusha
Day 15 Depart Arusha
Departures
  • Mar
    2017
  • Jul
    2017
  • Aug
    2017
  • Oct
    2017
  • Nov
    2017
  • Dec
    2017
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Fri, 10 Mar '17
  • Fri, 24 Mar '17
  • Sun, 09 Jul '17
  • Sun, 23 Jul '17
  • Sun, 20 Aug '17
  • Sun, 03 Sep '17
  • Sun, 01 Oct '17
  • Sun, 15 Oct '17
  • Fri, 24 Nov '17
  • Fri, 08 Dec '17
  • Fri, 15 Dec '17
  • Fri, 29 Dec '17
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Nairobi
  • Samburu
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Masai Mara
  • Arusha
  • Mto Wa Mbu Village
  • Serengeti
  • Ngorongoro
  • DAY 1 Arrive Nairobi

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Nairobi/Samburu Game Reserve

    Travel to Samburu National Reserve in time for an afternoon game drive. Visit a Samburu village en route.

    Depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people, passing Mt Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain (5199m/17,060ft).

    Just outside the national reserve, visit a local Samburu village. Similar in appearance to the Masai but less known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. 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 to many species rarely found elsewhere.

    Enjoy an afternoon game drive in search of the northern species of game that are not seen south of the equator, such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx and Somali ostrich.

    Safari vehicle
    Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve 7h-8h 365km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Samburu Village Visit
    Samburu Game 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 distinct from the Masai. They too are semi-nomadic who herd cattle, goat and occasionally camels. The men have more than one wife; each lives in her own hut within a family compound. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the beauty and colour of the layers of bead necklaces and bracelets, the red clay braids of the warriors, and the contrast of their bright cloth wraps against the African savanna.

    Samburu Game Reserve Game Drive
    Samburu Game Reserve
    Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search for Africa's Big Five, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Samburu Game Reserve

    Spend a full day game viewing in search of the Big Five.

    Head out in search of the Big Five- elephant, lion, black rhino, leopard, and buffalo - as well as the long-necked gerenuk, a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes.

    Samburu Game Reserve Game Drive
    Samburu Game Reserve Full Day
    Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search for Africa's Big Five, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Samburu Game Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park

    Descend into the Great Rift Valley enjoying stunning views of the escarpment on the way.

    Nakuru, meaning "dusty place" in the Masai language, is a cheerful and vibrant agricultural town with a variety of colourful local Markets.

    Camp outside the town at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, the area's principal highlight and best 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.

    Safari vehicle
    Samburu Game Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park 7h-8h 348km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Lake Nakuru National Park

    Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park, in search of the resident black rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

    Lake Nakuru Game Drive
    Lake Nakuru National Park Full Day
    Search for the endangered and now protected black rhino, buffalo, impala, hyena, and even lion and leopard on the game drive in this renowned game park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Lake Nakuru National Park/Masai Mara

    Travel to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Search for the Big Five on an afternoon game drive.

    Depart for the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to this reserve.

    Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at the permenant tented camp, the base for exploring the Mara.

    Head into the reserve for an afternoon game drive.

    Safari vehicle
    Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara 7h-8h 368km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai Mara Afternoon
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Masai Mara

    Opt to go for a balloon safari for a new perspective over the beautiful landscape.

    Optional Activities
    Balloon Safari

    Masai Mara
    450 USD per person
    Head off into the darkness of the very early morning and climb into the basket of a hot air balloon. Watch the pilot ignite the burners and take flight over the savanna of the Masai Mara. Spend an hour drifting over the grasslands, get a bird's eye view of wildlife grazing, as the sun also rises. Bring a hat to protect your head from the heat of the burners.

    Enjoy a day of game drives. Opt to take to the skies on a balloon safari.

    Rise early for a game drive during the best time to spot wildlife and criss-cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. With a full day to explore the area, we can cover a lot of ground. With time, visit the Mara River area.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai Mara Full Day
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Masai Mara/Nairobi

    Morning game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve before departing for Nairobi.

    Breathe in the fresh morning air as you enjoy the African sun as it rises over the savanna of the "Mara". Visit a watering hole while on a morning game drive, a perfect time and place for wildlife photography. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai Mara Morning
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino.

    Safari vehicle
    Masai Mara - Nairobi 7h 250km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Nairobi/Arusha

    Spend the day travelling to Tanzania.

    Journey across the border into Tanzania, arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in the afternoon. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, and have another night in the comfort of a hotel. Upon arrival into Arusha, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers starting the Tanzania portion of the trip.

    Shuttle
    Nairobi - Arusha 7h-8h 290km
    Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride.

    Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania)
    Namanga
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

    Experience the Mto wa Mbu village with a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. View wildlife on a game drive.

    Travel to Mto wa Mbu village and take part in a cultural walk to learn about village life in the area. Meet the women who run the village tours and enjoy a delicious home made traditional lunch.

    Spend the afternoon viewing wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park.

    This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a gorgeous backdrop. Search for the phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.

    The afternoon is spent game viewing along the main road that winds through a lush cool forest overgrown with ficus trees covered with bromeliads.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
    Arusha - Mto wa Mbu 2h-3h 130km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Mto wa Mbu Village Cultural Walk
    Mto wa Mbu
    The village has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two-hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture.

    Lake Manyara National Park Safari
    Lake Manyara National Park Afternoon
    This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park's phenomenal bird life (including raptors), tree-climbing lions, elephant, zebra, hippo, baboons, and buffalo. Look up and see some of the more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and storks.

    Beyond wildlife, Lake Manyara NP is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking, with the open plains, huge escarpment, central alkaline lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa". (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park

    Visit an authentic Masai village and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove Project en route to the Serengeti.

    Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park. En route marvel at the sheer vastness of this territory, and spot the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-accented savanna.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
    Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park 5h-6h 220km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Planeterra Clean Cookstove Project Visit
    Mto wa Mbu
    Visit a Masai village in the Monduli District and witness the benefits of the Planeterra Clean Cookstove Project. In Tanzania, 95% of people rely on cooking with wood and coal. Women and girls spend hours walking to collect wood every day (making them vulnerable to assault and unable to use their time to go to school). Indoor smoke from open-fire stoves causes cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, blindness and burns. Take a guided tour of these villages and meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes) and observe (or get your hands dirty!) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. See the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Masai villagers, especially the women. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Serengeti National Park

    Optional Activities
    Serengeti Balloon Safari

    Serengeti National Park
    539 USD per person
    Head off into the darkness of the very early morning and climb into the basket of a hot air balloon. Watch the pilot ignite the burners and take flight over the Serengeti savannah. As the sun rises, spend an hour drifting over the grasslands and grazing wildlife. You might want to bring a hat as it sometimes gets warm from the burner's heat. Enjoy a champagne breakfast once you land.

    Rise early for a morning game drive, returning in time for lunch. Continue the search for the Big Five in the afternoon while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.

    Serengeti National Park Safari
    Serengeti National Park Full Day
    This is the reason you came to Africa. Recharge your camera, grab your binoculars and set out on safari. The eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife - zebra, wildebeest, lions, elephants, buffaloes and more. Tanzania's Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya's reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

    Take a morning game drive in the Serengeti before getting a spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater from its rim.

    Enjoy one last morning game drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savanna.

    After, journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best game viewing. The vistas from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

    Arrive at the campsite on the crater rim in the evening.

    Serengeti National Park Safari
    Serengeti National Park Morning
    This is the reason you came to Africa. Recharge your camera, grab your binoculars and set out on safari. The eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife - zebra, wildebeest, lions, elephants, buffaloes and more. Tanzania's Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya's reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
    Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro 4h 160km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 14 Ngorongoro/Arusha

    Head out for a morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

    Embark on a early morning crater tour. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. After this fabulous experience within the crater, head back to Arusha.

    Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive
    Ngorongoro Crater
    Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Masai herdsmen appear in the morning mist. Our driver/guide takes us down into the crater and heads to all the best spots to view wildlife. Watch for zebra, gazelles, buffalo, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, black rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the savanna.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
    Ngorongoro - Arusha 3h-4h 200km
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Depart Arusha

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 90-105 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 14 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 4.50% payable to Govt. of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. CAMPING SERVICE
    The idea of camping in Africa can be a daunting one. For those not accustomed to 'roughing it' for a few days 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 such a trip can entail. When camping we are exposed to the elements, and whilst 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 bugs. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience which will allow you to get up close to the beautiful nature that Africa has to offer. 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, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. Please note drinking water, ice, and fire wood are not provided but can be bought locally with the assistance of the Chief Experience Officer.


  10. SLEEPING BAGS
    Sleeping bags cannot be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips


  11. MIGRATION
    Tanzania and Kenya
    The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the 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 Game 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.


  12. TRAVEL DAYS
    This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in both Kenya and Tanzania. A safari is about travelling to see animals, so we cover long distances south from Kenya and around northern Tanzania to visit different game parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing game 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 abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.


  13. COMBO TRIP
    Please note that this tour is a combination of two G Adventures tours in two different countries. Due to local regulations, your local staff (driver/guide, cook) and vehicles will change halfway through the trip, and your group CEO and fellow passengers may also change between the Kenyan and Tanzanian sections of the trip.


  14. YELLOW FEVER
    A Yellow Fever certificate is required if you are traveling to Kenya from a Yellow Fever endemic country. These certificates are required not only for passengers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission but also those who may have transited through such countries. Incoming passengers who do not have the Certificate and are required to have it will be vaccinated at the Airport if they wish to enter the country. The cost of the vaccination is 1,000 Kenyan Shillings.


  15. 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 centres, 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.


  16. FLYING THROUGH LONDON-HEATHROW TO EAST AFRICA?
    Please note that regardless of the rules in other centres, travellers 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.


  17. ELECTRICITY
    The power supply in Kenya and Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.


  18. EXTRAS
    Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.



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