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ABOUT AFRICA ANSWERS
Down Under Answers, a multi-award-winning wholesaler since 1992 is excited to
introduce our new brand, Africa Answers. We want to offer you the same highly
personalized service, attention to detail and the passion of our experienced and
knowledgeable Destination Specialists as with our South Pacific destinations.
Africa Answers has its roots firmly planted in Africa, and we are committed to
delivering a highly personalized vacation that suit your style, taste and budget and
is tailor-made just for you, unlike any other vacation out there. From budget to
luxury, from intense to breathtaking, from independent to escorted, and everything
We are the travel experts when it comes to tailor-made vacations to South Africa,
Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda,
Mauritius, Seychelles, and Egypt and Dubai. We offer unprecedented savings and
highly personalized service backed by our experienced and knowledgeable
This website is a small selection of the hotels, resorts, lodges, tours and vacations
we offer. We are the experts when it comes to your precious vacation
arrangements: From independent arrangements with air and land, self-drive,
cruises, escorted tours, air only, destination weddings and honeymoons, and
everything from golfing, private game safari lodges, food and wine, private guided
experiences, beach hotels, health and wellness and so much more..
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from $2345 pp, land only
from $2675 pp, land only
Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Tour departs Nairobi on
Tuesday, minimum 2 passengers.
Meet and greet on arrival
Half bottle mineral water per person, per day
Highlights include: Samburu National Park; Aberdare Mountain range;
Lake Nakuru; the famed Masai Mara National Park
English speaking driver/guide throughout
Game drives in modern safari cruises with 7 window seats
All park fees and Govt taxes
7 nights in first class accommodation
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
from $1900 pp, land only
A Suggested Independent itinerary that can be tailor-made to suit your
exact style, taste, budget and preferred travel dates.
Silver Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport
4 nights at Protea Hotel Sea Point – standard room, bed and breakfast
Scheduled full day Peninsula Tour
Scheduled full day Winelands Tour
3 nights at Hippo Hollow – Standard Room, including breakfast and
2 nights at Elephant Hills Resort – Standard Room, including breakfast,
Sunset cruise, and tour of the Falls
Round-trip scheduled transfers in Cape Town, Kruger National Park,
and Victoria Falls
Fully escorted tour with experienced guide. Please call for departure dates.
Fully guided tour in Great Zimbabwe
Highlights include: a visit to the Bulawayo museum; full day Matopo
Hills tour; including entrance to View of the World; a visit to the
Painted Dog Conservation Center; a visit to a Traditional healers
village; a tour of Victoria Falls
Open vehicle game drive in Hwange National Park
10 nights standard accommodation
Donation to Painted Dog Conservation Center
Commentary by experienced and professional guide
Touring in air-conditioned Midi Vehicle
10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Prices are per person, twin share, land only in US$ and are
valid as at Oct 15, 2010. Contact Africa Answers to obtain the best available airfare deal from
your home city for your preferred travel dates. Prices are subject to change due to currency
fluctuations and seasonal surcharges. Blackout dates may apply. Advertised prices reflect low
season pricing. A US$350 deposit per person is required to secure your land reservation,
further deposits will be required for additional land and air arrangements. *WA ID: 601 684
531 CA CST: 2076233-40. To qualify: Book a minimum of US$1500 pp in land arrangements
per booking. Applies to new bookings only. Incentive is available for all qualified bookings
deposited by Nov 30, 10.
Vacation: Kenya & Tanzania Explorer
Our most popular East African ‘combo’ safari includes the top locations in both Kenya and Tanzania.
13 Days, 12 Nights
This itinerary is jam packed with fantastic destinations and plenty of game viewing, as well as
cultural interaction. Travel is by road, with the border crossing at Namanga. Two different
styles of accommodation are offered -moderate and superior - but the itineraries are the
Each program is also packed with game viewing from your safari vehicle in Kenya and your 4
x 4 vehicle in Tanzania. For those who wish to see Mountain gorillas, an add-on to Rwanda
The itinerary starts in Nairobi, and ends in either Arusha or Nairobi - your choice. A farewell
dinner in Nairobi on the last night at a local restaurant is a great way to bid farewell to new
friends and to East Africa. You’ll make plans to see both again, no doubt.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Naivasha National Park
Amboseli National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Serengeti National Park
Tarangire National Park
Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport or border
All transport and game drives in Kenya will be in a safari minibus (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide on shared basis
All Airport, Namanga/Taveta transfer in Kenya and Tanzania is in a safari cruiser
All transport for game drives in Tanzania will be in a 4x4 with an English speaking driver-guide on shared basis
12 game drives - approximately 3 hours each
All park fees and government taxes
½ liter bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
Maximum 7 per vehicle
Superior accommodation safari departs Nairobi on
2015 price range is $4,380 - $5,092
Moderate accommodation safari departs Nairobi on
2015 price range is $4,199 - $5,222
$4199 /person based on double occupancy*
Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. All
pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices.
Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices are current at time of posting (4/23/14) and may
differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed.
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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Day at
Day 2: Masai Mara
This morning, drive to the legendary Masai Mara National
Reserve. After lunch embark on your first game drive - how
many of the Big 5 will you see before dinner?
Day 3: Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara. A visit
to a Maasai Village is included.
Day 4:Lake Nakuru
Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Take an afternoon game
drive before dinner.
Day 5: Amboseli
Early breakfast followed by a boat ride on Lake Naivasha.
Picnic lunch enroute Amboseli National Park.
Morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli against the
spectacular backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Day 7: Lake Manyara
Cross the border into Tanzania and continue on to Lake
Manyara. After lunch take a game drive.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Morning game drive at Lake Manyara, then drive to Serengeti
National Park, game viewing enroute.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National
Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snowcapped
mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect.
Currently there are more than 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya.
The main groups of tribes are the Bantu who migrated from western Africa, the Nilotic people who originated from Sudan and the Hamitic group, who were mainly pastoral tribes from Ethiopia and Somalia.
The main tribes are Kikuyu (21%), Meru (5%), Kalenjin, Luyha, Luo (14%), Kisii, Kamba, Swahili, Masai, Turkana
The other large ethnic groups include the Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kalenjin- There are also some groups of people who form a very small population. This includes the tribe of El Molo.
Jambo is one of the most common words you will hear spoken throughout Kenya. This is the simplest Swahili greeting, and is often the first word learned by visitors to Kenya.
Swahili (locally referred to as KiSwahili) is Kenya’s national language. Swahili originated on the East African coast, as a trade language used by both Arabs and coastal tribes. The language incorporated
elements of both classical Arabic and Bantu dialects, and became the mother tongue of the Swahili people who themselves rose from the intermarriage of Arab and African cultures.
A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya. It is worth learning a little, and most Kenyans are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all.
Kenya was first populated by a number of small dispersed tribal groups, the main groups were the Kikuyu, Kamba, Luo and Masai. These tribes shared the same area of land although they all had different
origins. It wasn’t until the 19th century that outsiders entered the interior of the country and as a result Kenya escaped the worst of the Arab slavers who concentrated more further to the south.
In 1893 Uganda became a British protectorate closely followed by Kenya - 1895. The British were just interested in controlling the rich resources of Uganda and to facilitate this they built a railway between
Mombasa and Kampala using laborers from India, many of whom remained and have become today’s merchant class.
By 1915 the majority of the fertile highlands were being used by the British and racial segregation of land effectively excluded Africans and Asians from owning properties there. Presently a large majority of
the land is still owned by expatriate or politicians and the country’s employment problems are caused by the fact that there is limited access to the land and because only seven per cent of the total area
receives enough rainfall to support agriculture.
Some tribes remained virtually unaffected by the plantations. The pressure over land ownership and the controls over cultivation and marketing of cash crops by Africans prevented them from competing
with the white settlers leading to the formation of nationalist organizations in the 1920’s.
In 1963 independence was granted with Jomo Kenyatta as the country’s first president.
The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Available Notes are 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Available coins are 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings. Visitors to Kenya should change foreign currency at
banks, bureau de change or authorized hotels. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, Pounds sterling and EURO.
Travelers Checks are widely accepted, and many hotels, travel agencies, safari companies and restaurants accept Credit Cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on credit cards. There
are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Most hotels/lodges will charge in US Dollars making it unnecessary to get local currency.
Before departure, travelers are advised to convert any excess Kenya shillings into foreign currency at a bank or bureau de change before departure. Departure taxes can be paid in local or foreign currency.
Anyone wishing to take more than 500,000 Kenya Shillings out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.
Kenya straddles the equator so there is little seasonal variation in temperature. There is much more variation between the coastal and low lying regions and the high plains and mountain regions. The game
parks lie at an altitude of 5,000 to 7,000 feet and have a pleasant climate with warm days and cooler evenings year round.
There are two rainy seasons - the long rains during April and May and the short rains in November. The rest of the year is classified as dry season. In practice, the rainfall pattern has been neither regular
nor predictable in recent years. In the rainy seasons, the rain often falls in heavy but brief tropical downpours during the evening or night with pleasant sunny days in between. The effects of the rain can cause
some animals to disperse and may produce a few local problems with flooding of roads and bridges. On the other hand, rain makes the atmosphere clean and dust free and the vegetation beautifully lush and
If you have recently visited a Yellow Fever infected area you are required to have a valid vaccination certificate which must be taken on holiday with you. Malaria is present and you are also advised to take
a course of anti-Malarial pills. We strongly advise you to reconfirm your vaccination requirements with your own/family doctor.
A visa is required prior to entry into Kenya. A single Entry Visa (valid for three months from date of issue) will cost US$ 25. A transit visa will cost US$ 10. No Visa is required for Persons aged 16 years and
below. Visas may be obtained in advance at a higher cost. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival. Travelers to Kenya and neighboring African countries should ensure
that the validity of their passports is at least six months beyond the end of their intended stay, and that their passport contains sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted in Kenya. Other credit cards much less so. However, many shops etc. don’t have automatic dial-up systems for credit card transactions yet. They use
manual systems that are more open for fraud. While there are no reports of massive credit card fraud, it may be wise to use your credit card only with more up-market places.
The power supply is at the UK/ European standard voltage of 220/240 , and power sockets are the U.K. square pin type. Remember if you want to use U.S. appliances you will need a voltage converter as
well as a plug converter. Mains power supply is subject to cuts and voltage fluctuation. On safari, most lodges’ power supplies are from generators, and these are often turned off during parts of the day and
night to reduce noise and fuel consumption.
It is generally recommended to drink only bottled mineral water which is readily available everywhere.
Tanzania boasts the most impressive National Parks and game reserves in all of Africa. The plains and savannahs of Serengeti National Park are considered “the” spot on the continent to see wildlife up
close. Nearby, the Ngorongoro crater teems with wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, lions, leopards, cheetahs and even the elusive white rhino. Not to be forgotten, the Selous Game Reserve is larger than
A mountain that needs no introduction is Mt Kilimanjaro, snow-capped and standing as Africa’s tallest mountain at 5,895m (19,341ft). Open for climbing to those with energy and time on their hands, the
week-long ascent is one of Africa’s most challenging achievements. Tanzania is home to over 120 different ethnic groups and takes pride in its multicultural heritage. The tall, red-robed Maasai are the best
known of Tanzania’s people and are easily visited as part of a safari itinerary.
Tanzania’s coastline, known as the Swahili Coast, was a stop on ancient trading routes between the Indian sub-continent and the Middle-East. Spices, jewels and slaves once passed through, bringing with
them a melange of cultural riches that remain today. The language of Swahili was born here, and old mosques, coral palaces and pearly-white beaches still remain.
Tanzania’s population is concentrated along the coast and isles, the fertile northern and southern highlands, and the lands bordering Lake Victoria. The relatively arid and less fertile central region is sparsely
inhabited. So too is much of the fertile and well watered far west, including the shores of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa (Malawi). About 80% of Tanzanians live in rural communities.
Zanzibar, population about one million (3% of Tanzania’s population), consists of two main islands and several small ones just off the Tanzanian coast. The two largest islands are Unguja (often referred to
simply as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibaris, together with their socio-linguistic cousins in the Comoros Islands and the East Africa coast from modern-day southern Somalia to northern Mozambique,
created Swahili culture and language, which reflect long and close associations with other parts of Africa and with the Arab world, Persia, and South Asia.
Tanzanians are proud of their strong sense of national identity and commitment to Swahili as the national language. There are roughly 120 ethnic communities in the country representing several of Africa’s
main socio-linguistic groups.
Kiswahili & English
Coastal and island Tanzania organized into city-states around 1,500 years ago. The Swahili city-states traded with the peoples of the interior and the peoples of the Indian Ocean and beyond (including
China). Many merchants from these trading partner nations (principally from inland Africa, the Arab world, Persia and India) established themselves in these coastal and island communities, which became
cosmopolitan in flavor.
The Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama explored the East African coast in 1498 on his voyage to India. By 1506, the Portuguese claimed control over the entire coast. The coastal peoples rose up against
the Portuguese in the late 1700s. Their resistance was assisted by one of their main trading partners, the Omani Arabs. By the early 19th century the Portuguese were forced out of coastal East Africa north
of the Ruvuma River and the Omanis moved in. British influence over the Sultanate steadily increased in the 1880s until Zanzibar formally became a British Protectorate in 1890.
German colonial interests were first advanced in 1884. In 1886 and 1890, Anglo-German agreements were negotiated that delineated the British and German spheres of influence in the interior of East Africa
and along the coastal strip previously claimed by the Omani sultan of Zanzibar. In 1891, the German Government took over direct administration of the territory from the German East Africa Company and
appointed a governor with headquarters at Dar es Salaam. The Maji Maji rebellion of 1905-07 united the peoples of the Southern Highlands in a struggle to expel the German administration. The German
military killed 120,000 Africans in suppressing the rebellion.
German colonial domination of Tanganyika ended after World War I when control of most of the territory passed to the United Kingdom under a League of Nations mandate. After World War II, Tanganyika
became a UN trust territory under British control. Subsequent years witnessed Tanganyika moving gradually toward self-government and independence.
In 1954, Julius K. Nyerere, a school teacher who was then one of only two Tanganyikans educated abroad organized a political party—the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). TANU candidates
were victorious in the Legislative Council elections of September 1958 and February 1959. In December 1959, the United Kingdom agreed to the establishment of internal self-government following general
elections to be held in August 1960. Nyerere was named chief minister of the subsequent government.
In May 1961, Tanganyika became autonomous, and Nyerere became Prime Minister under a new constitution. Full independence was achieved on December 9, 1961. Julius Nyerere, then age 39, was
elected President when Tanganyika became a republic within the Commonwealth a year after independence. Tanganyika was the first East African state to gain independence. The Union of Tanganyika and
Zanzibar adopted the name “United Republic of Tanzania” on April 26, 1964.
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (Tsh) and there are no smaller denominations. It’s best to carry as little cash as possible when travelling to avoid further inconvenience if anything should be lost
Tanzania has a tropical climate along the coast but it gets temperate in the highlands.
April & Mid – May = Long rains (Green Season)
June – Sept = Cool season
Nov – Dec = Short Rains
October – March = Hottest season
The range of Temperatures in Tanzania is fairly limited and always hot, running from 77 to 86 degrees F on the coast while the rest of the country apart from the highlands run from 71 to 80 degrees F.
A yellow fever vaccination is required only for persons from, or those who have visited yellow fever endemic countries. Malaria Precautions are necessary. Please speak to your doctor for further advice.
A passport and visa are required for travel to Tanzania. U.S. citizens with valid passports may obtain a visa either before arriving in Tanzania or at any port of entry staffed by immigration officials. U.S.
passports should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date the visa is obtained, whether it is acquired beforehand or at the port of entry. Also, foreigners may be required to show their passports
when entering or exiting Zanzibar.
Major Credit Cards may also be acceptable in some large Hotels.
240 Volts AC, 50 – 60 Hz
It is best to only drink bottled water.
Interest: Safari Getaway
Safaris are not only about the famed Big Five, but about the thousands of other
creatures big and small – from the worlds tallest animal - the giraffe – surely the most
elegant of all the bush animals to some of the smallest and most fascinating – like the
dung beetle. You’ll encounter elephants galore – watch out for that tiny baby crossing
the road – and herds of buffalo. There are so many different kinds of antelope your head
will spin, fat crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks, hyenas on the prowl, and, if
you’re very lucky, a pack of wild dogs.
We celebrate the difference and uniqueness of each area and its wildlife, with a huge
selection of public and private concessions, each with its own identity, feel and character.
This variety of accommodation, activities and lodges means that there’s something for
everyone wanting to experience Africa. Public safari concession camps in National Parks
offer comfortable accommodation, a restaurant, swimming pool, and open vehicle game
Or choose from standard to the most luxurious private concessions (area’s that are
privately owned) where you are guaranteed a highly personalized game viewing
experience, as well as the services of knowledgeable guides that have a passion for the
bush. All life’s little luxuries are available to you with exquisite accommodations, all inclusive of meals (and most including alcohol too), and intimate
game viewing. Private access means you can go off-road and really track the animals without 40 other pairs of eyes being there with you or a time
limit on which you have to view the animals. These private reserves define service and luxury, and we highly recommend a stay in a private game
reserve be part of your Africa vacation.
In the heart of southern Africa, Botswana offers possibly the finest, authentic wildlife experience in the world. It is comprised largely of the Kalahari
Desert, within which lies the Okavango Delta, a wonderful blue-green wetland considered by many to be Africa’s most incredible wildlife and
wilderness sanctuary. This dynamic waterworld contrasts with an ecosystem driven by different stimuli in the Linyanti and Selinda region in the north
of the country.
Namibia has rapidly become a well-known safari destination with a difference, famed for its remote and intimate lodges, interaction with the
indigenous people as well as the wildlife, and offering unique opportunities to become involved with the cultural heritage of all its peoples.
The East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania are famous for one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena - the annual migration of more than
a million wildebeest (gnu). Countless wildlife documentaries have captured the spectacle of thundering hooves as they move from the Serengeti in
the south to the Masai Mara, in search of fresh grasslands. The migratory pink flamingos in Kenya, which lend Lake Nakuru its blush, number close
to a million and are an unforgettable sight in the shallows and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kenya safaris.
Tour: Addo Elephant Park
Special: Addo Elephant Park
Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity,
landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains,
through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 444 700
acres and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.
The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned
ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species.
Spend a day with elephants, and you’ll learn something of yourself. That’s what they say…but you be the judge. Addo Elephant National Park has,
arguably, the best elephant viewing in South Africa, and with a full day at your disposal, you’ll have the leisure time for close encounters with these
gentle giants. From bee eaters to buffalo, this is a full day of African wildlife.
Tour: Afternoon Elephant Ride
Special: Afternoon Elephant Ride
Guests are collected at approximately 3.15pm and are transferred to Woodlands Estate - home of the Elephants. The transfer is approximately half
an hour long and game is often seen on the way. On arrival soft drinks are served and guests are introduced to the elephants. A short training
session follows and guests witness the bond between groom and elephant being reinforced and new handling commands being introduced. Training
is an integral part of the relationship between the elephant and the groom and continues throughout the elephant’s working life. The elephants are
then saddled and the safari commences. The elephant back safari is approximately one hour, followed by sundowners and snacks whilst guests
watch the personalized video of their safari experience. Guests are then transferred back to their hotel arriving at approximately 7.00pm
Tour: An Off-Road Adventure - Wadi & Desert Tour
Special: An Off-Road Adventure - Wadi & Desert
An easy drive along the imposing Hajar Mountains’ to the Umm Al Quwain desert from Dibba gives no hint of the exciting off-road adventure that will
follow. We traverse the Ras Al Khaimah- Manama road to drive over its undulating dunes. This is a unique experience that must not be missed. After
a short stop at a camel farm, we exit the desert at Al Ghail and enter Wadi Asmah through the small town’s narrow lanes. Negotiating a rugged,
rocky terrain, we make slow and steady progress through the Wadi, stopping various points to admire the scenery and take photographs. Our offroad
exploration ends at Asmah village, where we re-enter the main road and drive back to the hotel on the scenic Masafi-Dibba road.