East African Safari of Remembrance
with Guerrillas of Tsavo
10th to 25th November 2018
Join us on this unique Safari through Kenya and Tanzania to Commemorate the end of the East African Campaign. Explore the myths, the extraordinary characters and the sensational legends that make this theatre of the First World War so remarkable.
But this is not just a Battlefield tour, we will be travelling through extremes from waterless savannah to white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities to stunning game parks. Along the way we will take in the flora and fauna as well as the heritage that makes East Africa so unique.
Highlights of the Safari
A Connoisseurs battlefield safari led by James G Willson, author of Guerrillas of Tsavo.
Small Group Safari - maximum 10 and minimum 4 people
Kenya Defence Forces Remembrance Day Service at Ngong Road CWGC Cemetery.
The Commemorations in Taita marking the End of the East African Campaign of the First World War.
Capt. FC Selous Grave in Selous Game Reserve.
Safari of Remembrance Itinerary
10th November 2018 - Nairobi
Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight at Ole Sereni Hotel or similar.
11th November 2018 - Nairobi
Visit Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery off Ngong Road for the Annual Service of Remembrance, this year marking the 100 years since the Armistice was signed in 1918. After lunch visit the First World War Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. Evening at your leisure. overnight at Ole Sereni Hotel or similar.
12th November 2018 - Nairobi to Zanzibar
After breakfast fly to Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Check in at your hotel in Stone Town. Zanzibar was the home to the RNAS during the hunt for SMS Konigsberg. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Stone Town.
13th November 2018 - Zanzibar to Selous
Morning tour of Stone Town and the harbour to see where HMS Pegasus was sunk by the Konigsberg in 1914. Afternoon flight to Selous Game Reserve. Game drive to camp. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manzi Camp or similar.
14th & 15th November 2018 - Selous Game Reserve
Two days to explore this stunning national reserve. While here we will visit Capt. FC Selous Grave and walk over some of the WW1 Selous Battle site (Subject to ranger availability) as well as enjoying the wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manzi Camp or similar.
Optional extra: Fly over the final resting place of SMS Konigsberg in the Rufiji Delta.
16th November 2018 - Selous to Tanga
An extra morning to enjoy the park before flying to Tanga. Dinner and overnight in Tanga Beach Resort or similar.
17th November 2018 - Tanga
Spend the day exploring Tanga including visits to the Old German Hospital, Railway Embankment, and the Battle of Tanga landing sites. Dinner and overnight in Tanga Beach Resort or similar.
18th November 2018 - Tanga to Kilimanjaro
Morning flight to the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge or similar near Arusha.
19th November 2018 - Arusha
Visit the Arusha Boma and the Arusha Cultural Centre. Dinner and overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge or similar near Arusha
20th November 2018 - Arusha to Taveta
Return to Kenya by road via the Moshi Boma and Cemeteries. Have a picnic lunch and explore the area around Latema & Reata where the last battle in Kenya took place before stopping at the old German Head Quarters as Mahoo. Dinner and overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp adjacent to the Tsavo West National Park.
21st November 2018 - Tsavo River Forts
After breakfast head out for the day to explore the Tsavo River Valley Forts with a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
22st November 2018 - Voi to Taveta Forts
Drive along the new Taveta to Voi highway to Salaita Hill, the infamous Snipers Baobab, Serengeti Camp and Mbuyuni battle site, Maktau Railway Station and Cemetery en route. Dinner and overnight in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
23nd November 2018 - Taita & Voi
A leisurely morning with a game drive and visits to Mile 27 and Mashoti Fort. Lunch at the lodge then drive to Voi for Service of Remembrance at Voi CWGC Cemetery. (The final program for the commemorations has not yet been released.) Dinner and overnight in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
24th November 2018 - Commemorations
Join in the 2018 Commemoration Program to Maktau and Taveta Cemeteries with a picnic box. Dinner and overnight in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
25th November 2018 - Home
After an early breakfast catch Madaraka Express to Nairobi from Voi for your onward connections.
End of the Safari
Please Note that the itinerary sequence is correct at the time of writing, but is Subject To Change.
Safari of Remembrance Costs
Per person sharing a double/twin room USD$5,950.00
Single Room Supplement USD$850.00
Please let us know on the booking form if you would like to share with another guest in a twin room. We will try to secure roommate for you, however, if we cannot locate one by the final payment date, you will be charged the additional single supplement amount.
Once we have the minimum of 4 people provisionally booked we will generate an invoice and a secure online payment link for the 50% deposit (USD2,975 per person). Payment by Credit Card.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
Once the payment has been received we will go ahead and make the necessary bookings.
End of July we will then send out invoices for the full and final payment which will be due by 15th August 2018
In October we will send out your final detailed itinerary and any extra applicable information.
The start and end city for this program is Nairobi, Kenya. The airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Upon registration, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with reissuing the ticket.
At Taita our group will join other interested parties to be part of the commemorations.
In general, this trip requires:
Flexibility and good humour – unexpected changes and/or glitches will occur.
A spirit of adventure and curiosity.
Interest in and willingness to appreciate a destination with a modest infrastructure and a bending definition of comfort. That being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.
As a participant on this Safari of Remembrance you should:
Be able to climb in and out of, as well as move around in confined quarters within safari 4x4 vehicles, minibuses, and small aircraft unassisted. People need to be willing to rotate seats.
Be able to tolerate riding on uncomfortably uneven, bumpy roads (some with many potholes) for long periods of time (6-9 hours maximum), as well as some off-road experiences when opportunities allow.
Be able to stand and/or walk moderate distances when visiting battlefield sites, cemeteries and other sites. This walking will be on uneven ground or uphill, often at altitudes many people are not used to.
Should generally be in good health and prepared to travel in locations without medical facilities.