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1. Posted by Pete75 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I am thinking of booking an Overland tour of africa with a company called Kumuka Worldwide. It's a 21 day trip through Kenya and Tanzania that includes Zanzibar.

Their website looks good but I was wondering if anyone had travelled with them before or heard anything about them? Or if anyone can reccommend a good overland company?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers Pete

[ Edit: Removed duplicate link. Decided to leave in in order to hear negative comments too :) ]

2. Posted by Kelstar (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi Pete,

I did an overland trip with Africa Travel Co in 2004. I found them to be good. They are on the cheaper end of the scale but their truck and other equipment were of good quality. I think they are one of the few budget operators who have their own cook.

I saw plenty of Kumuka trucks at campsites and I never heard anything negative about them from their passengers. Whichever company you choose, your enjoyment will probably depend on your fellow passengers. I was lucky - we all got along great and most of us still keep in touch.


3. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

I wont advise Kumuka I will send you a pm as i dont thing i can write in a nice way what I think about them.

4. Posted by anna_c (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y


I travelled through East & South Africa with Kumuka in 2002, and found them to be excellent. I just stumbled across this forum whilst reviewing companies to do my next African trip with actually. The only reason I'm not going with Kumuka is that their dates don't fit my holiday period unfortunately.

We had a group of about 20 with nationalities of UK, Aussie, NZ, USA and Japanese, all between about 21 and 40. The guide was good, meals delicious and nothing went wrong on the tour. Hope this helps.

Could the poster who had trouble with this company write a brief overview as to why? I'm a bit worried now that they may have changed since I last went with them! If I can change my holiday dates I'd definitely book with Kumuka again...

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting flo jo

I wont advise Kumuka I will send you a pm as i dont thing i can write in a nice way what I think about them.

Feel free to post it Flo Jo, I'd like to hear it, even if it isn't nice :)

6. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

I went travelling in south america with my younger sister on her fist bagpacking trip. I always travel by myself but as I was responsible of someone else I thought I should book a tour. I booked the both of us on Kumuka (from Buenos Aires to Quito about 3 months).

First the tour leader decide to cancel the pre meeting as you were only three joining the tour, the rest was arriving from Rio). So we did not get introduce and had no idea when we will be leaving. No information whatsoever was at the hotel when we arrived.

We left two days later, on our first night travelling, we had a bush camp as noone advised us, we had everything in our bagpack which were going to stay locked in the truck.

In Ushuaia we stayed at the rugby camp it was so cold that the owner offer us to stay in the foyer, she refused the offer for all of us . Imagine our water bottle froze during the night.

Our tour leader did not speak a word of spanish so my sis and myself finished to be official translator. But she got pissed off about it. And she refused to speak to us and about 15 people who took our side.

I dont eat chinese and put it on on the booking form. she decided to book a chinese restaurant in Santiago , I remind her and she said that I will have to make an effort. I dont eat chinese for allergic purpose. The chilian food is wonderful so.....

We were there during the argentinian crisis and we had a lot of money left on the kitty. We all decided we wanted it to be redistributed to us but she booked us two nights in a row in the poshest restaurant in Bariloche which cost us an arm and leg . We felt so out of place because we did not have the proper clothes for the type of place.

I could go on and on for ages. On our return we explained it to Kumuka, who we had contacted during our trip to inform them, but they did nothing. They finally gave us a part of our money back , most of the group got money.

I hope that will help most of the people. Remember that only my bad experience but i met people who used Kumuka in Africa and were very happy.


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10. Posted by Llama (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y


Kumuka are a very reputable company and I have many friends who have used them before and have nothing but good things to say.

They are not the cheapest overland tour company but if the price sits well with you then you won't get much better. Kumuka Tours are very sociable, the transport is very reliable and the tour guides seem to know the areas you are visiting well.

Make sure you look into all of the other companies offering similar tours and make an informed decision.

Enjoy your time in Africa.


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]