Come experience a 12 night trip in the splendor that is wild Africa! Your journey will begin in the bustling capital city of Nairobi, Kenya before taking you out of town and eventually out of country. Prepare to split time between Kenya and Tanzania on this expedition that will showcase the Great Rift Valley, Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater. Wildlife will meet you at every turn, and there is the realistic possibility of being able to witness Africa's Big 5 game animals, Cape Buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus, leopard, and lion, multiple times over during your trip. There is nothing like the thrill of seeing these creatures in their natural habitat! Cultural experiences also await you here. There will be opportunities to visit traditional Masai villages, communicate with local guides about what it means to live and be from here, and you will even get a chance to walk the Olduvai Gorge, also known as the "Cradle of Mankind." Don't miss out on this trip that is sure to make you fall in love with a region of the world that carries so much history and mythos. You are sure to be amazed at how it lives up to the hype!
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Welcome to Nairobi! Travel personnel will meet you at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and deliver a brief rundown of what to expect on your trip. You will then be taken to a bed and breakfast in the outer reaches of the city, where you will spend the night before starting the truly adventurous segment of your trip!
A driver will be waiting after breakfast to deliver you to some wonderful stops in the Karen Suburbs. You will get to feed giraffes from an elevated perspective that puts you face-to-face with these long necked beauties at the Giraffe Centre. You will hang out with baby elephants that have been saved from unfortunate situations in Kenya’s national parks at the Daphne Sheldricks’ Elephant Orphanage. As the morning grows closer to lunch, you will be delivered to the Karen Blixen Museum. This estate was the focus in the movie Out of Africa and remains in perfectly restored condition from its heyday in the early 20th century.
Lunch in the colonial surroundings of the Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens will be followed by a trip out of the city. Your destination: Sunbird Lodge. This eco-friendly accommodation is situated in the famous Great Riff Valley along the banks of Lake Elementaita. Enjoy your Luxury Cottage and recuperate from a busy day while preparing for even more to come!
Kenya’s wildlife will be on full display today! After a wonderful breakfast at Sunbird Lodge, you’ll be whisked away to Lake Nakuru National Park. An all day game drive will provide opportunities for viewing lion, buffalo, herd animals, and even rhinoceros! This region of Kenya has one of the most dense rhino populations on the continent. Leopards have even been sighted in the limbs of shade trees.
You’ll be delivered back to Sunbird Lodge in time for dinner and sunset. Images of the day are sure to continue rolling your head as you head back to bed in your Luxury Cottage.
Say goodbye to Sunbird Lodge and get ready for a road trip to Masai Mara National Reserve. The trip will deliver you to the Mara Leisure Camp by lunch, and you will have an afternoon of settling in to the accommodations before an evening game drive. Surrounding lands are filled with some of the richest big-game viewing opportunities on Earth. Hippopotamus, lions, elephants, and wildebeest are among the creatures you are likely to encounter. Each of them have unique group constructs that make individual encounters compelling. The matter how many times these great animals are happened upon, there is a chance of seeing unique behavior. Midsummer months are especially exciting, as this is when upwards of 2 million wildebeest migrate through the region, offering a plethora of predators a smorgasbord of opportunities that are readily viewable by visitors! That being said, year-round opportunities to view the excitement of this vast wilderness make it worth the trip no matter what month you can come.
Between the rush of your game drive and the food at hand, dinner at camp will be quite fulfilling. Rest well for more excitement in the coming days.
Game drives combined with opportunities for relaxation and exploration are abundant. If you are lucky, you’ll even be able to spot all of Africa’s Big 5: Cape Buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus, leopard, and lion! Individuals who have a little extra money and adventuresome spirit can even choose to take an early morning balloon ride above the picturesque landscape. Viewing the wildlife and natural layout of the environment from this perspective is truly astounding. You also have the chance to visit a Masai village. It is incredible to view and have the local culture shared by individuals who have lived here year-round for generations. You will undoubtedly come away with a fresh amazement for African life. And all of this is available from your amenity rich accommodations at the Mara Leisure Camp.
One last breakfast in Kenya, one last photo op of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley, and then he will be on your way to Tanzania! A shuttle will drive you through the Namanga border, or you will take a brief flight between countries. Your destination for the evening is the Mount Meru Game Lodge bed and breakfast.
Eat breakfast while enjoying the scenic views of Mt. Meru before getting a packed lunch and meeting a driver who will take you into Tarangire National Park. Over 1500 square miles of Rift Valley landscape are contained in its borders. The arid landscape features an impressive number of giant termite mounds and plays home to herds of elephants containing as many as 500 individuals per group! Dry seasons cluster a variety of wildlife around every available waterhole. Rainy seasons spread greenery across the plains and allow the wildlife to spread out to enjoy new growth. Whenever you are here, impala, gazelle, buffalo, and more will likely be encountered. Bird populations are especially higher in numbers when the waters are high.
Tonight’s lodging will be taken care of by the Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Today is your first day in Serengeti National Park. Grab breakfast and your packed lunch before heading on to the endless plain. The great African vistas made so famous by documentarians will unfold their secrets at every turn, leaving you with first-hand experiences rivaling those held by the greatest adventures of all time. Zebra, lions, leopards, wildebeest, and more call this great landscape home. Predator/prey interactions are always a highlight in the viewing spectacles waiting to unfold here for you.
At the end of the day, settle into your tent at the Serengeti Kati Kati Camp. It is a wonderful mix of modern and back to nature.
Another full day of exploring Serengeti National Park. Early morning hot air balloon tours are available. Game drives in the morning and evening will provide further opportunity to enjoy the wildlife. Spend time relaxing at camp if you choose. There will be a campfire at night which adds a wonderful touch to this adventure!
You get to visit the “Cradle of Mankind” in the Olduvai Gorge. Here you will be given a tour with commentary about what is one of the earliest prehistoric sites associated with humans. The discussion will also cover local cultural origins and how the gorge played a role in forming them.
The goal for the day is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will end up at the Acacia Farm Lodge.
Take full advantage of your last full day on safari. Weather permitting, you will have some outstanding views of the Ngorongoro Crater. It measures over 1700 feet deep and more than 12 miles across, making it the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Each of Africa’s big 5 call this area home, so don’t miss your chance to round out viewing any of them you may have missed so far. The bird population of this region is especially vibrant, with various flamingos, vultures, and eagles to be viewed, among other species.
Make sure and take it all in before spending one more night at the wonderful Acacia Farm Lodge.
Ernest Hemingway called Lake Manyara National Park, “the loveliest place I have ever seen.” This makes it the perfect spot to visit the morning you leave Tanzania. It contains a baboon filled jungle, herds of buffalo, and many lions. All of this is set against a backdrop of volcano peaks. A truly magnificent sight.
Lunch in Arusha is available before heading on to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and eventually home, where you will spend a very good long time unpacking memories from the trip of a lifetime!
Dates & Rates
Sunday departures offered year round4 Note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi & Arusha
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- Transfer from Nairobi to Arusha on Day7 in a Public Shuttle ( $350p supplement to Fly )
- All game drives in Kenya and site seeing as per the itinerary in private safari minibus driven by a professional English speaking guide Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- All game drives in tanzania in a custom built 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a
- professional English Speaking driver guide.
- Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD495 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage.
FAQ & More
Kenya's international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport.
If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities will have to obtain these prior to arrival and others will be able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. It is imperative that passports are valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages, or four, if travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania.
While single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports, Kenyan Immigration plans to arrival visas in the near future so we recommend applying in advance. Kenya is on an advance e-visa system and it's pretty seamless and straightforward. Cost is $51 for a single-entry visa for US and Canadian citizens, valid for 90 days.
Both Tanzania and Kenya are malarial areas and therefore it is recommended that travellers start a malaria prophylactic before and during your visit. Most lodges have mosquito nets or mosquito resistant tents/rooms along with providing insect stray and repellent. However, be sure to bring your own personal repellent as well as long sleeves and pants for the evenings, as these are most effective in protecting you from bites when outdoors.
At present, Tanzania and Kenya require no vaccinations before entering the country except Yellow Fever when flying directly from an YF endemic country. Here is a list of these countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#4728. As Kenya is on this list, you’ll need to present proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from Kenya to Tanzania.
Regardless, you should consult your local health authorities prior to your holiday for any updates.
If travelling on a ‘flying safari’, the baggage allowance on small aircraft is 15kgs and all luggage is to be packed in soft duffel bags. This includes hand luggage and camera equipment. Only soft sided bags will be accepted, no wheels, no hard suitcases. This is essential to ensure that everything fits not only into the small aircraft but into the safari vehicles. Please note that any luggage you do not need while on safari will be stored at the office.
Rest assured, our team of Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list prior to your adventure. However, ss a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The key is lightweight clothing in breathable materials for the day and warmer materials at night. Bush colours (khaki, brown, dark green) are also highly recommended. These will enable you to blend in with the environment and not draw attention to yourself when on game drives or bush walks.
Being located on or near the equator, East Africa boasts a fabulous tropical climate which is hot and humid on the coast while being dry and arid in the north and northeast and temperate inland. Though days are quite hot it can get pretty cold during the night in areas at altitude such as Nairobi.
There are however two separate wet seasons in Kenya and Tanzania with the longest being from March to May, and the shorter from November to December. Heavy rains can mean that road access becomes more limited making 4x4 more advisable during these periods.
The electricity supply in Kenya and Tanzania is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square, British Type G plugs (see below). If you are planning to bring any electrical device from USA or Canada, you will need a voltage and plug converter. Additionally, many safari lodges run on generators which are generally switched off between 2300hrs and 0600hrs. If you need to charge any electronics, this can be done in the office.
Both Kenya and Tanzania have a good telephone and internet connection in the main cities and are in the process of improving the network further. Most lodges and hotels offer a fax, international telephone and internet service but make sure to check the rates beforehand as some lodges can impose a surcharge, particularly on international calls. More remote camps and lodges rely on radio for communication and mobile phone coverage is not extensive in most game parks.
When calling Kenya and Tanzania, the international dialling code is +254 and +255 respectively.
Tap water in Kenya and Tanzania is not drinkable and we therefore advise that you drink only sealed, bottled water. Albatros provides water in their safari vehicles. You will almost always find a flask of purified drinking water on your bedside table or in the bathroom.
The unit of currency in Kenya is the shilling. Kenya Shilling notes are available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100. Banks generally offer a better rate of exchange than Foreign Exchange Bureaux and Hotels. Please note duty free goods purchased at the airport can only be purchased in foreign currency and not in Kenya Shillings.
While US Dollars are widely accepted, please note that bills printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.
A wide range of credit cards are accepted in Kenya, including American Express, Visa and Master Card. Please check with us before heading off on safari and we will confirm what cards are accepted where you are staying.
Tips are not included in the cost of the safari. Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day for lodge/camp staff, paid in the communal tip box at reception. For guides, we recommend $10-$15 per day, paid directly to the guide. All tipping is in US dollars.
Kenya has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Kenya. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Kenya. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Kenya with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.