Come to Africa and enjoy the spectacular vistas offered by two of the wildest countries in the world! Kenya and Tanzania will reveal to you their secrets as guides tour you around Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, and more. You are not only likely to see Africa's Big 5 game animals, Cape Buffalo, elephants, hippopotamus, leopards, and lions, but you'll get to witness the countryside that is covered by more than 2 million wildebeest each year during the Great Migration. Game drives, the possibility to take balloon rides, and walking through this natural habitat will all show you the secrets of Africa. Cultural experiences with individuals who have lived here year-round for generations will also be available. You will even get to walk the Olduvai Gorge, also referred to as the "Cradle of Mankind." After spending 11 nights on this trip, you will be left with a deep connection to this outstanding place on Earth!
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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 the Overnight Eka Hotel, a bed and breakfast in the city, where you will spend the night before starting the truly adventurous segment of your trip!
You are headed south today, into Amboseli National Park. Mount Kilimanjaro, towering to over 19,000 feet elevation, is the dominant feature of this beautiful location. This snow-covered peak provides a runoff that supports year-round watering holes for the area wildlife. Some of the more famous wildlife in the area include large herds of elephants, which have been studied here longer than anywhere else in the world. The local research center is available as an option for you to visit. This will be your first of two nights spent at the amenity rich, gorgeous, Ol Tukai Lodge.
Explore Amboseli National Park. Go on a photo safari of the abundant wildlife. Check out all of the 5 different habitats contained in the park borders: plains, woodland, scrub, swamp, and marshland. You may even decide to visit a Maasai village to learn more about the rich African culture lived here on a daily basis. Whatever you do today, it will be sure to leave quite the impression on you! Consider everything you’ve experienced so far at dinner before enjoying your last night at Ol Tukai Lodge.
Today you will be driven from Kenya into Tanzania! The first stop is for lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Here you will get to take part in Shanga Shangaa workshops. These are project centered to help provide training to the disabled population of Tanzania with glass and beadwork, with the direction of becoming full-time jobs. You will get an opportunity to create your own works of art and even have a chance to purchase some of theirs from the gift shop. After this, it is on to the Plantation Lodge, which is situated near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
A full day of adventure around the Ngorongoro Crater awaits. It is the world’s largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera, measuring over 12 miles across and over 1700 feet deep. The natural barrier keeps a variety of wildlife from wandering apart, and there is a good chance of seeing Africa’s Big 5, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and hippopotamus, in this single location. Flamingos, vultures, eagles, and many other bird species are also frequently seen in this World Heritage Site. There are also important historical markers to be found here, including some of the earliest human footprints ever recorded! Dinner at the Plantation Lodge will be a lively time to recall the days activities.
Check out after breakfast and prepare for a day of wonder! First up, a stop at the Olduvai Gorge to learn about the region known as the “Cradle of Mankind.” After learning about the earliest human history, continue into Serengeti National Park. You will be headed toward Zebra Camp, situated in the central section of this endless plain. This is where countless documentaries have made famous by following herds of land animals on their Great Migration every year. Your eyes will get a chance to take in this splendor firsthand. It is truly what dreams are made of!
Game drives are the prominent activities of these days in Serengeti National Park. Lions, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and so many other animals of the plains may be encountered. This natural surrounding is always surprising, and the promise of predator/prey interactions are always exciting. One very unique way to enjoy a new perspective on this landscape is to check out an early dawn hot air balloon ride. Make sure and ask how to make this happen! You will be staying overnight at Zebra Camp which is a mobile camp so you can move with the migration.
Enjoy one final breakfast at Serengeti National Park before taking a couple of flights on your way to Masai Mara. You will be taken by a camp guide from the airport through a wild enough region that it will include a game drive! Once there, you will grab a light lunch, cold beverage, and a visit regarding the overview of your next two days of activities. The Mara North Conservancy offers private safaris based on an agreement between camps catering to tourists and Maasai landowners. Elephants, giraffes, impala, and other herbivores thrive here. You will definitely understand what it means to be in the African wilderness while staying at the Karen Blixen Camp.
Early morning coffee will make you nearly as active as the animals you head out to see in the Masai Mara. It will be up to you whether or not to eat while in camp or on a game drive during these hours filled with such prolific movement. Either way, guides are happy to show off the most exciting points of interest in your vicinity. There are plenty to be found around the Karen Blixen Camp! A late afternoon game drive can be extended beyond sunset with a little extra spending, and cost, with dinner served after you return to camp and unwind from a day of adventure in the bush.
The Masai Mara National Reserve will continue to impress in new ways as you head out for another day in the wild. Guides will point out the best locations for viewing animal migratory patterns along the Mara River. You’ll want to make sure and plan a return trip to see this spectacular event! Enjoy the amenities around the Karen Blixen Camp in the afternoon and enjoy your last night in the area.
One final breakfast in Africa before heading back home. Guides will direct you from the local airport to the Nairobi airport to make sure you catch all of your flights. Everyone back home will want to hear stories and see photos from your trip of a lifetime!
Dates & Rates
Daily departures offered year round; please inquire for specific dates. Note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
- Scheduled flight Serengeti – Tarime, Migori –Mara and Mara- Nairobi, luggage allowance 15 kgs per person
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at Karen Blixen Camp ONLY excluding premium brands
- All game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in private safari minibus driven by a professional English speaking guide Day1-Day4,
- Tanzania will be 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser
- Day9-Day10 in a Shared 4X4 vehicle
- 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
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Masai Mara (additional charge USD450 per person)
- Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD515 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 spray 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, as 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. 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. Lodges provide 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.