Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Nairobi, Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Masai Mara, Tarangire & Ngorongoro

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14 days from $5299 $4799
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by Dec. 15, 2015 to save up to $500!


Style Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from April – October 2016
Price Includes
  • Round trip airfare from New York to Nairobi, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Africa flights, land transportation, & transfers
  • Accommodations at Deluxe Nairobi hotels and Superior safari lodges in Kenya and Tanzania
  • 32 Meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • All-wheel drive (4x4) safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat and access to roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per vehicle
  • Services of an experienced driver-guide
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Nairobi by local English-speaking guide
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Highlights Nairobi, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, & Ngorongoro Crater
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.
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Best of Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari itinerary If you're looking for an African wildlife safari that you can afford, look no further. Savvy travelers and novices alike include Kenya & Tanzania on their list of safari tours for a very good reason. Both countries are blessed with an abundance of spectacular wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Everywhere you go, from the busy cities to the rolling plains of the Masai Mara, the people are always friendly and welcoming. With more than 50 parks from which to choose in Kenya alone, and almost 25% of Tanzania protected as nature reserves, it's hard to decide where to go, but everyone agrees that the Masai Mara and Samburu parks in Kenya and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania are must-visit sites. Our Best of Kenya & Tanzania safari tour includes them all plus a lot more! And like all Friendly Planet tours, you'll enjoy the very best of Kenya and Tanzania at prices that are as amazing as the countries themselves.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 15 to save up to $500 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 15
Thu Nov 19 2015 Wed Dec 2 2015 $4999   Departed
Thu Dec 24 2015 Wed Jan 6 2016 $7299 $6799 Closed
Thu Jan 14 2016 Wed Jan 27 2016 $5899 $5399 Closed
Thu Feb 11 2016 Wed Feb 24 2016 $5899 $5399 Closed
Thu Mar 10 2016 Wed Mar 23 2016 $5799 $5299 Closed
Thu Apr 7 2016 Wed Apr 20 2016 $5399 $4899 Available
Thu May 5 2016 Wed May 18 2016 $5299 $4799 Available
Thu Jun 2 2016 Wed Jun 15 2016 $5999 $5499 Closed
Thu Jun 30 2016 Wed Jul 13 2016 $6699 $6199 Available
Thu Jul 14 2016 Wed Jul 27 2016 $6699 $6199 Available
Thu Jul 28 2016 Wed Aug 10 2016 $6699 $6199 Available
Thu Aug 11 2016 Wed Aug 24 2016 $6599 $6099 Available
Thu Sep 22 2016 Wed Oct 5 2016 $6199 $5699 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Best of Kenya & Tanzania
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 7, May 5 +$299
Jun 2 +$499
Jun 30, Jul 14, Jul 28, Aug 11, Sep 22 +$999
All other departures +$899
Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee1 (paid separately) +$50
Tanzania Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$100
Tanzania Departure Tax3 (paid separately) +$10

1. All visitors to Kenya and Tanzania must obtain a visa. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in the confirmation packets to all passengers. Please inquire with the Kenyan Consulate about reduced visa fees.

2. The Tanzania visa fees and pricessing times are subject to change at short notice. Please visit the following link for up-to-date visa information:

3. Departure tax paid locally.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Standard Deposit $1600


Day 1: Depart USA. Depart from JFK this evening on your overnight flight to Kenya via Europe.

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi. Upon arrival late this evening, our representative will assist you with passport and customs formalities and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi or similar.

Zebras Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy. After breakfast, depart for the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foothills of the Aberdares and the snow-capped Mount Kenya. The conservancy hosts a large variety of animals, including the “Big Five”, Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. Enjoy lunch at your camp. In the afternoon, visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary followed by a game drive. In the evening sit by the lit waterhole to view the animals. Accommodations: Sweetwaters Tented Camp . Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Samburu Reserve Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve. After a morning game drive and breakfast, drive north to the remote Samburu Reserve. This is the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture attaches great value to tending their livestock of cattle, sheep, goats and camels as their main economic activity. The Samburu people's appearance is dramatic with bright reds, braided hair and skin daubed in red ochre. Samburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya's more famous parks, such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx and gerenuk. You'll also have a good chance at spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop known as Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Accommodations: Samburu Game Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Cheetah, Samburu Reserve Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve. Enjoy another day of game viewing drives in the Samburu Game Reserve. One drive in the morning and another in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. Guided by your expert driver, enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park. Early this morning, travel south to Lake Nakuru National Park via Isiolo. Travel through the town of Nanyuki and then head west via Nyahururu, still known to many as Thompsons Falls. Continue to Lake Nakuru. This park is a rhino sanctuary, offering the rare opportunity to see these endangered animals. It's also home to rare Rothschild's giraffes, buffalo, leopards and lions. Once in the park, there will be a game drive followed by lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, there will be another game drive prior to check-in and dinner. Accommodations: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ostriches & zebras Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. After breakfast, set out for the Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Every year, between June and September, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water. The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains, but they usually start heading back to the Serengeti in October.

Whether you see the migration or not, the grassy plains and lush landscape offer a huge variety of game including lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks. Enjoy lunch at a nearby lodge. After lunch, depart for a game drive en route to your lodge, arriving as the sun sets. Accommodations: Keekorok Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Giraffe on the savannah Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve. Today you will take two safari drives, one in the morning and one in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography.

You'll have the option of replacing one safari drive with an optional Hot Air Balloon Safari, which provides a thrilling opportunity to soar high over the plains for animal viewing from above. Whether you go by air or land, you will enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area accompanied by your expert guide, who will amaze you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Optional Excursion: Masai Village Tour, $25 (purchased locally). This afternoon, you have the opportunity to mingle with the interesting Masai villagers in their natural setting. Experience what the Masai tribal life is like as you walk through a traditional village compound. You'll be greeted by the village chief and be escorted around the village by a local host who will explain the history, culture and practices of the Masai. Before departing the village, enjoy a cultural performance by the young men of the tribe, the famed warrior "morans". Credit cards are not accepted.

Hot air balloons and giraffes Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari, $450 (purchased locally). Take to the sky over herds of wildlife in the Masai Mara game reserve, flying in a hot air balloon. The balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the reserve and offers a bird's eye view of the plains below. Before returning to your lodge, your balloon pilot will present you with a Balloon Flight Certificate. This is certain to become a once in a lifetime experience you will remember long after returning from Kenya! Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.

Masai Mara warriors Day 9: Masai Mara & Nairobi. After breakfast, enjoy your final early morning game drive before departing the Masai Mara Park. Continue through the acres of rolling wheat and barley farms, stopping for a picnic lunch in Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Masai land. After lunch, continue to Nairobi and visit the Karen Blixen Museum, which is the former home of "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen and served as the farm house for her 4500 acre farm from 1917–1931. Next, you'll visit the Langata Giraffe Center, established to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Guests are permitted to feed the giraffes from a raised feeding platform, from which you'll also see several warthogs which roam freely with the giraffes.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for an "all you can eat" dining experience at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant. Here you'll find wide variety of meats, basted and roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge charcoal pit at the entrance of the restaurant, then carved to order by your waiter at your table. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunset Day 10: Arusha & Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. This morning, fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano that is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After completing border formalities, you'll drive to Arusha, a pleasant city that serves as a trading center for the surrounding farmlands.

Continue to Tarangire National Park, home to thousands of elephants, and, in the dry season, game which congregates along the river after having migrated from the Masai Mara. Large herds of antelope, zebras, gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, leopards, rhinos and many smaller mammals also make the park their home. Tarangire is an ornithologist's paradise, rich in an incredible variety of birds.

Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge located deep within the park. Lunch will be served at the Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive in Tarangire Park. Accommodations: Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Located at the base of the Great Rift Valley, the park is covered with forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. After lunch, take a game drive in search of tree climbing lions and see the flamingos that congregate in the thousands on the lake. Accommodations: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater. After breakfast, drive through the stunning hilly countryside of Karatu and the highlands covered with wheat and coffee plantations. Your destination is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where your lodge is perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The completely intact rim rises 1800 feet above the base and offers the very finest game viewing in Africa. It is considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders, and its abundant game includes rare species such as black rhinos and cheetahs. The magnificent scenery will thrill even the most experienced safari traveler.

Taking along a picnic lunch, descend into the crater. With the passage of time, the crater floor has become grassland with a lake in the middle, a sanctuary and source of water for the abundance of wildlife found here. Accommodations: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Wildebeest herd, Ngorongoro Crater Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater & Nairobi. Heading southeast, travel back to Arusha through the scenic Rift Valley escarpment with great views of Lake Manyara in the distance. Pass by the Masai Steppe, filled with picturesque African villages and banana plantations. Enjoy a picnic lunch then continue to Kilimanjaro Airport for your short flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, check into your day-use room. Later today, bid farewell to Africa as you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Europe. Accommodations: EKA Hotel Nairobi or similar (day-use room). Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 14: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA this afternoon.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS/PRECAUTIONS: Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry for passengers arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Countries, such as Kenya. Click here to find a local vaccination center.


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Our congratulations regarding the tour to Kenya we took with Friendly Planet last October. The tour guide was willing to satisfy our desires for pictures and was clever enough to spot the wild animals. We saw wonderful scenery, such as lions eating their prey and many other kinds of wild animals. All that in a quite relaxing atmosphere, vehicles spacious enough for 6, excellent accommodations, fulfilling my high expectations for an African photo safari. Even though I'm 71 and walking with a cane, this tour was very enjoyable for me.

Chantal Bouyssounouse, Novato, CA

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