Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari 2014

Nairobi, Samburu, Masai Mara, Tarangire & Ngorongoro

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Overview

Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Highlights Nairobi, Mt Kenya National Park, Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, & Ngorongoro Crater.
Included in the Price
  • Round trip airfare from New York via Brussels Airlines, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Accommodations at Deluxe Nairobi hotels and Superior safari lodges in Kenya and Tanzania
  • All intra-Africa flights, land transportation, & transfers
  • 33 Meals: 12 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
What to Expect This fast-paced, 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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Testimonials

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The tour was well organized. Special thanks to our guide, Tony. He spotted animals and birds that none of us on the van saw. I saw more than I expected in 5 days. It was enough to keep busy but not exhausting. The accommodations were great. I would definitely use Friendly Planet on future trips.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn, NY

Dates, Prices & Options

Prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices and availability are subject to change. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Oct 28
Wed Oct 15 2014 Wed Oct 29 2014 $5699   Departed
Wed Nov 26 2014 Wed Dec 10 2014 $5799 $5299 Closed
Wed Dec 17 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014 $6599 $6099 Closed

Prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations, unless otherwise noted.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

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.

Children up to age 11 save $1000 or more off the prices above on family-friendly departures.

Best of Kenya & Tanzania
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy +$999
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: http://tanzaniatouristboard.com/

3. Departure tax paid locally.

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $600

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, PayPal, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Itinerary

Best of Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari itinerary If you're looking for an African wildlife safari you can afford, look no further. Savvy travelers and novices alike include Kenya & Tanzania on their list of safari tours, and for very good reason. Both countries are blessed with an abundance of spectacular wildlife and lavishly gorgeous, incredibly photogenic landscapes. Everywhere you go, from the teeming cities to the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming. Tourist infrastructure is amazing, often offering white glove service where the basics of running water and electricity appear impossible to find. Game reserves are magnificent, filled with all manner of wildlife, beautiful lakes and beaches, and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever.

With more than 50 parks to choose from 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 Wildlife Safari includes them all plus a lot more! And like all Friendly Planet tours, you'll enjoy the best of Kenya and Tanzania at prices that are as amazing as the countries themselves.

To enhance your visit to Kenya and make it more complete and memorable, we offer exciting optional excursions. These are available through your guide or tour manager and must be purchased locally. See our detailed itinerary below for full descriptions of each excursion. More information, including updates on pricing and availability, will be included with your travel documents.


Detailed Itinerary

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

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

Day 3: Nairobi. After a good night's rest and a morning of leisure, begin your tour of Nairobi with a visit to 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.

Feeding a Rothschild Giraffe, Nairobi 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. Breakfast provided.

Mount Kenya Day 4: Mt. Kenya National Park. Depart after breakfast and drive north into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range to Kenya's highest mountain, Mt. Kenya. On the slopes of Mt. Kenya, some 2000 meters high, you will be surrounded by a dense rainforest, but will still be able to view breathtaking mountain panoramas. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Experience game viewing from the lodge balconies and take in the trumpeting sound of nearby elephants. The waterhole is floodlit at night. In addition, there is an underground viewing platform. Accommodations: Aberdare Country Club on Jul 23, 2014 departure, Serena Mountain Lodge on all others. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve. Following breakfast, travel north to the remote Samburu Reserve via Isiolo. 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.

Samburu Reserve Samburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya's more famous parks, such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu 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. The Ewaso Ngiro River, which forms the southern boundary of the reserve, attracts many birds and is a popular watering hole for elephants. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and some relaxation, then take an evening drive for more game viewing. Accommodations: Samburu Game Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Cheetah, Samburu Reserve Day 6: Samburu Game Reserve. Enjoy another day of game viewing drives in the Samburu Game Reserve. The first is early in the morning, after which you'll return to the lodge for breakfast. Spend the day relaxing, then set out again in the early evening. Guided by your expert driver, you'll go exploring in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography, searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park. Early this morning, travel to Lake Nakuru National Park. Travel south through the town of Nanyuki and then head west via Nyahururu (still known to many as Thompsons Falls). Visit Lake Nakuru, which often appears pink from the numerous birds lining its shores.

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. Arrive at your lodge for check-in and dinner. Accommodations: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ostriches & zebras Day 8: 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 9: 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 guided 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. This afternoon, you can get an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people 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 not accepted.

Hot air balloons and giraffes Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari, $450. 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 10: Masai Mara & Nairobi. After breakfast enjoy your final game drive 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 back to your hotel in Nairobi and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for an "all you can eat" dinner at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant. Here you'll find almost every type of meat imaginable, 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. After dinner, transfer back to your hotel. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunset Day 11: 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 and temperate 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 lots of smaller mammals also make the park their home. Tarangire is an ornithologist's paradise, rich in an incredible diversity 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 12: 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 the flamingos that congregate in the thousands on the lake. Accommodations: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater. After breakfast, drive through the stunning hilly countryside of Karatu and the highlands filled 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. This extinct volcano, whose completely intact rim rises 1800' above the floor, offers among the very finest game viewing in Africa. It is considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders, and its abundant game, including rare species such as black rhinos and cheetahs and 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 14: Ngorongoro Crater & Nairobi. Heading southeast towards the highlands and Karatu, the scenery gradually changes into wheat plains and coffee plantations, before heading down through the scenic Rift Valley escarpment with great views of Lake Manyara beyond. Once on the main Arusha, Dodoma road, the journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. Upon arrival you continue with your picnic lunch to Kilimanjaro Airport for your short flight back to Nairobi. Check into your day-use room and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, bid farewell to Africa as you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Brussels. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi (day-use room). Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 15: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA this afternoon.

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