Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari

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Overview

Featuring Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakura, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
18 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 15 open departures, January – December 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
    Flights
  • Coach
    Coach
  • Transfers
    Transfers
  • Hotel
    Hotel
  • Meals
    Meals
  • Guides
    Guides
  • 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
  • 33 Meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts, 12 lunches & 9 dinners, including a special lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives by local English-speaking guide
  • 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
Optional
  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast
Highlights
  • Get a chance to see the big five and more on 14 game drives
  • Learn about the efforts of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery
  • Dine at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Discover how the Kazuri Bead Factory Store helps local women
  • See the Karen Blixen Museum, home of the author of "Out of Africa"
  • Stop by the Langata Giraffe Center
  • Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request
Themes ActiveGrand ToursNature & 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 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 Bird Discount: Save up to $500 per person if you book by Oct. 11, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2019 DEPARTURES
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Departs: Thu, Jan. 10, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jan. 24, 2019
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Jan 10 – Jan 24 $5899 –$500 Oct 11 $5399 Select
Departs: Thu, Feb. 7, 2019
Returns: Thu, Feb. 21, 2019
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Feb 7 – Feb 21 $5899 –$500 Oct 11 $5399 Select
Departs: Thu, Mar. 7, 2019
Returns: Thu, Mar. 21, 2019
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Mar 7 – Mar 21 $5799 –$500 Oct 11 $5299 Select
Departs: Thu, Apr. 18, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 2, 2019
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Apr 18 – May 2 $5499 –$500 Oct 11 $4999 Select
Departs: Thu, May 2, 2019
Returns: Thu, May 16, 2019
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May 2 – May 16 $5499 –$500 Oct 11 $4999 Select
Departs: Thu, May 30, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jun. 13, 2019
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May 30 – Jun 13 $5699 –$500 Oct 11 $5199 Select
Departs: Thu, Jun. 27, 2019
Returns: Thu, Jul. 11, 2019
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Jun 27 – Jul 11 $7099 –$500 Oct 11 $6599 Select
Departs: Thu, Jul. 25, 2019
Returns: Thu, Aug. 8, 2019
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Jul 25 – Aug 8 $7099 –$500 Oct 11 $6599 Select
Departs: Thu, Aug. 22, 2019
Returns: Thu, Sep. 5, 2019
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Aug 22 – Sep 5 $7099 –$500 Oct 11 $6599 Select
Departs: Thu, Sep. 5, 2019
Returns: Thu, Sep. 19, 2019
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Sep 5 – Sep 19 $6799 –$500 Oct 11 $6299 Select
Departs: Thu, Sep. 19, 2019
Returns: Thu, Oct. 3, 2019
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Sep 19 – Oct 3 $6799 –$500 Oct 11 $6299 Select
Departs: Thu, Oct. 3, 2019
Returns: Thu, Oct. 17, 2019
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Oct 3 – Oct 17 $6799 –$500 Oct 11 $6299 Select
Departs: Thu, Oct. 24, 2019
Returns: Thu, Nov. 7, 2019
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Oct 24 – Nov 7 $6699 –$500 Oct 11 $6199 Select
Departs: Thu, Nov. 7, 2019
Returns: Thu, Nov. 21, 2019
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Nov 7 – Nov 21 $5799 –$500 Oct 11 $5299 Select
Departs: Thu, Nov. 28, 2019
Returns: Thu, Dec. 12, 2019
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Nov 28 – Dec 12 $5799 –$500 Oct 11 $5299 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Best of Kenya & Tanzania
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 18, 2019;  May 2, 2019 +$499
Mar 7, 2019;  May 30, 2019;  Nov 7, 2019;  Nov 28, 2019 +$849
Jan 10, 2019;  Feb 7, 2019 +$999
All other departures +$1449
Optional Excursions
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari1 +$430

1. Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.

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 processing 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.

Transfers for Passengers Booking Land Only
Optional Airport Transfers
Arrival Transfer: Nairobi airport to hotel
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+$40
Departure Transfer: Nairobi hotel to airport2 +$40

1. Rate is based on 2 passengers. Transfer is via a private car with a maximum of 2 passengers.

2. Rate is based on 2 passengers. Transfer is via a private car with a maximum of 2 passengers.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

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 one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. 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. 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.

Deposit
Deposit $1600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart the USA this evening on your overnight flight to Kenya

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Accommodations: 2 nights Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi or similar. 

  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Nairobi

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit the Kazuri Bead Factory and Karen Blixen Museum
  • See the endangered Rothschild's giraffe at the Langata Giraffe Center

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast and check-out, visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, where young orphaned elephant babies are hand-raised until they are released back to the natural habitat in the Tsavo National Park. Here they are able to mingle freely with the wild community.  Then have lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. 

Kazuri Bead FactoryAfter lunch, continue to the Kazuri Bead Factory Store, where the guide will explain the hand-making process. Founded in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood, the factory started as a tiny workshop experimenting in making handmade beads, only employing two Kenyan women and today has grown to employ many other women, most of them single mothers.  Then, visit the Karen Blixen Museum.  Before becoming a museum in 1991, the house and surrounding 4500 acre farm where owned by "Out of Africa" author Karen Lixen from 1917 until 1931. 

Later, visit The Langata Giraffe Center, established to protect the Feeding a Rothschild's Giraffe, Nairobiendangered Rothschild's giraffe. There are also several warthogs which roam freely with the giraffes. Guests may feed the giraffes from a raised feeding platform. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

 

Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights  Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Travel north to the remote Samburu Reserve with morning game spotting
  • Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive

Samburu ReserveFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast depart Nairobi heading north, you'll pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After passing the town of Nanyuki, you'll continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it's a fairly short hop to Samburu, where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon, depart on your first game drive, returning to the camp as the sun sets.

Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive
  • Lunch, followed by some free time to relax
  • Early evening game drive

Cheetah, Samburu ReserveFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Day 6: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Accommodations: 1 night Sweetwaters Tented Camp or similar.  Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at your camp
  • In the afternoon, visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary followed by a game drive
  • This evening sit by the lit waterhole to view the animals

ZebrasFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodations: 1 night Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Early this morning, travel to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 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

BuffaloFull Day Itinerary: Leaving Sweetwaters and Mount Kenya behind, you'll head west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237-foot cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to your next destination, 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 en route to the lodge where you will have lunch. Following lunch there is an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru. Continue to Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge as the sun sets.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Mara Intrepids Tented Camp or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, head out for the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive at your camp

Ostriches & zebrasFull Day Itinerary: 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 your camp upon arrival, then set off for an afternoon game drive. 

Day 9: Masai Mara National Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive
  • Late afternoon game drive

Giraffe on the savannahFull Day Itinerary: 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 choice for an early morning 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.

Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $450 (purchased locally or $430 if pre-booked).

Hot air balloons and giraffes

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.  After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a champagne breakfast in the bush.  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.

 

Day 10: Masai Mara National Reserve & Arusha, Tanzania via Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a final game drive before departing the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • After lunch, fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, enjoy your final early morning game drive before departing the Masai Mara Park, and continue through of rolling wheat and barley farms of Narok, (the district headquarters of this part of Maasai land) to Nairobi. Arrive back into Nairobi in time for lunch. Later, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania.  After completing border formalities, check-in to your hotel in Arusha, a pleasant city that serves as a trading center for the surrounding farmlands.

Day 11: Arusha & Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Accommodations: 1 night Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast continue on to Tarangire National Park.
  • Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge in Tarangire National Park
  • Lunch will be served at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive

Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunsetFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, 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.

Day 12: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodations: 2 nights Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park
  • After lunch, take a game drive in search of tree climbing lions and flamingos

Lake Manyara National Park, TanzaniaFull Day Itinerary: From your lodge in the Tarangire area, you depart to the border of the park viewing game en route. At the town of Makuyuni you turn west and continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. Descend the Great Valley and enter Lake Manyara National Park for a half day game drive. Enjoy your packed lunch.

 

Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of Karatu and the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations. Arrive at the Lodge for dinner.

Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning drive to Ngorongoro Conservation
  • Taking along a picnic lunch, descend into the crater

Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 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.  Later this afternoon, return to your lodge.

Day 14: Ngorongoro, Arusha & Depart Nairobi

Accommodations:  Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania (day-use room). Included meals:  Breakfast & lunch.

  • Heading southeast, travel back to Arusha through the scenic Rift Valley
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch then continue to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Bid farewell to Africa as you transfer to the airport for your return flight

Wildebeest herd, Ngorongoro CraterFull Day Itinerary: 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.

 

Day 15: Arrive USA

  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA today

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.

Hotels

Mount Meru Hotel

Mount Meru Hotel

First Class

Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha is a modern hotel that offers you a beautiful setting and breathtaking views with 178 rooms. Large windows in the room give you an incredible overlook of the lush gardens that cover the expansive nine-acre property by the foothills of Mount Meru, which serves as a backdrop from nearly every point on the property. Although Mount Meru Hotel is a modern facility, the wildness of Tanzania is never far away. When you walk through the property, you may see some of the area's avian life.

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Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe

This 5 star colonial lodge is situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Oldeani Mountain and The Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.  The lodge is accessed over a pond and one's first impression is the grand central hallway with wooden trusses looking out over the fire place, infinity pool and out onto Mount Oldeani, which is part of the caldera of the would famous Ngorongoro crater, only 7.5 miles away.All 50 suites have panoramic views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated, equipped with a private bathroom with bath, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer.  The hotel offers international & traditional cuisine with outside and inside seating overlooking Oldeani Mountain.  Open for breakfast, lunch, High Tea and dinner.  The hotel also offers a cigar & whiskey bar. 

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