Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari

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per person, double occupancy* based on Apr. 5, 2018 departure from JFK
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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 13 open departures, February – November 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • 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
  • 32 Meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners, plus a special dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Masai Village Tour
  • 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
Optional
  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari
Highlights
  • Get a chance to see the big five and more on 14 game drives
  • Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Experience Masai tribal life during a visit to a traditional village
  • See the Karen Blixen Museum, home of the author of "Out of Africa"
  • Stop by the Langata Giraffe Center
  • Dine at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK), Land Only (no flights); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveNature & 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 Jan. 18, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2017 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Thu, Dec. 21, 2017
Returns: Wed, Jan. 3, 2018
Dec 21 – Jan 3 $7399 Closed
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Thu, Jan. 11, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jan. 24, 2018
Jan 11 – Jan 24 $5799 Closed
Departs: Thu, Feb. 8, 2018
Returns: Wed, Feb. 21, 2018
Book by Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 8 – Feb 21 $6299 –$500 Jan 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Thu, Mar. 8, 2018
Returns: Wed, Mar. 21, 2018
Book by Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 8 – Mar 21 $6299 –$500 Jan 18 $5799 Select
Departs: Thu, Apr. 5, 2018
Returns: Wed, Apr. 18, 2018
Book by Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 5 – Apr 18 $5499 –$500 Jan 18 $4999 Select
Departs: Thu, May 3, 2018
Returns: Wed, May 16, 2018
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May 3 – May 16 $5699 –$500 Jan 18 $5199 Select
Departs: Thu, May 31, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jun. 13, 2018
May 31 – Jun 13 $5899 Closed
Departs: Thu, Jun. 14, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jun. 27, 2018
Jun 14 – Jun 27 $6699 Closed
Departs: Thu, Jun. 28, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jul. 11, 2018
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Jun 28 – Jul 11 $7599 –$500 Jan 18 $7099 Select
Departs: Thu, Jul. 12, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jul. 25, 2018
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Jul 12 – Jul 25 $7499 –$500 Jan 18 $6999 Select
Departs: Thu, Jul. 26, 2018
Returns: Wed, Aug. 8, 2018
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Jul 26 – Aug 8 $7699 –$500 Jan 18 $7199 Select
Departs: Thu, Aug. 9, 2018
Returns: Wed, Aug. 22, 2018
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Aug 9 – Aug 22 $7199 –$500 Jan 18 $6699 Select
Departs: Thu, Aug. 30, 2018
Returns: Wed, Sep. 12, 2018
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Aug 30 – Sep 12 $7399 –$500 Jan 18 $6899 Select
Departs: Thu, Sep. 13, 2018
Returns: Wed, Sep. 26, 2018
Book by Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 13 – Sep 26 $7399 –$500 Jan 18 $6899 Select
Departs: Thu, Oct. 11, 2018
Returns: Wed, Oct. 24, 2018
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Oct 11 – Oct 24 $6899 –$500 Jan 18 $6399 Select
Departs: Thu, Oct. 25, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov. 7, 2018
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Oct 25 – Nov 7 $7399 –$500 Jan 18 $6899 Select
Departs: Thu, Nov. 15, 2018
Returns: Wed, Nov. 28, 2018
Book by Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 15 – Nov 28 $6199 –$500 Jan 18 $5699 Select

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

Best of Kenya & Tanzania
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 5, 2018;  May 3, 2018 +$199
May 31, 2018;  Jun 14, 2018 +$399
Jan 11, 2018;  Feb 8, 2018;  Mar 8, 2018 +$799
Nov 15, 2018 +$999
Dec 21, 2017 +$1049
Jun 28, 2018;  Jul 12, 2018;  Jul 26, 2018;  Aug 9, 2018;  Aug 30, 2018;  Sep 13, 2018;  Oct 11, 2018;  Oct 25, 2018 +$1299
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
1
+$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.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
Land Only (no flights)1 –$600

1. 1. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are not included. You may select private airport transfers for an additional fee, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in Nairobi on Day 2 and to depart from Nairobi on or after Day 13. Flights on Day 13 should not depart before 9:00 pm.

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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 (details). Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 hours of your 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 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 (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.

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: 1 night EKA Hotel Nairobi. or similar

  • Upon arrival, our representative will assist you with passport and customs formalities
  • Transfer to your hotel for check-in

Day 3: 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 4: Samburu Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Samburu Game Lodge, Samburu Intrepids Lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge, 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, drive to Samburu. On the way you'll pass through Ol Pejeta Conservancy and have another opportunity for game viewing. Cross the foothills of Mount Kenya to a dusty outpost called Isiolo, en route to Samburu Reserve in time for lunch at your lodge. 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. In the afternoon, take part in another game drive, returning to the lodge 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: 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: 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.

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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

  • After breakfast, head out for the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoy lunch at a nearby lodge
  • Depart for a game drive en route to your lodge, arriving as the sun sets

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 a nearby lodge. After lunch, depart for a game drive en route to your lodge, arriving as the sun sets.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive
  • Mingle with Masai villagers in their natural setting
  • 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.

After lunch, 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".

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.

Hot air balloons and giraffesOptional 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.

Day 9: Masai Mara & Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night EKA Hotel Nairobi. or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a final game drive before departing the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Langata Giraffe Center
  • Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • After dinner, return to your Nairobi hotel for overnight

Masai Mara warriorsFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Day 10: Arusha & Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

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

  • This morning, fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania
  • 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: 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.

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodations: 1 night Lake Manyara Serena Safari 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: 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.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodations: 1 night Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • This morning drive to Ngorongoro Conservation
  • Your lodge is perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater
  • Taking along a picnic lunch, descend into the crater

Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaFull Day Itinerary: 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.

Day 13: Ngorongoro, Arusha & Depart Nairobi

Accommodations: EKA Hotel Nairobi (2017), Lazizi Premiere Hotel (2018), or similar (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 14: 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.

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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

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