Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Nairobi & the ultimate safari: 14 game drives in Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures March – December 2020 Group Size 18 travelers max
Themes ActiveGrand ToursNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Recreational
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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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.

Package 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
  • 12 night accommodations at superior Nairobi hotels and safari lodges in Kenya and Tanzania
  • 33 Meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches & 10 dinners, including a welcome dinner 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 add-ons

  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

Why you'll love it

  • Set out on 14 game drives in search of the "Big 5".
  • Enjoy dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.
  • Fall in love with the orphaned elephant babies of Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery and learn how these adorable creatures are nurtured before being released back into the wild.
  • Learn about the production of handmade beads at the Kazuri Bead Factory, which employs local women and single mothers.
  • Explore the Karen Blixen Museum, previously the home of the author whose memoir inspired the Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa.
  • Hand-feed endangered giraffes at the Langata Giraffe Center.
  • See the efforts to save chimpanzees from extinction at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater.

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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?

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Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

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

Detailed Itinerary

 

 

Day 1 Depart USA

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

Day 2 Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.
  • This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.

Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar Dinner

Day 3 Nairobi

  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Discover how local women make handmade beads at the Kazuri workshop
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
  • See the endangered Rothschild's giraffe at the Langata Giraffe Center

Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Feeding a Rothschild's Giraffe, Nairobi

After breakfast, 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. 

After lunch on your own, 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 Blixen from 1917 until 1931. 

Later, visit The Langata Giraffe Center, established to protect the endangered 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

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

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Happy Samburu children

 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

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

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Elephant herd, 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.

Day 6 Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • 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

Sweetwaters Tented Camp or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Chimpanzees

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

  • 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, enjoy another game drive prior to dinner

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Rhinos, Lake Nakuru National Park

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

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

Mara Intrepids Tented Camp or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Migrating wildebeest, Masai Mara

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, then set off for an afternoon game drive. 

Day 9 Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Morning game drive
  • Late afternoon game drive

Mara Intrepids Tented Camp or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Giraffe on the savannah

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, +$430
Balloon safari, Masai Mara

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. ($450 if purchased locally)

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

  • After breakfast, enjoy a final game drive before departing the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Late afternoon flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport, in Tanzania

Mount Meru Hotel or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary

After breakfast, enjoy your final early morning game drive before departing the Masai Mara, and continue past the rolling wheat and barley farms of Narok, (the district headquarters of this part of Maasai land) en route to Nairobi. Lunch boxes will be provided upon arrival in Nairobi. Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania.  After completing border and customs 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

  • 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

Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Elephants, Tarangire National Park

 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

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

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Hippos, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

 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

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

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Panoramic view of Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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

  • Heading southeast, travel back to Arusha through the scenic Rift Valley
  • Enjoy lunch at the hotel and a day use room in Arusha
  • Bid farewell to Africa as you transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA tomorrow morning

Mount Meru Hotel or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Arusha, Tanzania

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 lunch at the hotel in Arusha and check-in to your day use room. This evening, transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your short flight back to the USA via Nairobi.  Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA tomorrow morning

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

Tamarind Tree Hotel

Tamarind Tree Hotel
First Class

Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi near iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.Tamarind Tree Hotel's outstanding leisure facilities and genuine service ensures that all our guests experience the very best of Tamarind hospitality.

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Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
First Class

Located 345 kilometers north of Nairobi, this tented lodge offers 28 modern and newly refurbished tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. All the tents are large and spacious under palm-thatched roofs with netted screens. This allows for the river breeze to keep them cool and give you stunning views of Samburu. The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor terrace where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. Meals can also be enjoyed on your private veranda or at one of a series of specially selected 'bush sites' close to camp.Intrepids also boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, where our naturalists deliver fascinating slideshows on most evenings, and an intimate conference room with a television for viewing wildlife documentaries.Behind the bar, surrounded by a shady sunbathing area, is our freeform swimming pool - a soothing drop of blue in this otherwise arid land

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Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Sweetwaters Tented Camp
First Class

The exclusive Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ration than any of Keny'a national parks. The camp lies in the center of the Ol Peejeta Conservancy which is host to elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and leopard.

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Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
First Class

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, it is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds.

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Mara Intrepids Tented Camp

Mara Intrepids Tented Camp

Mara Intrepids Camp is located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp is a short drive to the Mara River, home of the iconic wildebeest migration. The camp’s outdoor pool is surrounded by sun-loungers. There is a library with board games and a playground for children. Hot air balloon rides can be organised at Mara Camp. 

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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. Mount Meru Hotel offers first class health and recreation facilities. Tulia Spa and Salon doesn’t leave you only beautiful but also more relaxed. The sparkling blue adult swimming pool fountains in the children pool displaying a scenic water feature.

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Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge
First Class

The Tarangire Sopa Lodge, built as a 'low profile' structure, nestles into a wooded hillside valley overlooking Tarangire Hill. Tarangire Sopa Lodge is the only luxury 'hotel-like' lodge in Tarangire. The Lodge offers spacious rooms with good views over the bush; a pleasant lounge and restaurant, and a unique swimming pool located at the edge of a rocky gorge.

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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.Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge has a year-round outdoor pool. The property features a garden and sun terrace, which guests can enjoy if the weather permits. Ole Sere Spa offers a great chance to rejuvenate and re-energize after your bumpy safari adventures.

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