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Highlights
  • Spot the big five on their home turf with an expert wildlife guide at your side
  • Search by boat for hippos and crocodiles on lake naivasha
  • Enjoy the perks of travelling in one safari vehicle with guaranteed window seat by capturing stunning photos of exotic wildlife
  • Meet the local masai women in their village and learn about a life changing cook-stove project
  • Relax at hand-picked safari lodges

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip stresses the former while capturing the spirit of the latter, transferring you swiftly between national parks and cushy lodges while still giving you the chance to get out and truly feel the majestic lands you’re travelling across. In a small safari 4x4 with two expert local guides, you’ll descend into the Great Rift Valley, spot elephants in the distance in Amboseli National Park, track the Big Five across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains and more. Your photos have never looked this good.

Trip Description
East Africa Lodge Safari
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
East Africa Lodge Safari

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I had a wonderful experience with G Adventures, they really took my trip "to the next level" with a lot of intangible personal touches. December 2015

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Climbing Kilimanjaro has been something I have wanted to do for... well, almost as along as I can remember. G Adventures made reaching my goal a reality. The cost for this trip was reasonable, the ability of customer service reps to answer my questions prior to departure was terrific. Once in Tanzania, we were met by a fabulous team. Our entire crew was amazing, treating us like family and contributing to us successfully reaching the Summit.
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All the CEOs had an incredible attention to detail and really cared for all of us on the trip. The standard they provided was much higher than I had expected! December 2015

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I cannot recommend G Adventures highly enough for this trip! All the CEOs (Israel, Samson, Joseph, G Man, Aboo, Emmanuel) were enthusiastic, professional, friendly and really seemed to care about us. The quality of the food and accommodation they provided up the mountain was incredible and the G Fighters were always so cheery. I would particularly like to thank Aboo who looked after me so well when I was ill with the altitude as without him I definitely would not have made it to the top or enjoyed my trip so much!
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Very professional Group, looked after needs of group December 2015

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Fantastic experience. Very well looked after by our Guides. Knew everybody's strengths and weaknesses. Were a tower of strength on summit night.

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Everything was well organised, CEO was great! November 2015

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Was great for chilling, expecially after exhausting Kilimajaro!

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No matter the level of fitness or experience, the G Adventures guides gave everyone the appropriate help and support throughout the trek. October 2015

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I had a fantastic time on the mountain with G Adventures. All the guides, as well as being professional, were always up for having a laugh as well, which made the whole experience a lot more relaxed.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi

On arrival at Nairobi airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Nairobi/Aberdare National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive along the Great Rift Valley with stunning views from lookout points. Enjoy your first wildlife safari drive in Aberdare National Park this afternoon. Included Activities: Aberdare Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 3 Aberdare National Park/Naivasha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning wildlife safari drive then travel to Lake Naivasha and take an afternoon boat ride to view hippos and birds who make the lake their home. Opt to enjoy a nature walk in the surrounding forest. Included Activities: Aberdare Wildlife Safari Drive Lake Naivasha Boat Ride Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 4 Naivasha/Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, depart for the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, settle into our safari lodge, our base for our time here. Then, set off on a wildlife safari drive into the Mara in search of the 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 5 Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

The day continues with more wildlife viewing as we drive across the rolling hills of the African savanna. With this many days spent right in the reserve, venture further than most safari groups into the western region of the reserve, considered to be one of the best areas for wildlife viewing. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 6 Masai Mara/Lake Victoria (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border into Tanzania. Enjoy a free evening. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania) Transport: Safari vehicle Safari vehicle

Day 7 Lake Victoria/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the world famous Serengeti, one of Africa's premier wildlife parks. Enter from the less-visited western gate, and begin to take in the the vast and varied terrain, home to the Big Five, the Small Five and hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. Included Activities: Boat Ride Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 8 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy daily wildlife safari drives and wildlife viewing with time to relax at our lodge conveniently located inside the park. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari Theme Pack, your flight be early in the morning of Day 8. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 9 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)

After an early breakfast, set off toward Ngorongoro Conservation Area for more wildlife viewing and our next lodge. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 10 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L)

Wake early and decend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a full morning wildlife safari drive to spot as many different species of wildlife as possible, then eat a picnic lunch and continue to a Masai village to learn about local people and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project. Meet the local female engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities before continuing to Arusha for the evening. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Clean Cookstove Project Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Arusha/Nairobi (1B)

Cross the border back into Kenya and opt for a final dinner with the group. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya) Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 12 Nairobi (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,199

Price Per Day:

$ 517 per person
 
USD30, usually included in most international air tickets.
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit
  • Mto wa Mbu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrances and safari wildlife safari drives in Aberdare National Park
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park
  • and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Boat trip and nature walk at Lake Naivasha
  • Lake Victoria visit with boat ride
  • Masai village visit and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, boat, private minibus, walking.This trip is done in private 7-seat 4x4 safari vans in Kenya and 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicles in Tanzania. With sliding windows and a large pop-up roofs, these vehicles are designed for wildlife viewing. Road conditions can run the full range of conditions from new to very poor, and during the dry season especially, the roads can become very dusty. This style of travel is the best under the local circumstances, as the seats are comfortable and having our own private vehicle allow us the flexibility of making stops when needed, and to stay and watch that crouching lion prepare for an attack. The journey between Kenya and Tanzania will be done on a private mini bus, varying in size depending on the group size. If you are returning to Nairobi from Arusha at the end of your safari and have pre-booked your "shuttle" transfer through G Adventures, you will travel in a public shuttle; these are large mini buses with seating for 22-24 passengers. Speed governors set to 80kph are used on all vehicles to ensure a safe driving speed. Please note for your own safety it is mandatory to wear your seat belt at all times when in a vehicle. All G Adventure vehicles are regularly serviced and follow a strict maintenance schedule. However given the long travel days and rough conditions of many of the roads in Africa, vehicles can and do breakdown on occasion. If such situations occur all drivers are trained mechanics and any vehicle issues are rectified as quickly as possible so as to not disrupt your trip. Your patience is requested if the vehicle you are traveling in happens to encounter a mechanical fault.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 6
Max 6, Avg 5.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (4 nts), safari lodges (7 nts).
Please remember that hotel/lodge/camp standards can be different from what you are used to in your home country, which is part of the appeal of adventure travel. Note: 1) Under certain circumstances we reserve the right to change accommodation and provide something slightly different to what is described, though it will always be of similar or better standard/level. 2) Most lodges do not have 24hr electricity - they usually run on generators which are routinely shut off overnight from approximately 10pm to 5am. 3) Internet is only available at the start hotel in Nairobi and in Arusha. 4) Lodges and camps are NOT equipped with fans or air conditioning due to the electricity constraints listed above.
Start City
Nairobi
End City
Nairobi
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout and certified driver/guide.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. MIGRATION Tanzania and Kenya The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the National Park and extend into the western Ngorongoro Conservation Area, form the main ungulate calving grounds of the Serengeti. The wildebeest typically disperse into the Seronera plains during the short rains, which fall in late November or early December, before calving in January, and staying put until the end of the long rains from January to early May. Towards the end of April the wildebeest start to congregate on the southern plains in the preparation for the 800km northward migration. The major obstacle faced by the wildebeest on this migration is the crossing for the Grumeti River through the western corridor, which typically occurs from June into early July. From July to October, the ungulates disperse again, with about half of them crossing the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and the remainder spreading out through the northern and western Serengeti. By late October the animals have generally started to plod back southward to the Seronera Plains, to arrive there in late November when the cycle starts all over again. 2. TRANSPORTATION This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in Kenya. A safari is about travelling to see animals, so we cover long distances crossing the country to visit different wildlife parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing wildlife while driving in the parks. This translates to a lot of driving. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience. 3. ACCOMMODATION All lodges will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times. 4. YELLOW FEVER A Yellow Fever certificate is required if you are traveling to Kenya from a Yellow Fever endemic country. These certificates are required not only for passengers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission but also those who may have transited through such countries. Incoming passengers who do not have the Certificate and are required to have it will be vaccinated at the Airport if they wish to enter the country. The cost of the vaccination is 1,000 Kenyan Shillings. 5. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Nairobi does not arrive, especially with, but not exclusive to, major airlines out of London-Heathrow or Schiphol (Amsterdam). Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centres, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Nairobi, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Kenya. You may find that your tour will begin, and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Kenya are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour, and hire someone locally to persist with the your airline to retrieve your luggage. Your CEO or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement. 6. CARRY ON LUGGAGE (via London-Heathrow) Please note that regardless of the rules in other centres, travellers flying from, or connecting in, London-Heathrow are currently only permitted one carry-on piece of luggage and one small personal bag (purse, laptop-size bag, briefcase) on board on flights to Nairobi. If you arrive to the security gate with 2 pieces, you will be forced to check-in one of them, which may result in complications noted above. This policy is in place as of the time of writing, though local rules and regulations may indeed change. It is thus advisable to contact your airline directly for the most up-to-date information. 7. ACCOMMODATION Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used. 8. ELECTRICITY The power supply in Kenya and Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected. 9. EXTRAS Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

Meals

These meals are provided at the hotels or lodges in which you are accommodated. When an evening meal is not included, your hotel will have a restaurant or your will be advised of a good local establishment. All meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. All hotels cater to vegetarians; however, any other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note all bottled drinking water will be at your own expense.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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