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Highlights
  • Explore kenya and tanzania's top wildlife reserves with an expert safari guide
  • Relax at comfortable tented camps and lodges located inside parks and reserves
  • Visit an authentic masai village and local women's project
  • Travel in a small group of 6 for a more intimate safari experience
  • Enjoy a local lunch and village walk

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling, wildlife-rich 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, cushy lodges and tented camps 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, view Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance from Amboseli National Park, track the Big Five across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains and much, much more.

Trip Description
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience
 

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4.8
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience

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Loved our Safari with G Adventures January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
We've traveled with G several times before and have always been impressed with the quality of the guiding and with the value for money, and this trip was no exception. For half the price of many other safaris, we had a guide and a driver for our maximum group size of 6 people - and for the Tanzania portion, my significant other and I were the only ones on the tour, so we essentially had a private safari. We stayed in comfortable tented camps close to the action, and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our Tanzanian guide was a former wildlife ecologist, and our driver had been a park ranger in Serengeti, so we really felt we had an insider's experience. I can't recommend G highly enough.
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Professional, organised and personable service - an outstanding experience! February 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The program, the people, the other travellers and the CEOs and drivers. Together, I couldn't imagine a better way to have seen Africa for the first time! I'm hooked and would love to go back.

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I found the CEO and driver on each leg to be highly skilled at their jobs, extremely friendly and considerate, and quickly became friends. The accommodation was also excellent giving comfort whilst being in the centre of some of the parks. February 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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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/Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife viewing drive, with excellent chances of seeing the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 3 Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy daily wildlife safari drives in Kenya's premier wildlife park. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 4 Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, we embark to Lake Nakuru National Park for a hot lunch and an afternoon safari wildlife safari drive in search of the resident black and white rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard. Included Activities: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park/Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After a morning wildlife safari drive venture south to the famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Included Activities: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 6 Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy morning and afternoon games drives today. In our down time relax at our comfy camp, enjoying views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and game who visit the camps watering holes. Included Activities: Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle

Day 7 Amboseli National Park/Arusha (1B, 1L)

Today we cross into Tanzania, stopping at Arusha, a picturesque town that sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, and try a sample or two of the fresh locally grown coffee. Additional Notes: Upon arrival into Arusha, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers starting the Tanzania safari portion of the trip in Arusha. Included Activities: Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania) Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Arusha/Lake Manyara National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast continue on to Mto wa Mbu which means Mosquito River. Here we take a cultural walk to learn more about typical village life. After, feast on a traditional lunch before continuing on to Lake Manyara National Park for wildlife viewing in the park. This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park's bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephant, hippo and baboons. The afternoon is spent wildlife viewing along the main road that winds through a lush cool forest dominated by large fichus trees covered in bromeliads and ferns. Included Activities: Mto wa Mbu Village Walk and Lunch Lake Manyara National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

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

Travel to the world famous Serengeti, one of Africa's premier wildlife parks. Travel through the Rift Valley and visit a Masai village to learn about these proud nomadic people. Visit the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project and meet the local women who have installed clean cookstoves throughout the communities. Experience the impact of cooking over an open fire in a confined mud hut before witnessing the transformation that occurs when a clean cookstove is installed. Learn more about this project along with details about the day-to-day lives of the Masai. Reach the Serengeti in late afternoon just in time for a wildlife safari drive en route to our camp. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari Theme Pack, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above. Included Activities: Clean Cookstove Project Visit Olduvai Gorge Museum Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 10 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on a morning wildlife safari drive in our compact, safari 4x4, with a pop-up roof for optimal wildlife observation. Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 11 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue wildlife viewing on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Relax this evening enjoying the African sunset with a cool drink overlooking the watering hole. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 12 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L)

Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a wildlife safari drive and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha for the final night. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 13 Arusha (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,299

Price Per Day:

$ 485 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 Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Amboseli
  • Lake Manyara and the Serengeti
  • Visit the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project in a traditional Masai village
  • Entrance to Olduvai Gorge
  • Traditional lunch and walk in local community
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport7-seat 4x4 safari van, 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. If there is a large group, 2 vehicles will be used, and the group will be split up. 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 (3 nts), safari lodge (2 nts), comfort tented camps (7 nts).
Nairobi Centrally located in Westlands, our start hotel offers a host of facilities ranging from a beautifully designed pool and health club, excellent conference and banquet facilities, a wonderful courtyard 3 restaurants with delicious food 2 bars, gift shop, hair saloon, laundry service, fully equipped business centre. All rooms are en suites and have hair dryers, tea and coffee making service, mini bar, satellite TV, electronic safety deposit box, 220/115v shaver sockets, hot spot wireless connectivity. Masai Mara National Reserve Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Masai Mara wildlife reserve. The Camp is situated on the northern border of the wildlife reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during wildlife safari drives. To make an evening a real adventure, at the Fig Tree Camp we stay in luxury tents spaciously lined up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the wildlife reserve. Fig Tree Camp is also the base for the Masai Mara balloon safari. Speak to you sales person about pre-booking space. Lake Nakuru National Park Situated in the south east ecological niche of the park is the Lake Nakuru Lodge, an oasis of comfort and excellent service. It is another world for the visitor, where one easily forgets the hustle and bustle of the city. The lodge blends well with it's surrounding and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environs, much to the fascination of the visitors. Amboseli National Park A luxurious tented camp with breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilima Safari Camp is located in the Kimana area in Amboseli National Park, next to the Kimana Gate Park Entrance. The camp is set out on a 360 acre site with Spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Kimana area of Amboseli is famous for its large elephant population. Clients can enjoy great viewing from their tents which face the Animal water pools and all public areas and guest rooms are set towards Mount Kilimanjaro. Arusha The IIboru Safari Lodgel is located in Arusha, just 44 minutes away from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The accommodation will feature a private bathroom with a bath, shower and free toiletries. You can enjoy a patio, garden view from the room and swimming pool. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. Lake Manyara Rift Valley Photographic Lodge is located in the world-renowned Rift Valley and surrounded by the most sought after photographic safari destinations. The lodge is set high in a bush-cloaked ridge, with magnificent views over Lake Manyara. Serengeti National Park Tortilis Camp Located inside the National Park, is found where the sunrise is your daily wake-up call and a beautiful sunset will always alert you to go to the camp fire or sundowner. Camping at Turner’s Spring will offer the very best action-crammed adventure. Be prepared to sleep to the echoes of roaring lions, squealing hyenas and grunting hippos. The camp is strategically located on one of the main migration corridors where unforgettable event of millions wildebeest, hundred thousands of zebras and gazelles accompanied by a group of predators migrate annually. Amenities at the camp include: mess tent and bar, library and games, cosy lounge area, central fire place for evening sundowners, main open kitchen and each tent has comfortable beds and its own en-suite bathroom with flushing toilets and camping showers. Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Wildcamp is located inside of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. The mobile camp is composed of 20 comfortable tents with capacity to accommodate 2 guests each, and a large dining tent. Each tent has a self-contained shower and toilet; 2 king-size beds, reading table, garden chairs, verandah, mosquito nets, solar power for lighting, and water heater for hot shower. 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 and camps do not have 24hr electricity - they usually run on generators that are routinely shut off overnight from approximately 10pm to 5am. 3) Internet is only available at the start hotel 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
Arusha
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. COMBO TRIP DKTS passengers will be dropped at the Namanga border crossing en route to Nairobi on day 7 to continue their journey into Tanzania. All other passengers will return to Nairobi. This tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 3. TRAVEL DAYS 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. 4. ELECTRICITY All lodges will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times. The power supply in Kenya is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. FLYING THROUGH LONDON-HEATHROW TO EAST AFRICA? 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. 8. ACCOMMODATION Please note all accommodation is not guaranteed, and is subject to change. 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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