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The Serengeti & Beyond: A Kenya & Tanzania Safari


Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights NYC-Nairobi
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Kilimanjaro-Nairobi
  • 12 nights in First Class safari lodges and authentic accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern 7-seater safari vans and 4x4 vehicles
  • 35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners (including a home hosted welcome dinner, bush dinner, and farewell lunch)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee and tea with all meals
  • Services of local English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Take in Africa’s most revered game parks from the deluxe comforts of intimate tented camps
  • Enjoy a personal game drive experience in safari vehicles that seat no more than seven
  • Learn about the efforts to save orphaned animals at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit Karen Blixen’s farmhouse, a museum memorializing the Out of Africa author
  • See the rare Rothschild's giraffe at the Giraffe Center
  • Meet the women who shape and paint Kenya’s popular Kazuri ceramic beads
  • Enjoy dinner at the beautiful home of Alan Donovan, a renowned collector of tribal artifacts
  • Indulge in a special torch-lit bush dinner in the great Amboseli outdoors
  • Savor a special lunch at Gibbs Farm, a local favorite in a setting of rustic luxury
  • Meet a Maasai elder to hear about village culture and traditions
  • Examine remarkable cave paintings of the Maasai at the Moru kopjes

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend many days on safari or transferring between parks. The overall pace is moderate, with 1 three night stay, 4 two night stays, and 1 one night stay. A typical safari day begins at sunrise, when animals are most active in the wild. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. Our safari game drives likewise traverse many bumpy roads in vehicles without air conditioning. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart or back conditions.


DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Nairobi, Kenya. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Upon arrival in Nairobi, transfer to our contemporary-style hotel to rest up after your journey. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi

DAY 3, Tuesday - Nairobi Sightseeing and Home - Hosted Dinner
We begin our east African adventure at the internationally renowned Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Since 1955, this organization has raised and rehabilitated a variety of animals from elephants to mongooses for reintroduction into the wild. Later, we visit the Karen Blixen Museum, housed in the farmhouse of the Out of Africa author. Here we will also visit the Giraffe Center, where we get a glimpse of the rare Rothschilds Giraffe; the center’s founders provided refuge to its first endangered giraffes in 1974. Afterwards, we will make a local stop to learn about the crafting of Kenya's popular Kazuri beads. Tonight, we get a delightful introduction to African tribal culture at the home of Alan Donovan, a respected collector of local relics. We will enjoy dinner at his house which has stunning overlooks of the Ngong Hills and serves as an exhibition space for contemporary and ancient artifacts
Overnight: Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Drive to Amboseli National Park
This morning we drive to Amboseli National Park with spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Amboseli’s vast underground springs flow down from Kilimanjaro and feed countless watering holes that attract herds of elephants, wildebeest, and zebra. We arrive at our camp in time for an al fresco lunch. Then we enjoy our first game drive, accompanied by eagle-eyed guides who are skilled trackers. It’s a thrill to traverse this untouched land and witness wildlife in their unspoiled natural habitat. We end our first safari with a traditional sundowner while enjoying a view of snow-capped “Kili”
Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Enjoy Amboseli Game Drives
On a typical safari day, we set out early to catch the animals when they are at their most active. Just off their night hunts, lions might be wandering the wide-open plains in search of a shady tree. Amboseli is famous for the abundance of elephants, and seeing them against the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a fantastic experience. We return to our camp for a freshly prepared lunch during which we might see animals passing in the dusty distance. This afternoon visit a Masai village and meet with the tribe elder before returning to the wilds for an afternoon game drive. This evening, we enjoy a special, fire-lit bush dinner under African skies
Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Cross Tanzania Border/ Drive to Ngorongoro
Cross into Tanzania this morning, switching vehicles at the border. We will stop for lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a charming local favorite in Arusha. Arusha is a gateway to Tanzania's most renowned national parks. This afternoon, transfer into the hills of Ngorongoro National Park. Ngorongoro has been called Africa’s Eden. Its sunken crater was formed when a huge volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2-3 million years ago. Today, this 2,000-foot-deep, massive caldera is an unspoiled wilderness of large plains animals and abundant bird life. We arrive at our lodge late this afternoon, set on the rim of the crater with incredible views
Overnight: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for Full-Day Game Drive
Today we descend through a hillside rainforest of acacia trees into swaying grasses and verdant fields threaded by rambling streams – a spellbinding and beautiful setting for grazers, predators, and prey. The crater’s huge bowl shape forms a natural enclosure for the Big Five – rhinos, leopards, lions, buffaloes, and elephants – among an abundant variety of other creatures. We’ll spend the day exploring its various habitats: forest, lake, river, and plain
Overnight: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Drive across Plains to Serengeti/ Visit Olduvai Gorge
Today we drive across the breathtaking “endless plains” of Tanzania to the mighty Serengeti. Along the way the Olduvai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey unearthed hominid skeletons, provides a fascinating rest stop. We arrive at our camp this afternoon, set on a gentle slope with magnificent views of the Serengeti plain. This afternoon depart on a game drive in this world-renowned park, where over a million wildebeest and zebra follow lush grasslands on a vast and endless migration loop in the most dramatic movement of animals on the planet
Overnight: Lemala Ewanjan Camp, Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Explore Serengeti National Park
We have two days to explore the spectacular Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of plains animals anywhere on earth. Today’s full-day game drive delivers us to a variety of ecosystems, from grasslands to valleys to river beds, where lions, hippos, giraffes, and countless others roam. A unique geologic feature of the Serengeti is its kopjes, huge granite rock formations that dramatically rise from the flat plains. We’ll take a break from our drive to explore the Moru kopjes, where ancient Maasai art adorns the walls of caves. It's common to find some big cats and elephants nearby as the rocks provide ideal look out points for predators, as well as a precious source of shade in the vast plains. We return to camp in time to watch the sunset from around our campfire
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast
Overnight: Lemala Ewanjan Camp, Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Explore Serengeti National Park
Enjoy an early morning game drive today, returning to camp for lunch and traditional siesta. Late afternoon, we return to the wilds, exploring the Simba kopjes. These kopjes are particularly favored by lions due to the high perches which provide a place to hide their cubs from predators. Return to your camp for dinner
Overnight: Lemala Ewanjan Camp, Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Drive to Lake Manyara National Park
A magnificent driving day brings us to Lake Manyara National Park, hugging the shores of what Hemingway called “the loveliest lake in Africa.” En route, we stop to visit a local village school. Here, we’ll meet students and teachers and hear about their daily lives. Their schoolhouse may be simple, but the students’ eagerness to learn is powerful. Lake Manyara is known for its elephants, flamingos, and unique tree-climbing lions. Our camp enjoys a stunning lakeside location in a secluded woodland; we can often see pelicans and flamingos wading in the water. We’ll continue to explore the beauty of Lake Manyara during an afternoon game drive
Overnight: Lemala Manyara Camp, Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Transfer to Tarangire National Park
Transfer to Tarangire National Park this morning, arriving at our permanent tented camp for a late lunch. Tarangire’s river and wetlands are the single source of water here during the dry season; they provide a haven for a rich array of bird life and wildlife, including giraffes and large herds of elephants. We explore its variety of landscapes and animals during our afternoon game drive
Overnight: Kikoti Safari Camp or Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Friday - Explore Tarangire National Park
More than 550 species make Tarangire their home, We’ll get an early start today to seek some of them out. After a late breakfast back at camp, there’ll be time to relax until lunch and an afternoon game drive. The park’s distinctive baobab tree creates an otherworldly atmosphere amidst the grassy terrain
Overnight: Kikoti Safari Camp or Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Depart for the USA
After breakfast, we drive to Arusha, where we enjoy a farewell lunch. Then, fly from Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi, where you’ll join your connecting flight for the USA this evening. Arrive in the USA on Day 15
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

    Day #9 01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $495
    Take off in your hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over theSerengeti. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. At the end of your flight, enjoy a sumptuous champagne breakfast laid out in the wild African savanna. Dine on eggs, sausages, and bacon, all cooked over a charcoal fire in the bush. Continue game viewing as you take a leisurely drive back to camp.

    *Please note that departure time for this excursion is necessarily very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. Wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather, wind and seasonal migration patterns.

    **Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Prices do not include optional tours, and gratuities for guides/tour managers. Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.


    Additional Information:
    Passengers should select flights on Day 14 from Nairobi that depart no earlier than 7:30 pm.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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