23 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration with Zanzibar

$10639
Land Only
$11519*
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Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration with Zanzibar
Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi
Samburu Intrepids Samburu
The Ark Aberdare National Park
Great Rift Valley Lodge Naivasha, Nakuru
Mara Intrepids Camp Masai Mara National Reserve
The African Tulip Arusha
Tarangire Sopa Lodge Tarangire Reservation
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge Lake Manyara
Lemala Ewanjan Serengeti National Park
Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Moru Kopjes Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Lake Duluti Lodge Arusha
The Seyyida Hotel & Spa Stone Town, Zanzibar
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa Pingwe, Zanzibar

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Thu, Feb 21  (Sold Out) $10619* $9789
Thu, Apr 25  (Sold Out) $9969* $9159
Thu, May 23  (Sold Out) $10849* $9739
Thu, Jun 13  (Sold Out) $11189* $9849
Thu, Jun 27  (Sold Out) $12789* $10949
Thu, Jul 18  (Sold Out) $13089* $11319
Thu, Aug 01  (Sold Out) $13089* $11319
Thu, Aug 15  (Sold Out) $12179* $11269
Thu, Sep 05  (Sold Out) $12269* $10999
$11519* $10639

*Not Included:
Zanzibar Infrastructure Tax of $1 per person per night (payable locally), optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flights Nairobi-Kilimanjaro, Arusha-Zanzibar & Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam.

Passengers should select flights on Day 23 from Dar es Salaam that depart no earlier than 3:00 pm.

Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya, and four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Tanzania. Click here for more information.

Passengers traveling from Kenya into Tanzania will be required to carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.

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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. We have many early mornings. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Passengers traveling from Kenya into Tanzania will be required to carry proof of yellow fever vaccination, and are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between tents. Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling safari in Kenya; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, acclimate to your new time zone and prepare for the African adventure that awaits you
Overnight: Nairobi

DAY 3, Saturday - Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre
This morning, visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to learn about how the orphan elephants, raised by the orphanage, are later released into the wild. Elephant calves are brought here from all over the country to receive specialized care from highly dedicated staff. Perhaps, you’ll arrive there just in time to see them being exercised and bathed. Then, drive towards the Ngong Hills for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farmhouse of the prominent author of Out of Africa. After lunch on your own, continue to Kazuri Beads Workshop, which started in 1975 as a tiny workshop making ceramic beads by hand. Today, this center produces fine examples of genuine African jewelry out of clay gathered from nearby Mt. Kenya. End the day at the Giraffe Centre where you hand-feed the Rothschild Giraffe, an endangered species, from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about their extensive conservation efforts. Tonight, a lavish dinner at the famous Talisman Restaurant
Overnight: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Evening Game Drive in Samburu National Park
Travel north this morning towards Samburu National Park, a spectacular 60-square-mile reserve known for its unique wildlife, rarely found in other Kenyan parks. Here, view different species of giraffe, zebra, beisa oryx and the long necked gerenuk, along with lion, cheetah, and leopard. Besides the numerous varieties of wildlife found in this game reserve, the park is also a bird haven. En route, stop for lunch at the Trout Tree Restaurant, built in an enormous fig tree below Mount Kenya. Arrive in Samburu, with its arid hills leading to the lush forested ravine of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Along these river banks, the majority of the animals gather for the promise of water. This evening, set out on your first game drive and watch the colorful African sunset before returning to the camp in time for dinner
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Samburu National Park
Morning game drive today in the midst of this rugged and beautiful semi-arid desert of northern Kenya. Perhaps you'll see a lion, ostrich, or even a family of elephants wandering the hills. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon drive takes you to a different area of the park. Return to the lodge for leisure time. Tonight, after dinner, an interesting lecture and discussion with a Samburu naturalist. You'll learn more about the principles and tribal traditions of the villagers living in the northern foothills of Mount Kenya
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Game Viewing in Aberdare National Park
Today, travel southwest to the heart of Aberdare National Park. Arrive at The Ark, one of Kenya's iconic tree lodges. The Ark is designed with layers of decks overlooking a floodlit watering hole and salt lick that attracts a huge amount of wildlife all day and night. The many different balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you up-close to the animals; see elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and occasionally a rhino
Overnight: Aberdare National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
Today, explore Lake Nakuru National Park, dominated by the shallow waters of the lake at its center, best known for its pink flamingos, white rhino, lion, and the elusive leopard. The birdlife here is absolutely superb, with over 450 species recorded - at certain times of year there are over a million flamingos. Drive to the edge of the lake to view thousands of birds feeding in the alkaline water, see the sweeping view from the top of Baboon Rocks, then look for warthogs and waterbucks. Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya to see black and white rhino, and for making daytime leopard sightings. Afterward, continue to your lodge where you will spend the remainder of the evening at leisure
Overnight: Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Afternoon Game Drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Early drive to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. The breathtaking savannahs of the park are a stunning backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the entire year. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive. Opportunity to participate in the optional visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe that inhabits this vast expanse. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market before returning to your camp
Optional: Maasai Village Visit (PM)
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve
A fabulous sunrise experience! Arise before dawn to participate in today's optional Hot Air Balloon Safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before returning back to camp. Today’s game drives through the spectacular Masai Mara reserve focus on the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), as well as antelopes, gazelles, hippos and a variety of bird life. A lovely dinner tonight celebrates your final night in the Mara
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Depart Kenya, Arrive in Tanzania
Depart the Mara this morning and return to bustling Nairobi. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Bid farewell to your Kenyan guide and transfer to the airport for your late evening flight to Tanzania. Arrive in Kilimanjaro; transfer to the hotel in Arusha, the safari capital of northern Tanzania, nestled at the foot of Mt Meru
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday - Tarangire National Park
Meet your Tanzanian guide this morning and travel to the vast Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe as well as a remarkable variety of over 500 bird species. The Tarangire River and its tributaries provide the only permanent water supply on Maasai land during the dry season, thus supporting a great diversity of wildlife - up to 6,000 elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. The afternoon game drive is sure to inspire - be sure to capture photos of the park's gigantic Baobab trees silhouetted against the sky!
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Tarangire Game Drives
The thrilling sounds of the animals and birds in the bush awaken you. Enjoy an early morning and afternoon game drive in beautiful Tarangire National Park. Time for personal pursuits before tonight’s delightful dinner
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park, world-famous for its nimble blue monkeys, elephants and bright pink-hued flamingos. More than 400 species live here, along with an abundance of bird life that makes it a haven for bird watchers. The afternoon is at leisure to rest and enjoy the amenities of the lodge. This evening, a sumptuous dinner awaits with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for the fabled Serengeti National Park. Unequaled in its natural beauty and undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, the vast plains of the Serengeti host Africa’s highest concentration of game. Standing majestically in this vast savannah, outcrops of granite called kopjes provide a habitat for many creatures because of the thriving vegetation, caves and flowing rivers. The spectacular Simba Kopje was used as inspiration for some of the scenes in the movie The Lion King. The first game drive explores the lush Seronera Valley, renowned for its lion and leopard populations, as well as a variety of other wildlife. At dusk, return to the campsite, sip a glass of wine by a warming campfire and share tales of today’s remarkable experiences
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Thursday - Serengeti Game Drives
Rise before dawn to prepare yourself for the optional Sunrise Balloon Safari -- a truly memorable experience! Take off in a hot air balloon as the sun rises. Float softly over the tranquil landscape viewing wild game roaming the vast plains. A sumptuous champagne breakfast awaits you at the end of the journey. Continue game viewing as you drive leisurely back to camp. Then, an exciting exploration of Moru Kopjes (weather permitting), the jewel in the Serengeti’s crown, an area of stunning beauty and excellent game viewing all year round. This unique landscape is characterized by rocky cliffs (kopjes) along with boulders and caves that act as canvases for ancient Maasai paintings. At the lodge tonight, enjoy a magnificent dinner and great conversation
Optional: Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Serengeti Game Drives
The early morning game drive takes you again into the protected Serengeti refuge. The breathtaking savannahs are a stunning backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the entire year. On your return to the camp, a leisurely lunch and time to relax before setting out on the afternoon game drive. After dinner tonight, listen to the sounds of the wilderness and gaze at the changing colors of the African skies
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, Saturday - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge Museum
After an early breakfast, bid farewell to the Serengeti plains and continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping en route to visit the remarkable Olduvai Gorge Museum with its displays of fossils that provide significant evidence of our ancestors almost four million years ago. Tonight at the lodge, dinner together accented by a gorgeous African sunset
Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Sunday - Ngorongoro Game Drive
Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa’s “Garden of Eden”. Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, one of the largest calderas in the world, containing diverse ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. You’ll surely be awed by the profusion and beauty of the wildlife in this natural enclosure! View herds of elephants slowly wandering along the trails as lions wait for their prey and guard their prides. You may spot gazelles, zebra and perhaps even the endangered rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting before you ascend to the crater rim and travel to Arusha. Time to relax before tonight’s delightful dinner. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager as you share memories of your magnificent adventure in Tanzania
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19, Monday - Stone Town, Sunset Dhow Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Stone Town, where you will be introduced to the historic capital of the Zanzibar Archipelago by your local host. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll through the town, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or simply rest, relax and enjoy the myriad delights of the hotel. This evening, board a traditional dhow in time to watch the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon. Enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow silently glides through the water, while savoring a glass of chilled wine
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 20, Tuesday - Tour of Stone Town, Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Stone Town, famous for its Swahili architecture, a maze of narrow alleyways, ornate wooden doors, and many historical buildings. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, home to a number of endemic species including the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Embark on a guided tour along the nature trails of Jozani Forest, keeping an eye out for some of the forest's other residents, including the Sykes' monkey, chameleons and a variety of birdlife. Then, follow a boardwalk deep in the mangrove swamps and learn how this fascinating ecosystem protects the island's coastline. After your visit, return to your hotel in Stone Town
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21, Wednesday - Mtoni Palace Ruins, Spice Farm, Kidichi Persian Baths
Journey to the western coast of Zanzibar to visit the ruins of Mtoni Palace, birthplace of Princess Salme, the youngest daughter of Sultan Said. Tour the grounds of the palace and enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony. A short boat ride takes you to one of the beautiful old Omani houses which once belonged to the Sultan's nephew. Then explore a lush spice farm, where your guide will introduce you to the various culinary and medicinal uses of the spices grown on the island. After lunch at a local house, visit the impressive Persian baths in Kidichi, which were built for Sultan Said's second wife, Sheherazade. Continue to your beachfront hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Pingwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22, Thursday - Day at Leisure
Today is at leisure to discover on your own. Relax, rejuvenate, enjoy your beautiful surroundings and treasure your last day in this paradise. This evening, savor a delicious dinner at the resort
Overnight: Pingwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 23, Friday - Depart Tanzania
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, where you will connect to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe that occupies Kenya and Tanzania. For centuries the Maasai people have lead a lifestyle centered around cattle rearing, and today this tradition still thrives. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market for locally made jewelry, baskets and textiles before returning to your camp.

Day #8 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2019 $30.00
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Arise before dawn, and take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before leisurely returning back to camp.

*Please note that departure time for this excursion is very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. 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. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $405.00
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Take off in your hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over the Serengeti. 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. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. Wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather, wind and seasonal migration patterns.

**Please note, the take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary and can take up to an hour.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #15 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $560.00
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