Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience with Nairobi & Zanzibar

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Africa conjures up dreamy images of mystical mountains, savanna grasslands, and endless plains, but for the adventure seeker, it’s where the wild things are. The “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo await you on this ultimate safari through East Africa. Featuring unique lodges and tented camps, custom-made 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles, an...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Nairobi : Visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, and the Giraffe Center
    • Samburu national reserve: Three game drives
    • Ol pejeta conservancy: Game drive; visit a chimp sanctuary
    • Nyahururu falls : Visit the falls
    • Lake nakuru national park: Game drive
    • Maasai mara national reserve : Three game drives; bush breakfast
    • Amboseli national park: Three game drives; sundowner drinks; traditional Maasai dance performance
    • Lake manyara national park : Game drive; bush lunch
    • Tloma village: Visit a local family’s home to learn about the Iraqw culture, and visit a local primary school
    • Ngorongoro crater: Full-day game drive

What's this trip about?

    Africa conjures up dreamy images of mystical mountains, savanna grasslands, and endless plains, but for the adventure seeker, it’s where the wild things are. The “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo await you on this ultimate safari through East Africa. Featuring unique lodges and tented camps, custom-made 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles, and exclusive meals in the bush, this Kenya and Tanzania tour promises larger than life experiences and countless memories. You’ll savor the unique terrain and wildlife at seven renowned national parks, reserves, and conservancies, including the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, and the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Beyond sightings of the “Big 5,” be on the lookout for cheetah, wildebeest, crocodile, hippo, and rhino. On the tamer side, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary as well as the endearing experience of interacting with local children at a primary school in Karatu. Explore more on your tour of Africa with time in Nairobi and Zanzibar. In Nairobi, feed endangered giraffes at the Giraffe Center and meet orphaned elephant calves at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Ease into the rhythm of relaxing Zanzibar after your exhilarating vacation of game drives. Snorkeling, outdoor markets, quiet beaches, and unique animal sightings highlight your island getaway to Zanzibar. Move too fast and the hospitable locals will offer the gentle reminder, “Pole, pole!” (Slowly, slowly!).

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City NAIROBI, KENYA
End CitySTONE TOWN–DAR ES SALAAM

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Safari

Destinations

  • Africa
  • Kenya

Attractions

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Arusha
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Maasai Mara
  • Nairobi
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Zanzibar

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Jambo, Kenya! Welcome to Nairobi, gateway to your dream safari. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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Day 2: NAIROBI

Conservation Matters Guided sightseeing starts at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to learn about elephant conservation including orphaned elephant calves. After lunch, visit Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the Danish baroness and author of Out of Africa – a 1937 autob...

Day 3: NAIROBI–OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

To the Foot of Mount Kenya Drive north out of the city to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest rhino sanctuary in East Africa. After lunch and some time to settle in, embark on a game drive to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape b...

Day 4: OL PEJETA

Safari Sensation Rise early for a morning game drive with beautiful Mount Kenya as the backdrop. Beyond the “Big 5,” you may spot cheetah, zebra, gazelle, and more. If you are lucky, you might even spot rare wild dogs. After some down time and lunch, visit the [LF] S...

Day 5: OL PEJETA–NYAHURURU FALLS–LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

High and Mighty Leave Ol Pejeta and journey through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa. Stop at scenic Nyahururu Falls and then on to Lake Nakuru National Park for an afternoon game drive and a chance to see gi...

Day 6: LAKE NAKURU–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Jewel of Kenya This morning, depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and...

Day 7: MAASAI MARA

Magical Mara Rise early for a morning game drive including an exclusive [LF] bush breakfast. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Return to the camp and relax prior to your afternoon game drive.

(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

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Day 8: MAASAI MARA–AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

In the Shadows of “Kili” After breakfast, fly to Amboseli National Park, known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro or “Kili” as the locals call it, the highest mountain in Africa. After lunch at the lodge, embark on an afternoon game drive.

(Breakfast,...

Day 9: AMBOSELI

Adventure in Amboseli Morning and afternoon game drives are included today. Amboseli affords you a terrific opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You may spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Stop for sundowner drinks prior to returning to your lo...

Day 10: AMBOSELI–ARUSHA, TANZANIA–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Border Duties & Into Tanzania This morning, cross the border into Tanzania. Enjoy lunch in Arusha. Witness the colorful culture in the villages and diverse ecosystems en route to your lodge along the rim of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Check in and enjoy lei...

Day 11: LAKE MANYARA–KARATU–NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

From Forest Floor to Crater’s Edge Lake Manyara National Park is a small, ecologically diverse park with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Watch for these mischi...

Day 12: NGORONGORO

Into Africa’s Eden Descend into the crater for a full-day game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unflooded caldera, more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in thi...

Day 13: NGORONGORO–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

On the Endless Plains Drive to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles. The name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Enjoy lunch at your tented camp before...

Day 14: SERENGETI

Serengeti Serendipity Continue your exploration during morning and afternoon game drives. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, the Serengeti attracts visitors from around the world and is great for year...

Day 15: SERENGETI–STONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR

Island Life Beckons Embark on a final game drive in the Serengeti before flying to Stone Town (via Arusha), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settle into your oceanfront hotel.

(Breakfast)

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Day 16: STONE TOWN

Walk on the Wild Side Take a walking tour of Stone Town to see the Old Fort, National Palace, slave caves, and colorful spice markets, followed by a visit to Jozani Forest for a guided walk. Free time in the late afternoon and evening. Spend free time with an option...

Day 17: STONE TOWN–DAR ES SALAAM

Kwaheri, Africa! Bid farewell to your African adventure with a flight to Dar es Salaam, where a day room has been reserved for your convenience. Schedule departing flights after 4 pm.

(Breakfast)

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Nairobi Serena HotelDespite its central location, the Nairobi Serena hotel is a quiet sanctuary amid the bustle of one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest.NairobiKenyaKenyatta Ave.Sweetwaters Serena CampA sheltered oasis clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.Ol Pejeta ConservancyKenyaSarova Lion Hill LodgeSarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out such that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of Lake Nakuru. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds. The Lodge is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.Lake Nakuru National ParkKenyaSarova Mara CampSarova Mara Camp is situated in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, offering a front seat to the rolling plains of East Africa. The camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from tented living to bird-watching to a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village. The large grounds are beautifully laid out with exotic trees and indigenous shrubs.Maasai Mara National ReserveKenyaAmboseli Serena Safari LodgeSet against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. At the center of ""Maasailand"", the lodge's décor reflects the brilliant primary colors and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.Amboseli National Park AreaKenyaAmboseli National ParkLake Manyara Serena Safari LodgeStanding high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness.Lake Manyara National Park AreaTanzania Lake Manyara National Park AreaNgorongoro Serena Safari LodgeRegularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below. Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called 'Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.Ngorongoro Conservation AreaTanzaniaNgorongoro Crater RimMbuzi Mawe Serena Camp "Mbuzi Mawe Camp is nestled in a secluded acacia glade with sweeping views over the alternately lush and burning plains of Serengeti National Park. Carefully sited on one of the main annual migration corridors, the camp enjoys a ringside seat for one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth." Serengeti National ParkTanzaniaSerengeti National ParkZanzibar Serena InnThe Zanzibar Serena Inn is located on the seafront in ancient Stone Town flanked by an exotic mix of buildings, dhows, and bazaars. The hotel offers live music nightly, massage services, restaurants and lounges, swimming pool, and adventure planning for guest's convenience and pleasure. The rooms are designed with traditional Swahili style featuring accents from the local community, and have modern comforts. The honest and friendly staff at the Zanzibar Serena Inn to serve traveler's needs.Zanzibar - Stone TownTanzaniaKelele Square,

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