The Best of Kenya and Tanzania safari
Duration: 10 Days
Destinations: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park.
Price: $3,980 per person
Day 1: Arrival/Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be welcomed by your driver guide and after a brief briefing, you will be transferred to Tamadind tree hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Masai Mara
After breakfast drive to Masai Mara National Reserve. Red-clad with spear, Masai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. The most spectacular feature is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Maasai Mara’s grasslands from early July, tracked by predators and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds. Arrive in time for lunch a Mara Sentrim lodge. After a little siesta depart for an afternoon game drive in Maasai Mara reserve. Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Sentrim lodge.
Day 3 & 4: Masai Mara
Two fully days dedicated in game drives in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities. Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round. The animals include elephants, Black Rhinos, buffalos, wildebeests, Burchell’s zebra, hartebeests,
various antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes and lots more. All meals and overnight will be at Mara Sentrim lodge.
Day 5: Masai Mara/Serengeti national park
After breakfast you will depart with picnic lunch and drive to Serengeti national park through Isebania border. Osinon camp. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world and it is where you will see most of your exciting wildlife. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds and vultures, just to name a few. Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Osinon camp.
Day 6 and 7: Serengeti national park
Two full days spent exploring Serengeti national park. You will be starting your game drives in the early mornings to have opportunity to see the active predators. All meals and overnight will be at Serengeti Osinon tented camp.
Day 8: Ngorongoro crater
After breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro crater for game drive with picnic lunch. You will spend the day on the floor of the crater (often called the eighth wonder of the world) exploring its reach flora and fauna. Because of permanent supply of food and water, animals stay in the crater all year long. This is the best place to see the rare endangered black rhinos and flamingos in lake Magadi. Other animals include Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, warthogs, hippos, zebras, water buck, hyenas, jackals and if you are lucky enough lions will be sleeping by your vehicle for shade. In the afternoon you will continue to Marera valley lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Amboseli national park
After early breakfast depart with picnic lunch and drive to Amboseli national park through Namanga border. You will then continue with game drive before heading to Amboseli Sentrim Camp for dinner and overnight. This park offers a wide variety of wildlife including its principal attraction, the vast herds of elephant within the park. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. Other game include: zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, leopard, caracal and serval cat. The park boasts a rich bird life such as ibis, egret, avocet, common and saddle-billed stork, secretary bird, heron, vultures, ducks, and geese.
Day 10: Amboseli/Nairobi
After breakfast you will have morning game drive in Amboseli national park with picnic lunch, then continue to Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi for your departure.
Price includes the following:
- All meals and accommodations during the entire tour
- Very high quality 4 x 4 safari vehicle in Kenya and Tanzania
- Highly experienced English speaking safari guides
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- All park fees for all the national parks in Kenya and Tanzania
- Unlimited game drives
- AMREF Flying doctors’ emergence rescue
- drinks at the lodges and any other things not mentioned above.
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.