Kenya & Tanzania

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Tour Description

Encompassing a variety of natural and cultural wonders, International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania safari offers an inspiring adventure. Nestled alongside rivers, tucked at the base of a towering peak or surrounding permanent watering holes, East Africa’s parks and reserves protect an astounding variety of wildlife and centuries of tribal customs. In these sanctuaries, you can experience the thrill of game drives with only the savannah between you and the storied “Big Five,” or stroll the grounds of a village, listening as tribal lore becomes part of your tale of Africa.

Discover Your Kenya and Tanzania Safari Moment

The gallop of giraffes toward an acacia tree; thousands of zebras dashing wildly across the Mara River; or a cheetah stalking its prey before the heat of the day — thousands of scenes capture the daily drama of life in Africa. Perhaps you’ll discover your “safari moment” watching the sun spill across the savannah on an early-morning game drive or chatting around a campfire with IE’s personal local guides.

Experience an East Africa Safari

Drawing on our decades of experience in East Africa, International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania safari offers an unparalleled safari experience – a privileged picnic among the wildlife, visits to a Maasai village with a local elder and exploration of five signature parks. Travel to locales where the wildlife is most abundant and you're likely to encounter rarities like black rhino, as well as lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and more in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. With three nights each in both the Masai Mara and Serengeti, you can experience East Africa's migration any time of year! Our Kenya and Tanzania adventure is a thrilling and comprehensive look at the wildlife — as well as a great value!

Luxury Serengeti Camping

Spend nights under canvas at our exclusive luxury tented camp, featuring large, cabin-style walk-in tents — each serviced by a personal butler. In authentic safari style, your small group will enjoy great service and an old-fashioned safari atmosphere. And our staff will situate the camp where the wildlife is most abundant during your Kenya and Tanzania safari.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2

U.S. / Nairobi, Kenya

Fly independently to Nairobi, where we stay at the Nairobi Safari Club. (Meals Aloft)

Day 3

Nairobi / Masai Mara Reserve

Fly to the Masai Mara Reserve, a rich savannah famous for its concentration of plains game and predators, including leopard, cheetah and hyena. After checking into the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, enjoy the first game drive of your Kenya and Tanzania adventure. From our lodge, enjoy expansive views of the plains below. (B,L,D)

Days 4 & 5

Masai Mara Reserve

Our Kenya and Tanzania tour itinerary includes two full days of morning and afternoon game drives in the famed Masai Mara Reserve. Here in this northern extension of the Serengeti Plains, the land is teeming with elephant, large prides of lion, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe and even topi — the only place in Kenya where they are common. You may even rise early one morning for an optional hot air balloon safari. While here, we also meet Maasai elder Ben Kipeno and visit a Maasai village, seeing how this pastoral tribe still tends herds of goats and cows much as their ancestors did for centuries. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 6

Masai Mara Reserve / Amboseli National Park

Enjoy one last game drive (time permitting) in the Mara before flying to Nairobi. From Nairobi, drive to Amboseli National Park, tucked on the Kenya/Tanzania border. On a clear day, every vista of this scenic park is dominated by views of Mt. Kilimanjaro — making a superb backdrop for your wildlife photography. Savor an afternoon game drive, watching the sun set across the park, before continuing to Amboseli Serena Lodge, where we spend the next two nights of our Kenya and Tanzania expedition itinerary. (B,L,D)

Day 7

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is one of the largest of Kenya’s parks. Although this is dry country, Amboseli’s location in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro means that the park enjoys year-round water. Two permanent swamps are ideal for game viewing, drawing the park’s signature elephants, as well as giraffes and a variety of bird life, which we’ll look for during our game drives. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Amboseli / Tarangire National Park

Cross into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park. Before checking into our comfortable accommodations at the Tarangire River Camp, we journey through the rolling countryside searching for the park’s populations of black rhino, antelope, leopard, lion and cheetah. (B,L,D)

Day 9

Tarangire / Ngorongoro Crater

Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning game drive, where our guides will point out elephants and some of the park’s 260 recorded bird species. Tarangire also hosts migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant’s gazelle. Continue toward Ngorongoro, where we spend the next two nights at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which features a wonderful view of the crater. (B,L,D)

Day 10

Ngorongoro Crater

 

Day 11

Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge, where early evidence of man was found by the Leakey family in the late 1950s. The Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and our frequent game drives are a chance to see immense herds. We spend the next three nights under canvas at our private mobile tented camp, positioned to be as close to the animals as possible. (B,L,D)

Days 12 & 13

Serengeti National Park

Our Kenya and Tanzania expedition itinerary features daily game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the Serengeti offering opportunities to spot wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, we may find hippos and crocodiles. You’ll have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our expert driver/guides and staff, personable locals who strive to bring Africa to life during your safari. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 14

Serengeti / Arusha / En Route

After the final game drive (time permitting) of our Kenya and Tanzania adventure, travel to the airstrip and fly to Arusha. Explore Shanga, a workshop where mentally and physically challenged locals make beautiful handmade beads, paper, candles, soaps and home décor using recycled materials. Dayrooms are available at the Serena Mountain Village Lodge before transferring to the airport for our flights home. (B,L)

Day 15

U.S.

Arrive in the U.S., and connect with your flights home. (Meals Aloft)

Departures

Pricing Information

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Tour Notes

What's included in the price of IE’s Kenya & Tanzania travel packages?

  • $660 (Jan, Feb, Jul, Oct 2011); $585 (May, Jun 2011) park fees (subject to change)
  • Five signature parks: Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti
  • Window seat for everyone in 4x4 Land Cruiser
  • Three nights in the Mara & Serengeti
  • Highly trained naturalist driver/guide (One for every six guests)
  • Soft drink included at lunch & dinner
  • House wine, local beer & soft drinks included at lunch & dinner at Serengeti tented camp
  • Morning & afternoon game drives
  • Discussion with knowledgeable native guides
  • Accommodations in deluxe lodges & tented camps
  • 35 meals
  • Bottled water
  • Flying Doctors membership
  • Tips to porters & waiters for included meals
  • Transfers for group arrival & departure flights

What kind of visas are required for travel to Kenya & Tanzania?

U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to have visas for Kenya and Tanzania travel. Each country requires a separate visa, one for Kenya and one for Tanzania. Your Kenya visa is best obtained upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport (NBO). Your Tanzania visa can easily be obtained at the Namanga border crossing upon your arrival into Tanzania. This is a very easy and cost effective way to obtain your visas and we highly recommend it. The current cost for a Kenya visa is $50 per person. The current cost for a Tanzania visa is $100 per person. Note that credit cards, Canadian dollars, traveler’s checks and personal checks are not accepted. There are no passport photos required. The visa fee is subject to change without advance notice.

Are vaccinations required for Kenya & Tanzania safaris?

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Kenya or Tanzania only if arriving from a yellow fever affected area. Kenya and Tanzania are yellow fever affected areas so arrival from Kenya into Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination. No other immunizations are required. The CDC recommends that all travelers to East Africa be up-to-date on vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), poliovirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever and typhoid; however, you should consult with your personal physician.

What kind of safari vehicles are used in East Africa?

International Expeditions is very selective when it comes to modes of transportation within each destination. Every segment of our programs, and their environments, have been studied to determine which type of transportation best suits your wildlife viewing needs. IE uses specially equipped, 4x4 Land Cruisers. These vehicles comfortably accommodate six passengers, each of whom is guaranteed a window seat for unimpeded game viewing and terrific photo opportunities. And every Land Cruiser will be accompanied by an experienced driver/guide. All of our vehicles are equipped with VHF radio communication.

What kind of weather can you expect during your Kenya and Tanzania safari?