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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

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    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

    Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast
    Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & BreakfastDay #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.
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    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.


    Is This Trip Right for You?

    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.

     
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    Know Before You Go
    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
    Getting Ready to Go
    Passports and Visas
    It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Entry Requirements:
    US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.
    Trip Preparation
    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones & Calling Cards
    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
    When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
    For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

    Wireless Internet Access
    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. Availability of WiFi varies by country, hotel and/or cruise line. Even if WiFi is available, signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Internet availability on cruises is unpredictable due to the ship frequently changing locations while sailing through multiple countries. Passengers requiring internet access may seek out internet cafes or may be able to locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops. Hotspots can often be located and planned in advance via an online search. Planning ahead may help avoid unnecessary fees.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling
    All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or theWorld Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

    • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
    • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
    • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
    • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
    • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.


    Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

    Kenya - It is recommended that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. Malaria is present throughout Kenya. The CDC recommends that malaria prophylaxis and preventative measures be taken when traveling in Kenya. Travelers are encouraged to wear insect repellant and clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. Passengers continuing onto Tanzania from Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.

    Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food, water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website. The World Health Organization (WHO) website is also helpful and provides information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad.

    Tanzania - It is recommended that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. Malaria is present throughout Tanzania. The CDC recommends that malaria prophylaxis and preventative measures be taken when traveling in Tanzania. Travelers are encouraged to wear insect repellant and clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. Passengers continuing onto Tanzania from Kenya must present proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival to Tanzania. Passengers arriving to Tanzania directly from the USA are not required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

    Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food, water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website. The World Health Organization (WHO) website is also helpful and provides information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad.

    This tour visits areas of high elevations. The area surrounding the Ngorongoro Crater reaches 7,500 feet above sea level, and may cause temporary altitude discomfort for some travelers. Those affected should avoid over-exertion, drink extra water, and eat lightly.

    Climate & Clothing
    Kenya - The weather in Kenya varies according to geographical area. Generally, the weather is warm with cooler weather in the early morning and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coolest from July to August. The rainy season is from April to June and short rains occur from October and December as well. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. Pack a DEET-based repellant to prevent mosquito bites. On game reserves, visitors should wear neutral colors such as brown, khaki, and beige. In some areas, mostly along the coast, it is considered inappropriate to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts.

    East Africa Average Temperatures: http://www.gate1travel.com/weather/africa/#east-africa-weather

    Tanzania - Due to its location near the equator, Tanzania does not have a lot of seasonal variation. Generally, the weather is pleasant. The rainy season is from April to May and short rains occur from November to December as well. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. Pack a DEET-based repellant to prevent mosquito bites. On game reserves, visitors should wear neutral colors such as brown, khaki, and beige. In some areas it is considered inappropriate to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts.

    East Africa Average Temperatures: http://www.gate1travel.com/weather/africa/#east-africa-weather

    Book & Film Recommendations
    Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests’ recommendations.

    KENYA & TANZANIA: Books
    Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
    Born Free by Joy Adamson
    Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
    The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
    The Tree Where Man was Born by Peter Mattheissen
    Serengeti Shall Not Die by Bernard Grzimek
    West With the Night by Berly Markham