22 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration with Zanzibar

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Featured Hotels

Thursday Departure
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
Arusha Hotel Arusha
The African Tulip Arusha
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Lemala Ewanjan Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Serengeti National Park
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge Lake Manyara
Tarangire Sopa Lodge Tarangire Reservation
Zanzibar Serena Hotel Zanzibar
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa Zanzibar
Tuesday Departure

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Apr 13  (Sold Out) $7749 $8539*
$7799 $8639*
May 25  (Sold Out) $8649 $9689*
$8649 $9619*
$8699 $9859*
Jun 29  (Sold Out) $9749 $11109*
$9749 $11089*
Jul 13  (Sold Out) $9849 $11079*
Aug 10  (Sold Out) $9849 $10929*
Aug 24  (Sold Out) $9799 $10719*
$9749 $10609*
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $9749 $10709*
$9749 $10659*
$9749 $10659*
$9749 $10729*
Nov 16  (Sold Out) $8499 $9319*

*Not Included:
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 22 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.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Nairobi, Dar es Salaam-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Nairobi-Kilimanjaro, Arusha-Zanzibar & Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam
  • 20 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Nairobi
    • 2 nights Samburu National Reserve
    • 1 night Aberdare National Park
    • 1 night Lake Naivasha
    • 2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve
    • 1 night Arusha
    • 1 night Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    • 3 nights Serengeti National Park
    • 1 night Lake Manyara
    • 2 nights Tarangire National Park
    • 1 night Stone Town
    • 3 nights Kiwengwa
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 55 meals: 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 19 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles on safari and touring vans in Zanzibar
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide on safari and local guide in Zanzibar
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss and get to know the locals
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Hand-feed Rothschild Giraffes, an endangered species, at the Giraffe Centre
  • Game drives in Samburu National Park, known for its unique wildlife
  • Enjoy a lecture and discussion with a Samburu naturalist
  • Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, with over 450 species of birdlife
  • Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, renowned for its spectacular wildlife viewing
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site, Africa's "Garden of Eden"
  • At the Olduvai Gorge Museum view fossils that provide evidence of our ancestors
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park, with Africa’s highest concentration of game
  • Exploration of Moru Kopjes, characterized by boulders with ancient Maasai paintings
  • In the Serengeti, linger at Simba Kopjes, inspiration for scenes in The Lion King
  • Travel to Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffes
  • Explore Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cultural center of the Zanzibar Archipelago
  • Tour a working spice plantation to learn about the crops of the Spice Islands
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional wooden dhow


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 and the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house 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 saltlick 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. This park, most famous for its annual wildebeest migration (July through October), is also 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 - Full Day Game Drive 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. Then, a full day game drive through the spectacular Masai Mara reserve focuses on the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), as well as antelopes, gazelles, hippos and a variety of bird life. When you return to the camp, after sunset, a lovely dinner 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
Bid farewell to the Mara as you drive to Nairobi. En route, visit Kiambethu farm situated at 7,200 feet, bought and farmed by AB McDonell in 1910. He was the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya - now one of Kenya's biggest exports. Enjoy a cup of Kenyan tea or coffee and learn the history of the farm and the process of making tea. After lunch, continue the drive to Nairobi. Transfer to the airport for your 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, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Depart for your first exciting day in Ngorongoro at the 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. It's your first opportunity to perhaps spot the "Big Five" - elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting. Tonight at the lodge, dinner together accented by a gorgeous African sunset
Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge Museum
Explore fabled Serengeti National Park today, stopping en route at the remarkable Olduvai Gorge Museum with its displays of fossils that provide significant evidence of our ancestors almost four million years ago. 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. Millions of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra gather here for the annual migration, attracting large predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah. 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 13, Tuesday - Game Drives, Moru Kopjes, Maasai Art
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, 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 14, Wednesday - Serengeti Game Drive, Simba Kopjes
The early morning game drive takes you again into the protected Serengeti refuge. Standing majestically in this vast savannah, outcrops of granite provide a habitat for many creatures because of the thriving vegetation, caves and flowing rivers. Linger at Simba Kopjes, inspiration for some of the scenes in the movie The Lion King. On your return to the camp, a leisurely lunch and time to relax before setting out on the afternoon game drive through the Seronera Valley, characterized by its wide open grassy plains incredibly rich in wildlife studded with weathered rocks and havens of shade and water. 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 15, Thursday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, bid farewell to the Serengeti plains and continue across the Ngorongoro Conservation area. After a picnic lunch, enter 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. This evening, a sumptuous dinner awaits with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Friday - Tarangire National Park
This morning 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 17, Saturday - Game Drives
The thrilling sounds of the animals and birds in the bush awaken you on your last day on safari. Enjoy an early morning and afternoon game drive in beautiful Tarangire National Park. Time for personal pursuits before tonight’s delightful dinner. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and share memories together of your magnificent safari adventure
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Sunday - Stone Town, Zanzibar
Morning drive to Arusha. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Arusha 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 rest of the day 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, idyllically situated on the seafront
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19, Monday - Tour of Stone Town, Visit a Spice Plantation
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Stone Town, famous for its Swahili architecture, maze of narrow alleyways, ornate wooden doors, and many historical buildings. Then, drive into the picturesque countryside to visit one of the many spice plantations to soak up the heady aromas of vanilla, cloves, cardamom and myriad of other spices. Clove trees were introduced in Zanzibar in 1818 and formed the main trade for the island, becoming known as the 'gold' of Zanzibar. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, durians and coconuts. Stop for a traditional lunch in a local village before continuing to the east coast
Overnight: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20, Tuesday - Day at Leisure, Sunset Dhow Cruise
A glorious day at leisure to enjoy the delights of the beach. 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: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21, Wednesday - 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. Perhaps, choose from the many watersports available to discover the underwater paradise brimming with exotic marine life, or indulge with a spa treatment. This evening, savor a delicious dinner at the resort
Overnight: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 22, Thursday - Depart Tanzania
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, where you will connect to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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 and the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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 saltlick 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - Afternoon Game Drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Early drive to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya. This park, most famous for its annual wildebeest migration (July through October), is also 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, Wednesday - Full Day Game Drive 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. Then, a full day game drive through the spectacular Masai Mara reserve focuses on the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), as well as antelopes, gazelles, hippos and a variety of bird life. When you return to the camp, after sunset, a lovely dinner celebrates your final night in the Mara
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart Kenya, Arrive in Tanzania
Bid farewell to the Mara as you drive to Nairobi. En route, visit Kiambethu farm situated at 7,200 feet, bought and farmed by AB McDonell in 1910. He was the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya - now one of Kenya's biggest exports. Enjoy a cup of Kenyan tea or coffee and learn the history of the farm and the process of making tea. After lunch, continue the drive to Nairobi. Transfer to the airport for your 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, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Depart for your first exciting day in Ngorongoro at the 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. It's your first opportunity to perhaps spot the "Big Five" - elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting. Tonight at the lodge, dinner together accented by a gorgeous African sunset
Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge Museum
Explore fabled Serengeti National Park today, stopping en route at the remarkable Olduvai Gorge Museum with its displays of fossils that provide significant evidence of our ancestors almost four million years ago. 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. Millions of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra gather here for the annual migration, attracting large predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah. 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 13, Sunday - Game Drives, Moru Kopjes, Maasai Art
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, 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 14, Monday - Serengeti Game Drive, Simba Kopjes
The early morning game drive takes you again into the protected Serengeti refuge. Standing majestically in this vast savannah, outcrops of granite provide a habitat for many creatures because of the thriving vegetation, caves and flowing rivers. Linger at Simba Kopjes, inspiration for some of the scenes in the movie The Lion King. On your return to the camp, a leisurely lunch and time to relax before setting out on the afternoon game drive through the Seronera Valley, characterized by its wide open grassy plains incredibly rich in wildlife studded with weathered rocks and havens of shade and water. 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 15, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, bid farewell to the Serengeti plains and continue across the Ngorongoro Conservation area. After a picnic lunch, enter 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. This evening, a sumptuous dinner awaits with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Wednesday - Tarangire National Park
This morning 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 17, Thursday - Game Drives
The thrilling sounds of the animals and birds in the bush awaken you on your last day on safari. Enjoy an early morning and afternoon game drive in beautiful Tarangire National Park. Time for personal pursuits before tonight’s delightful dinner. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and share memories together of your magnificent safari adventure
Overnight: Tarangire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, Friday - Stone Town, Zanzibar
Morning drive to Arusha. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Arusha 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 rest of the day 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, idyllically situated on the seafront
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19, Saturday - Tour of Stone Town, Visit a Spice Plantation
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Stone Town, famous for its Swahili architecture, maze of narrow alleyways, ornate wooden doors, and many historical buildings. Then, drive into the picturesque countryside to visit one of the many spice plantations to soak up the heady aromas of vanilla, cloves, cardamom and myriad of other spices. Clove trees were introduced in Zanzibar in 1818 and formed the main trade for the island, becoming known as the 'gold' of Zanzibar. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, durians and coconuts. Stop for a traditional lunch in a local village before continuing to the east coast
Overnight: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20, Sunday - Day at Leisure, Sunset Dhow Cruise
A glorious day at leisure to enjoy the delights of the beach. 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: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21, Monday - 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. Perhaps, choose from the many watersports available to discover the underwater paradise brimming with exotic marine life, or indulge with a spa treatment. This evening, savor a delicious dinner at the resort
Overnight: Kiwengwa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 22, Tuesday - 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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Maasai Village Visit

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 2013 - 31 Dec 2017 $30.00
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Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

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.

Day #9 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $395.00
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Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

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.

Day #13 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $515.00
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Maasai Village Visit

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 2013 - 31 Dec 2017 $30.00
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Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

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.

Day #9 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $395.00
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Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

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.

Day #13 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $515.00
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Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration , January 2017
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All our Gate 1 trips have been wonderful but there is nothing like this one--no comparison. It was exciting, meditative, mind opening. Our guides, (ours were Daniel in Kenya and George in Tanzania) were educated, learned, articulate, extremely competent, consistently amiable, and so great at spotting animal and other life in the natnl. parks. The chefs, espescially at the camp on the Serengeti, were terrific. The tent boy, Robert, at the same camp was a dear and did his job with grace and to perfection. I'd like to go back see Nogorongo and Samburo again, fly into the Masai Mara and then go on to the Serengeti for three more days lastly flying out from Kilimanjaro rather than going back to Nairobi. Thus making about a ten day trip. Thank you so much for fitting us in to the other very compatible groups.

Suzanne F. Sequim, WA
Kenya Safari Exploration, September 2016
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Just wanted to thank the entire staff that was involved in anyway with this tour. This vacation has been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember. Starting from the first person who helped me arrange this booking, to the hotel staff, guides/drivers, and all other staff members, they made this an awesome vacation! The birthday celebration was also a sweet and unexpected surprise! You guys just rock! Thank you so much!

Joyce Y. Aloha, OR
Kenya Safari Exploration, May 2016
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OMG!!!!How can I find the words to express the most incredible experience ever!!! This was my 4th safari and this exceeded my expectations. Our host Mungai aka James was fantastic. His wisdom and knowledge were tremendous. We saw every animal with the exception of a Leopard. The accommodations were great along with the food and staff at the facilities .Our vehicle was very comfortable and we had a blast 4 wheeling through the Mara.I am a loyal traveler now...nothing compares to Gate 1 ...I plan on traveling the world and can afford to live my dreams because of your wonderful company.THANK YOU for giving me a trip of a LIFETIME.

Nancy A. Panama City, FL