Kenya & Tanzania Luxury Serengeti Safari Adventure. 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 personal local guides.
Authentic Serengeti Camping
Spend nights under canvas at our deluxe Serengeti 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. Every meal is a “bush meal” beneath the boundless African sky!
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Optional Pre-Trip Extensions
Nairobi National Park Extension
Add more excitement and in-depth experiences to your safari by joining our optional Nairobi extension. Begin your experience in Kenya’s oldest national park for game drives before visiting the award-winning Daphne Sheldrik Animal Orphanage, an important wildlife rehabilitation center for orphaned elephants, rhinos, and more. Get up-close and personal with giraffe at The Giraffe Center, where a platform brings you eye to eye with these gentle giants. Food for feeding them is available and you’ll enjoy walking the nature trail. Enjoy three nights at Ololo Safari Lodge, a traditional colonial farmhouse which has been carefully restored and extended by its owners. Its rooms feature a blend of the style of Out of Africa with a modern, eclectic accent.
2018 Pricing: Double Occupancy: $949; Single Occupancy: $1,299
Depart Home City / Nairobi
Depart your home city on independent flights to Nairobi, where you arrive on day 2. Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to Ololo Safari Lodge. The rooms at Ololo Safari Lodge are individually decorated and feature earthy tones and modern Colonial-style furnishings. All beds are draped with a mosquito net and a hair dryer and free toiletries are provided.
Nairobi National Park
Enjoy a morning at leisure in the tranquil garden setting of your safari lodge, nestled at the Mbagathi River bordering the famous Nairobi National Park. The lodge features an outdoor pool as well as delicious meals featuring vegetables grown on-site. The guest lounge is located in the old original thatched farmhouse and has an open fireplace, wine cellar and small library for guests enjoyment. Spend your afternoon on a guided game drive in Nariobi National Park, Kenya’s first national park. ALthough relatively small, the park is home to a large and diverse wildlife population, including Cape buffaloe, baboon, eastern black rhino, gazelle, zebra, Tanzanian cheetah, Coke’s hartebeest, hippo, leopard, lion, eland, impala, Masai giraffe, ostrich, vulture and waterbuck. (B,L,D)
At Daphne Sheldrik Animal Orphanage you’ll see the staff feed the baby elephants and rhinos as they play and enjoy time rolling in the mud. An internationally-renowned Wildlife Trust, at the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care. Daphne is the first person to perfect the milk formula for infant milk-dependent elephants and rhinos. Her work has earned her many awards and accolades, including knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
Founded in 1979 Giraffe Center’s important work has helped the Rothschild giraffe escape the brink of extermination in Kenya, so much so individuals and groups of giraffes are now being translocated from the Center to parks such as Lake Nakuru, Nsaalo and Ruma. Giraffe Center’s other purpose is to education local children on the importance of wildlife conservation. All the education programs here are offered to them free of charge. The Giraffe Centre derives 90% of its funds from the entrance fee collected and from the sales in the gift shop and teahouse. Therefore, by visiting you have contributed towards conservation education to the Kenyan youth.
The Karen Blixen Museum is a serene and peaceful setting, one that seems to reach out from the past. Surrounded by a tranquil garden and indigenous forest, with a splendid view of Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills, the museum features many of the furnishings that were hers when she honored these hills with the phrase “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills”. (B,L,D)
Nairobi / Masai Mara
Transfer from the lodge to Wilson Airport, where you will join the rest of the small group and fly to the Massai Mara to begin your Kenya and Tanzania safari.
Kenya and Tanzania Itinerary – Serengeti Survey
U.S. / Nairobi, Kenya
Depart your home city on independent flights to Nairobi, where you arrive on day 2. Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to Eka Hotel, your home while in Nairobi.
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 safari in Kenya and Tanzania. From our lodge, enjoy expansive views of the plains below. (B,L,D)
Masai Mara Reserve
Our safari in Kenya and Tanzania itinerary includes a full day of 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 rise early today for an optional hot air balloon safari. (B,L,D)
Masai Mara Reserve / Amboseli National Park
Enjoy one last game drive (time permitting) in the Mara before flying to Nairobi. From Nairobi, fly 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 two nights. (B,L,D)
Amboseli National ParkAmboseli 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)
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)
Tarangire National Park
Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian safari, where our naturalist travel 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, which we’ll look for during our escorted afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)
Tarangire / Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, set out across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its herds of elephant and tree-climbing lions. Game drives here are an opportunity to see buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, flamingo and prides of lion. After a lovely picnic lunch, 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)
We’ll descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). This is your greatest chance to observe the black rhino in East Africa. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. (B,L,D)
Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park
Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge,where evidence of early 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 Serengeti Explorer Camp. (B,L,D)
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)
Serengeti / Arusha / En Route
After the final game drive (time permitting) of your safari in Kenya and Tanzania, travel to the airstrip and fly to Arusha. Dayrooms are available at the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel before transferring to the airport for your independent flight home. (B,L)
Arrive in the U.S., and connect with your flights home. (Meals Aloft)
Things to Know
What is included in the price of this Kenya and Tanzania Safari?
Included in the price of your trip are the following.
Accommodations, excursions, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
Game drives in 4×4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
Services of private driver/guides
Masai village visit
Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport no matter what day or time
One soft drink or local beer per person per included lunch and dinner
Bottled water on excursions, group transfers, at included lunches and dinners and in rooms daily
All gratuities to group service staff except your IE driver/guide and room/tent staff
What is the activity level on this Kenya and Tanzania Safari?
A trip to Kenya and Tanzania is a mildly active holiday that calls for decent health and mobility. The vast majority of excursions are by vehicle and require no walking, other than getting to and from the vehicle and your room. While these excursions require little physical effort, roads in and between the parks can be quite bumpy and dusty. This can take a toll on your energy and bouncing can aggravate some medical conditions. The optional balloon safari requires a higher level of activity.
Early morning game drives typically occur before breakfast, starting before sunrise when the animals are most active, and ending with breakfast back at the camp. Afternoon game drives occur a few hours before sunset, when the heat of the day subsides and the animals are active again, and end back at camp before dinner. Because you will be getting up early most days of your safari, leisure time is built in to let you recuperate and catch up on your reading and/or species lists…or just catching a nap or enjoying a relaxing view or walk around the camp.
The roads in Kenya and Tanzania have improved greatly over the last few years but sections can still be somewhat in a state of disrepair. The governments of Kenya and Tanzania, in order to slow down road deterioration, are now enforcing lower speeds for highway travel.
Drive from Amboseli to Tarangire – This is a full day transfer, including clearing Customs and Immigration at the border and lunch in Arusha. The road in Amboseli is dirt and subject to weather and wind conditions. The road from the park to Namanga is gravel and bumpy in places. The roads around Arusha are tarmac and then once inside Tarangire the roads are dirt park roads, which are be bumpy and windy.
Drive from Tarangire to Ngorongoro – This is a full day excursion with a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Park roads are dirt roads and will be bumpy and driving will be slow. The road from Arusha to Ngorongoro is tarmac and in good condition, until you are close to your accommodations in Ngorongoro, where you must leave the main road and take dirt park roads to the lodge.
Drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti – This is a full day excursion including a stop at Olduvai Gorge and game viewing en route to your camp in the Serengeti, with picnic lunch. The road from Ngorongoro to Serengeti is gravel and subject to rutting and damage from the weather. Once inside the Serengeti, you will be on dirt park roads and will stop for wildlife viewing en route to the camp. How long all this takes depends on the road, wildlife and weather conditions relative to where the camp is set up at a particular time of year. Typically, it’s a full-day drive with game viewing most of the way.
When is the best time to visit Kenya and Tanzania?
There really is no bad time to visit Kenya or Tanzania because game is good year-round (especially in the Mara and Serengeti) and the rains, which can be heavy, typically don’t last long.
Historically, Kenya and Tanzania have three kinds of seasons: a wet season in April and May with long rains, a wet season in November and December with short rains, and the remainder of the year as dry season. Rain tends to be strong but short, affecting very little or not at all how the safaris operate. Guests anytime of the year can expect periods of rain and should bring light raingear, though the vehicles can be closed up to protect you from the rain and still enjoy the scenery and the animals.
Because this safari spends five nights in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem you are able to see the migration at any time in the year. However, their exact arrival or departure time cannot be accurately predicted. They follow the rain and the grass. With changing weather, rain, and heat patterns it is becoming more and more difficult to predict when the migration will be where. Below is a general guideline.
January – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
February – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
March – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
April – The migration begins to move north and to the west as the southern Serengeti plains begin to dry up.
May – The migration continues to move north through the Seronera and Kirawira sections of the Serengeti.
June – The migration continues to move north through the Western Corridor and Lobo sections of the Serengeti.
July – The migration crosses into Kenya and the Masai Mara.
August – The migration is in the Mara.
September – The migration is in the Mara.
October – By mid to late October the grass has been depleted in the Mara and the rain there is not enough to sustain growth. The herds move south toward Tanzania.
November – The migration is moving south into Tanzania and through the Western Corridor and Lobo sections.
December – The migration is moving south through the Kirawira and Seronera sections of the Serengeti and into the southern portion of the Serengeti. Calving begins.
Is this Kenya and Tanzania Safari a “birding” trip?
This is not a birding-only trip. Our safari is designed to provide opportunities to view as many types of wildlife as possible, from amphibians and reptiles to mammals and insects. However, birds are ubiquitous and prolific, as well as beautiful and interesting, in the places you will be visiting. As such, birds are a highlight and you can expect to enjoy seeing as many species as possible while still enjoying the other wildlife the region has to offer.
Do you offer optional extensions to this Kenya and Tanzania Safari?
We do offer optional extensions to other wonderful places in the region to enhance and complete your experience, should you choose to do so. Information on these extensions is listed on the webpage for this program and feel free to contact our office for more info.
Are you able to customize a trip to Kenya and Tanzania to feature destinations and activities of my choice?
Yes! If our Kenya and Tanzania Safari itinerary does not suit your desires please contact our Custom Department where a specialist can craft the kind of experience that will make your adventure the trip of a lifetime.
Mara Serena Lodge
Deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Drawing inspiration from the Maasai culture, the Mara Serena offers a blend of raw African splendor and sumptuous sophistication — perfect for Kenya and Tanzania travel. The ethnic décor draws on a vibrant color-palette of sunburst colors, embellished by Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony, a swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant overlooking a watering hole, where a fantasia of creatures collects to drink. While here, you may enjoy an optional balloon safari.
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Framed against Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounded by rolling grasslands, the Amboseli Serena Lodge draws on a subtle Maasai cultural motif, featuring natural woodcarvings, traditional artifacts and a glowing selection of local art. Sensitively located and built from ecologically sympathetic materials, its architectural shapes, style, textures and colors reflect the true essence of the African bush. To help you further enjoy your Kenya and Tanzania travel accommodations, each room offers an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains. Guests can enjoy an acacia-shaded swimming pool fed daily by the melt-waters of Kilimanjaro, a selection of natural timber game viewing decks and a water hole for the animals.
Tarangire River Camp
Tarangire River Camp set within 25,000 hectares of concession area. The camp accommodates guests in 20 safari tents, with en-suite hot and cold running water. The tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need and open out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Meals are a delicious affair, dinners are served by candlelight in the thatch and timber elevated dining area, with dramatic views across the Masai plains, where a friendly and attentive staff are always on hand to cater to your every need. The camp provides close access to premier wildlife viewing areas of the park. Special arrangements have been made with the native residents to share their land and the income brought into the area from the camp.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. All 91 double bedrooms feature two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass-fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater. The lodge features a gift shop, internet café (for a fee), laundry service, and a swimming pool.
Serengeti Explorer Camp
Mobile tented camps ensure that you are as close to the action as possible and give you a sense of being in the wilds of the Serengeti. Impeccable service and fine dining provide a level of luxury and comfort in the middle of the African bush…where every meal is a “bush” meal. The tents are spacious with a veranda, easy chairs, proper beds and an en suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot water showers. Hot water is provided by camp staff in buckets. The lounge tent has a well–stocked bar as well as books on the Serengeti. The dining tent is well-appointed and the food is delicious. Each tent has a butler to attend to your every need. A full crew will accompany your expedition to take care of all the work and details involved in setting up and moving the mobile camps, as well as the housekeeping and catering services.
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit’, the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks. The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant, boutique and business center. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the new building echoes the hotel’s original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times. The lodge features a gift shop, business center, and Wi-Fi (for a fee).
Rooms at Eka Hotel offer the very best in comfort and convenience. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite connection, mini-bar, electronic personal safety deposit box and complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities. While here, International Expeditions Kenya & Tanzania safari guests enjoy free high speed internet access.
Ololo Safari Lodge
Offering a tranquil garden setting, Ololo Safri Lodge is nestled at the Mbagathi River bordering the famous Nairobi National Park. The lodge features an outdoor pool and is within 45 minute’s drive from Nairobi’s airports. Rooms are individually decorated, featuring earth tones and modern Colonial-style furnishings. All beds are draped with a mosquito net and a hair dryer and free toiletries are provided. Guests can enjoy the on site bar and open air restaurant located by the pool and overlooking the national park. The restaurant focuses on simple home-style cuisine, using seasonal ingredients and vegetables from their own garden. The guest lounge is located in the old original thatched farmhouse and has an open fireplace, wine cellar and small library for guests enjoyment.
Benjamin has been a naturalist guide since 2002, after attending Kenya Utalii College. He is a KPSGA Bronze Medal holder and speaks English and German fluently. His passion is birds and showing visitors the wonderful wildlife and culture of his native Kenya.
Alex trained as a naturalist guide at Kenya Utalii College in 2003 and has been leading groups ever since. He is a KPSGA Bronze Medal holder and has taken care of many special interest groups on safari. He is very detail oriented and enjoys taking great care of our guests while showing them the wonderful flora and fauna of his country.
Stephen is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA and a graduate of Kenya Utalii College. He has been leading groups since 1998 and is a favorite among guests.
Joseph is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA and is fluent in English and French. A true safari man, he is committed to delivering quality service and ensuring memorable safaris.
Felix has been leading safaris since 1988 and is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA. He is fluent in English and French. His years of experience and dedication to customer care make him one of the best guides in Kenya.
Samuel is a specialist in birds and mammals, particularly elephants. He was a certified elephant researcher in Tsavo National Park prior to his career as a naturalist guide, which began in 1994. He is also a bronze-rated guide by KPSGA and is passionate about his guests enjoying safari in his home country of Kenya.
A Note About Field Staff
This is just a selection of the Expedition Leaders and Naturalists who may lead your ecotour. A particular departure may be escorted by any one of them. If you would like to find out which leaders are scheduled to lead each departure, please contact our office.
Southwest African Lion
- Unparalleled safari experience featuring a picnic among the wildlife, wiindow seat for everyone in our 4×4 Land Cruisers & local expert guides.
- Spend nights under canvas at our mobile tented camp.
- Survey six signature parks: Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti.
- Learn from a highly trained naturalist driver/guide (One for every six guests)
- Enjoy open discussions with knowledgeable native guides.
Dates & Rates
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