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Kenya & Tanzania Safari

By Helen Austin
Purchasing Manager for Alfred&

Tour the top national parks in Kenya and Tanzania for unparalleled safari adventures. This trip is packed with iconic African experiences, from bumping across the Maasai Mara in a 4×4 and bird-spotting in Lake Nakuru to exploring the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater and drifting above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon. Along the way, you’ll stay at chic tented camps and have the chance to spot the Big Five.

Places

Length
11 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£4,600 - £5,550
Small Group Safari including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Kenya

Seek out Africa's headlining wildlife on an escorted group safari

Share the experience of your safari adventure with a small group...

Maasai Mara

Explore the Maasai Mara - an African icon

Home to the one of the world’s highest concentrations of wildlife, the Maasai Mara is Africa's most famous national reserve ...

The Serengeti

Spend a day exploring the world-famous Serengeti

The Serengeti is one of the world’s most incredible natural gifts, home to the Great Migration and African Big Five ...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Eka Hotel (or similar).

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2

Nairobi & Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, drive for 2-hours to Lake Nakuru in the famous Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park is a haven for birdlife, with over 400 colourful African species found here, including spoonbills, storks and pelicans. But perhaps the most famous visitors are the flocks of pink flamingos who gather here attracted by the blue-green algae that they feed on. On arrival there will be time for a relaxed lunch, before heading out on an afternoon game drive to explore the incredible surroundings. Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar).

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3

Lake Nakuru

Spend a second day exploring Lake Nakuru National Park. As well as an opportunity for more bird spotting, the park also provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe, as well as white rhino and the endangered black rhino. Returning from your game drive, there’ll be time to relax and enjoy the panoramic lake views from the lodge. Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar).

4

Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara

After an early breakfast, drive for 7-hours to the most famous wildlife reserve in the world – the incredible Maasai Mara. Home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the world, the endless wide-open savannah and rolling grasslands truly epitomise Kenya. On arrival, there’ll be time to relax at your luxury lodge and enjoy the wildlife and uninterrupted views from the large viewing deck. Overnight at Mara Engai Lodge (or similar).

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5

Maasai Mara

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable day, beginning with a highly recommended optional hot air balloon safari. Drift upwards as the sun rises across the vast savannah, offering an endless panorama and completely new perspective on the wildlife roaming far below. Afterwards, head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The reserve offers fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five, and other wildlife including giraffe, hyena and impala. Look out for lions basking in the shade or an elusive solo leopard - there are few places better for viewing big cats. Overnight at Mara Engai Lodge (or similar).

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6

Maasai Mara & Arusha

After an early breakfast, drive for 7-hours back to Nairobi Airport for your flight to Tanzania. Upon arrival in Arusha, a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll transfer to your comfortable hotel with a refreshing pool and views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of the second half of your safari adventure. Overnight at Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).

7

Arusha & Lake Manyara

After breakfast, drive for 2-hours past rustic villages and coffee, maize and banana plantations to Lake Manyara. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge, a rustic-luxe lodge located on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, an impressive landscape mixing dense forest, small open plains and lush waterside grasses. Here you’ll search for buffalo, hippos, elephants, flamingos and the tree-climbing lions that the park is famous for. Overnight at Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar).

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8

Lake Manyara & Serengeti

Today you’ll take a scenic 5-hour drive north through the highlands to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, arriving at Embalakai Camp in time for lunch. Serengeti is one of the most prominent national parks in Africa, filled with an abundance of varied wildlife with a particularly high concentration of big cats. The park also boasts some of the richest birdlife in the region with over 500 species including ostrich, hornbill, African fish eagle and the secretary bird. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring the open plains on a game drive, before returning to camp for dinner. Overnight at Embalakai Camp (or similar).

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9

Serengeti

Today you’ll enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti, but first there’s the opportunity to take a thrilling hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Serengeti. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises. The bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah, as wildlife roam below. After breakfast, head into the national park in search of the big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe that inhabit its vast open plains. You’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch while admiring the monumental panorama and seemingly endless horizon. Overnight at Embalakai Camp (or similar).

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10

Serengeti & Ngorongoro

After breakfast, drive for 4.5-hours to Ngorongoro with the chance of viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains. You’ll have the option to visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, home to some of the earliest hominid remains. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch en route, before heading into the incredible Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon game drive. This collapsed volcanic crater is 12 miles in diameter and 600 metres deep, with fertile soil and a vast lake attracting a huge range of wildlife including the Big Five and critically endangered black rhino. After a memorable safari experience, drive to your colonial-style lodge located on a hillside above the quiet town of Karatu, where dinner with be served with far-reaching views. Overnight at Oldeani Mountain Lodge (or similar).

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11

Ngorongoro & Departure

This morning drive for 3-hours to Arusha, for lunch before your return flight to the UK or onward travel.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar, or its small sister island of Pemba.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 08 Nov
2023: 02 May, 21 Nov

£4,600

Mid Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 7 Jun, 04 Oct
2023: 14 Feb, 06 Jun, 20 Jun, 03 Oct, 17 Oct

£4,840

High Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 09 Aug, 06 Sep, 20 Sep
2023: 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 08 Aug, 22 Aug, 05 Sep, 19 Sep

£5,550

Private Itinerary

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.

£5,380

Alfred & Helen Austin

Helen was fascinated by travel from an early age, avidly watching holiday programmes and dreaming of future travel plans. Fantasy became reality when she joined Kuoni just over 20 years ago, and she has continued to explore ever since. She fell in love with Africa on her first safari experience in Zambia, watching an elephant herd meander across a dusty track as the sun set dramatically. Subsequent trips to South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya have further fuelled her passion for the wildlife, diverse cultures, and beautiful landscapes of her favourite continent.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Paul, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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