Kenya Tanzania Budget Safari (All Inclusive) – TOP PICK

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DAYS

12

Camping Small Group Top Pick

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Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 2345. Currency fluctuations may occur

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Highlights

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  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Nairobi

Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania

Why You'll Love this Tour

Nothing can compare to encountering the legendary wildlife of the Serengeti and Masai Mara in the flesh. That’s why we’ve dedicated 12 full days to exploring this iconic safari circuit. Traverse incredible national parks where golden grasslands stretch on to the ends of the earth, watch wildebeest kick up the rich African dust as they migrate in their millions, and venture off track to isolated regions to meet local tribes world apart. The road is as diverse as it is unpredictable, so be prepared for adventure.

  • Your tour requires participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp. Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind is needed on the trip. Your guide is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA)


Tour Style Camping Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania
Starts Nairobi
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 17
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Length 12 days
Tour SKU CAE0303

Tour Price

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FROM

R44,670

+ Single Supplement EUR 195 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2345. Currency fluctuations may occur


Next Year's Price

From: EUR 2445

Tour Reviews

Review by Karyn Miller who traveled Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari:

Everything about our trip was flawless, and exactly as described. Traveling overland is not relaxing, but it is a wonderful adventure and I cannot imagine a better way to cover the amount of territory we did, see as much as we did, meet as interesting people as we did, and enjoy Africa, as we did! It was just phenomenal!

We saw several things that even surprised our guide — we spent 2 hours watching 9 lions set up a hunt, stealthily and strategically surrounding a herd of topis and gazelles; we also saw a herd of buffalo charge a pride of lions (and scare them away). We saw dozens of lions, countless hyenas, zebras, warthogs, and hippos.

We saw two cheetahs, two black rhinos, and finally, one leopard (thought we weren’t going to!). Enjoyed a beautiful and challenging hike to a waterfall near Mtowombu, Tanzania. Saw stunning landscapes, and was up at sunrise most days to watch the sun come up over the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, the Ngorogoro Crater. (One of the reasons we were exhausted!).

The setting up and taking down of tents, the cooking, campsite cleaning etc are all a great part of the experience — though they certainly would not be ‘for every traveler’. Our family didn’t mind the extra work — though we were tired : ) But the group was wonderful and we created many friendships and laughed more than I can remember doing in years.

One thing that you probably want to know in case you have American travelers on future trips: the visa for Americans to enter Tanzania is more expensive than that for Europeans (who made up the rest of our group). It cost $100 per person instead of $50, payable in US currency. I am Canadian and was able to pay $50, but we didn’t realize that Ron and the boys would be charged $100. Luckily we did have the currency with us.

It was also great to know in advance that the truck required South Africa-type adaptors — we ended up sharing ours with all the Europeans who had brought Kenya-British adaptors :)

Review by Sofie V who traveled Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari:

The trip was really great. I have really liked the experience very much! I managed to stick to the weight restrictions. It was the first time for me in Africa and I have really liked it. Am already thinking about the next destination.. Wilma really is a superb guide and the best I ever had. Her optimism and energy really were an important factor in making this trip a big success. Thanks for all your advice.

Review by Gaynor and David who traveled Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari:

We are now home safe and sound, and trying to resume normal life.  I know that we have forever been humbled by the generosity and welcoming nature of the people of Africa. We have A LOT of photos, and memories to last a life time.  Thank you so much for putting this together for us, and being there to sort out the minor glitches.

Review by Elmear who traveled Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari (sourced from operator):

This was a trip of a lifetime made so enjoyable and memorable by our fantastic guide and a great group of people!

Review by Christiane Schwamborn who traveled Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari (sourced from operator):

he tour was a great experience showing us impressing landscapes, a huge range of animals – small and big ones. Our guide was perfect in transporting her knowledge about the animals, tribes and landscapes which we passed. She is an incredible cook who always offered fresh fruit, local vegetables and one evening she even offered a fresh baked chocolate cake to us!!!

 

Dates Tour Length: 12 days


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Included

  • Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Two person dome tents (8 nights), Hotel/Lodge (3 nights)
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Permits
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Hike in Mount Longonot National Park
  • Guided Hike in Hells Gate National Park
  • Lake Naivasha Boat Cruise
  • Masai Mara Conservancy
  • Masai Game drives and/or walks
  • Mara River
  • Masai Full Day game viewing experience
  • Lake Victoria
  • Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park Full Day Game Drives
  • Masai Tribal People
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • 4x4 Safari inside the Ngorongoro crater
  • Masai Encounter
  • Arusha, Local Markets

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
  • Towel
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Great Rift Valley, Hike in Mount Longonot National Park
  • Hell's Gate National Park
  • Guided Hike in Hells Gate National Park, Lake Naivasha Boat Cruise
  • Masai Mara Conservancy, Masai Tribal People and Mara River
  • Masai Full Day game viewing experience, Masai Game drives and/or walks
  • Lake Victoria
  • Serengeti National Park Full Day Game Drives, 4x4 Safari inside the Ngorongoro crater
  • Arusha Local Markets


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

  • Masai Village: USD 25 per person
  • Primitive Cultural Village Tour: USD 10 per person
  • Hot air balloon flight Masai Mara: USD 450 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya

Reaching Nairobi, we gather at our hotel in the core of this vibrant city. For those arriving early, there is an array of optional activities and outings available which can be organised through the hotel. At around 18h00 you will be briefed about our tour and we will then enjoy a lovely evening meal at one of the city’s local restaurants.

Meals: No meals included on this day
Accommodation: La Mada Hotel

Day 2: Mount Longonot, Kenya

We will travel north and leave the city in our wake as we climb the escarpment for a bird’s eye view of the Great Rift Valley. We will then head down the escarpment to see the dormant volcano. A hike in Mount Longonot will then be enjoyed where you can see the entire escarpment, including the wildlife of this region. A packed lunch will be provided. We will then take a short drive to our camp for the evening in a prime location on the shore of Lake Naivasha. A lovely dinner round the campfire will be enjoyed with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Lake Naivasha – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Mount Longonot, Hike in National Park
Distance: 90 km

Day 3: Hells Gate National Park, Kenya

After breakfast at the campsite we travel a short distance to Hells Gate National Park where you can spot zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other species of antelope. We head down into the gorge before going back to camp for lunch and then a lovely boat cruise on Lake Naivasha. Here you can look out for hippo and a see a wide variety of birds. A relaxing drive will be enjoyed to Elsamere, the former home of George and Joy Adamson (conservationists who raised lion cubs and then set them free). We will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and an insight into their intriguing lives. We will then return to camp in the late afternoon for a ‘lekker’ South African braai.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Lake Naivasha – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Guided Hike in Hells Gate National Park , Lake Naivasha Boat Cruise
Optional Activities: Mountain Bike Trip in Hells Gate
Distance: 60 km (return)

Day 4: Masai Mara, Kenya

Today we travel through some of Kenya’s most wonderful wilderness, making use of lesser-known roads, passing various Masai villages en route. Our accommodation will be along the banks of the Mara River on a private concession. We will have long game drives around here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mara River Lodge
Included Highlights: Masai Mara Conservancy, Game Drives and/or walks
Distance: 210 km

Day 5: Masai Mara, Kenya

We make our way into the Park in the early hours of the morning in order to embark on a lengthy day of game driving. The Masai Mara is famous for its massive herds and many predators. We make a point to follow the seasonal migrations. We enjoy a picnic lunch on the Mara riverbanks, renowned for its large crocodile and hippo concentrations. We then head back to the lodge for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mara River Lodge
Included Highlights: Masai Mara Conservancy, Mara River, Full day game viewing experience
Distance: Game Drives

Day 6: Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Departing from the Masai Mara, we make our way into Tanzania and then climb down toward the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. This lake makes up part of the Great Rift Valley and provides a livelihood for plenty of locals who fish in its waters. We then leave the Masai Mara and enter Tanzania before descending towards Lake Victoria. In the evening we will enjoy a dinner at one of the local restaurants at your own expense. We camp on the lapping water’s edge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Camping at Lake Victoria  – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Lake Victoria
Distance: 200 km

Day 7: Serengeti, Tanzania

Today we make our way into the Serengeti National Park – the world’s most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary. This Park boasts massive populations of game with countless predators and birdlife all living on the never-ending grasslands and acacia-covered plains, which is the epitome of a true African game park. We will explore the Park from west to east, embarking on several exciting game drives, and we will spend our evening at the bustling Seronera campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Serengeti – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Serengeti National Park, Extensive Game Viewing Experience
Distance: 210 km

Day 8: Serengeti

An early morning rise with the animals will prepare us for a full day of exploring the park. Our guide will take the time to explain life in the bush while we drive around take it all in. A picnic will be held in the bush which is always an enjoyable experience. We set up camp in the park and have dinner prepared by our guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Serengeti – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Full Day Game Drive
Distance: Game Drive

Day 9: Serengeti – Ngorongoro

We will take a long game drive in the morning heading for the Ngorongoro Conservation area where the Masai Tribe herd their cattle and live as they have done for centuries. Our camp is on the edge of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater where you can enjoy stunning views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping on the Crater rim – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Masai Tribal People, Ngorongoro Crater
Distance: +/- 130 km

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Masai

We make an early start to descend into the crater. The going is slow because it is a steep descent, but you will have great views. You can expect some of the finest game viewing with close encounters with animals like black rhino. We will spend the night at the bottom of the crater in an established village that is home to the Masai people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Ngorongoro – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: 4×4 Safari inside the Nogorongoro Crater, Masai Encounter
Distance: 65 km

Day 11: Arusha, Tanzania

Awaking in the early morning, the activities of the people in the village will get us up and going. We will be travelling to Arusha at the foothill of Mount Meru where we will spend time shopping and exploring. Dinner can be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Camping in Meserani Snake Park – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Local Markets
Distance: 130 km

Day 12: Transfer to Nairobi, Kenya

This morning, everyone will be transferred to the shuttle terminal where you will be transported back to Nairobi. This road journeys through some incredible surrounds and, on a clear day, spectacular views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in all of Africa can be witnessed. Those who choose to extend their stay once back in Nairobi, or those who choose to continue their journey, will be transported to the city centre.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 295 km

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I enjoy this East Africa Safari tour?

To best enjoy this tour it should be approached with an open and flexible mentality. Road, weather, or other unforeseen conditions may necessitate changes to the itinerary and clients should be prepared for this.

What are the facilities available at the camps?

A pillow, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Bathroom facilities on the trip can be basic. Consult the itinerary for further details or ask your consultant.

What visas do I need for this trip?

Visas for both Kenya and Tanzania are required by most nationalities, these are the client's own responsibility and you are advised to pre-arrange these with the respective authorities.

What else should I be aware of before going on this East Africa tour?

Seasonal precautions against Malaria are advisable. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar and notes in small denominations should be brought along for expenses not included. A small day pack is advisable. Our price includes transport - Nairobi to Nairobi, accommodation, entry fees, Park fees, permits, group equipment, professional guides, and most meals. Drinks, curios, tips, taxes, visas and optional excursions are for the client's own expense. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

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