Kenya Tanzania Safari on a Budget (All Inclusive)

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DAYS

12

Camping Small Group Top Pick

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+ Single Supplement EUR 200 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 2565. 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

R43,490

+ Single Supplement EUR 200 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2565. Currency fluctuations may occur


Next Year's Price

From: EUR 2695

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 - 1 Night Hotel, 1 Nights Lodge, 9 Nights Camping Two Person Dome Tents Accommodation Upgrade on Certain 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
  • 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,
  • Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara River, Full day game viewing experience
  • Mount Longonot
  • Hike in Mount Longonot National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Guided hike in Hells Gate National Park
  • Lake Naivasha boat cruise
  • Elsamere
  • Arusha Scenic Drive
  • Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park Extensive game viewing experience and Full day game drive
  • Masai Tribal People
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • 4×4 Safari inside the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Masai Encounter
  • 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: Masai Mara, Kenya

A few hours after our arrival, we depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve. In order to reach this point, the road ascends to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, offering breathtaking views of the Africa of our imaginations. In the Mara, wildebeests and zebras migrate in unison each year, and they suffer heartache when they are taken by crocodiles in the Mara River. In spite of this, most animals are able to escape due to the sheer weight of numbers. On arrival, we camp adjacent to the park for two nights. Every night of the tour there is the option to upgrade your accommodation, but this must be booked before departure to avoid disappointment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (two person dome tents) – Oseki Camp or Accommodation Upgrade
Included Highlights: Great Rift Valley
Distance: 225 km

Day 3: Masai Mara, Kenya

We depart early in the morning for a full day of game viewing. Plains game is abundant in the Mara as are predators who follow the herds. Our safari truck gives us an elevated view of the plains, and we follow seasonal migrations when possible. The group stops for a picnic lunch between game drives and only returns to camp in the late afternoon, hungry and tired, ready for a hearty meal around the campfire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (two person dome tents) – Oseki Camp or Accommodation Upgrade
Included Highlights:
Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara River, Full day game viewing experience
Distance: 
Game Drives

Day 4: Mount Longonot, Kenya

After leaving the Mara, we head to the dormant volcano of Mount Longonot National Park. In order to get a better view of the jagged-edged caldera and the forest within it, we temporarily abandon our vehicles as our guide leads us on a hike up to the crater rim. You can also see the Rift Valley from this point. Despite the fact that the volcano last erupted in the early 1900s, there is still evidence of steam vents, and we may be able to observe a variety of plains game along the way. A packed lunch will be brought along for a picnic with a view.

Our safari truck will be waiting for us at our campsite on the banks of Lake Naivasha, where we will spend the night for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping (two person dome tents) – Lake Naivasha or Accommodation Upgrade
Included Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Mount Longonot, Hike in National Park, Lake Naivasha
Distance: 225 km

Day 5: Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

On this morning’s excursion, we will be traveling to Hell’s Gate National Park, which was named by 19th century explorers after a natural cleft in the high basalt cliffs. Among the various species of antelope, you can see zebra, giraffe, buffalo and various other species of antelope amongst the stunning scenery that served as the inspiration for the movie “The Lion King”. If you are feeling adventurous, you have the option of renting a bicycle locally (own expense). In the area surrounding Olkaria Geothermal Power Station, hot springs remind us of the volcanic activity beneath our feet.

Following lunch, we return to camp, followed by a boat cruise on Lake Naivasha during which we can see hippopotamuses and some of the 400 species of birds that inhabit the lake.

As a final highlight of the day, a visit to Elsamere, the old house of George and Joy Adamson, the original “lion whisperers”, provides an opportunity to learn more about their fascinating lives.

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

Day 6: Arusha, Tanzania

As we proceed south, we pass through the outskirts of Nairobi on our way to Tanzania and the town of Arusha. As we cross the border, we see glimpses of Mt Kilimanjaro through the clouds, and skirt the base of Mt Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain. An important crossroads for safari operators and tourists from all over the world, Arusha is known as Tanzania’s “safari capital.”. The city serves as the regional diplomatic hub of the East African Community.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ahadi Lodge Arusha
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive, Tanzania
Distance: 375 Km

Day 7: Serengeti National Park, 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. In every season, there is an abundance of game, and the predators that stalk the herds are never far away. We will spend two nights camping on the Serengeti plains, spending our days game viewing, enjoying one of nature’s greatest spectacles, and our nights around a camp fire under a star-filled sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Serengeti – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: Serengeti National Park, Extensive Game Viewing Experience
Distance:300 km

Day 8: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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. Upon returning to our camp as the sun sets, we sit around the fire and swap stories and photographs while the crew prepares a delicious meal.

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

Day 9: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

We depart early in the morning for our final game drive on the plains, returning to camp midmorning to enjoy brunch. As we drive to the top of Ngorongoro, we will be driving up steep slopes of this extinct volcano. While traveling, it is quite amusing to see Masai tribesmen herding their cattle among the wildlife, still maintaining their traditional lifestyle as they have done for centuries. Our evening campout will be at the renowned Simba Camp, perched on a crater rim and affording breathtaking views into the caldera.

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

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater

As soon as dawn breaks, we clamber into 4×4 safari vehicles to make the precipitous descent into the crater, a route too steep for our safari vehicles. During this exploration, we will discover the crater, a marvel of nature with its steep forested walls, fertile grassland plains, lake, salt pan and fever tree forest. You can see many of Africa’s animals in one place, including the rare Black Rhino, making it a microcosm of the continent’s safari destinations. In the early afternoon we leave the park and descend the steep escarpment to our overnight campsite in a village amongst the Masai people. After descending the steep escarpment from the crater, we return to Simba Camp for lunch before leaving the park in the late afternoon.

As we explore the village with a Masai guide this afternoon, we will learn about their way of life, their culture, and how they integrate into modern society.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: 4×4 Safari inside the Ngorongoro 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: Arusha,  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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