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  • Tour Length 52 days
    Group Size Min 1 Max 22
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Uganda,
    Overview An adventure from Johannesburg to Nairobi will allow you to experience the best of Africa's natural attractions. The outdoors are at the heart of Africa - rainforests, national parks, waterways, coastlines, and plenty of savanna. Experience Victoria Falls and the Serengeti plains, see mountain gorillas up close and be welcomed by the warm hospitality of the Malawian people. The Okavango is home to unique wildlife and perfect conditions for camping on balmy beaches in Tanzania, trekking through steamy rainforests and mokoroing along the Okavango river. This all-encompassing African journey offers a wide variety of experiences, from spotting the Big Five to relaxing on Zanzibar's idyllic beaches to interacting with Masai warriors.

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    52 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

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  • Tour Length 37 days
    Group Size Min 1 Max 22
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Overview

    Unveiling Africa's breathtaking diversity awaits on this epic 37 day adventure! Traverse the continent, from the thundering spray of Victoria Falls to the sprawling plains of the Serengeti National Park. Witness iconic landmarks like the Ngorongoro Crater, a wildlife haven teeming with big cats, and feel the spray on your face as you stand beneath the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Cruise the Okavango Delta, a watery paradise teeming with life, and track endangered rhinos in the vast Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Beyond the iconic wildlife encounters, delve into the rich tapestry of African cultures. Explore verdant national parks and remote highland villages, each offering a unique glimpse into the lives of local communities. This immersive journey isn't just about ticking off bucket list destinations – it's about connecting with the soul of Africa, from the dramatic landscapes to the vibrant traditions. Join us and create memories that will stay with you forever!

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    37 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure

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  • Tour Length 34 days
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    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Overview Explore Kruger National Park's wildlife-rich expanses and Botswana's rugged landscape on a 34 day adventure beginning in Johannesburg. Experiencing traditional safari drives in the Kruger National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, seeing the iconic Big 5, and taking a tour along the Panorama Route are just a few of the many highlights of a safari adventure. Engage with the vibrant wildlife along the Chobe River by boat and experience the tranquility of the Okavango Delta by mokoro. Enjoy thrilling or relaxing activities at Victoria Falls before exploring Zambia's colorful markets and rural scenery. Visit South Luangwa, Lake Malawi, and the rich coffee-growing region of Tanzania to experience tranquility, vitality, and beauty. Take your journey to a spectacular conclusion with a trip to Zanzibar, the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater, and Tanzania's northern gems. A journey filled with wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural experiences that will leave you with lifelong memories.

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    34 day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Comfort Tour

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  • Tour Length 34 days
    Group Size Max 20
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Overview Embark on a 34 day adventure from Johannesburg that explores the wildlife-rich expanses of Kruger National Park and the rugged landscapes of Botswana. The highlights of a safari adventure include touring the Panorama Route, seeing the iconic Big 5, and experiencing traditional safari drives in the Kruger National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. By mokoro, experience the tranquility of the Okavango Delta while engaging with the vibrant wildlife along the Chobe River. Explore Zambia's colorful markets and rural scenery before enjoying thrilling or relaxing activities at Victoria Falls. Enjoy tranquility, vitality, and beauty in the rich coffee-growing regions of Tanzania, South Luangwa and Lake MalawiZanzibar, Tanzania's northern gem, and Ngorongoro Crater await at the end of your voyage. You will experience breathtaking landscapes, encounter wildlife, and learn about the different cultures on this journey.

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    34 day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tour

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  • Tour Length 30 days
    Group Size Max 20
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Overview This overland trip takes you to some of Africa's top game parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe National Park, South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta. The beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi encourage you to sit back and relax in true African style. Africa's unique culture, geography and wildlife are the major highlights of the many countries you travel through on this trip.

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    Johannesburg to Nairobi Tour Adventure (Comfort) (30 Days)

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  • Tour Length 30 days
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    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Overview This Johannesburg to Nairobi Adventure tour stops at all the amazing sights and experiences on offer while steadily heading north. Some of the highlights are the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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  • Tour Length 27 days
    Group Size Avg 18, Max 22
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Nairobi
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Overview This 27 Day Overland Safari departs from the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg where you can book an excursion to the township of Soweto. Then we hit the road to cross the border into Botswana for mokoro trips down the Okavango Delta. Then it is onto the magnificent Victoria Falls for a range of activities before we hit the beaches of Malawi. Our tour will then takes us to East Africa for some cultural awakenings before we end off in Nairobi.

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    Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure (27 Days)

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Kenya Safari - View All Budget Tours

** Please note as of 2017 Kenya instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued. **

Kenya Safari Tours

Tours Starting in Kenya

 

Top Tips for Kenyan Travel:

Safari in the Maasai Mara

Nairobi – East Africa’s Safari Gateway

East Africa Tours: 13 Adventures to Top Your Bucket List

Best Time to Overland in Africa: 2019 Travel Calendar

All you Need to Know About Kenya and it’s Two Rainy Seasons [Tips]

Five Must-Do’s while Travelling through Nairobi, Kenya

Best times to go on Tour:

During July and August the migration crosses the Mara River where the animals stay in the Masai Mara until November before heading south back into the Serengeti.

So anytime between July and early November will ensure you see a plethora of wildlife and activity.

Most people find the hot, dry weather of January and February the most pleasant in comparison to the rest of the year’s weather. This is also the best time for bird watching, as birds in huge numbers flock to the lakes.

Whether you travel in Winter or Summer, the early morning game drives are cold and as you climb from sea level you can expect a drop in temperature. It makes sense that you would want to go during the dry season because if you are outdoors, you will get wet and your shoes muddy.

For beach lovers, the Indian Ocean is warm all year round, but rain can fall at any time. It would be best to avoid the coast between mid-March to late May when the temperatures can be extremely high, and there is also high rainfall.

Highlights on Kenyan Tours:

  • Safaris in the Masai Mara
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local craft markets
  • Feeding giraffes in Nairobi
  • Flamingos in Lake Nakuru
  • Getting involved in local community projects
  • Wildebeest Migration
  • Safaris in National Parks
  • Birdwatching at the Great Rift Valley
  • Learning the culture of the colourful Masai Mara Tribe
  • White sandy beaches and isolated islands
  • Amazing underwater activities
  • Discovering interesting facts about ‘The cradle of Mankind’

Cultural Highlights

Kenyan people are often referred to as colourful, cultural and friendly. Adorned in original tribesmen and women outfits, witnessing one of their tribal dances is a highlight of a Kenya Safari.

The Masai Mara are a Nilotic ethnic group with a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Expect chant lullabies and humming songs which culminates in a polyhonic syncopated rhythm. See them jumping several meters into the air while they perform the adumu/aigus dance and then give it a go yourself!

Wildlife Safari highlights

The Masai Mara Reserve

Kenya is best known for the chance to experience the great Wildebeest Migration. Every year millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate between Kenya’s Masai Mara and the Serengeti in bordering Tanzania.

The spectacle of seeing vast herds of animals on the move through huge plains is one of the greatest wildlife experiences on the planet.

Prides of lions pursue the herds and occasionally go in for kills ensuring non-stop action and adventure.

The best time to visit the Masai Mara for the Wildebeest Migration is July through to September and October.

However if you aren’t in Kenya at these times of the year, you will still be sure to have plenty more wildlife highlights to experience. The Masai Mara is famed for big cat sightings particularly lion and cheetah. You will also see many other species of wildlife on Kenya’s safari landscapes of lush grasslands and open plains dotted with acacia trees.

Interesting Fact: The park is named after the Maasai people who traditionally lived in the area and also derives from the Maasai description of the wilderness area when viewed from the hills or in the air – “Mara” meaning “spotted” which describes the patchy appearance of the vegetation and the shadows of the clouds.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is teeming with wildlife, covering some 1510 sq km of plains and riverine woodland along the meandering Mara and Talek rivers.

The Mara reserve is home to numerous giraffes, warthogs, bat-eared foxes and grey jackals, as well as spotted hyenas and baboons. Various antelopes are also found in their numbers in the reserve, such as topis, impala, hartebeests, Thomson’s gazelles and Grant’s gazelles.

Masai Mara Tours

Amboseli National Park

This reserve is famous for massive herds of elephants which can be seen against a dramatic backdrop of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

The ecosystem is mainly Savannah with a few swamp areas while hosting amazing bird-life such as pelicans and Egyptian geese along with buffaloes and hippos.

The park is home to elephant, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Jackal, hyena, warthogs, and the Maasai giraffe are also found in Amboseli.

Amboseli consists mainly of grassland and lush swamps created by water from melted snow on Kilimanjaro that flows beneath lava flows to the surface amidst the dusty plains below.

Just over the border in Tanzania you will find Lake Nakuru National Park which is best for seeing black and white rhino. Rare Rothschild’s giraffe and thousands of pink flamingo’s frequent the lake.

Amboseli Tours

Tsavo East National Park

One of Kenya’s biggest parks, it is home to huge herds of elephants as well as some unusual antelope species. Fringe-eared oryx, lesser kudu and the long-necked gerenuk can be spotted here.

Tsavo East is flatter and drier than the western part of the park, consisting mainly of semi-arid grassland and savannah. One of Kenya’s largest rivers, the Galana River, flows across its dry plains attracting much of the park’s wildlife, including numerous hippos and crocodiles.

Kudus, waterbucks and dik-diks are also commonly found along the river side. Tsavo East is also home to endangered hirola antelopes and black rhinos.

Samburu National Reserve

The arid region has unique animal species such as the gerenuk, Beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe.

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Often over-looked, this reserve lies close to Kenya’s coast and is home to the country’s only population of sable antelope.

Nairobi National Park

On the outskirts of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi you will find this game reserve. Just a few kilometers outside of the city you can spot leopard, lion, rhino, cheetah, eland and giraffe. A wildlife experience while at your hotel is possible when visiting Giraffe Manor in Nairobi before you head off on your safari. Here a herd of resident Rothschild giraffe poke their long necks into the dining room while you eat breakfast.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its greater and lesser flamingoes, covers 180 sq km’s of central Kenya, northwest of Nairobi. It is home to both black, white rhinos and sometimes leopards can be spotted.

Nakuru is a birding paradise, inhabited by nearly 450 bird species including several interesting water birds.

Lake Nakuru Tours

Sealife

Beneath Kenya’s warm ocean there is a world of creatures to discover while snorkeling or diving. Five marine parks and reserves along the coast (including Africa’s oldest marine park – Malindi Marine National Park) protect a number of marine species. Turtles (including the endangered Olive Ridley turtles in Watamu Marine National Park) and dolphins to shoals of tropical fish, sharks and manta rays.

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The perfect destination for your first safari

If you’re travelling to Africa for your first safari then Kenya is one of the best countries to choose. It’s easy to access from the northern hemisphere while the tourist infrastructure is well developed with a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Not forgetting the Big Five game viewing is superb!

The Masai Mara National Reserve

Established in 1961, the Masai Mara National Reserve is situated in an enormous game park in Narok County. It is joined to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The reserve was named in honor of the Masai tribe, who were the original occupants of the region. Translated from the Masai word ‘Maa’ meaning ‘spotted’ which is indicative of how the area looks from a distance with circles of trees, thickets, savannahs and cloud shadows that seem to dot the park.

The reserve is renowned as one of the greatest and most popular wildlife parks in all of Africa. Famous for an incredible abundance of big cats such as lion, leopard and cheetah.

The annual migration during which masses of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and 1.5 million wildebeest make their way to and from the Serengeti while crossing through the crocodile infested Mara river is truly a sight to behold.

The animals migrate in search of fresh grass after seasonal rains, moving in herds of thousands. The occasional kill by a pride of lions is something you would see in nature documentaries.

The elephants of Amboseli National Park

Renown as one of the best places in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Amboseli offers guaranteed spectacular sightings of its more than 1400 big-tusked elephants against a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. Kenya’s second most popular park also has many other species including buffalo, lion, impala, cheetah and spotted hyena. All of which are easily spotted in the long dry months when vegetation is sparse.

Scaling Mount Kenya

While not as famous as Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya offers a stellar climbing experience for travelers in search of adventure. It’s Africa’s second tallest mountain, at nearly 5000 meters high. However Mount Kenya is considered a more challenging climb than Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’re up for the adventure, the journey up to the summit offers dazzling panoramas over the plains as well as the chance to spot wildlife. Elephant, black rhino, buffalo and colobus monkeys can be seen en-route.

Beach time in coastal paradise

Kenya is a great destination if you want to combine a safari with beach time. The coast of Kenya has some spectacular soft white sand beaches fringed by warm turquoise ocean. You can either chill out on a beach lounger for days, or have an active beach holiday. A choice of watersports on offer include windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. A exploration of the sealife will include turtles, sharks, dolphins and shoals of tropical fish. For those needing some time out, a sailing trip on a local dhow will offer up a romantic moment.

Birdwatching at the Great Rift Valley lakes

With more than 1000 bird species, Kenya is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The Great Rift Valley has a succession of lakes and wetlands and is home to one of the most diverse bird populations in the world.

Millions of candyfloss-pink flamingos feed on the algae in Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria. Here you can also see eagles, pelicans, cormorants and goliath herons along with more than 350 other species.

The elevated freshwater Lake Naivasha attracts black herons, kingfishers and great white egrets. Keeping the birds company, are giraffe, buffalo, Colobus monkeys, hippos, zebras and many other game. Take a boat trip out on the lake, and try and spot an African Fish Eagle scoop up a bite to eat.

Taking time out on Lamu Island

Lamu Island is only a short flight away from Nairobi, but it feels like you are stepping back in time. The tiny car-free island only has donkeys and traditional dhow boats for transportation. Lamu Town, Africa’s best-preserved Swahili settlement and Kenya’s oldest town, oozes history and charm. With centuries-old beautiful buildings, quaint alleyways, lovely cafés and a vibrant market.

On the other side of the island, Shela Beach is an idyllic stretch of golden sand beach. With only a handful of hotels and guesthouses and a few restaurants, here you can live out simple beach days.

Cycling in the wild in Hell’s Gate National Park

For a different wildlife experience visist Hell’s Gate National Park which is the only game reserve in Kenya where you can view wildlife by bicycle. Cycling is the best way to take in the natural splendor of the park. Dramatic gorges, towering cliffs and billowing plumes of geothermal steam along with its wildlife of zebra, giraffe, eland, Thomson’s gazelle, hartebeest and baboons.

Experience rich and diverse cultures

Kenya is home to a diverse array of cultural groups. These include the Masai, Turkana, El Molo, Rendille, Swahili, Pokot and Samburu. Each with their own distinctive histories, customs and traditions. With countless cultural experiences on offer to travelers, you will be fascinated when learning more about Kenya’s people. Whether learning how to make jewellery with Samburu women, going on a walk in the bush with a Masai wildlife guide, cooking a meal with a Swahili family, or attending a traditional Turkana wedding.

Weather

Kenya has a tropical climate due to the fact that it lies on the equator. The weather is variable, influenced by the altitude and other climatic factors. The average daytime temperatures are between 20°C and 28°C, but you will find the coast to be warmer. Kenya is also affected by the strong monsoon winds. The dry season is from June to October with the rainy season being from November to May.

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These are generally the coldest months where temperatures vary quite significantly from region to region. During the day the sky is clear with the sun peeking out, but the early morning temperatures can be as low as 10°C. Thereby the early morning safaris are chilly, so pack for cold conditions. With very little rain and low humidity making game drives rather pleasant.

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Temperatures can be between 24°C and 27°C. Lower altitudes are more consistent at 30°C. Early morning game drives are once again quite chilly, so prepare with a few layers of clothing. The humidity from December to April is very high.

How to get there

Kenya Airlines is the national airline carrier and various airports as below:

  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Approximately twenty minutes from the main business district.
  • Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
  • Kisumu International Airport is the main airport connecting western Kenya with the world.

The number of airlines flying to Kenya is increasing making Kenya more accessible however our consultants will assist you with the best routing for your needs.

Facts on Kenya

  • Full name: Republic of Kenya
  • Capital city: Nairobi
  • Area: 583,000 sq km; 225,096 sq miles
  • Population: 31,639,000
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +3 ()
  • Languages: Swahili (official); English (official)
  • Religion: 35% Protestant; 30% Roman Catholic; 30% Muslim; 5% Animist
  • Electricity: 240V; 50HzHz
  • Electric Plug Details: British-style plug: 2 flat blades & 1 flat grounding blade
  • Country Dialling Code: 254
  • Money matters: Per Capita Income: US$370, Currency: Kenya Shillings (Kshs) and USD
  • Medical matters: Meningococcal meningitis, Malaria, Cholera, Hepatitis, Typhoid, HIV/AIDS, Yellow fever