Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

Ultimate Safari tour in Kenya & Tanzania!
National Geographic Journeys

From £5,499pp with £275 donation to charity!

15 days

Departing February 2022 (other dates are available, call us for more information)

On this incredible journey, you will explore some of the finest national parks in East Africa, Kenya’s Masai Mara, to Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Keep an eye out for lions, leopards, elephants and more in the Serengeti, and bird-watch to your heart’s content on a trip to Lake Nakuru. 

When you’re not safari-ing, immerse yourself in the culture of the region, with a visit to a Maasai communtity and share a meal with a family in Mto wa Mbu village! This is a once in a lifetime tour that you do not want to miss!

Plus! Book with Charitable Travel and you can donate 5% of your holiday price (in this case £275*) to the charity of your choice for free!

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Book with Confidence

You can cancel and rebook this tour with no change fees closer to the time of departure, giving you added flexibility and peace of mind. If you cancel or delay your trip for any reason, your deposit remains valid until you’re ready to go!

G Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that we have implemented health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols.

Your Tour includes

  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursions and activities as listed in the itinerary.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle, plane, boat, walking)
  • Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights), safari lodge (4 nights), comfortable tented camps (5 nights)
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD195–255 for meals not included)
  • Staff & Experts: CEO (Chief experience officer) throughout, and a certified drive/guide.
  • £275* Donation to charity!

 

Included Tour Highlights

Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk, Lake Nakuru National Park
Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahi
Clean Cookstove Project talk, Mto wa Mbu
Serengeti Research Centre Lecture
Wildlife Safari tours in Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Manyara
Nairobi visit
Olduvai Gorge Museum

Included Tour Highlights

  • Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahi
  • Clean Cookstove Project talk, Mto wa Mbu
  • Serengeti Research Centre Lecture
  • Wildlife Safari tours in Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Manyara
  • Nairobi visit
  • Olduvai Gorge Museum
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Book with Charitable Travel, for the same price as if you book with G Adventures direct,  and you can donate 5% of your holiday price (in this case £274.95*) to the charity of your choice at no extra cost to you! Once you’ve made your donation, we will discount the cost of your holiday by the same 5%! 

Intinerary

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. 

Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO (chief experience officer) and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.

Arrival day and welcome meeting
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Private Vehicle
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Depart early for Lake Nakuru, known for harbouring flocks of pink flamingos and a rich variety of bird species. Arrive at our safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch, and seek out the resident rhinos on a late afternoon wildlife drive.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive
Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and Cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white-winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Set out on morning and afternoon safaris through the picturesque park, searching for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, lions, and more; and drive along the salty shores of Lake Nakuru to discover a mind-boggling variety of birds. Later, hear from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) – a government institution dedicated to managing the country’s wildlife – about the issues surrounding poaching and rhino conservation.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive (Morning and Afternoon)
Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and Cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white-winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

Your Highlight Moment – Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk
Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and rhino conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The KWS strives to sustainably conserve and develop Kenya’s wildlife and its habitats, as well as create programmes to enable communities living in wildlife areas to benefit from wildlife revenue. National Geographic has supported many research projects working jointly with KWS researchers in the field. The chairman of KWS is renowned conservationist Richard Leakey, a long-time collaborator and multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Head south through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake surrounded by grassy banks and olive trees. Cruise the lake on a boat, watching for hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo; and peer through your binoculars to spot lovebirds. ibis, and the African fish eagle. Step ashore at Crescent Island – a peaceful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the lake – and enjoy a guided stroll in search of wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes.

The name Naivasha comes from the Maasai “Nai’posha”, which means “rough water”, though Lake Naivasha is generally calm.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard off-road ride. 

Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island
Enjoy a scenic boat ride on this fresh water lake, popular with people seeking wildlife and bird watching. Once at Crescent Island walk amongst the acacia trees and come face to face with herds of wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, and giraffe. Along the shore you may see hippos and buffalo wallowing in the mud. Scan the treetops for the African fish eagle, waiting to snatch a fish from the lake.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Travel to the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve and settle into our comfortable tented camp, located in the heart of the reserve. Head out for an afternoon safari through vast, acacia-dotted plains, driving past throngs of wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes; and keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and the rest of the African “big five.” In the evening, relax at the camp and enjoy scenic views of the rolling plains.

After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. No trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we’ll make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive, with excellent chances of seeing the “big five”: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.

The road in and back out of the park is very rough and very bumpy, but once you catch a glimpse of the stunning wildlife, it’s worth a little discomfort.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard off-road ride. 

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Venture out on an early morning safari to track the animals that traversed the savanna during the night. View ungulates like Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi and eland antelopes—as well as their stealthy predators—at one of their most active times of the day. Continue your exploration on a late afternoon safari, discovering the timeless landscapes of Masai Mara.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard off-road ride. 

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

Optional Activity for Day 6
Masai Mara Balloon Safari! Read more below.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Witness a breath-taking sunrise over the savanna during your final safari in Masai Mara, and head back to Nairobi. Stop en route at Café Ubuntu, a G Adventures–supported project that trains and employs local women and mothers of children with disabilities. Visit the craft centre to meet some of the women who create the wares sold there, then sit down for a delicious farm-to-table lunch.

Rise early for a final morning wildlife safari drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Mara plains. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon and opt to join the CEO in a farewell dinner.

Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard off-road ride. 

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

Your G for Good Moment: Café Unbuntu
In the rural settlement of Maai Mahiu is the very special G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café. A true social enterprise in the heart of Kenya, this initiative empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supporting paediatric health and education programs in the region. Sit down to a delicious, organic farm-to-table lunch.
 
Your Highlight Moment: Café  Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made
Enjoy a guided tour of the centre and meet some of the mothers who work here creating handicrafts. Learn how the lives of these “mamas” have been impacted and, in turn, their communities empowered through this G Adventures-supported initiative.
 
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch 

Fly to Arusha, gateway to the Serengeti and the northern parks of Tanzania, and settle into your lodge.

Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Arrival Airport Transfer
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, make your way to Mto wa Mbu village, a vibrant settlement of Tanzania’s diverse tribal groups. Take a guided walk through the village, visiting the local market and meeting artisans in their workshops; then sit down for a traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to the Rift Valley escarpment and settle into our safari camp, located at the edge of Lake Manyara National Park. Set out on our first safari drive to discover East Africa’s legendary wildlife, searching for lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and more.

This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search of the park’s bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and baboons. The afternoon is spent viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush, cool forest that’s dominated by large ficus trees covered in bromeliads and ferns.

7-Seat 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top

Your G for Good Moment: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch
Take part in a cultural walk to learn about life in this East African town. Mto wa Mbu has attracted some 18,000 residents from 120 different tribes. During the two-hour tour, visit the village’s local market, go right to the farmer’s fields, see how huts are constructed, and meet artisans in their shops.

Afterwards, sit down with our new friends and enjoy a traditional lunch of meat and plantains.

Lake Manyara National Park Safari
This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search for the park’s phenomenal bird life (including raptors), tree-climbing lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, baboons, and buffalos. Look up and see some of the more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Beyond wildlife, Lake Manyara NP is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees, and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking; the open plains, huge escarpment, central alkaline lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa.”

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Travel through the breath-taking Rift Valley to a Maasai village. Here, we learn about the G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves Project, dedicated to providing clean-burning cookstoves to Maasai communities throughout Tanzania. Enjoy a presentation by a Masaai woman on the impact of the project, and take a guided tour of the village, visiting traditional homes or bomas and helping build a new stove. Continue to our safari camp in Serengeti National Park, stopping en route at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and Visitor’s Centre—located near the site where National Geographic archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered early hominid fossils and stone tools in 1960.

7-Seat 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top

Your G for Good Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Visit
Visit a Maasai village in the Monduli District and witness the benefits of the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project. In Tanzania, 95% of people rely on cooking with wood and coal. Women and girls spend hours walking to collect wood every day (making them vulnerable to assault and unable to use their time to go to school). Indoor smoke from open-fire stoves causes cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, blindness, and burns. Take a guided tour of these villages and meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes), and observe (or get your hands dirty) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. See the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Maasai villagers, especially the women.

Your Highlight Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Talk
G Adventures has partnered with the Masai Stoves and Solar Project to install more efficient cookstoves across the Serengeti in order to cut down on smoke-related illnesses. Enjoy an exclusive talk with some of the “Masai mamas” and learn how their lives have been impacted and their community empowered.

Olduvai Gorge Museum
The Olduvai Gorge is a steep ravine in the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania. It is one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites. Beginning in 1931, excavations by Louis Leakey revealed evidence of early man dating back nearly 2 million years. Visit the Olduvai museum and see bone fossils and fragments of ancient stone tools. This UNESCO World Heritage site provides an intriguing glimpse into the origin and evolution of man in these Serengeti Plains of Africa.

Serengeti National Park Safari
This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Immerse yourself in the splendour of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife reserves. Discover the park’s iconic creatures on an optional hot-air balloon safari at sunrise, and set out in a 4×4 on morning and afternoon safaris through the golden grasslands. With luck, spot all of Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Later, visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, and enjoy a talk by one of the visiting researchers.

If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive, but you will have a much better view from above.

7-Seat 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top

Your Highlight Moment: Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture
Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where most of the wildlife researchers and scientists are based for projects within Serengeti National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy a lecture by one of the visiting researchers; topics will vary based on the studies being done at the time.

Serengeti National Park Safari
This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

Optional Activity – Day 11
Serengeti Balloon Safari! More information below

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Depart the Serengeti this morning, looking out for the park’s wild denizens along the drive. Check in to our comfortable tented camp near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a fiery African sunset from the deck.

Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and the following morning.

7-Seat 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top

Serengeti National Park Safari
This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Spanning more than 20 kilometres in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest non-flooded caldera in the world and is inhabited by some 25,000 animals. Descend into this green-walled paradise early in the morning on safari. As you ride past herds of zebra and flocks of flamingo, keep your eyes peeled for a pride of lions or a lone leopard. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the floor of the crater; then drive to Arusha.

7-Seat 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top

Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive
Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Here you’ll see Maasai herdsmen in the morning mist. Your driver/guide will take you down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Depart at any time.

Not ready for the adventure to end? Speak to our reservations team to discuss extending your stay!

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional Extras

Add these to your tour when you book!

Masai Mara Balloon Safari - From £324pp

The adventure begins just before dawn and lasts an hour in the sky. Fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara. Toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Please note that single passengers can book on this activity, the balloon will require a minimum of two passengers to take flight. In the rare case that this minimum is not reached by the time of your flight, passengers will be refunded for this activity.

My Own Room - From £1,049pp

If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Serengeti Balloon Safari - From £441pp

Spirited aloft in a hot-air balloon, view the wildlife and terrain of the Serengeti that only the birds see. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and keep that shutter-finger good and limber—you’ll be using it plenty over the course of your hour in the air.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure – with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

#TravelforGood

Book with Charitable Travel and you can donate 5% of your holiday price (in this case £274.95*) to the great cause of your choice at no extra cost to you! Once the donation has been made, we discount the cost of your holiday by the same 5%, so you get the trip of your dreams and the charity you care about gets a much-needed donation!

Here’s some suggestions of charities providing services to people in Kenya and Tanzania to inspire you. 

Make an enquiry!

Price is per person, based on 1 person in shared accommodation, departing on February 20 2022. Excludes flights. Other options for departure dates, airports and number of passengers are available, but may come at a supplemented cost.  Call or email us today to inquire about booking flights, extending your stay, or booking any of the optional extras. Price is subject to availability  and change.

*Donation amount is calculated at final sale and as such may differ from the figure shown here. Minimum 5% donation is required to receive maximum 5% discount.