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Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania

From $8,796
total price from Boston, New York, Wash, DC
$7,995 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $801 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
16 days
Tour Membership
12-18 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

“On safari”…it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to highlands and reserves to national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people.

Tour Details

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania

From $8,796

total price from Boston, New York, Wash, DC
$7,995 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $801 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-18 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
16 days

Tour Membership
12-18 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

“On safari”…it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to highlands and reserves to national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people.

Small Group Highlights

  • Amboseli’s large elephant population
  • Diverse birdlife at Lake Manyara
  • Ngorongoro, wildlife haven and Masai homeland
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Serengeti and Masai Mara, Africa’s best game-viewing sites
  • Top-rated game lodges

Day-by-Day Itinerary

When To Go On Safari …

• January to February: Summer – dry and warm; cooler at Ngorongoro because of elevation. Migration picks up, with plenty of game throughout central/southern Serengeti.

• March: Rains become possible, bringing plains animals in search of fresh grass and food. Significant movement of antelope and other game to the plains for calving season; predators follow.

• June to October: Dry season; can be cold on the rim of Ngorongoro. Wildebeest and plains game begin migrating in search of water. By late July, wildebeest migration is in full swing, with opportunities for excellent game viewing and predator kills, especially in the Masai Mara.

• November to December: Season of the “short” rains (brief daily thunderstorms); comfortable temperatures at Ngorongoro; warm in the Serengeti, with plentiful game.

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Nairobi, Kenya
Depart U.S. for Nairobi, Kenya
2
Arrive Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi

After arriving in Nairobi, we transfer to our hotel.  As arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

After arriving in Nairobi, we transfer to our hotel.  As arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

3
Nairobi
B
D
B
D
Nairobi

We see highlights of Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital city today, stopping for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the Danish writer who, under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, wrote Out of Africa.  We also visit the Giraffe Centre, where we see several of the endangered Roth­schild’s giraffes here up close.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

We see highlights of Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital city today, stopping for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the Danish writer who, under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, wrote Out of Africa.  We also visit the Giraffe Centre, where we see several of the endangered Roth­schild’s giraffes here up close.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

4
Nairobi/Amboseli
B
L
D
B
L
D
Nairobi/Amboseli

We transfer this morning to Amboseli National Park in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Masai’s “white mountain” and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,336 feet.  Known for its many elephants, Amboseli boasts wide, dry plains also teeming with herds of wildebeest, zebra, impala, and giraffe, as we may see on this afternoon’s game drive.

We transfer this morning to Amboseli National Park in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Masai’s “white mountain” and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,336 feet.  Known for its many elephants, Amboseli boasts wide, dry plains also teeming with herds of wildebeest, zebra, impala, and giraffe, as we may see on this afternoon’s game drive.

5
Amboseli
B
L
D
B
L
D
Amboseli

Early this morning we visit a near­by Masai village.  Later: game drive and time for relaxing at our lodge in the foothills of Kili­man­jaro beneath a copse of feathered acacia trees.

Early this morning we visit a near­by Masai village.  Later: game drive and time for relaxing at our lodge in the foothills of Kili­man­jaro beneath a copse of feathered acacia trees.

6
Amboseli/Lake Manyara
B
L
D
B
L
D
Amboseli/Lake Manyara

We travel today to peaceful Lake Man­yara National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse parks.  Bordered by the dramatic Western Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is notable for its abundant birdlife, diverse vegetation, tree-climbing lions, plains animals, and hippos.

We travel today to peaceful Lake Man­yara National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse parks.  Bordered by the dramatic Western Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is notable for its abundant birdlife, diverse vegetation, tree-climbing lions, plains animals, and hippos.

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Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Conservation Area
B
L
D
B
L
D
Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This morning we enjoy a second game drive at Lake Manyara and then set out for Ngorongoro, a UNESCO Conservation Area, International Biosphere Reserve, and site of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.  On the crater’s floor is Africa in microcosm: grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife.

This morning we enjoy a second game drive at Lake Manyara and then set out for Ngorongoro, a UNESCO Conservation Area, International Biosphere Reserve, and site of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.  On the crater’s floor is Africa in microcosm: grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife.

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Ngorongoro Crater
B
L
D
B
L
D
Ngorongoro Crater

On our morning tour of the 100-square-mile crater, we have our only chance to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” – ele­­­phant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard – in one place.

On our morning tour of the 100-square-mile crater, we have our only chance to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” – ele­­­phant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard – in one place.

9
Ngorongoro/Serengeti National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Ngorongoro/Serengeti National Park

We’re bound this morning for the Seren­geti, the Masai’s 5,700-square-mile “endless plain” considered Africa’s finest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.  En route, we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge, where anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei in 1959 and revolutionized the study of ­human evolution.  Reaching our lodge, we embark on an afternoon game drive.

We’re bound this morning for the Seren­geti, the Masai’s 5,700-square-mile “endless plain” considered Africa’s finest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.  En route, we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge, where anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei in 1959 and revolutionized the study of ­human evolution.  Reaching our lodge, we embark on an afternoon game drive.

10
Serengeti
B
L
D
B
L
D
Serengeti

Twice a year, some two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands between Masai Mara and the Serengeti, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights.  But the Serengeti’s vast treeless plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close.  Perhaps we will on today’s two game drives.

Twice a year, some two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands between Masai Mara and the Serengeti, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights.  But the Serengeti’s vast treeless plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close.  Perhaps we will on today’s two game drives.

11
Serengeti/Masai Mara
B
L
D
B
L
D
Serengeti/Masai Mara

We leave Tanzania today, crossing into Kenya and continuing on to Masai Mara by air.  Kenya’s premier game reserve rich with animal life, the Mara is the traditional homeland of the Indigenous Maasai people.  Known especially for the annual migration that sees some two million wildebeest, plus hundreds of thousands of other plains game migrate here from the Serengeti (Masai Mara being the continuation of the Serengeti in Kenya), the Mara sits in the Great Rift Valley and comprises 583 square miles of vast plains, acacia forests, grass-covered hills, and slow-flowing rivers.  We arrive at our tented camp late this morning then have our first game drive here later this afternoon.

We leave Tanzania today, crossing into Kenya and continuing on to Masai Mara by air.  Kenya’s premier game reserve rich with animal life, the Mara is the traditional homeland of the Indigenous Maasai people.  Known especially for the annual migration that sees some two million wildebeest, plus hundreds of thousands of other plains game migrate here from the Serengeti (Masai Mara being the continuation of the Serengeti in Kenya), the Mara sits in the Great Rift Valley and comprises 583 square miles of vast plains, acacia forests, grass-covered hills, and slow-flowing rivers.  We arrive at our tented camp late this morning then have our first game drive here later this afternoon.

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Masai Mara
B
L
D
B
L
D
Masai Mara

We spend today “on safari,” venturing out on early morning and late afternoon game drives during prime viewing hours.

We spend today “on safari,” venturing out on early morning and late afternoon game drives during prime viewing hours.

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Masai Mara
B
L
D
B
L
D
Masai Mara

Again, today we’re “on safari,” with morning and afternoon game drives in this reserve that is just slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Again, today we’re “on safari,” with morning and afternoon game drives in this reserve that is just slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island.

14
Masai Mara/Nairobi
B
L
D
B
L
D
Masai Mara/Nairobi

Today we reenter the urban world as we fly from the Mara back to Nairobi.  Tonight we toast our safari adventure at a farewell dinner.

Today we reenter the urban world as we fly from the Mara back to Nairobi.  Tonight we toast our safari adventure at a farewell dinner.

15
Nairobi/Depart for U.S.
B
B
Nairobi/Depart for U.S.

After a morning at leisure, we transfer to the Nairobi airport and board our connecting flight to the U.S.

After a morning at leisure, we transfer to the Nairobi airport and board our connecting flight to the U.S.

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Arrive U.S.
Arrive U.S.

We reach the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

We reach the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 10 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels and lodges; 3 nights in tented camp
  • 36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing as described, including all park entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private 4×4 transportation throughout your trip with guaranteed window seating
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for driver/guides, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Masai Mara 90 88 90 81 79 81 84 82 86
Serengeti 81 81 81 83 79 80 81 82 81

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Masai Mara 90 88 90 81 79 81 84 82 86
Serengeti 81 81 81 83 79 80 81 82 81

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Mount Kenya

3 days, 2 nights
From
$1,395
+ $595 Single Supplement

Mount Kenya

3 days, 2 nights
From
$1,395
+ $595 Single Supplement

Encounter more wildlife during a stay at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, which houses the conservancy founded by actor William Holden.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club (Deluxe); day room in Nairobi at Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport (First Class)
  • 6 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including animal orphanage at Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy; game drive; and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private transportation
  • Transfer to Nairobi airport
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and driver/guide

Pricing: $1,595 Jun-Sep 2024; $1,395 all other 2024 dates. $1,395 Jan-Mar 2025; $1,595 Jun-Sept 2025; $1,395 Oct 2025. Single Supplement: $595 all dates

Guests on the extension will leave Nairobi on Day 15.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Tom Nganga

“Tom was beyond Excellent. He was extremely patient in explaining things. Could tell he was caring in his heart. He took fantastic care of us.”

Julie Sieh
Georgetown, TX

Maurice Oyamo

“Maurice helped with every detail of the trip. He has an amazing wealth of knowledge about the land, people, and history of both Kenya and Tanzania.”

Kenneth & Carol Bromberg
Santa Monica, CA

David Ngure

One of the best tour directors we’ve had. David was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable of the safari area and animals. We thoroughly enjoyed his company.”-

Tim Hedahl
Erie, CO

Philip Rono

“Philip was wonderful and handled everything efficiently and with good humor. We learned about animals, birds, and plants but also about Kenya and Africa.”

Merrilee Anderson
North Augusta, SC

George Omuya

“George was the best Tour Director I’ve ever had. He managed our group with such skill and knew what to do to make each of our experiences the best. He went 'the extra mile' at all times.”

Sue Matlof
St. Louis, MO

Edwin Mapelu

"Edwin was an outstanding tour director. He was very knowledgeable about the areas visited and animals seen. He was always friendly and outgoing with stories to tell about Africa."

Jerry Cutrer
Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour Directors

David Ngure

One of the best tour directors we’ve had. David was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable of the safari area and animals. We thoroughly enjoyed his company.”-

Tim Hedahl
Erie, CO

Maurice Oyamo

“Maurice helped with every detail of the trip. He has an amazing wealth of knowledge about the land, people, and history of both Kenya and Tanzania.”

Kenneth & Carol Bromberg
Santa Monica, CA

Edwin Mapelu

"Edwin was an outstanding tour director. He was very knowledgeable about the areas visited and animals seen. He was always friendly and outgoing with stories to tell about Africa."

Jerry Cutrer
Hilton Head Island, SC

George Omuya

“George was the best Tour Director I’ve ever had. He managed our group with such skill and knew what to do to make each of our experiences the best. He went 'the extra mile' at all times.”

Sue Matlof
St. Louis, MO

Tom Nganga

“Tom was beyond Excellent. He was extremely patient in explaining things. Could tell he was caring in his heart. He took fantastic care of us.”

Julie Sieh
Georgetown, TX

Philip Rono

“Philip was wonderful and handled everything efficiently and with good humor. We learned about animals, birds, and plants but also about Kenya and Africa.”

Merrilee Anderson
North Augusta, SC

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

Met and in many cases exceeded our expectations. Felt like we were living in a National Geographic special.
Cathey & Gerald Brown
Parker, CO
I loved all [of my] previous Odysseys tours but this was the best tour ever! Initially, I had some concerns with the number of game drives, but I soon learned each one was different, exciting, and extraordinary in its own way.
Diane Dash
Denver, CO
The choice of parks was very good, and the accommodations were excellent, as was our tour director.
John Blattner
Ann Arbor, MI
Met and in many cases exceeded our expectations. Felt like we were living in a National Geographic special.
Cathey & Gerald Brown
Parker, CO
I loved all [of my] previous Odysseys tours but this was the best tour ever! Initially, I had some concerns with the number of game drives, but I soon learned each one was different, exciting, and extraordinary in its own way.
Diane Dash
Denver, CO
The choice of parks was very good, and the accommodations were excellent, as was our tour director.
John Blattner
Ann Arbor, MI
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